EMR £133m contract for Bombardier

Bondholder Bombardier Transportation has announced today that it has signed a new Train Services Agreement (TSA) with Abellio and Eversholt Rail for the new fellow Bondholder East Midlands Railway franchise in the United Kingdom.

Under the new agreement which lasts until December 31, 2022, Bombardier will maintain Bombardier class 222 diesel-electric multiple unit (DEMU) trains at Derby Etches Park depot for use on East Midlands Railway mainline services. The new agreement follows Bombardier’s previous role in maintaining the 125 miles per hour trains for the former East Midlands Trains franchise. The contract is valued at approximately £133 million GBP ($161 million US, €145 million euro).

Phil Hufton, President, Bombardier Transportation UK said, “We are delighted that we have reached agreement with Abellio to maintain the Class 222 fleet for East Midlands Railway’s mainline services. This important contract win is testament to our team at Derby Etches Park and their hard work and professionalism in continually delivering one of the highest performing and most reliable Intercity fleets.”

Steve Timothy, Client Relations Director, Eversholt Rail said, “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Bombardier Transportation to support the delivery of our Class 222 trains for the Sheffield – London mainline service to Abellio East Midlands Railway from 19th August”.

Under the Train Services Agreement, maintenance of the 27-strong fleet of Class 222 trains will take place at Derby Etches Park depot, where 130 staff are employed, with heavy component maintenance taking place at Bombardier Crewe.

 
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Morley Hayes Gin Festival

Bondholder Morley Hayes has announced that it is to host its first ever Gin and Fizz festival, with an eight-day event taking place later this month.

Gin lovers can have their taste buds tantalised by 100 different gins from across the globe, and will be treated to a mouth-watering selection of 19 proseccos and sparkling wines.

The event comes on the back of the increasing popularity of gin and prosecco at Morley Hayes and follows the hugely successful beer festivals that have taken place over the past couple of years.

The Festival is taking place in the Old Stables Bar, a specially refurbished barn at the complex and opens its doors at 6pm on Thursday 22 August.

Admission to the event is free and there will be live music on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August.

Commenting on their decision to stage the Gin and Fizz Festival, managing director Andrew Allsop, said "“We’re really excited to be launching the first ever Gin and Fizz Festival at Morley Hayes. A refreshing gin and tonic or a glass of prosecco is the drink of choice for many people during the summer months, so it made sense to focus on gins and fizz for this festival."

For more information about the Morley Hayes Gin and Fizz Festival, contact the events office on 01332 782005 or email events@morleyhayes.com

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FSB & Code 56 unite

Marketing Derby Bondholders have united to support business growth as they get behind a business conference in the heart of Derbyshire.

The Federation of Small Businesses and Owen Conti of Code 56 are part of a collective organising this year’s Business Growth Conference at the 400 Hall in Repton School on Tuesday 22nd October.

The event is designed to provide everything a business owner would need at any stage in their development to help them get the guidance, motivation and right contacts to help them reach their goals.

In its fourth year, the event is being sponsored by Bondholder the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) as they look to help support business growth in and around Derby.

Bondholder and Rising Star Owen Conti, who runs IT specialists Code 56, will be working alongside the FSB to deliver a varied program of activities on the day aimed at supporting Derby businesses and the surrounding area.

The Business Growth Conference is in its fourth year and attracting a growing following. The half-day event includes inspirational talks from a variety of experts on topics from how to boost sales, through to alternative marketing, and funding strategies that will make your company stand out from the crowd. There will also be guidance from successful business owners sharing their tips and advice.

Tickets are now available for £20, plus online booking fee, for those taking advantage of the early bird offer. More announcements on speakers are set in the coming weeks.

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Primary project

Bondholder YMD Boon recently provided a range of services to a contemporary offsite modular project at a historic Leicestershire school.

Sir John Moore C of E Primary School in Appleby Magna was originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren with construction beginning in 1693. Now a Grade I Listed building, YMD Boon successfully helped the school to secure funding, and a scheme was put in place for the construction of a new educational classroom block last year. Works began in February of this year and an official opening took place in June.

The new building is now in use as a double classroom for Key Stage 1 children and has been designed with features that reflect the Grade 1 listed main building. It is also timber-clad to blend into the surrounding woodland and natural environment.

