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Derbyshire Festival of Business offers new opportunities for East Midlands Chamber members

The University of Derby, in partnership with East Midlands Chamber, has launched the Derbyshire Festival of Business.

It aims to celebrate the resilience of the county’s business community during the pandemic, while helping companies to capitalise on new opportunities during the economic recovery.

The festival will help to connect and support local organisations, while showcasing Derbyshire’s extensive business capability to future clients, customers and investors.

The university will work in collaboration with East Midlands Chamber to promote the wide range of free workshops, masterclasses and networking activities available to members of the region’s leading business representation group.

There will also be an opportunity for companies to host their own events as part of the festival, as well as participate in a business exposition that will be delivered by the Chamber in Derby, Chesterfield and Buxton.

Vision Derbyshire, a joint initiative involving the county, district and borough councils in Derbyshire to improve outcomes for all its communities, is also a partner in the initiative.

Find out more about the Derbyshire Festival of Business here

Professor Kamil Omoteso, pro vice-chancellor dean of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, said: “We are delighted to have launched the Derbyshire Festival of Business to businesses and community leaders alongside our partners Vision Derbyshire and East Midlands Chamber.

“This festival is an opportunity to showcase what our county has to offer, to identify current and future talent, and to create opportunities for collaboration between businesses, the university, policymakers and advisory organisations, which will help us build a strong, resilient and inclusive economy as we recover from the impact and challenges of the pandemic.”

Scott Knowles, chief executive at East Midlands Chamber, added: “We are proud to be part of a fantastic new event that will showcase the best of business across Derbyshire, a county that is home to some incredible examples of entrepreneurship and enterprise.

“The Chamber is a conduit for local companies to work closer together, share advice and seek new opportunities - something that has never been more important than right now as the economy recovers.

“Working alongside our strategic partner the University of Derby, we look forward to welcoming businesses to events over the autumn.”

What will Derbyshire Festival of Business involve?

The festival’s programme of activities has been designed to give businesses the support and opportunities needed to revitalise the local economy following the pandemic and “build back better” by unleashing the talent available across the region, as well as showcasing the best practice and innovation that has been fostered over the last two years.

Community-focused open days and expo events will promote Derbyshire’s businesses to its residents, and visits between the university, schools, colleges and employers are planned to provide careers-related advice and showcase local businesses to the next generation of employees.

Online and face-to-face masterclasses from leading professionals and academics in Derbyshire are planned to raise the profile of the county as a thought leader within the UK business community, and as a place to do business.

Councillor Tricia Gilby, economic lead for Vision Derbyshire and leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “The Derbyshire Festival of Business is a great way of bringing the business community together because we need to co-operate in order to recover from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The event is really broad and aims to support the entire business community, from new graduates to established leaders. I hope lots of residents will take part in the many events on offer.”

If your organisation is interested in delivering a community day, educational engagement activity or masterclass, please email DFoB@derby.ac.uk.