Green Light for Swimming Pool

A new multi-million pound swimming pool in Derby has been granted planning permission, allowing plans to move forward.

The Moorways site complex is expected to open in 2020, with construction planned to begin later this year. Plans for the site include soft-play and multi-use rooms, gym, exercise studios, sauna & steam room, learner pool and a 50m ten lane pool.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, the Cabinet Member leading on the New Swimming Pool Complex, said:This state of the art facility will be a game changer for swimming in Derby. We have pledged to open this New Swimming Pool Complex to the public in 2020. Our investment in the City will ensure Derby continues to be a great place to live, work and visit."

Bondholder Derby City Council has set aside £33m for the project as it is one of their 50 pledges.

Smooth Sailing

Bondholder Champions (UK) plc have been selected to implement a worldwide communications strategy for Powerboat P1 Management Ltd.

P1 are the global rights-holder for the P1 SuperStock powerboat championship, P1 AquaX personal watercraft championship and P1 Jetcross stand-up ski racing series, with offices in Florida, London and Malaysia.

The firm has chosen Champions to deliver a global communications service with the aim of bringing this exhilarating sport to a wider audience. Impressed with what Champions could offer in terms of in-house expertise, along with delivering a comprehensive PR strategy, the team will also offer social media support.

This latest signing highlights how successful Champions’ ‘Perfect 10’ business model is, which allows clients to pick and mix the right support for their business, as Champions’ Managing Director, Matthew Hayes, explains: “We are a full-service agency but appreciate that not every client needs a complete solution. In the case with Powerboat P1, they knew the level of support they required and we were able to tailor a package to suit which includes a blend of PR, digital and brand management.”

The ‘Perfect 10’ which forms Champions’ offering includes creative, marketing, advertising, media, publishing, digital, celebrity management, web, events and of course, PR.

Sharing Wealth

Bondholder Rhodes Wealth Management is helping change the lives of impoverished young children by sponsoring a charity based in Tanzania.

Pamoja Leo was founded by Georgina and Ed Hill who were literally told by local police to take home two children they found on the streets while on their honeymoon in the east African country.

Their charity has helped transform care for vulnerable children by protecting their well-being, providing education to assist families to care for them and preventing separation from their extending families if they lose their parents.

Adam Rhodes, managing director of Rhodes Wealth Management, said: “Having visited Tanga, it is very clear how much can be achieved with what in the UK seems a relatively small amount of money.

“Supporting a charity run by intelligent, entrepreneurial individuals who have made this their life and donate their time for free gives me the confidence that Pamoja Leo is here to stay and is making a very big difference to scores of children and their families."

Jobs are available in Tanzania for those who come through the education system. Sadly, that only applies to 20% because some families rely on females to bring in money from a very early age.

Pamoja Leo is seeking to increase that figure many fold through its educational programmes. In a special presentation, Rhodes Wealth Management staff were told by Georgina how the company’s sponsorship had paid for the renovation of a day centre where 25 children are taught every day as well as the monthly salary of a teacher.

Woodland Weddings

Last April Bondholder Morley Hayes launched a woodland wedding service in response to couples looking to take their vows whilst being at one with nature.

The woodland area has been transformed into a romantic Midsummer Night’s Dream-style setting, which enables couples to take their vows amongst forest ferns and wild flowers, shrouded beneath spectacular towering pines, horse chestnut and beech trees, with breath- taking views beyond.

Woodland wedding ceremonies take place in a private lodge, an open structure situated in a secluded part of the Morley Hayes woodlands. Guests can enjoy the intimate ceremony seated on oak benches, beside the old-fashioned lych-gate overlooking the woods.

The new woodland wedding service has proved a huge success, with ceremonies scheduled to take place throughout the spring and summer months.

Speaking of the new service, Andrew Allsop, Managing Director of Morley
Hayes, said: “We’re always looking for ways to improve our service offering in line with the changing demands of our customers and are really pleased with the feedback we’ve received from couples who have already exchanged their vows in our wedding lodge or have already booked their woodland wedding for 2018 and 2019.

“Here at Morley Hayes we’re blessed with an idyllic location, so the woodland wedding package is the perfect opportunity for us to take advantage of this fabulous setting to give couples the chance to have a romantic and truly enchanting wedding.”

Many couples have now enjoyed a Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired wedding within
the spectacular Morley Hayes woodlands.

