Post Office Cubo plan

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Bondholder Staton Young Group has recently purchased The Old Post Office, Victoria Street (formally known as Bar Soba) enabling it to bring its new brand of serviced offices ‘Cubo’ to Derby.

The property comprises of over 20,000 sq ft of office space located right in the heart of the city.

Heather Needham, Commercial Director commented:

“Cubo is a new brand which allows us to bring our expertise on serviced offices and expand it into the new modern way of working.

"Cubo will not just be offering private office space, but also hot desks and designated desks. The huge communal area will have a massive wow factor, boasting comfortable areas to work from rather than formal desk space, you will also be able enjoy a coffee from their in-house barista, or even a beer from draft. There will be a gym, wellness room and games room, with the building allowing its tenants 24 hours access; hopefully they will not want to leave.”

Rebecca Brough, Managing Director commented:

“We are delighted to be once again investing in Derby, bringing something the region hasn’t seen before. We have vast experience in serviced office space and are excited to be taking it to the next level. We have plans for further expansion to take Cubo across the Midlands and beyond.”

The rise of Northedge

Bondholder development company Morgan Industrial Properties and their agents, fellow Bondholder David Brown Commercial, are celebrating after completing the third phase of the Northedge industrial scheme off Alfreton Road.

The local developers have invested heavily in the scheme to the north of the city. Working closely with David Brown Commercial, their commercial property agents, they have transformed the area into an enclave of flourishing engineering firms.

David Powell of Morgan Industrial Properties added, “We are delighted to have completed the third phase of our exciting and successful development in this established trading location of Derby. Testament of this is RJ Engineering, doubling their investment by taking on a further 7,000 sq. ft. This leaves only two high quality speculative units available to let of 2,500 sq.ft. and 7,000sq.ft.”

Agent Michael Green from David Brown Commercial said: “The positioning of the site close to the A38, ring road and M1 has helped secure its success. Northedge has evolved in three distinct phases, all bringing new jobs and economic growth to the local area. The first occupiers on the scheme were Four Strokes Swimming Academy and Pektron”

The next phase saw businesses relocating to Northedge from other well-known estates in the city. National industrial component supplier, Eriks, and local steel fabrication firm Bespoke Fabrications both made the move from the older Shaftesbury Street industrial estate.

RJ Engineering, a global manufacturing supplier across Aerospace, Rail and Automotive sectors have benefited occupying a unit at Northedge in addition to their existing headquarters located on Stores Road, allowing them to grow their capability and meet increasing production requirements. Bespoke Fabrications have also expanded on the site by subsequently moving into a larger unit.

Marathon man gets Bondholder support

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Marketing Derby's Marathon Man has received a boost in his training for the London Marathon from Bondholders.

Bondholder HUUB has kitted Andrew out head-to-toe with HUUB training gear and Bondholder East Midlands Trains has donated train travel for Andrew to get to London.

A number of Bondholders have also made a donation as Andrew looks to raise a minimum of £2,000 for Bondholder Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre.

Andrew said: "I'm overwhelmed by the support I have received from Bondholders. It's been amazing and is truly inspiring me to continue with my training.

"Bondholders have even created a #fiverchallenge to donate £5 on Twitter to support me. I'm halfway to my fundraising target, but with your help, you can get me over the finish line and give disadvantaged youngsters from Derby and Derbyshire a break - helping with their education and self-esteem; making friends and memories which last a lifetime."

So far in his training Andrew has completed 165 miles and has 284 miles to go.

You can donate here to show Andrew your support.

UK's number one hit

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Bondholder Hot House Music School student and drummer Nathan Shingler has been named the UK's Young Drummer Of The Year 2019

The 16 year old Hot House musician has been playing for the past 2 years with the Hot House Screaming Kicks Big Band, allowing him to hone his drumming skills. Nathan took part in the 2018 Hot House tour of the USA, playing in New Orleans, Boston & San Francisco. This also included workshops at famous American music schools such as Berkeley College of Music and the University of New Orleans.

Nathan has worked extremely hard with the support of Hot House to achieve this prestigious award. Soon he will be following in the footsteps of other Hot House alumni such as Ed Richardson who has gone on to drum for The X Factor and stars such as Noel Gallagher.

Award entries now open

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Bondholder The Derby Telegraph is once again holding its Business Awards for 2019.

Entries close on Friday 1st March so get those applications finalised and sent in!

The Awards aim to celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies in Derbyshire who are putting our region on the map by boosting the economy while making a positive contribution to the local community.

