Skillbase

As well as being the worldwide headquarters for Rolls-Royce, Derby is a city where 12% of the workforce are employed in high technology functions – four times the national average – it’s the birthplace of Lara Croft and Tomb Raider, where the jet engine was developed by Sir Frank Whittle and Barnes Wallace got the bomb to bounce.

Water plays a big part in the lives of the people of Derbyshire. The River Derwent not only offers superb fishing and water sports, but was also the cradle of the industrial revolution providing power to the mills that lined its banks between Matlock and Derby. 

Derbyshire, as well as being home to 16,000 businesses with a workforce that earns the highest average salaries outside of London and where 41.9% are employed in the professional sector, is the gateway to the Peak District, the Halls of Chatsworth, Hardwick and Kedleston and the source of Buxton Mineral Water, the Bakewell tart and the blue stilton cheeses of Hartington.

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  • Travel-to-work population of 6 million people within one hour
  • 164,100 people aged 16-24 within Derby city itself
  • A projected population growth of 9.45% over the next decade