Derby has highest disposable income of cities in the UK

It’s no secret that prices and salaries vary widely around the UK

Finder.com studied income and cost-of-living in 30 cities around the UK.

For each city, they took the average monthly salary, and subtracted from this the average monthly living costs and rent for one person. The result is an estimate for the average disposable income for an individual in each of these cities.

Of the 30 cities in this analysis, Derby came out on top for disposable income, with the average worker there potentially getting £1,456 on average to do whatever they want with each month. This is 34% above the overall average of £1,083. Those living in Brighton get the least disposable income, at £751, 31% below the average.

New Cathedral Green offices

Derby City Council has announced plans for 37,500 sq ft of Grade A riverside office development.

Situated alongside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the world’s first factory, the Silk Mill, One Cathedral Green will include a 12,500 sq ft regional headquarters for Unite the Union.

The scheme is expected to cost £9 million and create 180 new jobs in addition to those safeguarded at Unite the Union. It will include basement car parking and be completed by Autumn 2020.

Derby City Council will be working in partnership with Wilson Bowden who have owned the site since 2014. An operator for the managed workspace has been identified and details will be announced in due course.

The building is expected to provide Grade A workspace for companies looking for a city centre location. Grade A space has been in short supply in recent years, so this development is expected to be extremely popular.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said, “There is a need for larger office spaces in the city centre. This new model of office development will enable businesses to grow, attract new occupiers and enable commerce to thrive.”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said, “We welcome this development which will help to meet demand for high quality office space in the city centre. An increase in the number of people working at One Cathedral Green will have a positive impact on the economy and vibrancy of the city centre.”

University and Chatsworth House announce partnership

University of Derby are set to work together with the Chatsworth House Trust and the Devonshire Educational Trust to generate new opportunities for students, and to benefit visitors to Chatsworth and local communities across the county.

A strategic partnership agreement has been signed by University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, and Lord Burlington, University Chancellor and son of the Duke of Devonshire.

The agreement paves the way for students to take up a variety of work and volunteer placements at the stately home, to stage events there and deliver agreed activities.

Professor Mitchell said: “This agreement is an important and exciting development for the University of Derby, and builds upon the very positive relationship we have had with Chatsworth over many years now.

“As the county’s only university we aim to make a positive impact on people’s lives. We want to open doors to opportunities and experiences for our students and our local communities.

“We also want our students to become game-changers in their chosen areas of study and career, and this partnership will help to raise their aspirations and fulfil their potential to succeed.”

The agreement identifies opportunities for students to work, volunteer and study at the world-renowned visitor attraction in a range of roles, developing their skills in a busy working environment, such as the kitchens of the Chatsworth restaurants. Students will also undertake business development projects; applying their skills and knowledge to challenges and opportunities. The potential to connect learning and Chatsworth is immense, including business, humanities, hospitality, tourism, engineering and the environment.

House of Lords Embassy celebration

Marketing Derby hosted its first joint Derby and Derbyshire Embassy event at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster in October to celebrate the strength of Derby and Derbyshire.

Two hundred guests from the city and county joined London ambassadors and to hear from speakers including the Earl of Cavendish about connections with the capital.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, who opened the event, commented: "Marketing Derby has been running these unique and innovative Embassies for over ten years. We started at the House of Commons and we are delighted to finally be at the House of Lords".

Event host Bishop Alastair Redfern former Bishop of Derby encouraged guests to work together and told them that real innovation comes from creative relationships and the spirit of confidence.

This year Marketing Derby were especially delighted to receive the support of headline partner Pick Everard and associate partner Burnthebook.

Messages of confidence also came from Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter who announced that with support from Flint Bishop, Geldards, Rigby & Co and D2N2 LEP, the Council had just completed the purchase of run-down buildings in the Becketwell area of the city to open it up for much-needed regeneration.

Echoing these sentiments from the City was Frank Horsely Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council who said: “Derby and Derbyshire share a fantastic identity, and we're a world class destination. I strongly believe we have a unique offer that makes us stand out from the rest for investment.”