The passion, determination, tireless energy and skill that goes into running a top-performing company deserves recognition and the 16 award categories are designed to celebrate businesses from across a range of sectors.

The awards final, which will take place at The Roundhouse, Derby College on Wednesday 5th June will be attended by Derbyshire’s business elite.

Sponsors are Marketing Derby and many Bondholders such as the University of Derby, Wheeldon, DCG, Champions UK plc, Sellick Partnership, Derby City Council, Smith Partnership and HUUB.

To enter the awards here https://derbytelegraphbusinessawards.co.uk.

Categories include:

COMPANY OF THE YEAR 

SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR 

START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

APPRENTICE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD 

CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD 

NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATION AWARD 

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD 

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING AWARD

SALES AND MARKETING AWARD 

LEADERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR 

EDUCATION SECTOR BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY AWARD 

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARD 

Faithful+Gould sponsor MIPIM 2019

Marketing Derby is delighted to confirm Bondholder Faithful+Gould has joined Team Derby and Derbyshire for MIPIM 2019.

Faithful+Gould is a world-leading integrated project and programme management consultancy.

This is the first time Faithful+Gould have chosen to sponsor the Marketing Derby Embassy.

The Marketing Derby Embassy, held on Wednesday 13th March at the Eden Hotel, is regularly referred to as “the best breakfast in Cannes”. This will be the first year the award-winning Embassy has featured presentations on exciting developments in both the city of Derby and county of Derbyshire.

Alex Wakefield, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould, said: “Faithful+Gould are exceptionally pleased to be supporting Marketing Derby at MIPIM 2019. Our local teams have been working in collaboration with the City and County Councils for over 15 years and are proud to be associated with the ongoing development, regeneration and transformation of such a great place.”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “Faithful+Gould has been part of some exciting local developments and it’s fantastic that it will be supporting Team Derby and Derbyshire for the first time at MIPIM this year.”

This will be the largest delegation Marketing Derby have ever taken to MIPIM, for more details about our presence out in Cannes, please click here.

Harrier takes home national award

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Bondholder and health & safety specialist Harrier has been named ‘Best Health & Safety’ at the Festival Supplier Awards.

The awards annually celebrate the achievements of suppliers to the UK’s festival industry.

Harrier was selected as the winners of ‘Best Health & Safety’ as a result of the team’s collaborative approach, where they clearly demonstrate strong working relationships with their clients and local authorities.

The past year has seen Harrier work with a number of festivals and outdoor events up and down the UK; including Bristol’s Ethical City Life Festival, Sundown Festival, Truck Festival, and various Live Nation stadium events.

Managing Director Andy Smith said: “It’s such a fantastic achievement to be named Best Health & Safety and it’s a real testament to the incredible efforts our team has put in. This year’s awards saw us up against some of the industry leaders which makes this award all the more special. We take pride in making festivals and events safe and enjoyable for all, and to see our hard work recognised gives us immense pride.”

Harrier's team is already excited for further success to come in 2019 and aims to continue delivering the award-winning health & safety services it is now recognised for.

Dragons' Den star launches 50th truck

Bondholder and young entrepreneur Ed Hollands, who secured investment on the tv show Dragons’ Den last year, is celebrating as his 50th branded truck takes to the road.

Ed runs mobile advertising company DrivenMedia and ‘rents’ the space on the sides of lorries and trucks which travel across the UK road network for companies wanting to raise brand awareness or impart a message.

DrivenMedia creates the design and ‘dresses’ the lorries which belong to haulage companies and would normally be plain as they move goods around the country.

The 50th truck has launched this week and is a campaign by business health insurance company Equipsme.com

Jaco Rabie, financial director, said: “We are delighted to work with DrivenMedia and especially delighted that Equipsme is the 50th truck on the road!

“People say the simplest ideas are often the best and what an idea Ed had when he pitched in the Dragons’ Den. Truck advertising is so simple and the potential reach is exactly why we invested in this unique opportunity."

The unique adverting method has now gained interest further afield from one of the largest hauliers in Spain.

Ed said: “It’s amazing it was almost a year ago since my time in the Den was aired on television. What a ride it’s been since then. I could not have imagined I would have 50 DrivenMedia trucks on UK roads sharing their messages in 12 short months. I’d like to thank every brand that’s invested in me and my business to date.”

