22 October 2012
Slick City Move for New Investment
Derby has beaten off competition from cities across the country after being chosen by a Texan oil and gas company as the location for a new UK "centre of engineering excellence".
Cameron, which is one of the world's largest producers of equipment for the offshore oil and gas industry, has selected Derby following a year-long, nationwide search. The Houston firm, which employs 22,500 people in 50 countries, has pledged to create up to 40 highly-skilled engineering jobs, with the possibility of more in the long term.
The company said it was drawn to Derby because of its rich pool of engineering talent and its recent regeneration. Paul Morley, Cameron’s UK Engineering Manager said, “Derby…really opened our eyes. As well as already having a reputation for engineering, it is a developed city – and its regeneration is continuing, despite what is happening in the wider economy. There is a real buzz about the place.”
"You could say Derby won the beauty contest – but it also won the skills contest.”