Jonathan Warren, director at YMD Boon, said: “This has been a thoroughly exciting project and we’ve been proud to work on the development for the school. The school has a rich heritage and is an iconic building in the heart of Appleby Magna. To research into the history and take the existing building and context into consideration when looking at the design of the project, was stimulating and rewarding for the project team."

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Big House

The Big House Presents: EXPO

On September 10th, in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, The Big House EXPO will give businesses the opportunity to showcase their skills and expertise, to exchange ideas, to explore opportunities to work together, to sell goods and services to each other, to celebrate their achievements and the success of The Big House.

Thursday September 10th 2019: St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market, Nottingham
Too book tickets please click here.

The creative and digital sector is growing twice as fast as the rest of the UK economy, creating significant numbers of high-skill jobs and making a bigger than ever contribution to the country’s export success.

The sector is vital to the successful economic future of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, already home to some of our best known and most innovative creative and digital businesses – from Paul Smith to Games Workshop, from Unidays to CSS Media.

Since 2016 the seven Big House partners have supported 1500 Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire entrepreneurs and businesses - from art and architecture to virtual reality and web design, via music and motion graphics - to develop their business and product ideas, to start-up, to scale-up, and to grow.

Collaborate for success.

One of the best ways to grow the creative and digital sector in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire is for businesses in the sector to work together; project-based collaborations and white-label alliances are a more and more significant and common way of doing businesses in our modern, agile and digitally enabled economy.

Localise your supply chain.

The economic and environmental benefits of having a local supply chain, and of re-circulating work and wealth within a local economy as a powerful driver of growth are becoming more apparent to businesses that want to thrive amongst a community of thriving businesses.

And a thriving and growing creative and digital sector supports the start-up and growth of businesses in all other sectors - from sandwich shops and record stores to property developers and pension providers.

Whatever sector you are in, find local businesses to work with at EXPO.

It’s a mix of successful businesses and a lively community of active and interesting people that makes a place attractive to investors, to entrepreneurs looking for start-up locations and to established businesses looking for space to grow - bringing with them more jobs, increasing the size and strength of the talent pool and providing a further boost to all sorts of local businesses.

EXPO will celebrate all that is great about the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire creative and digital sectors. And their huge potential to drive growth too.

If you’ve benefitted from networking, workshops, mentoring or expert advice from the Big House, if you’re running a creative or digital business, or if you would like to find the creative or digital services you buy more locally then … EXPO.
To book tickets please click here.
To exhibit at the event download the form please download the form here, and return it to info@bighouse.org.uk.

“The creative and digital sectors are key drivers of innovation and economic growth. Nottingham Trent University is proud to be a Big House partner, connecting local businesses to University expertise and resources via our Hive start-up incubator and the Nottingham Business School.”
Baback Yazdani, Dean, Nottingham Business School

"Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have increasing numbers of fast-growing creative and digital businesses many of which have benefitted from the excellent networking, mentoring and workshop opportunities offered by The Big House. The seven Big House partners have shown that having the right blend of specialisms and complementary areas of focus can help start-up and growing businesses across the creative and digital sectors.”
Stephen Barker
Creative Quarter Nottingham
Chair of the Big House Steering Group

“QUAD is proud to be part of the Big House consortium and we have been heartened by how quickly the creative community in Derby have taken Mainframe, as part of the Big House, to their Heart. We knew there was talent out there but even we were surprised by the breadth and depth of creativity that is present throughout the region, particularly in the creative hubs of Derby and Nottingham.”
Adam Buss of Derby Quad

The details

11am – 3pm: Meet a Buyer, Meet a Supplier, Meet The Big House

Promote your goods and services and find new customers and local suppliers amongst Big House businesses. Meet and sell to creative and digital businesses from across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Get an insight into the expert support that has been provided to entrepreneurs and SMEs by The Big House with fifteen minute mini-masterclasses from Matt Davies (Branding), Debbie Clarke (Social Media), Steve Hobbs (Start-up success) and Neil Rostance (Creativity).

Plus other stuff tbc.

With coffee from 200 Degrees

To exhibit your business download the form here, and return it info@bighouse.org.uk

If you don’t want to exhibit but can let us know you will be coming that would be great. Please click here.

