Come and have a blast at Hillhead!

Bondholder the University of Derby will join Marketing Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership as exhibitors at Hillhead Exhibition to showcase the key sector of quarrying and minerals for Derbyshire.

Held in a limestone quarry near Buxton, in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside, Hillhead is the largest exhibition of its kind anywhere in the world and will be held on 26th – 28th June.
It showcases quarrying, mining, recycling, heavy construction, materials handling, concrete, asphalt, road surfacing, civil engineering, plant hire, demolition and landfill.  

The University, alongside the Institue of Quarrying, as well as Invest in Derbyshire and High Peak Borough Council are amongst 525 companies who are booked to attend the biggest Hillhead show to date.

In addition the University of Derby, Centre for Mineral Products will be hosting an Industry Showcase at  the Dome, Buxton Campus, at 6pm on Wednesday 27th June.  The evening event offers an opportunity to meet industry guests, learn about The Centre for Mineral Products and the range of opportunities for working in partnership with the University.  

The Centre for Mineral Products is the only provider of higher level professional education for people employed within the worldwide mineral products sector. 

Show director Richard Bradbury explained: ‘Growth has come from additional outdoor space created at the top end of the site and the Registration Pavilion, which has doubled in size and will host 90 companies this year. A record number of demonstrations are also being planned and we look forward to opening our doors to the construction and quarrying industry in the last week of June.’

Invest in Derbyshire will be on Stand RC21a at Hillhead.  Why not visit them to find out why businesses and people thrive in Derbyshire.

Flying High at Derbyshire County Show

Visitors to the Derbyshire County Show and Food Fayre on Saturday 24th June will be treated to a flyover by an iconic British aircraft.

An RAF Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight team will fly over Locko Park, Spondon to mark the 18th Show.

It will leave its base at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire and should, weather permitting, fly over the Derbyshire stately home at 3.10pm. This is one of just over 50 Spitfire left in the world. 

Edward Hicklin, chairman of the Derbyshire Agricultural and Horticultural Society, said: “The RAF Spitfire is an iconic aircraft and we’re delighted that it will be entertaining visitors to this year’s Derbyshire County Show and Food Fayre.”

Organisers promise the event will be bigger and better than ever before with the return of a poultry show and the Kennel Club Dog Show. There will also be a Food Hall at this summer’s Show where visitors can purchase delicious produce, much of it produced here in Derbyshire. As well as cheese and artisan bread, the Derbyshire County Show will also host the award-winning Nelson’s Gin. Their gin is currently on the shelves in Harrods and Waitrose. 

There will be plenty of old favourites at the 2018 show which will include livestock displays in the parade ring, heavy horses, vintage cars and tractors, show jumping, light horses, craft stalls and floral displays. The ever-popular J C Balls’ Dancing Diggers will also be at the Show. Free buses are scheduled to take visitors to the Show, in a bid to ease traffic congestion around Locko Park. And, because the England national football team will play their World Cup game against Panama on the same day, a giant screen will be erected on the grounds of Locko Park so that footie fans don’t miss a kick.

Mr Hicklin added: “The county show has a very grand history stretching back to 1860 and we have a proud reputation to uphold; staging an event which has something for every member of the family and celebrates all that is good about the countryside on our doorstep.

“Last year’s show was very well attended and Locko Park proved to be a wonderful venue and stunning backdrop.”

The Derbyshire County Show began life as the Derbyshire Agricultural Show in 1860, when it was established by a group of landowners and farmers led by Dr John Hitchman.

The emphasis has changed over the years from showcasing predominantly agricultural activities and equipment to organising a more all-round day-out for everyone.

Tickets are available at various outlets across the city and county, including Betty’s Farm Shop in Willington, Manor House Property in Ilkeston and the Select Convenience store in Oakwood. They’re also available to buy online by visiting

Bring it On!

Bondholder and event production company On Event Production Co. is set to open a new office in London.

