So you want to start a business in Derby?
Starting a business can be both a daunting and an exciting experience. Done correctly, it can also be extremely rewarding.
You may want to start a business because:
- You have just been made redundant.
- You want more flexibility in your day.
- You want to be your own boss.
- You want to pursue your passion and get paid to do it.
- You want to help people.
I could list lots of reasons why you would want to start your own business and your reasons will be very personal to you.
However, in this post I will share with you some things to consider when you decide to start a business in Derby.Table Of Contents
About Derby and Derbyshire
People often refer to Derby when they are talking about the whole of Derbyshire and not just the City of Derby.
Derby has lots of beautiful places to visit and things to see and do, making the region a great spot for tourists.
The River Derwent runs through Derbyshire and attracts lots of visitors due to the many scenic locations it passes through.
Derbyshire is full of historic sites, points of interest and landmarks, monuments, and statues, churches and cathedrals.
You have The Devonshire Dome in Buxton, the Mercia Marina in Willington, Chatsworth House in Bakewell, Sudbury Hall in Sudbury, StarDisc in Wirksworth, Matlock Bath War Memorial in Matlock Bath, to name just a few.
You can learn more about things to see and do in Derbyshire here.
Derbyshire Areas and City of Derby Wards
Derbyshire is made up of the following towns and boroughs/districts and the City of Derby is made up of the following wards.
|Derbyshire Areas – Boroughs/Districts||City of Derby Wards|
|Derby – City of Derby||Abbey|
|Chesterfield – Chesterfield||Allestree|
|Long Eaton – Erewash||Alvaston|
|Ilkeston – Erewash||Arboretum|
|Swadlincote – South Derbyshire||Blagreaves|
|Belper – Amber Valley||Boulton|
|Dronfield – North East Derbyshire||Chaddesden|
|Buxton – High Peak||Darley|
|Ripley – Amber Valley||Derwent|
|Staveley – Chesterfield||Littleover|
|Glossop – High Peak||Mackworth|
|Heanor – Amber Valley||Mickleover|
|Bolsover – Bolsover||Normanton|
|Eckington – North East Derbyshire||Oakwood|
Deciding on the location of your Derby business will be an important decision you will have to make.
City of Derby Business Locations
If you are looking to start business in the City of Derby you will have plenty of locations to choose from.
Intu Derby has lots of daily visitors and is close to local amenities. Perfect for opening an independent store or franchise that requires a high foot-fall of traffic.
Derby’s Cathedral Quarter is full of beautiful looking buildings full of character, charm and history, creating a unique shopping experience.
You can find Sadler Gate and Iron Gate in the Cathedral Quarter and these are perfect for high-end products and services.
Derby Market Hall opened in 1866 and is a vibrant mix of bustling tradition and contemporary stalls. Ideal for independent traders, fishmongers, grocers, butchers, etc. You will find the Derby Market Hall right next to the Market Place.
Similarly, you have The Eagle Market that is connected to the Intu Derby building and boasts lots of stalls and various independent businesses.
Pride Park and The Wyvern are brilliant areas for large retail stores/franchises and service based businesses.
Kingsway Retail Park is another area that is suitable for retail stores and franchises.
Other ares that provide a range of shops that service B2B and B2C can be found in Derby City Centre and Friar Gate.
There are lots of other vibrant areas in and around Derby with shops and office spaces that can become the ideal location for starting your business.
Is Starting a Business in Derby Right for You?
Deciding on whether starting a business is right for you will come down to many factors.
Do you have the money to invest into starting a new business from scratch or buying into a franchise and becoming a franchisee?
Will you need a loan to start your business?
Do you have a strong support network?
Will you be a sole trader or a limited company?
Will you trade online or a bricks-and-mortar (offline/traditional) business?
Will your customers be other businesses (B2B) or consumers (B2C)?
You will want to answer these questions, and lots of others, to get clear on your route into business ownership and how you will serve your customers.
Important Links for Derby Businesses
While you take the time to consider starting a business in Derby, here are some important links to help you to get started on the right foot.
D2N2 Growth Hub – learn how to start a business and how to grow a business in Derby and Nottingham.
Starting a business is full of challenges and Derby is a brilliant place to start that journey.
Here is a step by step series to help you get your business website online yourself:
- How to Register a Domain Name
- How to Set Up a Web Hosting Account
- How to Point DNS to Host
- How to Install a Website Platform for Your Derby Business Website
- How to Install a New Design or Theme
Need help to get your business online?
Hi, I’m Karl Foxley, the founder and lead gen specialist at DKP Marketing. I’m passionate about helping businesses to generate more leads and convert more sales through goal-focused web design and data-driven marketing. If you would like to work with me, schedule a discovery session. Check out my curated list of business management and growth resources.