Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone

Two major clusters of high-quality development as one Enterprise Zone:

  • In Nottingham – seeking to become the UK’s centre for innovation in life sciences, medical research, health, beauty and wellness.

  • In Derby – creating a focus for the further development of advanced manufacturing and related services, especially transport engineering supply chains.

Health heritage:

Boots was originally founded in Nottingham over 165 years ago and their main operation now sits at the heart of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone. Their listed buildings are now being renovated to house the next generation of health innovation including D6 recently converted into MediCity- a specialist offshoot of BioCity, the UK’s biggest health science incubator. Find out more about MediCity Innovation Hub. 

Engineering excellence:

Infinity Park Derby is a prime 100-acre commercial and technology park located in the UK’s leading hi-tech city. It is located to the south of the city, next to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace and within 15 minutes of OEMs such as Toyota Manufacturing (UK), Bombardier and JCB. Its centrepiece development will be open in 2016 – an £11.8m Centre for Supply Chain Innovation in Transport Engineering (the iHub, pictured below). It will host Enscite – established as a collaboration between universities to provide access to cutting-edge research and technology transfer to supply chain companies in the aerospace, automotive and rail sectors. Click here for Infinity Park Derby brochure.

Backing small business:

MediCity’s tenant companies cover a wide range of commercial activities including sports body-care, the manufacture of anti-ageing chewable vitamins, the development of apps for remote health monitoring, the development and printing of nanomaterials for high-performance applications across a range of industries, new healthcare brand marketing and intellectual property experts.


The Enterprise Zone continues Nottingham’s tradition of health innovation by housing and supporting growing businesses in the sector. The proposed MediCity and Science Park, located next to the University of Nottingham and the city’s university hospital, will bring together a medical science community, encouraging integration, collaboration, the sharing of ideas as well as business applications. And Derby has always been a place of innovation – from the jet engine to fine bone china, from the electric lawn mower to Lara Croft – it is literally in its DNA.

Looking to invest, or just want to find out more? Visit the Nottingham Enterprise Zone website here or the Derby Enterprise Zone website here.

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Sector focus

  • Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering
  • Creative Industries
  • Energy
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare


Five sites covering 98 hectares, all within close proximity of East Midlands airport, mainline railway stations and the M1 motorway.

Find out more

Lorraine Baggs
Trade and Investment Manager
Invest in Nottingham
Email [email protected]
Telephone +44(0)115 8764469
Mobile +44 (0)798 5844382

Jimmy Drew
Marketing Derby
Email [email protected]
Telephone +44(0)1332 201 860

Enterprise Zone website for Nottingham
Enterprize Zone website for Derby