The firm, which is based in Castle Donington and employs 23 people, will open the doors of its new office, in Clerkenwell, on 1st July.

The firm’s creative director, Chris Vernon-Smith, will be based full-time in the capital, with the firm hoping to recruit more staff in the office in the months ahead.

Managing Director Guy Eaton said: “We’ve enjoyed a consistent period of business growth over the past three years and as part of our strategic plans, we are now at the point where we need to open a London office to service our growing client base in the capital.

“We’re an extremely collaborative business and a key part of what we do involves working closely with agency partners and clients to bring their big event ideas to life.

“Having a dedicated base in London will enable us to be much more collaborative and give us more capacity to work with clients face-to-face rather than over the phone or by email, to ensure we can make their events and experiences leave a lasting impression on their audiences.”

On was originally founded to provide technical and production management services for events but has since widened its scope into the ‘experiential’ market, where it works alongside businesses to help them deliver memorable event and brand experiences to their customers.

It has worked with a host of globally-renowned brands, including Adidas, Nike, Pepsi, Britvic, Virgin, Twitter, Rolex and Disney Pixar.

JSA acquires Eaton Design

Bondholder Justin Smith Architects have acquired Derby based practice Eaton Design Architects. The acquisition also sees EDA owner and Chartered Architect Stephen Eaton join JSA as a lead project architect.

Expanding practice Justin Smith Architects saw a great deal of synergy with Eaton Design, particularly in the hospitality sector. JSA’s work in the sector has delivered the White Hart at Moorwood, The Horse and Jockey at Wessington and The Hurt Arms at Ambergate. Eaton Design complements this with the Horseshoes at Long Lane, The Cock Inn at Mugginton and The Bluebell at Kirk Langley.

Justin Smith commented “Eaton Design Architects are an excellent fit for JSA with their complementary portfolio of work, whilst Stephen brings with him a wealth of experience whose work resonates with our creativity and passion for sustainability”.

Eaton Design Architects’ clients can expect to continue to receive the professional and personal service that they have become accustomed to through Stephen Eaton at Justin Smith Architects.

DE22 Creative are walking tall

Bondholder DE22 Creative, of Friargate, Derby and Alfreton based safety footwear specialists Rock Fall UK are making big strides together in their newly formed partnership.
In late 2017 DE22 were the carefully selected creative agency to develop the new mainline catalogue range for Rock Fall, the second-generation specialist safety footwear manufacturer. DE22 demonstrated an unrivalled desire to work with the company, and with their approach of adding value at every stage and results driven strategic input, Rock Fall had great confidence in DE22 becoming their partner of choice for this project.
Paul Wilson, Marketing Manager at Rock Fall said: “Our last catalogue was incredibly well received by our customers and the rest of the industry, even being recognised in an international award. We knew that our customers were expecting even better this time around and the importance of the right creative partner to achieve this can’t be stressed highly enough. The team at DE22 have embraced this project and understood the fundamental information behind our sometimes highly technical products in a way that no other agency has before.”
As a result, DE22 have secured a pronounced and comprehensive rebrand with Rock Fall.
Speaking about the rebrand, Martin Griffiths, MD of DE22 said: “Rock Fall have a fantastic name and great heritage behind their business. They have an impressive and extensive range of ‘Industry Defining’ products which we were excited about helping to promote. During the development of the catalogue it was clear that the team wanted to evolve their growing brand and plans were conceived for the current rebranding project. DE22 were happy to be on board developing Rock Fall’s brand guidelines and advising on creative look and feel to reflect the company’s core values and in turn enabling strategic development.”

Derby College celebrates 'Peak' performers

Bondholder Derby College has applauded the involvement of businesses and organisations at its annual Derby College Peak Awards, at the historic Roundhouse, to celebrate the achievements of students across the organisation.

 Picture: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ Media
Derby College Peak Awards 2018.

A special award was presented to John Kirkland, chairman of Bondholder Bowmer & Kirkland, in Heage in recognition of his involvement of the College including the construction of major campuses such as the Roundhouse and for donating an annual bursary to young Construction students and apprentices.

Employer of the Year was presented to Bondholder FlowerWorld which is part of Morrisons and has an expanding floristry manufacturing plant in Derby.  The company has worked with Derby College to develop an innovative apprenticeship programme for current staff and new recruits and is committed to offering 20 apprenticeships every year for the foreseeable future.

One of the main prizes went to Apprentice of the Year Amber Nicholson (22) from Chaddesden who is an Engineering apprentice with AESSEAL in Derby - part of a global company specialising in mechanical seals and support systems.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino said: “The Peak Awards is the highlight of the College year and a wonderful opportunity to express our thanks to the local and regional business community.

“We are fortunate to have the support of more than three thousand employers who dedicate time, resource and passion to the advancement of our students.

“Many have been involved in the co-creation and co-delivery of our curriculum. This not only ensures that our students have the skills that are relevant to the changing needs of business and will be the talent pipeline for the local and regional economy.

“By providing enrichment and work placement opportunities, these employers are embedding the positive attitudes and attributes amongst our student body to help them make a positive contribution to the workplace from day one.”

Bondholders support Leigh Timmis world record attempt

Derby cyclist and adventurer Leigh Timmis has secured sponsorship for his world record cycle ride across Europe from fellow Bondholders Ace Sameday Couriers and Mount Cook Adventure Centre.

Ace Sameday Couriers has stepped forward to support Leigh as the headline sponsor for the challenge.

Leigh said: "It is amazing to have the guys on board as the headline sponsor and I am really looking forward to working with them not just on this project, but into the future.
"The fact that it is a courier firm that has come forward is brilliant as in effect I am going from one place to the other as quickly as possible just like these guys do everyday."

Chris Scothern, business development director for Ace Sameday Couriers, said: "We are really excited to be part of Leigh's challenge, it is going to be really interesting following his progress as he makes his way across Europe.

"We think it is an incredible challenge to take on and we want to support him in any way we can as he is doing it for Derby and Derbyshire.

"The cause he has chosen is something that is very important as well, there needs to be more awareness about mental health and the impact it has on people and we want to get behind it as much as we can."

Leigh, from Oakwood, will set off from the coast of Portugal and aims to cycle 4,000 miles – twice the distance of the Tour de France – in less than 20 days, smashing the current record by at least nine days when he arrives in the Russian city of Ufa.  During the journey he will cross nine countries, the Pyrenees, the foothills of the Alps and the Russian Steppe. 

Bondholder Mount Cook Adventure Centre, a Derbyshire-based not-for-profit dedicated to providing access to the outdoors for all, will also be sponsoring Leigh in his attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

Mount Cook’s joint founder and director, Colin Adams, said: “Here at Mount Cook, we share Leigh’s passion and dedication to push the boundaries of human achievement. That is why we have decided to sponsor him in his attempt to break this ultra-endurance cycling record. We hope that Leigh’s record attempt will inspire and excite the young people who visit Mount Cook, and will prove that with enough determination and motivation, anything is possible.”

Leigh said: "I'm delighted to be partnering with Mount Cook and I look forward to a strong record attempt with their support. Mount Cook's aim of providing opportunities to outdoor activities for young people is inspirational and I hope that this World Record will encourage more young people to challenge themselves and to lead physically and mentally healthier lives."

Leigh is also raising funds for the mental health charity MQ, as the roots for his remarkable cycling feats – including spending seven years cycling around the world – lie in the depression he suffered as a younger man.

Leigh has also been supported by Derby businesses Bondholders HUUB and Archer Hampson, Prima Velo, Accrofab and Bondholder The University of Derby Human Performance Unit.

