Recruitment company making moves


Bondholder Blue Arrow was the highest placed recruitment agency at the Times top 100 companies to work for, its highest placing ever.

Sean Clare, Divisional Manager for Blue Arrow said: “I am extremely proud of our placing, I am in my 10th year working for Blue Arrow now and it is such an inspiring place to work, from the great work we do with our clients and candidates to the continual training and development of our staff within the Blue Arrow branches. We hope that it comes across to our clients that they are working with a highly trained and company full of happy people proud to work for this company, this also displays our consistent improvement and that we strive for better and innovate our approaches all over the business”

Blue Arrow in Derby has also recently moved offices to St Mary’s Wharf, Mansfield Road. The move comes after an incredibly successful 2018 and the need to expand the team as well as the office environment to meet the increasing demand of its services to companies in the Manufacturing, warehousing, office, catering & hospitality sectors.

There is now a welcoming environment for their candidates and clients to meet with the team.

Commenting about the move Sean Clare said: "We are proud to be working in partnership with some truly amazing companies across Derbyshire, ranging from small family run businesses to larger house hold brands, offering employment to hundreds of people every week. We want to ensure that the new office and expanded team will enable us to be even more effective in the local market place and showcase why we should be local employers chosen Recruitment Partner."

More acquisitions for property company


Bondholder PMW Property continues on its acquisition trail in the East Midlands by announcing the recent purchase of Warehouses and Offices at Weldon Road and Cotton Way, Loughborough.

This new site to the north of Loughborough town centre benefits from good links to the road network close to Junction 23 of the M1. The gated site has car parking and loading space with useable warehouse and office space of circa 54,000 square foot.

Alex Reid, Director of Mather Jamie, agents who marketed the site said: “We are pleased to have completed the sale on behalf of clients and are looking forward to working with PMW Property to bring occupiers back into the buildings which offer a wide range of floor area options.”

The modern factory of steel portal frame construction includes:

  • Gas-fire blower heaters

  • Solid concrete floor

  • Clearance to eaves of 5 metres

  • Roller shutter loading access doors to the front elevation

  • Two storey offices with suspended ceilings

  • Male and female WC’s

  • Kitchen

  • Gas central heating.

Matthew and Victoria Wrigley of PMW Property manage the commercial portfolio of the business and will be overseeing refurbishment and improvement works to the site in readiness for marketing in the Spring. Matthew said: “Demand in our market is high and we believe the ease of access to this site will generate keen interest, especially as the space will offer the opportunity for the end user to move quickly into a trading position.”

Spring in the step for drinks company


Bondholder Highfield Drinks Group has now been formed from The National Forest Spring Water Company.

The National Forest Spring Water Company has been on the Derbyshire business scene since 2003, providing a lot of small restaurants, bars, hotels and schools in the area with natural spring water.

The business has developed and grown since the first bottle was produced over 15 years ago, with products in either plastic or glass bottles and available in 5 unique flavours which are school compliant. It is now growing its product portfolio and also making positive changes to an already successful formula.

These changes include improving the recipe for the flavoured water to make them sugar free, made with natural flavourings and less than 7 calories per bottle, making the plastic bottle 100% recyclable and made from 25% recycled plastic and launching new and exciting products such as gin, presses and new flavoured water products.

The company bottles at source in Melbourne, Derbyshire and plan massive investment in the next 12 months to be able to increase its capacity for bigger orders and customers, including the capability to contract bottle and offer a bespoke label service to customers for events, conferences or general operations.

Keep your eyes peeled for the new website and social media channels as Highfield Drinks Group looks to release more exciting news about changes to the current products and also future ventures – anything that can be made with spring water has already been discussed! Gin will be the next launch which should hopefully be done before summer as well as a kids range of flavoured, sugar free spring water which will soon be available in 330ml bottles.

Hot House Music mix


Bondholder Hot House Music were VIP guests at Dolby Headquarters in London to mix a new album in Dolby Atmos Surround Sound.

