Showcase of collaborative working from Derby College

Bondholder Derby College has showcased the work that is being done with a wide range of local, regional and national businesses as part of its innovative Employer Academy programme.

Representatives from fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club, and Bondholder HUUB as well as Rail Forum East Midlands spoke about the benefits to their businesses of working with Derby College to help prepare students for the world of work.

Young people who have undertaken work placements, site visits, special projects and attended specialist lectures also spoke about their future plans and how this will help them in their future career and Higher Education plans.

Derby College works in partnership with more than 3,000 employers – many of which are involved in the Employment and Skills Academy and Employer Academy programmes which are designed to bridge the gap between education and the workplace – providing students with the skills and attitudes that employers require.

Fast forward thanks to Frame Fast UK

A year-long project to breathe new life into a Derby church and its community building is one step closer to completion, thanks to Frame Fast UK.

The Ascot Drive business has created a new entrance area at St Martin’s Church and Community Centre on Flint Street in Allenton.

The business also fitted double aluminium doors leading onto the community garden, installed a single fire door and fitted a new porch and side entrance.

Carl Willis, community development manager at Bondholder, Derby City Council, said “Greg and his team at Frame Fast UK have been phenomenal.

“They’ve given our building its smile and we are very, very grateful."

Work by Carl and his team of volunteers started last summer after plans were drawn up by architects.

He said “My job has been to work with the voluntary sector and the private sector and join the two together.

“Since we started, more than 10,000 volunteer hours have been ploughed into the build. We’ve also approached local businesses, like Frame Fast, and asked them to support the refurbishment.

Cash was secured from Allenton’s Big Local – a £1m pot of Big Lottery Fund – to kick-start the refurbishment programme.

To date, more than £180,000 has been spent on St Martin’s Church and its Community Centre.
Allenton was one of 150 areas awarded cash to make a lasting and positive difference in the community.

Greg Brighouse, business development manager at Frame Fast UK, said “It was a pleasure to get involved with the Allenton Big Build project.”
 

'Blooming' good year for Gravity Digital

Three of Bondholder Gravity Digital’s clients will be attending the three largest horticultural shows in the UK this year. 

Mr Fothergill’s and Griffin Glasshouses exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower show and will also exhibit at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Flower Show over the next few months.  

Leading UK premium sausage brand HECK will also be at Hampton Court Flower Show too.

Gravity has worked with Griffin, Mr Fothergills and HECK for a number of years helping them to engage with followers through social media and digital marketing support.

Debbie Porter, Director of Gravity Digital said: "We are delighted to be covering Mr Fothergill’s and Griffin Glasshouses’ attendance at these fantastic events bringing the shows to their social media audiences. HECK will also be taking van-loads of delicious treats for visitors at Hampton Court as part of their busy events schedule for the year.

“We love attending these shows and we know they leave a lasting impression on visitors, so for people who aren’t lucky enough to attend in person we take the shows to them. We are really honoured to be working with such strong brands and can’t wait for the summer of flower shows to start.”

As each year proves, it is the busiest time online for clients exhibiting for the duration of the shows as their social media channels explode with photos and posts from enthusiastic visitors.

2018 will be even more exciting with the arrival of a long-awaited summer with The Chelsea Flower Show kicking off just after the nation is in high spirits after the Royal Wedding, for which HECK will be producing a special limited edition Sweet Ginger and American Mustard sausage called ‘The Majestic’.
 

The shoe fits at intu

Popular shoe store Footlocker is set to open an outlet at Bondholder intu Derby, after fellow Bondholder FHP negotiated the letting.

The global firm will open its doors Friday (25 May) on Level 2 of the centre near Timberland, and will span three units.

Carly Salisbury, marketing manager at intu Derby, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Footlocker to the centre. Its opening has been much anticipated, and comes at an exciting time for the centre, with several new store openings lined up this spring.

“Footlocker will make a fabulous addition to our already strong fashion offering, joining the likes of popular retailers including All Saints, Zara, Topshop and JD Sports,” she added.

Good luck Derby dealmakers

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A number of Marketing Derby Bondholders have been shortlisted for the East Midlands Dealmakers' Awards held at the Nottingham Belfry.

Now in its 17th year, the Awards, run by insider, celebrate the East Midlands dealmaking community.

