Marketing Derby Opens London Base

Marketing Derby has announced that it is to open an office base in London, for its heightened activities in the capital during 2017.

The office is located in the Moorgate area, close to the Bank of England, in the heart of the City financial district.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “We have always had a focus on the London market and over the years have held a large number of Embassies in venues across the capital. Many of our investment successes have emanated from London and we continue to grow new investor contacts.

“Because of this, we have been considering establishing a more stable base, and following conversations with a number of our Bondholders who have similar cost-effective arrangements in London, we have decided to take the plunge and commit.”

“The office is in a serviced incubator complex and will cost only £600 for the remainder of 2017. This allows us to host visitors and roundtable meetings, as well as serving as an address for our London activities.”

During 2017, Marketing Derby’s London-based activities will include Embassy events at Lambeth Palace and City Hall, as well as hosting an Agenda magazine ‘Big Talk’ in the Marketing Derby office and the launch of the Derby-London Ambassador Club.

“The idea behind the club is to bring together the large number of Derbeians who are based in the capital and keen to act as ambassadors, endorsing our investment offer and making introductions to key contacts who themselves might consider investing in Derby. ”

The Chairman of the club will be announced in the coming months, with a formal launch later this summer.

The Derby Way

A tired Market Place in desperate need of investment; a struggling football team regularly changing managers; fear of terrorism; and, a bad tempered national political climate with genuine concerns over the state of the global economy.

The French have a phrase for it– "plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose" – the more things change, the more things stay the same.

One could be cynical and say not much appears to have changed in 40 years.

But, deep down, we all know change is constant, as any cursory glance over 40 years of personal photographs tells us.

More than this, time, and its historical perspective, has a way of illuminating connections and counterpoints through its rhythmic cycles.

In 1977, the new Assembly Rooms opened, which 40 years later we are about to demolish. The UK had just confirmed its membership of the European club we are about to leave. The Rams now have Gary Rowett instead of Tommy Docherty and the oil crisis has been usurped by climate change.

Plus ça change?

And yet, cities are dynamic ecosystems, with communities constantly evolving, as Derby surely is.

It says something about the values of our country that it took until 1977 for Derby to be awarded city status. Many people mistake city for size, the bigger the place the more likely to carry that moniker.

This is simply not true in the UK where such recognition was more likely connected to cathedrals and castles. Our smallest city is the tiny (and beautiful) hamlet of St Davids, population 1,600.

There is a political reason why small towns, such as Canterbury, Chester, Chichester or Lichfield were given city status, whilst economic workhouses such as Derby, Swansea and Wolverhampton have had to bid in rare competitions.

Nevertheless, in 1977, the home of Erasmus Darwin, John Flamsteed, the world’s first factory and Rolls-Royce, finally became a city by winning the Silver Jubilee competition.

Now, in 2017, we celebrate our 40th birthday and, like any person hitting that middle-age landmark, we can indulge in a little navel-gazing and glancing back, as well as contemplating the future.

I’m interested in the psychology of place, the core character if you will, and, my contention is that Derby is still finding its footing in being a ‘city’ – but, like any 40-year old, we are getting there and discovering a momentum and self-awareness that we wish we'd had whilst younger.

In many respects, the new city got off to a bad start. Not too much happened over its first 20 years - years that might be described as being lost.

During the 1990s we began to see a new ambition emerge - illustrated by the creation of the University of Derby, the return of single-tier local authority unitary status and the opening of Pride Park.

These were important milestones in maturity but it wasn’t until we hit 30 years of age, in 2007, that Derby finally underwent a genuine paradigm shift on its journey - from 19th century industrial town, to 21st century technology city.

The existential crisis that swept all places of industry came late to Derby – most possibly because we never faced the removal of our core economy in the way the Newcastles and Liverpools of the world had.

In Derby, our mega-employment sectors - of aerospace and rail - remained and, indeed, were supplemented by the arrival of Toyota.

