Is your business recruitment fit?

Marketing Derby held a seminar last week to highlight the importance of Talent attraction and retention. The delegates discussed their challenges and ideas and recommendations were made by a panel of experts to help attendees address the problems with aquring talent.

Bondholder and recruitment specialist EMBS sponsored the event and gave an overview of their ‘Recruitment Fitness’ initiative.  The recruitment fitness concept has been developed with fellow Bondholder Yellowstep (the new business-to business agency created by former Bondholder Katapult).  

Recruitment Fitness is designed to help businesses gain a competitive advantage by developing their Employer Brand and Employee Value Proposition.  It also enables them to assess the agility of their recruitment process and the 'candidate experience' whilst improving other pillars of recruitment fitness.

Delegates also heard from Regional Director and Bondholder CBI East Midlands, Rick Blackmore.

Rick set the scene for the afternoon by talking about the ongoing concerns of the ‘skills gap’.

With the fastest growing economy outside of London and 24,000 more people in employment since last year, unemployment is below the national average and many businesses are already feeling the pain of struggling to attract and retain talent.

A panel of expert Bondholders were also able to give their input to the Recruitment Fitness concept and took questions from delegates.

Neil Perrott from Yellowstep talked about the importance of developing a strong brand identity for the business.

Fiona Porter of FP Training covered Leadership and the role that strong leaders play in retaining talent.

Loates HR’s Sarah Loates talked about the talent journey whilst Amanda Solloway from Charity HeadHigh focused on mental health awareness and wellbeing in the workplace.

Matt Elson from bondholder 3aaa opened a discussion about organic growth within a business and how apprenticeships can support that.  Whilst Stephen Slack talked about their innovative approach to training by introducing bespoke apprenticeships with the support of bondholder Derby College.

As keynote speaker at the event Simon Bucknell said: Businesses need to understand how to win the race for talent in an incredibly competitive market. Our Recruitment Fitness concept challenges them to think about a range of issues in detail, we then help them to construct an employer brand and proposition that makes them stand out from the crowd.

Please email for your copy of the  Recruitment Fitness ebook.

Talk Staff new website


Bondholder Talk Staff Group has partnered with fellow Bondholder Alt Design to design and develop a brand-new website for their Talk Staff Recruitment arm of the Group.
The new website provides increased functionality and is designed to enhance the user journey whilst providing a valuable resource which can be returned to on a regular basis.

Alt Design worked tirelessly to provide concepts which were aligned to the creative vision of the Talk Staff stakeholders, it was specifically important that the overall look and feel of the website aligned to the creative feel of the business as well as showcasing the way in which Talk Staff operates.
David Orange, Sales & Marketing Director explained “It was really important to ensure that users understood why as a recruitment business we are different.  By working with businesses to focus on aligning their values throughout the talent lifecycle and partnering with them to design and deliver a focused approach to both attraction and nurturing of talent this ensures that significant long-term gains can be made.”  

Alt has delivered a website which is both functional and clean, with added benefits of integration into technology which is used by Talk Staff Recruitment employees every day.  This integration is a key aspect of providing a better and enhanced service to the end user.     
Gary Parsons, Managing Director of Talk Staff Group said:  “Talk Staff is definitely going places and after a lot of hard work, we finally show off what we’re really about and have a new website that showcases the amazing work we carry out every day for clients across the UK.”
The new-look website is part of Talk Staff Recruitment's on-going brand journey and will allow visitors to fully understand all aspects of what Talk Staff Recruitment are about and the variety of different services they offer.

Rolls-Royce flying taxi plans take-off

Flying taxi

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi which it says could take to the skies as soon as early next decade.

The British firm said it had drawn up plans for an "electric vertical take-off and landing" (EVTOL) vehicle, which could carry four to five people.

The vehicle could travel at speeds of up to 250 mph (402 km/h) for approximately 500 miles, it said.

Speaking ahead of this week's Farnborough Airshow, Rob Watson, head of the company's electrical team, said: "We are well placed to play a leading role in the emerging world of personal air mobility and will also look to work in collaboration with a range of partners."