Change for DE22

Bondholder DE22 has increased its team by six new members in 2017, and has come to a new motivation which has led to a rethink of the brand.

Managing Director, Martin Griffiths said: “Collectively we felt it was time to re-address our brand to reflect our evolution as a business. We embraced the same processes we undertake for our clients, and honestly, something that we do as second nature every day is a tricky thing to do for yourselves. We’ve invested in our brand for the future to reflect the people we have and the products we offer. Our aim, always, is to create beautifully crafted design but we want it to have real purpose, real long term ROI for our clients. We want to continue to forge lasting relationships and refining our culture will help us to do this. People buy from other people, not corporations so it was really important for our tone of voice to show our personality."

Based on Friargate Derby, DE22 was formed in 2010 have developed a strong team but are still looking to grow to cope with demand.

Tamsyn Port, Creative Lead commented: “We can’t wait to unveil our new site and show you what we’ve been working on. We have an awesome team at DE22 with a diverse range of skills and I’m excited to see what the future will bring. We will continue to add to our collective of passionate creatives, strategists and marketeers with the right people who share our vision.” 

Having been Marketing Derby Bondholders for over 5 years they have created strong client relationships within the city, and have now proven they have the capabilities and resources to provide outstanding results for leading national brands.

 

PM Visits Derby College

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, chose the iconic Roundhouse Derby yesterday as a venue in which to make a keynote speech on the future of post-18 education.

Attended by senior ministers, she announced a major review of the future shape of tuition fees and university funding.

The speech was followed by a press conference with the PM being quizzed on a number of issues by Bondholder Derby Telegraph, as well as a flurry of nationals including, Sky TV, the Sun and the Times Education Supplement, as well as BBC TV’s political pundit Laura Kuenssberg. 

Chief Executive of Bondholder Derby College Mandie Stravino was delighted to showcase the Roundhouse saying that “It is unusual for an announcement of this magnitude to be made in a college sector setting.”

The Prime Minister was clearly impressed with the Roundhouse, commenting that the courses held at there were "building a future for this great city.”   

Read the Derby Telegraph article here.

Weddings Return to Derby Conference Centre

Back in 2015, Bondholder, The Derby Conference Centre announced that it was no longer providing wedding services. However, over the past 12 months it has become evident that with the increased volume of enquiries, the people of Derby really miss not being able to tie the knot at this beautiful venue. Which is why the Centre is incredibly proud to announce that as of Valentine’s Day, The Derby Conference Centre is once again on the wedding venue market.

As events specialists, The Derby Conference Centre staff are really looking forward to offering this service once again. To be able to help the happy couple make those magical memories of a lifetime on their special day is something incredibly rewarding. Knowing all too well how important it is to create the perfect day, they can’t wait to get started.

The Derby Conference Centre’s Managing Director, Mike Ebbitt said: “Many of our customers were surprised to learn that we weren’t offering our services for weddings. We are now delighted to be able to provide this service once again. We’re all looking forward to helping make someone’s wedding the happiest day of their life!”

Steeped in local history, in an easily accessible location, The Derby Conference Centre can offer high quality accommodation and professionally prepared food as part of their wedding packages. Situated in the heart of Derby, and known as Derby’s hidden gem, the venue is a stunning Art Deco Grade II listed building with 50 en-suite bedrooms which are 4* AA rated (guest accommodation). Coupled with attractive reception rooms, bar facilities and beautiful, expansive grounds, the Centre provides the perfect canvas for capturing newlywed memories.

The Derby Conference Centre did not wasted any time in preparing for this launch; the website has a dedicated area and the team have been busy organising bespoke packages to accommodate the needs of the modern-day bride. With an experienced and enthusiastic team, who are adept at handling multiple events, the happy couple will be able to relax knowing their special day is in expert hands.

Dains Invests in Leadership Skills for Accountants

Bondholder Dains, midlands based accountants and business advisory firm, is investing in an 18-month programme to develop their next generation of leaders.

Dains is embarking on the programme as part of its strategy to develop practical leadership and management skills to create a high performing organisation. The firm has ambitious plans for growth, underpinned by building on its reputation for exceptional client service delivered by talented business advisers. It believes that investing in a leadership programme aligned with the business vision will enable their people to drive the firm’s ambitions.

Richard McNeilly, Dains, Managing Partner added, “We plan to grow our business by a further 50% over the course of the next 5 years and more if we acquire like-minded accountancy and advisory businesses. Without doubt, our greatest asset is our people and we are keen to build our leaders of the future, whilst honing the skills of our existing leadership group. Having invested heavily in IT and staff benefits, the leadership programme is a natural development.”

Starting in February 2018, the 18-month programme, will help leaders to understand what enables people to work at their best, how to empower people to deliver great performance, how to create more value in a working week, effective and flexible communication and the need to understand and adapt to differing behavioural styles.

Commenting, Dains HR Manager, Angela Millward said, “We all aspire to be the type of leader that people want to work for who is able to create a positive and supportive work environment from which a highly productive team can evolve. The programme is aimed at developing coaching skills and helping our leaders place people at the heart of what we do so that our teams, our clients and the firm can enjoy the benefits.” 

Dains operates from 6 full service offices across the Midlands region including: Birmingham, Burton on Trent, Derby, Lichfield, Rugeley and Stoke on Trent.

Changes to the Management and Leadership Team at Armsons

Bondholder Armsons - cost consultants, project managers and building surveyors - has made some key changes to its management and leadership team in what is proving to be one of the busiest years in its 45 year history.

Michael Armson, who founded the business in 1972, has retired from his post as managing director and taken up a consultancy position with the company.

Director Ian Cooper has also stepped down and will now act as a part-time consultant for the business, which delivers its services to a diverse client base across a broad spectrum of sectors - including commercial, industrial, civil engineering, residential, healthcare, retail, sports and leisure, education and heritage.

Two new directors have been appointed; Sally Walters who joined Armsons in 2016 to head- up the company’s building surveying services team and Jonathan Heath, who has been at the company since 2014.

Sally and Jonathan will join Stephen Fernie, who remains a director after spending more than 20 years with the Darley Abbey-based firm.

Commenting on the new appointments, director Stephen Fernie, said: “Over the past 45 years, Armsons has established a reputation for recruiting people with extensive experience in their respective areas, who come together to share their skills and knowledge, which adds value to our service offering.

“Jonathan and Sally are highly regarded in their particular fields and I am delighted to welcome them as fellow directors at Armsons.

“Our team-based approach is one of our strengths and enables us to provide clients with a consistently first-class service and achieve the most cost-effective delivery of their project objectives.”

Armsons was established by Michael Armson in 1972 to offer specialist quantity surveying expertise to private and public sector clients across the region.

Over the past five decades, the business has expanded its service offering considerably in keeping with the changing face of the construction industry.

The firm has been involved in a series of award-winning schemes, including the transformation of the historic Roundhouse on Pride Park into a £51m engineering, technology and construction campus for Derby College, Glasshouse College – Ruskin Mill Trust, a College for young people with special learning needs, housed in the former Royal Doulton glass- factory in Stourbridge's Glass Quarter and the 400 Hall, a state of the art flexible performance theatre for Repton Hall School.

Crossing Borders

The Corporate Finance Team at Bondholder Cooper Parry led a cross-border transaction which concluded with the sale of eTech Solutions Limited (eTech) to CoreLogic, Inc (CoreLogic®).

eTech, the UK’s leading provider of mobile surveying and workflow management software to the property services industry for the lending and surveying, and energy markets, has been acquired by CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider.

Cooper Parry Corporate Finance acted as lead advisers to the shareholders of eTech, with legal advice provided by DLA Piper. Cooper Parry also provided tax advice to the shareholders.

Commenting on the acquisition, eTech Founder, Jim Driver said: “We very much look forward to aligning our expertise with the considerable resources of CoreLogic to further develop the services we offer to our partners in the UK and internationally. With new products already in the pipeline, this is an exciting phase for eTech’s continued growth.”

Frank Martell, CoreLogic president and CEO, noted: “The acquisition of eTech expands our UK footprint and augments our valuation solutions offerings. The eTech team has established a great track record of building innovative solutions that helped transform the UK valuation and energy assessment industries. We believe that over time, we can potentially leverage benefits from a number of eTech’s innovative solutions to fuel automation and reduce cycle times in our U.S. property valuation operations.”

The Cooper Parry Corporate Finance team was led by Phil Hinson: “We’re delighted for Jim, David and all at eTech. The transaction is another great example of a cross-border deal completed with a strategic trade buyer. We wish the business all the very best with its future growth plans.”