Being home to ‘planes, trains and automobiles’ is a handy descriptor but it hides changes to the nature of our core economy, which no longer requires low or semi-skilled labour.

Today, our employment is based on technology and innovation, one that demands higher and more flexible skills. One in eight of our workforce are employed in hi-tech functions and the city’s salaries are second only to London.

This is as true for the many small to medium businesses in sectors such as composites, creative and digital, as it is for the bigger clusters in aerospace, automotive, nuclear and rail.

It’s a fact that our education system has yet to master which is why too many locals struggle to enter that market.

I can pin the actual day and time when Derby began its true city transformation.

It was Tuesday 9th October 2007, when at precisely 9.30am, Westfield threw open its doors for the first time.

For Derby, there was no way back.

On that day, at the height of the consumer-led economy, an astonishing 158,000 people came to see the sparkling new shopping centre. Many commented that ‘it doesn’t feel like Derby’.

Westfield (now intu Derby of course) was a significant piece in the city centre jigsaw.

Subsequently, we have seen £3billion invested into Derby, partly rediscovering our heritage (the Cathedral Quarter hotel, Magistrates’ Court and Council House being good examples) and partly through new build that reveals our future (Derby QUAD, Friar Gate Square, Derby Arena and the iHub for example).

Some schemes personify both, the best example being Derby College’s Roundhouse, a genuinely world-class building, melding the best of the old with the shock of the new.

I appreciate some people struggle with change but the creation and attraction of wealth, and its subsequent retention, are absolutely essential ingredients for a vibrant city in which to live, work and play.

Just consider extent of the cultural activity this year – 100,000 people at the Format festival; 4,000 attending Brian Cox’s science lecture at the Derby Arena; 250,000 coming to see the Poppies at the Silk Mill; or the 20,000+ expected at the 3aaa County Ground to see Elton John and the Women's World Cup Cricket.

Add to this the credible festivals for Film, Comedy, Books, Folk and the iconic Feste– all of which would have been unthinkable in 1977.

I don’t know about the next 40 years, but in 2027 the city hits the age of 50, often described as the new 40.

I believe by then that we have nailed the next wave of challenges, be it a new performance venue, a thriving Becketwell, regenerated St Peters Quarter, a reclaimed riverside for the people, excellent schools and an appropriate showcase for the art of Joseph Wright.

In 1717, the Silk Mill was under construction, and over the following 300 years we have discovered that, as a city - yes, a city - we are at our best when innovating and driving forward.

Maybe it’s the Derby way.

Plus ça change, c’est le chemin Derby?















New Appointments at Burnthebook

Bondholder Burnthebook has expanded its team with two new appointments.

David Hancock has joined the digital design team, and specialises in digital web design with experience across a wide range of industries.

Rachel Redsell has joined as a Project Manager from a Leicestershire agency where she was responsible for managing several national B2B and consumer accounts.

Jackie Clarke, Director and co-owner of Burnthebook said: “These appointments reflect our strengths in combining business-focused solutions and excellent customer service with creativity and digital technology.”

“We have spent many years developing our service offering and gaining the trust and respect of our clients, many of whom have been with us for more than 10 years. So, for us, team dynamics, as well as hiring talented and skillful people, are really important because a business is only ever as good as its people.

Over the years, Phil and I have always endeavoured to nurture and take care of the people we employ to bring out the best in them. We have seen a marked increase in new business enquiries, which again, I think is down to the quality of our work, but also the digital expertise and knowledge we have gained from years of experience in our industry.”

Bondholders set to Fundraise at Ramathon

A number of Bondholders are set to compete in this year's Ramathon, organised by Bondholder RunDerby, to help fundraise for fellow Bondholder Safe and Sound.

Bondholders in the Safe and Sound team include Nathalie Walters, Chief Executive of Safe and Sound; Anthony Lomas, Partner at BB&J; Claire Tonks, Partner at Flint Bishop LLP; and Sean Price, Director at RDS Global.