Rolls said the initial concept for EVTOL used gas turbine technology to generate electricity to power six electric propulsors, specially designed to have a low noise profile.

Its wings would be able to rotate 90 degrees, enabling the vehicle to take off or land vertically. It could also use existing heliports and airports.

The Derby-based company has already announced a number of new deals at Farnborough including a new Trent XWB engine for China's Sichuan Airlines and Taiwanese STARLUX airlines. 

The Trent XWB, designed in Derby, is the world's most efficient large aero engine.

Conference Summer networking


Bondholder Derbyshire Conference Centre hosted an event with not-for-profit, business-led organisation Business in the Community (BITC) to connect charities and businesses together. 

Amongst the 17 selected charities who were chosen at random to have a stand from those who applied were Bondholders Derby Institute of Sport, Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, Treetops Hospice and YMCA.

Other charities included Age UK, Tegan’s Butterflies, Faith Hope & Enterprise, The Prince’s Trust, Valley CIDS, Me & Dee, Upbeat Communities, CHICKS, 
DHA, Rosie May Foundation, Twenty Twenty, Alzheimer’s Society and BBO Towards Work Programme.   

It was an ideal opportunity for charities to showcase their work and promote upcoming events.

In his final engagement as BITC's Prince's Ambassador for the East Midlands and, former Deputy Managing Director for bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK Tony Walker CBE spoke about the importance of businesses and charities working together.

Talking to guests from charities and businesses he said: "Responsible business is good business and together we can achieve so much for the good of the community we are based in which in turn benefits our businesses."


Roundhouse ready for Summit

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The Derby Property Summit returns today in a new venue, the historic Roundhouse in Derby.
The Summit, now in its sixth year, is the largest commercial property event in the region, with over 350 senior-level delegates due to attend from across the UK. The agenda will bring together the individual strands of regeneration, property and development and is a must-attend for anybody looking to do business in Midlands property.

This year’s theme will be Cities in Competitive Collaboration and the Keynote Presentation will be from Andrew Carter, Chief Executive of Centre for Cities. Journalist and broadcaster, Declan Curry will once again be hosting the summit, and industry leaders from across the Midlands will take part in thought-provoking panel discussions throughout the morning.

Marketing Derby is delighted to announce legal firm Smith Partnership will be the event’s headline partner and will also be involved in running an interactive breakout session, with Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees. Faithful + Gould will be supporting the event for the first time and will provide their insight on the UK residential scheme. Derbyshire Economic Partnership and fDi Intelligence of the Financial Times complete the strong line-up of partners.

This will be the first year that the event has showcased a more interactive format, with a range of topical focus sessions for delegates to choose from, including:
•    Making the case: Build-to-Rent in the regions
•    Investing in Derbyshire
•    Say Hello to Proptech – How to use data to inform investment decision-making
•    Unlock the secret to Derby’s hidden office spaces

The summit will also be a showcase for the work of architectural students from University of Derby who were asked to provide visions for the key schemes within the City Centre Masterplan.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “Each year the Summit puts Derby at the centre of the property community, with a mixture of top quality presentations and discussion. We now attract over 350 professionals from key sectors, which gives us an opportunity to showcase the city’s future investment opportunities.

“The event has become a key date in the property and investor calendar, attracting visitors from around the globe. 

“This year the Summit will include a mixture of presentations and interactive sessions to showcase how competitive collaboration is the future for cities.”

The event is part of the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014-2020.

The project will bring new businesses and investment to the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire), by raising the profile of the area as a business location of choice.

Bondholders build the Future together

Bondholder, video production and video marketing agency Future Proof Films has launched its brand new website, courtesy of fellow Bondholder creatives Frogspark
The new visually-led website will help boost Future Proof Films’ online presence, as well as showcase the video specialist’s growing client list, latest work and new Visual Marketing Subscription service.

The two Bondholders have teamed up several times over the years, supporting one another’s growth and progression within the city.

