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The latest news from producers, makers, venues and events organisers from around Derby and Derbyshire. If you have news to add to this page, then email us to let us know about it:

Chief Executive of Healthwatch England, Visits Belper Food and Community Hub to Address Cost of Living Impact and Health Inequalities

Chief Executive of Healthwatch England Louise Ansari, paid a visit to the Hope for Belper Food and Community Hub recently to speak with local people and discuss the growing concerns surrounding the impact of the rising cost of living on their health. The visit highlighted the urgent need to address these issues to prevent further health inequalities in health outcomes.

Derbyshire housing trust bike project helps turn the wheels of fortune for former engineer

The wheels of fortune in the life of a former engineer from Derbyshire have been turned around thanks to a bike repair project run by award-winning Derventio Housing Trust.


Paul Hudson, 39, of Alfreton, is now working as a paid co-ordinator of volunteers for Bike Back Derby, where he uses his engineering skills in helping others refurbish bicycles, and in doing so supporting people to get fitter through cycling.


Derbyshire science company Lubrizol boosts man re-running half marathon in which he sustained concussion

A running trio supporting their friend and sibling on his first race since he suffered a serious head injury while competing in the same event have been boosted in their charity fundraising by Derbyshire science company Lubrizol.


Andy Southey, 31, is taking part in Nottingham’s Robin Hood Half Marathon in September, along with his brother Dave and close friend Matt Thompson.


Derbyshire organisations helping give people a well-deserved sit-down with new eco benches

Members of the public and company employees are having a wellbeing boost with new eco benches and picnic tables made by a pioneering Derbyshire furniture company.

Darley Dale Town Council and Garnalex aluminium company of Heage are two of the latest organisations to invest in public and employee wellbeing by buying outdoor seating from TDP Ltd – a King’s Award winning business making furniture from recycled plastic.

Monarch Security Plans For Future Growth

A Derby security company, whose clients range from national hotel chains and festivals to globally recognised film sets and foreign Royal family members, are planning major growth in the coming year.

Monarch Security was set up during the pandemic by Farhaan Bhatti and Phil Wright who have nearly 30 years’ combined experience in the industry.

The company is based at Oberoi Business Hub in Pride Park and has doubled turnover in the first two years of operation from £½ million in 2021 to over £1 million in 2022.

Derby-based social enterprise shortlisted for national award

Derby-based Nimbus Disability is a finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards, recognising it as one of the country’s most innovative and impactful businesses.​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌

Social enterprises are mission-led businesses that reinvest or donate their profits for social purposes. Nimbus Disability is a social enterprise that is run by disabled people for disabled people. 

Over 15,000 turn out for spectacular Darley Park Weekender

With pop and classical superstars as well as a guest appearance by everyone’s favourite panto Dame, Morgan Brind, Derby LIVE are celebrating another successful Darley Park weekender event. Across the three-day music extravaganza more than 15,000 were wowed by household names such as Peter Andre, Martin Kemp, Sinfonia Viva and others.

Businesses urged to give the gift of Hope to families facing uncertain futures to record last messages

Businesses are being urged to give families the gift of ‘Hope’ in a new charity partnership spearheaded by a leading Derby PR agency.

The me&dee charity has launched a new sponsorship scheme allowing businesses to give families ‘Hope’ – a special keepsake elephant with a voice recorder in the zip-up pouch contained in its ear, which has been used by hundreds of families to record poignant last messages of loved ones, often children.