When asked why she was fundraising for Safe and Sound, Claire Tonks said: “I have decided to run my first half marathon, (much to the surprise of my three boys – “you’re quite old mum to run that far.”) to help raise funds and awareness for Safe & Sound.

"Having a teenager myself and working with schools and colleges, it is impossible not to be aware of the dangers to our children in the digital world. Safe and Sound is a fantastic, local charity providing specialist support to children and young people affected by sexual exploitation.

The race is also sponsored by fellow Bondholder Dains



Rolls-Royce Leisure Invests in Fitness

Bondholder Rolls-Royce Leisure has invested in the latest fitness equipment to create an extended functional training area within its state-of- the-art gym.

The Fitness Centre, which is located within the 32-acre site at Rolls-Royce Leisure, has transformed an area of its gym with functional training facilities that allows members to swing, balance and hang from a rig to strengthen core muscles in a fun and innovative way.

The brand new functional training zone features a rig like structure, where members can use a variety of attachments to perform exercises, such as pullups, weighted squats, suspension exercises, boxing, battle ropes, etc.

Mike, Fitness Centre manager, said: “We are delighted to launch our functional training area at Rolls-Royce Leisure, which will allow our members to get the most out of their workout and train with more variety.”

Maria Hanson makes Guest list

Maria Hanson from Bondholder The Maria Hanson Foundation has been asked to be an ambassador for the David Gest Foundation.

The David Gest Foundation’s aim is to improve the quality of life of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children, helping them fulfil their full potential through of music and entertainment.

When asked about her appointment, Maria said:  “I am truly honoured to have been asked to be a part of his final wish. Attending and speaking at his Foundation’s opening gala next month will be both an overwhelming and emotional experience.

"I hope that I am able to replicate the kindness he offered to me and my charity, and will ensure his memory truly lives on through me and through the work I do with the Foundation and me&dee.”

The David Gest Foundation will officially kick off on Wednesday, June 14th 2017 with a star-studded gala event at the hotel David called his London home for the final years of his life – the Canary Riverside Plaza in Canary Wharf. Guests at the star studded event will include David’s long-time friend and collaborator Dionne Warwick, 3 Degrees’ icon Sheila Ferguson, Gwen Dickey, Freday Payne and X Factor sensation Rebecca Ferguson.

Tickets for the gala ball can be bought by contacting Maria Hanson directly on or call 07834546496.

Jack Wills Moves into Derby

Premium retailer Jack Wills is set to open a new store in Derby. 

The clothing store will operate from the city's Cathedral Quarter, home to other premium retailers including Dr Martens and Joules. 

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: "Jack Wills' expansion into Derby is great news for the city. Derby presents a strong retail offer; not only has the Cathedral Quarter received the 2016 Great British High Street Award, but the city has been named by leading property publications as a top ten location for premium retail opportunity.

"This latest investment shows that retailers are recognising Derby as premium retail destination."

Derby Tops Table

Derby is the second best city in the UK to raise a family, according to price comparison website Moneysupermarket, which analysed 35 of the biggest cities in the UK for their "family friendliness".

Derby took second place thanks to the high level of jobs, highest average salaries and access to green space.

The city's key selling point was that it had one of the lowest average house prices on the list at £148,437 and a low level of crime with 17.1 burglary claims for every 1,000 home insurance quotes.

The research analysed key factors that impact family life, including school rankings, access to green space, likelihood of burglary, house prices, job opportunities and average salary.

Newcastle took the top spot due to the number of top schools, green spaces and low house prices. London fished bottom of the list due to higher price houses, the volume of crime and overcrowded schools.

Kevin Pratt, consumer affairs expert at MoneySuperMarket, said: "Parents naturally want the best for their children, whether it's a good school, Derby is the second best city in the UK to raise a

£10m New Employment Zone Planned

Ivygrove Developments has submitted a planning application to Derby City Council, to convert a seven-acre site into a £10m industrial estate.