5pm to 8pm: Evening Showcase

Big House businesses are growing fast, making great work and creating high-value jobs. Join us to celebrate the best of them.

From art and architecture to virtual reality and web design via music and motion graphics. EXPO will showcase the best of them

If you can let us know you will be coming that would be great. Please click here.

Get in touch now by emailing info@bighouse.org.uk if you’ve got a great Big House story to tell.

 
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“Don’t just get a job, why not create your own job”!

“Don’t just get a job, why not create your own job”!

This was a phrase I often heard propagated during the last recession in 2009.

Most of us would admit this is easier said than done, most especially in tough economic times, and following last month’s GDP negative growth figures, it is increasingly feeling like we are entering choppy waters, including a possible technical recession later this year.

In this context, we should remember that the foundation of our economy for centuries has effectively been brave people taking a punt on designing and starting a new business.

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Often, the risk doesn’t pay off – closures of new start companies can be brutally high - but when it does work, new companies eventually flourish, many becoming household names.     

The giant employers of today - such as Rolls-Royce, Boots or Sainsbury’s – were all initiated by an individual or two having a business idea and deciding to have a go, effectively creating their own job and eventually jobs for many thousands of people.

Of course, we now call them entrepreneurs and they are rightly celebrated as such. Without entrepreneurial energy any economy will flatline and eventually fail.

A key indicator of the health of a modern economy is the rate of business start-up, survival and growth and last week I was privileged to chair a Marketing Derby roundtable made up of ten new business Bondholders. 

I say privilege because, as each entrepreneur revealed their very different story, it became obvious that there is no template, that each story is unique and very personal, albeit with commonalities in approach and experience.

Words I’d use to describe their stories included; dreams, aspiration, provenance, serendipity and most importantly, passion.

Three main learning points jumped out for me.

First, this is not an issue of big versus small.

Derby is well known as a big business city, home to some of the world’s largest players in aerospace, rail and automotive. One could argue that traditionally the city was not especially welcoming to new starts and ranked poorly on measures such as new VAT registrations and the like.

This is no longer the case.

One of the entrepreneurs described Derby as ‘a city that embraces business’, providing a warm welcome to sole traders, through micro-businesses and larger SMEs.

This is good to hear as for some time Derby has been trying to diversify its economic base and encourage a mixed ecology in size, sector and shape. The city’s big business provides a platform for confidence in new starts - not only as source of customers and contracts but also spin-outs and skills.

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This, plus the fact many of the city’s entrepreneurs themselves originate from big business, leads to this sense of complementarity between the two.

Second learning point was that of the importance of support structures.

No-one it seems can set off and create their own job without some of this being in place, whether via families, professional advisors, agencies or others have been there and got the T-shirt.

Once a business idea leaves the proverbial bedroom a plethora of options need navigating, from location through to overcoming the challenge of managing finance, legal, marketing, personnel and the like.

Any small business very quickly becomes exposed to these and the experience of help offered and received from all quarters – local authorities, business agencies and the university to quote a few – was very welcome.

The third and final learning point for me was that of the unique character of the entrepreneurs themselves. Believe me, these are very special people.

There was no single route and as many back stories as there were businesses. This group was not parochial, they were well travelled, holding global perspectives. Some had degrees, others had left school early. All had hunger and desire.

Those represented were, what I’d call, very Derby – innovators in sectors such as tech and leisure – ranging from a new yoga house to designing flying cars.

Their decision to start a business was a positive, conscious choice. They were exercising control of their lives and, as one person put it, being the ‘best version of ourselves’.

I see this group of entrepreneurs, and countless many like them, as the engine room of our economy.

East Midlands Railway launches

The prestigious launch of the new East Midlands Railway franchise was held yesterday at one of the world’s most iconic railway buildings, Bondholder Derby College’s Roundhouse.

The Management team announced for East Midlands Railway, with headquarters in Derby, will be headed on an interim basis by Julian Edwards, Deputy MD of Abellio UK, to ensure a successful launch of the new franchise. Julian has promised ‘easier journeys, every day’ with an investment of £600m.

Will Rogers will join as Managing Director of EMR in January 2020.

