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MIPIM is the global commercial property show and consistently attracts 21,000 delegates from around the world – with more than 93 countries, 430 journalists and 4,500 investors. 

MIPIM 2018 is fast approaching and Team Derby will once again have a presence as one of the UK’s leading places to invest in or relocate to. The strength of our message lies in our public-private partnership approach to the week and this year will be no different with delegates including the Deputy Leader of Derby City Council attending alongside key business leaders from the city.

2018 will once again see Derby taking its place in the Midlands UK Pavilion alongside the other Midlands locations, promoting the vibrancy and opportunities available in the Midlands Engine. We will once again be hosting our sell-out Derby Embassy, with key panels and discussions in the Midlands Pavilion itself. If you’d like to meet with a member of the team in Cannes, please contact Katie Delve at 

We are delighted to be working with our partners at MIPIM Smith Partnership, Knights 1759, Innes England, Idom Merebrook, East Midlands Airport, Harworth Estates and Godwin Developments. If you would like to join us, please contact Katie Delve at

The Rolls-Royce of MIPIM Events

Marketing Derby will be hosting the annual Embassy breakfast at the Eden Hotel in Cannes during MIPIM.

Taking place at 8.30am on Wednesday 14th March at Eden Hotel, 133 Rue d’Antibes, the event will see a sell-out crowd hear about the latest development and regeneration news and opportunities in Derby, following what is fast becoming known as the best breakfast in Cannes.

Attendees will hear from Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce plc, who will be providing an update on Rolls-Royce’s £1.25bn building and infrastructure investment in the city.

Paul will be joined by John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby and Catherine Williams, Head of Regeneration Projects at Derby City Council who will be providing announcements and updates regarding the £4bn already invested in the city, and the £2bn opportunities available.

To reserve your place, please contact for more information.

Team Derby Powers Midlands Engine

The Midlands area will come together to showcase investment opportunities worth almost £10 billion at this year’s global property and real estate show MIPIM (13th-16th March, Cannes, France).

It is the second year that the Midlands region will work together to attract investment from around the world following a successful united presence at MIPIM 2017. A partnership approach which Derby successfully uses at MIPIM – the delegation this year includes Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Marketing Derby, Rolls-Royce, Smith of Derby, Freeths, Geldards, East Midlands Airport, Godwin Developments, Harworth Group, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights 1759 and Smith Partnership.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: “This is the second year of Midlands wide collaboration following an incredibly successful event last year. People will see a step up in the quality of the Pavilion, and we have evolved a strong “Team Midlands” approach that compliments our own destination promotion. Derbyshire is bringing a very strong team out this year with senior representation from Rolls-Royce, both City and County Councils, Derby-Nottingham Metro, Marketing Derby and our supporters.”

More than 70 public and private sector partners, 10 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) will represent the region – the largest delegation Midlands UK has ever taken to the annual event.

The region will present details of the multi-billion pound portfolio to the exhibition’s 24,000 attendees, which will include potential investors, property agents, developers and media from more than 100 countries.

Destinations attending MIPIM as part of the Midlands UK delegation alongside Team Derby & Derbyshire include Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Lincolnshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, The Marches, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire, UK Central Solihull, West Midlands Combined Authority, City of Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

The region’s presence is being coordinated by the West Midlands Growth Company, with key partners including Bondholder East Midlands Airport, Birmingham Airport, global car giant Jaguar Land Rover and the Midlands Enterprise Universities Group.

The 200m² dedicated Midlands UK pavilion will showcase the region’s investment portfolio through a variety of media including an event space to host a programme of more than 50 events, including presentations, receptions and panel discussions.

Marketing Derby will once again be hosting our award-winning Embassy on Wednesday 14 March at the Eden Hotel. Our key sponsors for the event include Bondholders Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights 1759 and Smith Partnership.

Derby’s £1 Billion of Projects at MIPIM 2017

At this year’s MIPIM, Marketing Derby will be presenting £1 billion worth of projects from across Derby and Derbyshire. These includes sites with a mixture of commercial and residential uses.

Derby’s delegation, with representatives from the private and public sectors, will promote a range of regeneration and development sites, at the annual global property exhibition.  

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “Although we have seen £3 billion recently invested in the city, there are still plenty of opportunities, small, medium and large, for the right investors.

“Together these add up to almost a further £1 billion, in different schemes and sectors. Our pitch will be based on the confidence of existing investment successes.”

Derby’s projects include:

The Heart of the City

This 3-acre site is owned by Derby City Council, and its development will include an iconic venue, remodelled Victoria Market Hall and significant investment to transform the Market Place.

This £165 million scheme will provide high-quality opportunities for retail and leisure uses, as well a new performance venue capable of drawing audiences from across the UK.

The scheme provides an outstanding opportunity to provide high visibility regeneration for Derby city centre and is backed by support from public funding partners.

Infinity Park Derby

This 100-acre technology and commercial park is adjacent to Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace global HQ.

The site has Enterprise Zone status, offering a range of benefits to businesses looking to locate here, including enhanced capital allowances and business rates relief.

Development opportunities range from 5,000 sq ft – 1,000,000 sq ft for advanced manufacturing, hi-tech and logistics businesses.

At the heart of the park is the state-of-the-art iHub, a facility designed for transport engineering supply chain businesses.

University of Derby Science Park

Located at the heart of Infinity Park Derby, the University of Derby Science Park provides an environment for businesses to connect with each other and with Universities in the delivery of a pipeline of initiatives that turn world class science into new technologies, materials, products and processes.

Located adjacent to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace and within 15 minutes of OEM’s such as Toyota, Bombardier and JCB, the University of Derby Science Park is an environment that embodies the spirit of innovation through collaboration, delivering increased efficiency, profitability and new business opportunities, underpinned by an industrial digital ecosystem that sits at the heart of a centre of excellence for advanced transport manufacturing.