Award categories include:

  • SME Deal of the Year
  • Deal of the Year
  • Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year
  • Bank of the Year
  • Funder of the Year
  • Young Dealmaker of the Year
  • Dealmaker of the Year

Bondholders who are up for an award are BDO Corporate Finance, Flint Bishop, Freeths, HSBC, LLoyds Bank, Mazars, Nelsons, PKF Cooper Parry, PwC and Smith Cooper are all the in running for awards.  

Last years awards at Nottingham Belfry

We wish you all good luck.

Derby Property Summit ready to launch

Invitations to this year’s Property Summit will be hitting inboxes this month.

The Summit, now in its sixth year, is the largest commercial property event in the region, with over 400 senior-level delegates due to attend from across the UK. The event will bring together regeneration, property and development, with insights from key industry speakers and city leaders.

It is a must-attend for anybody looking to do business in Midlands property.

Coverage of last years event.

After the huge success of recent years, the Summit has outgrown its previous home and will showcase a new, interactive format for the first time at the historic Roundhouse in Derby, adjacent to Derby Rail station.

For partnership opportunities, please contact Katie Delve at katie@marketingderby.co.uk.

East Midlands collaborate post-MIPIM

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The Midlands economy is in its strongest position yet to help reshape the new relationship with the EU and wider world, with the East Midlands poised to play a vital role. This was the message at the EM4 Summit, held at East Midlands Airport last month, which gave attendees the opportunity to hear from the region’s investment promotion agencies about the region’s strong investment narrative.

Home to more than 10 million people and 440,000 large and small businesses, the Midlands as a whole has more than £11bn in investment opportunities on offer. The East Midlands economy alone is worth over £100bn, the fastest growing outside London, and with a population of 4.7m, with a favourable number of both skilled workers and large businesses the region is set to prosper.

Marketing Derby, Invest in Leicester, Invest in Nottingham and other public and private sector businesses joined forces to represent their cities and counties to sell the narrative at this year’s MIPIM. EM4 guests heard about the success of the event, with the East Midlands an active part of the Midlands UK Pavilion which welcomed more than 4,700 visitors, a 57% increase on 2017.

The keynote presentation at EM4 was from leading national think-tank, Centre for Cities on why the East Midlands has such a strong offer for domestic and overseas investors. Other speakers included global property and construction consultants Gleeds, Henry Boot Developments and Rolls-Royce.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: “It is fantastic that the East Midlands work together to showcase the offerings within our region. Derby’s activity at MIPIM included over 100 meetings and an over-subscribed Embassy which resulted in a record number of leads.”

Plans are underway for the investment promotion agencies to work together on attracting London investors and developers at an event in the autumn.

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.

Student city status on the up

The University of Derby’s offer to students continues to grow at pace with the 244-bed Agard Court due to handover in the coming weeks. The developer of the scheme, London-based Jensco, is right on schedule with the keys due to be handed over imminently as the University prepares for an August opening. This new 8-storey building is adjacent to the University’s Law School at the gateway to the University Quarter and will be the latest addition to its accommodation portfolio.

Progress is also continuing on Cathedral Road, as Prosperity Capital Partners develop the 320-bed scheme granted permission in late 2017. With piling complete, work is on schedule for an August 2019 opening. This is the second scheme from Prosperity following the £20 million 350-bed Cathedral Court which was sold to Aviva Investors ahead of completion. Progress on the build can be followed at Prosperity’s Youtube page, with the latest video to be found here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh9CuwOPbaA

The University of Derby continues to go from strength to strength following its Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework with its most recent award coming as a Finalist in the Global Teaching Excellence Awards in May 2018 and being shortlisted twice in the THE Awards.

Augmented reality public realm

A Made in Derby Walk of Fame has been launched following weeks of anticipation about whose names would be enshrined onto Derby’s streets.

The project, involves Derby City Council, the Derby Telegraph and local businesses, funded by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The ten famous names include Alice Wheeldon, Bess of Hardwick, Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, John Hurt, Joseph Wright, Louis Martin, Philip Noel-Baker and Rolls and Royce.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, sat on the project panel. He commented, “We decided to put Derby’s stars right in the heart of our regeneration priority area – St Peter’s Quarter, which sits between the award-winning Cathedral Quarter and the bustling Intu Derby.”

He continued, “We decided to engage the Derby public, asking who they thought deserved such recognition. An extensive campaign in the Derby Telegraph produced an astonishing 400 names with often passionate cases as to why this person should be fondly remembered.”

