Derby's Walk of Fame

Bondholders Derby Telegraph and Derby City Council are set to celebrate local Derby residents with the city's new Walk of Fame. 

The project, named Made in Derby is to feature Derby’s most famous and inspiring people who will be honoured with a series of plaques embedded into city centre streets. The first plaques will be installed between Bondholder intu and the Market Hall along Albion Street and Exchange Street.

Each will have a feature allowing Smartphone users to access more information about the individuals and their achievements.

City residents are  being invited to nominate the first eight inductees.

Nominations should be received by Thursday 30th November and should state who is being nominated and why. The selection criteria are that the person should have either have been born in Derby or have a strong association with Derby. They should have made a significant contribution to the city or achieved substantial accomplishments in their profession or vocation. 

Steve Hall, Editor of Derby Telegraph, said: “We thought that more needed to be done to recognise the achievements of people who were from Derby or had strong associations with our city. We floated the idea with leaders of local businesses and major city organisations and they were of a similar view. The council, and particularly deputy leader Cllr Martin Rawson, were also keen to see what could be achieved.
 
“We looked at a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame and spoke to the Business improvement District in Birmingham, which has created something similar, but we think the Made In Derby concept is something a bit different and, because it will be sourced and manufactured locally, furthers the idea of celebrating all that is great about our city.”

Suggestions for names to be considered by can sent to Made in Derby, c/o Zena Hawley, Derby Telegraph, 2 Siddals Road, Derby, DE1 2PB, emailed to zhawley@derbytelegraph.co.uk  or submitted via the Derby Telegraph’s website or social media accounts.

Air-IT Expands

Bondholder Air-IT has added four new staff to its technical and back office teams.

Marie Talbot, an experienced remote support technician, has joined the company’s service desk team helping some of their 400 plus clients with a variety of IT support needs.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Talbot and Paige Smith occupy new roles as business executive and continuous improvement manager respectively. The duo bring a wealth of experience and skills on board to help drive improvements in operational processes and internal business systems. 

In a fourth appointment in as many months, Air-IT has also welcomed Mark Taylor who has joined the business as Finance Manager. With over 30 years in finance and previous industry experience including account management, his role will be key to developing ongoing commercial and financial strategies to support future growth.

James Healey, Managing Director, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new team members aboard. This is an exciting time for Air-IT as we look forward to our continued expansion and ongoing growth.”

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday UK is returning to Derby this December, at the Market Hall.

Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. 

Yvonne Gorman, Owner of Bondholder Essential Print Services and Small Business Saturday UK Champion has co-hosted the event at Derby City Council House in previous years but for 2017, it’ll be held at the heart of small businesses; Derby’s historic Market Hall.

Yvonne said: “We are calling upon Marketing Derby’s Bondholders to show their support and visit the Market Hall, at some point during the day and help celebrate our small business community and this historic venue.

“It absolutely astounds me that by making a small change to our spending habits, together, we can make a big difference to a small, local business. I urge everyone to spend a bit of time and to spend a bit of money with the Derby Market Hall traders not just on Saturday 2nd December, but in the months and years to come.”

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of fellow Bondholder Derby City Council, said: "We’re delighted to once again promote the Small Business Saturday event.

"We have a thriving small business community and we’ve pledged to showcase the wide variety of support that’s available to local companies and entrepreneurs to help them create and grow sustainable enterprises.” 

Fluid Ideas' National Nomination

Bondholder Fluid Ideas has been shortlisted for the Integrated Campaign category in the Drum Creative Awards.

The firm was shortlisted for their work with YHA England & Wales.

The project centred on celebrating the special memories that can be made throughout the autumn and winter months, driven by the spirit of our #YHAppy brand campaign. 

Ed Bowler from Fluid Ideas said: “The brief we received from the guys at YHA was a bit of a dream really, and we’re all extremely proud of the YHAppy brand take-over. I think the nicest thing is that so many team members were directly involved in different stages of the project, meaning this recognition belongs to all of us. Fingers crossed for awards night!”

Rolls-Royce's Pilot App

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has launched a unique new range of apps, designed specifically for customer airline pilots, to give them a better insight into their engines.

The Pilot App enables pilots and their airlines to save fuel and lower emissions by helping pilots optimise the performance of their engines.