With video being at the centre of Future Proof Films’ business, it was essential for its new website to focus on video, whilst not compromising on loading times and keeping the design simple to navigate. Frogspark picked up the challenge and designed, developed and delivered a clean, crisp website that doesn’t just focus on video, it puts video first. The shiny new site is now the perfect online shop window for generating more leads for Future Proof Films as it continues to grow.

The website also sees the launch of a new service; the Visual Marketing Subscription service which arms companies with a wealth of visual content to strengthen or form their next marketing campaign. 

Drew Taylour-Davis, Director at Future Proof Films said: “Our new Visual Marketing Subscription service will help more and more companies take advantage of the power of visual content marketing, whilst negating unexpected marketing costs and the need for costly in-house production solutions.
"Frogspark have done an exceptional job in creating a website that will push our company even further and be pivotal in the growth of our business. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Frogspark for anyone looking for a bespoke website.”

Scott Clarke, Operations Manager at Frogspark Ltd also commented on the project: “Our key ambition whilst designing and developing this website was to ensure that it showcased the fantastic video work Future Proof Films have already created.
"It's always nice to work with other businesses locally to be able to develop and design a website that is very unique and specific to their brand; we hope this website delivers exactly that.”

Clear Winners

Bondholder Data Clarity has won a national award for ClarityOmnivue, its pioneering new software solution that is helping leading fashion brands such as Paul Smith transform the way they manage data.

The award scooped was the “Multi-Channel Solution of the Year” category at the Retail Systems Awards.

ClarityOmnivue works by bringing together data from many disparate sources and presents it in a way that provides one, 360-degree view of the customer, inventory, and products. It also provides management with reporting tools that can be used to improve important business operations such as stock management, staffing rota’s and marketing.

When using ClarityOmnivue, businesses are provided with an intuitive and simple to navigate, user interface which displays information in a way that enables informed decision making. It also helps ensure GDPR consent management and governance with compliance.

Chief Executive Officer Kevin Carrick said, “In developing a product that resolves the challenge of merging multiple customer records into one single view, we’ve proven that ‘Golden Record Management’ need not be a pipe dream or a complicated process. We’re delighted that our investment has been recognised by winning such a prestigious award.”

Katapult develops a magic design

Bondholder Katapult has been appointed by Merlin Entertainments Plc to work with them on the concept development, design and production of event kits for LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres at their global locations across Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and Australia.

Laura Duffy, Senior Global Brand Marketing Manager, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres said “We are enjoying working with Katapult on the creation roll out of our event kits. It is a challenging but fun brief and I have been impressed with their approach and designs. They really understand the brand, completely get what we are looking to create and are very responsive.”

Dawn Foote, Managing Director & Co-founder at Katapult said “This is a great partnership and an awesome project to be working on with Merlin & LEGO. The new rollout will go live early 2019 and will feature exciting hands-on brick experiences. We are drawing upon our expertise of working with family entertainment centres to provide experiences that are fun, inclusive, creative, imaginative, humorous and inspirational.”

Capital investment for Purpose Media

Bondholder full-service marketing agency Purpose Media is opening a new office in London to help it service its growing number of clients in the capital.

The creative firm will be opening the doors of its new office, in Pall Mall, later this month.

It will be used initially as a base for staff from its Derbyshire HQ when they visit London to meet with clients. But the firm is looking to employ a dedicated team in the capital to look after its London-based clients.

Founded in 2008, Purpose Media is a boutique agency which helps its clients to deliver memorable customer experiences using marketing and technology.

It works with a wide range of businesses including professional sports clubs, retailers, manufacturers and service providers to help them build their brands and identify and reach more of their target customers.  

Current clients include global commercial refrigeration manufacturer True, business support organisation the British Chambers of Commerce and the historic Middlesex County Cricket Club.

Katrina Starkie, Marketing Director at Purpose Media, said: “We’ve enjoyed a consistent period of growth in the past two years on the back of significant investment in the business. This has enabled us to establish ourselves as one of the biggest full-service agencies outside of London and the other major cities.
“With a growing number of London-based and international customers, our East Midlands staff are spending more and more time in the capital each month. It makes sense to have a dedicated office where we can meet clients and collaborate more closely with them."