Visitors to the Walk of Fame are able to view information, and watch actors recreate the personalities by downloading the Made in Derby app to their mobile phones. The use of augmented reality has proven to be a great success with Derby residents so far.

An extension to the Walk of Fame is planned with names to be chosen soon.

Neither Cannes or Hollywood hold a candle to what we have done in Derby

Derby’s Walk of Fame – opened last week on Albion Street - is really something special.

Like many of you, I’ve been to Cannes and Hollywood and, in my humble unbiased view, neither hold a candle to what we have done in Derby. Let me tell you why.

Yes, being French, the Path of Stars laid out in Cannes has an elegant élan - handprints and signatures impressed in clay, located around the Palais des Festivals– but aside from looking at them, there is no opportunity for further information nor interaction. 

Meanwhile, in surprisingly seedy Hollywood, the influence of characters such as Harvey Weinstein and, of course, the god that is cash – stars actually pay a $30,000 ‘fee’ for the pleasure of recognition – cheapens the experience of seeing almost 900 stars (honestly, there are that many) but no place for the likes of Robert de Niro, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie or Spike Lee. Odd that.

The catalyst here in Derby was the success of City of Derby club swimmer, Adam Peaty, who started bagging gold medals all over the world. This begged a question - how do we celebrate our heroes?

We decided to do things differently and sought nominations from the wider Derby public, to then employ local artisans and materials in creating the physical stars and, finally, introduce a hi-tech innovation, enabling people to engage with each star’s back story and more via an augmented reality app.

From this, came the name of our walk – Made in Derby.

To garner nominations, the Derby Telegraph ran a number of stories and 400 names were submitted. A small stakeholder panel then selected 10 individuals to be represented in phase one, which we agreed to locate on Albion Street in the city’s current regeneration priority area, the St Peters Quarter.

These 10 people manifest an astonishing reflection of 500 years of bravery and brilliance connected with the city.

Bess of Hardwick is the most historic name on the walk, dating back to the 16th century. 

Imagine building a visitor attraction today, which is even more popular at the end of the 25th century? Well, that’s essentially what Bess did. If you have ever visited Chatsworth or Hardwick Hall you have witnessed her historic fingerprint.  

From a poor background, Bess married four times and had eight children, she knew the likes of Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots and Charles Stuart – but Bess may be one of our greatest business people. Go see her tomb at Derby Cathedral.

I don’t need to wax lyrical in this column about Brian Clough, Peter Taylor, John Hurt, Charles Rolls, Henry Royce or Joseph Wright, all of whom feature on the walk but what do you know about Alice Wheeldon?

Alice is an interesting character - like Bess, a woman ahead of her time – who was a suffragist and fervent anti-war campaigner. Alice lived in the city’s ever-edgy Normanton neighbourhood and kept a safe house there for conscientious objectors.  

Her notoriety is rooted in the fact that she was subjected to a Le Carré-style secret service spook entrapment and subsequently found guilty at the Old Bailey of plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister, Lloyd George. 

Another name you might not know is that of Louis Martin, hailed as Britain’s greatest weightlifter. Louis was part of the Windrush generation – another citizen of Normanton – who loved Derby and went on to conquer the world, winning gold medals and championships. 

A genuine local hero, at his peak, Louis was represented at Madame Tussaud’s, awarded an MBE, and set up a series of gyms across the city. Again, ahead of his time, his mixed marriage to a local girl in 1964 – 50 years before Harry met Meghan - featured in the Sunday Times magazine.

Last, but by no means least, is Lord Noel Baker, a man I was lucky to meet just before his death. 

This guy was a rare polymath – Derby MP for 34 years, a medal-winning Olympian who brought the Olympic Games to London in 1948, one of the creators of the United Nations - oh, and did I say, winner of a Nobel Peace Prize?

In my student days, he treated me to lunch at the House of Lords (long story) where he talked nonchalantly of his meetings with the likes of Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. 

Rather embarrassingly, I told him I thought he was a school (these of course were pre-Google days) but he forgave me and we quickly found common ground when I noticed he was proudly wearing a DCFC tie and told him where I was from.

Ten very different stories of ten very different characters. 

But, what binds them together is a fearless ambition to challenge the conventions of their time, seeking to change their city and the wider world for the better, contributing to their community, which is why they will be remembered for many more centuries to come.
 

