New Garden Room for Dragon

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Bondholder Bespoke Inns has opened a brand new canal side Garden Room at The Dragon in Willington.

In addition to the outside BBQ, the new glass-fronted restaurant area can accommodate 60 diners.

The Garden Room joins the Conservatory and Bridgeside as spaces at The Dragon available to hire for parties or private dining.

Lee Carvell, General Manager of the Dragon said: "The opportunity to have al-fresco dining for over 360 days of the year is perfect for Willington and all our customers."

You also have the chance to join Bespoke Inns this Bank Holiday weekend for a feast of fun.

The Food & drink festival will take place all Bank Holiday weekend at The Dragon, The Boot and Harpurs. 

With over 100 craft beers, over 50 gins, more than 30 cocktails,Prosecco and free buses between each venue.

 

City office reimagined

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One of Derby's largest city centre office complexes, Cardinal Square, has recently received a comprehensive refurbishment from owner and Bondholder Nurton Developments with help from fellow Bondholder Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees.

Cardinal Square now offers a high-quality office accommodation environment ideal for private and public sector occupiers. Set around a central garden, the building comprises of blocks arranged on four and five floors, with spacious, modern accommodation available from 1,000 sq ft. and serviced offices for two people upwards.

In order to allow prospective occupiers to see the space's potential Cardinal Square asked Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees to create three Virtual Reality walkthroughs showcasing very different approaches to the same space.

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The thinking behind the innovative approach was to let prospective clients 'walk' around the office and encourage them to think about stamping their own corporate personality on the building.  

David Dyas, Asset Manager for Cardinal Square said: "Cardinal Square offers versatile floorplates, generous natural light and great outside space, and 360 degrees have now demonstrated what the offices can look like to great effect. The imagery promotes this iconic building and supports our ongoing programme to provide quality office and serviced office accommodation in Derby. It is well worth taking a closer look at Cardinal Square as it never fails to exceed expectation."

Howard Barnes, Design Lead of Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees said: "This is a great example of how VR technology and other cutting edge design tools can assist with the creative process. In this instance it allows a potential occupier to expand their thinking as to how the spaces at Cardinal Square could work for their particular organisation. 

"It allows us to experiment with layouts and interior design styles in a virtual environment; eliminating the risks of getting it wrong, and supporting a bolder and more visionary approach to how the space could work.  For us the best thing is that it helps to remove the prejudices that often colour a particular building – this exercise proves that Cardinal Square is capable of housing really inspirational workplaces."

Details of the space is available from bondholders FHP Property Consultants and Rigby & Co. who are jointly marketing the premises and would be pleased to discuss any occupier requirements.

It's what's on the inside that counts

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Bondholder SureScreen Diagnostics has launched a ground-breaking new beauty product in its Nutrivitality range, SkinGlo.

The event, held at SureScreen's laboratories in the picturesque Morley Retreat, was attended by over 80 delegates who were taken through the ageing process and gained an exclusive insight into how the science behind SkinGlo can help keep your skin's youthful glow.

Alex Campbell, one of the trio of Directors at SureScreen Diagnostics, said: "We lose an astonishing 1.5% of our skin's collagen every single year after the age of 20 which begins to affect our appearance. For decades we have been using creams and masks to help hydration and improve skin tone.

"The real innovation here is that if we use high absorption nutrients delivered orally, we stand a better chance of maintaining the skin's collagen levels."

Attendees were lucky enough to hear about how the nutrients in SkinGlo help rejuvenate the skin and also got to sample the revolutionary skincare product.

David Campbell, Director at SureScreen Diagnostics, said: "It is going to change everything."
 

Loates celebrates success

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Bondholder LoatesHR is celebrating its two successive most successful months since the company was formed in 2011.

In May, profits were up 191 per cent on the same month the previous year and were 11 per cent better than the best month of 2017 while June saw an 81 per cent increase on the same month last year.

The trend continued in July so that LoatesHR reported increased turnover in quarter two - up 46% on the previous three months and up 17% on the previous year.

The company, based on Friar Gate, puts its success down to developing its own training brand, LoatesTraining, reducing costs and significantly increasing its marketing efforts.

Directors Sarah Loates and Kevin Marks have developed a portfolio of training courses including a highly acclaimed guide to GDPR.  Previously, the company had offered training only as a sub-contractor.

Sarah said: “Because our human resources team is so well established and respected, I have had more time to develop our training strategy and deliver courses.
“This has meant an increase in turnover on training of 85% between January and May year on year and 92% by comparison to May last year.”

