Agent's deal for Eagle

Bondholder BB&J has concluded a deal to bring a nationwide tyre and fleet management company to Bondholder Ivygrove's Eagle Park.

Tructyre ATS has become the latest firm to agree to take space at Eagle Park industrial park on Alfreton Road, Derby.

The firm, which was established in 1996 and has in excess of 70 service centres, is part of the Michelin Group and was recently merged with ATS Euromaster to create the nation’s leading commercial fleet tyre service specialist. The company joins other national occupiers at Eagle Park, which include Screwfix, Howdens and Greggs.

Chris Keogh of BB&J Commercial, said: “Eagle Park continues to attract excellent interest from national and international businesses despite the uncertain economic climate. We’re delighted to secure a tenant of the calibre of Tructyre and are confident that they will be a great addition to this address and hopefully generate employment opportunities to the local area.”

Workout welcome

A global fitness phenomenon has invested in Derby - join Bondholder Wellcomm Health & Fitness as it unveils its new Orangetheory Fitness studio this month.

Located at Wyvern Retail Park, the studio combines state-of-the-art equipment with coaching, technology and sports science to give people an innovative way to work up a sweat.

Its one-hour group sessions – an adrenaline-fuelled mix of cardio and strength-building exercises – are tailored to a participant’s ability and fitness levels, and are designed to burn calories for up to 36 hours afterwards.

Having already swept the US and proven popular around the globe, the Derby studio is the seventh to open in the country and the first in the East Midlands, employing 15 people including coaches, a studio manager and membership consultants.

During an open weekend, which takes place from 11th to 13th October, members of the team will demonstrate workouts, offer free fitness consultations and showcase the studio’s full body scanning technology. There is also going to be food and drink, competitions and special offers on membership.

Commenting on the launch, Matt Adey, Sales & Marketing Director, said:

“We are really excited about bringing the Orangetheory Fitness concept to Derby and building a new fitness community in the city. It doesn’t matter whether you are already a fitness fanatic or haven’t done any physical activity for years, because everyone works as their own pace, according to their fitness levels.”

He added that coaches work hard to create a fun and supportive environment for members to train: “Creating a strong sense of community is important to us, so don’t be surprised to see plenty of high fives and words of encouragement from our coaches.”

For more information on Orangetheory Fitness, visit www.orangetheoryfitness.co.uk.

The studio is open from 9am to 6pm each day of the open weekend. To book your place, visit derby.orangetheoryfitness.co.uk or call (01332) 498 091. Discounted membership during the open weekend include savings up to £500, which members receive for life.

Top 200 unveiled

New research has been published by Bondholder the University of Derby ranking Derby and Derbyshire’s top 200 most successful businesses.

The league table, compiled on behalf of the Derby Telegraph by academics from the university’s Business School, shows the biggest contributors to the region’s economy.

Four Bondholders feature in the top ten, with Bondholder Rolls-Royce topping the table with fellow OEMs Toyota UK and Bombardier close behind. Construction giants Bowmer & Kirkland were placed 8th.

It is the third year that the research, based on turnover, has been published with the aim of lifting the lid on local businesses who are leading from the front and showcasing the world-class businesses in Derby and Derbyshire.

Speaking at the launch event held at the University, John Forkin of Marketing Derby said "This list captures the nature of our vibrant local economy and, as well as including some of the ubiquitous large corporates, it is interesting to see the number of dynamic SMEs in growth.”

To see the full Top 200, sponsored by Bondholder Invictus Communications, click here


Driven for success

Ed Hollands, the founder of Bondholder mobile advertising company Driven Media has been named Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year for the Midlands.

Ed said “Wow! I can’t believe I’ve won the Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the year award for this region. It’s such an honour and I’m delighted. We’ve had four years of growth; I’d like to thank all those who’ve supported me and Driven Media including all of our clients and suppliers.”

As a regional winner Ed now goes on to the national final of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2019, being held at Dock X, Surrey Quays in London on Thursday 21st November.

