Our Partners

The University of Derby has a long term history of working with major manufacturers and SMEs. It has a strong track record in supply chain management and promoting innovation and is a leader in creating employer-focussed on-line learning tools and bespoke workforce development packages. The University provides practical, hands-on engineering courses including motorsport, manufacturing and production design and works closely with SMEs to transfer knowledge in areas such as Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Virtual Reality in Manufacturing Engineering, Lean Manufacturing and Mechatronics. To complement this, Derby’s new Institute for Innovation and Sustainable Engineering, located in the heart of the city, has been designed to offer practical design, prototyping and engineering support to SMEs in the region.
Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Aston academics have a long-standing record of working with businesses on strategic projects to solve particular problems. Aston Business School has an international reputation in key areas including Operations Management, Global Entrepreneurship and Servitisation – or how businesses can improve turnover and margin by adding a service-based business model to their existing products. Aston’s Engineering School includes experts in engineering system design, mechanical and electrical engineering and advanced materials.
Derby City Council is a unitary authority with a strong focus on providing an innovative business support environment to attract and retain high tech manufacturing businesses. Derby is home to world leading engineering firms including Bombardier, Rolls-Royce and Toyota as well as a host of supply chain companies. Through the development of Infinity Park, Derby and the Innovation Centre, the council is investing heavily in retaining this centre of excellence and supporting its future growth.