The Government has agreed to progress Derby’s £40m plan to support business investment and job creation.

The city was originally awarded the Regional Growth Fund cash in November 2011 following a bid to provide support to business growth and kick-start a massive new Global Technology Cluster campus on the south side of the city. Following extended discussions the Government has now written to the council confirming the money is in place subject to a satisfactory due diligence.

Council Leader Paul Bayliss said, “I welcome this announcement. It means that the Council can move forward and build the strategically visionary Global Technology cluster and the Innovation Centre to secure Derby as the first choice for world class engineering for ‘planes, trains & automobiles’. This will mean that we will be able to secure high quality engineering jobs which are vital for Derby and the UK’s manufacturing future and to get the growth in the economy that we need to get us out of the current economic recession.”

Final confirmation is expected in October and whilst we wait for that announcement a call centre has been confirmed in Derby, creating around 100 new jobs in the city’s latest inward investment.

Consumer Money Matters and Home2cover, both part of the Carrington Carr Group, chose Derby after working closely with Marketing Derby to find the company’s new premises and support in expanding to the city.

David Fuher, Carrington Carr’s group CEO said, “We chose Derby as our location for growth primarily because of its central location and easy access to our Leicester headquarters. The reputation the city’s workforce has earned over the past few years was a significant factor, as was the availability of fantastic premises. We had looked at other locations in South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire but Derby was the perfect choice.”

Councillor Paul Bayliss, said, “Another 100 new jobs is great news for Derby and I’m delighted to welcome the Carrington Carr Group into the city on behalf of the Council and the Marketing Derby board.”

The organisation expects to launch a recruitment drive for the 100 positions in the next few weeks.

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