Will is currently Managing Director of Arriva Rail London, operator of London Overground, and led the successful mobilisation of the Concession and the first three years of operation. In his time in the rail industry he has worked with manufacturers such as Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens, transport authorities such as TfL and DfT, financiers, operators, advisers, maintainers and the Office of Rail and Road.

Other members of the new EMR executive team are Finance Director - Tim Gledhill; Operations Director - Darren Ward; Commercial Director - Lawrence Bowman; Customer Services Director - Neil Grabham; Fleet Director - Chris Wright; Transition & Projects Director - Lisa Angus; HSSE Director - Paul Rushton; and Human Resources Director - Kirsty Derry.

These appointments will help support Abellio’s ambitions for the East Midlands Railway to deliver easier journeys as Abellio invests over £600 million to give passengers more seats, more services, better stations and new trains.

Marketing Derby MD, John Forkin, who attended the event commented “We welcome Abellio’s emphasis on investment & in particular the fact they have chosen Derby as their East Midlands Railway HQ and really look forward to working closely with the team."

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College A-level achievement

The largest cohort of A-level students for several years collected examination results at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre last week.

Just over 733 students sat A level examinations at DCG’s post-16 Academic and Arts college in the city this summer.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects scored significant increases in higher grades including Chemistry with 55% of students gaining A*/A/B grades which is a 10% increase on last year.

Other subject areas celebrating higher grades include modern languages such as Italian and Spanish as well as Film Studies and Media.

Furthermore, 16 subjects available for students at JWC scored 100% pass rate.

Head of The Joseph Wright Centre, Stacey Adams said: “We are very pleased with the overall strong pass rate and particularly the increases in higher grades achieved for several key aspects of the A level curriculum.

“Once again, the breadth and flexibility of subject options has enabled students to choose subjects that they enjoy, which is reflected in their grades. This will give them the widest options to progress onto the next stage of their lives whether that be higher education, apprenticeships or the world of work.”

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Supporting the club

Two Marketing Derby Bondholders have formed a winning partnership to nurture the best talent in the county.

The Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) supporters club is now sponsored by recruitment companies Sky Recruitment Solutions and Capella Professional, both run by entrepreneur David Torrington.

All new clients who use either of David’s companies to recruit staff will have a 12-month membership of the DIS supporters club paid for by him. The usual cost is £500.

Chloe Maudsley, head of operations at DIS, explained: “The supporters club is an important funding stream that allows us to inspire and support athletes from Derbyshire to become world-class.

“We are delighted to be working with David because his companies share our values. We both identify people with potential and nurture them to step into the roles that they were born to play."

Membership of the supporters club entitles businesses and individuals to a range of benefits including promotion online and on social media, a monthly e-newsletter and an invitation to meet and network with other supporters, sponsors and some of the DIS coaches and athletes at monthly social evenings, starting in September.

David said: “I first became aware of DIS through my daughter, who swims with a local club. My companies are proud to be Derbyshire-based and we aspire to perform at the highest level and showcase all that’s great about our county – everything that DIS is about. It seemed like a natural fit and we’re delighted to be helping raise awareness of how local businesses can help talented young athletes secure a place on the winner’s podium.”

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Dress for success

Bondholders The Fit and Knights plc have partnered at an exclusive event looking at how to make fashion work hard.

‘Women At Work: Fashion That Works As Hard As You Do’ held at fellow Bondholder the University Of Derby's Enterprise Centre in July, was a private panel focusing on the challenges professional women can have, finding clothing pieces that are ethically sourced and of a higher quality.

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Sonia Sohal, founder and head style consultant at The Fit, provides a bespoke tailoring/personal styling service to businesswomen in Derby and further afield. Dressing for the workplace can be tricky, and this is an area in which Sonia can offer professional guidance, creating looks personal to her clients and their preferences.

The collaborative event partnered with Samantha Cotter and Claire Tonks representing Knights plc, and was aimed at senior women in business.

The event also teamed with residents from the University Of Derby’s Banks Mill, showcasing their accessory designs.

If you would like to find out more or book an appointment with Sonia, email: sonia@thefitstyling.com; phone: 07572 558275 or visit thefitstyling.com for more information.

 

Take it to the Max

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Bondholder Morley Hayes has boosted its golf team with the appointment of Max Howard as golf manager.