Founded in 2013, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses nationwide. They celebrate the incredible stories that have taken entrepreneurs to where they are today, regardless of size or turnover. The 2019 awards programme covers eight regions across the UK.

Ed, who works with brands to advertise and get their message onto the sides and backs of lorries, trucks and vans, walked away with a £30,000 investment and the backing of Dragon Jenny Campbell in 2018, in exchange for a 20 per cent share in his business. He now has more than 100 branded lorries travelling around the UK. He is a former winner of Marketing Derby’s Rising Star award.

Award for excellence

The team at Bondholder Planning and Design Practice Ltd has been awarded a Highly Commended Certificate for Excellence in Planning for Heritage & Culture.

The award was made at the recent RTPI East Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence 2019 for its work on the redevelopment of the ‘East Site’ at John Smedley Mills, Lea Bridge - the last working textile mill in the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.

The ‘East Site’ was no longer needed for garment manufacture and development was needed to secure a beneficial future use for the land and buildings and to support the company’s development and expansion. The scheme included the renovation of three late 18th century Grade II Listed cottages which were in a very poor state of repair and on the “heritage at risk” register.

With initial discussions with John Smedley Ltd beginning in December 2015, the development is now well underway, with the site’s listed cottages having been fully restored by the summer of 2019. The redevelopment involved an innovative planning approach as it incorporated both conversion and new build and multiple heritage designations.

Jon Millhouse, Director of Planning and Design Practice Ltd who accepted the certificate said “We are genuinely thrilled with this recognition by the RTPI. Working within both a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage site brought numerous challenges in addition to those already inherent to the listed buildings at the John Smedley site.

“This is a great example of a successful partnership that has helped to ensure a sustainable and viable future for the oldest manufacturing factory in the world, creating opportunities for this unique historical site which will bear fruit long into the 21st century and beyond.”

Food & Drink Awards 2019 - the winners!

On Monday 7th October, Derby's iconic Roundhouse played host to the eleventh annual Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards.

Hosted by Nick Britten, the Awards brought together 300 delegates and customers from establishments across Derby's thriving food and drink scene.

John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said: "We would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists and thank all who were involved in the 2019 Derby Food and Drink Awards."

With over 3,000 nominations received, the nominees were then whittled down to the lucky finalists who were visited by the mystery judges. Judges also had the memorable task of announcing the winner and handing over the award at the event.

There was a guest appearance from local street food vendor The Toastie Club, whose founders spoke about starting up a street food business in Derby.

The event also saw the launch of Bondholder Love Marketing's Bake Off video produced by fellow Bondholder AV IT Media.

Click here to see the official photographs from the evening, courtesy of Bondholder Cactus Images!

Here is the full list of last nights winners:

Restaurant of the Year - Sponsored by Denby Pottery

The Palfrey

Best Pub - Sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau

The Blessington Carriage

Best Out of Town - Sponsored by the University of Derby

Amalfi White

Best Cafe - Sponsored by Derby College

The Squashed Tomato

Best International - Sponsored by KRCS

Annie's Burger Shack

Best Newcomer - Sponsored by Hot House Music

The Creaky Floorboard

Best Bar - Sponsored by Irongate Group

The Palfrey

Most Family Friendly - Sponsored by Cattermole Electrical

The Cafe at Derby Museums

Excellence in Customer Service - Sponsored by Derbyshire Live and chosen by YOU

KAVA Coffee Bar

Outstanding Achievement - Sponsored by Royal Crown Derby

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Marketing Derby would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists and thank all who were involved in the 2019 Derby Food and Drink Awards.

Thanks also to Bondholder Cactus Images for capturing the awards!

Champions reach milestone

Bondholder Champions (UK) plc is celebrating after recruiting its 50th new member of staff this year and being recognised for its astonishing growth.

