Professional workspaces and networks

Our Derby Enterprise Network offers a range of workspaces, networks and events for external business people as well as for our own entrepreneurial students and graduates.

Co-working spaces

For external business people

Whether you are a freelancer, contractor, small business owner or aspiring entrepreneur, you are welcome to use our free co-working space called the Business Lounge. It's based at the Enterprise Centre on Bridge Street, just 10 minutes' walk from Derby city centre. This also opens the door to the University's business events and networking groups.

About the Business Lounge

For entrepreneurial students and graduates

If you are a University of Derby student or graduate with big plans for your own business, the Innovation Hothouse is the place for you — it offers a free co-working space as well as networking events to help you on your journey.

About Innovation Hothouse

You might also be interested in our award-winning Be The Boss programme, which offers support to students and graduates who want to become self-employed.

Your own space

If you are further ahead in your business journey, you might be ready for your own office or studio space. We run three hi-spec, affordable 'incubation units' for start-ups: two in Derby and one in Chesterfield.

They are open to external people as well as University of Derby students or graduates. These units offer you stepped rental charges (so you're not paying more than you can afford in those first few months) and a range of business support services. 

Our incubation units are:

They're all thriving, entrepreneurial environments where you can collaborate and connect with others to help your business grow.

More about Banks Mill

Watch the video to hear why Jodie Powell loves working at Banks Mill.

Incubation at Banks Mill Studios

View Incubation at Banks Mill Studios video transcript

Find out more

To find out more about any of these services please contact our dedicated Business team.

E: businessgateway@derby.ac.uk 
T: 0800 0015500

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