Raising Aspirations

Bondholder and creative agency Burnthebook has completed a brand design project with Year nine engineering students at Derby Moor School in Littleover.

Burnthebook is part of the Derby City Enterprise Adviser Network, led by fellow Bondholder Derby City Council, to help young people develop employability skills and inspire their future career choices. 

The company is also a Cornerstone employer - working as part of the Derby City Council and D2N2 programme to tackle social mobility under the city’s status as an Opportunity Area.

Students at Derby Moor were supported by the creative team at Burnthebook to develop the branding and packaging for a health drink.  They then pitched their products in a 'Dragon's Den' style presentation with the winning team awarded by the company with £50 vouchers and £25 each for two runners up.

Burnthebook Director Jackie Clarke explained: “As a Cornerstone employer and part of the Careers Enterprise Network, we were keen to work with Derby Moor Academy both for the benefit of the students and for our creative team here as part of their professional development."

Jacqui Kinch, Enterprise Coordinator for Derby City, said: “Bringing employers into the classroom helps students make the link between the between the relevance of what they do in lessons and how this contributes to employment opportunities.  The ultimate aim is to raise aspirations and in doing so improve attainment."

If any other Bondholders would be interested in developing a curriculum project with a local secondary school please contact Jacqui Kinch, Enterprise coordinator for Derby City Council,

East Midlands Airport cargo reach record levels

Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg visited Bondholder East Midlands Airport last week to understand more about its potential, and to meet business leaders to discuss how the airport could better serve them with possible new international connections. 

The visit conicided with the announcement that the airport had enjoyed a record year for cargo and facilitated almost £10bn worth of goods from countries outside the EU.

The value of non-EU goods handled at the airport is four per cent up compared with the same period last year and, over the last 12 months, equates to almost £10bn* (£9.935bn).
The total amount of cargo (both EU and non-EU) that passed through EMA is also at its highest ever. In the 12 months up to March 2018, 358,477 tonnes of cargo were exported and imported through EMA, which is a 9.7% increase on the previous year.
She said: “These figures show that East Midlands Airport’s cargo performance continues to go from strength to strength and plays a hugely important role in boosting regional growth and investment
“Our regional airports support the backbone of our economy – providing skilled local jobs and business export opportunities which open the UK up to the world."
East Midlands Airport is the UK’s busiest for dedicated air cargo traffic. It is second only to Heathrow in terms of the total tonnage of cargo that passes through it annually.
Karen Smart, EMA’s Managing Director, says: “EMA’s cargo performance is a real success story, not just for this airport but for the region and the wider UK economy. We are now a major contributor to ensuring that the UK can compete on the global stage and trade all around the world. 
“With more demand than ever for next day deliveries, we can only expect further growth especially in the e-commerce market. We need to ensure that we stay ahead of the game by improving our facilities so that more businesses can access international markets through EMA.”
EMA’s performance has attracted the attention of Government. While announcing its support for Heathrow’s third runway, the Government pledged to recognise the vital role that regional airports like EMA can play in stimulating the UK economy by making better use of current capacity.

3aaa apprentice's memory lives on

On Friday 6th July 2018, 3aaa Apprenticeships officially opened the ‘Seth Woolley Studio’, in memory of its talented Digital Marketing Apprentice, Seth Woolley.

Seth, who tragically passed away in December 2017, was a much-loved member of the 3aaa Marketing team and well known and respected around the company’s Head Office and 36 academies across the country. His infectious personality and passion for Marketing were just a couple of traits that meant he left a lasting memory for his colleagues and a powerful impact on the company itself, with his ideas and work rate being strongly implemented within 3aaa’s Marketing department.

The ‘Seth Woolley Studio’ was created and introduced to give 3aaa’s learners and the wider business access to a state of the art facility, where they can benefit from an interactive and creative blended learning platform. Boasting a range of exciting technical features, including a fully interactive 75-inch screen and a feature that allows learners to feedback ‘live’ during digital workshops, the ‘Seth Woolley studio’ is a key communication tool that helps 3aaa stay ahead of the curve. Communication and creativity were two of Seth’s most powerful traits and it is fitting that these two characteristics are engrained within the studio.

