Try the train day


Bondholder East Midlands Trains is providing the opportunity for school children to experience train travel.

The scheme called -Try the Train day' is aimed at giving young people the confidence and skills required to travel independently in the future as well as introducing them to the railway and how to keep safe at stations.

Working alongside North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership, East Midlands Trains has piloted a new learning scheme at their Training Academy in Derby.

Pupils from Abbey Hill School and Watermill School in Stoke on Trent took part in 'Try the Train day' in March. The school children, who have learning difficulties, travelled from Blythe Bridge to Derby where they were given a tour of Derby station and had the opportunity to learn about keeping safe whilst in a train station.

The school children were then taken over to the East Midlands Training Academy, where they had the opportunity to try out the driver simulator that is used to train drivers within in a safe learning environment.

They also had the opportunity to learn about a career in the railway by spending time with the East Midlands Trains Talent Team. They were taught interview skills and how to write a CV.

‘Try the Train day’ has many benefits; from boosting independence and helping with self confidence, to giving the children the opportunity to experience travelling by train. This gives them more ways to travel now and in the future.

Donna Adams, Stakeholder & Community Rail Manager for East Midlands Trains said: “Try the Train day is a great way to break down the barriers within train travel.

“The children really enjoyed the day, the train simulator went down very well and we are looking forward to being able to invite more local schools along to Derby station and to The Academy to learn more about train travel, railway careers and gain skills that they can use in the future to aid an independent life”.

Table Tennis England appointment


Bondholder threeguru has been appointed by Table Tennis England to originate a print and digital creative sports national marketing campaign, for the PG Mutual National Championships 2019.

After a long-established relationship with British Canoeing and a recent partnership with British Dressage, Table Tennis England are the third British sport governing body to enlist the Derby agency’s creative services. 

Table Tennis England host the annual National Championships, with the top British players battling it out to be crowned champion. Table Tennis England required two-phases for their biggest marketing campaign of the year; encouraging qualifier’s participation and enhancing public ticket sales.

‘Make your Mark’ filled hidden players with ambition to get involved, whilst ‘Cheer on our Champions’ called upon the home crowd to get behind players including British Olympians and Commonwealth champions, in the family friendly event.

The Table Tennis National Championships 2019 took place from 1 st  to 3 rd March at the David Ross Sports Village, University of Nottingham and was aired on BBC Sport. For the first time in its history, the event was a sell-out for both Saturday and Sunday’s events.

The creative sports national marketing campaign enhanced the build-up to the Best of British event, encouraging a campaign that developed in momentum and elevation.

Strategic guru, Susan Nash commented on the new relationship; “We’re delighted with our recent partnership with Table Tennis England, it’s fantastic to be involved with such exciting and dynamic projects. We’re proud to be working on national campaigns such as these as a Derby based agency.”

Sellick sells stake


Bondholder Sellick Partnership Limited, one of the UK’s leading independent recruitment companies, has sold a majority stake to Samsic, one of Europe’s largest soft service providers.

The existing management team, led by founder and Managing Director Jo Sellick, will retain a significant stake in the business and continue to lead the business, with Samsic taking on a strategic advisory role.

The deal is an endorsement of Sellick Partnership’s success building a market-leading, sustainable and profitable business. It places Finance & Accountancy, Legal, HR, Actuarial, Procurement, Change & Transformation and Housing & Property Services professionals in permanent, temporary and locum roles in public, private and not-for-profit organisations across the UK.


Jo Sellick said: “Sellick Partnership has enjoyed a sustained period of client and revenue growth and this deal reflects the work the whole team delivers to clients and candidates every day. Our success has been built on building a strong, tight-knit team with a great culture and Samsic shares our people-first approach, which has shone through in our discussions.

“Sellick Partnership opens the door to new sectors and markets for Samsic whilst we look forward to benefitting from its expertise in making strategic investments in businesses like ours and its track record supporting management teams to drive growth and business success.