The family-owned firm has made an incredible leap in the list of the top 200 fastest-growing businesses in the East Midlands – moving from 197th place last year to 12th this year and will officially unveil its new £1m media centre at a ceremony in November.

“It really has been a very successful year so far for the company,” said Champions’ managing director Matthew Hayes. “There is currently much uncertainty in the wider business community over Brexit and the current political situation but we are continuing to show strong growth.

“Our results-focused approach has been very popular in previous economically challenging periods and we expect the same over the next year or so, as clients review their approach and demand more return from their investment.”

Champions, based in Costock, near Loughborough, works with a range of clients across its 10 areas of expertise, which include digital and marketing services, web design, public relations, social media support, publishing, advertising, managing events and working with celebrities.

“There are exciting times ahead for us as we recruit more staff and use our new digital media centre to help facilitate our rapid growth across these disciplines,” said Matthew. “And to see us now listed in 12th place in the region’s top businesses really is the icing on the cake.”


Rolls-Royce electric deal

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has completed the acquisition of the electric and hybrid-electric aerospace propulsion activities of Siemens (formerly known as the eAircraft business), following a period of employee consultation.

The timely execution of the deal, announced in June this year, underlines the fit of these activities to Rolls-Royce's strategy to ‘champion electrification’ and will help accelerate its ambitions to play a major role in the ‘third era’ of aviation.

Rob Watson, Director – Rolls-Royce Electrical, said: “We are very pleased with the rapid execution of the necessary legal and procedural steps to complete this acquisition. We are welcoming our new colleagues into Rolls-Royce today and look forward to working with them to pioneer new technologies and solutions.

“We are at the dawn of the ‘third era’ of aviation, which will bring a new class of quieter and cleaner air transport to the skies, and our new colleagues will add vital skills, expertise and new technology to our portfolio.”

The former Siemens business, based in Germany and Hungary, employs around 180 specialist electrical designers and engineers who have been developing a range of all-electric and hybrid electric propulsion solutions for the aerospace industry. They will continue to work in their existing locations.

Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce Chief Technology Officer, added: “The technology portfolio and skills that we have acquired complement our existing developments in electrification, which include micro-grids and hybrid electric trains as well as aerospace applications.

“Electrification is just one of the ways in which we are making aviation more sustainable. We are continuing to increase the fuel efficiency of our gas turbines; increasing the integration between airframe and engine; and encouraging the development of sustainable fuels.”

The closing of the deal is the latest in a series of electrification announcements from Rolls-Royce. At the end of August, it launched a joint research programme on zero-emissions aviation with Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia. The programme is part of the airline´s ambition to replace and electrify its legacy regional fleet by 2030.

Earlier the same month, Rolls-Royce signed a letter of intent for the construction of a demonstration plant for the production of synthetic fuels in the Lausitz region of Germany, together with the State of Brandenburg, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus and other industrial partners.

More bays at Hayes

Hoardings are up at Bondholder Morley Hayes for the construction of nine new driving range bays as part of phase two of a redevelopment project.

Work on site will also include the addition of a dedicated area for wheelchair golfers, along with new teaching facilities for East Midlands Golf Academy, and follow the extensive renovation works to expand the golf provision at Morley Hayes, which were completed at the end of last year. These included the addition of new bays, the creation of 18 more parking spaces and better disabled access.

Last year’s redevelopment also included the construction of the new Tower Café, and a new retail area showcasing a range of golf clothing, accessories and golf balls from leading golf brands such as Under Armour, Footjoy and Titleist.

The new facilities at the driving range will complement the already top-class golf facilities available at Morley Hayes, which include a championship length 18-hole Manor course, 9-hole Tower course, golf pavilion and the highly respected East Midlands Golf Academy.

Commenting on the extension of the driving range, Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, said: “We’re really excited to be making further improvements to our driving range, which is very popular with golfing enthusiasts and families. Our new power tees, rugby posts and light-up targets have been a real success, resulting in a significant increase in the number of golfers using our facilities."