Headline sponsor of the Marketing Derby Embassy, Pick Everard’s Managing Partner Duncan Green, who spoke about some of their recent successes said: “Building mutually beneficial relationships has resulted in the significant growth of our business. We’re seeing significant regeneration taking place in Derby - and across the region - and our relationship with the capital is continuously strengthened by this.”

William Cavendish, Earl of Burlington and Chancellor of the University of Derby announced the launch of a strategic partnership between the Chatsworth House Trust, the Devonshire Educational Trust and the University of Derby.

The partnership will generate new opportunities for students to take up a variety of work and volunteer placements at the stately home, to stage events there and deliver agreed activities.

Click here to view our exclusive MDTV film report on the Embassy.

FORMAT19 launched in London

Marketing Derby is proud to sponsor FORMAT 19 which was officially launched this week at the iconic Horse Hospital - the three-tiered progressive arts venue in Bloomsbury, London and will run 15th March - 14th April 2019 at various locations across Derby.

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Format International Photography Festival was established in Derby in 2004 and today it is one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media.

FORMAT organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally.

The biennale and off-year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice. We love photography and all its expanded fields. The programmes feature everything from major conceptual works, participative projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive.

FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work together alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

Louise Fedotov-Clements, Artistic Director QUAD and Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival, said: "It was a real pleasure to launch FORMAT19:FOREVER//NOW at the Horse Hospital in London. Great to see so many people there. It was a great night." 

For more information visit: http://formatfestival.com/

University of Derby 13th best for teaching quality

The University of Derby is the 13th best university in the UK for teaching quality, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 league table.

The league table shows that the University has climbed from 22nd to joint 13th in the country for its teaching quality.

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, said: “The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide ranking is a very important assessment of a university’s progress across a range of measures. To be ranked joint 13th in the country for teaching quality is a fantastic achievement, and further reinforces our commitment to delivering teaching and learning excellence at Derby.

“Our teaching strategy encourages our academic teaching staff to be innovative in their approach to teaching and to be flexible enough to support the learning needs of individual students. We aim to help every student fulfil their potential and prepare them for their future career or further study.”

This league table position is the latest in a long line of achievements for the University of Derby, which this year has also seen it ranked as one of the UK’s top 30 universities overall in The Guardian’s University Guide for 2019 – it’s highest ever overall position and named among the world’s top 250 modern universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University rankings.

These successes followed the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award from the Higher Education Funding Council in 2017, which puts the University of Derby in the top 20 per cent of all providers in the UK.)

This year’s Times and Sunday Times league table also puts student experience at the University of Derby at number 40, up from 55th last year. Overall, the University was ranked 75th, up from 81st in last year’s table - its highest ever overall ranking in the Times and Sunday Times league table.

Professor Mitchell added: “The importance of the student experience of Derby is inextricably linked to outcomes, and we have worked hard with our student body to ensure that they have a greater voice in the way the university is run, as well as investing in new accommodation and facilities.

“Our vision is for Derby to be recognised as an inclusive university, providing the knowledge, experience and support that give our students the skills and confidence to achieve what they are capable of.”

QUAD next steps

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Marketing Derby and a group of Bondholders have supported registered charity and fellow Bondholder QUAD by sponsoring a step as part of the brand new Next Steps scheme.

The support enables QUAD to continue offering the exhibition and cinema programme and a broad range of outreach, participation and education programmes for people of all ages and abilities across Derby and the East Midlands.

The ‘Next Steps’ Scheme will facilitate the gathering of business contacts, offering a key marketing opportunity within the building.

Alongside businesses name’s appearing on QUAD’s staircase, there is also the following benefits:

  • Eight free cinema tickets per year

  • An exclusive quarterly e-shot that will include special offers

  • Your business logo and weblink on QUAD’s website

  • Invitation to two business events per year

QUAD is now releasing our second phase of steps, leading from the first floor to the second floor.