The first apps available cover the Trent XWB, which powers the Airbus A350XWB and the Trent 1000 which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Both engines are manufactured and designed at the firm's Derby headquarters. 

Tom Palmer, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President – Services, Civil Aerospace said: “We want to provide customers with service excellence and to do that we need to work ever more closely with them. This app – which we believe is unique in the industry – is another example of that, sharing best practice with the pilot and flight operations community and supporting our goal that every Rolls-Royce powered aircraft efficiently takes off and lands on time, every time.”

Phill O’Dell, Rolls-Royce Director of Flight Operations, said: “It is complementary to the work we already do with airline flight operations teams and reinforces the processes already in place, but provides information in a fresh, user-friendly, interactive format.”

EMT Leading the Race

Bondholder East Midlands Trains has been named by Business in the Community as one of the UK’s Best Employers for Race.

Jake Kelly, Managing Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “It is important that our workforce reflects the communities we serve and we need to be a welcoming place for everyone.

“Our recruitment team has been doing a lot of work to encourage a more diverse workforce by tackling the unconscious bias through blind candidate screening and running targeted recruitment campaigns that have encouraged more applications from females and people from ethnic minorities. We still have a way to go but it’s great to see that the steps taken so far are starting to pay off, and we’re extremely pleased this has been recognised by Business in the Community.”

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to East Midlands Trains on being named in the first ever Best Employers for Race listing. They are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities within their organisation and have shown their commitment and leadership on this issue.

“I hope more employers will follow their example of best practice and take part in the 2018 listing. If employers truly want their workplaces to reflect the clients, communities and customers they serve, the time to act is now.”

Wathall to Support Dementia Sufferers

Bondholder G.Wathall and Son has become the first funeral directors to qualify for membership of the Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance.

All its 30 staff at branches in Macklin Street, Alvaston, Borrowash and Ashbourne have become Dementia Friends as a result of attending awareness sessions to better consider the challenges facing people with dementia. 

Adaptations have also been made to the branch offices to overcome any access issues and the company has agreed an action plan for on-going developments and training.

G Wathall and Sons Managing Director Helen Wathall explained: “We often come into contact with people living with dementia – visiting their homes to put a funeral plan in place and when arranging the funeral for their husband or wife who have probably been their carer.

"Having undergone training and been part of the virtual dementia tour for the past few years, we were keen to formalise our commitment to improving the service we provide for our local communities by applying to join the Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance.

“By being part of an organisation with the joint vision of improving the lives of people living with dementia and their carers, I hope that we can continue to improve our services and encourage other businesses and organisations to follow suit.”

Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance (DDAA) was established in 2013.  It is part of a national body which captures and promotes best practice, brings together the private, public and voluntary sectors to learn more about the latest innovations in health and social care and campaigns on major issues affecting people living with dementia.

Apprentice Success for Mercia

Bondholder Mercia Image has taken on its fourth apprentice as part of its commitment to bring youth into the print industry. 

Keiran Bass, who joined the Mercia Production team in November 2015, has just been offered a full time position as Print Finishing Assistant, after successfully completing his Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprenticeship with fellow Bondholder Derby College

Daniel Kinnerley, Print Finishing Manager, said “Kieran has done really well during his apprenticeship, learning different aspects of the business and the skills it takes to run several different print finishing machines. Kieran has quickly become a very valuable member of the team, having shown a great work ethic to achieve his goal and become a full time member of the Print Finishing Team.” 

Kieran is the first Production apprentice to come through the ranks and gain a full time job in Mercia’s Production Department. 

David Clarke, Derby College’s Engineering Assessor, said “The course is made up of 6 units selected by Kieran and myself, meaning that Kieran is able to choose the units which will benefit him in his chosen career. He has to be observed on 3 occasions which he’s done excellently every time, showing his willingness to learn and the skills he has gained.”

Award-Winning Elegance

Bondholder Neo Elegance has been awarded the Best Aesthetic Salon of the Year accolade by the British Beauty Talent Awards.

The clinic, run by aesthetic practitioner Farzila Allarakha, offers a range of different LED light therapy treatments for different skin problems. 

The British Beauty Talent Awards recognise those who have made a difference to their industry and encourage their development.

Farzila said: "We are very excited to receive our first award for the clinic, it shows that we stand out from the competition and provide the best and most interesting treatment on the market.