Travel on tap

Bondholder Trentbarton has rolled out tap-on tap-off contactless payment on all of its bus services.

When getting on a bus, customers will tap-on the new contactless ticket machines and tap-off as they leave at their stop. The new machines will do the calculations and their debit or credit card will always be charged the right fare.

If customers make several trips, or use more than one trentbarton route, their fares will automatically be capped each day.

Visa, Mastercard and Maestro credit and debit cards with the contactless logo can be used, including most contactless cards issued overseas, but not Amex. Payment can also be made using a smart device via Apple Pay or Android Pay.

trentbarton’s sister company in Leicestershire, Kinchbus, introduced tap-on tap-off contactless payment at the end of July and has seen one in four customers opt to pay with their contactless debit or credit cards.

Trentbarton managing director Jeff Counsell said: “This innovation is about giving our customers even more convenience and choice. They can choose to continue using their MANGO cards or continue paying with cash. But contactless is on the rise.

“In the Midlands more than seven out of ten people are already paying for everyday goods and services using contactless. Nationally, one is six young people are living largely cashless lives. The time is absolutely right for contactless bus travel."

With more than 40 million customer journeys each year, a similar 25 per cent take up across the trentbarton network would see an average of more than 27,000 contactless payments made each day.

Customers will be able to see their contactless journey history, trip charges and how close they are to their caps through the trentbarton website.

For more information and Frequently Asked Questions: trentbarton.co.uk/contactless


Do the Strand

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The Strand, located in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, featured in The Times as a positive case study for the UK high street.

Over a nine year period, Historic England collaborated with Derby City Council on the revitalisation of that city’s historic centre, an area with many handsome old buildings, including a row of shops known as the Strand. Modelled on the Burlington Arcade in London, it was the thriving retail heart of the city until this century. Fast-forward to 2008, and a fifth of the city centre’s premises were boarded up and many others horribly desecrated, despite being in a conservation area.

For nine years it collaborated with Derby city council on the revitalisation of that city’s historic centre, an area with many handsome old buildings, including a row of shops known as the Strand. Modelled on the Burlington Arcade in London, it was the thriving retail heart of the city until this century. Then an out-of-town shopping mall opened. By the time Historic England intervened in 2008, a fifth of the city centre’s premises were boarded up and many others horribly desecrated, despite being in a conservation area.

Historic England and Derby council each put in £844,000 and a further £924,000 came from private investment, but with that £2.6 million no fewer than 97 properties were repaired and the atmosphere of the town centre transformed. By 2016, 100 per-cent of the shops were occupied, footfall increased by 15 per cent (at a time when it dropped in high streets nationally by 26 per cent) and Derby was the proud winner of that year’s Great British High Street award for best high street in a city location. The city centre looks unique to Derby again.

Localised social media could be key to revitalising town’s high street

With up to 74% of high street retailers not having an active social media presence, Polly Barnfield OBE, a member of the government’s High Street Task Force has urged Chesterfield’s shops and market traders to adopt social media and use it to deliver both improved footfall and sales on demand.

Speaking at the sell-out 2019 Chesterfield Investment Summit, Ms Barnfield, who has been named as one of the top 100 most influential women in technology, believes events and localised social media activity could be the key to revitalising and growing Chesterfield’s high street.

She said: “Social media is a resource that any business can use, and retailers should use this opportunity to engage with and understand their customers.”

“Social media is fundamentally changing the rules of doing business. It’s not a question of a business being online or offline anymore – they must be both. There has been a huge shift in human behaviour over the last 15 years driven by social media. For the first time ever, people now spend more time on their mobile phone than watching TV.”

However, she urged retailers not to just to focus on selling themselves on social media. “Engagement with the community around you is key. You can’t just sell your own product on social media if you want to be successful,” urged Ms Barnfield.

She advised: “Retailers should post on social media every day and talk to their audience not just about what is happening in their business but around them.”