“We are confident that the deal will be a springboard for accelerated expansion over time.”

Thierry Geffroy, President of Samsic Group, said: “We are delighted to invest in Sellick Partnership as it is an ideal complement to our existing services and adds to our presence in the UK. We have been impressed by Jo and his team’s record of sustained growth – and especially the way it has built its success through developing a culture which has allowed it to recruit and retain great talent.”

Matthew Montague at Foremarke Hall


Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects has designed the recently completed contemporary replacement Dining Hall addition to Grade I listed Bondholder Foremarke Hall Repton Preparatory School.

The Architects Practice based in Longford, Ashbourne began working with the school in 2014 to design the replacement dining room. The brief from the school outlined a desire for an inside, outside connectivity with large opening doors and a relationship with the natural environment whilst improving efficiency when serving meals.

As one of the busiest spaces in the school, the new building had to be able to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner for over 500 pupils whilst having the capability to host functions and events day or night.

Matthew Montague Architects designed an innovative glass and natural stone building with 4.5 meter high glazing to provide panoramic views of the grounds. The dining hall is accessed off a large central corridor with dual queuing to reduce serving time.

The largely glass building is topped by a floating extended roof canopy supported by tree-like steels, used to reflect the trees immediately outside the windows and further connecting the building to the landscape.

From conception to completion the project took 4 years to complete with an onsite construction period of twelve months, contract value of £2 million.

Belper based Derwent Valley Construction Limited were the Principal Contractors for the build.

Darren Allsebrook, Associate Director at Derwent Valley Construction said “It was a pleasure for all of our team to be involved in such an interesting project. Our tradesmen had a chance to demonstrate all their skills as the building used a variety of materials to create a harmonious link between the old and the new. We believe the school will have an additional facility to be proud of for many years to come.”

Matthew Montague, Principal Architect at Matthew Montague Architects said “we were delighted to work on this project; we have designed and delivered a contemporary building that continues the highest quality of architecture at Foremarke. We worked in partnership with Derwent Valley who did a great job; we are delighted with the new building.”

Robert Relton, Headmaster of Foremarke Hall, says: “Everyone who has seen the new hall has been astounded at how such a modern building fits so well within our natural and built environments.

It is at the heart of the school’s complex and is a welcome enhancement of our dining facilities. With its great views of the garden it will also provide an amazing venue for some of our events.

“We thank and congratulate everyone involved in its creation and know everyone at Foremarke will enjoy using it.”

Come and see it for yourself at a very special Bondholder Breakfast on the 18th June. Keep an eye out for the invite in your inboxes!

Premia deal for Rolls-Royce


Bondholder Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines have been selected by new Korean airline Air Premia to power 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The airline will operate the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology), which incorporates technologies from the Trent XWB engine, offering high fuel efficiency and low noise.

Dr Jong Chul Kim, CEO Air Premia, said: “We are pleased to select the Trent 1000 to power the very first aircraft for our fleet. We have great confidence in Rolls-Royce and its capabilities and look forward to it powering our aircraft in service.”

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This is a great endorsement of our Trent 1000 engine and we warmly welcome Air Premia into our family of engine operators. We look forward to working with them and wish them every success with their new enterprise.”

The airline will use its 787-9 aircraft on routes of more than six hours to North America, Europe and Oceania. It plans to start services in 2020 with long-haul services from 2021.

The Trent 1000 has powered the first flight and entry into service of every version of the Dreamliner – the 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 and incorporates technology that contributes to the Dreamliner achieving 20 percent greater efficiency than the aircraft it replaces, as well as having half the noise footprint of previous generation aircraft.

Housing, crisis or business as usual?


Earlier this month, we held one of Marketing Derby’s Big Talks – a small round table of professional experts looking into a single issue in some depth – the session appropriately being held at the impressive Derby YMCA on London Road.

The theme was to ask whether housing was actually in crisis or it is the current situation simply business as usual?

