Derby’s latest restaurant, Seven, is among the new and expanding businesses to receive support from Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.
Seven, which opened recently on Pride Park – creating 21 new jobs – has received a loan from the £20 million Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.
The DEGF is part of the government’s Regional Growth Fund and run by Derby City Council. It aims to support growth and job creation in businesses through a mix of loans and grants
Seven restaurant is the brainchild of entrepreneur Helen Salloway who is a trained chef.
She aims to provide a relaxed gastro experience throughout the day and evening after identifying a gap in the market particularly serving the businesses in Pride Park.
Helen explained: “The support from Derby Enterprise Growth Fund has given us the means to help get this venture off the ground. The restaurant has been completed to a high specification that Derby and particularly Pride Park needs and deserves.
“We have already created 21 new jobs with more in the pipeline as we expand. I am also liaising with the University of Derby and with Derby College to provide work experience for their young chefs and front of house students. This will contribute to the growing skills base and stature of the hospitality industry.
“Derby is at the centre of the country and the UK’s high tech industry so it was important to have somewhere cosmopolitan, flexible to business’ needs and of a high quality that would showcase the city.
“There are 10,000 people working at Pride Park and nearly 3,000 visitors staying at the area’s four hotels and I was passionate that we needed something on Pride Park where business people and particularly women could come and relax at the beginning, middle or end of the working day.
“We have extensive parking, Wi-Fi access throughout the restaurant and two private dining rooms with conference presentation facilities so we are meeting a real need for businesses in the city.”
The restaurant is open from 7am on weekdays and 9am at weekends – serving contemporary British dishes on its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
Helen concluded: “This has always been my dream and, once established, we hope to open further restaurants across the Midlands.”
Leader of Derby City Council Cllr Paul Bayliss, who chairs the panel of industry and financial experts who consider applications for the Fund, added: “The DEGF has been set up as a flexible resource to support businesses of all shapes and sizes in their efforts to become established, grow and create local jobs for local people.
“As well as meeting the criteria for job creation, ‘Seven’ is providing a valuable service in the city and particularly Pride Park which continues to attract high calibre small, medium and large businesses – many with an international client base.”
Applications for DEGF continue to be welcomed by Derby City Council. To find out more visit: www.derby.gov.uk/degf . Alternatively call 01332 641628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .