Derby's Bustler Market

Bustler Market, a new monthly event serving up quality independent street food, is coming to Derby. 

Bustler Market is an exciting new collaboration between Bondholders Bean Caffe, Blok Knives, and Love Derby, who have joined forces to bring the best of street food to the city. The Bustler lineup, consisting of Liv Pritchard, Ben Edmonds, Stu Costen, and Tom Erskine, are street food fans who have travelled far and wide to sample as much grub as they can stomach.

A place to devour delicious street food, Bustler Market will host up to eight traders, each bringing their own distinctive cuisines and specialities, a huge bar, and DJ’s providing all-night entertainment. With each monthly event Bustler Market will present a different line-up of traders, keeping the flavours changing.

Ben Edmonds, Owner of Blok Knives, said: “We wanted to create something that Derby hasn’t seen before, and that idea goes through everything we’re doing, from the venue, to the type of food on offer, to how we decorate the space. We have been inspired by events like Street Feast, Digbeth Dining Club and Peddler Market, and can’t wait to give Derby a version of its own.”

The first Bustler Market will be held on the 27th of May at a top secret location somewhere in Derby city centre.

$300m Order for Rolls-Royce

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has won a $300m order from Lion Group for Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power three new Airbus A330 aircraft, supported by Rolls-Royce’s flagship engine service, TotalCare®.

The Lion Group already operates three of the aircraft, all powered by the Trent 700 engine.

Edward Sirait, CEO, Lion Group, said: “These aircraft are an exciting addition to our widebody fleet, allowing us to deliver new routes for our customers. We have already seen the economic advantages of the Trent 700 and TotalCare service with our in-service aircraft and we are very pleased to continue with this combination for our new aircraft.”

Ewen McDonald, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Customers – Civil Aerospace, said: “Lion Group is a valued customer and we are delighted to support its growth plans for the future. We are proud of the success of the Trent 700 which has proven itself to be the engine of choice for A330 customers, with excellent efficiency and lower emissions.”

Burnthebook's Artistic Journey

Bondholder Burnthebook has just launched the new website for rising artist and children’s author, Laura Wall. The website includes an online store and blog, as well as vibrant imagery and animation from Laura’s captivating series of children’s books, Goose and Friends.

Jackie Clarke, Director and co-owner of the Derby-based digital agency, first discovered Laura a few years ago when she bought one of her paintings whilst on holiday in Fowey, Cornwall.

The website is integrated with Purveya, Burnthebook's own eCommerce platform.

Jackie Clarke, Director at Burnthebook said, “Working with Laura to realise her vision and help her to develop her brand has been an absolute delight. It’s been an incredible journey; since we started to work with Laura, all kinds of opportunities have presented themselves to her including book deals, a TV series and the growth of the Goose and Friends merchandise.

"Our Purveya™ eCommerce platform has been instrumental is helping her to sell her own products directly, helping her to retain profit, rather than relying on selling through third parties. .

"The main purpose of our own store was to enable us to understand the end-to- end eCommerce experience of e-retailers so we could build our own platform, so we are delighted to be able to pass on not only our digital experience, but also our operational knowledge, to help and guide Laura through the whole process.”

Expansion for Koobr

After an extremely successful four years with continual growth, Bondholder Koobr has appointed a new Marketing Manager.

Rebecca Shaw joins the creative agency as part of their growing digital marketing team.

Craig Barker, Managing Director, said: "We were really impressed with Rebecca’s experience and marketing skill-set from the beginning. She has a proven senior management background when it comes to creative and commercial projects.

“Our clients want to see measured results in their marketing. Appointing Rebecca as a marketing strategist compliments the creative side of everything we do — strengthening our position as one of Derby’s leading brand communication companies.”

Rebecca said: “I’m really looking forward to working with all of Koobr’s clients. These businesses work with Koobr because they want expertise and a fresh perspective. Being a part of such a talented and creative team is really inspiring”.

The expanding firm is also recruiting for another graphic designer to facilitate the demand for the design side of the business.