The conversation was lively, heated even, and will be reported on in the next Derby Telegraph Agenda business magazine. The themes emerging though were so all encompassing that I thought it worth covering off briefly here.

A decent secure home is of course is a basic human right, yet the provision of enough homes, in the right places, is one we seem to perennially fall short.

It’s fair to say that housing is also a particularly British obsession, as reflected by the daily extensive media coverage of planning issues, prices and interest rates, not to mention the numerous makeover programmes.

There are many perspectives on most aspects of housing but one clear consensus is that we are not building enough homes to meet today’s demand.

The government target is for 250,000 new homes to be built each year.

Now, ask almost anyone if they think there are enough houses being built and I guess they would normally say yes.


Any drive around Derby is punctuated by new housing estates popping up on the city’s periphery, most especially on the west and south side.

Added to that are the hundreds – soon to be thousands – of new homes in the city centre, first mostly in Permitted Development office conversions and soon in ‘build to buy’ and ‘build to rent’ schemes focused on Castleward, the DRI Nightingale Quarter site and North Riverside.    

That impression – suburban spread and city living - would be reinforced by visits to any city and that’s not to even mention London where the scale of building is nothing short of phenomenal.

Yet, surprisingly, the scale of house building in the UK over the past 3 years is at its lowest volume since the 1920s.

In the 1960s we were building 350,000 units per year – last year we build 184,000.

Remember, the annual target of 250,000 and you soon see how within any given decade, at current build rates, we are falling short of roughly 1 million new homes.   

The impact is pressure on existing stock, reflected in inflated price points, over-occupation, poor quality and eventually, and most brutally, in the homelessness we see on our cities streets.

What was most interesting in the round table was exploring the question as to how and why did we get to this position?   


The finger of blame is usually pointed in various directions: difficulty in obtaining planning off Councils worried about voters’ reactions; the collapse of social housing building precipitated in the Right to Buy; greedy developers controlling stock release; shortages in money to build and buy and even to not having enough bricklayers or even bricks.

Whichever the facts – and there is probably some truth in each – we do seem to have got ourselves into a classic Great British mess, where many of those who their home sorted thank you very much can often resist allowing others onto that ladder.

The solutions lay somewhere in shifting the current practices of government (planning policy and public house-building programmes); industry (new technologies in design and build) and the customer (renting vs buying and changing demographics).

Meanwhile, it seems to me that the answer to our Big Talk question is ‘both and’ – in other words, yes we are in crisis but that the crisis is so ingrained that it is actually business as usual.    

Group to build multi-million production facility


Bondholder CWC Group has concluded another Brexit-busting deal with the MEG Group from Germany, to build a multi-million pound state-of-the-art beverage production facility on 30 acres at Dove Valley Park, Foston.

Paul Shanley, CWC Group Director said "We are pleased to have concluded a deal with this prestigious German company introducing yet another Global occupier onto DVP. This is the result of extensive negotiations both in the UK and Germany. We anticipate building works will commence on site early 2020."

The new facility will provide both mineral water and soft drinks for the British and Irish market. MEG are designing an environmentally development and production with sustainable use of the environment and natural resources as a top priority., from production, packaging through to logistics.

The new facility will join existing global companies already located on DVP including Kuehne & Nagel, JCB, Futaba and Muller.

£186 million investment announced


It has been announced today that Bondholder intu Derby has attracted a 50% partner to its Derby mall in a massive deal worth £186.3m.

Investment firm Cale Street Partners, which is backed by London-based Kuwait Investment Office, will form a joint venture with intu to run the Derby venue.

Last month members of the public-private sector partnership renaissance board met with representatives from Cale Street Partners at MIPIM, the world's leading property event in Cannes. Subsequently Marketing Derby held one-to-one meetings in London with representatives outlining the bigger picture for Derby to assure investors and build confidence in investing in Derby.