Nightingale Quarter

Nightingale Quarter Estates submitted an outline planning application in January for redevelopment of the 18-acre site of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.  

The proposal is for a new residential neighbourhood of up to 500 homes (apartments and family housing) on the edge of Derby City Centre, close to the Station.  

The Masterplan shows a development which will retain one of the distinctive ‘Pepper pot towers’ on London Road, which will be re-used as a community asset and landmark, and will anchor a network of new public spaces. Small scale commercial uses will complement the housing mix, whilst a 1.5-acre linear park will be a main feature of the site.

Tudor Cross

Adjacent to the M1 Motorway and Markham Vale Business Park, the Tudor Cross site located in North Derbyshire will unlock 28-hectares of commercial land alongside 25-hectares of residential use.

The site was home to Coalite Chemicals from 1937 to 2004, when operations closed.  A £21.8m remediation and redevelopment programme to create commercial business development plots has been agreed. The remediation has commenced with sites being available from 2018.

Tudor Cross will deliver development plots of up to 94,695m2 of floorspace suitable for high quality business investment.

Chesterfield Waterside

One of the 50 largest regeneration schemes in the UK. The site will become a mixed-use urban village in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield Waterside is a £340 million 16-hectare regeneration scheme on the edge of Chesterfield town centre. The scheme includes a new canal basin, 30,000 sqm of business space, around 1,200 new homes, shops, bars, cafés and a hotel.

Derby’s Calendar of Events at MIPIM 2017

At MIPIM 2017 Derby will be a hosting several key business events on a range of topics including: city centre regeneration, advanced manufacturing and Enterprise Zones.

Derby’s full schedule of events will take place between Tuesday 14 to Wednesday 15 March, and will include the award-winning Derby City Embassy.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “It’s a great pleasure to unveil Derby’s calendar of events. “The comprehensive programme reflects Derby’s ambitions for growth and its expertise in advanced manufacturing and engineering.

“I look forward to working together with representatives from the private and public sectors, as we present Derby on the global stage.”

Derby City Embassy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am

Held at the Eden Hotel on Wednesday morning, the Derby City Embassy is Marketing Derby’s award-winning, annual breakfast event. Marketing Derby invite attendees to hear announcements on up-and-coming investment opportunities.

Keynote speakers include Andrew Cliffe, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport; John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby; and Greg Jennings, Director of Regeneration, Property and Housing for Derby City Council.

Partners for the event include Smith Partnership, Innes England, Derby Riverlights, The Nightingale Quarter, and the University of Derby Science Park


This year Derby will be attending MIPIM as part of the Midlands Pavilion, which brings together inward investment agencies, Local Enterprise Partnerships and councils, from across the region. As part of the Pavilion, Derby will be hosting several sessions throughout the week.

Midlands Hotspot: The University of Derby Science Park

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:15am

The first session to be held in the Pavilion will unveil the new University of Derby Science Park, situated in Infinity Park Derby – the city’s Enterprise Zone.

The University of Derby Science Park provides an environment for businesses to connect with each other and work with universities in the delivery of a pipeline of initiatives that turn world class science into new technologies, materials, products and processes.

The hotspot will be led by Professor Richard Hall, Executive Director of Strategic Research and Innovation at the University of Derby.

Midlands Panel: The Heart of The City - The Challenge of Creating Regional Cities That Develop, Attract and Retain Talent

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:15am - 11:45am

Hosted by John Forkin, this panel will explore how the need to spread prosperity in the UK will be accelerated post-Brexit.

With property, as well as place-making, playing an important part in designing cities of the future, the panel will debate how cities across the Midlands are meeting these challenges, by transforming themselves to become leading locations of choice.

Panellists include: Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation; Lindsay McCombe, Central Area Chairman of Gleeds; David Williams, Chairman of the Derby Renaissance Board; and Sean Bowles, Managing Director- Central Region at Morgan Sindall.


Derby set for MIPIM 2017


Team Derby is set for an exciting week at this year’s MIPIM, the global commercial property show held annually in Cannes.

The city will be exhibiting as part of the Midlands Pavilion. The Pavilion brings together inward investment agencies, Local Enterprise Partnerships and councils, from across the region.

As the UK Capital for Innovation, Derby will launch the University of Derby Science Park based at Infinity Park Derby, the city's Enterprise Zone. 

Derby City Council will also be unveiling their latest regeneration opportunities in the ‘heart of the city’.

Derby will be showcasing its economic strength at the Derby City Embassy, to be held at the Eden Hotel on Wednesday, 15th March, which will look at the progress made on key projects since the launch of the City Centre Masterplan.

As part of the Pavilion, Derby will feature in several panels on topics including:

  • Public-private partnerships;
  • Advanced manufacturing;
  • City regeneration and Enterprise Zones.

Derby will also be hosting a panel on the 'heart of the city', and the challenge of creating regional cities that attract, develop and retain talent. Members include David Williams, Chairman of Derby Renaissance Board; Lindsay McCombe, Central Area Chairman of Gleeds; Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation; and Sean Bowles, Managing Director- Central Region of Morgan Sindall.

Partners for MIPIM 2017 include, Derby Riverlights, Derby Telegraph, Innes England, Nightingale Quarter, Smith Partnership, and University of Derby Science Park.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “There is a real buzz in Derby at the moment, having attracted £3bn of investment. This year we are looking forward to showcasing the latest investment opportunities from the ‘heart of the city’ to businesses, investors and developers from across the UK, Europe and worldwide.”

Contact us to arrange a meeting in Cannes.