More awards for Right at Home


On the back of winning four awards at the regional Derby Telegraph Care Awards, Bondholder Right at Home have won additional accolades at a National level.

Registered Manager, Niki Long, was recognised by her peers and independent experts as she was awarded the UK Registered Manager of the Year award.

The award recognised Niki’s contributions to the business as well as to supporting other registered managers within the sector. She was particularly praised for chairing the regional Registered Managers Support network and for supporting newly qualified registered managers with their development.

Owner, John Houghton, collected the Gold Key Milestone Award for year on year business growth.

Speaking about the awards, John said "Right at Home Derby are extremely proud of the efforts from all of our outstanding employees who have helped us achieve this local and national success.

"Without the contributions of our caregivers and their commitment to “Making a Difference”, none of this could have been achieved.

We are also very proud of Niki for the personal success she has achieved."

In addition Right at Home have received an Outstanding from Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England, for their “Responsiveness” to customer’s needs.

Care is personalised to the individual to help them maintain an active life in their own homes and communities.

Successful harvest for Ivy House


Bondholder Ivy House Environmental has hosted its first ever Harvest Festival and raised over £1,000 for charity.

The event, which took place oat Ivy House’s offices in Ockbrook, Derby, has received positive feedback, with its relaxed nature and perfect blend of business and pleasure being particularly well received.

Ivy House is renowned for providing highly-specialised contaminated land, ground engineering and waste management services to the land, construction and property industries throughout the UK and is well known for its corporate social responsibility ethos.

It was this ethos that inspired the company to devise the festival, which welcomed attendees from all walks of business life.

The well-attended afternoon saw people come together to network, enjoy quality food and drink, take part in numerous activities and – importantly – raise money for a worthy cause in the form of the Titan Trust; a local charity which provides invaluable recreational opportunities and facilities to underprivileged children – facilitated through using the power of sport.

Richard Sutton, Managing Director at Ivy House, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that our first Harvest Festival has been such a success. It’s inspired us to continue with the format and we’ll be looking to make next year’s event even bigger.

“Our sincere thanks go to the exhibitors on the day, everyone who helped organise the event and, of course, the local business community who came out in force.

“Through the generosity of those present, we were able to raise over £1,000 for a very worthy cause in the Titan Trust, which will help create a positive and very tangible difference to disadvantaged children in our community.”

Innes England 'guide' the way

Bondholder and award-winning commercial property agency, Innes England, is celebrating the life-changing work of Guide Dogs UK by handing over a cheque for over £4,000 in Guide Dogs Week (6 October to 14 October 2018)

Innes England announced Guide Dogs UK as its charity of the year in January. Since then, the Innes England team has run a number of events to raise £10,000 in total for the organisation, which helps blind and partially sighted people across the UK by providing guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services.

Tim Garratt, managing director at Innes England, presented a cheque for £4,581.68 to Jane Shelley, Community Fundraising Development Officer for Guide Dogs at the company’s Nottingham office. The Guide Dog owner who inspired the company to support the charity, Terry Rodgers and his dog, Emett, were also present.

Tim said: “We’ve seen at first-hand the difference guide dogs make to their owners through our association with Terry, who ran the entertainment at one of our staff parties. It’s Emett who gives Terry the confidence and freedom to travel independently on public transport.

“He’s really captured the imagination of the staff and we’ve had some great fund-raising activities, including an auction at our staff away day and lots and lots of bake sales.

“In January, our aim was to raise enough to support at least one Guide Dog puppy through its first year of training – and we achieved that by May. I’m delighted that we’ve now raised enough to support two puppies.”

Jane Shelley added: “Guide Dogs Week marks the anniversary of our very first working guide dog which was trained in Wallasey, Merseyside. Since the 1930s, we’ve helped over 29,000 people with sight loss lead independent lives.

"It costs over £5,000 to breed and puppy walk each Guide Dog and it’s thanks to our supporters, like Innes England, that we’re able to continue this work. We’re very grateful to Tim and the team for their life-changing gift.”

Business is taking off at Pattonair


Bondholder aerospace and defence supply chain service provider, Pattonair, is one of the UK’s fastest-growing medium-sized businesses, according to the Sunday Times.

It is a new entrant, ranking at number 68 on the index, having recorded sales of £320m and profits of £27m in the financial year ending March 2017.

