Aerospace giant Airbus launches Derby offices

Global aerospace giant Airbus has expanded its UK footprint with the launch of a new base in Derby.

The company, which employs 15,000 people in the UK alone, has taken two facilities totalling 1,500 sq ft at Connect Derby’s iHub innovation centre, the flagship building on Infinity Park.

Airbus contributes significantly to the UK economy, spending more than £5bn every year with UK suppliers. Its UK supply chain comprises of more than 4,000 companies, ranging from large primes such as Rolls-Royce and GKN to hundreds of SMEs.

The strategic location of the iHub, close to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace in Derby, will enable Airbus to expand the work of its Procurement Operations Propulsion (POPR) team.

Dimitrios Paschos, head of Airbus office, Derby, said:“We chose the iHub because of its high construction and both its safety and security standards, as well its proximity to the main Rolls-Royce facilities in Derby.

“The quality of accommodation here is first class and we look forward to working alongside the Connect Derby team in the coming months.”

Cllr Martin Rawson, deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration and the economy, added: “The arrival of Airbus is a massive coup for the iHub, and just the right kind of tenant for the building. It is yet another example of a developing business taking advantage of the unique opportunity to relocate to accommodation in a hi-tech, manufacturing focused innovation technology park.

“The iHub continues to exceed its targets, both in terms of revenues and the calibre of tenants, which demonstrates that the building is exactly what the Derby economy needs. I am extremely proud of the confidence shown by the Council’s Labour administration to support the development of the iHub and Connect Derby.

“I hope the team enjoy their new space and wish them well in Derby.”

The iHub, which has Enterprise Zone status, provides flexible workspace for businesses looking to develop their role in the transport engineering and hi-tech sectors.

As well as 18 office workspaces, it features 14 ground floor workshops for businesses seeking a more hybrid working environment.

Since its launch in Autumn 2016, the £12m iHub has attracted a diverse range of businesses from across the rail, aerospace and automotive supply industries.