News - 14 July 2016

Derby and Nottingham top list of best places to work in 2016

A new report published by leading recruitment company Glassdoor has identified both Derby and Nottingham as two of the best places to work in the UK, surpassing London, Leicester and the South East.

The report takes several factors into account when determining the best towns and cities, including job openings, median base salary, average home value and population, as well as outlining several ‘hot jobs’– occupations or professions which are particularly prevalent – in each area.

D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership which oversees the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area, and as part of its mission to boost the D2N2 economy, champions its area as a great place to live, work and do business. Several D2N2 projects have helped attract external investment in the area, including the Markham Vale Enterprise Zone, which has attracted businesses such as automobile manufacturer Ferdinand Bilstein UK – who are relocating two of their offices in Kent and Pontefract to the site.

Other projects D2N2 is involved with to help increase investment and build a better business environment include:

  • The Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone, which specialises in life sciences businesses and transport equipment manufacturers – two of D2N2’s eight key sectors.
  • The Seymour Link Road, which will link Markham Vale with the M1, effectively giving the Enterprise Zone it its own motorway junction.
  • Investment in the Broadmarsh Southern Gateway area – a £151million project which will make the area around the Broadmarsh shopping centre and Nottingham Station more accessible to the public, with pedestrianised sections for street traders, small independent shops and performers.
  • The Nottingham Cycle City ambition and Derby Connected Cycle City programmes, which aim create new cycling routes and enhance cyclist access around the city centres.

Each of the above programmes were funded from D2N2’s £192million allocation of Local Growth Funding (LGF), a national fund set up by Government to help each LEP area boost and develop its economy. D2N2 continues to work its business and local authority community and its infrastructure and investment board (IIB) to evaluate and put forward LGF Projects.

To see a full list of the top 20 places to live and work in the UK, click here

To learn more about what D2N2 is using its LGF for, click here

To find out more about the work of the D2N2 LEP generally, click here

For more information on the above release, please contact Sam Burbage, Social Media and Marketing Officer at the D2N2 LEP, on 01159 578254, or by email

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