Carole Mills, Chief Executive of Derby City Council, said: “The Council is delighted to have played its part to encourage this major investment in the city. It demonstrates how the work that goes on throughout the year to see investment in Derby and also the importance of international activity and development.”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "This is a big vote of confidence in Derby - these investors really can go anywhere. The investors were very impressed with the public-private partnership here in Derby and we were able to paint a broader vision for the city with many of the developments planned in the area adjacent to intu Derby, including the residential schemes at Castleward and DRI site and mixed development schemes in St Peters Quarter. We hope that that this helped to shape their opinion of Derby."

Matthew Roberts, Chief Executive Designate of intu, said: “We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Cale Street and look forward to working with them at intu Derby.”

“In what is a challenging investment market, this innovative transaction, which is in line with the December 2018 valuation, shows intu is delivering on its strategy of reducing loan to value through disposals and part-disposals. On a pro-forma basis, we expect the impact of this transaction to reduce our loan to value by around one per cent.”

Air IT Service Desk Institute award


Bondholder Air IT has been crowned as the Best Small Enterprise Managed Service Provider (MSP) at this year’s Service Desk Institute (SDI) Awards ceremony, with Paige Smith being runner-up as Service Desk Manager of the Year.

Organised by the SDI, the IT Service & Support Awards is an annual celebration of the achievements made by service desk teams and professionals from around the world.

The Best Small Enterprise MSP Award recognises the outstanding contribution and positive impact we have on our clients every day.

The judging process was tough, consisting of a comprehensive written entry, and two presentation days with the judges.

As a finalist in this category, Air IT was offered the opportunity to produce a short video to be showcased on awards night. This was the perfect opportunity to showcase the company mascot Tech Tom’s fresh look and introduce his new side-kick, i-Tina.

James Healey, Managing Director at Air IT said

"We’re honoured to be named as the Best Small Enterprise MSP at this year’s IT Service & Support Awards. As one of SDI’s most esteemed awards, this achievement is a true testament to the team’s hard work, dedication and the unrivalled service we deliver to our clients.

"Congratulations to Paige, a well-deserved finalist in the Service Desk Manager of the Year category. This is a fantastic accomplishment and one she should be truly proud of."

Bondholders support Derby Book Festival


In just five years Derby Book Festival has established itself as the largest and most successful literature festival in the East Midlands and includes a wealth of talent from great authors, poets, historians, politicians, illustrators, storytellers and musicians. 

The fifth Derby Book Festival will be held from 31st May - 8th June and will feature over 90 events and activities in venues across the city, including the Marketing Derby Bondholder event on Tuesday 4th June with guest speaker Professor Steve Peters, creator of the ground-breaking mind model Chimp Paradox and author. 

Bondholders will once again be supporting the Festival with QUAD as the main Festival Box Office who will host many of the exciting events and fellow Bondholder Smith Partnership sponsoring the Festival.

Events will also be held at venues across the city including Bondholders Déda, Derby Theatre, Pattonair County Ground, Derby County Football Club and Derby Museums.

Highlights of this year’s Festival will include:

Broadcaster, author and Parliamentarian, Melvyn Bragg talking about his new novel, Love Without End; a special event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day with authors Giles Milton and Bali Rai talking about their latest books on soldiers experiences of D-Day; Australian author and international best-seller, Markus Zusak, whose novel The Book Thief sold 16 million copies worldwide,

Liz Fothergill, Chair of the Festival said: “This year we are delighted to include writers from across the world and celebrate the diversity of our city. We have authors flying in from Australia and Norway and have a strong South East Asian programme. The programme is more exciting than ever with our usual broad range of events and genres for all ages and interests. We know we have a loyal following in the city but every year we aim to attract new audiences to enable them to enjoy the pleasure that books bring to our lives.”

Four of this year’s family events will be signed by a BSL interpreter, in partnership with Communication Unlimited.

Claire Twells, partner at Smith Partnership, said: “Smith Partnership are delighted to again be sponsors of Derby Book Festival and feel sure it will repeat the success of the four previous Festivals. It is now firmly established as an annual event putting Derby firmly on the cultural map with the biggest and most successful literary festival in the East Midlands and contributing to the wider renaissance we see taking place across our wonderful City.