She added: “Diversifying our offer and increasing our profile has certainly reaped early dividends and this will be a springboard for us.
“Indeed, our training offer has been so well received that we have taken on an extra staff member.
“We have already begun working in the recruitment field, with our new LoatesRecruitment brand, and are confident that will lead to an even stronger business.”

The company has recently completed its first recruitment project for an award-winning Burton-based business.
“We use our networks to find the ideal candidate and our technical expertise to make sure they know their stuff.”

Sarah added that hosting a Marketing Derby bondholder breakfast at the University of Derby had a positive impact on the business and, as a result, the company took on a student as an intern.

Earlier this year, it was shortlisted in the East Midlands Chamber’s enterprising women awards and it is now been shortlisted in two categories at the Chamber of Commerce’s Derbyshire Business awards.

 “We have already begun working in the recruitment field and are confident that will lead to an even stronger business.”
“In the meantime, I would like to thank our staff for their dedication to helping us grow and to our increasing number of customers for their faith.”

Gold standard for Cattermole

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Bondholder Cattermole Group has been awarded the prestigious gold standard by catering specialist Linda Lewis which supplies family favourites including Marstons Brewery pubs, Frankie and Bennies and Lost and Found.

The Derby catering equipment specialists, who have over 40 years of experience in the industry, are now one of only 7 gold standard suppliers in the UK and are responsible for keeping restaurant kitchens up and running across the country.

Adam Cattermole, Managing Director at Cattermole Group, said: “Customer service is a top priority at Cattermole Electrical. The firm is built on two generations of the Cattermole family and we take pride in offering a first-class service to caterers across the country.
“The recognition by Linda Lewis is testament to all of our staffs’ hard work and we are proud to be named one of just seven gold standard suppliers in the country.”

Linda Lewis Kitchens are the largest suppliers of Italian manufactured catering equipment and supply most of the UK’s pizza ovens and presses. 

Ryan King, Service and Spares Coordinator at Linda Lewis Kitchens said: “‘We are delighted to have Cattermole Group on board as one of our Gold Standard Members, our partners are made up of like-minded businesses whose prime objective is to deliver quality servicing and after-care for our range of products.”

Heatwave helps Toyota

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Bondholder Toyota has said that the prolonged heatwave has helped its Derbyshire factory build thousands of vehicles - by harnessing the power of the sun.

Back in 2011, the Japanese firm installed a huge solar array at its Burnaston factory in order to generate energy that would help power production.

This summer, thanks to the recent long spell of clear, sunny weather, its solar panels have harvested more energy than usual, helping it to build thousands of vehicles.

Seven years ago the firm, which builds the Auris and Avensis at the Derbyshire plant, worked with British Gas to install the thousands of solar panels at the site.

In total, 16,800 solar panels were put in place covering an area of 90,000 square metres - the equivalent of 14 football pitches.

According to Toyota, the amount of power they generate each year - four megawatts - is enough to brew 150 million cups of tea.

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The solar array at Toyota's Burnaston factory covers the equivalent of 14 football pitches

The company also built a tower, containing 44 solar panels, at the entrance to the factory works.

The installation of solar power at Burnaston is part of Toyota’s mission to create sustainable factories and reduce its impact on the environment.

Known as the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, the company is aiming to achieve zero emissions from manufacturing.

At Burnaston, the solar-generated power produced each year is enough to build 7,000 vehicles.

In a statement, Toyota said: “At Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) we have seen unprecedented levels of sunshine at our Burnaston factory helping contribute to the generation of solar energy for our factories.

“In total, solar provides around 5% of our site electricity, helping us work towards our 2050 Challenge of zero emissions from manufacturing.

Accountants announce key promotions

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Bondholder Smith Cooper are bolstering their presence in the region by announcing several key promotions.

Having recently announced record breaking end of year figures, it is proving to be a summer of success for the Accountancy Age Top 50 firm.

Selma Kuduzovic has been promoted to Head of Marketing. Overseeing the continual development and implementation of the company’s marketing strategy, Selma also coordinates the wider marketing team. Her new role has already seen her project manage the implementation and usage of the firms CRM system, whilst reporting on and monitoring sales activity across the firm.

Secondly, Orla Flint has been promoted to Head of Innovation. As part of her role, Orla will be responsible for streamlining the company’s processes using software and automation. Orla will be heavily involved in all projects throughout the company, implementing new software where possible, making operations more efficient.

