Friar Gate Studios hosts Connect Derby Open Evening

Anyone who runs a business and is thinking about expanding or moving to new office space is invited to a special event to find out more about the Connect Derby scheme, which supports new, developing and established businesses at its seven managed workspaces across the city.

The Connect Derby Open Evening is taking place at Friar Gate Studios on Wednesday 14 November (4.00pm - 7.00pm).

Guests are invited to pop into the Studios on Ford Street any time between 4.00pm and 7.00pm for an informal chat with members of the Connect Derby team, who will be on-hand to provide information about the range of services on offer at the six buildings where accommodation is still available - Friar Gate Studios, Sadler Bridge Studios, Riverside Chambers, Marble Hall, Kings Chambers and the iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park.

At the event, guests will be able to take a tour of Friar Gate Studios, the headquarters of the Connect Derby scheme, and check out the building’s new show office, which has been designed to show prospective tenants what can be achieved with the space.

There will also be an opportunity to meet existing tenants and find out the benefits of being based at Connect Derby, including flexible lease terms and superfast broadband connectivity, along with a package of support services.

Business owners attending the event will be able to find out more about several new initiatives, including ‘Try Before You Buy’ and ‘Fast Track’ leases, and will also have the chance to win an office for a year in a special competition.

The Open Evening is free to attend and is open to existing businesses thinking of expanding or relocating their operation or anyone planning to set up their own business. Refreshments will be provided by the award-winning Bean Caffe.

Commenting on the event, Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, said:

“We’re delighted to be hosting this special Connect Derby open evening at Friar Gate Studios.  The main focus of the event will be to highlight the range of accommodation, services and facilities that are available at Connect buildings, each of which has a unique offering for SMEs and microbusinesses.

“We look forward to welcoming businesses of all sizes who are interested in joining the Connect Derby community,” added Ann.

Connect Derby is a £30m project which brings together Derby City Council’s workspaces under one banner to create jobs for local people. It provides micro businesses, entrepreneurs and SMEs with the high specification working environment, IT infrastructure and business support they need to improve business survival rates and act as a catalyst for expansion and growth.

For further information about the Connect Derby portfolio of buildings, visit


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