“The quality and breadth of this year’s programme is once again testimony to the very highest standards that everyone involved in the Festival has come to expect. We wish everyone every success for this year’s event and in the years to come.”

The Festival programme will be available from all Festival venues, as well as Artboxes, all libraries and tourist offices. The Festival is organised in partnership with all the major arts and cultural partners in the city. Tickets can be booked on the new website developed by Bondholders Codemakers at or in person or by phone at QUAD and other host venues.

Full occupancy success

Bondholder collaboration has led to West Way on Cotes Park Industrial Park in Alfreton reaching full occupancy.

PMW Property and FHP Property Consultants have worked together to secure lettings in Alfreton, Derbyshire total of over 100,000ft² in size and further highlight the demand from local, regional and national Tenants around J28 of the M1.

Matthew Wrigley of PMW Property commented: “After a short period in having the properties vacant, between ourselves and FHP the site is now back to full occupancy. All new tenancies are companies known to ourselves and FHP, all local companies and all expanding. It is great to see all these local companies expanding like they are especially with so much uncertainty floating around us currently”.

Chris Proctor and Tim Gilbertson of FHP Property Consultants commented: “We are working with PMW Property on a number of their units across the region and are delighted to see further success being achieved at Cotes Park Industrial Estate.

“We have further space available in the area most notably across the road on Birchwood Way with a large industrial unit of circa 31,000ft² with ancillary office and yard space available to let on highly competitive lease terms and we would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with any interested parties.”

Green fingers at College


Horticulture students at Bondholder Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college are hoping to continue their winning streak at the prestigious BBC Gardeners World Live show at the NEC this summer.

They have again teamed up with the Derby branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and a range of sponsors headed by Don Amott Parks to design their entry entitled ‘The Revelation Garden’.

The garden is the most ambitious planned by the Horticulture department and measuring 25m by 15m, will be the largest garden at BBC Gardeners World Live which attracts thousands of visitors across four days.

The 50-strong group of students have started work on key elements of their design and will then spend two weeks constructing and planting the garden at the NEC ahead of the show which runs from June 13 to 16.

After the show, the garden will be carefully dismantled and key elements will be re-built at Don Amott Park’s flagship Lakeside Park near Louth for holiday makers to enjoy.

Last year the students won the top Platinum medal for their border ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ as well as the prize for the best interpretation of the theme in the 23-strong category. The two previous years resulted in Silver and then Gold medals.

Derby College Horticulture lecturer Mike Baldwin has 25 years’ experience of creating competition show gardens with students at Broomfield Hall.

He said: “This is our most ambitious garden yet and will involve the skills and input over the coming months of around 50 students from our full time BTEC and part time HNC and RHS Horticulture study programmes.

Bondholders succeed at Mainframe Awards

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Bondholders Future Proof Films and threeguru both scooped awards at the regions biggest celebration of local digital and creative talent - the Mainframe Awards 2019.

Start-ups and established businesses were among the 30 shortlisted to be in with the chance of winning across ten categories. With a huge increase in the number of nominations, competition at this year's awards was stiffer than ever.

Drew Taylour-Davis of video marketing agency, Future Proof Films, won the publicly voted award for "Digital Ambassador of the Year".

Susan Nash from the Marketing & Brand Agency, threeguru took the “Putting Derby/Derbyshire on the Map” award which was one of two categories with the highest nominations.

Drew Taylour-Davis, Future Proof Films said "Mainframe is the digital and creative backbone of Derby so it was a huge honour for Future Proof Films to win the Digital Ambassador of the Year award at this year's Mainframe Awards. Every single person and business nominated, shortlisted and lucky enough to win, plays a massive role in our city's creative and digital landscape so for FPF to be a recognised part of that is just incredible".