Highlighting the power of social media on retail at the Investment Summit, it was revealed that ALTERIS, owner of the town’s Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, has successfully used the online platform Maybe* over the last six months to increase footfall by 29%.

ALTERIS bought Vicar Lane Shopping Centre out of administration earlier this year promising to create ‘a new town centre retail model for the post e-commerce world’.

Ms Barnfield was one of several speakers presenting at the annual Investment Summit which was held at Chesterfield’s Casa Hotel.

Addressing future investment and development opportunities in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, the event was organised by Derbyshire Economic Partnership, Destination Chesterfield and Marketing Derby.

Speaking at the event Dr Huw Bowen, Chief Executive of Chesterfield Borough Council, also revealed that the town had welcomed 330 business start-ups in the last 12 months.

He commented: “For Chesterfield to grow and survive it needs to be a place where people feel they can do business and do it successfully. This means ensuring we make the most of our competitive advantages in order to attract investment as well as optimise our current development opportunities including HS2, Chesterfield Waterside, Northern Gateway and Peak Resort. Our competitive advantages underpin our recently published Growth Strategy.”

Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield, highlighted the town’s successful public-private sector partnership approach to investment, commenting: “Chesterfield is a town of opportunity and we have the partners and collaboration in place to drive forward our ambitions to not only deliver our current development plans but also attract further investment and continue to grow.”

A new hive for Alton Group

A global engineering and technology consultancy has officially opened a new office in Derby in order to be closer to key clients in the aerospace and rail sectors.

Alten Group, which is headquartered in France, has moved into offices on Pride Park, which it has dubbed ‘The Hive’.

Its new Derby base, which has been given its name following a competition held among the firm’s consultants, has the capacity to house almost 200 people - and the firm has announced that it will be looking to add 150 aerospace and rail experts to its ranks.

Alten was created 30 years ago and today has a presence in more than 25 countries, employing around 34,000 staff. As an engineering and technology consultancy, it supports its customers’ development strategies in the areas of innovation, research and development and information systems.

The company has been active in the UK almost since it was first founded - and in the past five years alone has seen the business grown by more than 80% year-on-year. Before opening its new Derby office, the firm had already established close links with some of the city’s major manufacturers.

Since 2017, it has been developing partnerships in and around the city with firms involved in the aerospace, rail and agricultural machinery sectors. Alten has already established relationships with some of Derby's major manufacturers

It is now as a close partner of Rolls-Royce, which has its Civil Aerospace and Defence divisions in the city, with more than 100 of its consulting engineers involved in aircraft engine-related activities. In rail, Bombardier Transportation, which has its Derby train-making factory in Litchurch Lane, is a long-term partner of Alten.

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Property partnership deal

Smith Partnership has announced one of the biggest deals in its history with Nightingale Quarter developers, Wavensmere Homes.

Smith Partnership has been selected as a preferred legal partner in the sale of new homes on the prestigious Nightingale Quarter development, where 800 homes are to be built on the site of the former Derby Royal Infirmary with a value of £150m.

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Work is anticipated to begin on the site in November with properties released for sale in January with first completions in early summer next year.

The new deal between Wavensmere and Smith Partnership will mean that legal work on sales should go through in just 28 days.

Wavensmere’s sales director Donna Smith said: “It would have been easy to bring in Birmingham-based partners but we are trying to work with as many local businesses as possible and Smith Partnership is a great fit.”

Smith Partnership managing partner, Kevin McGrath, said: “We are thrilled with this deal. When we decided to stay in the city centre with our new headquarters on Friar Gate, we were attempting to inspire other people to follow suit. So, helping people move into the Nightingale Quarter is entirely consistent with what we have been trying to do in supporting Derby city centre in being a 24-hr destination of choice for people to live, work and enjoy.

“It is one of the deals we are most proud of because of what it means for the city.”

Already 400 people have registered interest in the site in a month, attracted by the proximity to the railway station, intu’s shopping centre and the other fantastic facilities Derby has to offer.