In light of the promotions, Managing Partner James Bagley said “As a professional services firm, each of our internal departments are intrinsically linked and must operate collaboratively to help us achieve our company mission and goals.”

DIT InnoTrans pre-event at Conference Centre

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Bondholder Derby Conference Centre has been selected to host a major Department for International Trade (DIT) event in the build up to InnoTrans 2018 – the largest event in the rail calendar.

InnoTrans is the leading international trade fair for transport technology and takes place every two years in Berlin. The main event occupies all 41 halls available at Berlin Exhibition Grounds, is sub-divided into five trade fair segments and is supported by The InnoTrans Convention.

On 6 September, DIT will be hosting the pre-event designed to inform companies involved in the rail sector why the InnoTrans exhibition should be part of their business planning this year, as well as how to both prepare for and maximise their visit.

Guest speakers and visitors include:

-       Neil Walker, Exports Director, Rail Industry Association
-       Lucy Prior, Rail Alliance
-       Elaine Clark, Midlands Rail Forum
-       Andrew Hinton, Specialist on Rail in Asia and Canada
-       Mike Shears, Specialist on Rail in the Middle East

Delegates will also hear from rail sector specialists from a number of countries discussing their motivations for attending InnoTrans, and the opportunities available within their particular markets.

Alongside this, DIT representatives will be available to help explore and advise on other international rail opportunities and discuss access to funding to support future visits.

Find more details and register for this free event here –

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-the-most-of-innotrans-2018-tickets-48403376803

InnoTrans 2018 will take place from the 18 – 21 September at the Messe Berlin, GmbH, ExpoCenter City, Berlin, Germany.

100 new jobs for Norton

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Bondholder Norton Motorcycles has embarked on a major expansion programme which will see a new factory extension and up to 100 new jobs over the coming months.

The expansion comes on the back of increased sales around the world and the success of Norton's newly-launch V4 model which has been received enthusiastically by motorcycle enthusiasts in the UK and overseas.

The current staff figure is 120.

Norton is recruiting designers, CAD engineers, purchasing professionals and production operators to work at its factory in the grounds of Donington Hall, close to East Midlands Airport.

In addition, Norton is expanding its successful apprenticeship scheme.

The company is also adding a 12,000 sq ft extension to its existing 45,000 sq ft production facility.

The new manufacturing space will allow for a new production line for Norton's latest models, and increased volumes.

Norton chief executive and owner Stuart Garner said the skills they were looking for were in short supply, but Norton liked to train and develop its own staff.

He said: “All of our bikes are hand built, with engines, wheels and sub assemblies also built in our factory using 83 per cent UK-sourced components.

“The environment here is very different to a mass-manufacture production line, so we like to think it is a great environment for people with the right enthusiasm and application.”

More than 80 per cent of Norton's production goes overseas, with growing demand for its bikes in the United States, Australia, Japan and markets across Europe and Asia. Norton has established a joint venture to build bikes in Pune, India, which will allow it to sell machines into South East Asian markets, escaping punishing import tariffs.

The Pune factory will be supplied with components and sub-assemblies from the Donington facility.

Norton is seeing considerable success with its newly-launched V4 model, adding to the existing range of the iconic Norton Commando and the Dominator.

The 200mph V4 is less traditional than previous Norton models, with an updated look and a 1,200cc engine and several technological advances.
Mr Garner said he was also not concerned about the impact of Brexit.

He said: “As long as we are building products that the world wants to buy then we will thrive.

“Most of our trade is outside of the EU in any case, so I see no reason why we shouldn't succeed.”

Stuart Garner bought the Norton brand from its US owners in 2008.

“Production began at its Donington Hall headquarters in 2013, moving from a facility at nearby Donington Park.

Rolls-Royce sets sights on China

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Bondholder Rolls-Royce has revealed plans to build on its share of the Chinese market after the first Airbus A350 aircraft powered by its Derby-built Trent XWB engine landed in the country.

Sichuan Airlines has ordered an Airbus 350 and will start using the aircraft later this year.

China is the world’s second-largest civil aviation market and Rolls-Royce says it presents “tremendous opportunities”. The Derby manufacturing giant powers over half of the region’s widebody fleet, with 20% of Trent engine orders coming from Chinese operators.

Paul Freestone, Rolls-Royce senior vice president – customers, civil aerospace, said: “We warmly congratulate both Sichuan Airlines and Airbus on the delivery of the first leased A350 to mainland China. The A350 has enjoyed truly global success and this is another new chapter in that story. We are proud to be powering Sichuan Airlines’ entire widebody fleet and look forward to strengthening our partnership by continuing to provide outstanding economic and environmental performance with these new aircraft.”