If you feel that the above would benefit your business, please contact Lucy Orme on 01332 285443 or lucyo@derbyquad.co.uk

World-beating team flies the flag for Derby

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Bondholder-supported and Derby-based track cycling HUUB Wattbike test team will be travelling to the latest stage of the UCI World Cup Series (London) this weekend sporting a newly-designed Derbados flag. The team, who train at Bondholder Derby Arena, are currently the fifth fastest track cycling teams in the world.

They are aiming for Gold in the meet at London’s Olympic velodrome having already beaten some of the world’s top teams – including Team GB – at the Recent Track Cycling World Cup series competitions in Germany and Canada. With their sights set on home turf advantage, lead sponsors and Bondholder HUUB have designed a special Derbados flag and T-shirts to hopefully inspire the team to podium success.

The team, already renowned as ‘mavericks’ in the track cycling world, have pledged to drape the specially-designed flag around their shoulders for their lap of honour and medal presentation – should they win.

Dean Jackson is the owner of HUUB who are now the main sponsors of the team – supported by a number of other locally-based businesses. He said: “The name Derbados has been knocking about for years on social media particularly as an affectionate term for Derby.”

“The boys have taken it a stage further – referring to their home and training base as the ‘People’s Republic of Derbados’ which has created quite a storm in the cycling world. “We therefore decided to design the team a special flag and T-shirts for podium celebrations with references to the Silk Mill which is over the road from our offices, an aero engine to represent engineering at its finest, the Derbyshire crest and of course some palm trees!”

“They have done brilliantly in the UCI World Cup Series so far – coming second in Canada and fourth in Paris and Berlin so we know that a gold medal is within their reach. Derby as a whole should be very proud of this team. They epitomise the city’s credentials in innovation, technology and sheer determination and are definitely one to watch.”

Team manager and rider Dan Bigham continued: “Although this is a bit of fun and a tongue in cheek reference to the fact that we are taking on the might of the world’s national track cycling teams, there is more serious message behind it. The Derbados flag represents the fantastic, warm welcome that we have received by the sporting and business community in this great city since moving here to live and train.

“Raising the profile of Derby in this way is therefore the least we can do to say thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.”

This season, the team have the added benefit of drag-reducing cycling kit which has been produced specifically for them by HUUB using a patented performance-enhancing design developed in partnership with computational fluid design experts, TotalSim, from Brackley, Northamptonshire.

Team members are Dan Bigham, Harry Tanfield, John Archibald, Jacob Tipper, Jonny Wale, George Peasgood and the newest signing – American Ashton Lambie who is the Individual Pursuit world record holder.

Fellow sponsors include Bondholders Derby City Council with access to the velodrome, Derbyshire Institute of Sport, the University of Derby, Derby College, Bowmer & Kirkland, Century Mobile and Invictus Communications.

New chief executive for D2N2

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A new chief executive has been appointed by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Sajeeda Rose, who has been interim chief executive at the organisation since September, has taken up the role with immediate effect.

She took on the acting position after Matthew Wheatley, who had been interim chief executive since January, his role as growth plan manager.

Rose joined the D2N2 LEP in November 2017 as senior manager for growth deals and capital programmes and has also held the position as interim deputy chief executive.

Prior to joining D2N2, Rose was chief operating officer for the Northamptonshire LEP, where she was responsible for strategy development and delivery of all investment programmes by that LEP.

She also worked for the former East Midlands Development Agency, supporting the delivery of sub-regional investment programmes.

Rose said: "I am delighted to be appointed as the D2N2 LEP’s new CEO, and to have the opportunity to build on the great work of its Board and staff to date.

"The LEP has a lot to do in future. We have a new strategic plan to launch to take our economy into the next decade, a Local Industrial Strategy to develop to complement the work being done nationally, increasing access to skills and training, and ensuring we continue to attract private investment to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. I look forward to the challenge."

