Round the World Cyclist Sets Sights on World Record

Bondholder Leigh Timmis, a key note speaker at tomorrow's Marketing Derby Annual Business Event, is raising the bar for 2018, taking everything he learnt from cycling around the world and applying it to breaking significantly a Guinness World Record.

The record for The Fastest Cycle Across Europe covers a distance of 4000 miles (6500km) - twice the distance of the Tour de France - starting from the coast of Portugal and finishing in the Russian city of Ufa, traversing 7 countries, the Pyrenees, the foothills of the Alps and the Russian Steppe. The record currently stands at 29 days, 18 hours and 25 minutes. Fully supported by a team of professionals, his estimation is that he can push a huge leap in performance, breaking the 20 day barrier.

Leigh has been working in partnership with Bondholder the University of Derby's Human Performance Unit, to develop a thorough training and testing schedule. The programme is based on an optimal training plan to improve performance, obtained by exercising at the appropriate levels, determined by testing and pinpointing specific intensity zones. This base data is used to prescribe training volumes and intensities, that will be used to deliver physical adaptation by experts in physiology, psychology and nutrition. This team will join Leigh on the road, complimented by specialists in mechanics and logistics, to ensure the finish line is reached as quickly and safely as possible with all risks mitigated.

Speaking about his motivation, Leigh states “Attempting this record not only presents an opportunity for me to push the limits of human endurance but to raise awareness of mental health issues close to my heart. Through the world record attempt, I will be raising awareness and much needed funds for Mind, the mental health charity, in the hope that others won’t find themselves suffering with depression alone, as I did as a young man.

“For me, this is going to be a fascinating journey into the development of a game-changing project, understanding new depths of physical and psychological advancement, and I’ll be documenting it every step of the way!”

This Guinness World Record attempt opens major sponsorship opportunities, therefore, the team are looking for a small number of key partners who share a passion to push the boundaries of human achievement. In return it will be ensured that these partners are promoted throughout the duration of the project including the preparation and build up, during and after the attempt. Their partnering PR agency already has strategies and tactics in place to guarantee the best possible publicity for the Guinness World Record attempt.


Tree-mendous Service Raises Thousands

Over £5,650 has been raised for Bondholder Treetops Hospice in a scheme to collect and recycle old Christmas trees.

Over 400 trees have been collected from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire over the last few weeks in the Treetops Treecycling scheme. Collections are made in return for a donation towards the hospice which provides nursing care and emotional support for adults and their families.

The scheme is growing in popularity as Mary Rose, senior community and events fundraiser explained: “This is the third year of Treecycling and every year the number of trees collected - and the donations we receive - goes up.

“This year we’ve been able to expand the postcode areas where we’re collecting trees from as we’ve had amazing support from Ward Recycling.

“We’ve also had wonderful volunteers helping us from Treetops, Costain Galliford Try, [and Bondholders] Santander and Dains Accountants, Derby who have been out and about with vans donated by Enterprise and Sandicliffe Ford Stapleton - we really couldn’t do this without all their help.

“We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who’s been involved. We’re looking forward to building the Treecycling service up to be even bigger and more successful next year!”

Treetops Hospice Care services include Support and Information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.

Derby Business Games Return

Bondholder HUUB have organised the return of The Derby Business Games to be held at Bondholder the University of Derby on the 14th June.

A maximum of 32 teams of 8 can enter this "grown up" version of a school sports day, which sees businesses compete in games such as rounders, dodgeball, and wheelbarrow races. Food, drink and entertainment will be available for spectators. 

Claire Duffin, Huub organiser, said: "The first Derby Business Games were such a huge success that we are already getting calls from companies wanting to reserve a place in the 2018 re-match."

The events sponsor will once again be Bondholder Timms Solicitors. Fiona Moffat, Managing Partner, said: " Derby Business Games was so much fun that we were keen to work with HUUB to bring the event back for summer.

"Everybody entered into the friendly but competitive spirit at last summer's event and it was great to see so many people recapture their youth and hark back to their school sports day."

Teams will be entered on a first-come, first-served basis. To enter, email

Next Steps New Hotline

Bondholder Next Steps HR have launched a confidential Employee Hotline in an attempt to combat harassment and inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.

A recent BBC survey revealed that half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work or place of study. 63% of those women and 79% of men didn’t report it to anyone.

Neena Sharma from Next Steps HR explained ‘the purpose of the confidential hotline is to encourage people to speak up, so this kind of unacceptable behaviour can be investigated, and the appropriate sanctions applied so nobody else need suffer’.