University Fund Creates 1,000 Jobs

Bondholder The University of Derby has supported the creation of more than 1,000 jobs in key growth sectors across the East Midlands since launching its Invest to Grow funding scheme in 2014.

More than a quarter of the new jobs have been created in Derbyshire, including roles in transport equipment manufacturing, life sciences, construction, food and drink manufacturing, logistics, engineering and low carbon sectors.

It is a major milestone for the fund, which through a re-circulating finance scheme, provides a combination of loans and grants to SMEs to support specific projects. These are typically related to businesses growing, developing or improving their products and related services, as well as creating new and sustainable jobs.

Mr Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief-Executive and Finance Director of the University, said: “I’m delighted that the scheme managed by the University with an independent panel has reached this impressive milestone.

“The funding from Invest to Grow provides much needed financial support to businesses across the East Midlands and has had a significant economic impact over several key growth sectors. Alongside the ongoing Invest to Grow scheme and the additional support to SMEs from the University, we can expect to see further job creation and growth in the wider business community.”

The University was originally awarded a total of £16.35m in funding by the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) for its Invest to Grow scheme. This is not the end of the scheme however. As this is a re-circulating finance scheme, there is still recycled loan funding to be repaid into the scheme and recirculated to new projects.

Gravity Goes Google

2018 marks Bondholder Gravity Digital’s third year since its launch as a result of the merger of two specialist digital marketing and website design agencies. Since launching in 2015 the company now employs six people, has won four awards and works with clients in almost every region in the UK.

Gravity Digital is now proud to announce that they have achieved Google Partner status. Achieving Partner status means that Gravity Digital has been able to demonstrate AdWords skills and expertise, met the Google ad spending requirements across our portfolio of managed clients, delivered client revenue growth, and sustained and grown our client base.

Debbie Porter, Director of Gravity Digital explains; “We have always been recognised for providing our customers with an unrivalled service when managing their AdWords accounts and with this accreditation from Google we can continue to drive targeted groups of customers to websites through Pay Per Click (PPC) activity to complement our search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques.

“We work closely with our clients, and this certification means that we are also considered by Google to be trusted and knowledgeable when it comes to raising the profile of a website.”

Working within the internet industry so many things change on a regular basis and keeping up with the latest developments, algorithm changes and advances in technology are the bread and butter for the team at Gravity Digital.

Still Capturing Reality

It’s a year since Bondholder Mixed Realities, now known as V21, completed their first 3D Virtual Tour of Bondholder Derby College’s iconic Roundhouse, for Bondholder Roundhouse Events. This work went on to inspire them to create an innovative and engaging interactive map, featuring 14 virtual tours of spaces in Derby, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral Tower, Derby Museums and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and of course The Roundhouse. They have recently added Banks Mill Studios to the map, capturing all 5 floors, containing 30 creative studios.

In the summer they went on to successfully experiment how to create a fully immersive CGI/VR environment using the data capture from the original laser scan of the Roundhouse. The result, an amazing tool for visualisation and redevelopment projects, presented at the FBE event at The Roundhouse with Bondholder Maber, in September 2017.

Since September 2017, V21 Artspace has presented over 20 Virtual Exhibitions for Galleries and Museums in Derby, Nottingham and London. including the one-time only world exclusive “Dinosaurs of China - Ground Shakers To Feathered Flyers” exhibited at Nottingham Wollaton Hall and Nottingham Lakeside Arts from July to October 2017. In December 2017 they branched out to the US. New York based associate, Sylvia Mead, already has 2 exhibitions under her belt, captured at Art Basel Miami. They are excited to be presenting their first New York virtual exhibition very soon and are collaborating with some major organisations on upcoming projects.

From late February their space at 21 Cornmarket will be used as exhibition space, V21 Gallery. They are hosting an opening exhibition “Life & Death” by artists David Booth MRBS and Keith Newlove. The exhibition launches on Friday 23rd February 2018 details of opening times can be found here. They will produce a 3D Virtual Exhibition making it accessible to anyone unable to visit.

Owners, Claire Cutts and Joe Clark, wholeheartedly agree that even though the last year has been a major challenge, as it is for any start-up business, this has been massively outweighed by having the opportunity to with some amazing Bondholders in Derby, including Derby Museums, Quad and Mainframe.