To learn more about Leigh’s amazing world record attempt and to get involved email him at or visit his crowdfunding campaign page at

New stores for intu

Two new stores are set to open at Bondholder intu Derby.

Chocoholics of Derbyshire are in for a treat, as luxury chocolatier Hotel Chocolat prepares to open a boutique store and café concept in the centre. 

And once you have over-indulged in delicious chocolates head along to the new stylish leisurewear retailer Footasylum to buy some big name brands in sportswear.

Hotel Chocolat is set to open its doors this July, and will offer visitors a space to take a break from shopping and indulge in a choice of chocolate treats, as well as browse the brand’s signature selection of high-end products.

The cocoa-inspired café menu boasts a range of extravagant hot chocolates, brownies, ice-creams, and award-winning infused teas.

One of the world’s few chocolate-makers to grow and farm its own beans, Hotel Chocolat will stock everything from elaborate hampers and gifts, to unique flavour combinations and tasty tipples such as Cocoa Gin and Cocoa Beer.

The store will be located on Level 2 of the centre next to Swarovski.

Adam Tamsett, General Manager at intu Derby, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Hotel Chocolat to the centre, and we are certain many of our visitors with a sweet tooth will be, too.

“The latest opening will bring yet another premium brand to the centre, offering chocolate-lovers of all ages a taste of luxury. The cocoa café concept is an exciting addition to the traditional store, and will provide the perfect place to relax and refuel, as well as browse a wide variety of luxury gifts and treats,” he added.

Footasylum is expected to open its doors later this year and will be located on level 2 opposite Timberland.

Offering a wide variety of big name brands in store, including Adidas, Nike and Vans, shoppers will be able to browse everything from footwear to clothing for men, women and children.

Adam Tamsett, General Manager at intu Derby, said: “Following a series of exciting new openings including Footlocker and Lush, we are delighted to announce that Footasylum will be the latest addition to the centre."

Derby Museums Midlands maker Challenge secures investment

Bondholder Derby Museums has announced that they have received a substantial donation, creating the basis for an exciting new competition – the Midlands Maker Challenge.

The investment from Midlands based engineering firm IMI plc will allow the new Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill to run this innovative competition when it opens in 2020. School children, colleges, universities and adult education organisations will all be invited to take part, and submit their ideas individually and in teams. The Museum of Making will run a number of ‘ideas’ days to help people get their creative juices flowing and to tap into their inner-makers when responding to the creative challenges they will be set.

The basis for the Midlands Maker Challenge has come out of the work that Derby Museums delivered over three years on the ArtScience Prize UK, in partnership with local, national and international organisations. This involved artists, scientists, inventors and design specialists working with school children to develop their ideas and create a prototype solution around a cutting-edge theme. This work came to an end in 2015, but the learnings from the project have been used to shape this new competition.

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums said: “I am delighted to announce this fantastic funding from IMI plc which is a real boost to the work of the Museum of Making and will give us a really hands-on way to get people involved in the rich history of creativity, innovation and making that Derby and the wider region are famous for.

 “This funding is only the starting point and we will be working over the coming months to shape the competition and encourage other industry leaders in the region to get on board and support this flagship activity which really showcases what we can do as a city and a region. We also know from the work we have done previously how this approach can really unlock people’s capacity for innovation and help us build the makers of the future.”

Derby Museums is currently in the process of recruiting staff to develop the Midlands Maker Challenge programme and it will be making more announcements about how businesses and education organisations can get involved as the development progresses.

Smith Cooper Chairman retires

Bondholder Smith Cooper Group Chairman is retiring after more than three decades with the firm.  

Midlands based accountants and business advisors Smith Cooper have announced their group chairman, Andy Delve, is to step down from his role at the end of June. 

Andy has dedicated 33 years to the firm, including almost 20 years as Managing Partner, and has undoubtedly moulded Smith Cooper into the organisation that it is today. 