Attendees at the awards were hosted and entertained by Adam Buss, CEO of Bondholder QUAD CEO. Adam said: “It’s a pleasure to once again be celebrating the digital and creative talent of our region. Mainframe, though The Big House programme, is championing the growth of local creative people and businesses in addition to helping the wider community to see the valuable contribution they make to the local economy. The Mainframe network is proving to be an invaluable hub for Derby’s thriving digital and creative community.”

Think3 Launches in Derby


Bondholder Think3 has launched in Derby combining design, development and marketing through digital sources with an ability to understand the customer and astute commercial awareness. Providing businesses with the information, tools and techniques to keep businesses growing and at the forefront of consumer developments.

The concept of Think3 originated almost 3 years ago. Forming as an extension to an in-house design, marketing and development team Think3 wanted to share fresh ideas with other businesses to support them grow and achieve their own potential. Whilst the day job continued to take centre stage the concept was put to one side with an ambition that one day, Think3 would be able to ‘make it happen’ and realise the potential it could provide to other smaller businesses, solopreneurs and large national corporate organisations.

And so it began, during February the team were approached to provide a full outsourced solution building on the concept and recognising the importance that our 3 core services have to play in supporting business growth combined with the commercial awareness the Think3 team can bring. Being awarded that initial contract allowed the original concept to become a reality, giving up on the day jobs and driving the business forward Think3 can now be introduced to businesses in Derbyshire.

What does Think3 actually mean? Understanding the brand development plays a significant part in understanding who Think3 actually are:

  • Think – being someone’s ideas or opinions; and

  • 3 - being our core principles that the team use to service every client.

  • Build – providing the customer with the product and service they need

  • Brand – ensuring that all products and services represent, the customer and their individuality

  • Market – ongoing support and commercial awareness to ensure that the customer can capitalise on the products and services provided.

From concept to start up within the first month Think3 has already secured contracts in excess of £50,000 with ambitions to grow the business to become one of the UK’s leading outsourced design, media and marketing agencies. Utilising the latest technologies and marketing developments to exceed the expectations from all of our customers.

Considering that it has taken over 3 years to get to this point, Managing Partner of Think3, Grant Thompson, said. “I’m proud now to be in a position where we can share with the businesses across Derby and the wider area the creative talents of the team at Think3, we look forward to working in partnership with many of you over the coming years and seeing both our businesses grow”.

Chamber launches new marketing forum


Bondholder East Midlands Chamber of Commerce has launched a new learning and development forum to help local businesses improve their marketing.

Marketing Derby Bondholder and Chamber strategic partner and patron Purpose Media has been appointed as the marketing expert responsible for running the forums along with Annica Digital. Each event will be designed to help businesses owners and people in marketing roles to understand key marketing trends and provide them with a toolkit that gives practical advice that will help them take their marketing up a notch.

The first of the Marketing Forums takes place on 25 April, at The Derbyshire Hotel, South Normanton, and Meetpoint Midlands, Kegworth on Tuesday 30 April between 8am to 11.30am.

Delegates will learn about identifying target audiences, branding, marketing personas and using data analytics. They will also have access to a panel of experts who will answer questions from the floor.

Ian Bates, the Chamber’s Forums Manager, said: “We understand the responsibility that underpins successful marketing and we also know it can be tough learning new techniques and sharing knowledge when you’re working on delivery.”

Commenting on the launch of the new forum, Katrina Starkie, Marketing Director at Purpose Media said, “Those responsible for marketing often work in isolation, under lots of pressure to deliver and with few opportunities to network with people in similar roles to share ideas and learn best practice. This forum is a brilliant opportunity for those in marketing roles to pick up some tips they can use in their work, and get some valuable insight from their peers.”

The marketing forums are supported by Experian and the Digital Growth Programme, funded by the European Development Fund (ERDF). The aim is to help people who are responsible for marketing to fully understand their customers and ensure their marketing activities deliver a return on investment.