Seth’s family visited the 3aaa Head Office in Derby to cut the ribbon and officially open the ‘Seth Woolley studio’. 
Seth’s Mum, Liz commented on his time at 3aaa “3aaa suited Seth down to the ground; the marketing team is a young, fun team and he was given a wide scope to use his creativity. 
“Seth only worked for 3aaa for approximately 8 months, yet became part of the 3aaa family and that caring has since been extended to us, his family. They have been more than generous with their time. For instance, the team designed and printed the order of service for the funeral."

3aaa Apprenticeship’s Co-Founder and Director, Di McEvoy-Robinson, said “We are delighted to welcome Seth’s family to open the Seth Woolley Studio. Seth loved to be at the centre of the action and bringing people together was a particular skill of his.  The studio does exactly that, it brings staff and learners together from across the country. We wanted to make sure Seth remained at the heart of what we do in the marketing department and as we use the studio every day he remains an integral part of moving us forward.”

Seth’s family have now started raising money for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and have set up the Seth Woolley memorial fund. 12 young people die every week with undiagnosed heart conditions, and Seth's Mum, Dad and his younger brother, Zac, recently did the 3 Bridges Walk in London to raise awareness along with more than 1,500 grieving family members.  Eventually they hope to fund a screening in Derby.  

Equaliteas in the workplace

Bondholder University of Derby recently supported Pauline Latham OBE, MP for Mid-Derbyshire as she hosted an 'Equaliteas' event to remember and celebrate how women's rights have changed in the 100 years since voting rights were extended to women for the first time.  

Following a welcome of tea and cake guests were inspired by talks from female speakers including Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor of External Affairs for Bondholder University of Derby, Anna Ince, Chief Executive Officer for Bondholder and rail technology company Resonate, Georgia Vicars who is Project and Account Manager at Bondholder Fluid Ideas as well as Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, an award-winning human rights campaigner and Jacci Woodcock who spoke about her Dying to work campaign.

Within her empowering speech Judith Lamie said "Education is a powerful tool that will enable us to overcome inequality and we must keep on ensuring fair and full opportunity for all to access education so that we realise a place of working and living in an equal society."

Georgia Vicars who talked about the need for more women in technology based roles said "I was really honoured to be asked by Pauline Latham OBE MP to talk at her Pankhurst and Equaliteas Tea Party. It was an incredibly tough act to follow, following Judith, Jasvinder, Anna and Jacqui, all sharing such inspiring stories. Everybody who attended left the event feeling extremely empowered, myself included!"

Following the event a wreath was laid in the Derby City Council's Council House to mark in memory of Emmeline Pankhurst, a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement which helped women win the right to vote.  The wreath was also to remember Alice Wheeldon, Derby's own suffragist who was recently honoured in the Made in Derby walk of fame.

Docks Eatery goes into 'Hide'ing

This summer The Docks Eatery will be stepping aside to let Bondholder Hide Burger Bar take centre stage.

Mum and daughter business duo Sarah and Liv Pritchard, owners of the two establishments and Winners of the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ at the Derby Food & Drink Awards 2017, have decided to make a break from the cafe by day and burger bar by night to create an indulgent offering that draws upon the inspiration and flavours already available at Hide.

Liv said “We wanted to simplify our offer, and Hide now being open all day allows us to explore exciting new food options.
“So, to make it a little bit different we’re adding some interesting items to the menu like nduja cheese and fried egg fries, buttermilk fried chicken and waffle with maple syrup and sprinkled with truffle salt, cage-free soft scrambled eggs and chives with cheddar cheese, caramelised onions and sriracha mayo in a warm brioche bun.”

Hide is a contemporary city burger bar that prides itself on serving 100% freshly ground Derbyshire beef burgers, and as part of the change will have a new menu, a hunger-busting ‘Dirty Brunch’ and bottomless Prosecco.

A spruced up decor and new signage will complete the transformation.