View the work of V21 below:

Interactive MapBanks Mill Studios, The Roundhouse, Dinosaurs of China, V21 Space, V21 Artspace 

 

A Brighter City

Bondholder The Derby Civic Society will be launching the “Steve Bloomer“ Blue Plaque on Friday 16th February at 12:30pm with the Mayor of Derby Cllr John Whitby (Patron), Cllr Martin Rawson and their President Don Amott.

Steve Bloomer played for both Bondholder Derby County Football Club and England and was a prolific goal scorer. This will be the 20th Blue Plaque launched by the Derby Civic Society, and will be presented at Paul Wallis Fashions Ltd, Steve Bloomers old school. 

This follows the presentation of the George Larkin Brighter City of Derby Awards 2018, which were held on 9th February, at St Mary's Church Social Centre. In the run up to the awards Derby Civic Society invite nominations for the best new buildings and the best restoration projects completed in the City within the previous calendar year. The Society’s judging panel then visits and awards certificates to the winners who are also presented with a silver salver on which their name is inscribed.

Winners included Bondholders Bean CaffeRobinson Structures, and newcomers to the city BEAR Cafe Company.

 

Bondholder Secures Funding from Dragon

Ed Hollands, owner of Bondholder DrivenMedia, is overwhelmed after securing the support and funding of Dragon Jenny Campbell on the latest episode of the BBC series Dragons’ Den.

On the latest episode Ed pitched to the Dragons and one, Jenny Campbell, was inspired by his ambition and drive. She offered an investment of £30,000 for a 20 per cent share in his business – an offer he was happy to accept.

Ed said: “The whole experience was overwhelming and challenging. The Dragons leave nothing to chance and will grill you over your business idea, your vision and your financials. I’m so humbled by the fact that Jenny Campbell has seen my potential and I’m looking forward to learning from her.”

Jenny Campbell said of the deal: “I am very much looking forward to working with DrivenMedia and Ed, a young entrepreneur brimming with potential. Mentoring bright individuals at the start of their career is something I have been passionate about for a long time and I’m confident with Ed under my wing, both he and his business will achieve success. I am excited to watch DrivenMedia grow from strength to strength and am delighted to be part of the journey ahead.”

Ed came up with the idea soon after finishing a degree at the University of Derby where he achieved a first-class honours in business studies. His tutor is thrilled with his early success.

Bev Crighton, employer engagement lead at Bondholder the University of Derby, said: “Mentoring Ed has been a pleasure. We are so pleased for him, he was always a great student. It’s been an honour to support him and we will continue to do so.

“He always had ambitions to start a business and when he did we took advertising not only to show our support - it is simply a great business idea. We wish him every success and look forward to seeing him develop his business further with his Dragon.”

Team Derby Powers Midlands Engine

The Midlands area will come together to showcase investment opportunities worth almost £10 billion at this year’s global property and real estate show MIPIM (13th-16th March, Cannes, France).

It is the second year that the Midlands region will work together to attract investment from around the world following a successful united presence at MIPIM 2017. A partnership approach which Derby successfully uses at MIPIM – the delegation this year includes Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Marketing Derby, Rolls-Royce, Smith of Derby, Freeths, Geldards, East Midlands Airport, Godwin Developments, Harworth Group, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights 1759 and Smith Partnership.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: “This is the second year of Midlands wide collaboration following an incredibly successful event last year. People will see a step up in the quality of the Pavilion, and we have evolved a strong “Team Midlands” approach that compliments our own destination promotion. Derbyshire is bringing a very strong team out this year with senior representation from Rolls-Royce, both City and County Councils, Derby-Nottingham Metro, Marketing Derby and our supporters.”

More than 70 public and private sector partners, 10 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) will represent the region – the largest delegation Midlands UK has ever taken to the annual event.

The region will present details of the multi-billion pound portfolio to the exhibition’s 24,000 attendees, which will include potential investors, property agents, developers and media from more than 100 countries.

Destinations attending MIPIM as part of the Midlands UK delegation alongside Team Derby & Derbyshire include Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Lincolnshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, The Marches, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire, UK Central Solihull, West Midlands Combined Authority, City of Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

The region’s presence is being coordinated by the West Midlands Growth Company, with key partners including Bondholder East Midlands Airport, Birmingham Airport, global car giant Jaguar Land Rover and the Midlands Enterprise Universities Group.

The 200m² dedicated Midlands UK pavilion will showcase the region’s investment portfolio through a variety of media including an event space to host a programme of more than 50 events, including presentations, receptions and panel discussions.