Andy commented: “I have enjoyed the past 33 years working to create a business that is synonymous with trust and integrity, and reputable in the local and national market place. I am leaving the Smith Cooper in the very capable hands of the Partner group, led by James Bagley as the Managing Partner. 

“I am confident James’ leadership, the Partners and all of the staff will continue to bring Smith Cooper much success in the future.”

James added: “On behalf of the entire firm, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Andy for his years of service and dedication to Smith Cooper, his outstanding leadership during his 20 years as Managing Partner, and the continued support and guidance he has provided as Group Chairman. Andy expertly guided Smith Cooper from a more compliance focused accountancy practice, to a multi-office, business advisory firm with four award-winning group companies. 

"Without question, Andy’s entrepreneurial vision and strong, courageous leadership created much of the Smith Cooper we know and value today, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”  

In anticipation of Andy’s retirement, David Nelson has been appointed to the role of Senior Partner and in doing so will continue to work alongside James Bagley in the ongoing development and implementation of the firm’s strategic vision.

Fluid Ideas partners with Derby QUAD


Derby based creative agency and Bondholder, Fluid Ideas are delighted to announce a partnership with fellow Bondholder, Derby QUAD

An iconic part of Derby city centre, Fluid are developing a brand new website for QUAD to further enhance their success as a cultural hub, charity and cinema — with ongoing digital marketing support once the site is live. 

Project Lead, Georgia Vicars, said: “QUAD is an organisation that we’ve admired for many years —both as a cultural hub of our city, and a place we enjoy spending evenings and weekends. We’re really excited by the potential of this new partnership — especially when it coincides with QUAD’s tenth anniversary!”

QUAD join a growing client base of Fluid Ideas who provide creative services to a wide range of local, national and international companies including Bupa, Legal & General, The National Forest Adventure Farm, YHA and many more. 

Name change for Rail Forum


The Rail Forum, which represents over 160 rail related businesses across the Midlands, has changed its name to better reflect its membership; as well as align with the increasingly important Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect sub-national bodies.

The decision to adopt the name Rail Forum Midlands was taken yesterday at the Forum’s AGM, and reflects the growing importance of the Midlands as a distinct political and economic region.

Elaine Clark, Rail Forum General Manager, said: “A growing number of our members and regional stakeholders have asked us to work with rail businesses in both the West and East Midlands so that our collective voice can be better heard in Whitehall and Westminster.

“We already have members drawn from across the entire Midlands region and adjacent cities and today’s subtle rebrand will allow us to offer Rail Forum events and services in locations outside of our traditional East Midlands geography. More importantly it will allow us to partner with educational and industrial partners across the Midlands, which is one of the fastest growing parts of the UK economy.”

Paul Francis, Chair of the Rail Forum, said: “Over the last three years or so we have transformed the Rail Forum into a highly-respected business focussed organization with a set of clear priorities aimed at helping our members’ businesses to succeed. Our newly strengthened Board will ensure that we build on that work.”

Lilian Greenwood MP, Chair of the Transport Select Committee and Member of Parliament for Nottingham South, said “I have seen the excellent work that the Rail Forum has done with the railway supply chain across the East Midlands. Bringing together the railway industry across the Midlands makes perfect sense. I hope the newly expanded Rail Forum will continue to grow awareness of the entire Midlands rail industry, as well as support an increase in supply chain orders both at home and abroad”

Andrew Pritchard, Director of Policy & Infrastructure for East Midlands Councils said: “Enhanced East – West connectivity across the Midlands is one of the key aspirations we share with Midlands Connect. Creating a body that represents the entirety of the Midlands rail industry will help remind central Government we have regional businesses ready and willing to make our vision for enhanced connectivity a reality.”

Knights to float

 David Beech, CEO of Knights

David Beech, CEO of Knights

A Derby law firm is set to float on the London Stock Exchange in a move that will value the company at £100m.

Bondholder Knights 1759, whose clients include a series of big names, unveiled plans for a £100m float on the Stock Market.

