Yosuke Nakahara / Marubeni business trainee
* In this column, Marubeni Group staff provide a glimpse of the cities in which they are living and working.
The City of Derby is located in central England. Getting there from London takes approximately one and a half hours by train or one hour by car. Many people tend to think that Derby is the birthplace of the famous horse races of the same name, but unfortunately the city does not appear to have any direct connection.
Derby was the center of the Industrial Revolution in England, but even today industry is also highly developed, with factories belonging to leading aircraft engine and rail vehicle manufacturers. A major Japanese automobile company has a large vehicle manufacturing plant here and the city also has a sister-city relationship with Toyota City in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. If you travel outside the city, however, the view changes to that of a traditional British pastoral scene with horses and sheep. In this edition of Recommended Spots, I will introduce Derby—an industrial city that also has nature in great abundance.
Let’s begin at the Peak District National Park. Located approximately one hour’s drive north of the city, the Peak District covers six counties and was the first area to be designated as a national park. This expansive and peaceful place has traditional English country scenery as far as the eye can see. There are many attractions on offer nearby such as hamlets and manor houses, and although there is not much variance in elevation, this is the perfect spot for trekking and other activities. Here you can also escape the noise of the city and relax in the fresh air and abundant greenery.
Derby is also home to developed ceramic and textile industries. The only ceramic brand of its kind in England granted permission to include the title “Royal” in its name, has a factory here. Also, a famous knitwear brand was established here in Derby. Both companies offer tours of their factories where you can gain an insight into traditional manufacturing methods with long histories.
Please come and visit scenic Derby.
Marubeni Group communication site “MS+ (MS Plus)” (December 15, 2015)