by Sarah Herbert Thu 17 October 2019, 3:27 pm
Home to some of the world's most beautiful and prestigious works of art, the National Gallery played host to Marketing Derby's latest Derby Ambassadors reception this week - featuring the launch of the latest issue of Orrery magazine.
With more than 200 guests including businessmen, academics, university alumni, and Derby Ambassadors, the entertainment was provided by musicians from Derby-born Hot House music schools.
There was also an opportunity for a private talk about Joseph Wright of Derby’s famous painting An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, hung in pride of place in one of the galleries.
In the opulent main hall of the National Gallery, Derby Ambassadors were welcomed by John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, before he introduced the leader of Derby City Council, the leader of Derbyshire County Council, and the vice-chancellor of the University of Derby.
All three agreed on one thing - their pride in the city of Derby, and its place in the heart of British manufacturing.
Chris Poulter, leader of the city council, spoke of how Derby is not only the premier manufacturing city in the country, but also a massive commercial centre for its small and medium-sized enterprises. But he cautioned it is not enough: “We need ideas for the next three decades,” he declared, and promised the assembled company that he would be coming to them for ideas, not just to promote the city in the UK but also globally.
The leader of Derbyshire County Council, Barry Lewis, built on this stressing his aims to build on Derby’s place as the UK’s centre of manufacturing, and the county as birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Such is the unique nature of the city and county that the next offering will be a festival he announced, starting next May, with six months celebration of the heritage and history of Derbyshire reinforcing why residents are proud of the county.
Beyond county or even national links, Lewis also wanted to celebrate 21 years of links with Toyota City, and the unique bond between UK and Japan. His ambition does not stop there – he wants to take Derbyshire to Europe and the US.
The keynote speech was by the vice-chancellor of the University of Derby, Kathryn Mitchell.
Speaking of how special the event was, not least for bringing together many influential Derby movers and shakers, Professor Mitchell told guests: "What we all share is the common ambition for our city and region - to see its economy, skills, education, health and wellbeing thrive. And it is this collective ambition that will help to establish Derby as a destination city - a vibrant place where people want to live, work, study and visit."
“We are delighted to have agreed a strategic partnership with Marketing Derby, one which will see us working closely together to raise the national and global profile of the city. Strong effective partnerships like this one are vital if we are to have a greater influence in government and with business, on decisions and policies that affect our place and the future shape of our city and county.”
The University was pleased to welcome some of its alumni to the Embassy event. Professor Mitchell added: "We are proud of our alumni and are delighted to have some of them here tonight. We intend to work even more closely with them to understand what their needs are from a regional perspective, and how we may be able to work with them to help realise the city's ambitions.
"It is important that as a city, Derby matches our ambition and the needs and expectations of our students and graduates - so we can be confident, collectively, that we are giving them the best possible opportunities and experience.
"Every day it is a privilege to be the vice-chancellor of this university. Please let us all be bold, and ambitious, but to also remember our communities."
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