"I've worked extremely hard to build my knowledge on the science behind skin, and make sure I can give customers the results that they are looking for."

Rolls-Royce Sets Sights on UAE

Bondholder Rolls-Royce is set to increase its global footprint by opening its new Customer Service Centre (CSC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, later this month.

The opening of the centre will complete a global customer service network which will be connected to the recently-opened Rolls-Royce Airline Aircraft Availability Centre at its headquarters in Derby.

Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Director, Customers and Services – Civil Aerospace, said: “This is the final piece in our global Customer Service Centre jigsaw. Our Abu Dhabi CSC will make us more responsive to customers, with teams given authority to make decisions locally, resulting in real improvements in service support.

"Our CSCs complement other important service improvements we are making in terms of data and continuing to develop a competitive, capable and flexible global CareNetwork of engine service facilities.”

The centre will set a new standard in service for its customers based across the Middle East and Africa.

The Middle East and Africa accounts for 12% per cent of Rolls-Royce civil large engines in service around the world and the regional in-service fleet is set to grow from 600 engines today to 1800 engines by 2027. Sixty people will be employed at the Abu Dhabi Customer Service Centre.

Forkin's China Daily

This week Marketing Derby's Managing Director, John Forkin, is part of a delegation to China. Here is his daily blog

 

 

Friday 10th November - China - So What?

This is actually my fifth visit to China and yet the blog headlines this week - über-massive and mind-boggling - still reflect the surprise, shock even, of a first timer.

It's hard to overstate the pace of change here and impossible not to accept its impending impact on the world.

 Let me put it like this.

Imagine it's 1917 and you are given the opportunity to reach New York City in 12 hours. Once there, you can take a glimpse at an emerging America. You see a fresh country, confident it is about have its day. You return with a dose of respect and a sense we need to step up our game.


Useful or waste of time?

In a nutshell, this is how a trip to China in 2017 feels.

Historically, Britain prides itself on being an outward-looking trading nation. We appear to have lost some momentum and hunger but Brexit has put trade right at the centre of debate. Whatever happens, our trade with Europe will soon decline and the imperative is to find new markets. In this context, what better place to start than China?

Our mission this week therefore had two functions.

The first was to fly the flag for the Midlands.

The Department for International Trade sponsored a UK pavilion at the China International Industry Fair and a delegation of 50 people from across the region came to ensure the Midlands is on the radar.

Having commissioned KPMG, we launched a 3-year strategy, intended to support greater trade links between China and the Midlands.


It was a good start, given some official muscle by the presence of a cabinet minister, and we will soon meet in Coventry to look at activating the plan.

 The second objective was to further develop our local relationship with Hefei and Anhui.

In China symbols count, as business is based on longevity and trust.

Following an initial visit in 2016, by Derby City Council's Leader and CEO, progress has been remarkable. The past year has seen a number of visits in both directions. Only 2 weeks ago 27 delegates from Hefei visited Derby and the fact that 20 delegates reciprocated this week has been taken as a clear indication that we are serious.

In terms of tangible outputs small beginnings are starting to show.

Both City and County Councils have fulfilled their role in keeping the civic relations warm. Don't underestimate how important this is. This will soon result in a D2 envoy, based full-time in Hefei, giving us an invaluable asset on the ground.


Marketing Derby produced an investment brochure and film (in mandarin of course) with 20 example of investable options and we are starting to get early stage expressions of interest following the B2B meetings held this week.

Business delegates are all returning with hot contacts and tourism relations took a major step forward with first visits  likely in 2018.

The University of Derby has significant ambitions, having already employed staff in China and this week opened an office in Shanghai, with exchanges of professors and students already starting.


Also, Derby County has made a number of visits and again, sporting exchanges will soon begin.
In fact the Chinese delegates who came to Derby were still purring about their fantastic experience at Pride Park where DCFC hosted them as VIP guests at the recent Sheffield Wednesday game.

And so, as the headline asks...so what?

Well my answer is simple.

As the 21st century evolves cities like Derby, and in turn countries like the UK, are going to have to find a place, new ways of attracting jobs and investment.

Just as 100 years ago we could no longer ignore America, then so today we need to do our best to win new friends. Cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham have been doing this for some time.

Derby and Derbyshire might be on catch up but our progress is rapid and, by focusing on Hefei and Anhui as our China market entry points, we might just be onto something special...watch this space.