Step forward for Katapult

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Bondholder Katapult, the creative agency established in Derby for over 16 years, has launched a new agency, Yellowstep, to drive growth for the UK’s B2B sector.

Yellowstep puts Directors back in charge of their business growth by creating sales & marketing alignment, creating brand awareness and above all generating leads. The team, led by Martin Broadhurst, are experienced marketers who aim to create dynamic marketing performance using
proven inbound marketing methods.

Managing Director, Martin Broadhurst, explains why the time is right to launch Yellowstep.
“Buyers and markets have changed dramatically. B2B customers are now 60% through the buying cycle before a business even knows it. The overwhelming choice of online marketing activity and channels has caused confusion and anxiety. Managing Directors, Sales Directors and Marketing Directors are less sure of their old methods and are seeking a new approach to growth.”

These market trends are behind the decision for Katapult to launch the new brand whilst it focuses on delivering creative guest experiences for the world's leisure brands.

Dawn Foote Co-founder of Katapult says “Launching Yellowstep is a really important phase in our own growth. We are now focusing on what we’re good at on both sides of the business. Now with Yellowstep we have the inbound marketing experts to allow other B2B businesses to flourish.”
 

Children’s charity gets ‘DIY SOS’ facelift from Pattonair volunteers

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A local children’s charity’s head office, nursery and gardens have been given a new lease of life thanks to a team of 100 volunteers from global aerospace supply chain services provider Pattonair

The Marketing Derby Bondholder took part in a week-long DIY SOS-style challenge at Derwent Stepping Stones, which works in partnership with local communities to deliver high-quality and effective services to children and their families. 

A team of 100 volunteers from Pattonair spent a week at the charity’s St Mark’s Road nursery carrying out a host of works to transform its facilities and create a stimulating environment that helps to equip local youngsters with vital life skills.

Work included sprucing up its overgrown garden and equipping it with a mud kitchen and bug hotel, bringing to life three classrooms and a staff room with bright and vibrant colours, transforming its patio area into a comfortable and relaxing outdoor space, equipping its stable with a ‘water wall’ and play facility, and turning its rooftop area into an open-air learning space.

The challenge was being backed by fellow Derby company Davlyn Construction, which is providing professional labour and building materials to the project free of charge.

Chloe Fellows, Pattonair’s Head of HR, said: “This was a fantastic project for all our staff to get involved in and we are delighted with the results. The team really bought into what we wanted to achieve.   

“Derwent Stepping Stones does such vital work with young people and their families from across our city and as a responsible local employer, it is our duty to put something back into our community and provide our staff with the opportunity to do something which benefits the whole city."

Janet Holland, the charity’s Chief Executive, said: “These improvements will make such a huge difference to the development of the children we look after here and also to the staff, who now have an amazing environment to work, play and learn in.”  

 

 

Multi-million pound student accommodation scheme handed over

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A multi-million pound student apartment complex has been completed by Clegg Construction for developer Bondholders Jensco on behalf of Bondholder University of Derby.

The nine-storey high block, in Agard Street, stands at 26-metres tall and comprises of 244 bedrooms and communal areas.

There is provision for cycle parking outside, landscaping and pedestrian access points from Agard Street.

The accommodation is based next door to the University of Derby’s Law School, which is situated in the One Friar Gate Square building, also built by Clegg Construction.

Tram tracks and cobbles dating back to the 1800s have also been reinstated in Short Street, next to the building, after being carefully removed.

Photographs, site plans, survey data, a detailed report and measurements of the tram tracks and cobbles were used to reinstall them towards the end of the build in order to preserve part of Derby’s heritage.

Nigel Bobroff, Chief Executive of Jensco, said “Clegg Construction have done a fantastic job in delivering our latest development for the University of Derby, both on time and on budget.  It has been a pleasure to work with them again.”

The Leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Chris Poulter said: “Working with Clegg Construction has presented an excellent opportunity for our local residents to access quality training, work experience and apprenticeship roles and they have gained skills that will help them to be able to compete successfully in the labour market and secure jobs.”

Simon Blackburn, Managing Director of Clegg Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been involved with two landmark buildings in Derby, One Friar Gate Square and the student flats complex next door.

Great results for Derbyshire Cricket Club

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Ryan Duckett, commercial director of Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club, hailed its growth in non-sport related revenue after the recent Little Mix concert was held at the The 3aaa County Ground.

