Derby made its name as the pioneer of silk, bone china and Rolls-Royce engines. Over recent years, Derby is a city that has undergone a period of transition and re-development that will ensure its growing appeal as an ideal place to live and work.
Given its close proximity to the M1, which passes about ten miles to the east of the city and the M42 to the south, the rush-hour traffic is eased somewhat by the Park & Ride schemes that operate from the Meteor Centre and Pride Park. There are also excellent road links such as the A38, A52, A61, A6 and A50, making it ideally located for commuting. In addition East Midlands Airport is approximately a 20 minute drive away.
Derby's significant history as a major centre for the rail industry means that it goes without saying that the city is well-served by its rail network that is operated by East Midlands Trains (for the surrounding areas) and Cross Country.
Local bus services in and around Derby are run by a number of companies, but principally Trent Barton and Arriva Midlands.
Derby has all the modern facilities you would expect. Divided into two distinct sections, shopping in Derby takes you into the Cathedral Quarter with its smaller independent shops, boutiques and home to Derby's café culture - in the city centre and the large Intu shopping centre on the outskirts, complete with the usual array of high street stores, multiplex cinema and food court offering a wide choice of places to eat.
As for having a wee tipple after work or at the weekend head to the Friar Gate area, where you will find an excellent choice of bars, restaurants and clubs.
Derby, being the UKs most central City, is a great place to live and work and also for a cultural break, being an ideal base to explore some of the East Midlands landmarks.