Continued Growth for Mazars

Bondholder Mazars has reported its fifth successive year of growth, and an increase in income of nearly 40% since 2012. 

The firm’s overall fee income increased from £149 million to £160 million, representing 7% growth.

Phil Verity, UK Senior Partner said: “I am proud that we have achieved such consistent growth in our business with increases in turnover and profit. Our growth has been sustainable and provides an excellent foundation for the next four years.

“Looking ahead we will continue to invest in our business to achieve further long-term sustainable growth. Our people are critical to this and we remain committed to nurturing and developing talent to deliver trust, create value and offer exceptional service to our clients.”

The firm has also recently announced the appointment of Kumail Dhirani as Audit Senior.

Kumail joins the company after a four and a half year career working as an auditor in Tanzania in the Eastern African branch of an international accountancy firm.

Kumail said: “Mazars has a fantastic reputation not just in the UK but worldwide and coupled with its impressive size and plans for further growth, I knew that the firm would be best placed for me to continue my auditing career.

"Mazars is well equipped with highly experienced individuals who specifically serve the needs of their clients which was also something that attracted me to the role. I believe that as auditors we tailor our approach to suit the client and I was pleased to see that at Mazars, they shared the same aims, objectives and work methods that I have always found important.”

iHub Nominated for Prestigious Awards

The iHub, part of Bondholder Connect Derby's portfolio of serviced offices, has been shortlisted for two RICS awards. 

The building has been nominated in both the ‘Regeneration’ and ‘Commercial’ categories at this year’s RICS Awards 2017, East Midlands.

Widely regarded as the premier property and constructions awards in the country, the RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment across eight categories.

The iHub, which has exceeded 50% occupancy since its launch last Autumn, has been shortlisted in the ‘Commercial’ category, which honours an outstanding commercial property development across the retail, office, leisure, industrial or mixed use sectors - and the ‘Regeneration’ category, which showcases exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coastal areas.

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Bondholder Derby City Council, said: "For the iHub to receive nominations in two categories at this year’s awards is a tremendous achievement and testament to the vision shown by the regeneration team at Derby City Council to create a scheme, that features an innovative design, meet its occupiers needs and represents value for money.

“The iHub aims to build on the city's reputation for creating cutting-edge ideas, particularly in the aerospace, automotive and transport industries, and reinforces the city’s reputation as the UK ‘capital for innovation.”

Ann Bhatti, Connect Derby Manager, added: “Being nominated for two prestigious awards is another example of the hugely positive reaction that the iHub has received since it joined the Connect Derby portfolio of buildings last Spring.

“The iHub because boasts hi-specification office and workshop accommodation, along with state-of- the-art equipment and business support services and we’re proud to say that it can rival any similar scheme in the UK.”

This Girl Can

Bondholder Smith Partnership are working in collaboration with fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club for the ICC Women’s World Cup legacy event, on Thursday 27th April, with guest speaker Sally Gunnell OBE.

The event will be an opportunity for hundreds of local business club partners to discuss how the county of Derbyshire can use the global cricket tournament to help women and girls to be their best.

Claire Twells, Partner at Smith Partnership, said: "We feel very privileged to be involved in this event, as it builds on the Sport England’s award winning This Girl Can campaign, and we believe Sally’s speech will be a catalyst to enable more women to get involved in sport across the county.

“The partners at the firm are very passionate about being involved in sport and understand the positive role it plays in binding the local community together and inspiring people of all ages to be active.

“Derby is a thriving sporting City with teams competing at the highest level, therefore any opportunity to encourage people who are not involved to try something new is an excellent platform to be involved in.”

For more information about the event, please click here.

43,000 Miles Back to Derby

In 2010 Leigh Timmis, an employee for Bondholder Pattonair, set off on a 43,000 mile journey, cycling around the world to raise money for new Bondholder the Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre.

In seven years Leigh has raised over £10,000 for the charity, and will be returning to Derby this Saturday when he arrives at Bondholder Derby Cathedral at 1pm. 