Chair Elizabeth Fagan added: "I am confident that in Sajeeda we have found a CEO who will continue to lead D2N2 in delivering economic growth for all our communities, using the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP); currently in the final stages of being updated to meet the area’s changing needs up to 2030.

"Sajeeda is taking on the role at a time when the D2N2 LEP has much to do; including the launch of its new SEP, developing a Local Industrial Strategy, delivering current and planned programmes, as well as consultation on and establishing new governance rules for the LEP’s Board Members and staff to make our operations even more publicly accountable.

"I’m confident that Sajeeda’s leadership will help deliver results for all our stakeholders."

Bondholders have a ball

740 Bondholder members, employees and contractors attended the annual Marketing Derby Bondholder Christmas Ball held at fellow Bondholder The Roundhouse last night.

Bondholders donned their glamorous outfits to enjoy a fabulous night of delicious food, great company, excellent entertainment and a good boogie.

Entertainment was provided by Moroccan Fire Nights who wowed the audience with their mind-blowing spectacles of skill, distortion and contortion.

Thank you to all who attended to make the evening such a great success.

We hope you all enjoyed it and that your heads aren't too sore today!

Thanks also to our friends at BEAR who provided complimentary recovery coffees to help Derby get back to business as usual this morning

Same time next year?

Lindsey Hatfield, Commercial Development Manager, Marketing Derby said "The Bondholder Ball just gets bigger and better every year. A great night was had by everyone, celebrating the start of the festive season with friends, family and clients. Thanks must go to Derby Roundhouse for hosting us all in their stunning venue"

International dance website launch

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Bondholder Burnthebook have launched a new website for contemporary dance company Humanhood. Humanhood are rapidly gaining international acclaim and recognition with its dynamic representation of physics and astrophysics through dance.

Humanhood were recommended Burnthebook as the agency that could help them take their unique form of dance to worldwide audiences through the web, without degrading the ‘immersive’ impact the dance company creates with its live performances.

Based in Birmingham and Barcelona, the dance company was formed in 2016 by Birmingham and Catalonia artists Rudi Cole and Júlia Roberts Parés. Together they have developed a unique symbiotic fluid movement language that lies at the core of their work, creating intricate choreographic patterns that merge into multilayered energetic shapes with flow and dynamism.

Rudi and Júlia said: “From the first meeting we had with Phil and Jackie we felt a clear trust in working with Burnthebook to create our website. They instantly grasped the philosophy and ethos of our work and we felt confident they would portray this into the company's website.”

Phil Newson, Managing Director at Burnthebook said: “When we were approached by Rudi and Júlia, there was an immediate connection and understanding between us. We were absolutely taken aback by the intensity of their performance and their ability to completely captivate an audience.

“We spent a great deal of time planning how we could best represent Humanhood and their unique creative offering online without losing their dynamic impact. It was essential that from the moment Users hit the site, we wanted them to feel the Humanhood experience and the depth of the performance.”

FORMAT19 launched in London

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Marketing Derby is proud to sponsor FORMAT19 which was officially launched last night at the iconic Horse Hospital - the three-tiered progressive arts venue in Bloomsbury, London and will run 15th March - 14th April 2019 at various locations across Derby.

FORMAT is organised by Bondholders QUAD and the University of Derby.

Format International Photography Festival was established in Derby in 2004 and today it is one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media.

FORMAT organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally.

The biennale and off-year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice. We love photography and all its expanded fields. The programmes feature everything from major conceptual works, participative projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive.

FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work together alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

Louise Fedotov-Clements, Artistic Director QUAD and Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival, said: "It was a real pleasure to launch FORMAT19:FOREVER//NOW at the Horse Hospital in London. Great to see so many people there. It was a great night." 

For more information visit: http://formatfestival.com/

Peak succeeds at British Travel Awards

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The Peak District and Derbyshire has taken third place in the Best Holiday County or Region category in the prestigious British Travel Awards.