“50 trucks on the road, was always a milestone of mine, the next one for us must be a 100 trucks. In order to make that happen we’re looking at replicating the model overseas, we already have a haulier in Spain keen to see us launch there”

Ed appeared on the Den in February 2018 and secured £30,000 in funding from new Dragon Jenny Campbell, known as the Cashpoint Queen. Ed was also Marketing Derby's first Rising Star back in ____

Since that time his business, based in Derby, has grown steadily. Companies which have launched campaigns have included Ice Lolly, Trakm8 and Prostate Cancer UK.

New stations for ebikes

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Two new docking stations are due to be installed as part of the Derby ebikes scheme which has seen riders travel 100,000 miles in total since the scheme was launched.

Ebikes were introduced in the city at the end of June 2018 and since then the total number of miles travelled has exceeded expectations.

As a result of the scheme’s popularity, riders began requesting more docking stations and one will now be installed on Locomotive Way on Pride Park, close to Derby College, outside DHU Healthcare.

A second virtual docking station has also gone live at Derby’s bus station. This is the first virtual dock, meaning that while there isn’t a physical docking station in the area, riders can view the dock location on the map, located on the ebikesderby.com website or the Social Bicycles app.

As long as the ebike is parked securely to the clearly marked cycle parking in front of the bus station, riders will not incur a £2 out of hub fee.

Tim Caswell is owner of Hourbike, the longest established bikeshare operator in the UK which operates the ebikes scheme in Derby. He said:

“We are delighted with the response to the ebikes scheme from the people of Derby and it continues to be well used even throughout the winter months.

“As a result, we have now expanded to include two further docking stations and we have taken on board all suggestions and will be investigating even more in the future.”

To celebrate hitting 100,000 miles, it has been announced that ebike number 1 will be named after world record breaking Derby cyclist Leigh Timmis and in the future more ebikes will be named after prolific users of the scheme.

Leigh cycled through ten European countries in 16 days, ten hours and 45 minutes in September 2018. He pedalled 4,000 miles in total, breaking the previous record by an incredible eight days and seven hours. He said:

“I’m honoured to have the first Derby ebike named after me and I’m proud to be part of a scheme that enables a healthy lifestyle while being incredibly good fun. The distance that Derby has already travelled on the bikes is amazing; even at world record pace, it would take me over 400 days!”

The ebikes were installed in Derby after Bondholder Derby City Councill was successful in bidding for funding from fellow Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, with match funding from Bondholder University of Derby.

Rolls-Royce wins Emirates deal

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Bondholder Rolls-Royce plc has secured an order for Trent 7000 engines to power 40 Airbus A330neo aircraft from Emirates.

Under an agreement reached with Emirates, Rolls-Royce will also provide Trent 900 engines for a further 14 Airbus A380s, taking the total Emirates A380 fleet powered by Trent 900 engines to 33 aircraft.

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “We welcome the news that Emirates is further extending its relationship with Airbus and Rolls-Royce. The addition of Airbus A330-900 and Airbus A350-900 aircraft to the Emirates fleet will make the airline one of the largest users of Trent engines in the world and we look forward to continuing to support them and their customers.”

Rolls-Royce also notes the news that Airbus is to end A380 deliveries in 2021. We will provide engines for the 17 remaining Trent 900-powered Airbus A380s to be delivered to customers including Emirates and we will support the whole Trent 900 fleet in service throughout its lifetime.

Chris Cholerton added: “The A380 is a world class feat of engineering, much loved by passengers, and we are obviously saddened that deliveries will come to an end. We are very proud to have supported the aircraft with our Trent 900 engine. We look forward to supporting the fleet, as the A380 continues to delight travellers, for many years to come.”

The order includes Rolls-Royce’s flagship TotalCare® long term service support. Emirates has also ordered 30 Airbus A350 aircraft, powered by the Trent XWB, also to be covered by TotalCare. Both engine types are the sole powerplant for their respective aircraft.

Nuclear R&D centre launched

A vision to build a 65,000ft² R&D facility on Infinity Park Derby was announced at the launch of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Midlands at the iHub yesterday.

A packed event heard Chief Executive Officer of Nuclear AMRC, Andrew Storer outline why Derby had been chosen as a location, starting with the opening of research facilities in the iHub. “Too much of the UK’s innovation sits on a shelf and we want to be part of turning this into applications.”

Also speaking at the event Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter declared “We are in this partnership for the long-term and have strong ambitions to build a major facility.”

Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing for Bondholder Rolls Royce plc made a strong case that productivity improvement can only come from a commitment to a continuous improvement culture, advanced manufacturing techniques and digital applications.

