Start A Business In Derby

river derwent in derby city

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

Derby is the city of Derbyshire, found in the East Midlands, England.

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/DistrictsCity of Derby Wards
Derby – City of DerbyAbbey
Chesterfield – ChesterfieldAllestree
Long Eaton – ErewashAlvaston
Ilkeston – ErewashArboretum
Swadlincote – South DerbyshireBlagreaves
Belper – Amber ValleyBoulton
Dronfield – North East DerbyshireChaddesden
Buxton – High PeakDarley
Ripley – Amber ValleyDerwent
Staveley – ChesterfieldLittleover
Glossop – High PeakMackworth
Heanor – Amber ValleyMickleover
Bolsover – BolsoverNormanton
Eckington – North East DerbyshireOakwood

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.

Iron Gate - Derby

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.

Derby City 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.

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.

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.

East Midlands Chambers of Commerce

Register for Self-Assessment

Become a Limited Company

Find or Register a Company Name

Learn about Trademarks, Patents and Copyright

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:

  1. How to Register a Domain Name
  2. How to Set Up a Web Hosting Account
  3. How to Point DNS to Host
  4. How to Install a Website Platform for Your Derby Business Website
  5. How to Install a New Design or Theme

Need help to get your business online?

Click here to get a website for your Derby business

Click here to get help with digital marketing for your Derby business