Knighs roster includes supermarket Aldi, Rolls-Royce and bookmakers Paddy Power.

The Daily Telegraph has reported that the float on AIM will create an overnight fortune for David Beech, the chief executive of Knights who owns 65% of the firm.

A statement was issued on the Stock Market this morning.

David Beech said: “We have worked hard to build a resilient business model that is well-positioned to disrupt the UK legal sector and an AIM listing would enable us to continue with this journey, building on the strong momentum we have generated in recent years to become one of the UK’s leading regional law firms.
“I firmly believe that the old model for the legal sector is rapidly becoming redundant and, as pioneers in the sector following the group’s early adoption of the ABS structure in 2012, we are well placed to benefit from the continued trend of commercial clients demanding an ever more relevant and value-based service offering.”

Knights is a pioneer in the UK legal sector was one of the first commercial law firms to adopt the alternative business structure model, in order to move away from the traditional partnership model to a corporate structure in 2012.

For the year ended 30 April 2018, reported revenue was £34.9m and adjusted operating profit was £6.8m.

The group has approximately 7,500 clients with more than 70% repeat business from existing clients in the financial year ended 30 April 2018.

New crane highlights Prosperity in Derby

Progress is well underway on a new building which is set to bring an additional 320 students to the Cathedral Quarter. Bondholder Prosperity Capital received planning permission in November 2017 for a 9-storey building on Cathedral Road, adjacent to Bondholder Derby College's Joseph Wright campus.

Work began preparing the site earlier this year and an indication of what is to come appeared in recent weeks with the assembly of a large tower crane on site. With assembly completed, work on erecting the steel framework will begin imminently ahead of an August 2019 opening. Bondholder Derwent Living are understood to be operating the site once opened.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "We are delighted to see the progress being made on bringing this building into Derby city centre. Prosperity Capital's first project in the area, Cathedral Court opened in 2017, bringing 350 students into the city centre which has made a big impact on the local economy.

"We are therefore thrilled to see another 320 students set to join them in this second project, which will further support Bondholder Cathedral Quarter's businesses and establish the emerging University Quarter, alongside developments such as the Bondholder University of Derby's Law School, Agard Court and Cathedral Court."

Cathedral View

Derby Business Award Winners


The winners of the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2018 have finally been announced at a swanky event in Bondholder Derby College’s Roundhouse. Marketing Derby was a proud sponsor of pre-dinner Champagne reception.

Now in its fifth year, the Awards, run in association with Bondholder Champions UK plc, celebrate the cream of our local businesses and their successes.

So who won what? Let's find out below!


Sponsored by Derby College

Winner: Project Better Energy

Finalists: Project Better Energy, Central England Co-operative, Don Amott Leisure Kingdom


Winner: Air-IT

Sponsored by University of Derby
Finalists: Air-ITNowcommFrogspark


Winner: Vet Car @ Home

Sponsored by Wheeldon Brothers
Finalists: Vet Care @ Home, Home Heist Craft, Make Your Escape


Winner: Lauren Dorling

Sponsored by Maple Accountancy
Finalists: Lauren Doriing (Solesmith), Craig Bunting (BEAR), Kathryn Williams (Zestfit)


Winner: Morley Hayes

Sponsored by Sibbalds Chartered Accountancy
Finalists: Morley HayesNowcommSky Recruitment Solutions


Winners: Bloc Digital

Sponsored by Lubrizol
Finalists: Bloc Digital, Project Better Energy, Questmark


Winner: Questmark

Sponsored by Smith Partnership
Finalists: Sky RecruitmentTalk Staff Group, Questmark


Winner: Justin Smith Architects

Sponsored by HUUB
Finalists: Gravity DigitalJustin Smith ArchitectsMercia Image Print


Winner: TidyCo

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management
Finalists: TidyCo, Bowers Electrical, Filthy Sentiments