Will Tanner, Director of Public Affairs at Bondholder Bombardier said “Derby is a city and the midlands a region based on manufacturing” and he raised the prospect of suppliers working across the aerospace, automotive, rail and nuclear sector.

The Nuclear AMRC is part of the UK’s High-Value Manufacturing Catapult aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry with a focus of the Derby centre being controls instrumentation especially in nuclear applications.

The launch follows the recent announcement that Bondholder Pattonair will be occupying a 125,000 ft2 new-build facility on Infinity Park

Bondholder in top 50 Accountants

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Bondholder Smith Cooper has secured a spot as one of the UK's 50 Accountancy firms.

The accountants and business advisors have been named in the Accountancy Daily’s Top 75 survey as one of the UK’s leading firm of accountants.

Fee income for the Midlands based business hit £15 million for the year to 31st March 2018, up 15% from the year previous.

Smith Cooper, headquartered in Derby, with offices in 6 localities across the Midlands, has gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months, announcing record revenue figures and winning several industry accolades, notably SME Advisory Team of the Year in both the East and West Midlands, SME deal of the year and Regional Insolvency Team of the Year.

In recent weeks, Experian’s United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland M&A Review placed Smith Cooper 8th in the region in the “financial adviser” category – a jump from last year’s 9th place.

James Bagley, Managing Partner at Smith Cooper comments “We have worked hard to create an organisation synonymous with trustworthy and proactive advice throughout the professional community and amongst our client base.”

“We pride ourselves on the range of services we offer when compared to other firms of the same size and believe the success of these is evident in our official figures, as well as industry rankings such as this one.”

New Derbyshire development launched

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A new housing development has been launched in a picturesque village near Derby by Bondholder Cameron Homes, after recently announcing the opening of an East Midlands division, based in Castle Donington.

The first of its many developments to be built this year is Ashwood Grange, in the village of Aston-on-Trent, which will feature a collection of 41 three and four bedroom homes.

The first phase of properties will go on sale this year and a show home will be launched at the site at the end of April.

“We are very proud of our first new development,” said Cameron Homes East Midlands sales manager Lynne Gardner.

“Ashwood Grange is well connected for commuters as it is only seven miles from Derby so we are expecting a good deal of interest from customers – in fact one of the first homes to be released has been reserved already.

“The development is set in a quaint village location but also has the advantages of conveniences of city life being within easy reach.”

Each home will be built to a high standard, with top quality fitted kitchens and bathrooms. Current prices start at £485,000 the first properties to be released.

AJS re-brand marks 8th Anniversary

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Bondholder AJS Structural Design is celebrating its 8th Anniversary of trading by launching its new website and logo.

The city-based structural and civil engineering consultancy practice provide service for all type of projects; industrial and commercial, residential, sport and leisure, educational, conservation & heritage.

AJS started trading with just 2 founding members at a small office in Uttoxeter on Valentine’s Day in 2011, now in its eighth year it has 17 members of staff and a second office in Derby.

With over 50 years of experience between them, the directors have created a multi-disciplinary consultant civil and structural engineering practice, providing services to a wide range of clients in steel, concrete, timber and masonry for major UK and international companies, contractors, private investors and individuals.

AJS regularly works with industry professionals including architects, quantity surveyors, other specialist engineers, building inspectors and project managers.

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To mark its eighth anniversary it has re-launched its website with a fresh new look and logo.

Steve Sammans, Director of AJS said: “We take great pride in having a strong reputation for providing quality services to all our clients and we wanted a new website, logo and brand to reflect this.”

Katie joins Marketing Derby

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Marketing Derby, the investment promotion agency for Derby and Derbyshire, has welcomed a new member to its team with the appointment of Katie Wells.

Katie Wells joins as the Corporate Marketing Executive from the events team at Roundhouse Events. Katie further strengthens the current team's event planning locally, supporting the Marketing Derby Bondholder programme and the city's annual Food & Drink Awards, and further afield by working with the Local Enterprise Partnership D2N2 and Midlands Engine partners to help raise the profile of the area at the international property fair MIPIM, and showcasing Derby and Derbyshire's investment offer in London where Marketing Derby has an office and runs a Chapter of its Ambassadors Club.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin said: “We are delighted to welcome Katie to the Marketing Derby team; her appointment will further strengthen the activity we undertake to attract investment and help us to provide even more valuable support to our stakeholders and Bondholders.”

Air IT Elite Performance Centre unveiled

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Bondholder Air IT, has adopted naming rights to Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Elite Performance Centre.