The firm provides distribution and supply chain management services to the aerospace and defence sectors, including sourcing, inspecting and delivering a range of products such as bearings, fasteners and seals. It has operations in Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Singapore, China, Canada, the US and Brazil.

Its services range from planning and inventory management to ‘just-in-time’ delivery to production lines, kitting solutions, total quality management and product testing.

Its customers are aero engine and aircraft manufacturers, systems suppliers and maintenance providers. Its client base includes Rolls-Royce, General Electric, Pratt and Whitney, Airbus, Boeing and BAE Systems.

Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead said: “We’re delighted to represent Derby in this year’s Top Track 250 index, on the back of a robust trading performance which saw us post strong figures.

"Our new strategy has increased the level of long-term agreements and repeat orders from ongoing customers, which has led to a sustained increase in our long-term order book.”

Now in its 21st year, the Top Track 250 is published annually by the Sunday Times. It ranks ‘mid-market’ ranks companies by sales taken from their latest available accounts.

Mid-market companies are defined as firms which employ between 50 and 5,000 staff and record total sales of between £110m and £700m, profits of up to £100m and a minimum annual revenue growth of five per cent.

Grammar School expands offer

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Derby Grammar school head teacher Dr Ruth Norris

After several months of planning, Bondholder Derby Grammar School’s Head, Dr Ruth Norris, has announced the School will welcome boys into Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2019.

Dr Norris said: “This is a very exciting new venture for us and completes our offering of an all-through education, committed to the needs of boys.

“Our Junior School is an incredibly happy and vibrant place where our boys are nurtured and challenged in equal measure. Our curriculum is both rigorous and creative and fully enriched with extensive extra-curricular offerings.

“Traditionally, we have accepted boys from Year 3 upwards and have experienced increasing demand for places to be made available in the younger years. Now we are delighted to make the announcement that our doors will be open to these three new year groups this September.”

The School has plans to invest in its facilities over the coming months in order to prepare dynamic and stimulating age-appropriate learning and play spaces, ready for September.

April Sly, Head of Primary School added: “These facilities will complement our current offering of extensive leafy grounds, perfect for adventure play in a natural environment, complete with a discovery garden, adventure playground and the upcoming creation of a forest school. All our boys have the added benefit of access to our extensive sports facilities, including sports hall, pitches and Astroturf at our Rykneld site: perfect for letting off steam!”

Accompanying the news was the announcement of an extremely competitive fee package, along with a fresh new approach to sibling discounts: together these initiatives aim to make a Derby Grammar School education family-friendly and accessible to the budgets of working parents.

In addition, pupils who join Derby Grammar Primary School are now guaranteed place in Senior School, with no additional testing required.

This news follows hard on the heels of exciting new plans for Sixth Form revealed at the recent Sixth Form Open Evening, which included the addition of six new A Level subjects to the curriculum, a new Sixth Form Centre and a new range of scholarships, exhibitions and bursaries for Sixth Form students.

The School will also shortly be announcing exciting new developments in Senior School with a new vision and generous scholarships and bursaries.

Dr Norris said: “We are at the start of a fresh journey here at Derby Grammar School and we are looking forward to a new and exciting era.”

To find out more about Derby Grammar Primary School, come along to our Open Afternoon on Wednesday 7 November, 4.30-6.30pm. Reserve your place at visit

Bondholder sells landmark building


Bondholder BB&J Commercial has secured the sale of a prestigious landmark office building on Derby’s premier business location of Pride Park.

BB&J Commercial acted on behalf of Total Integrated Solutions Ltd to sell Technology House in Mallard Way as an investment property to DI (UK) Ltd for an undisclosed amount.

The deal was put together by BB&J Commercial’s senior agency surveyor Chris Keogh, who worked to match up the right buyer for the transaction in a very tight timescale.

The three-storey, 7,894 sq ft property is one of the most prominent on Pride Park, and will continue to be occupied by Lionbridge (UK) Ltd which is a multi-national software and professional services company that has based part of their UK operations in Pride Park since 2014.

Chris Keogh said: “Investment properties are in extremely limited supply, and we have a number of very keen investors looking for opportunities.

“Being able to put together this deal using our expert knowledge demonstrates that with the right connections and clients there is exceptional demand in the market place. The deal was agreed before the property was even formally put to the market.”

Scott Bailey, of DI commented: “We have dealt with BB&J Commercial previously and when they came to us with this opportunity, we knew we had to take it seriously and move quickly to secure the investment. We are delighted with the purchase.”

