Carluccio’s invests in Derby

Italian restaurant and food shop Carluccio’s will be opening its first new generation store outside of the capital following a pilot in London’s Spitalfields.

Opening at Bondholder intu Derby, the new restaurant will bring 32 jobs to the city and a comfortable and stylish dining space. Complete with communal kitchen table, diners will be able to watch the chefs in action creating dishes from scratch using recipes by Antonio Carluccio.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby — which has been making the business case for Carluccio’s locating to Derby for the past few years — commented: “We’ve been working for some time to bring this prestigious brand into Derby and are delighted they have chosen the city for their new concept.”

Read the full story on the Marketing Derby website.

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East Midlands welcomes Defra & EA guests

Betsy Bassis, Chief Operating Officer for DEFRA, Mark McLaughlin, Defra Chief Finance Officer and Bob Branson, Director for EA Finance visited the East Midlands on Wednesday 27 July. In the afternoon, our three guests went to Derby to see the exemplary partnership project, the ‘Our City Our River’ scheme.  Derby City Council and Councillor Martin Rawson kindly hosted the afternoon where they were shown the important work being done to protect properties across the city including the current construction work of phase 1 of the scheme.

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Mark said, “the visit to the ‘Our City Our River’ project on the Derwent in Derby showed how partnership and imagination can kick-start something that will make a huge difference to the City. The waters of the Derwent were used to start the industrial revolution, but the river has been hidden and forgotten for years. The commitment of the City Council, working with Defra and the EA shows that we can combine flood protection, environmental improvement and regeneration and put this historic river back into the heart of the City it gave life to.”

Paul Lockhart