Derby’s £12m iHub innovation centre (pictured) on Infinity Park in Derby has now launched a new, ‘heart space’, for business conferences and events for up to 150 people.
The building, which is part of the Connect Derby portfolio of managed workspaces, is part of the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone, which is overseen by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
D2N2 is the LEP for the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area and works with businesses, local authorities, skills and training providers and community and voluntary organisations, with the aim of creating 55,000 new jobs in ten years (2013-2023). To help with this mission, D2N2 oversees the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone, consisting of five sites across its area, including the Alliance Boots site, Beeston Business Park, the Nottingham Science Park and the MediPark site in Nottingham, and Infinity Park in Derby.
Infinity Park Derby is a prime, 100 acre commercial and technology park, just south of Derby city. It is a collaboration between Derby City Council, the Harpur Crewe Estate, Rolls-Royce, the University of Derby and developers Cedar House Investments, Wilson Bowden and Peveril Securities.
Derby’s iHub is a 45,000ft2 site, offering a wide range of buildings to meet different sectors’ needs and company sizes; with offices, industrial use and warehouse space. As well as 18 traditional office workspaces, the iHub provides 14 ground floor workshops for businesses, an innovative ‘iLab’ – which promotes invention by enabling the rapid prototyping of a range of products and services – and the brand-new heart-space’, which provides conferencing and events facilities for up to 150 people, has features including video conferencing equipment, digital white boards and free super-fast broadband.
This new space has already played host to a number of high profile events, including the launch of the University of Derby’s new ‘Innovation through Collaboration’ programme, which was unveiled to 100 business leaders.
This development also benefits from improved access via the T12 Link Road – also known as Infinity Park Way – which D2N2 also helped by part-funding the creation of the road through D2N2’s Local Growth Fund allocation.
David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 LEP – said:
“D2N2 is fully committed to Infinity Park as an area for growth in Derby and along with the other sites which make up the Nottingham & Derby Enterprise Zone, I believe it is a key asset for the D2N2 area and will help to create jobs, attract investment and boost the economy.”
For more information on the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone, visit www.d2n2lep.org/growth/enterprise-zone
For more information on D2N2’s Local Growth Fund Allocation, and to see other projects it has helped to fund, visit www.d2n2lep.org/local-growth-fund
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