 
 

Thursday 9th November - Mind-Boggling
 

A visit to Hefei provides an immediate insight to what has been happening across China.

Just over 10 years ago this city, on the Yangtze River, had a population of 1 million. Today it has grown to 8 million and will apparently soon hit 10 million - in other words, bigger than London.

And yet, oddly, Hefei is Derby's Chinese twin city.

It gets weirder.

The province in which it sits, Anhui, which has a population of 60 million, the size of the UK, is twinned with Derbyshire.

These twinning deals are the result of what the Chinese call the 'golden era' in relations with the UK; a match made in Beijing and London following President Xi's state visit a few years ago.

Today, while Donald Trump landed in Beijing, delegates from Derby & Derbyshire rocked up in Hefei, hoping to build on last year's first introductory steps by seeking to turn signed memorandums of understanding into action.

China is now the world's largest economy and quickly moving up the economic value chain. If you think China is all about making those dinky little cocktail umbrellas, then you better think again. Observing the hustle and bustle on the street I'm struck by a young, well-educated population, on the move.

Hefei is a good example of a city under rapid development - a result of China's 5-year central planning system. Basically, if it's in the plan it gets delivered.

Take High Speed Rail.

We all know the snail's pace of infrastructure development in the UK. HS2 has been in the pipeline for ages and still not one piece of track has been laid. The third runway at Heathrow is now in its 5th decade of discussion.

Hefei is now home to 5 High Speed rail lines -  the sleek bullet trains reach Shanghai and Beijing in 3 and 4 hours respectively. A further 3 lines are to be delivered by 2020. Across China, 500 new airports are to be completed by 2020.

Derby City Councillor Fareed Hussain, described it all as 'mind boggling' in his opening comments at a round table this morning.

And 'mind boggling' it certainly is.

New concert halls, sports stadia, shopping malls and a frantic construction boom, all explain why Hefei is hitting double digit economic growth.

It ain't all pretty but it certainly is an opportunity.

And that's essentially why we are out here - developing relationships that can increase trade, investment and tourism, plus foster sporting, educational and cultural links.

The benefit could be huge for the UK but also for our local areas.

Today our City, County and University teams have been spread across Hefei on three separate streams of meetings and functions.

But, more on what that means for Derby and Derbyshire tomorrow...

 

 
 

Wednesday 8th November - Über-massive

There is no other way to describe the China International Industry Fair (CIIF) but to say behemoth - bigger than massive...über-massive.

Held in Shanghai's giant NECC, the world's second largest building we are told, the show attracts an astonishing 160,000 visitors. The scale is XXL and walking between its mega-halls you feel like a minor character in Metropolis. 

This year, the UK is the CIIF 'Country of Honour' with a large dedicated pavilion showcasing trade and investment opportunities back home in Blighty.

More than that, today is Midlands Day, meaning attention is focused on our part of the world. The day includes the launch of a 3-year Midlands Engine China strategy by Communities Minister Sajid Javid and Midlands Engine chairman Sir John Peace.

A chance to shine.

The message to our Chinese hosts is simple - please think beyond London. We started the industrial revolution and still have a vital role to play. Think Midlands!

Derby and Derbyshire are well represented. Delegates from the City and County Councils, the University, tourism bodies and the private sector have come together in Shanghai to fly the flag, before moving on to the main business of cultivating our ongoing relationships in Hefei and Anhui.

The launch is packed and is followed by a question and answer session on which I am a panelist.

Derby gets great profile and multiple mentions, not least because of the engaging presence of Rolls-Royce China boss, Julian MacCormac, who has come down from his Beijing office to show his support. Derby is our world HQ and Derby is our heart, he says - music to my ears.

We have come a long way in a short time. A few years ago Derby wouldn’t have been on the radar, whereas now we are name-checked - as a place on the up, with a rock solid global-facing economy. A bonus is that a Rolls-Royce image fronts the Midlands Engine China Strategy document.

As proceedings come to a close we exit the exhibition, joining the madness that is the Shanghai rush hour, to catch one of their wonderful bullet trains speeding us east, at up to 300kmph, towards twin city Hefei.


More on that tomorrow...


Good Growth for Derby

 

Bondholder PwC has released its Good Growth for Cities 2017 report, and Derby has featured strongly, ranking in the top 10. 