Chris concluded: “We have several other investment opportunities currently on the market in Pride Park and in prime locations across Derbyshire, which are all either the subject of interest or under offer.”

Timms Solicitors marketing investment rewarded


Bondholder Timms Solicitors has been highly commended in a national award scheme for the quality of its marketing, social media and website.

Timms, which has offices in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, Burton, Ashby and Swadlincote, and has been established for more than 125 years, were shortlisted for the LFS (Law Firm Services) Conveyancing Awards – regarded as the most prestigious in the profession.

The communications strategy development has been led by Timms’ Marketing Manager Sharon Jeffery working alongside Derby-based marketing experts including Greendog Media, Cactus Images, threeguru and JJPR.

A new dynamic mobile-friendly website has been launched which includes a blog, updates in the legal marketplace and a specially-designed conveyancing fee calculator to provide instant quotations.

The firm has also developed a proactive online communications platform to better communicate with current and prospective clients and with fellow professionals.

Managing Partner, Fiona Moffat, who attended the Birmingham awards ceremony with colleagues, said: “This has been a huge team effort and I’m really delighted that the hard work and dedication has been recognised in this way.”

Get to know beautiful Anhui


A delegation from China’s Anhui Province, including senior government officials and leaders in business, arrive in Derbyshire on Friday to promote travel and tourism to their home province.

Led by Vice Governor of Anhui Province Mr Yang Guangrong, the delegation’s visit will further strengthen the ongoing partnership between Anhui Province and Derbyshire County.

The group will meet with Cllr Barry Lewis, Leader of Derbyshire County Council and will also liaise with Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire and to mutually promote tourism between the areas.

The event will be an opportunity for the delegation to demonstrate that there are beautiful places to visit in China outside of Beijing and Shanghai, that tourists tend to visit when travelling to the Far East.

Derbyshire County Council’s Council Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, said: “I’m looking forward to meeting our visitors from Anhui Province. It’s going to be really interesting to learn more about the opportunities for tourists to visit the area.

“It will be great to share the delights of the Peak District and Derbyshire with the delegation as tourism is an important part of our local economy. The population of the province is about 60 million people, a growing number of whom love to travel so we hope to welcome many more visitors in the future.”

Anhui Province boasts historic sites with UNESCO World Heritage status and stunning mountain landscapes that are very different to, though equally as breath taking, as the Peak District.

Whilst the group plans to promote travel and tourism, they also welcome attendees looking to create business links between Derbyshire and China in other industries.

Those interested in attending may register on Eventbrite here

UK Property Award for family run developer


Bondholder Cameron Homes has won a prestigious national housing award in the best apartment category.

The Lakeside Apartments at Barton Marina, built by Bondholder Cameron Homes, triumphed in the UK Property Awards’ best apartment scheme category.

The recently-completed development features 54 two-bedroom apartments and penthouses.

Representatives of family-owned Cameron Homes, which is this year marking its 25th anniversary, will attend an awards ceremony in London to receive their accolade.

Chief operations officer Paul Morrisey said that he was delighted with the award, particularly as the development had received a highly commended prize in a design competition earlier this year.

“We are delighted to be voted as the best apartment scheme in this competition, which attracted entries from some of the largest house builders in the country,” he said.

He added that the Lakeside Apartments had proved to be one of Cameron’s most successful projects, attracting strong interest since its launch and selling out earlier this year.

All the homes, built in three blocks linked by a gatehouse in a carefully landscaped environment, either have views over the marina, which features 300 boats, restaurants, bars, a cinema and delicatessen, or they face the large lake, woodland and towpaths.

“A new community has been created at Barton Marina and we are delighted it has been recognised in this highly-competitive awards scheme,” Paul said.

Cameron Homes is now starting work on another major housing initiative - its Lawnswood site in Tatenhill - part of the major Branston Locks development which will include commercial, educational and community facilities.

In its first phase here the firm is building a selection of 70 four and five bedroom properties which will go on sale early next year.

Over 50% of new development sold

Bondholder Birchover Sales and Lettings has announced that more than 50% at the exciting Kings Crescent development have now been sold off-plan eight months ahead of completion.

Kings Crescent, a building project by Bondholder Nine Investments, comprises 45 apartments and two town houses, located just north of Derby city centre on Duffield Road. The crescent is being constructed to look similar to the classic crescents seen in Bath and Leamington Spa and has a mix of studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Two town houses are also being built facing Edward Street.