Sarah Pritchard said “The dirty brunch is something we're quite excited about. We think you're going to love the food we've got in mind.”

From today (Tuesday 10th July) Hide will be launching their dirty brunch menu with bottomless prosecco which will be on offer all day at Hide Burger bar. Hide will also be opening on Sundays.

Midlands Engine Creative and Design Trade Mission

Are you thinking of growing your design, creative or digital business, or selling your products, in China?
You can dip a toe into this massive market or meet more customers by joining a paid-for Nottingham & Midlands Engine trade mission to the Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo.

Nottingham local authorities and the Midlands Engine are establishing a strong partnership with Zhejiang Province, one of China’s largest and most wealthy regions. This relationship was started by Nottingham City and County councils and has been scaled-up to the Midlands Engine region in order to make the most of the opportunity.
The key focus of the relationship is to boost trade and investment links with Zhejiang and help Midlands businesses to grow through exporting.

With a population larger than London, the historic city of Hangzhou (Zhejiang’s capital), is a key cultural hub in China. The Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo has been running for more than ten years and attracts 250,000 business visitors. The Expo ranks as one of China’s top five industry events and attracts significant international attention.

Zhejiang have offered to sponsor Nottingham and Midlands creative, digital and design businesses to attend and exhibit at the Expo this year. It is hoped that this trade mission will be the the first of many commercially focused creative and cultural exhanges between Midlands and Zhejiang.

Through the Hangzhou Creative and Design Centre, Zhejiang have committed to pay for:
 10 Midlands based creative, digital and design SMEs to travel to the Expo, covering flight and hotel costs.
 Shared exhibition space at the Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo from 19-23 September 2018

Businesses with high-quality products and an ability to sell into China are encouraged to attend. Businesses with products and services that represent the Midlands’ tourism offer are also welcome. All businesses attending will have the opportunity to meet with Alibaba, China’s biggest online retailer, wholesaler and payment platform.

For more information please contact or click here.

 The deadline for expression of interest is Friday 20th July.

Food and Drink Awards - vote now!

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards.

Derbyshire's favourite restaurants, pubs and bars will go head to head in the 10th year of the Awards which was launched last week at Bustler Market.

Categories are:
Best Bar sponsored by Irongate Group
Best Pub sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
Most Family Friendly sponsored by DerbyDaysOut
Best Newcomer sponsored by University of Derby
Best Cafe sponsored by Derby College
Outstanding Achievement sponsored by Royal Crown Derby
Best International sponsored by Moorfield Group, Derby Riverlights
Best Customer Service sponsored by Derby Telegraph
Best Out of Town

and last but of course not least Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Denby Pottery.

As well as the prestige of winning the Restaurant of the Year will also receive £1,000 of Denby tableware.

Other partners for the event include Roundhouse Events and Cactus Images.

Marketing Derby Managing Director John Forkin said: “The 10th Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards give you an opportunity to raise the profile of your brand.  Each year the Awards go from strength to strength. They are now firmly established in Derby’s awards calendar and are keenly awaited and hotly contested. Marketing Derby is proud to co-ordinate these awards to help shine the light on the very best that Derby has to offer.”

Nominations will close on 17th August after which finalists will be announced for each category. After this, each nominated establishment will be visited by our panel of mystery judges. 

The winners will be announced at the prestigious ceremony on the 8th October at the iconic Roundhouse.  

There is still an opportunity to sponsor the Best Out of Town category for further information please contact

Bombardier and Hitachi team up

Bondholder and Derby-based manufacturing giant Bombardier is working with Hitachi Rail on a joint bid to build a fleet of 225mph HS2 trains.

Bombardier Transportation will tender for the £2.75bn contract in partnership with Hitachi.  

The companies had previously put forward separate bids to build and maintain the 54-train fleet which will be used on the first HS2 phase between London and Birmingham.

If the joint venture is chosen by the government, the trains would be built in Bombardier’s Derby plant and Hitachi’s base in County Durham.

Richard Hunter, Bombardier’s UK managing director said “By joining together in partnership with Hitachi we will combine both companies' global high-speed expertise with unrivalled British experience.”