The former Rolls-Royce car park in Dunstall Park Road will help create up to 500 jobs, once completed. 

John Blount, Chairman of Ivygrove, said: "It was obvious to us that the site was ideal for our industrial units. We agreed terms to buy it soon after it came to the market."

Stephen Salloway, Managing Director at Salloway Property Consultants the agents for the site, said: "The proposal is to build up to 20 units totalling 80,000 sq ft and ranging from 3,000 sq ft to 15,000 sq ft.

"The timing is excellent as we are seeing increasing levels of demand across the board for small to medium-sized industrial units. Dunstall Park fits the bill perfectly.

"We believe there is a good appetite for the Ivygrove product in this size range and location and I anticipate good levels of early interest from pent-up demand. Indeed, we already have two serious enquiries from major organisations. It is great news for the local economy and fits well with the concepts of the Industrial Strategy."

Ivygrove are at the forefront of Derby’s industrial property market and this new development sits perfectly with their strategy to maintain a constant supply of new, existing and bespoke units.
— Stephen Salloway

Rachel Shortlisted for National Award

Rachel Morris, Chapter Steward at Bondholder Derby Cathedral, has been shortlisted in the Property and Facilities Management category of the national WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards.

The Rising Star Awards, now in their third year, are the only awards to solely focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline. They celebrate 100 individual female contributors who represent the future leaders and role models of tomorrow across twenty different industries.

The Awards are run in partnership with The Times.

When asked about her nomination, Rachel said: "I was surprised and pleased to be nominated for this award and now I am delighted to be shortlisted.

"I feel very proud of Derby and of our lovely Cathedral. I feel I am just "doing my job"....which I consider important to ensure Derby Cathedral is just as beautiful and accessible for generations to come.

"Having been shortlisted I am now keen to win and hope I can provide encouragement particularly to other females in a similar roles". 

Judges will decide the overall winner, however the public can show their support by voting for nominees.

To vote for Rachel, please click here.

New GM for Kedleston

Bondholder Derby Brewing Co. has appointed Samantha Ascroft as the new General Manager at The Kedleston Country House. 

Samantha is a highly experienced General Manager bringing over 10 years expertise to the role and has worked in a number of award winning establishments. She boasts an impressive CV with experience in a number of venues.

Paul Harris, Managing Director, said: “We are really excited to have Samantha join as our new General Manager; her extensive experience and boutique hotel knowledge is impressive but most importantly she brings strong and inspirational leadership and she will be a credit to The Kedleston.”

Samantha commented: “I’m really excited to start this new role. It’s a fantastic venue and I’m thrilled to be able to bring my experience to the venue and play a key role in The Kedleston fulfilling its potential as a destination to dine this summer."

Derby Brewing Co. are offering all subscribers to Marketing Derby’s eshot 50% off their all new Taste of The Kedleston menu when they dine on Thursday 1st June exclusively. Tables are available to book from 7pm, places are limited so we advise guests to book early to avoid disappointment.

To take advantage of this great offer, we just ask that you book in advance by calling us on 01332 477 222 or email quoting ‘Bondholder’.

Terms & conditions
Offer subject to availability, must be booked in advance quoting ‘Bondholder’, 50% off valid only when ordering from the Taste of The Kedleston menu, discount does not apply to drinks. Available on Thursday 1st June only.

Students to Exhibit at Riverlights

Second year students from Bondholder the University of Derby will be exhibiting their work at fellow Bondholder Derby Riverlights - displaying their work in the heart of the city. 

The exhibition titled Smoke and Mirrors will showcase the work of 31 young artists exploring perception and interaction of the world. 

Carl Robinson, Programme Leader at University of Derby said: “By exhibiting at Derby Riverlights we are hoping to reach a broad audience including passers-by, shoppers and those travelling via the bus station.  