All of the studio and one bedroom apartments have now been sold. Interest is strong in the remaining two bedroom apartments and especially the penthouse apartments. Both town houses will also be released on sale shortly, with the opportunity for the buyers to influence the design of the ground floor living space.

The remaining two bedroom apartments are on sale at £185,000, with the different-sized penthouses on the market at £225,000 and £250,000 with the largest being sold for £280,000. The town houses will be available at £250,000 and £260,000.

Kings Crescent is on track for completion in May 2019, with residents moving in during June 2019.

Carl Bridge, co-owner of Birchover Sales and Lettings, said "We're so pleased that this magnificent building has been so well-received"

Developer Grace Construction is headed by Stuart Bennett, who for many years has lived only a two minute walk from Kings Crescent. Stuart is passionate about creating a building which looks fantastic and which fits the quality architecture of the Strutts Park Conservation Area.

All apartments will have high-quality kitchens and bathrooms supplied by local specialist Creative Interiors, who are based right across the road from Kings Crescent, whilst the architects and virtually all suppliers are located within a short drive of Derby. It truly is a Derby success story.

Construction began last year with the modification of a train tunnel into a secure underground car park. On Thursday 7th June the crane which had arrived earlier that week was officially opened by John Forkin, the Managing Director of Marketing Derby.


This is the first development being carried out by Grace Construction, who have been emboldened by the success and are considering several future opportunities.

Anyone wishing to purchase one of the remaining apartments or town houses can do so by contacting sole agent Birchover Sales and Lettings on 0330 122 9960.

Knights acquires Leicester law firm


Bondholder Knights plc has announced that it has acquired Spearing Waite LLP (“Spearing Waite”), Leicester’s largest independent law firm.

Alongside Knights’ organic growth strategy, the Group has a successful track record of acquiring regional law firms in attractive locations across the UK. As outlined at the time of the Group’s IPO, the company has a proven method to identify, execute and integrate earnings-accretive acquisitions, demonstrating an ability to unlock value from more traditional partnership structures.

Spearing Waite’s profile as Leicester’s largest independent law firm, its highly diversified revenue base and low client, sector and fee earner concentration complement Knights own business model, as does the firm’s entrepreneurial culture and mix of both SME and blue-chip clients.

Spearing Waite will keep its branding for a short transitional period before being formally rebranded as Knights, effective from 1 January 2019.

Commenting on the acquisition, David Beech, CEO at Knights, said: “We are delighted to be acquiring Spearing Waite, a firm which is culturally aligned with Knights and one we have known for some time. They have created a strong reputation in Leicester, as evidenced by their fantastic client portfolio, and I have no doubt that they will be a great addition to our business.”

Tom Bower Senior Partner, Spearing Waite added: “We have grown Spearing Waite to be the best firm in Leicester through brilliant people acting for quality clients. To continue our growth strategy we have decided to join Knights plc, a larger business and perfect cultural fit. Knights has the ambition and the financial clout to enable the combined force to continue to thrive in Leicester. We can’t wait to get cracking with our ambitious growth plans.”

Rodgers Leask scoop two awards


Bondholder Rodgers Leask has scooped two awards at the 2018 Brownfield Briefing Awards, winning in the categories: Best Brownfield Infrastructure Project and Best Science/Laboratory Advance.

The annual awards and gala dinner in London celebrate excellence in engineering and innovation in regeneration, contaminated land and sustainability in the remediation sector.

This year’s awards follow its success at last year’s ceremony where it received awards in three categories.

For the category Best Brownfield Infrastructure Project, its project at Littlecombe, Dursley (Gloucestershire) showcased how innovation and exceptional engineering design along with a flexible approach has connected the fabric of old and new infrastructure between the historic market town of Dursley and the 37Ha brownfield regeneration site of neighbouring Littlecombe.

In the category Best Science/Laboratory Advance, Rodgers Leask was recognised for its involvement in the development of magnetic molecules for the selective removal of metal contaminants from soil and groundwater. Its research with ProNu-Dec Ltd and Reading University has combined innovative thinking and laboratory techniques to create a suite of magnetic molecules to target specific contaminants.

The awards not only showcase best practice and innovative engineering solutions but also the strong links between industry and academia to bring new techniques into development and use.

Toasting 10 years of success

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Bondholder Purpose Media, a Derbyshire creative agency which has grown from a two-man start-up with zero assets to a £2m-turnover company employing 30 full-time members of staff is celebrating its first decade in business.