The centre, now known as the Air IT Elite Performance Centre, offers exclusive facilities for players, coaches and match officials, and provides hospitality access for guests on match days.

The award-winning ICT provider’s branding, which features the company’s mascots, will be adorned across the whole building and additional signage will be placed throughout. The deal comes as Air IT approaches its fourth year of sponsorship with the club.

Jimmy Drew, Business Development Manager at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, said:

“We’re delighted that Air IT have expanded their association with the club, taking on full naming rights of the Air IT Elite Performance Centre, which includes branding on and throughout the Centre.

“Air IT have been a long-standing partner of the club, who have used the power of cricket to enhance brand awareness for their business both locally and regionally.

Paul Judge, Marketing Director at Air IT, added:

“After three successful seasons with the club, we’re delighted to take our partnership to the next level with the Air IT Elite Performance Centre. Over the last few years, we’ve seen our profile in Derbyshire grow thanks to the increased exposure our sponsorship has provided, and it’s fantastic to see the Air IT brand regularly featured on Sky Sports.

“We’re thrilled to take on building naming rights, and signage on the whole stand, it’s certainly going to make a big impression.

“We’re looking forward to the return of the Specsavers County Championship and the Royal London One Day Cup in April, as well as Vitality Blast in the summer when we’ll be running some exciting competitions with the club!”

The IT and Communications provider has also appointed Lee Johnson as its Chief Technology Officer and Head of specialist cyber security division, Air Sec.

Contracts exchanged on merger

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Bondholder BDO has completed a merger with Moore Stephens LLP, creating the largest UK accountancy and business advisory firm focused on mid-sized, entrepreneurially-spirited businesses.

The merged firm will operate under the BDO brand and as part of BDO’s international network, which has 80,000 people and revenues of $9bn across 162 countries.

In the UK, BDO LLP now has a combined workforce of 5,000 people across 17 locations, delivering revenues of £590m.

The merger will make BDO the third biggest auditor of listed companies, strengthening its position as calls to improve quality and competition at the upper end of the audit market continue.

In addition, it cements BDO’s ranking as the UK’s leading auditor to AIM-listed companies and will enhance its expertise in sectors including financial services, insurance and shipping.

Paul Eagland, Managing Partner of BDO, said:

“The audit market is going through a significant period of reform and our clients are facing unprecedented uncertainty as Brexit looms and global trade undergoes fundamental changes.

Notwithstanding these uncertainties I’m confident that a combination of our 5,000 people and our reputation for trust and quality, puts us in a fantastic position to help our clients and our people to capitalise on the opportunities that always accompany such change.

“Our clear sense of purpose and growth strategy will help our entire team make this merger a huge success.”

The merger follows the company’s 13-year high record for deals and volumes during 2018.

The East Midlands corporate finance division of BDO had another record year of deals, with Deal volumes growing over 40% in 2018 with a combined value of more than £21.8bn.

Knights hosts pre-MIPIM breakfast

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Bondholder Knights plc kicked off the MIPIM 2019 events schedule with a pre-MIPIM breakfast, hosted at the Marketing Derby offices at Riverside Chambers.

Attendees were among the first to hear about some of the key themes for MIPIM 2019, with presentations from John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, Deborah Ritchie, Partner at Knights plc. and Warren Manning, Pro Vic-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Derby - who will all be attending MIPIM 2019 as part of the Team Derby delegation.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby opened the event, with news of the largest ever Team Derby and Derbyshire delegation to attend MIPIM. Talking about two schemes that have come to Derby as a direct result of Marketing Derby's activities at MIPIM he commented: "MIPIM is a vital part of our event schedule as it gives us a chance to present Derby and Derbyshire to international investors. The hard work continues post-MIPIM at a series of follow-up events and meetings designed to continue the narrative of our city and the opportunities available here."

Knights plc is the fastest growing legal and professional services business throughout the UK, and sends a strong team to MIPIM complied of staff drawn from all 8 of their offices.

Deborah Ritchie, Partner, said "Why wouldn't Knights plc go to MIPIM? It's a great opportunity to showcase our diverse offer, meet new and existing contacts and dedicate the time to building those all important relationships."

Finally, Warren Manning, Pro Vic-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Derby gave a short presentation outlining the University of Derby's future plans. He commented, "For the University of Derby there are two main reasons to attend MIPIM this year - the current investment opportunities with regards our ambitions to extend further into the city centre, and the Science Park at Infinity Park Derby, and secondly, supporting the re-invigoration of the city in order to attract more students."

