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We are the heart of England. Our place is Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire, home to 2.2 million residents with a vibrant blend of cities, towns, and rural areas. Collectively we form one of the fastest-growing economies in the UK.

We have a proud industrial heritage, which has shaped the global economy and continues to influence our future. This pioneering culture will enable us to take advantage of advances in science and technology to improve connectivity, productivity, and to shape the places where we live.

Our motorway and rail networks; and our geographical position means that we are within four hours’ travel time of 80% of the UK’s population. HS2 represents a major transformational catalyst which, combined with the global reach of East Midlands Airport, will further enhance our standing as an outward-facing, globally connected region.

Today, our region stands on the brink of an unprecedented level of investment for growth. Our world-class cultural offer, beautiful countryside, excellent connectivity and leading quality of life are acting as beacons to visitors and investors, businesses looking to grow, and people looking to raise a family.


We are committed to working with local partners to establish place-based growth strategies and improve the performances of our towns and city centres.

Underpinning our investment and expansion is a strong sense of regional identity, a skilled and committed workforce, a powerful and engaged business community, and public bodies committed to development and regeneration.


Explore our Place Projects



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