Speaking to Sally Pepper on BBC Radio Derby, Neena explained harassment can be any unwanted or unwelcome behaviour which is either meant to or has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment, or violating dignity. It can take the form of offensive or abusive jokes, pictures, social media messages, gestures, comments, or behaviour.

Employers are required to take reasonable steps to stop harassment. ‘The hotline enables employees to phone in if they don’t feel they can talk to someone at work. We then produce a report for the employer and the matter is investigated by the in-house HR team or by us’. It’s a means of protecting both employees and employers. It alerts employers to the need to tackle something before it escalates and costs from just £25 per month per company’.

The hotline is not just for concerns relating to harassment. ‘Employees can use it to report suspicions of fraud, theft, collusion, health and safety concerns or money laundering’.

Next Steps HR are offering fellow bondholders a preferential rate for the Employee Hotline Service run by its trained, professional, local Contact Centre staff. Please contact for more details.

Just the Job

Marketing Derby is looking for two new members of staff to join our team, bringing creative flair, top-notch writing skills and a desire to make a difference.

The first post, a Digital Executive, will be responsible for our websites, social media and e-shots and will get the chance to create digital marketing campaigns to promote all that Derby has to offer as well as showcasing our vibrant Bondholder business community.

We’re also looking for a Public Affairs and Media Relations Executive with a nose for a good story who can work with the media and our stakeholders to ensure news about the city and our Bondholders reaches key audiences locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The closing date for both posts is Monday 22 January 2018 - don’t miss out on these rare opportunities to join one of the most innovative inward investment teams in the UK.  

Click here for further details.

Student Studios Set for Agard St

Bondholder Simon Foote Architects have submitted plans for a new student accommodation building on Agard Street, which will feature stepped elevations and plans and green wall covered balconies.

Recognising the emergence of Agard Street as one of the city’s key gateways, a team of local businesses including SF Architects, DLP Consulting (planning) and Locus Consulting (heritage) have pooled their skills to create a unique development that both sensitively responds to the special character of the Friar Gate Conservation Area and the neighbouring historic buildings.
Stepping down from the taller development to the east, the design of the 8 storey building, which falls to six and four storeys, skilfully downscales from its neighbours and ensures that there will be minimal impact on how Derby’s much loved Georgian gateway, Friar Gate, is experienced. Its gridded exterior is inspired by the windows on the Grade I Listed Pickford House museum.
The proposed development responds to the concerns raised by both local council planners and Historic England, with Simon Foote Architects undertaking a wholesale redesign of an earlier scheme.  

Simon Foote said, “The result is a signature development for Derby, one that raises the profile of the Agard Street gateway and brings about a much needed regeneration of the city centre.”

With the planning application having been registered, the building will hope to secure approval later in the year, ahead of construction.

The building is the latest proposed residential scheme for Agard St, following others such as a 156-bed student scheme and 77-apartment residential scheme, both of which were submitted late last year. Decisions are expected on those in the coming months.

Hotpod Yoga Sponsors DCCC Coach

Bondholder Hotpod Yoga Derby are thrilled to announce they will be sponsoring Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's lead physiotherapist, Fran Clarkson, for the 2018 season.

DCCC were looking to try something new in their winter training regime, and along with their coaches, have took on the challenge of Hotpod Yoga - a supercharged yoga experience in 37 degree heat, designed to develop flexibility and target specific muscle groups.

Lead Physiotherapist, Fran Clarkson said: “The lads have really appreciated an opportunity to be relaxed and switch off a bit. But then they also benefit from stability and controlling movement, and also flexibility.

“When we do our testing with them we look at joint ranges of movement and the strength of individual muscle groups. For each individual we have data on areas they move well in and areas they can do with strengthening.”

She added: “Often, it is a combination of we need to be more flexible or a bit stronger. Being in the Hotpod, it can assist with how they are moving and they are going to be working on those areas consistently.”

Leah McLaren, Founder of Hotpod Yoga Derby, said: “The heat aids better flexibility, mobility and stability. It also adds a calm and focus with it being dark in there.

“It will also help to relieve aches and pains and aid the recovery process when they’ve been training hard all week.”

After seven weeks training with Leah, Fran has seen measurable results in the teams testing, including improvements in flexibility, strength and mobility.

Iconic Roundhouse Movies

Following the huge success of its first movie night, Bondholder The Roundhouse Events team based at the historic Roundhouse, Pride Park, are holding two further evenings to celebrate iconic movies ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Grease’.