2019 will once again see Derby taking its place in the Midlands UK Pavilion alongside the other Midlands locations, promoting the vibrancy and opportunities available in the Midlands Engine. Marketing Derby will also be hosting our sell-out International Embassy, as well as key panels and discussions within the Midlands Pavilion.

If you’d like to meet with a member of the team in Cannes, or would like further information about our Embassy or the Midlands Pavilion please contact Katie Delve at katie.delve@marketingderby.co.uk.

Sky Recruitment 5th anniversary

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Bondholder, multi-sector temporary and permanent recruitment specialists, Sky Recruitment Solutions are celebrating five years in business.

Sky Recruitment has much to celebrate as it reaches its five-year milestone.

Not only has turnover increased for a fifth consecutive year, the team are also opening a new office in Castle Donington in March and renewing the partnership agreement they have with Derby College.

The new office will be headed up by Business Manager, Beckie Elliott who joined Sky Recruitment four years ago as an apprentice.

David Torrington, Managing Director said

“I am so proud that Sky Recruitment Solutions is 5 years old – in an industry where 90%+ of recruitment start-ups don’t last beyond 2 years, I think that it’s a fantastic achievement. We are very proud of our Derby and Derbyshire connections, and immensely grateful to our clients from within Marketing Derby, and throughout the region. Our aim is to continue to become the recruiter of choice within the region, and to serve both clients and candidates with an honest, transparent and innovative recruitment solution for many years to come.”

Beckie Elliott, Business Manager said

“It has been a pleasure working for Sky Recruitment Solutions for nearly 4 years now. I have seen the business grow alongside my own journey. I joined the business in 2015 as a Resourcing Administration Apprentice. I have progressed through the company which has been an adventure and I look forward to taking the business forward as Business Manager of the Castle Donington office. It has been a privilege working for David, and I look forward for this to continue over the years to come.”

Through the partnership with Derby College, employers working with Sky Recruitment will have access to a broad spectrum of candidates from apprenticeship roles to higher management roles, whilst learners from the College will have support in seeking employment and apprenticeship roles.

‘Sky Recruitment Solutions Employer Academy’ provides students with valuable work experience and development opportunities.

The team have joined the college’s Employer Academy programme. This unique partnership between forward-thinking employers and Derby College is gaining widespread recognition for bridging the gap between education and the workplace – equipping students with the skills and attitudes they need to be successful in the working world.

iHub success for Derby

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Just months after celebrating its second anniversary, occupancy levels at the £12m iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park have passed the 94% mark.

Since it was launched in Autumn 2016, the 45,000 sq ft facility has gone from strength to strength, attracting some of the biggest names in the automotive, rail and aerospace supply chain industries.

Regional, national and global businesses are taking advantage of the building’s strategic location on Infinity Park, the 100-acre manufacturing-focused commercial and technology site. Tenants now include global aerospace giant Airbus; Altran, a world leader in engineering and R&D services; Composite Braiding, which specialises in thermoplastic composite braiding and VRCO, an advanced aviation company, which is hitting the headlines across the globe with the development of the world’s first British-made flying cars.

iHub, which has Enterprise Zone status, is strategically located close to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace and within 15 minutes of OEMs including Bombardier, Toyota and JCB, with direct links to the A50 and M1.

The iHub provides high quality, flexible workspace for start-ups, early stage businesses and high growth SME’s looking to expand their role within the transport engineering and hi-tech sectors.

As well as offering 18 traditional office workspaces (from 127 ft 2 to 970 ft 2 ), the iHub provides 14 ground floor workshops for businesses seeking a more hybrid working environment. The state-of-the art workshops range in size from 375 ft 2 to 4,451 ft 2 and cater for a broad range of uses in a managed workspace environment.

Speaking about the success of the iHub since its launch two years ago, Councillor Matthew Holmes, deputy leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for planning, environment and regeneration, said: “The iHub is continuing to build on Derby’s reputation for developing and creating cutting-

edge technologies, particularly in the aerospace, automotive and transport industries. It reinforces Derby’s reputation as the UK ‘capital for innovation."

Alan Smith, head of economic growth at Derby City Council, added: “This demonstrates that there is strong demand for the quality of workspace and facilities and partnerships available at the iHub."

The iHub builds on the success of the hugely popular Connect Derby scheme, which has created a strong market for mixed use and sector specific serviced offices across the city at its six other buildings – Friar Gate Studios, Marble Hall, Riverside Chambers, Sadler Bridge Studios, Kings Chambers and Shot Tower.