Derby has climbed six places, having been placed 16th last year. 

The sixth annual Good Growth for Cities 2017 index sets out to show that there’s more to life, work and general well-being than GDP. The index measures the performance of 42 of the UK’s largest cities, England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the new Combined Authorities against a basket of ten indicators based on the views of the public as to what is key to economic success and wellbeing.

These include employment, health, income and skills – the most important factors, as judged by the public – while housing affordability, commuting times, environmental factors and income inequality are also included, as is the number of new business starts.

John Hawksworth, Chief Economist at PwC, said: “The UK has been a great job-creating machine in recent years and this has driven improvement in our good growth index this year across all major UK cities.

On average across the UK, the index is now at its highest level since it began in 2006 and all regions have benefited from this upturn."

Million Pound Investment at University

Bondholder the University of Derby has invested £1 million in its Buxton Campus to further improve its facilities for students.

A new restaurant and two new cafes have been opened at the campus, which is based in the historic Devonshire Dome, along with the addition of a new commercial kitchen and refurbishment of another, providing state-of-the-art catering equipment for hospitality students to use. 

The University’s fine dining restaurant has also been relocated to the Dome floor and will continue to offer high-quality food, produced and served by students from the University of Derby and Buxton & Leek College.

This forms part of a student's real world learning experience, enabling them to put theory into practice in the supervised and pressurised environment of our state-of-the art commercial kitchens.

Peter Dewhurst, Director of Strategic Projects at the University of Derby with responsibility for Buxton, said: “The investment in specialist facilities at our Buxton Campus will enhance the student experience and offer even better real world learning opportunities for our students. 

“While working at the on-site fine dining restaurant and using the specialist kitchen facilities, our students learn how much effort and dedication they’ll need to succeed, knowing that if they do they’ll be among the most highly sought after in the industry.

“This investment reflects our ambition to continue to grow our Buxton Campus and our commitment to offer our students the very best teaching facilities.”

Success for Smith Cooper

Bondholder Smith Cooper has climbed 7 places in the Accountancy Age Top 50 + 50 2017 ranking, surging into the top 50 following a successful year. 

The Top 50+50 Accountancy Age 2017 ranking lists the UK’s top 100 accountants based on their total domestic fee income. Smith Cooper currently ranks 47th  in the UK across all Accountancy practices, a significant improvement on 2016’s position of 54th.

The firm also recently reported 16 new recruits including 11 graduates, 4 seniors and one new Partner as to further bolster their Midlands offering.

James Bagley, Managing Partner of Smith Cooper, said: “The Accountancy Age ranking comes during a period of success and expansion for the firm. 

“Over the past two years, the firm has celebrated 21% growth in 2015-16 and a further 19% growth 2016-17 respectively, award wins including SME Advisory Team of the Year, ICAEW’s Medium Accountancy firm of the Year and a number of specialist service line specific accolades.” 

 

Expansion for Rolls-Royce

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has revealed plans to expand its nuclear division, and create up to 80 new jobs. 

The firm has been granted permission by fellow Bondholder Derby City Council to extend its Primary Component Operations Factory at its Raynesway site by 47,845 sq ft.

The proposal says: "The need for the factory expansion and additional office space is driven by the client’s production and organisational requirements.

"The office will accommodate 400 work stations, with a ‘grab and go’ refreshment facility to support this occupancy."

Montague Merger

Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects has announced that it will be merging with Montague Architects.

After 48 years Montague Architects will close its premises on Vernon Street in Derby and the team will join Matthew and his team at their newly refurbished offices in Longford, Ashbourne forming one practice.

Montague Architects was established in 1969 by Matthew’s Father; and subsequently Jeff James, Paul McLocklin and Dave Swann have successfully run the business for many years building an enviable portfolio of projects and clients.

After 45 years at Montague Architects Jeff will be moving on to pursue other interests, as will Dave who has been with the practice 28 years whilst Paul will join Matthew and his team as a consultant.

Jeff said “I have had a fantastic career spanning 45 years with Montague Architects, I have been privileged to be involved with many inspirational developments across the Midlands over the years and I can’t think of a better way to take our business forward than by merging with Matthew and his team.” 