The agency started life as a web development agency, based in the Mansfield i-Centre, by founding directors Matt Wheatcroft and Tim Lenton, after they left their jobs with a funding organisation when their contracts came to an end.

They were joined on day one by Matt’s wife, Sam and, initially, set about establishing a lifestyle business which would replicate their former salaries. However, as the business grew, it took on bigger projects and more staff, before purchasing its first premises on The Village business park, in South Normanton, in 2012.

In 2015, the firm made the decision to expand its offering from just building websites and ecommerce platforms and move towards being a full-service marketing agency.

Over the next two years, it set about acquiring or recruiting industry experts to its in-house team, so it could offer a range of marketing solutions to its clients, including creative design, digital marketing, video, content and PR. 

Today, Purpose Media employs 30 people and has an annual turnover of circa £2m. It also owns 5,000 sq ft of commercial workspace in South Normanton, following the purchase of the two units adjacent to its existing head office, and operates an office in London.   

Over the years, it has employed 11 apprentices and won multiple business awards. It has worked with hundreds of clients from local SMEs like Whitemeadow Furniture, MX Display and On Event Production Co., to professional sports clubs including Derby County Football Club and Middlesex County Cricket Club, business support organisations like the British Chambers of Commerce, and global firms including True Refrigeration and Pattonair.

Managing Director Matt Wheatcroft said: “We started Purpose Media back in 2008 as a lifestyle business and at that time, we’d have never imagined it growing into one of the biggest and most respected agencies outside of London, offering a full range of marketing solutions to clients. 

“It’s been a fantastic ten years and we wouldn’t have been able to grow the business like we have without the hard work, commitment and dedication of the whole team here at Purpose Media, and to all the amazing businesses big and small that we have worked with over the years.

“The business has changed dramatically in the past ten years. Although ecommerce and website development is still a big part of what we do, our future is as a highly-creative boutique agency that works in collaboration with our clients as an extension to their team, or as a complete outsourced marketing department, to help them achieve more.”

Man of the 'Mo'ment


Mo Suleman, Director of Resources at Bondholder Derby Museums has been shortlisted for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Entrepreneur for Good of the Year award.

Mo Suleman beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with a record number of businesses and individuals entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

Now in its sixth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names.

Mo Suleman added, “I am absolutely honoured to have been shortlisted for the final. There are some amazing entrepreneurs shortlisted, and to be named amongst them is fantastic. It also feels good to be flying the flag for Derby and Museums in general. It just shows what is possible when you have a great team around you because this award wouldn’t be possible without the support and help of my colleagues.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “Entrepreneurial spirit is still clearly alive and well, and NatWest is thrilled to be able to continue to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London.

£200m station upgrade complete


79 days, 150,00 tonnes of ballast, 240 engineering trains, 17km of new track, 10 signal gantries, 65 new signals, 21,177 sleepers, 79 sets of points and 1,340-metre station platform. This is the content of a £200m upgrade project to Derby train station, the biggest investment in Derby’s railway since the Victorian era and was finished on budget and on time.

In the early hours of Monday morning, the final pieces of equipment and machinery were removed and the lines to the north of Derby station were handed back to Bondholder East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry to allow the full train service to resume for the first time since Sunday, 22 July – 3 hours ahead of schedule.

Over 600,000 hours of work went into the project, which saw huge improvements to the track and signalling.

The speed which trains can travel through the station has now increased and a key bottleneck has been removed, meaning passengers will no longer endure a lengthy wait to enter the platforms. Control of the signalling has also moved from old style, lineside signal boxes to the state-of-the-art control centre. Passengers will benefit from a more modern and reliable railway with reduced delays.

The project has been delivered in partnership between Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry who have worked together to keep passengers moving throughout the last 79 days. The partnership has put passengers first. Trains have been running for 78 of the 79 days of the work; a huge and a carefully planned rail replacement bus operation has been in place, with 5,494 services provided.

Jake Kelly, Managing Director, East Midlands Trains, added: “I am immensely proud of the hard work and skill shown by our people in planning and delivering this. The Derby Resignalling Project was a very challenging period for everyone but we have come through that exceptionally well and also delivered the upgrade safely, efficiently and reintroduced our full train service from Monday morning, as planned.