In accordance with the law, Smith Partnership will be one of two legal partners for the site.

Becketwell takes a step forward

A huge new development in Derby city centre has taken a step forward.

The former Debenhams department store in Derby and surrounding sites including the former Pennine Hotel, NCP Car Park and Laurie House on Colyear Street, have been contracted by St James Securities as part of a deal with Derby City Council.

This will trigger the submission of an outline planning application for the redevelopment of Becketwell and a detailed application for the first phase comprising a new public square and 342 Build to Rent apartments.

The exchange of contracts on the sites marks a significant milestone in the delivery of the £200m regeneration project following lengthy negotiations between Derby City Council and St James Securities.

Phase one of the regeneration scheme comprises of plans for 342 Build to Rent apartments on the site of the former Debenhams store on Victoria Street and a new public square on the site of the current United Reform Church as the centre piece of the development.

The residential development will be made up of two buildings, the tallest of which will extend up to 19 storeys. This building will contain 246 apartments over a ground floor café and restaurant overlooking the new square. The smaller building will house 96 apartments with a convenience store at ground floor fronting Victoria Street. Both buildings will have rear-decked car parking.

The new multi-purpose public square will be the centrepiece of the proposed development and will be delivered as part of the first phase of development.

The planning application will also be supported by a request to include a range of other complementary uses of the site, including up to 250,000 sq ft of new grade A offices, innovation centre and leisure to complement the residential and a planned multi storey car park with a smaller more intimate courtyard public square called Summerhill Yard to reflect that part of the site’s historic street name.

Paul Morris, director of St James Securities, said: “We were delighted to be chosen by Derby City Council in March 2018 to deliver a truly comprehensive and badly needed major regeneration scheme for Derby city centre.

“I am absolutely delighted that contracts have now been signed and put in place and am proud to say after months of consultation the planning application has been formally submitted.

“We are hopeful of a successful determination to this Application by the end of 2019, which will enable us to make a start on site late spring 2020.”

Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby City Council added: “We welcome St James Securities in submitting a planning application for the redevelopment of Becketwell. The area has been in need of regeneration for years and this is a fantastic step in our plans to transform Derby’s city centre.

“The plans will now be submitted to the Planning Control Committee for consideration.”

D2 in China

Derby and Derbyshire delegates on a business mission to China, held an Embassy event in the city’s twin city, Hefei.

Over 200 guests, from government and global businesses, heard from Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council and Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby City Council on the developing relationship between our city and county and Hefei and Anhui Province.

Keynote speaker was Deng Xiang Yang (pictured above), Vice Governor of Anhui Province - twinned with Derbyshire and with a population of 65 million people - who said "this reception is an excellent platform for further pragmatic co-operation."

Barry Lewis said at the Embassy "We came to build bridges for economic growth for the benefit of all", with Chris Poulter highlighting some of the partners involved in the city and county's mission. "Our delegation includes Bowler Motorsport, Bloc Digital, TrainFX and Phoenix Nirvana International Energy, and we were joined at the World Manufacturing Convention by the University of Derby."

On his first trip to China as part of the delegation, Keith Cox of Bloc Digital said "I'm overwhelmed with the possible opportunities and on day one we got a live job which would not have happened without being in China."

Marketing Derby's films 'Invest in Derbyshire' and 'Capital for Innovation' were well-received by the audience, and a brochure of investment opportunities in Derby and Derbyshire was provided to guests.

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Bringing retro back!

All I can hear are the sounds of arcade games. Pac Man, street fighter, the unmissable sound of Phoenix. You would think they are still here, but all the sounds are in my mind. Every time I close my eyes that’s all I can hear. Now they are gone, I really miss them. What a weekend it was though. I had been waiting all year for this weekend to come. If you know me, you know I am a big retro fan and love everything 80s and 90s and when that Thursday arrived and I got the call that the lorry is here, all I could think about was arcades. I had a meeting in the morning. Naturally it got postponed as nothing was going to come in the way of those arcades!