The beautiful Roundhouse will be turned into an indoor cinema on Friday February 2 for a one-off showing of ‘Pretty Woman’ starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  Then on Saturday February 3 – the giant screen will show ‘Grease’ with Oliva Newton John and John Travolta.

On both evenings, the doors will open at 6pm when visitors will be welcomed with a complementary drink on arrival. 

There will also be the chance to purchase American-style food and themed cocktails before the films start, during the interval and as the credits roll.  The audience will then be invited to stay in the party mood and hit the dance floor for the after party featuring the well-known songs from the evening’s movie.

Roundhouse Events Manager Katie Holifield explained: “Both movie nights are ticket-only events and look set to follow in the footsteps of our first event ‘Dirty Dancing’ which was a sell out.

 “This venue is perfect for such an event with space for everyone to sit and enjoy the film in comfort and then dance the evening away to the fantastic film score.”

Tickets cost £15 + £1 booking fee and can be purchased at:

Pretty Woman (film starts 7.30pm): or

Grease (film starts at 7pm): or

For further information please email or call 01332 334800.

Codemakers Starts 2018 With Record Order Book

Bondholder Codemakers have started the new year with a record order book, having secured a number of major contracts.

Based at Friar Gate Studios, Codemakers provides web and mobile application development services, focusing on highly scalable apps and sites accessed by thousands of users.

The company has recently secured a mobile app development project with a large medical supplies manufacturer to help practitioners more easily determine the right products for patients. They have also secured a project with Bondholder Justin Smith Architects to develop a new web-based cloud application to manage client requirements more efficiently.

Speaking of the significant uplift in project wins, Codemakers Managing Director Antony Stevenson said, “It’s fantastic to start the year marking our decade in business with a record order book. It proves our consistent aim of delivering high-performance solutions is being recognised and we have become one of the “go-to” suppliers in the city.”

Explaining the likely reasons behind the surge in orders, Antony added: “Recently we have noticed a trend towards replacing legacy apps as mobile devices and web browsers continue to evolve and user expectations rise. Another key motivation is to update apps to ensure compliance with the new GDPR legislation before it comes into effect this May. In both cases we are helping our clients by using the latest technologies to deliver a combination of user experience satisfaction and security.”

The Codemakers client list includes national brands Wowcher, Saniflo and the RAF Museum, as well as serving many local businesses and organisations.

CEO to Advise Government

Bondholder Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino has been appointed to a new national group who will advise the Department for Education on a wide range of matters.

FE Commissioner Richard Atkins has brought together seven Principals and Chief Executives from leading colleges across the UK to advise on skills policy including the development of T-levels.

The group will meet around six times a year with Ministers and government officials in an unpaid role.

Ms Stravino said: “I am honoured to be invited to be part of the new Principals’ Reference Group.”

Ms Stravino has been joined on the Principals’ Reference Group by FE leaders from Grimsby, Gateshead, Chichester, Weston, Walsall and East Kent.

Mancunian Success for Birchover

Bondholder Birchover Sales and Lettings have secured a major new deal to promote four new, visually-stunning apartment developments in Manchester city centre.

Alliance Investments are bringing to market 921 apartments on brownfield sites in Manchester, which will re-energise some of the most historic parts of central Manchester. Developments include a 28-storey skyscraper, a 368-unit riverside building, 42 duplexes and a Piccadilly-based building with sky gardens. 

Birchover Residences’ chain of luxury apartment hotels have been operating for 20 years, consistently topping the charts on and Trip Advisor in Derby and Nottingham, with their Bridgford Hall hotel currently having a rating of 97% from over 165 reviews since opening in May 2017.

Birchover’s expertise in managing and promoting apartments has previously led to them being appointed as letting agent to a block of 40 apartments in Darley Abbey, whilst they are also the sole estate agency promoting the Kings Crescent new-build development on Duffield Road in Derby.

Carl Bridge, co-owner of Birchover, said “We are immensely proud to have been selected to promote these amazing apartment developments. It’s a dream to be able to learn from the team at Alliance Investments and transfer some of that knowledge to how we operate closer to home in Derby and Nottingham."

Derby College Celebrates Achievements

The achievements of students at the Joseph Wright Campus, at Bondholder Derby College, have been officially recognised with a celebration evening attended by more than 100 people.

Students who have either graduated from or are continuing their studies for A levels, Creative Industries or Computer Science and Information Technology programmes based at the Joseph Wright Campus were presented with subject prizes at the annual event.