Matthew said “I wish Jeff and David all the very best for the future and I am delighted to welcome Paul on board, he brings a wealth of experience. I know that my father would be delighted with this merger, and that his legacy will continue.”

From the 31 October all current and new projects will be designed, managed and completed under Matthew Montague Architects.

Matthew added “we are looking forward to growing our current team and welcoming 5 new team members to our offices in Longford. The larger team will enable us to take on more projects. We will continue to focus on commercial, education, sports and residential projects”.

University Launches China Strategy

Bondholder the University of Derby has launched a specialist team based in Shanghai, China to help develop and strengthen its global footprint. 

A dedicated in-country team of two experienced staff will support recruitment partners, providing a positive presence in China for the University of Derby on all educational platforms.

The University already has academic collaboration agreements with several key universities in China including the University of Jiangsu, Jiangxi University of Technology, Heifei University and Tongji University. 

The China office was officially launched in Shanghai at a reception hosted by Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs, and Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director, as well as Deans and Directors from the University.

Professor Lamie said: “The development of strong and sustainable partnerships is at the heart of the University of Derby’s international strategy.

“We are committed to developing mutually beneficial collaborations and working closely with educational institutions and businesses in China. International partnerships are hugely beneficial and our ambition is to extend our academic and industrial connections worldwide.

“The launch of the China-based team will allow us to develop our existing partnerships in the country as well as oversee the establishment and growth of a network of high quality international institutions.”

During the event, Tony Zhang, a University of Derby graduate and business owner, made an announcement for the establishment of the Derby Chinese Alumni Association, and looks forward to providing Derby alumni with a platform to network.   

 

 

Cathedral Quarter BID Renewed

Businesses in Derby Cathedral Quarter have voted to renew the area’s status as a Business Improvement District (BID).

The new BID will officially launch on March 1 2018 with a budget for the five year programme of £1.5 million – made up of the levy payments and supplemented by voluntary, private and public sector contributions.

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter BID Board and Management Group said: “We are delighted that businesses have recognised that this five-year business plan is crucial to continue the success of the BID which culminated in us winning National BID of the Year and the best city location in the Great British High Street Awards last year.

"Businesses in the Cathedral Quarter have engaged enthusiastically in the consultation and planning for the next five years and we are grateful for the time that individuals have devoted – particularly to our project management company Partnerships for Better Business Ltd (pfbb uk) who have led this process.

"Having achieved a great deal over the past ten years to reverse the fortunes of the Cathedral Quarter following the opening of Westfield and a period of recession, business confidence for the future in the Cathedral Quarter BID is strong and this plan provides us with a clear direction and a new exciting era for this individual, diverse and inspiring part of the city centre.”

Bombardier Shortlisted for HS2 Contract

Bondholder Bombardier has been shortlisted for a £2.75bn contract to supply trains for High Speed 2.

The firm is one of five companies that has been invited to tender for the contract.

The contract will cover design, build and maintenance of the trains.

A Bombardier spokesperson said: “We are delighted to have pre-qualified for the contract to supply the new trains for High Speed 2.

"Bombardier has the unique capability to design, develop, build and maintain trains in Britain, so we are very excited by the chance to be part of this transformational project to transport 300,000 passengers a day on Britain’s new high speed rail network and the existing railway.”

All five bidders will now be invited to tender in spring 2018, with contracts awarded in 2019.

Chris Rayner, HS2 Ltd managing director of railway operations, said: “It’s great to see such a strong line-up of experienced high-tech manufacturing and design talent.

“Together with the successful bidder, HS2 will deliver some of the world’s most advanced rolling stock, engineered to provide seamless, accessible, fast and reliable journeys."

New President for Chamber

Bondholder East Midlands Chamber has announced Robert Mayo as its President for 2017/18.

He received the chains of office from outgoing President Geoff Poyzer at the Chamber’s annual general meeting.

As well as being a Director at East Midlands Chamber, Robert is Chair of the D2N2 Rural Reference Group.

Robert said: "I would like to extend my personal thanks to Geoff Poyzer, my predecessor, for choosing me as his deputy for the past year and for all his hard work during his 12 months in office.

"I promise to uphold the dignity of this office and to be the best ambassador that I can be for the Chamber, for the region and for business generally.”

Kevin Harris, a partner at international audit, tax and consultancy firm RSM, has been appointed as Vice-President for the year.