Sir Elton John coming to Derby

Award winning singer, Sir Elton John will be performing at an open-air concert in at Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s 3aaa County Ground on Sunday, June 4.

The concert is part of Sir Elton’s worldwide Wonderful Crazy Night Tour and will play to around 15,000 people. It will be the first time he has performed in Derby since 1979.

Derby City Council leader, Ranjit Banwait, said: “We’re delighted that Derbyshire County Cricket Club has secured a major concert here in Derby. Sir Elton John is a British icon and I hope many local people support the concert at The 3aaa County Ground in 2017.

“This is the kind of event that will continue to make Derby an economic powerhouse and will strengthen the city’s prosperity for years to come. It can make a positive impact to the local community, boosting the local economy and creating job opportunities for local people.”

The show will be Elton’s first in Derbyshire since 2012 and his first in the city since 1979.

Simon Storey, Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s chief executive, said: “Sir Elton John is one of the most recognised and decorated British artists of all time and we’re delighted to secure a tour date for Derby in 2017.

“As well as being an opportunity for the whole city to come together to welcome a music legend, the concert will attract thousands of people to the city with all the economic benefits that brings. It will be one of the biggest events we have ever hosted here at The 3aaa County Ground.

“It’s sure to be a highlight of Derby’s summer calendar and it’s the perfect curtain raiser to the ICC Women’s World Cup that comes to Derby later the same month.”


Derby City Council’s Cabinet approved a £2.4 million investment last year to fund a major redevelopment by Derbyshire County Cricket Club. The money allowed the creation of state-of-the-art facilities at the 3aaa County Ground.


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.

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.



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

Leading businessman says Derby holds ‘real business opportunities’ for the Chinese

A recent trip to China by Derby City Council leader Ranjit Banwait has resulted in a return visit to the city by a private capital investment company three weeks later.

William Lu, managing director China with London-based SPARK Ventures, paid a flying visit to the city and was shown many of the historic, commercial and academic sites by Marketing Derby and city council representatives.

Read the full story on the Derby Telegraph website.

Derby’s 15 Year Vision

Safer, Stronger, Ambitious and Resilient. 

These four words form the basis of the Council’s medium term strategy. Our 15 year vision.

“Today’s difficulties must not restrict our vision for the future. I am acutely aware of the desperate financial position councils face, as the government-imposed funding regime forces us to make tough, even heart-breaking, decisions. This certainly isn’t what I wanted to be doing for Derby. We have to protect our most vulnerable people, a point echoed in the responses to the council’s Big Conversation budget consultation. Yet the cost of that care is large and rising.

I will continue to fight vigorously for a fairer deal for Derby. The government must understand the impact the loss of services is having on people. But I don’t want this to be the only story for Derby.”

Councillor Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council

You can view our 15 Year Vision booklet on the Council Website.