Marketing Derby launches search for Rising Star of 2019


Marketing Derby is delighted to announce it is starting its search for the Rising Star of 2019.

Each year, Marketing Derby, the city and county’s inward investment agency, gives the opportunity for an up-and-coming entrepreneur to receive a complimentary year of Bondholder membership along with local publicity and invitations to must-attend events.

In 2017, the accolade was awarded to University of Derby graduate Edward Hollands owner of start-up business and Dragon’s Den success story DrivenMedia. Ed says “Being the first Rising Star was a real game-changer for me. The chance to network with the business leaders of Derby and knowing I had their full support was a fantastic opportunity and really set me off on the right foot”.

This year, Code 56 which provide IT services to local businesses, had the opportunity to tell a gathering of 500 Derby business people about the company at the Marketing Derby Annual Business Event.

Code 56 owner Owen Conti says that being awarded the Rising Star Accolade has been great for him and his business: “Winning the Marketing Derby Rising Star award earlier this year was incredible. It has helped raise my profile and that of Code 56 tremendously.

“Attending the vast array of Bondholder events has been educational and has given me an opportunity to get to know some seriously inspiring and influential people.

“In the IT industry we trade on our reputation, and as a young company, we don’t have a long and varied history to use as testimonies.

“Winning the Rising Star was a confidence boost to me and it also showed others that the team behind Marketing Derby saw something special in Code 56. It was a massive vote of confidence in us.”

To apply to be the Marketing Derby Rising Star for 2019, please email: by the 6th January and outline your business idea, a brief background of your story so far and why you would like to become the next Rising Star.

The applications will be shortlisted and successful applicants invited for a short interview and a winner announced at the Annual Business Event on 18th January 2019.

Applicants must be in their first year of business and willing to attend at least ten Bondholder events during their year as Rising Star.