Derbyshire Festival of Business

The festival will help to connect and support local organisations, whilst showcasing Derbyshire’s extensive business capability to future clients, customers, and investors.

What is the festival about?

The Derbyshire Business Festival offers a wide range of events, taking place both online and at venues across Derbyshire, between October 2021 and March 2022. 

The festival, which has secured funding support from Vision Derbyshire, is helping to connect local organisations, whilst showcasing Derbyshire’s extensive business capability to future clients, customers, and investors. There are a wide range of free workshops, masterclasses and networking activities offered throughout the festival, helping to support businesses within the region.

There will also be the opportunity to participate in the Derbyshire Business and Enterprise Awards ceremony and a three-day business exposition hosted in Buxton, Chesterfield and Derby.

The University of Derby and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce are co-ordinating the schedule of activities in collaboration with local businesses. The aim is to offer help and support, educate, share information and knowledge, whilst creating forums for networking, engagement and business growth.

Who is the event for?

Whether you’re a business leader looking to create new connections and find out the latest regional developments, an educator looking to support your students in developing their employability skills, or a graduate wanting to develop your newly acquired skills within a local organisation, the event has something for everyone.

This brand-new initiative has been created in support of the regional post-Covid economic recovery plan and intends to put Derbyshire’s business community firmly on the map. We hope you will join us to find out more about the wealth of opportunities available within the local area.

Highlights from the Festival of Business launch event

Derbyshire Festival of Business lunch event

View Derbyshire Festival of Business video transcript

Host an event as part of the Festival of Business

We would welcome you committing to deliver one or more Derbyshire Festival of Business events between October 2021 and March 2022. We would be especially pleased to hear from you if you are interested in delivering:

  1. A community-focused engagement event or activity
  2. An engagement activity with schools, colleges and/or the University
  3. One or more online or face-to-face masterclasses

If you are interested in participating in the Festival, please contact the Festival’s Project Manager via email at and she will provide further information on how you can contribute. It would be great to have you join us in supporting Derbyshire’s business community and we look forward to hearing from you.

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