Leigh's journey has brought about many adventures, including singing to bears to prevent them from attacking him. 

Speaking about his return, Leigh said: "Having been living in a tent for seven years, I'm not sure quite how being back at my mum's home is going to feel, but at least I won't be in danger of being eaten, shot, or from dying from starvation, dehydration or malnutrition."

The Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre provides holidays to children aged 7 to 13, who are having troubles in their home lives .

Innovation at Smith Partnership

Smith Partnership has been invited by Thomson Reuters to be featured in a national case study regarding its innovative approach to marketing and business development.

The Bondholder law firm will sit on a panel with two other law firms from London and be interviewed and filmed in London on 26 th April, to understand the company’s innovative marketing and business development strategy, which has ultimately increased its turnover.

Claire Twells, partner at Smith Partnership and Head of Business Development at the firm said: “We are thrilled to have been invited by Thomson Reuters to be featured in this case study, which will focus on how small to medium sized law firms innovate, to retain and attract both clients and staff.

"We understand that the case study will be published in May and will be distributed to provide thought leadership and insight to the market.

“Over the last four years we have developed an intensive marketing campaign across a number of targeted channels, such as regional newspapers and magazines, social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and our websites. Our campaigns have targeted key audiences for specific legal services, which has resulted in substantial increases in new client files being set up.

“Investing in new technology has always been a core strategy at Smith Partnership, to improve our client service levels and to reach out to potential new clients for each of our legal departments, for both commercial and private services.”

EKV to Help Launch Gym City

Bondholder EKV Design has been appointed by fellow Bondholder Derby Riverlights to develop an interior design concept for the new flagship Gym City. 

Jonathan Naden, EKV’s Managing Director, said: “We were extremely pleased to be invited to work on this scheme, which will be located within a key area of the city next to the river.”

The gym will contain a range of cardio, resistance and free weights equipment. It will also host a Combat Zone, with a full size Octagon cage, Boxing Ring and matted areas for top class training. There will also be a Cave Man Zone with alternative cross training, a Women’s only Zone, a Dance Zone compromising of a dance studio, which will also host regular Pole fitness classes.

Mark Holmes, Asset Manager at Moorfield who own Derby Riverlights Group said: “We are delighted to welcome Gym City to Derby Riverlights and as one of only three city based gyms this is a fantastic addition to the vibrant leisure destination that we are creating in the heart of the city centre."

Success for Telegraph

Bondholder The Derby Telegraph has been nominated as UK Daily Newspaper of the Year in the Regional Press Awards 2017. The paper has received a total of 5 nominations.

Business Editor Robin Johnson has been nominated for Business and Finance Journalist of the Year, for the eighth consecutive Year. Isaac Crowson has also been shortlisted for Daily Journalist of the Year. 

Steve Hall, Derby Telegraph Editor, said: "I am delighted by our strong showing in the Regional Press Awards nominations.

"The nominations are an endorsement of the excellent journalism produced here in Derby.

"I am proud that both Robin and Isaac have been shortlisted for their work and wish them the best of luck for the ceremony next month."

Connect's 22

Bondholder Connect Derby, the region’s fastest growing managed workspace scheme, is celebrating its third anniversary with the news that it has created 22 new jobs for local people.

Since it was launched in the Spring of 2014, the Connect Derby project has exceeded all expectations - and is now a £30m project, which boasts 200 tenants across a diverse range of industry sectors.

During this time Connect Derby has expanded from its original five buildings to seven - Friar Gate Studios, Kings Chambers, Sadler Bridge Studios, Riverside Chambers, Shot Tower and most recently, the iconic Marble Hall on Nightingale Road and the iHub in the heart of Infinity Park Derby.

The scheme continues to achieve high levels of occupancy across its seven buildings. Marble Hall achieved 55% occupancy less than four months after its launch, whilst occupancy levels at the iHub innovation centre recently passed the 50% mark.