Neo Elegance launches device developed in Derby

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Bondholder Neo Elegance has launched Lumineo, a treatment device that combats the effects of blue light on the skin.

Farrah Allarakha, Director of Neo Elegance, said, "Tech plays such a huge part in our lives, from catching up with friends on a smartphone to using desktops at work. But the blue light emitted from these gadgets is causing damage to our skin."

Blue light or high energy visible (HEV) is emitted from many electronic gadgets, such as phones, laptops, and tablets. Studies show that HEV penetrates the skin more deeply than UV rays and accelerates the signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, dulls skin, and sagging, as it causes damage to the skin’s collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid supplies. On top of causing signs of ageing, HEV can also affect the melanin production,
which can create hyperpigmentation and discolouration in the skin.

The innovative Lumineo device, incorporates 6 LED wavelengths that
penetrate the skin, to accelerate wound healing and boost collagen production. In addition, the red light therapy from the Lumineo directly
works to reduce and prevent damage caused by HEV light.

Farrah added, "Our Derby team have worked hard over the past year to
develop a device that will not only help professionals in the aesthetic and
beauty industry but also has implications in the healthcare industry. We’re
excited to be developing and launching such exciting devices from Derby!"

University named finalist in Global Teaching Excellence Awards

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Bondholder University of Derby has been named one of 17 finalists in the Global Teaching Excellence Awards (GTEA), which showcase the world’s best institutions in 2018.

Introduced last year, the awards, led by Advance HE, recognise and celebrate institution-wide commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence.

The awards are open to all providers of higher education across the world and in 2018 attracted expressions of interest from institutions based in 41 countries in the six permanently populated continents.

Following a rigorous two-stage review and selection process, 17 finalists across the globe were selected including Edge Hill University, The Open University, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Vancouver Island University, Canada.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “This is the second time we have been nominated for the awards. It is fantastic to be recognised for the strength of the learning and teaching strategy at Derby, which is meeting the needs of a diverse student population through innovative ways of engaging with students.

“As a Gold TEF rated institution, this is additional recognition of our excellence in learning and teaching quality.”

Game on for Derby business community

The Derby Business Games will be held on Thursday July 19 2018 at Bondholder University of Derby in Kedleston Road – organised by Derby-based Choose Sports and Bondholder Timms Solicitors.

Designed as a ‘grown up’ version of the school sports day, teams compete in a wide range of competitions from rounders and netball, to egg and wheelbarrow races.

The afternoon finishes with relays and a tug of war finale before trophies and medals are presented.

A maximum 32 teams of eight can enter and there will be entertainment and food and drink available for spectators who come along and cheer on their colleagues, family and friends.

Timms Managing Partner Fiona Moffat said: "The first Derby Business Games were such a huge success and the response from companies wanting to take part this year has been incredible.

"Despite Timms Solicitors going home with the wooden spoon at the first Derby Business Games last summer – we had so much fun that we were keen to sponsor the event again this year to ensure its return."

There are limited spaces available so for more information or to enter a team, please email info@choosesports.co.uk

 

£10.7 million cash boost for Rolls-Royce

Bondholder Rolls-Royce and Aerospace Technology Instatiate have been handed £10.7 million in government funding for projects that aim to reduce ice formation on aerospace engines and develop cabin cooling systems.

The money, which is part of a £3.9bn investment from industry and the government, was announced by aerospace minister Richard Harrington on a visit to Rolls-Royce’s facility.

Chief technology officer for Rolls-Royce Paul Stein said: "We welcome the support announced by the UK government. Rolls-Royce is focused on pioneering new technologies and developing the next generation of highly skilled engineers by working with academia and industry."

The first project to be awarded funding is COAST, Critical Oil and Air System Technologies, which has been handed £3.7m.

The scheme, which will involve Bladon Jet in Coventry and the universities of Nottingham, Oxford and Sheffield, will focus on the development of engine systems to support cabin cooling, and advanced sealing solutions for oil systems and bearing chambers.

The second project, DE-ICER (Design Excellence – Ice Crystal Engine Research), includes Cambridge-based Satavia, GKN Aerospace and the University of Oxford and has received £7m.

It will focus on tackling the formation of ice crystals that can damage an aircraft and aims to target current gaps in ice crystal formation research and develop anti-icing systems and technology to protect the engine.

Work worth £200 million to begin at Derby Station

Between 22 July and 7 October, Network Rail will be working in partnership with Bondholder East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry to rebuild the track and signalling in and around Derby railway station.