Both events are free to attend, but places are limited, so booking is essential via the Chamber’s website:

Festé inspired by space, moon and tides


Organisers of Derby Festé have joined forces with Bondholder Derby Cathedral to present a breathtaking attraction in the run up to the city’s popular annual arts festival.

‘Museum of the Moon’ is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram and will be installed in the majestic Derby Cathedral for visitors to enjoy before and throughout Derby Festé which will return to the city streets on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Although ‘Museum of the Moon’ will be open to the public from 16 th September 2019, the installation will take on new meaning as part of the spectacular Friday afternoon and evening launch of Derby Festé on Friday September 27th.

Marking the 50th anniversary this year of the Apollo 11 moon landings and coinciding with a new moon on the 28th, the installation is a key element of the Festé theme this year - ‘Space, Moon & Tides’.

Family-friendly Derby Festé has been a key feature in the Derby festivals calendar for the past 13 years.

It attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the city centre over the two-festival which features performers from across Europe in a celebration of street entertainment including dance, contemporary circus, music and comedy.

The announcement of ‘Museum of the Moon’ coincides with confirmation of several key performances.

The two-day festival is funded by Arts Council England and Bondholder Derby City Council with sponsorship from Bondholders Derby Cathedral, University of Derby, Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby.

Stephen Munn, the Artistic Lead of Derby Festé and Artistic Director of Bondholder Déda, said: “The ‘Museum of the Moon’ has been met with rave reviews wherever it has toured and we are delighted that this breathtaking and magical installation will be a key focus of this year’s Derby Festé to set the scene for this year’s theme of ‘Space, Moon & Tides’.

“I guarantee that, once seen, visitors will want to return to the Cathedral several times to immerse themselves in the simple wonderment of the moon’s surface which has been captured in amazing detail by artist Luke Jerram.

“The Friday afternoon and evening will bring together all the elements of Festé’s theme – linking the moon with the river and taking visitors to an alien, futuristic world of wonder with the procession which is a definite highlight of Festé every year.

“Our aim is to bring a wide range of superb artists from across the UK and Europe to Derby Festé every September and it is a firm favourite with audiences across the city and beyond.

“We look to bring a new aspect into the Derby Festé programme every year but the constant theme is that this weekend is something that brings everyone together to enjoy a unique atmosphere in the city centre.

“This year will be no exception and we look forward to announcing the full Derby Festé programme in the coming weeks.”

To sign up for the latest news and details of ‘Malaya’ which will be one of two ticketed performances (with all other shows free of charge) – please visit or follow on social media.

Cheerleading group joins elite


The professional cheerleaders of Bondholder Darley Dance Productions will be joining the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) for its showpiece event which takes place in Nottingham this weekend.

The PredictorBet Play-Offs Finals weekend will see the top teams from the EIHL battling it out over two days of intense games.

The final game takes place on Sunday 14th April afternoon where the winners will lift the trophy and bring to a close to the 2018/2019 Ice Hockey season.

Abbi Burns, Owner of Darley Dance Productions, said: “The Play Offs Finals weekend is always a fantastic event and we feel very lucky to be involved.“

“Fans from all 11 teams in the Elite League travel to Nottingham and for the weekend Bolero Square and all around the arena is jam packed full of hockey fans. There’s a lot of friendly rivalries between the teams and it all adds to the fantastic atmosphere inside the stadium.”

The pro cheerleaders from Darley Dance Productions will wearing customised costumes to represent a different team from the EIHL. It’s a busy weekend for the dancers who will not only be cheering rink side throughout the four games but also mingling with fans and sometimes dancing on Bolero square.

Georgia Harris who cheers with Darley Dance Productions, said: “It’s a long weekend full of high kicks and high energy” says “but even though it’s tiring it’s so much fun and we all love it!”

If you’re going to the EIHL Play Off’s this weekend then be sure to come and say hello to the cheerleaders and if not then follow all the behind the scenes action Instagram at @darleydance.