Max joins the Morley Hayes team from the Marriot Breadsall Priory Hotel and Country Club, where he spent more than six years working as a golf advisor and golf operations supervisor.

In his new role at Morley Hayes, Max will head up the golf team and oversee the day-to-day operation of the golf department to ensure that golfers get the most out of their experience.

He will also use his experience of working at a membership-based golf club to exploit new opportunities to expand the golf offer at Morley Hayes, both for the domestic and the corporate golfer.

Max said “Morley Hayes has a great reputation in the golfing world and is one of the most popular golf complexes in the region."

Commenting on Max’s appointment as golf manager, managing director Andrew Allsop said about Max, “His experience over the last six and half years makes him the perfect fit for this role and his understanding of the local golfing scene will be invaluable.

“We continue to invest heavily in the golf facilities here at Morley Hayes and Max joins us at an exciting time, with phase two of the redevelopment our driving range currently underway.”

 

Finalists revealed for Food & Drink Awards

The finalists for the 11th Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards have been revealed! Let's take a look at who's lucky enough to be in the running to be crowned the city's finest...

Restaurant of the Year
The Palfrey
Lotus Indian Kitchen
The Wonky Table

Best café
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
The Squashed Tomato
Derby QUAD Café

Excellence in Customer Service
Remember this award is voted for by YOU, via the Derby Telegraph
Milk & Honey Deli
Katherine's Gift & Coffee Bar
Elements Tea & Coffee House
The Exeter Arms
Lisa Jean at Bennetts
Kava Coffee Bar

Best bar
The Orange Tree
The Palfrey
Suds and Soda

Best pub
The Bell & Castle
The Blessington Carriage
The Dog & Moon

Most family friendly
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Bluebell Dairy cafe
COSMO Derby

Best newcomer
Annie's Burger Shack
The Creaky Floorboard
Elements Tea & Coffee House

Best international
La Pizza
Lorentes
Annie's Burger Shack

Best out of town - the competition was so high, we have four finalists in this category!
Cock Inn at Mugginton
Vegan Revelation
Amalfi White
The Shed at Hilton

Congratulations to this year's finalists!

The winners will be announced at the Roundhouse on the 7th October at an exciting ceremony with guest speakers, food and drink stalls (The Market Place) and more!

Everyone is invited to the awards ceremony, so if you would like to attend simply register here

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2019 Sponsors

A big thank you to this year's Food & Drink Awards sponsors, who now have the difficult (and fun) task of picking a winner from their sponsored category!

See below for our full list of 2019 category sponsors and what they say about the awards.

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Denby Pottery
"Denby is delighted to sponsor the Food & Drink Awards again this year as this region has many impressive venues for dining and socialising. Denby is offering a prize of £1,000 RRP of its locally made tableware for the winner of the ‘Restaurant of the Year’. As restaurants want their food to look as good as it tastes, this seemed like the perfect partnership for Denby!"

Outstanding achievement award sponsored by Royal Crown Derby
“It gives us great pleasure to be sponsoring this year’s Outstanding Achievement award. At Royal Crown Derby we have been manufacturing fine bone china tableware for over 265 years, meaning the Food and Drink industry is right at our heart. Being founded in Derby and being based in the city for over 2 and a half decades, it is an honour to be sponsoring such an important award in an industry and a city that means so much to us.”

Best Café sponsored by Derby College
"Derby Food and Drink Awards celebrate the best of creativity, high quality customer service and entrepreneurial endeavour which are all attributes that we engender into our student body as part of their study programmes."

Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by The Derby Telegraph
"Good customer service can mean the difference between an average dining-out experience and a truly memorable one; it can be the deciding factor which compels people to make a return visit.”

Remember this award is voted for by YOU. You can vote here for Excellence in Customer Service.

Best bar sponsored by Irongate Group
“Irongate is delighted to continue its support of the awards for another year, helping showcase the innovative and vibrate food and drink culture we have in Derby”.

Best pub sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
"We’re proud to once again sponsor the Marketing Derby food and drink awards. Derbyshire is dubbed the real ale capital of the UK and we have a thriving food and drink scene so we’re extremely excited to see this year’s competition."

Most family friendly sponsored by Cattermole Electrical
"As a small award-winning family business and having a young family of my own it made sense for us to sponsor the Most family friendly award."