Derby College Head of the Joseph Wright Centre Stacey Adams commented: “The Joseph Wright Campus opened in 2005 and has gone from strength to strength.

“Last summer we celebrated an increase in the number of students achieving higher grades (A* to B) in the first A level results published since the major curriculum re-structure.

“A record 30% of A level students at the Joseph Wright sixth form centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 96%.  Points per entry has also increased to 27.5 compared with 23.7 the previous year.

“Twelve subjects recorded 100% pass rates including Core Maths, Law, French and Spanish and there was particular progress in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects.

“We are very proud of the fact that two thirds of our subjects have increased their A*to B grade performance and that we have maintained both our breadth and quality of provision since the A level reforms.

“The STEM agenda is essential to both the local and national agenda and I am particularly delighted that we saw a significant improvement in high grades in Maths, Core Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science."

The Outstanding Academic Achievement award was presented to Harry Lebeter (18) from Ilkeston who was the first in his direct family to go to university having achieved A* in Maths and Further Maths and A grades in Chemistry and Physics.

The Outstanding Vocational Achievement Award was presented to Art & Design student Danielle Smith, (23) from Derby, for her final Art project in June. Danielle was also awarded the annual £400 Brian Harris Bursary by the Arts Society Derby.

Congratulations at Smith Partnership

Bondholder Smith Partnership is pleased to congratulate two employees on their recent promotions - Alice Hornsby as a newly qualified solicitor, and Mark Wilcock as an 'Associate' Solicitor. 

Steve Mann, CEO of Smith Partnership spoke about their achievements: “We are very proud of our staff who work their way up the business and continue with their education in the legal profession. Mark and Alice are shining examples of the dedication that legal professionals have to educate themselves to provide our clients with excellent service.

“Mark joined us in 2011, as a trainee solicitor, and has worked very hard to become a fully qualified solicitor and now an Associate Solicitor in the Company and Commercial department. Alice has worked at the company since 2007, working in the crime team as a legal clerk initially, then training to become a solicitor, now fully qualified working in our Dispute Resolution team.

“We pride ourselves on delivering excellent service and building long lasting relationships with clients, however this would not happen without the skills and dedication of our loyal staff. They are the life-blood of our business and we couldn’t provide such high quality service without them.”

The team of legal professionals at Smith Partnership offer a full range of legal services for members of the public and business sector, to manage some of the most important events in their lives, offering peace of mind and legal protection.

A Grand Opening for Air-IT

Bondholder Air-It, who provide managed ICT services to local businesses, have celebrated the grand opening of their new office. 

Established in 2005 by CEO, Todd McQuilkin, Air-IT relocated their main operations to Interchange 25 Business Park earlier this year after out-growing their previous home. In his opening speech, McQuilkin described the last 12 years as an “incredible journey” and commended present-day Managing Director, James Healey for his tireless passion to expand and drive the company forward since stepping into the role last year.

Healey commented: “I am very proud of how far Air-IT has come in the last 12 years. As well as consistent growth, we have enjoyed excellent levels of client retention.

“Ultimately, the decision to relocate to Interchange 25 Business Park has enabled us to provide a place where our team can thrive and feel at home so we can continue delivering excellent levels of service. It is also ideally located for us to carry on supporting our clients in Nottingham as well as expanding our presence into Derby and Leicester to fuel further growth.”

Since renamed as The Technology Hub, the building was also lit up from the outside by Bondholder Derby Quad’s TECH:SQUAD, who used projection mapping technology to create a visual light show fitting of the new occupants brand.

Additionally, following on from the success of their first Cyber Security Resilience and GDPR Readiness event last Autumn Air-IT are hosting a second free event at the home of Derbyshire County Cricket Club on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

Planning Design Expands

Bondholder Planning Design, a consultancy of planners, architects and designers, has set up a new office in Sheffield.

The company sees Sheffield as an opportunity - with its economy and outlook - to put forward its skills in designing premises, dealing with building regulations, and overseeing construction, to support people wanting help for business and housing. 

Jonathan Jenkins, Managing Director, said: "So there's opportunity to expand premises and build new ones and we provide both planning and architectural services.

“It's also a natural extension for us as we work in North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire as well as having several clients already in the Sheffield area.”

Planning Design currently has 12 staff and in addition to Derby has offices in Matlock and Macclesfield.