Under the guidance of Musical Director, Jon Eno, Hot House Apprentice Wil Pearson has crafted his first album of original songs which were recently recorded at SUBFRANTIC studios in London. Upon completion of the music video, this inaugural recording for Hot House Records will be shared with the artist development programme at Dolby and Sony.

The album features exclusively Hot House alumni musicians all currently professionals based in London and it set to go on tour at the end of 2019.

If you want to know more, follow hhmusicschools on Social Media to keep in touch with all the updates and how to get a copy once the album is released!

172 spend a night sleeping rough

Sleep Easy

Scores of courageous Bondholders swapped their warm beds for sleeping bags and tarpaulin on Friday 8 March at The Pattonair County Ground.

The annual ‘Sleep Easy’ event hosted by Bondholder YMCA Derbyshire is now in its ninth year, and this year saw the largest number of Bondholders participate.

Individuals and representatives from local businesses braved wet and windy weather to raise awareness of the hundreds of people who sleep rough every year, and to raise vital funds to enable YMCA Derbyshire to continue providing safe and supported accommodation for young people in our community. So far, an unprecedented £52,665 has been raised by those involved and supporters of the charity!

Bondholders participating this year were Ace Couriers, Code Print, Cosy Direct, Derby Grammar School, University of Derby, Derbyshire County Council, East Midlands Trains, Elliot Mather LLP, Maber, On Event Productions, PKF Cooper Parry, Pattonair, Threeguru, as well as well-respected local figures The High Sheriff of Derbyshire Lucy Palmer, Liz Fothergill CBE and Tony Walker CBE.

Following Sleep Easy, a couple of Bondholders shared their reflections with us:

Richard Pettinger, Code Print: “It’s one night. Just one. Sleeping rough in a car park. In a cardboard box. And I’m not going to lie; I’ve had warmer, dryer, more comfortable Friday nights… BUT – This is what I swapped for a comfy night at home:

  • Great camaraderie, support and encouragement

  • The chance to raise almost £1500 over 2 years to help rough sleepers who have no choice

  • The opportunity to meet some truly inspiring people (and a couple of possible business contacts too!)

  • Fabulous burgers!

  • The feeling that I am helping REAL people, with REAL needs.

A pretty good deal, don’t you think?

So, my advice to all Bondholders? Don your thermals and meet me in the car park next year…”

Peter Ellse, CEO Cosy Direct, said: "Being on the edge of the city we see how much need there is to help the homeless on our very doorstep. Homelessness has a lot of help in Derby yet we know the problems and roots of the issue are far from simple. The YMCA team were exceptionally professional and the associated cob vans and coffee suppliers kept our spirits up wonderfully. It made a great team event and I’d recommend it to any Derby business.”

YMCA Derbyshire has hosted Sleep Easy nights since 2010 and has now raised a total of £320,000 in that time. Money brought in has helped YMCA Derbyshire, which works with 300 people at risk of homelessness each year, provide person-centred support to assist individuals in moving forward with their lives.

As a direct result of the £40,000 raised for Sleep Easy 2018, YMCA Derbyshire were able to acquire and refurbish 12 new units of accommodation in Derby city centre, providing safe and supportive housing for 36 individuals each year. A dedicated support worker is also on hand to provide the vital support needed to ensure residents move on to independent living.

While there is recognition from the public that homelessness is going up, new research from YMCA has found that just one in four young people who are homeless (26%) believe the public care about youth homelessness. When thinking about themselves and their personal situation, even fewer young people who are homeless believe the public are concerned. Less than one in five homeless young people (19%) believe the public care about their situation.

Gillian Sewell CEO YMCA Derbyshire, said: “We would like to say a sincere thank you to our fellow Marketing Derby Bondholders for once again supporting our event. Not only does it enable us to raise vital funds for our organisation it also gives us the belief and motivation to know that we are in good company in our quest to prevent homelessness and support those most in need in our community. We really couldn’t do what we do without the support we receive from our city’s business community. So on behalf of all the young people who will have a safe and supported place to live as a result of this event, we thank you”.