"This is an experience the students will really value and they will learn what it takes to put on a professional show.”

Mark Holmes, Asset Manager at Moorfield Group, who acquired Derby Riverlights in 2015, said: “We are delighted the second year fine art exhibition is returning and we look forward to welcoming all to Derby Riverlights.”

Triple Top for Derby Telegraph

Bondholder Derby Telegraph has scooped three top awards at the Regional Press Awards.

As well as walking away with the highly coveted Newspaper of the Year award, the Derby Telegraph also saw reporter Robin Johnson awarded the Business and Finance Journalist of the Year prize, while Scoop of the Year was awarded to Isaac Crowson for his reporting of abuse at Aston Hall care home.

Isaac was also highly commended in the Daily Reporter of the Year category.

When collecting the award for Newspaper of the Year, Steve Hall, Editor of Derby Telegraph, said: "I'd just like to thank the team in Derby who every day give lie to the claim that journalists these days are only interested in click-bait."

The judges agreed that the Derby Telegraph is an example to the industry "of how to tackle difficult issues in a campaigning style" with investigative journalism at its finest, told with rigour and confidence".

Further Success for iHub

After its recent win at the RICS Awards 2017, the iHub has been nominated for a further three awards. 

The iHub, the latest addition to Bondholder Connect Derby's portfolio of managed workspaces, has been shortlisted in three categories at the East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards.

The Celebrating Construction Awards are firmly established as a highlight in the regional construction calendar in the Midlands, and is attended by industry professionals from across the Midlands and beyond.

The iHub has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Digital Construction Project/Initiative of the Year, Sustainability Award, and Project of the Year categories.

To win Digital Construction Project/Initiative of the Year, judges will be looking for examples of how collaborative digital processes has improved the planning, design, fabrication, construction and operation of built facilities or infrastructure.

The winner of the Project of the Year award will go to an outstanding local project or a high- profile landmark that inspires the designers, constructors and clients.

To win the Sustainability Award, judges will be looking for organisations or projects whose legacy will have a positive impact on society.

Ann Bhatti, Connect Derby Manager, said: “The iHub is a state-of- the-art facility which is being recognised by many awarding bodies across the region.

“Everybody involved in the development and management of the building is extremely proud that the building’s cutting edge design, accommodation and facilities have been shortlisted for a further three regional awards.”

Women in Business

Following the celebrations of the third anniversary in March of its Women in Business programme, the Chamber of Commerce and its three event partners are pleased to announce their summer lunch time seminar on Thursday 6th July, at The Mercure Newton Park, in Newton Solney, Derbyshire.

The summer event offers local business women the chance to gain vital personal development skills and tips from, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) member, creative business coach and Bondholder, Ursula Cameron.

Ursula will help the delegates create new skills to boost their personal development plans, helping them to create their own positive solutions for issues they face. They will also pick up tips on how to use psychology to get the best out of a business environment.

Women in Business partner, Claire Twells, Partner at Bondholder Smith Partnership Solicitors said: “We are so pleased to welcome yet another top class professional speaker to our summer event, Ursula Cameron, who is also a Prince’s Trust mentor and an associate lecturer at Derby University.

“The Women in Business partners always strive to book high quality and inspiring speakers for each event and I know they ladies won’t be disappointed in July. We will also continue to raise money for a fabulous local charity Every Cloud, who buy gifts for people undergoing breast cancer treatment."

Ursula Cameron said: "I feel very honoured to have been asked to speak to the ladies at Women in Business to help them boost their personal development skills, which will ultimately improve their businesses.
“Over the years I have trained people all over the world, from teams in huge corporations to individuals, who require specialists training to develop their careers and sometimes to change their career path completely.  I find the work extremely rewarding and I love to see my clients create their own solutions and ideas, to shape their business and sometimes transform their lives!”

To book onto the event, please click here.

