Business in Amber Valley

Business in Amber Valley - A Great Place to Work

A diverse range of businesses, both inward investors and home-grown success stories, choose Amber Valley as their home. With a broad mixture of retail, manufacturing and service providers Amber Valley has the right mix of ingredients to make it a great place to work.

Retail Centres

Alfreton, Belper, Heanor and Ripley are the four market towns of Amber Valley and form the main retail centres of the Borough. Each of the towns centre around traditional shopping streets that provide a variety of services such as travel agents, banks and estate agents and excellent shopping opportunities. Newer edge of town developments are home to many high street favourites. A mixture of both national and independent retailers can be found throughout the Borough as well as retail service providers such as café's, restaurants and health and beauty providers. Factory shopping is a well established part of the retail economy sitting alongside the production sites for big names such as Denby Pottery, John Smedley knitwear and David Nieper ladies wear. 

The Regeneration Unit conduct Town Centre Audits within the four Market Towns of Alfreton, Belper, Heanor and Ripley twice a year.  The audits assist with monitoring town centre businesses including business types, vacancy and footfall counts.  For more information on the Town Centre audits contact the Regeneration Unit on 01773 841520 or email

Click on each link below to find out what businesses are in Amber Valley's Market Towns

Alfreton Town Centre, Belper Town Centre, Heanor Town Centre, Ripley Town Centre


Amber Valley has a rich manufacturing heritage although the traditional industries of textiles and mining have now been replaced with a modern mix of businesses encompassing the most advanced manufacturing techniques across a wide range of sectors. Manufacturing is vital to the local economy and with 27.1% (Source: Derbyshire Local Economic Assessment) of the employed workforce active in this sector and aligned industries there is an extensive local manufacturing skills pool.

Important clusters of manufacturing can be found right across the Borough.  Alfreton and the surrounding neighbourhood is the borough's most populated industrial area due to it's proximity to the major transport links of the M1 and A38. All within close proximity to Alfreton town and housing over 160 businesses, Alfreton Trading Estate, Cotes Park Industrial Estate and Meadow Lane Industrial Estate, are home to national and international companies including chocolate and confectionary brand leader Thorntons , cleaning and hygiene giants Diversey, performance textiles experts Guilford Europe, national building plastics firm Eurocell, and NHS Logistics to name but a few. Nearby Pye Bridge Industrial Estate is home to bespoke precast concrete experts Evans Concrete. This award winning company have worked on many high-profile projects including the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Other significant manufacturing locations include Heanor Gate Industrial Park home to companies such as luxury food producers Matthew Walker Christmas Puddings, and Cytec Industrial Materials who are headquartered there.

At Codnor Gate Business Park just outside Ripley you will find Manthorpe Engineering and world leading dolls house retailer The Dolls House Emporium. Leading British hosiery brand Aristoc have retained their manufacturing base in Amber Valley since the company formed in the 1920's and are now based in Belper.

Amber Valley Borough Council aims to support the local manufacturing base in many ways including through the Amber Valley Industrial Estates Groups. Meeting on a regular basis the Groups provide an opportunity for local businesses to network, exchange information and have a regular dialogue with the local authority and other service providers such as the police in order to support and strengthen resources locally. The groups are supported by Amber Valley Borough Council's Regeneration Unit, if you would like to know more about the industrial estate groups in Amber Valley please contact Regeneration on 01773 841496 or email


Amber Valley has a high proportion of smaller companies offering a range of bespoke and professional services. There are strong clusters of design based businesses throughout the Borough as well as IT and web service providers. The tourism industry contributes significantly to the local economy with a range of world class attractions and proximity between Derby city and the Peak District contributing to a thriving sector.

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