“This investment will improve journeys across the East Midlands and beyond, but we understand it has meant an extended period of change and disruption too. I am very grateful and appreciative for the patience and understanding shown by our passengers and we hope they will enjoy the benefits of the investment from now on.”

Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, said: “This is a once in a generation investment to improve the railway in Derby and the benefits will be felt across the whole of the East Midlands.

“We’re delighted that this work is now complete, and we look forward to passengers reaping the benefits. We appreciate that this work has impacted on people and we would like to thank all those affected whilst this vital investment took place.

“We’ve worked incredibly closely with both East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry to keep people moving and this project is a great example of the rail industry working collaboratively to improve services for passengers.

“Passenger numbers are ever increasing, and this upgrade means we can continue to provide a service which meet the needs of the communities and economies which our railway serves.”

Rail Minister Jo Johnson said: “This is a key milestone in the Government’s rail upgrade programme and is part of the £1.5 billion modernisation of the Midland Mainline.

“Passengers have been incredibly patient during the summer while the huge engineering work has taken place and they will now start to take advantage of the improvements which will deliver more reliable, faster services, with more seats.”

Food & Drink Awards Winners


Last night (October 8th), Derby's iconic Roundhouse played host to the tenth 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.

With the highest ever nominations received, of over 4,000, 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 special guest appearance from Derby resident and ex-Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth, who gave a talk on some behind-the-scenes Bake Off secrets.

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

Here is the full list last nights winners:

Restaurant of the Year - Sponsored by Denby Pottery

Terroir Bistro.

Best Pub - Sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau

The Exeter Arms Derby

Best Out of Town - Sponsored by Smooth Radio East Midlands

Hackwood Farm

Best Cafe - Sponsored by Derby College


Best International - Sponsored by Derby Riverlights


Best Newcomer - Sponsored by University of Derby

The Squashed Tomato

Best Bar - Sponsored by Irongate Group

Suds & Soda

Most Family Friendly - Sponsored by

Buttermilk. Coffee House

Excellence in Customer Service - Sponsored by Derbyshire Live


Outstanding Achievement - Sponsored by Royal Crown Derby

The Palfrey

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

Special thanks to Cactus Images for the night’s photography.

Riverlights lights up

Bondholder Riverlights has unveiled Derby’s only full motion LED screen.

The digital LED media screen is on The Riverlights, where occupiers include Bondholder Holiday Inn, Premier Inn, Genting Casino, Bustler Market and Gym City. The screen is highly visible from East Street, one of Derby city’s most popular pedestrian walkways and has been installed by SIS Digital on behalf of building owners, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III.

The new screen, measuring 4.8m wide and 6.8m high, has in-built wireless and near-field capability. It boasts 5,500 Network Integration Transmission Services (NITS), ensuring the images are displayed in the highest quality at all times, whilst the 10mm Surface-Mounted-Device (SMD) LED panels incorporate full motion smart screen technology. As well as being the only full motion screen in Derby, it is also the only screen in the large format digital roadside category.

Andrew Simister, UK Sales at SIS Digital, said: “Even though we have installed a number of screens in Derby, the completion of The Riverlights is a key moment for the city, with its first full motion LED screen sitting right at its heart.

“We worked closely with the city council to ensure we were granted planning permission, and what we promised in terms of a blue print was what we subsequently delivered.”

Mark Holmes, Head of Asset Management at Moorfield, who manage Riverlights said: “As part of the investment’s scheme of improvements works we are very pleased to see the screen unveiled. It is one of the main routes to the nearby Intu and at the entrance to Riverlights, and it will be seen by tens of thousands of people each and every week.”

Bondholders collaborate for CD


Bondholders AWD Development Solutions and Hot House Music Schools are collaborating to raise funding for the enrichment activities and workshop opportunities carried out by Hot House Music.

AWD Development Solutions has provided sponsorship to produce The Hot House Screaming Kicks Band’s recently recorded a CD, so that all proceeds raised from sales will go directly to the students’ educational experiences.

At a Bondholder event next week (17th October), Andrew Deighton, owner of AWD Development Solutions, will share elements from his high performing team framework. He uses this framework to help improve the performance of teams in businesses and organisations. Jon Eno, Managing Director of Hot House Music Schools, will explain how he deploys those elements in his work to educate and develop some of the most talented young musicians in Derby.

Throughout the evening, Bondholders will be entertained by the Hot House Screaming Kicks Big Band – one of the top youth big bands in the UK.