Winner: Derby Teaching Hospitals

Sponsored by Project Better Energy
Finalists: Derby Teaching HospitalsBombardier Transportation, Derby Homes


Winner: HSG UK

Sponsored by Derby City Council
Finalists: HSG UK, East Midlands Wood Recycling, Project Better Energy


Winner: Status Social

Sponsored by Intu Derby
Finalists: Status SocialDerby Museums, Cosy


Winner: Don Amott Leisure

Sponsored by Alerter Group

Finalists: Don Amott Leisure, Eggleston Steel, G Wathall and Son


Winner: Derby County Community Trust

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership
Finalists: Derby County Community Trust, Children First Derby, Treetops Hospice Care


Winner: Seaton Partners

Sponsored by Thomas International
Finalists: Seaton Partners, Ashmere Derbyshire, Talk Staff Group

Bondholders in blue. We apologies if we've missed anyone. Congratulations all winners and finalists.

Crane ready for Kings Crescent

Bondholder Nine Investments has celebrated the unveiling of a crane at its newest building project Kings Crescent, off Duffield Road.

The crescent, a sweeping curved Georgian inspired development, will have nearly 50 dwellings; a mix of one and two-bedroom luxury apartments, including penthouse suites and three spacious town houses.

As the foundations are now complete, the crane has been brought in with its first task the erection of a steel frame which will form the skeleton of the structure. 

Marketing Derby Managing Director John Forkin was invited to cut the ribbon at a ceremony celebrating the cranes arrival onto the city's skyline. He said "This is a fantastic location adjacent to the beautiful Darley Park, with your local high street being 'Britain's best' as Great British High Street winner. It's great to see two Bondholders working together to bring quality living to Derby"

Work on the building of Kings Crescent will start in the next few weeks, with completion set for April 2019.

Carl Bridge, Director of Bondholder Birchover Sales and Lettings, which is the sole marketing agent for Kings Crescent, said: "In our view, it’s the most breathtaking new residential building in Derby for decades. The stunning crescent is perfectly situated for The Cathedral Quarter and city centre and will be a great addition to the Derby skyline.

“We sold four apartments on the day the properties went live. There has been tremendous interest from local buyers for the town houses and the studio, one and two bedroom apartments."

Watch Marketing Derby Managing Director John Forkin cut the ribbon of the new crane.

 Architects rendering of Kings Crescent.

Architects rendering of Kings Crescent.

 Crane hangs high over the site.

Crane hangs high over the site.

 The underground car park has been dug out.

The underground car park has been dug out.

 John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby and Stuart Bennett, Managing Director or Nine Investment Limited prepare for the cutting of the ribbon.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby and Stuart Bennett, Managing Director or Nine Investment Limited prepare for the cutting of the ribbon.

‘Try before you buy’ at Friar Gate Studios


Bondholder Connect Derby is launching a ‘Try before you Buy’ scheme for businesses and individuals in the creative sector who are looking for city centre office space at Friar Gate Studios.

The scheme is aimed at start-ups thinking of taking on their first business premises or established businesses looking to take the next step with a move to a more professional office setting.

Friar Gate Studios, part of the Connect Derby portfolio of managed workspaces, were launched in 2007 in response to the rapid growth of the creative industry in Derby and the surrounding areas and is now home to some of the region’s most exciting creative businesses. 

It is the headquarters of Connect Derby, which is now home to 197 businesses, with 132 office tenants and 65 co-workers across seven buildings. Over the past 12 months, 123 new jobs have been created and 38% of businesses have collaborated on commercial projects.

Creative businesses will be able to move into an office free of charge for a two-week period. This will enable them to experience the services and facilities on offer at the Studios on Ford Street. These include super-fast broadband, offering 1GB (1000mb) broadband and wireless connectivity – perfect for creative businesses harnessing the latest technologies.