It was beaten only by Northumberland (gold) and Cornwall (silver) and fended off stiff competition from other key contenders, including Devon, Cumbria and the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

Jo Dilley, Managing Director, Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, said “The British Travel Awards are billed as the largest and most influential poll of consumer opinion on the performance of leisure, travel and tourism providers, so we are delighted to have received such a fantastic accolade.”

“This is the first year we have entered, so to perform so well is brilliant news, and a great tribute to our small but dedicated team who all work so hard to put the area on the regional, national and international map.

“We have so much to offer, from stunning, specially-protected landscapes, exhilarating outdoor activities and brilliant attractions to rich history and heritage, quality accommodation and fine, locally-produced food and drink – so it’s wonderful to be recognised in this way. Hopefully our world-class destination will achieve even greater things in the 2019 awards.”

BTA Chief Executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Congratulations to the Peak District and Derbyshire on winning bronze in our Best Holiday County or Region category. The British Travel Awards are the only travel industry accolade voted for exclusively by the consumer, and they recognise all that is great about travel, as experienced by the travelling public. To win one is a true achievement.”

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Barry Lewis, said: “We’re thrilled to hear that the Peak District and Derbyshire has come third out of ten areas for the best UK Holiday County or Region in this year’s British Travel Awards.

“The area has so much to offer, from fabulous historic buildings to stunning beauty spots, towns and villages and much more. We’re really proud to support the tourism industry, boosting our economy and supporting thousands of jobs.

To find out more about Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, visit www.visitpeakdistrict.com.

Bespoke Inns spread Christmas cheer

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Bondholder Bespoke Inns is offering a free Christmas Day lunch, from one of its restaurants, to those most in need in the local elderly community.

The Dragon in Willington, will provide a plated lunch with all the trimmings, which will be delivered by volunteers direct to the door of pensioners in Willington, Findern and Repton.

The new initiative aims to lift the mood of any pensioner who lives alone in the village and may be lonely on the big day.

Lee Carvell, director at The Dragon, said: "We know that loneliness is a real ‘killer’ whatever your age and being lonely on Christmas Day must be one of the worst feelings every year.

"A friendly face, with a simple Merry Christmas and a hot lunch will certainly brighten anyone’s mood and make their Christmas Day.

"Even more so if the person is worried about money and not able to afford a good meal."

The restaurant's chefs have agreed to work overtime to cope with the additional demand on an already busy day.

Mr Carvell added: "We will be very, very busy on Christmas Day but our chefs have agreed to come in earlier to make sure everything is prepped and ready.

"The Dragon can cater for large numbers and whilst we know this will be a challenge, our team of chefs will make it happen and happen well!"

The meals will consist of roasted bronze turkey, apple and chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, sprouts and carrots.

To apply those interested must contact The Dragon, or get someone to do it on their behalf by December 20. You can call 01283 704149 or contact Phoebe Gray via email phoebe@bespokeinns.co.uk.

Bespoke Inns have already been inundated with volunteers who will deliver the Christmas lunch to those in need in return for a free drink.

New Home for the East Midlands’ Big Bang

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Bondholder Derby Arena will be the new home for The Big Bang Fair East Midlands, part of the Engineering UK national programme to encourage young people into careers in STEM.

Young people from across the East Midlands will come together to find out about career opportunities in disciplines involving science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at the annual event in June.

The move to Derby Arena will increase event participation from 2,000 to 3,000 school children and home educators.

The event, set for 27th June 2019, aims to be bigger and more elaborate than ever before, as the push to drive career inspiration into the landscape of East Midlands schools is ever stronger, with Engineering UK reporting that 203,000 roles requiring engineering skills are needed to be filled annually through to 2024.

As well as engaging hands-on activities, have-a-go workshops and inspirational speakers this year will also see ‘sector zones’ throughout the exhibition area for young people to explore, all with the overarching aim of filling the STEM skills gap for the future. Schools can also take part in The Big Bang Competition to find the regional Young Engineer and Young Scientist of the Year.

