NEW statistics have revealed that people in South Derbyshire are the most productive in the entire UK.
The data, which showed that the area had shot to the top of the charts due to a 19 per cent rise in productivity since 2009, were revealed as part of a close look at growth in the UK by the International Monetary Fund.
The figures showed that the area had been boosted by a massive increase in how much people contributed to the economy.
Bob Wheeler, leader of South Derbyshire District Council, expressed ‘delight’ after learning of the area’s ranking.
He said: “South Derbyshire is one of the country’s leading manufacturing centres – almost 25 per cent of jobs in the area are in manufacturing, three times the national average.
“This achievement has been led by global companies with truly innovative products, such as JCB, Nestlé and Toyota.
“JCB has recently announced an increase in production of engines in South Derbyshire, including a new six-cylinder unit, to support its growth. Production of the Toyota Auris has expanded rapidly with, for the first time, hybrid and touring variants.
“South Derbyshire is becoming a major centre for coffee production, with the Nestlé site being expanded to treble output of its Dolce Gusto coffee pods.
“Much of the output is exported – more than 80 per cent of cars made in South Derbyshire are exported, including to Japan, whilst Dolce Gusto coffee pods are exported to some 38 countries.
“These multinational businesses are supported by a myriad dynamic smaller companies supplying parts and expertise.
“Unemployment in South Derbyshire is half the national level and has now dropped back to levels not seen since 2008.”