Best newcomer sponsored by Hot House Music School
"Derby has a tradition of being both innovative and inspirational. We believe that Derby has an exceptional level of talent in every aspect of its culture and business which is why we are delighted to sponsor the Best newcomer award"

Best international sponsored by KRCS
"As a local business, KRCS is proud to support restaurants in Derby and the surrounding areas. We’re excited to sponsor the Best international award 2019, as we celebrate diversity in the city and the eclectic mix of flavours and cultures that make Derby great."

Best out of town sponsored by the University of Derby
"We are delighted to be supporting the Food and Drink Awards 2019. Our Culinary and Hospitality courses are preparing the next generation of talent to support this highly valuable sector."

The Market Place sponsored by Gem Radio

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Market Place stallholders

The Derby Food & Drink Awards is pleased to welcome a range of local food and drink businesses who will be exhibiting in 'The Market Place' at the Roundhouse on 7th October.

Guests will have the opportunity to try some tasty samples from the likes of Doughnotts, Highfield Drinks Group, Ashbourne Bakehouse, The Gin and Rum Festival, Burrows & Sturgess and Bluebells ice cream, as well as being able to purchase delicious wood-fired pizza from Biddulph's Pizzeria.

On hand to offer advice on kitchen equipment will be Cattermole Electrical, Rational AG, Robot Coupe, Krupps, Maidaid Halcyon & Foster Refrigeration.

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Class of 2018

With over 4,000 nominations received from the public and some intense judging, Marketing Derby was pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards in 2018.

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony, held at The Roundhouse on Monday 8th October 2018.

On the night, Marketing Derby presented the Royal Crown Derby Outstanding Achievement award to The Palfrey who made a significant contribution to Derby's food and drink scene.

The event also saw the launch of a new recipe book called Ten: A recipe for success, produced in collaboration with AVIT' Media and Once Upon a Fork.

The Winner of the 'Restaurant of the Year', Terroir Bistro, won £1,000 worth of Denby tableware.

The 2018 winners & finalists were:

Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Denby Pottery
Terroir Bistro (winner)
The Dovecote
Lorentes

Best café – sponsored by Derby College
Bear (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Milk & Honey Deli

Excellence in customer service – sponsored by the Derby Telegraph
Portobello (winner)
Bear
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
POINTSIX Coffee House
Masala
Milk & Honey

Best bar – sponsored by Irongate Group
Suds & Soda (winner)
Slug & Lettuce
Rowley's

Best pub - sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
The Exeter Arms (winner)
The Dog & Moon
The Last Post

Most family friendly – sponsored by Derby Days Out
Buttermilk (winner)
Masala
POINTSIX Coffee House

Best newcomer – sponsored by the University of Derby
The Squashed Tomato (winner)
Bear
POINTSIX Coffee House
The Yard

Best international – sponsored by Riverlights Derby
Anoki (winner)
Lorentes
Masala

Best Out of Town – sponsored by Smooth Radio
Hackwood Farm (winner)
Fishermans Rest, Belper
The Shed at Hilton

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Winning the IT crown

Bondholder Cooper Parry IT has won the 2019 Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Partner of the Year Award, beating more than 2,900 entrants from 115 countries worldwide to collect its award in Las Vegas.

Cooper Parry IT was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of the cloud-based business management solution.

Vicky Critchley, IT Solutions Partner, said: “This award means the absolute world to us. My team are thrilled to be global number 1! We’ve enjoyed a long relationship with Microsoft for the past 12 years, but when Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central was released back in April last year, we saw our opportunity to do something radically different."

Marie Abery, Dynamics Business Group Director, Microsoft, said “Cooper Parry make the magic happen. Success is in the eyes of their customers with over 50% rating Cooper Parry as ‘Wow!’ – the very top of the satisfaction scale. Cooper Parry lead the way for others.”

She went on to say "The award of Dynamics 365 Business Central Partner of the Year to Cooper Parry is in recognition of the innovation they’re bringing by reducing time to value through smart packaged deployment, enabling small businesses to power their growth through technology without the hassle.

Find out more at: https://www.cooperparryit.com/microsoft-business-central-partner-of-the-year-2019/

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A jolly good Fellow

Fiona Shelton, Dean of Students at Bondholder the University of Derby, is to receive a National Teaching Fellowship – the most prestigious individual award in higher education.

