Derby Business School, University of Derby

As the anchor educational institution in our region, the University of Derby engages with SMEs to offer practical solutions and advice that help businesses to grow, adapt and innovate. We support workforce development needs and make a direct contribution to the growth of the local economy.

Our Strategic Framework 2018-2030 provides ‘the foundations for our future success in a changing and globally dynamic environment’. We are committed to delivering excellence and opportunities for our students, staff and region.  Our strategic objectives focus on ‘moulding the next generation of game changers,’ ‘being a force for positive impact,’ and ‘opening doors for everyone.’

As a Civic University, we are strong advocates of social mobility; inspiring and creating opportunities for all people lies at the heart of our mission. As the only university in our city and county we take seriously our responsibility to drive the economic, social, cultural, educational and environmental prosperity of our region. We are proud to be an applied university of today and for tomorrow.

How Derby Business School Supports Business Growth

Derby Business School offers local SMEs a range of in-house skills training, business development programmes, and funding for growth and innovation. We are also proud to offer a part-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme (KTP) to connect you with our talented experts and graduates, and are especially keen to help enterprises looking to move to clean energy and responsible business.

Find out more about what we offer small businesses.

Read our case study on how we're helping small businesses in the East Midlands decarbonise.

How Derby Business School Supports Student Enterprise

Our regular Network of Entrepreneurs events were set up to create links and bonds between entrepreneurs and our students that have an entrepreneurial streak and might want to start a business.

The events aim to give students the chance to meet leading local and national entrepreneurs, while entrepreneurs share their knowledge, experiences and insights, as well as offering support and mentoring to budding entrepreneurs.

Speakers have previously included Rupert Carr, Dean Jackson and Graham Mulholland, all leading entrepreneurs in the region.‌

The Network of Entrepreneurs aims to:

  • create links and bonds between local, national and international entrepreneurs and students at the University that want to start up a business or have an entrepreneurial spirit
  • create awareness of the support mechanisms that the university and supporters/sponsors can offer to entrepreneurs
  • increase students' networking, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial spirit, knowledge of real world business set up

“The networking event was eye-opening, motivating and I felt confident to talk to business people on a professional level. These types of events set Derby University apart from other universities and makes me feel I made the right choice in choosing Derby.” Ed Hollands, Driven Media, Graduate and Entrepreneur

Find out more about how graduate and Entrepreneur Ed Hollands went on the BBC's Dragons' Den TV show and used the skills he gained through his studies along with his experience gained through the Network of Entrepreneurs to win a £30,000 investment.

Past Events

Research collaborations between small business and academia


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Developing research collaborations between small business and academia Exploring the benefits that such collaborations can bring to all parties 9:00 - 11:30, 26 January 2021,…

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