It will be the biggest rail investment in Derby for decades, as the current track and  infrastructure will be replaced and upgraded to provide better journeys for all passengers travelling to, through and from Derby.

Jo Johnson, MP, Rail Minister said: “The £200 million re-signalling programme in the Derby area will improve reliability, punctuality, and ensure the line is fit for future growth.”

In addition to the infrastructure works, a new platform will also be built to increase capacity at the station.

Jake Kelly, managing director, East Midlands Trains, said: “We know how frustrated our customers feel when their train is forced to wait outside Derby for a platform or track to clear – this investment will remove these bottlenecks and help to improve journeys.”

John Forkin, managing director, Marketing Derby said: “The investment is excellent news for Derby as anything that improves the passenger experience can only be good. We’re happy to share information with our business stakeholders on the short term changes to journeys this summer as the long term benefit is so good.”

Unfortunately for travellers it will mean short term disruption and changes to journeys while the work is carried out.

All the companies involved are working together to deliver a single communications campaign to help customers, businesses, stakeholders and local communities understand the impact and changes to their journeys.

As part of this, you are invited to a breakfast briefing session at Pride Park Stadium to find out more. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of those delivering the scheme.

To book your place, please visit: www.bookeo.com/derbyresignalling

If you would like to view changes to the timetable please click here.

 

Cambridge - Derby - Oxford?

Derby has been ranked amongst the elite at the top of a new league table in a UK Powerhouse City Growth Tracker report sitting between Cambridge (1st) and Oxford (3rd).

The report compares the growth of 45 UK cities in annual gross value added (GVA) in Q4 2017 – the value generated by the production of goods and services.

With a year-on-year growth of 1.8% Derby has proven itself as the rising star of the Midlands.

The report also shows that in the same period the manufacturing sector in the UK grew by 1.3% buoyed by booming global trade volumes. Global manufacturers Bombardier, Rolls-Royce and Toyota Manufacturing UK are based within Derby and Derbyshire, which together employ over 20,000 have enjoyed a competitive export advantage from the weak pound in 2017 boosting production.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: “The strength of Derby’s economy is core to the city’s investment pitch and whilst there is no one league table that acts as a silver bullet we are always there or thereabouts.

Many may be surprised to see Derby sitting between Cambridge and Oxford but when you consider the hi-tech and advanced nature of our economy this should come as no shock.”
 

Bombardier wins £73m deal

At the heart of Derby’s world-leading rail cluster, Bombardier transportation has secured a deal with Transport for London (TfL), worth £73 million, which will see it build five additional trains for services on London’s Elizabeth line increasing the total order to 70 trains.  

The agreement also includes an expansion to the existing Train Services Agreement to cover the new trains.

The additional BOMBARDIER AVENTRA trains will have 9 carriages which will boost the capacity to the central section of the new Elizabeth line service and an extension to Reading and Heathrow Terminal 5.  

Each train will carry up to 1,500 passengers, include air-conditioning, interconnecting walk-through carriages, and have been designed with an emphasis on energy-efficiency and intelligent on-train energy management systems.

These extra cars will be added to the 585 cars already in production in Derby for the Elizabeth line and are scheduled to enter service by the end of 2019.

Mark Wild, TfL’s Managing Director for London Underground and the Elizabeth line, said: “The opening of the Elizabeth line in December will redefine transport in London with journeys made easier and trains passing through brand new tunnels beneath central London to new, accessible stations. The additional trains will allow us to serve all the terminals at Heathrow and provide an increased frequency when the line is fully open in December 2019.”

Richard Hunter, Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation UK said, “The Elizabeth line is set to transform transport in London with quicker, easier and more accessible journeys, and we are proud to be playing our part. This important additional order is an endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products we design, engineer, manufacture and service in the UK.”

Jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport (DfT) and TfL, the Elizabeth line is the largest infrastructure project of its kind in Europe and is now in its final stages. When complete, London’s new railway will carry over 200 million passengers per year and add 10 percent to central London’s rail capacity.

To Infinity and beyond

Derby City Council has signed a collaboration agreement with the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and one of the world’s leading manufacturing research institutions to open a new nuclear research facility on Infinity Park Derby, the city's 100-acre Enterprise Zone, located next to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace.

