Derbyshire Manufacturing Network

There has been a strong contingent of Dales & Peaks businesses amongst the founding members of the Derbyshire Manufacturing Network. There are some specific challenges relating to manufacturers in such rural areas, whether they be recruiting and retaining staff or seeking to expand factories and capability in areas of natural beauty where planning permission has to weigh up the dual priorities of conservation and economic growth.

Perhaps here more than anywhere else, East Midlands Manufacturing Network plays a vital part in helping to escalate and find solutions through one unified and influential voice.

The neighbouring areas of Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire face different challenges of continual reinvention following the demise of the once-dominant coal industry.

The Derbyshire Manufacturing Network meets at the Devonshire Dome, Buxton a Grade II listed building which is also home to the University of Derby; a perfect venue to illustrate how engineering heritage still has a place today.

Join us for our next East Midlands Manufacturing Network meeting

Network Meetings


East Midlands Manufacturing Network – Regional Meeting


8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Delta Hotels, Marriott, Nottingham Belfry, Mellors Way, Nottingham, NG8 6PY

This event is for EMMN Members

This regional meeting replaces the six individual meetings for autumn 2024. ‘Stronger and better together’ has been the ethos of the East Midlands Manufacturing Network since its inception. We are delighted to bring you our first regional meeting offering the attending businesses all the benefits of their local networks but on a much greater scale. This regional meeting will give you the opportunity to meet and network with other manufacturing companies from across the East Midlands, strengthening existing bonds and giving you the opportunity to meet and share with others.

Benefits of joining the Network

To secure the future success of manufacturing in our region than by bringing together key knowledge and skills to form a dedicated, supportive peer network? That is the role of the East Midlands Manufacturing Network.

Increasing awareness and creating a positive perception of manufacturing to attract investment to our region.
Hear from industry experts who can provide an insight into addressing challenges faced by manufacturing businesses.
Stay informed about the financial support on offer for your manufacturing business, and tap into specialist advice to grow.
Lead Change
Get involved in lobbying activity to make sure your voice is heard, regionally and nationally.

Do I qualify?

Participation in the Network is free and open to manufacturers of any size. The only criteria for joining are that:

  • You are a senior manager or leader
  • Your business is based in the region covered by East Midlands Chamber (namely Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire)
  • Your business makes something