A week after the Bondholder event, Screaming Kicks Big Band will be embarking on a ten day US tour to Boston, New Orleans and San Francisco. The tour will provide the students with an insight into life on the road as a touring musician. As well as performing, the students will take part in workshops and enrichment activities delivered by top jazz performers and teachers. Whilst they are there, a number of the band will also be auditioning for places on high profile US university jazz degree courses.

Andrew said: “AWD Development Solutions works with businesses and organisations to build high performing teams and develop effective team members and leaders. I think a band is one of the greatest examples of team working and we can learn a lot from it. Band members have clear roles, need to continuously develop and practice their skills, communicate clearly and support each other. They also get immediate feedback on their performance. These are incredibly valuable skills and attitudes which will be vital in whatever the students choose to go on to do in the future.

“Working with Jon and the team at Hot House, and the exceptional talent they nurture, is a really fantastic experience from both a professional and personal perspective. Witnessing the growth and development of the young people as they progress through the levels of band is truly inspirational and totally aligned with why I do what I do in my business.

“I’m delighted to be sponsoring the US Tour CD to help further develop the skills and capabilities of the students in Screaming Kicks and create memories and experiences that will remain with them for life.”

Jon said: “Hot House Music Schools provides a safe and positive learning environment for young musicians to explore and develop their musical talent and inspires the next generation of music makers.

“Derby has some of the greatest young musicians in the whole of the UK and we believe that music can help our young people develop skills that will help them positively navigate their way through life. Andrew is an inspirational motivator and I love the way he is engaging with learning at all ages.

“Music is the universal language and it has the power to communicate to all demographics. We believe that our Hot House students represent the very best of why you should live and learn in Derby!”

HUUB Backs World-Beating Cycle Team

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Bondholder and leading triathlon kit designers HUUB have announced their backing for an innovative Derby-based track cycling team which are currently among the fastest in the world.

Team HUUB Wattbike, as they are now known, started life as Team KGF as a group of cycling enthusiasts who shared a passion for the engineering and science behind elite performance sport.

Since relocating collectively to Derby from their homes across the UK specifically to train at the velodrome in Derby Arena, they have made an indelible mark on the sport in what has been hailed a ‘David and Goliath’ story.

As amateur riders, Dan Bigham, Charlie Tanfield, Jacob Tipper and Jonny Wale pooled their money and continued their jobs or university studies to compete at national and international competitions where they were soon taking on the world’s top team and individual pursuit riders.

After a string of podium places, including gold at the national championships in Manchester – beating the British Cycling team pursuit riders, they went onto win gold in the UCI world cup in Belarus last November in 3:56 - just five seconds off the world record.

Now, with the new UCI track season just weeks away and this vital sponsorship under their belts, Team HUUB Wattbike have their sights set on more medals and smashing world records with the new line up of Dan and Jonny who have been joined by John Archibald and Harry Tanfield.

They are gearing up for a six-month international season which will see them competing against some of the world’s top national teams such as Australia, New Zealand and British Cycling as well as feeder teams who also have the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in their sights.

Outstanding achievement award for The Palfrey


Bondholder The Palfrey won the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Award at Marketing Derby’s Food and Drink Awards a day after re-opening its doors to the public since a fire devastated the award-winning bar.

Only weeks after winning Best Bar at last year’s Food and Drink Awards, a fire ripped through the building of The Palfrey causing extensive damage resulting in them having to close the premises.

This was a devastating time for the mother and daughter owners Sharon and Amie Marlow, but despite the tragedy they have worked tirelessly to re-build the bar and keep the business going in alternative venues.

It first opened an outlet at The Post House on Victoria Street - which hosts several restaurants and bars in one building - and more recently it has set up serving food at the Queenies Tea Room near Quarndon.

After nearly a year of refurbishment our winner re-opened its doors to the public on Sunday 7th October and will be hosting a party weekend on 12th and 13th October to celebrate its re-opening.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “The resilience shown by the duo has been amazing. They have overcome so much and this award recognises how hard they have worked to keep the name of their business alive.”

Talking about the award Sharon and Amie said: “It is an honour to receive this amazing award, we are overwhelmed and delighted.

“Opening The Palfrey was our dream and it was shattered when the fire occurred. Giving up was never an option as we didn’t want to let go of our dream. We want to thank our great staff and loyal customers who have stuck with us through these difficult times. We look forward to celebrating with them next weekend!”