Double Win for Purpose Media

Matt Wheatcroft, Managing Director of Bondholder Purpose Media, triumphed at the East Midlands Business Link Fastest 40 Awards

Matt scooped both the Fastest Owner-Manager and Overall Winner accolades.

The founder of the South Normanton-based digital agency said he was “thrilled” to receive the awards.

The East Midlands Business Link Fastest 40 Awards celebrates the cream of young entrepreneurial talent in the East Midlands, and recognises individuals who make a difference to their company and the wider business community. 

Markeaton Adventure Hub

The Adventure Hub in Markeaton Park is now open for the spring season. 

Available to all ages and abilities the Adventure Hub offers friends and families the opportunity to be adventurous, get active, and have fun.  Brave the heights of this impressive high ropes course with high and low aerial treks, zipwires, powerfan descender, climbs and some amazing team challenges.

At 3 metres the explorer course is perfect for youngsters and those who want to build up some confidence. Traverse 13 different obstacles whilst always clipped on and safe. For those who are ready to rise to the challenge the 8 metre high adventurer course has 20 elements with more extreme obstacles and a continual safety system.

The climbing wall provides the opportunity to race against friends or take part in personal challenges set by the instructors. At 100 metres long and 30’ high the zip-wire provides an extremely exciting addition to the experience. Whilst the powerfan encourages participants to muster the trust and confidence needed to make the 35’ descent and land on their feet.

The Adventure Hub is now open until the end of October, with prices starting from £6 per person. 

For more information, please click here

Déda to Champion All Dance

Bondholder Déda has been selected by Arts Derbyshire and Derbyshire County Council as the Creative Producer for a two-year project which will develop and celebrate the talents of disabled people.

The project will be the latest stage in the county’s pioneering All Dance programme, spearheaded by Derbyshire County Council, Arts Derbyshire and Arts Council England.

All Dance was launched as part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations in Derbyshire in 2012.

In the latest stage of the All Dance programme, Déda is looking to recruit a team of eight Lead Dance Artists and four Support Dance Artists who will work with disabled people across the eight districts and boroughs in the county to create and perform new and unique pieces of dance.

Déda’s Head of Dance Development and Learning Clare Limb, who will lead the programme, said: “The underpinning notion of All Dance is to enable disabled people in Derbyshire to take part in high quality dance activities for the first time and to bring together participants with dance artists to perform in a professionally supported celebration event, one of which will be in The Déda Theatre in their highly accessible building on Chapel Street in Derby

“This ambitious programme will be developed over the next two years and will involve elements of dance and contemporary circus.

"We will also be giving opportunities for the graduates and undergraduates on the University of Derby’s BA Hons Dance degree which is based here at Déda and other emerging dance artists to support the professional team and gain valuable work experience.”

Treetops Wins National Award

Bondholder Treetops Hospice is celebrating after being selected over national charity lottery providers to win the title of Lottery Operator of the Year.

The award, presented by The Lotteries Council, recognises innovative and successful lottery campaigns that make a large contribution to fund the charity.

The Treetops Lottery has raised over £5 million for the charity since it started selling tickets over twenty years ago.

Mel De Vos, Treetops Lottery Manager, said: “Winning this award was a lovely, unexpected surprise as we were up against some stiff competition.

“As a team we are passionate about raising money for Treetops and feel very proud to have achieved what we have, but we know we could never have done it without the support of the lottery members from our local community.  Our fantastic players all help Treetops to deliver free services to the local area - thank you!”

New Legal Aid Work for Elliot

Bondholder Elliot Mather has expanded its operations, and is now practising legal aid representations in criminal cases. 

In order to be awarded the contract for legal aid work across Derby and Nottingham, the law firm had to bid and go through a tender process before the Legal Aid Justice - run by the Ministry of Justice. 

Mark Croft, Senior Solicitor and Business Development Manager, said: "We are now able to undertake publicly-funded criminal cases at both magistrates and crown courts, plus police stations across the South Derbyshire area."