Work Begins on World Class Attraction

Bondholder Derby Museums is ready to begin work on a £16.4 million project to transform Derby’s Silk Mill museum into a world class attraction.

Derby’s stunning Silk Mill building stands on the site of the world’s first factory and is part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

The project has received funding from a number of sources including a £9.4m investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), a £2.5m contribution from Arts Council England (ACE) and £3.7m via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, in addition to £350,000 from Derby City Council, and £228,700 from Partner Museum Funding Trusts.

The new “Museum of Making” will display fascinating items from Derby’s rich industrial history, celebrating the makers of the past; and will be designed to empower makers of the future through inspirational environments for learning programmes and activities and is scheduled to open in July 2020.

Follow the progress of this project @DerbySilkMill

Mercia Ends Year on High

Bondholder Mercia Image Print finished off 2017 with a record breaking month of sales - over 33% up on December 2016.

These sales represent the best ever December since the company began trading, back in 1989.

Managing Director/Owner Amanda Strong was thrilled at the result: "2017 was looking good anyway, but having a bumper month in December really put the icing on the cake.

"We have a great team here, but it's the loyalty and support from our customers which helps us keep achieving these incredible milestones!"

With their commitment to keeping all print and finishing "in house", Mercia realise that their investment into new machinery and equipment is well founded.

Creative Collaboration Signals Further Growth

Bondholder Averill Photography and video and film specialist Ash Stanley have started working in collaboration on a number of clients.

Mark, Owner of Averill Photography, has previously worked with a number of Bondholders, including Bowmer & Kirkland and East Midlands Chamber, but has now moved into Ash Stanley's Artifex photography and media studio.

Mark explained: “I increasingly act as a client’s project manager which requires additional audio and visual skills.

“Working in collaboration with Ash, we can jointly provide all of a client’s audio and visual marketing requirements from video and voice overs to creative photography.”

Through this collaboration the two Derby-based creatives aim to expand their client base and create more opportunities for up and coming professionals. 

Winner of CEO Circle

New Bondholder Solutions for Accounting and CRM recently announced they are a winner of the Sage CEO Circle Award Programme. 

The programme was designed to reward and recognise outstanding performance of Sage's top business partners that serve customers, recommend products and advocate for Sage. 

Iain Barker, Solutions MD said “We are thrilled to have won such a prestigious award. It’s fantastic news and everyone at Solutions is delighted. It’s a brilliant reflection of everyone’s hard work within the company.

“We adopted subscription as a business strategy very early on, in line with Sage’s business model and wanted to ensure we complimented their continuous progression with the growth of cloud products. Sage Live falls into this category and is a product we are investing a huge amount of time and resources in as we see this playing a huge role in Solutions’ future.

“As a business we are very serious about cloud and are strategically implementing resources with a strong plan for growth moving forwards. We are over the moon that our hard work has been recognised and praised by Sage.”

Solutions for Accounting and CRM were named winners of the "Subscriptions Sales Excellence" category and will enjoy a spot on the winners trip to Mexico taking place in February. 

New Chinese Investment in Derby

Chinese investor and Bondholder Longhe UK Ltd, who specialise in forklift truck attachments, supplying the warehousing, logistics, construction and rail industries, have set up their UK base. Longhe UK is the UK arm of China’s premier forklift truck attachments manufacturer, the Longhe Intelligent Equipment Manufacturing Company. Based in South East China, it has over 350 employees.

The decision was made to open an office in the UK following Longhe’s passion for international business between China and the UK, with Derby chosen as the location.

Lily Fu outlines the vision for Longhe UK as “Our aim is to deliver first class service and best quality to our UK and European customers, and meet all the needs of the broad spectrum of customers who come to us for proprietary forklift truck attachments and tailor-made items. We are committed to serving the material handling industry, maintaining our reputation as premier solutions providers, and above all, to providing our industry with a professional, experienced and reliable source of help for resolving material handling equipment challenges.”

“OEMs are the key driver for our business. We are working to improve our customer service to OEMs with local contact and full engineering support in the UK. Based on our bilingual culture background, we can act as a consultation agency enabling OEMs here to deliver a better performance and overcome the language and culture difference.”

Longhe supply major OEMs such as JCB, with key customers also including Neckar, Kion Baoli, Lektro and Bridgestone Tyres. Products can include forklift truck or heavy-duty attachments, fabrications and machined parts.

Lily Fu said “Our bilingual culture sourcing and engineering consultation expertise make OEM companies across the engineering sectors proud to work with us, reducing risk in the international procurement process.”