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Picture 1: Arcades outside The Wardwick (former central library), Derby, DE1 1HS

The supplier had already started unloading (see Picture 1) and was already creating a stir with passers-by. One particular chap stopped by and started looking with a lot of interest and I asked him if he was looking for anything in particular. Apparently he was looking for a specific arcade brand as he used to make these many years ago in Derby. Unfortunately we didn’t have the ones he would have made but just made me realise how much heritage Derby has in gaming and something we have not really explored.

This all came about after Luke Earle, who is co-organising this event with us, tweeted a picture of a warehouse full of arcades back in 2017 and I replied back wishing we had this in Derby and it just spiralled from there. Luke is passionate about retro gaming and has a large collection of Lara Croft memorabilia as well as retro consoles/games. It has been really good having Luke on board and he has helped make it a success. We both feel that Derby has a good heritage in Gaming and we need to do more events like this to cement Derby’s position as a Gaming city.

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Picture 2: Arcades installed and ready to “Test”

Once all the arcades were in place, the first game I went for was Track and Fields. Just in case my bosses are reading this, I was only testing them for Health and Safety purposes. I was not playing them, no Sir! As part of the arcades, we had been promised Pinball machines but the supplier let us down and rather than disappoint punters, I decided to purchase one myself, to be used at the event. I found this really innovative virtual pinball machine with over 500 different pinball tables (see picture 3).

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Picture 3: Virtual pinball machine playing classic 80s film The Goonies

This year we had nearly 50 classic arcade machines including a sit down Star Wars Cockpit and Double player Time Crisis 2. Both were very popular and were a great addition to the event. We also had other classics like Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Street Fighter, Phoenix, Tron, Space Invaders and a host of others.

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Picture 4: Arcades

We had 6 sessions throughout the weekend, and the idea was that you paid a small amount to get into one of the sessions and then all the games were free to play. The sessions for Friday and Saturday night also had a DJ with his 80s/90s disco. He was not just any old DJ, no sir, but was Austin Powers himself dressed in 80s shell suit! Mixing some really awesome tunes and getting people on the dance floor.

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Picture 5: Austin Powers DJ

If you got fed up of playing games, not sure if that’s possible but you never know, we also had some Retro Board Games and a pop up cinema playing some classic 80s/90s movies. I have to admit and say that the Retro Board Games were more popular than I had envisaged. We had a lot of young people, especially kids, who spent a good few hours playing the various games donated for the event.

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Picture 6: Retro Arcade event daytime and evening (Luke Earle)

Overall we had just fewer than 1100 people attend. This was roughly double the number of people we had last year so really happy with the up take. The feedback we have had has been phenomenal. Many of the people that came last year came again and everyone that I spoke to thought it was a fantastic event and glad that it was being held in Derby. I didn’t realise this at the time, but with the 47 arcades, we were the largest retro arcade event in the East Midlands and not that far from being the largest in the Midlands.

Our plans for next year are even bigger; we are planning on bringing 10 more arcades and have already started discussions for adding 10 retro pinball machines to make the event the largest in the Midlands. We hope that people in Derby and beyond can help make next year an even bigger success. We are targeting a November weekend date, either at the Silk Mill Museum of Making or it’s current location, which is Museum and Art Gallery on The Wardwick (former central library). Watch this space.

So I am now left with an empty room, where once classic arcades adorned each corner with their unique sounds. As I close my eyes, I can still hear those sounds buzzing through the room. Then in the corner I see my Virtual Pinball machine. Oh yes, I forgot I had bought this for the event. I plug it in and all my memories come flooding back. Yes I have something to play during the dark days when I miss playing arcades and it will give me that motivation to hang on for another year… only 400 more days left!

Minister at Roundhouse

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has visited Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG) to learn more about work underway to better prepare young people for the world of work.