Bondholders scoop Business Masters Awards

Bondholders BSP Consulting and HSG have triumphed at the East Midlands Business Masters Awards. BSP Consulting won the Professional Services Award, while HSG won the Innovation category.


Helen Wathall MBE, Managing Director of Bondholder Wathall’s was presented with the prestigious Ambassador award.

Marketing Derby Managing Director John Forkin was part of the five-strong judging panel who had the tough job of deciding the winners.

Talking about the experience John said: “The calibre of entries was extremely high which made the judging a tough decision.

Congratulations to all of the entries, especially those who collected awards.”

Civil and structural engineering firm, BSP Consulting’s Business Development Director Jef Todd said: “BSP Consulting prides itself on the high standard of professional services offered by the firm to our clients across the East Midlands and beyond.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been presented with this award, especially given the high calibre of all the finalists in the Professional Services Award category.”

HSG in Pride Park specialises in washroom water conservation and recently gained The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.


HSG managing director Simon Rice said: “We are delighted that the East Midlands Business Masters recognised the positive impact that Ureco and now Cleen are having on our business growth and the benefits that these innovations are having on a wide range of venues from the UK’s top entertainment venues to single site pubs.”

Aspirational Aspire move to Aspen


Bondholder and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software provider Aspire CRM has a fresh new look and a new office.

Aspire CRM is an independent consultant for a CRM software provider called Sales Force.

It helps businesses within the Midlands streamline their processes and improve efficiency and organisation with the ultimate aim is to make CRM more engaging.

The team work with several Bondholders and have been so successful that they have recently taken on a graduate from fellow Bondholder University of Derby.

The new look and branding coincided with the team moving to a new office on Aspen Drive in Derby.

Richard Ashmole, Managing Director, said: "We are now living in the age of the customer, where customers are at the heart of every business. It’s important to have a comprehensive CRM platform in place to ensure you have a 360 degree view of your customers and to empower your employees to provide customer success, whether it be sales, service or marketing.“

"At AspireCRM we work with business to understand two things, the business and the customer. This allows us to provide bespoke solutions tailored for a businesses needs and through our partnership with Salesforce, the worlds #1 CRM platform, we have access to the latest technologies including artificial intelligence, no longer will your sales, service and marketing teams be on the back foot! AspireCRM – The power to progress."

“Since joining Marketing Derby in 2018 we have seen an increase in growth in this region and we have worked with a number of Bondholders including Cosy and University of Derby who we have worked with on their new Driven scheme, aimed at introducing students into the workplace, providing them with essential real world experience. "

“22Create have been vital to us in helping us with our branding and creative, a big thanks to them, and we continue to work with each other as strategic partners going forward.“

"Marathon Man" in final push

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There’s just over two weeks until Marketing Derby's Andrew Lowe will be lining up for the first time with over 40,000 runners at the world's largest annual fundraising event, the London Marathon.


Just this week, Andrew smashed his £2,000 fund-raising target for Bondholder The Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre (DCHC), but doesn't want to stop there, he said: "I've been overwhelmed by the support that I've received from friends, family, colleagues and the Bondholder community. I would like to sincerely thank everyone for donating so far - it is truly inspirational - any further support to get the final total even higher will make a massive difference to a fantastic local charity."

Please visit Andrew's Just Giving page ( and lets get that total as high as possible.

His 18-week training plan started way back on Boxing Day, and will cover a total distance of 461 miles! The programme peaked last weekend with a gruelling 20-mile run which he completed in just under 3 hours. He has also visited one of DCHC's partner schools, Firs Primary School, and led them on a mile around their playground to raise awareness of the charity and encourage them to be more active.


Andrew added: "Training for a marathon is a huge physical challenge and commitment with four runs each week. I've run through wind, rain and hail but I feel ready and am looking forward to the atmosphere and enjoying the experience as much as I can."

Thanks to Bondholders East Midlands Trains in providing train tickets, HUUB who have donated training gear and Simply Uniform for the race shirt.