Marketing Derby will once again be hosting our award-winning Embassy on Wednesday 14 March at the Eden Hotel. Our key sponsors for the event include Bondholders Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights 1759 and Smith Partnership.

The Rolls-Royce of MIPIM Events

Marketing Derby will be hosting the annual Embassy breakfast at the Eden Hotel in Cannes during MIPIM.

Taking place at 8.30am on Wednesday 14th March at Eden Hotel, 133 Rue d’Antibes, the event will see a sell-out crowd hear about the latest development and regeneration news and opportunities in Derby, following what is fast becoming known as the best breakfast in Cannes.

Attendees will hear from Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce plc, who will be providing an update on Rolls-Royce’s £1.25bn building and infrastructure investment in the city.

Paul will be joined by John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby and Catherine Williams, Head of Regeneration Projects at Derby City Council who will be providing announcements and updates regarding the £4bn already invested in the city, and the £2bn opportunities available.

To reserve your place, please contact katie.delve@marketingderby.co.uk for more information.
 

Getting an Incite into Derby's Success

Innes England’s annual Market Insite report has revealed that industrial rents in Derby have grown by 26% in the last five years, alongside significant deals in the retail sector.

The report, which monitors trends in the East Midlands property market, highlighted a strong industrial market with Goodman and Ivygrove Developments leading the way.

Nick Hosking, director at Innes England, said, “The industrial sector performed well in 2017 with take-up echoing the previous year. Given the strength of Derby’s manufacturing base we expect to see the industrial sector perform well again this year.”

Innes England, sponsors of Team Derby at MIPIM, also analysed the retail market, noting the success of Intu Derby, whilst the Cathedral Quarter saw lettings to Jack Wills, Bar Soba and Bunk.

The largest deal, billed as the biggest in the city since the opening of Intu Derby, was the letting of 22,000 sq ft in the St Peter’s Quarter to TK Maxx. 

The American retail giant has announced the store will open on Thursday 22nd February and is expected to drive footfall and further lettings to the area. Derby City Council is offering support to the regeneration of the St Peter’s Quarter, with public realm works across the area, including a Walk of Fame, celebrating noteworthy achievements of some of Derby’s most deserving residents.
 

BB&J Finalises Aerospace Relocation Property Deal

Bondholder BB&J have finalised the lease of a 12,000 sq ft industrial unit in Raynesway to an international aerospace hardware and fasteners company which is relocating its UK base from Cannock to Derby.

BB&J have been working proactively with Blue Sky Industries to meet their relocation requirements in line with its expanding European operations to meet increased business opportunities with Airbus and other major OEMs across Europe.

Graham Bancroft from BB&J continued: “Having worked closely with Blue Sky Industries to understand their requirements, and having recently taken the instruction to market this unit from Bailey Construction we thought that they would be a good match.

“They recently acquired this property with a view to achieving a letting and we were able to quickly bring both parties together to secure the deal.

“This further strengthens Derby’s credentials as the home of planes, trains and automobiles and proves that the city is at the top of the relocation wish list for supply chain businesses across the transport industries."

General Manager Jonathan Morgan explained that Blue Sky Industries was founded in California with other worldwide operations established in Brazil and China.

He said that the privately-owned company was planning to expand its current workforce of ten in the UK to around 25 in the coming two years in sales, inspection and warehousing roles – all based at the new Derby location.

Victory for MSG Tours

Bondholder MSG Tours has been awarded the Shining Star Award at a prestigious ceremony recognising outstanding innovation across the tourism industry.

Held in London, the Vamoos Awards is a nationwide celebration of the innovative ways new technologies are being used by travel operators, including MSG, to successfully service their customers and deliver exceptional customer experiences.

Katie Peggs was in attendance to accept the award alongside fellow Tour Operator Laura Dennehy. Commenting on what it meant to the entire team, Katie said: “Winning the Shining Star Award is a great achievement.

“The team routinely goes above and beyond in terms of what we offer our clients, setting a gold standard for the industry as a whole. We already pride ourselves on being one of the country’s leading specialists in educational, ski and sports travel, but it means a great deal to be recognised for our technical innovations.

“We’ve worked hard to push new initiatives that significantly enhance the experiences of our customers, experimenting with the latest digital technologies and fine tuning ways to deliver a reliable, quality service that does not compromise personalisation. It’s something every modern business aims for, not just in the travel industry. This accolade is evidence that we have achieved those goals.”