DCG will be one of the first colleges to offer the new T-Level qualifications in Construction, Digital and Education & Childcare from September 2020 with a particular focus on extended work experience.

Ahead of the launch, DCG has already established close links with regional employers who have co-designed the curriculum to meet their needs and provide work experience, industry visits, special projects and guest lectures for students across the College.

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Mr Williamson met with employers who are heavily involved in the Employment and Skills Academy programme such as Bondholder RDS Global and with apprenticeship programmes such as engineering companies Garrandale, Bondholder Rolls-Royce, SNC Lavalin, Pentaxia and Laystone.

He went on to meet some of the first Engineering and Professional Construction students and apprentices who are benefiting from the new state-of-the-art Mechatronics laboratory supported by a £1.3m grant from Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Mr Williamson said: “Derby College is playing an important role in the launch of the T-Level programme and is already ahead of the game in preparing young people for the world of work. This has been a fascinating visit and an opportunity to meet a wide range of employers, college staff, students and apprentices."

DCG Vice Principal Kate Martin concluded: “The Secretary of State was very interested in the pioneering work that we are doing across the College. The Roundhouse college opened this month ten years ago and Mr Williamson was keen to learn more about the history considering his family links to the rail industry and his father actually worked at the former loco works on this site. It was a privilege to therefore explain how we transformed the derelict buildings and the original Roundhouse to be at the heart of college life.”

Church move secured

Bondholder Salloway Property Consultants has negotiated the final piece in the jigsaw for the Becketwell development site with the movement of the United Reformed Church to a new site.

Contracts have been exchanged on the sale of Victoria House on the corner of Victoria Street and Becketwell Lane to Bondholder Derby City Council by the church which will move to Stuart House on Green Lane. Salloway Property Consultants has represented the church in both of the contracts.

Its managing director Stephen Salloway said: “These transactions represent the final piece of the jigsaw in making way for the first phase of the most significant development project the City centre has seen since Westfield/Intu. It was not an easy deal because it involved sale and relocation. We all believe in the Becketwell redevelopment but there needed to be flexibility and co-operation on all sides to make this happen.

“The United Reformed Church was always keen to support such a significant regeneration project but has had to balance that with the requirements of the congregation and the very important community services it offers.

“To achieve these deals, we have needed co-operation from both the estates and regeneration departments of the council, the Prince family, who are the owners of Stuart House, and their agent [Bondholder] Raybould & Sons.

“We would also like to thank Becketwell’s developer, [Bondholder] St James Securities, whose team have also been extremely helpful.”

Sporting supporters

Bondholder Invictus Communications has pledged support for up-and-coming sporting champions by sponsoring fellow Bondholder Derbyshire Institute of Sport.

Invictus Communications is the latest company to join the growing list of sponsors for the unique organisation whose goal is to inspire and support Derbyshire athletes to realise their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.

Since DIS formed in 2012, it has supported more than 150 athletes and para-athletes including tennis star Jay Clarke and swimmers Molly Renshaw and Lewis White.

There are currently 32 young athletes in the DIS programme including members of the world-beating Team HUUB Wattbike track cycling team which is also sponsored by Invictus Communications.

Invictus Communications Managing Director Jonny McPhee explained: “Our ethos as a company is to buy local, sell local and support local. We like to think we are at the top of our game, so Derbyshire Institute of Sport’s mission to help young people aspire to the international medal podiums is a perfect fit with us.

“I am particularly keen to work with DIS to engage with more potential athletes from a younger age and to champion this county as a centre of excellence in both business and sport.”

Derbyshire Institute of Sport Head of Operations Chloe Maudsley added: “Set up as Derbyshire’s legacy programme following the London Olympic Games, our aim has been to create a systematic model, leaving less to chance and giving our athletes the best possible chance of achieving their Olympic and Paralympic dream.

“We receive no government funding so our supporters and sponsors such as Invictus Communications are crucial to our existence.”