It is expected that the tendering process will start later this year, with the contract awarded in late 2019.

Alstom Transport, Patentes Talgo, Siemens and CAF have also been shortlisted.

Bondholders join forces

Bondholders showed their support for Derbyshire Constabulary when they joined forces with Normanton and Rosehill Safer Neighbourhood Teams to hold a children’s sports event in Derby’s Arboretum.  
Last week, the policing teams came together with Business in the Community’s business connector, Bondholders Derby Community Trust, Derby College, East Midlands Airport and Rolls-Royce as well as PAK foods, Sainsbury’s and ASDA to hold a sports event for local school children.

The event, attended by Derby City Council’s Mayor, Mike Carr, was held with the aim of giving young people a positive experience with the police.

Sergeant Donna Abbott, who is in charge of the teams, said: “The area that the teams police in this part of Derby is very diverse.
“We are always looking for different ways of engaging with the different communities to give people the confidence to be able approach us when they need us. It is important that when they need our help people feel confident to come to us and events like this help to break down any barriers that may exist.

Sara Mitchell, Derby business connector at Business in the Community, added: “This is a brilliant example of organisations from different sectors in the local community achieving great things by working together. 

“It is wonderful to see businesses, police, community organisations and the education sector collaborating to increase community cohesion. A fantastic example of what the responsible business model looks like in action. 

Great night out in Derby

Derby has been named the second best place in the country for an ‘alternative’ night out.

Research has revealed that the city is one of the best when it comes to the price of a pint and a gin and tonic, the cost of a taxi, and the number of bars and clubs per 100,000 population.  It also considered the average cost for a one-night stay in a hotel, the average price of a meal, and safety.

The research, from MyVoucherCodes, was conducted to look at alternatives to big cities for a night out.  It surveyed 50 of the most popular towns and cities in the UK.

In a statement, MyVoucherCodes said: “Not everyone wants to head to Manchester or London and that’s okay. There are plenty of other options where you can have an amazing evening without breaking the bank or battling the crowds.”

Derby was ranked highly for providing a great night out, that is not only cost-effective, but provides a safe environment.  The city, which came joint second alongside Middlesbrough and Northampton, lost out on the top spot to Swansea.  It was ranked ahead of Nottingham in fifth and Leicester, which was placed 25th. 

Safety index score: 50.73
The average price of a pint: £3
The average price of a gin and tonic: £2.75
The initial fare of a taxi journey: £2.50
The average cost for a one night (weekend) stay in a hotel (one room): £64
The average price of a meal in an inexpensive restaurant: £10
The number of bars and clubs per 100,000 population: 43.46

90 years of helping Derby businesses

Bondholder Sibbalds, a Chartered Accountancy firm based in Derby, is celebrating its 90th year in business this year, having been formed in 1928 by Mr James Sibbald. 

David Bowler, Director at Sibbalds, sets out the firm’s beginnings by saying “Mr Sibbald was joined shortly after by Mr Forsyth and Mr Farnsworth. It’s apparent that originality wasn’t one of their greatest qualities as they went on to name themselves ‘James Sibbald, Forsyth and Farnsworth’. Following a number of changes in the partnership, they eventually became known as just ‘Sibbalds’.”

A lot has changed since the early days with the introduction of computers being the most revolutionary. Before computers, the accounts had to be typed up using a typewriter with all of the working papers being maintained in audit bundles tied with pink ribbon and added up by hand. 

And now, there is a new revolution which has already begun known as ‘Cloud Accounting’. Sibbalds intend to be at the forefront of this change and believe that moving a business’ accounting systems to the cloud brings many benefits.

David said “Whilst technology may have changed a lot over the past 90 years, the one thing that has remained constant is our commitment to provide the best service and advice we can to the people and businesses of Derby, Derbyshire and the surrounding area. 
“We’ve welcomed many faces over the years – as clients, as strategic partners, and as team members – and without the support of all of these, we would not have achieved the success we have over the past 90 years and we thank you all for everything you have done and continue to do to make us the firm we are today.”