Proposals have been approved to enable the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to establish a new multi-million pound innovation facility (50,000 ft2) on Infinity Park which will be an extension of the existing iHub and allow more new technologies to be delivered in the Midlands.

AMRC was established by the University of Sheffield in 2001 and has developed into a cluster of innovation centres focusing on the UK’s key engineering industries.

It recently helped secure more than £100m in inward investment to the Sheffield City region from Boeing, Rolls-Royce and McLaren and is looking to replicate its success with the new research centre at Infinity Park, which it hopes will attract firms seeking to develop new technologies to the city.

The agreement will support Derby City Council and D2N2’s bold strategy for improving the region’s economic growth, skills and jobs whilst the site will receive Catapult Centre status as a nationally-recognised centre for hi-tech research and business growth.  

Airbus, which is headquartered in Toulouse, France has recently opened a new office at the iHub.  The aeronautics company will collaborate with Rolls-Royce on the development f a new engine that is 25% more fuel efficient and chose to locate to the iHub due its proximity to Rolls-Royce.
 

Derby topping the charts

Derby topping charts

Derby came second in a recently released list of 'Best locations to earn a living', appearing just behind Crawley and ahead of Southampton.

Credit checking company TotallyMoney who describe Derby as the 'centre of advanced transport manufacturing', compiled the list by calculating the cost of living, salaries, average monthly mortgage repayments, job growth and business closures.

Derby has also risen to 24th place in the national retail centre rankings, putting the city in the top 1% of UK retail destinations according to leading retail data consultants CACI.  

The study, which was commissioned by Marketing Derby and Derby City Council, follows studies in 2007 and 2012. In 2007, Derby was 64th in the rankings, conducted prior to the opening of Westfield Derby, now intu Derby. In 2012, the city rose a huge 30 places as the impact of the new shopping centre made itself felt.

The success of the city can be put down to a strong offering at intu Derby, which sees 25 million visitors each year, and the Cathedral Quarter, which secured the Best UK City Location award at the Great British High Street Awards 2017.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said, “We commissioned this study with Derby City Council and it shows that the city is getting better at retaining the wealth we create. Residential spend is now £638million but we can still improve on tourist and worker spend.”

Time to Celebrate Derby’s business success

The finalists for the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2018 gathered at Bondholder Bar Soba to celebrate being shortlisted.

Now in its fifth year, the Awards, run in association with Bondholder Champions UK plc, celebrate the cream of our local businesses and their successes.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 13th June at Bondholder Derby College’s Roundhouse. Marketing Derby is proud to sponsor the pre-dinner Champagne reception at the Awards evening.

Many of the finalists are Bondholders and we wish them all good luck.

The categories and finalists are:

COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Derby College
Finalists: Project Better Energy, Central England Co-operative, Don Amott Leisure Kingdom

SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by University of Derby
Finalists: Air-IT, Nowcomm, Frogspark

START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Wheeldon Brothers
Finalists: Vet Care @ Home, Home Heist Craft, Make Your Escape

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Maple Accountancy
Finalists: Lauren Doriing (Solesmith), Craig Bunting (BEAR), Kathryn Williams (Zestfit)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD

Sponsored by Sibbalds Chartered Accountancy
Finalists: Morley Hayes, Nowcomm, Sky Recruitment Solutions

EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AWARD

Sponsored by Lubrizol
Finalists: Bloc Digital, Project Better Energy, Questmark

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Smith Partnership
Finalists: Sky Recruitment, Talk Staff Group, Questmark

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by HUUB
Finalists: Gravity Digital, Justin Smith Architects, Mercia Image Print

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING AWARD

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management
Finalists: TidyCo, Bowers Electrical, Filthy Sentiments

APPRENTICE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sponsored by Project Better Energy
Finalists: Derby Teaching Hospitals, Bombardier Transportation, Derby Homes

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Sponsored by Derby City Council
Finalists: HSG UK, East Midlands Wood Recycling, Project Better Energy

CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD

Sponsored by Intu Derby
Finalists: Status Social, Derby Museums, Cosy

FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Alerter Group

Finalists: Don Amott Leisure, Eggleston Steel, G Wathall and Son

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION AWARD

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership
Finalists: Derby County Community Trust, Children First Derby, Treetops Hospice Care

LEADERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Thomas International
Finalists: Seaton Partners, Ashmere Derbyshire, Talk Staff Group

Bondholders in blue. We apologies if we've missed anyone.