Bondholders interested in taking part in YMCA Derbyshire’s tenth Sleep Easy in March 2020 can email to register interest.

Safe and Sound offers awareness sessions

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To support National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, Bondholder Safe and Sound is offering awareness sessions to youth and community groups about child sexual exploitation.

Safe and Sound specialises in providing individual support for children and young people aged up to 18 across Derbyshire who have experienced or are at risk of child sexual exploitation.

The charity also visits schools and community groups – thanks to funding from Children in Need - to highlight the issue and the warning signs that young people, parents and carers should be alert to.

Child Sexual Exploitation (commonly referred to as CSE) is a form of child sexual abuse and takes many different forms from rape and sexual assault to online grooming and encouraging children to share inappropriate images of themselves.

The key factor is that individuals or groups take advantage of young people by manipulating or deceiving them into sexual activity in exchange for something the victim needs or wants.

This could range from money and alcohol to less tangible things such as the attention that they crave at a vulnerable time in their lives.

Catherine Arkley, Chair of Safe and Sound, said: “Safe and Sound’s specialist team has provided support to children as young as eight across Derbyshire.

“We listen to the young person, help them to recognise that what they have experienced is not their fault and arm them with the knowledge and confidence to help them be aware of the signs in the future.”

To book an awareness session and for more information about these issues, how Safe and Support can help and how to support the charity’s work in Derbyshire, please visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter @safeandsoundgroup

New board members for D2N2

Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has appointed five new board members, significantly boosting its representation from the business community.

D2N2 is the private sector-led Local Enterprise Partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations; promoting economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, who recently supported Team Derby and Derbyshire at global real-estate exhibition MIPIM in Cannes.

The LEP’s board of experienced people, from a range of sectors, use their knowledge to give strategic advice on boosting the D2N2 LEP area’s economy; deciding how and where it should invest over £500 million in resources (via UK Government and European Union funding) to promote business growth, capital projects, better infrastructure, jobs growth, social and community projects, and other services.

The five new board members are:

  • Karen Smart, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport.

  • Viv Russell, Group Managing Director for the Longcliffe Group.

  • Emma Rigler, Logistics and Manufacturing Excellence Leader, Laing O’Rourke.

  • Jayne Mayled, Managing Director of retail and brnd creative agency, True Story, Nottingham.

  • Graham Cartledge CBE, Chairman of Handley House.

Elizabeth Fagan, Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I am delighted to welcome such an array of new talent to be D2N2 LEP board members.

“We were clear when we asked for board applications that we wanted people who would bring fresh thinking and new ideas, and who would best reflect the business sectors and communities in our LEP area. I’m confident our new members will be a great asset, in dealing with the area’s economic challenges and opportunities in the future.”


Toyota commitment to local community


Once again, Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing has shown its commitment to the local community by donating funds to 79 organisations in and around its manufacturing locations.

The Toyota Manufacturing UK Charitable Trust raised £194,000.00 throughout 2018 for local charities and good causes.

Representatives of 37 groups in and around Toyota’s manufacturing facilities in Burnaston, Derbyshire and Deeside, Flintshire, attended cheque handover ceremonies this week. This also included organisations working directly with Toyota staff, who are eligible for grants up to £5,000.

Jim Crosbie, Trustee for the Charitable Trust, and Deputy Managing Director at Toyota Manufacturing UK said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be able to support local people working in fantastic organisations doing so much good work and making a difference in our local areas”.

Chloe Bass, receiving a donation of £38,500 on behalf of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, said: “We’re very thankful to have been chosen as Toyota Motor Manufacturing Charitable Trust’s nominated charity for 2018. Toyota have been a wonderful support over the years, funding vital training, kit for our crew, flight helmets and a training mannequin for which we are extremely grateful”.