In recent years, the club has grown the number of non-cricket events held at the ground, including concerts, weddings, meetings and private functions.

The growth of these events provide the club with crucial additional revenue streams, as it looks to reduce its reliance on ECB and continue its investment on the field and in facilities at The 3aaa County Ground for all visitors.

It comes after the club posted a record level of turnover for its latest financial year, as well as achieving a surplus for the period.

Duckett said: "We have a clear strategy to reduce our reliance on ECB revenues and we can only do this by growing our non-cricket and conference and events business.

"The events business now makes up over £1.2m of sales.

"After the success of the Elton John concert last year, it was important that we followed it up with another major event in 2018."

 

New developer for DRI site

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It has been announced that the eighteen-acre site of Derby's former DRI hospital has been sold to Nightingale Derbyshire Ltd, a new firm co-founded by Birmingham tycoon Grahame Whateley.

It came as a surprise as London-based First Urban had outline planning approval to build up to 500 home on the site which was cleared in 2015.

First Urban had agreed to buy the site once planning was agreed but were happy to let the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust negotiate with Nightingale Derbyshire Ltd when interest was expressed.

James Dickens, a co-director along with Mr Whateley, said more than one option was being explored: “We’ve worked up a couple of hypothetical schemes and we’re looking forward to discussing them with Derby City Council’s planning department,” he said last week, adding that they want to “build something special”.

The new investor has been welcomed by John Forkin, MD of Marketing Derby who said: "Cleared city centre sites of this scale are very rare and can be challenging in taking forward. 

"The investors behind Nightingale Derbyshire are credible, having worked in cities such as Bristol and Edinburgh.

"The DRI site has been empty far too long - it really should be a national exemplar - and we will work with the investors to support the business case for development." 

Groups Managing Director steps up

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Bondholder Woodhead Group has announced its Managing Director of almost 40 years, David Woodhead, will be stepping into the role of Chairman, paving the way for a new management structure to ensure sustainability and resilience. He will be succeeded by an established leadership team, which has been developing for the past seven years. 

The family-run construction business announced the move to its employees laying out its succession plan and vision for the future of the company. 
     
Glenn Slater (Business Development Director) takes up the new role of Chief Visionary Officer, working alongside Teresa Westwood (HR Director), who has been appointed Managing Director.

Existing Directors, Hilary Cheshire, and Craig Pygall, will continue in their roles as Finance Director and Director accountable for operations and commercial respectively. They are joined on the board by:

 - Leo Woodhead, who joined the family business two years ago after returning from ten years working in Australia. He will take up the role of Business Development Director
 - Tom Woodhead, who has been working on the strategic leadership team for the past four years, and will now be taking up the role of Business Services Director.

David, who qualified as a Building Surveyor with Leicester Polytechnic and left Nottinghamshire to work in London, joined the company as Managing Director in 1979 when his father and company founder, Robert (Bob) Woodhead, passed away suddenly at the age of 60. 

Leading the business through five decades of change and growth, recessions and booms, David has always focussed on building a sustainable company, with the ability to grow and develop through investing in its people. In the past 39 years, he has taken the business from turning over £279,000 in 1980, to last year showing a turnover of £52.5m

David said: “I came into the business very suddenly, at a difficult time for our family, and for the company. My father had grown his business from a humble workshop in 1946, to this growing company, which he incorporated as Robert Woodhead Ltd in 1978. 

“I’m very proud to look at the business today and see what we have created. I know the coming years will see Woodhead Group continue to be a resilient business, socially responsible, with a strong vision and values, continuing to not just develop, build, manage and maintain, but create a better experience for all those we work with.”

Rodgers Leask MBO

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It was recently announced that Bondholder Rodgers Leask Directors Lawrence Pacey, Paul Spencer, Kully Toor, Stewart Friel and Kriston Harvey have completed a Management Buy Out (MBO) of the company.

The MBO had been invited by Andy Leask, who co-founded the company in 1989 with John Rodgers, and was keen to facilitate succession by his longstanding colleagues. Under the new ownership, Andy will continue to work with the directors and staff and will also represent the company in an ambassadorial role.

Each member of the MBO team has worked in the company for around 20 years. Paul Spencer, the company’s new Managing Director, will ensure that clients and staff experience a seamless transition of ownership, and very much ‘business as usual’.

The business has enjoyed a period of consolidation and stability since moving to its larger premises in Derby City Centre and Longbridge. The business plan developed for the MBO will be managed by Lawrence Pacey, the company’s new Business Development Director who is keen to strengthen relationships with existing clients and develop new ones in order to achieve controlled growth.