As well as 41 offices designed specifically for businesses in creative industries, the Studios also offer spacious meeting rooms and conference facilities and the award-winning Bean Caffe.

Connect Derby also offers a co-ordinated centre management and business support structure, which ensures all the buildings are ‘connected’ and tenants are able to benefit from a planned pathway of growth and development.

Commenting on the new ‘Try before you Buy’ scheme at Friar Gate Studios, Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, said:

“Friar Gate Studios is a lively and creatively-driven work-space and the services and facilities on offer are some of the best in the region. 

“A two-week free trial period will give potential tenants the chance to meet the tenants and the Connect Derby team and experience the special atmosphere here at first hand before committing to a longer-term agreement.”

Built with creativity at their heart, Friar Gate Studios and Sadler Bridge Studios offer flexible, high quality workspace, along with a range of business support services which will work with businesses through their life cycle.

The ‘Try before you Buy’ initiative is available from 1 June - 31 August 2018. To qualify, businesses and individuals must operate in the creative industries sector.

To find out more, call 01332 258300 or email

DSP win national award for Robinsons Structures re-fit

Bondholder DSP Interiors has won a national Finishes & Interiors Sector Award for the second consecutive year based on its work with fellow Bondholder Robinsons Structures.

Following the construction of their self-built Office & Factory building, DSP (Interiors) Ltd were appointed to provide a complete interior design and fit out package for Robinson Structures Ltd new headquarters.

The brief set by the client was to showcase their products and services within the offices. This meant that for the most part the building shell remained exposed. This posed various challenges, making design detailing more intricate.

The ambitious project included an array of bespoke design features.  The combination of exposed building structure, mix of concrete and covered floors, glazed partitions with optically clear manifestation, contemporary furniture ad bespoke fitted furniture has provided a stunning working environment for Robinsons.

Managing Director of Robinson Structures Ltd, Steve Robinson said:
“Showcasing Robinson Structures expertise was paramount to our vision for the interior design of the building. Following our initial consultation with Andy and the team we were inspired by their design ideas which included Agile working spaces and bespoke features.

DSP shared our enthusiasm to create a contemporary, industrial style finish using natural concrete floors, exposed portal frame and highlighting exposed M&E services.

Throughout the project we were impressed with their attention to design detail and craftmanship by their onsite teams.“

'Interest'ing discussions


Interest rates, skills shortages, apprenticeships, increasing use of technology and autonomy in agriculture and lack of quality commercial premises were amongst the topics that Bondholders were able to discuss with the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England at a recent Bondholder lunch.

Dr Ben Broadbent, who became the Deputy Governor in 2014, visited the event to understand more about the East Midlands to enable him to feed that back into the Bank of England’s governance team. He was able to talk directly to a select few Bondholders to understand the challenges they face in their businesses. 

Hosted by Bondholder Pentahotels and chaired by Marketing Derby’s Deputy Chair Lisa Richards from Bondholder Dains, the topic of conversation was varied and interesting with Bondholders able to raise any key issues being faced by their businesses. 

Talking about the discussion Dr Broadbent said:

“These types of meetings are important for us to gain an insight into the issues that companies on the ground are facing so that this can be fed back into the monetary policies.

It was great to have such a wide range of topics discussed.”

Pitch for a pitch


Bondholder intu Derby's Eagle Market is inviting would-be entrepreneurs to pitch for a six month rent-free stall in the market.

All you have to do is present a short business pitch to the Eagle Market team and trial your pop-up stall for a day, you could then be in with the chance to trade rent-free for six months, or the second prize of three months.

Carly Salisbury, Marketing manager, intu Derby, said "We’re excited to be bringing Pitch for a Pitch to Eagle Market. It’s an excellent way for anyone with a great business idea to test it out and possibly even win six months in a unit rent-free! Setting up a business in a market is low-cost and low-risk, so we invite anyone who’s ever considered the idea to apply and give it a go."

For more information on how to enter contact on, or call 07979 243 271