As well as creating 22 new job within Connect Derby, it has also contributed to the creation of more than 220 jobs amongst the 2,700 businesses and entrepreneurs it has supported. 106 new businesses have been attracted into Connect Derby locations, 28% of which have relocated into Connect Derby buildings from outside of Derby city.

The scheme now supports some 229 SMEs across the professional services, creative industries and technology sectors.

Speaking of its success, Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of  Bondholder Derby City Council, said: “Connect Derby project offers a high level of economic regeneration and job creation, backed by business development support and digital communication and over the past three years, has succeeded in creating a community that values skills, knowledge and collaboration.

“The Connect Derby scheme is contributing to the economic prosperity of the city and supporting many new and existing businesses and I would like to congratulate Ann Bhatti and her team for all their hard work over the past three years.”

Ann Bhatti, Connect Derby manager, added: “I have been part of Connect Derby’s journey since day one and it’s been a privilege to watch it develop into the vibrant organisation it is today."

Tioga's International Expansion

Bondholder Tioga and Telemisis, one of the UK’s leading providers of advanced remote monitoring, control and Internet of Things solutions, have merged to form Tioga Group Limited.  The new group has been created as part of a strategic growth plan that will accelerate international expansion and entry into new markets.

Tioga Group Limited includes the businesses of Telemisis, Tioga, Audiotel international and a minority interest in SurePulse Medical, a joint venture with the University of Nottingham.

The new group employs over 150 people across the UK and already derives a substantial amount of its revenues from international sales.

Professor Warwick Adams, group managing director said, “As an established exporter, we know that Brexit will create new and exciting opportunities for international trade. At Tioga Group we are investing now in expanding our world-class manufacturing and product capabilities, to fully exploit these opportunities. ”

As part of the merger, the co-founders of Telemisis Limited, Tony Richardson and Chris Begent will join the board of the new group.

Tony Richardson said: “By leveraging our combined expertise in development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, we will accelerate the introduction of innovative new products, demanded by our customers.”

Finding our Purpose; How to Make a Place

In what turned out to be his final film, the ethereal Being There, Peter Sellers played the role of Chauncey Gardner, a simple-minded gardener who becomes accidental adviser to the President of the United States.

The film is an allegorical tale, packed with Chauncey’s salt-of-the-earth observations on the effects of seasons on gardening - first comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter - being misinterpreted as pillars of economic wisdom by the Washington DC elite.

Whilst it’s easy to scoff at Chauncey’s homespun recurrent natural cycles, their essential truth can be applied in so many circumstances.

Remember, contrary to common belief, King Canute was not trying to stop the tide, but rather he was showing his subjects the limit of his powers.

Attempts to resist natural rhythms can be futile – remember Gordon Brown’s ‘no boom or bust’ – so surely the trick is not to resist but to try and influence.

In my experience, this approach is applicable to the evolution of cities.

Like empires, cities rise and fall, but they can then rise again – witness, for example, the stories of Rome or Istanbul.

A city does not have any given right to success - fate can deal a brilliant or terrible hand - but the most consistently successful cities do share a common feature, they adapt, they change and duck and dive with circumstances.

We often tend to think that cities are the product of free market activity, that they are just as they are but, in truth, every city is the product of conscious intervention.

Derby exists because the Romans identified it as a low crossing point of the River Derwent. The Danes liked its central location, establishing it as one of the 5 Danelaw Boroughs, a status it lost in the 10th century.

After 700 years of relative quiet came an explosion of activity in the 18th century - the establishment of the world’s first factory at the Silk Mill, the failed invasion of Bonnie Prince Charlie and becoming a vibrant centre of enlightenment.

All of this helped shape the city of Derby we inherit today.

The disadvantage for the UK of being first out of the industrial revolution blocks means we are first to face the challenge of de-industrialisation.

The reason that lay behind the growth of so many places – especially in the midlands and the north – has disappeared and, over the past few decades, cities have been seeking a new purpose.

In the business this is called placemaking.

But, who drives it? Who decides what a place can become?