Kully Toor, Kriston Harvey and Stewart Friel will continue to provide direction and leadership to the company’s core disciplines of Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering/Transport Planning, and Geo-environmental Engineering respectively.

Paul Spencer, Managing Director said: Paul said: “We are thrilled to have completed the MBO with Andy's co-operation, and while we can be proud of our achievements so far under his tenure we are equally excited about our plans for the future.

“The change will be seamless and the company will be maintaining a ‘business as usual’ focus – enabling our clients to increase confidence in the engineering solutions that we supply”.

The MBO received support from Sterling Capital Investments, Investec Capital Solutions and Bondholder Flint Bishop Solicitors.

It's Black & White for Bondholders

Bondholder Black & White PR, which was set up by former Derby Telegraph editor, Neil White, and David Leatt, is proud to be working with four fellow Marketing Derby Bondholders since it was launched. 

Bondholders Salloway Property Consultants, The Alternative Board Derby, LoatesHR, and Rhodes Wealth Management are now on Black & White PR’s client list. 

Noting the local and regional exposure of the four companies, Neil said: “We are delighted at the impact we are already having for our customers. 

“They are strong Derby firms who have at least one common factor – they help other companies thrive.” 

David added: “We believe we are already demonstrating that we add a different dimension to other PR companies. 

“Of course, we provide inroads to the media but our decades of experience in business are also a benefit as are our myriad contacts in Derby and its surrounds.” 

Steve Salloway, managing director of Salloway Property Consultants, said: “I was really impressed by the commitment Neil and David showed to our 25th anniversary, advising and helping us with our celebration event and helping to highlight our story in the media.” 
 

Introducing ‘AV IT Media

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Two Derby-based creatives have joined forces on a brand new business venture.
 
Bondholder Averill Photography who specialise in photography, and Artifex Studios who create video content, have partnered to create ‘AV IT Media. Now a Bondholder, the newly formed company will provide photography and videography services under one roof.
 
Mark, owner of Averill Photography, and Ash, who started Artifex Studios, first met whilst doing work for Bondholder The Derby Conference Centre in 2010. Now, having grown their businesses independently over the last eight years, they’ve decided to collaborate, and create a company that combines both their talents.
 
Speaking about the merger, Ash said: “Not only have I seen Mark produce some outstanding pieces of photography over the years, he’s also someone I consider a friend and I couldn’t think of anyone better to compliment my work and set up shop with.”
 
Mark added: “I am delighted to partner with such an experienced and talented photographer/videographer. ‘AV IT’ is a term used to describe engaging in an exciting activity without fear of failure and that’s exactly what I think we’ve done by creating ‘AV IT Media. We have some exciting times ahead, and look forward to sharing our work in the very near future.”
 
 

D2N2 name new Chair

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Elizabeth Fagan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Boots UK Limited, has been appointed Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

She succeeds Peter Richardson OBE, who has been Chair of D2N2 since 2012.

D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. It works with businesses, local authorities, skills and training providers and community and voluntary sector organisations, to grow the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire economy. 

Under Peter’s watch, the D2N2 LEP has already exceeded its original target of creating 55,000 new jobs in ten years - from 2013 to 2023 - and is now working on a new Strategic Economic Plan and Local Industrial Strategy for the cities, towns and rural areas in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Elizabeth said: “I am very pleased to be joining as the Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership at this important time in its development. This area is home to world-class businesses and knowledge bases, has a hard-working talent pool, a vibrant cultural offering and is a beautiful place to live, work and visit.
“I believe that the power of D2N2 lies in the intersection between public and private companies and I hope that some of my experience will help make a positive difference. I look forward to working with business and local partners to create and deliver a new strategy for high value economic growth that benefits all our communities.”

Paying tribute to the work of her predecessor, Elizabeth said: “I thank Peter for the work that he has done as Chair of the LEP. He has been at the heart of D2N2’s successes to date and I wish him every success in future roles.”

Peter said: “During my time as D2N2’s Chairman, I’ve seen a lot of change locally, regionally and nationally. The D2N2 area, the East Midlands and the UK as a whole are all very different places from when I first took the role.
“I stick true to my belief that, now more than ever, the D2N2 area is the UK’s most inspirational postcode.
“I wish Elizabeth all the very best as she takes over the reins at D2N2. I am confident she is the right person for the job and has the best possible team to support her.”

Marketing Derby is a delivery partner on the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014-2020.