Bringing together businesses and career leaders is at the heart of the event, as Learn By Design’s Director of Programmes, Louise Curd, explains:

“The skills gap in science and engineering is our driving force and it’s never been more vital for the private sector to recognise the part they play in opening the minds of young people. Whether a global company or an SME, The Big Bang Fair is a fantastic opportunity for organisations passionate about inspiring young people to break down some of the barriers facing young people and show face to face what their future career could looks like”.

The launch of the Big Bang Fair East Midlands 2019 also saw Learn by Design celebrating valued partnerships this week, with the announcement of collaborations with Bondholders Derby City Council and University of Derby as well as Enterprise for Education (E4E).

Cllr Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Yong People said:

“I’m delighted the Big Bang Fair is coming back to Derby for the fifth time, bigger and better than ever. This is a great opportunity for the young people in our City to learn more about careers in STEM. Derby has a fantastic range of employers working in technology and engineering and so it’s also a great opportunity for them to connect with our young people.”

Louise Pigden, Deputy Dean and Interim Head of Mechanical Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Derby, said: “At the University of Derby, we play a significant role in the STEM disciplines through our courses and research at Further and Higher Education levels.

“The University is committed to encouraging young people from diverse backgrounds into STEM careers; we understand that they are the game-changers of the future, who will solve society’s big challenges around clean energy, artificial intelligence, transport and caring for an ageing population.”

The Big Bang Fair East Midlands will take place at Derby Arena on Thursday 27th June 2019. STEM employers and academic institutions interested in showcasing STEM careers should contact bigbang@bydesign-group.co.uk. Visitor Registration for Schools and Home Educators is now open. Visit https://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/view/?eve_id=1947

Toyota Corolla back in the race

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The all-new Toyota Corolla, which will be built by Bondholder Toyota Manfacturing UK, is to contest the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.

The vehicle has been entered by Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport and driven by two-time BTCC Independent Champion Tom Ingram.

Built at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, the new Corolla Hatchback will take to the track at the same time as the road-going model arrives in British showrooms next spring.

The car’s debut in the UK’s premier racing series brings the world’s best-selling car nameplate – more than 45 million worldwide sales to date – and Team Toyota GB back to the BTCC, a competition in which both have a great heritage.

The Corolla campaign is being masterminded by Speedworks Motorsport, a team with a reputation as the BTCC’s leading giant-killers. Ingram posted nine victories and regular front-running performances in the Toyota Avensis, securing both the Independent Team and Driver trophies in 2017 and 2018.

The first race date for the new Corolla will be the opening round of the 2019 season at Brands Hatch on 6-7 April.

Christian Dick, Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport Team Principal, said: “We have been establishing an ever-closer relationship with Toyota GB for the past few years, nurturing that bond through our common passion for motorsport, engineering excellence and, ultimately, success. Our new relationship with them will enable us to take that final step and really push for the overall BTCC title. As a team, we are ready to pitch ourselves against the very best in Britain and, with Toyota GB’s backing, we are confident of doing just that.”

Andrew Cullis, Toyota GB Marketing Director, said: “Bringing the Corolla name and Team Toyota GB back to the British Touring Car Championship in 2019 is a great way of helping us launch this important, all-new British-built car. Speedworks Motorsport and Tom Ingram have a winning track record and we look forward to working with them throughout the coming season.”

International Photography Festival

Marketing Derby are proud to sponsor FORMAT 19 which was officially launched last night at the iconic Horse Hospital - the three tiered progressive arts venue in Bloomsbury, London and will run 15th March - 14th April 2019 at various locations across Derby.

FORMAT is organised by Bondholders QUAD and the University of Derby.

Format International Photography Festival was established in Derby in 2004 and today it is one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media.

FORMAT organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally.

The biennale and off-year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice. We love photography and all its expanded fields. The programmes feature everything from major conceptual works, participative projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive.

FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work together alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

For more information visit: http://formatfestival.com/

Grade A growth for Cathedral Green

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Derby City Council has announced plans for 37,500 sq ft of Grade A riverside office development.