In Victorian times this was very much the domain of businessmen such as Joseph Chamberlain in Birmingham or Thomas Bass in Derby.

In the 20th century, the role became subsumed into local government.

Today, there are very few Chamberlains or Basses – accumulation of personal wealth seems to overrule civic philanthropy – and local government has been curtailed.

Yet, one could argue, the need for placemaking has never been greater and we urgently need to find new models that make this happen.

It’s not just the fabled millennials who demand interesting and vibrant cities, but so does Generation X and the Baby Boomers.

The 21st century city needs to be vibrant and dynamic, urbane and cultural.

It’s not a nice-to-do, it’s a must-do as over the next 50 years cities that remain dull cultural deserts, places of convenience, and not choice, will slowly fade.











Virtual Derby

Bondholder Mixed Realities is recreating Derby in virtual reality, including Bondholders The Roundhouse and The Palfrey

Mixed Realities' cutting-edge technology allows people to explore Derby's landmarks without leaving the comfort of their home. 

Joe Clark, Creative Director, said: "Our ambition for the project is to promote the amazing venues and spaces within Derby in a new and exciting way."

Bondholder Derby College, which occupies the Roundhouse, commissioned Mixed Realities to produce the 3D environment to help promote it as a modern leisure and business tourism destination.

Laura Wilkinson, event planner at the college's Roundhouse Events arm, said: "The work was done overnight when the Roundhouse is at its quietest and most atmospheric. The results are stunning and we were delighted that this iconic building has taken centre stage in such an innovative project."

Scott Straughan, Technical Director, said: "There were many challenges associated with creating a 3D Virtual scan of such a large space, everything from its complex structure, the lighting required, to the intense level of detail in the floor itself all presented their own technological difficulties.

"Despite being a young company we have been able to overcome these challenges and hopefully have given Derby College and the city of Derby a new and innovative way to explore the building."

The Roundhouse was renovated by Bondholder Bowmer and Kirkland as part of a major restoration programme designed by fellow Bondholder Maber Architects.

Bowmer and Kirkland chairman John Kirkland said it was fitting the Roundhouse should be the first building in Derby to be recorded as part of the 3D Derby Project.

He said: "It is a landmark building and a piece of history which we had the honour to restore and renovate. To see it in 3D gives it a whole new perspective and reveals it in all its glory."

Maber Associate Director Steve Basran added: "We have been absolutely delighted with Mixed Realities' 'nothing is too much trouble' approach to creating a VR simulation of The Roundhouse.

"The Roundhouse scheme is one of Maber's most prestigious accomplishments in Derby and the practice has worked hard to find the right partner to collaborate with to unearth the deep history that lies behind the scenes.

"The VR package will help us gain a better understanding of the structure and become a vital tool for any future work at the Roundhouse."

Richard Shaw, Business Development Director at Mixed Realities, said the virtual reality tours can be accessed via the company's website.

He said: "Derby has an enviable cultural heritage, a large influence during the Industrial Revolution, and is home to some of the brightest companies in the world."

"The 3D Derby Project further demonstrates the desire and passion to showcase what is truly great about Derby."

Marketing Derby Bondholder League Results!

20 bondholder teams took part in the Central Health Derby 10K on 9th April, organised by fellow bondholder Sporting Futures.

Now the results are in, the first ever Bondholder League is live, and Sporting Futures are thrilled to announce Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK as this year’s winning bondholder! After coming third in the overall Business Team Challenge, ‘The runner in front is from Toyota’ team have scooped the victory, beating off competition from their own colleagues and other teams from around the city.

There was more inter-company battles as DCFC Stadium leapfrogged DCFC Academy to claim 4th place, and Flint Bishop climbed the ranks from 13th in the overall challenge to take 3rd place amongst other bondholders. Geldards LLP also jumped up a huge 22 places to grab a top ten spot.

Rolls Royce Digital proved that the tortoise is in fact faster than the hare, with 5 Rolls Royce teams in total taking on the 10K challenge, giving them the title for most overall runners entered, along with some of the most inventive team names!

