Championing small business

Yvonne Gorman of Bondholder Essential Print Services, has joined forces with local business support group Derby Hub Ltd and Bondholder University of Derby to host this year’s Small Business Saturday UK, a free event that will be held on Saturday 1st December.

The event, which will take place at the University of Derby's Enterprise Centre on Bridge Street, will include a business exhibition and a chance for delegates to win a ‘Golden Ticket’ to pitch their business in front of the entire business congregation.

“The University of Derby is proud to be an integral part of the business community in our city and region, and we're pleased to support the Small Business Saturday UK event. There will be opportunities for businesses to engage with our students, many of whom are aspiring entrepreneurs currently taking part in our ‘Be the Boss’ programme, which encourages students to start their own business,” said Bev Crighton, External Engagement Lead at the University of Derby.

“It is fortuitous that Derby Hub is hosting this year’s event because, not only does it boast to have one of the Small Business Saturday UK Champions as a founder member (Yvonne Gorman), but also, one of this year’s Small Biz Sat 100; Rachel Hayward from Bondholder Ask The Chameleon,” explained Sarah Loates, Derby Hub Director and Managing Director of Bondholder Loates HR.

“I’m excited about collaborating with Derby Hub and the University of Derby for this year’s event. I am proud to be one of the founder members of Derby Hub, and I’m passionate about the support and networking opportunities it provides for companies. The event will showcase how Derby Hub and other local organisations can help Derby’s SMEs grow and prosper,” said Yvonne Gorman, Managing Director of Essential Print Services and Small Business Saturday UK Champion.

“Derby Hub members have been involved in Small Business Saturday UK for several years now, the Derby Hub Directors thought that it seemed like a natural progression to get more involved with the event and build on the fantastic successes of the previous years. With the help of Derby Hub and the University of Derby, 2018 stands to be the most exciting Small Business Saturday Derby event to date,” added Craig Barker, Derby Hub Director and Managing Director of Creative Agency; Bondholder Koobr.

“The culture of Derby Hub is centred around businesses collaborating and supporting one another, which is why it made perfect sense for the Derby Hub to get involved with Small Business Saturday UK. All of our members know that collaboration is about achieving the extraordinary, and working together with the Small Business Saturday UK campaign we’re able to pool our resources and make an even bigger noise about what small and local businesses achieve in Derby & the surrounding area,” concluded Owen Conti, Managing Director of Bondholder Code 56, fellow Derby Hub Board Member and Marketing Derby’s Rising Star 2018.

Other local business support organisations will also be on-hand to talk to such as Derby City Council, East Midlands Chamber, the University of Derby, FSB, the Growth Hub and the D2 Business Starter Programme. It promises to be an eventful day with plenty of energy and a chance to meet like-minded business owners and dignitaries, in a friendly and informal environment.

Anyone who would like free exhibition space at the event should email (subject to availability). Free tickets are available at

To stay up to date with the latest news about the event, join the local Small Business Saturday UK team on the Facebook group; search ‘Small Business Derby” or follow @smallbizderby on Twitter.