Situated alongside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the world’s first factory, the Silk Mill, One Cathedral Green will include a 12,500 sq ft regional headquarters for Unite the Union.

The scheme is expected to cost £9 million and create 180 new jobs in addition to those safeguarded at Unite the Union. It will include basement car parking and be completed by Autumn 2020.

Derby City Council will be working in partnership with Wilson Bowden who have owned the site since 2014. An operator for the managed workspace has been identified and details will be announced in due course.

The building is expected to provide Grade A workspace for companies looking for a city centre location. Grade A space has been in short supply in recent years, so this development is expected to be extremely popular.

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Councillor Matthew Holmes, cabinet member for regeneration, said, “There is a need for larger office spaces in the city centre. This new model of office development will enable businesses to grow, attract new occupiers and enable commerce to thrive.”

John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said, “We welcome this development which will help to meet demand for high quality office space in the city centre. An increase in the number of people working at One Cathedral Green will have a positive impact on the economy and vibrancy of the city centre.”

Smith Cooper advises on KFC restaurant sale

Bondholder Smith Cooper Corporate Finance has advised on the multimillion-pound acquisition of seven KFC restaurants in London.

FT Foods, a newly incorporated company owned by Fazan Tahir, has completed the deal with KFC UK & Ireland, forming part of its wider refranchising programme.

FT Foods is part of a grouping of companies created by the Tahir Group, a London-based property development and investment group operating KFC restaurants and Starbucks Coffee shops.

Food and beverage specialists, John Farnsworth and David Crump, at Smith Cooper Corporate Finance assisted FT Foods in developing a bid document, agreeing terms with KFC’s advisers and project-managing the transaction through to completion.

Commenting on the transaction, Fazan Tahir said: "This deal is a significant step in my journey from my start in 1994 to what is today a multi-award-winning, multi-million-pound sales KFC business.

"I am very proud of our innovation, numerous awards and my outstanding team with its best-in-class culture.

"We intend to take the acquired restaurants forward and to add additional outlets, just as we always have done.

"As to the deal process that has been a huge project that I couldn’t have completed without my internal team, the management at KFC, Michael Stace and his team at Browne Jacobson, and the Smith Cooper Corporate Finance team.

"I have known John and David for some time and contacted them right at the start of this process; that turned out to be a key decision and I was tremendously impressed by the professionalism, determination and focus they brought to the delivery of their invaluable input."

Head of Corporate Finance, John Farnsworth, said: "David and I are delighted to have worked with Fazan, his team and advisers, and with KFC and their advisers to secure this important acquisition for the Tahir Group.

"We really enjoyed working with Fazan’s highly-motivated award-winning team, and have no doubt whatever that the business will continue to grow at an exemplary pace whilst still maintaining top operational and service quality – this is an exceptional business."

Signage company toasts Bondholder success

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Bondholder Lemon Signs has been consolidating recent successes which have arisen by working with fellow Marketing Derby Bondholders.

In a collaboration with fellow Bondholder Alt Design, which undertook the re-branding of Bondholder Robinsons, Lemon Signs were asked to produce signage for the steel construction company’s new premises in Derby.

Martin Lemiesz, managing director of Lemon Signs, said: “It was an amazing opportunity for us as a small business and even more exciting as we'd had front row seats of the project as we are located just a few yards away."

The new site which covered 5340m2 contained office space as well as a workshop production facility and large car park.

He continued: "The sheer size of the building offered up some challenges as we set about producing and installing the exterior signage, as well as full vehicle wraps."

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Another project was for new restaurant and Bondholder Lotus Indian Kitchen, which opened its doors to the public at Bondholder Mercia Marina.

Overlooking the water and serving authentic Indian street food, the main branding is a henna style letter "L".

The Lemon Signs team were able to put forward its expertise on this project as there were many different types of signage required to fulfil the brief. Inside of the restaurant, the main wall logo was made with the use of 3D materials.

Lemiesz said: "We were really pleased with the finished results and I cant wait to take the Lemon Signs team there for a celebratory dinner."