Fiona, who began her career in higher education in 2003, has been awarded the accolade in recognition of her contribution to teaching excellence at the University.

Fiona, who is also Head of the University’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), joins five of her University of Derby colleagues who already hold National Teaching Fellowships:

Paula Shaw, Academic Manager, University of Derby Online – awarded in 2018
Professor Malcolm Todd, Provost (Academic) – awarded in 2014
Dr Ian Turner, Associate Professor in Learning and Teaching – awarded in 2014
Professor Dennis Hayes, Professor of Education – awarded in 2010
Professor James Elander, Head of the Centre for Psychological Research – awarded in 2004
Fiona joined the University of Derby as a senior lecturer in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), having spent ten years as a primary school teacher in the city.

Fiona said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive the Fellowship because it is a recognition of my commitment to education, but also of how the University encourages and promotes teaching excellence and how it is improving the educational experience for all of our students.

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Planning in Place

Bondholder DPDS Consulting has worked with owners of a former bank building in Derby city centre ready for it to be transformed into a new leisure venue.

Plans, submitted in June by CityServe Properties, to turn the ground floor and basement of the former Market Place branch of NatWest into a new bar or restaurant have been approved by fellow Bondholder Derby City Council.

Having been vacant for about three years, the permission is more likely to see the building brought back into active use. City Council planners said: “The uses proposed are considered to be acceptable in this city centre location and would assist in bringing this empty listed building back into a viable use.”

Bondholder NatWest now has its main city centre branch in St Peter’s Street.

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Park life lettings

Bondholder Ednaston Park business centre is partnering with fellow bondholder Salloway Property Consultants to market the remaining offices at its business centre based on the A52 just 8 miles from Derby centre and 4 miles from Ashbourne town.

Ednaston Park opened in November 2018 after undergoing a transformation from former care home to a new benchmark in offices and studios to let, ranging in size from 1 person units to 8-10 person units.

Business Centre Manager Lucy Delaney comments
“Salloway brings a wealth of letting experience – their reputation and client base allows us to extend our reach across the Derbyshire area, to attract small businesses looking for new premises that offer something different from the usual business centre.

A new virtual tour produced by Derbyshire based 360 Imagery showcases the grounds, offices and the breakout space available. Businesses looking for an office to let can now see inside the recently renovated period property before stepping foot inside.

Lucy adds“Ednaston Park is a fabulous imposing building that will give the right impression for any small business looking to rent office space. Once inside we pride ourselves on a warm welcome and hospitality that extends to all our visitors, tenant businesses and suppliers.
We are excited to showcase our virtual tour which will help prospective tenants to understand what we are about and really imagine themselves working here.

On partnering with Ednaston Park business centre Hugo Beresford, Surveyor at Salloway comments
“We are excited to work with Lucy and the team at Ednaston Park business centre. The quality of the finish, the friendly professional service and the business community that is developing on site is very attractive to many of our clients”
The flexible all-inclusive letting agreements allow companies to expand and contract with minimum fuss which is increasingly important for any business.”

Ednaston Park business centre is ideal for small businesses that are looking to rent an office for the first time, those looking to take on staff, as well as those looking for a regional presence. Offices range in size from 54 ft2 to 450 ft2.
To take the virtual tour visit www.ednastonpark.co.uk.

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A summer of Purpose

Bondholder Purpose Media is celebrating after securing several new clients and projects – bucking the national trend that sees slowing sales and productivity in the summer months.

Managing Director, Matt Wheatcroft, said: "Traditionally at this time of year we’d expect to see a slowdown in terms of new projects coming on board, as many people go on holiday and defer investment decisions until the autumn. We’ve found that’s not the case, and we’ve had some really exciting projects to work on."

Account Director, Jamie Bourn, added "We’re working with some fantastic local manufacturing businesses T4 Design and MTM products across our full service offer to help them place their brands in the market and communicate their message.

"We’ve also secured an exciting project with Teach Derby to help promote Derby as a brilliant place for teachers to live and work, which commenced last week."

New projects come after the company successfully launched new websites for Leyton Orient Football Club and fire and security company TIS.

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