Today our Business Development team, Chelsea Allcock and Emma Shears, attended the first Derbyshire Festival of Business event with the University of Derby. It was a great opportunity to network and connect with people in the Derbyshire business community, it was great to be back at a face to face event.

We had a welcome speech from the Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Derby, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, followed by:

  • Counsellor Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council
  • Paul Wilson of Vision Derbyshire. CEO, University of Derby.
  • Professor Kamil Omoteso, Pro Vice Chancellor of the College of Business Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby
  • Scott Knowles, CEO of East Midlands Chamber

With the keynote presentations on ‘What Happens After COVID-19’ from Professor Marc Cowling and Ken Cooper and Professor Mark Gilman, who gave interesting insights on how SMEs move forward after the pandemic. Professor Warren Manning, Provost for Innovation and Research, University of Derby, gave concluding remarks for the day.