Funds were raised mainly through “Lean Approach” Seminars, whereby organisations from around the world visit the Burnaston factory - the heart of the Toyota Production System in the UK - and learn about Toyota philosophies with in-depth training by Toyota gurus.

Dream engine deals for Rolls-Royce


Bondholder Rolls-Royce has been selected by Lufthansa Group and STARLUX Airlines to power over 50 new aircraft. 

Its Trent 1000 engine will power 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and its Trent XWB will power 20 Airbus A350 XWBs for Lufthansa Group.

Dr Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board Lufthansa Group – Airlines Resources & Operational Standards, said: “We are very pleased to select Rolls-Royce to power these aircraft, helping us to provide outstanding customer service. With this order, we will reduce our operating costs, simplify our long-haul fleet and improve our environmental performance.”

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “Lufthansa is a recognised industry leader and this marks a significant endorsement of two members of our Trent engine family. This announcement also strengthens our long-standing and highly-valued partnership with Lufthansa, which has selected the Trent 1000 for the first time and continued to demonstrate its commitment to the Trent XWB.”

This will add to the 20 Trent XWB powered A350 aircraft that Lufthansa already has on order.

The news comes hot on the heals of another announcement that Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with STARLUX Airlines for 17 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft Trent XWB engines.

The ceremony took place in Taipei, home base of STARLUX Airlines, which will use the aircraft to develop a network spanning destinations across Asia and long-haul services to North America.

K. W. Chang, STARLUX Airlines, Founder and Chairman, said: “We are very glad to celebrate this important moment together with Airbus and Rolls-Royce today. I believe the signing of the official purchase deal for these excellent aircraft will not only strengthen our partnerships, but also boost the development of STARLUX to become one of the best airlines in the world.”

The Trent XWB is the world’s most efficient large aero engine flying today and the world’s fastest-selling widebody engine with more than 1,800 in service or on order. The airline will also operate the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology), offering high fuel efficiency and low noise.

Recruitment drive for train maker


Bondholder Bombardier Transportation UK has launched a major recruitment drive to find 300 assembly workers to help them deliver a record number of trains.

It is looking to recruit electrical and mechanical assemblers to work at the Litchurch Lane plant, and has organised an interview day, which is due to take place this weekend, to carry out assessments for those who are interested in the available positions.

In recent years, Bombardier has landed a number of major contracts for its Aventra train - designed, developed and now built in Derby.

They include orders from London Overground, Greater Anglia, South Western and West Midlands. Now, many of these contracts are starting to come on-stream - and Bombardier now needs extra workers to build them.

In other news Bombardier has sold its UK rolling stock electrical component and system production and installation activities in a deal worth about £10.9m.

This transaction is another step in Bombardier’s Transformation Programme and the acquisition extends existing global relationship between Bombardier and Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd.

Why MIPIM 2019 was the best ever...


“Did you have a good MIPIM”?

That’s the question being asked this morning in the departure lounge at Nice airport as we wait to return home.

All answer in the affirmative...”yep, best ever” is the reply.

You don’t fly down to Cannes for a week and declare it all a waste of time it seems.

My outbound blog this Monday already seems a long time ago...

A tailwind of 125mph whisked us down to the Côte d’Azur where we were welcomed by the bumpiest of landings (actually so serious that Manchester’s plane aborted landing and ended up in Italy!).

This is Marketing Derby’s 10th edition - it’s my 19th.

MIPIM is huge - 25,000 suited and booted - nobody simply rocks up and does the business. It doesn’t work like that and takes a couple of go’s to get it.

For us, it fits as a key milestone in our year of promoting city and county.


Our class of 2019 was our biggest and best yet - a diverse group of great people mixing experience, sectors and styles.

Cornerstone to this were our pre-arranged one-to-ones with investors - conversations to create or cultivate relationships to bring jobs and investment - all supplemented by our events, most especially the packed Marketing Derby Embassy.