Points were awarded to bondholders based on numbers of runners in each team, along with their finishing times.

The winning team at Toyota are entitled to a free team entry into next year’s event, where we hope to see more bondholders take on the challenge. Thanks to all this year’s business teams who came out in force to support Sporting Futures’ biggest event and fundraiser.

Riverside Chambers on the Box

RIverside Chambers, part of Bondholder Connect Derby's portfolio of serviced offices, is set to appear on Channel 4's Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year, tonight.

Hosted by Kevin McCloud and Dr Anna Keay, the show showcases the most incredible restorations of historic buildings. From palaces to watermills, department stores to music halls, they unfold nine centuries of our history told through treasured places that have been brought back from the brink.

Riverside Chambers, is a grade II-Listed neo-Georgian building, dating back to the 1930s. Bondholders Derby City Council and Maber helped transform the former Magistrates Court, into serviced offices.

David Ward, Planning Director at Wilson Bowden, who were also involved in the project, said: "Wilson Bowden are delighted that it’s work on the Former Magistrates Court (Riverside Chambers) is being recognised on Channel 4’s Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year
“This was a challenging project and required careful handling of the buildings fabrics, restoring it to its former glory whilst at the same time delivering a 21st Century working environment.
“It also required collaborative working with a number of parties, including Derby City Council with its local studies library, as well as the quality workmanship of our contractors Cleggs, and vision of Maber architects."

Fitness With Status Social

Bondholder Status Social has implemented a new policy to encourage its staff to get fit and healthy. 

Staff at the social media management company have been told that they can arrive an hour late at work, if they utlise the time to exercise instead. The policy has been introduced to encourage staff to get fitter, which is believed to increase worker productivity. 

Mark Saxby, Director, said: "Most of our staff spend their days creating social media updates on a computer so their working day is spent sitting down.

"Research has shown that exercising before work has a positive effect on employee mood, productivity and even absence rates. I don't expect staff to have to work later to make up for the time spent being active."

Tidyco's Year of Growth

Bondholder Tidyco has reported a 14% growth in its operational turnover. 

The local engineering firm has expanded sales and marketing personnel to support a three year growth strategy. Tidyco has recently opened a new manufacturing and distribution unit, published a dedicated corporate social responsibility statement of intent as well as undertake a trade mark project to support on-going profitable expansion.

Jay Bhundia, Finance Manager for Tidyco said: “I am delighted to report that the organisation has achieved an impressive 14% growth in operational turnover whilst retaining consistently healthy profit margins and bottom line figures. The group has also scored an exceptional 100/100 credit rating from Experian, which is classed as outstanding.”

James Tidy, Managing Director added: “The family owned business is never afraid to diversify and investigate new ways to penetrate additional markets whilst growing existing supply chain relations.

"The company has also witnessed tangible success in online commerce as well as agitation within international export. Whilst competition and global markets remain fierce, Tidyco is committed to offering a best in class customer service whilst continuing to consistently grow company profits.”

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

A report commissioned by Bondholder Derby City Council has found that the planes, trains and automobiles sectors contribute a combined economic output of £9.5bn for Derby’s economy.

The research shows that nearly 50% of all output in the city comes from aerospace, rail and automotive and the three sectors employ 20% of all employees in Derby.

The report confirms that 25,500 people are directly employed in aerospace, rail and automotive functions and this number rises to 37,000 when the supply chain is taken into account.

The aerospace sector contributes £4.45 billion economic output to the local economy. This is 23.2% of total output generated in the City and is the largest contributor to economic activity.

The rail sector contributes £1.61 billion economic output to Derby. This is 8.4% of the total output generated in the City and is the 3rd largest industrial sector contributor.

The automotive sector in Derbyshire contributes £3.4 billion economic output to the sub-regional economy.

Cllr Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council said: “This report offers a variety of practical recommendations for how we can support the supply chain to continue to achieve success and maintain Derby’s position as a leader in advanced manufacturing.”