The added extras include the offline conversations that further strengthen the team D2 relationships, plus the award we received from the Financial Times for having the best inward investment digital strategy in the world (beating New York and Hong Kong into 2nd and 3rd place).

Yeah, no typo there, the best in the world!

I’ve learnt not to underestimate the importance of things like this and team D2 is full of hardworking characters emanating ambition and passion for our place.

So, did we have a good MIPIM?


Yep, as I sit in the terminal (our 737 is delayed, no idea why) it feels so.

The proof of the pudding though will be in the numerous meetings to follow - all seeking to move investment forward - plus our ability to support project delivery.

For me, this starts with a day of meetings in London next week with people we first met in Cannes this week.

Check out our other blogs, MDTV clips and films to get greater insight.

Team Derby and Derbyshire are at MIPIM to do business

This is my first time at MIPIM, showcasing Derbyshire on an international platform and I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about what to expect.

Maya Yates, Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby

Maya Yates, Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby

No one can really prepare you for the unbelievable scale of the vast global property summit, the number of suits and the unrelenting schedule, but the location and the weather demand positivity and Team Derby and Derbyshire are here to do business.

Invest in Derbyshire have a packed schedule of meetings, cultivating some existing relationships and creating new ones, with developers, professional service companies and hotel operators. The reaction to the offer of Derbyshire is overwhelmingly positive and we are looking forward to following up on these leads when we get back to the UK.

Alongside the meetings, we have a busy schedule of events and today Frank Horsley, Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council presented Derbyshire to a packed Marketing Derby Embassy. As well as introducing the new Invest in Derbyshire brand and website, Frank told delegates that Derbyshire is a truly unique place for investors, a place that stands out from the crowd due to its outstanding sectoral strengths, well connected sites and unrivalled quality of life.

Frank Horsley - Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council and Maya Yates - Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby, talk about their MIPIM so far. #MIPIM2019 #MDTV Check out the new Invest in Derbyshire website at

Not content with a single audience, Frank then participated on a MIPIM panel - Delivering quality, scale and flexibility for end occupiers - speaking about Markham Vale enterprise zone on the M1 corridor, Frank said “Flexibility and integration into the local community are key to end occupiers when delivering new and regeneration projects into an area.”

Tomorrow is a new day and we are already anticipating the new opportunities it will bring for our County.

Cannes film premiere

Marketing Derby’s Embassy at MIPIM – the international real estate fair in Cannes - was held this morning in front of a packed audience of investors and delegates eager to hear about Derby and Derbyshire’s development plans.

Marketing Derby premiered its new film ‘Capital for Innovation’, which was produced by Bondholder Purpose Media, providing an insight into what makes the city tick and how its skyline is changing.

Keynote speakers were Elizabeth Fagan, Chair of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership; Cllr. Matt Holmes, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council; Catherine Williams, Head of Regeneration and Major Projects for Derby City Council; Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Derby, and Frank Horsley, Head of Economic Regeneration for Derbyshire County Council.

At the Embassy John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby announced that Bondholder Godwin Development’s Landmark scheme was not being called in by the Secretary of State and would therefore be going ahead, bringing 202 high-quality Build to Rent apartments into north Riverside.  

“This will be a significant addition to Derby city centre and a game changer for the residential offer for the city’s workforce.  Landmark forms part of the 4,139 residential units which are proposed, in planning, under construction or completed.”

Commenting on the Embassy success John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby added

“This is our 10th embassy held at MIPIM and each year they are more popular.


This is the first year that we have taken a Team Derby and Derbyshire approach at MIPIM and we are delighted to receive positive comments from Elizabeth Fagan as keynote speaker today.

We’ve made a lot of new connections and are developing existing relationships for the city and county.  We will be working to cultivate these further in the coming months.”

LEP Chair addresses MIPIM audience


Elizabeth Fagan, Chair of Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership outlined the commitment of D2N2 to supporting inward investment into Derby and Derbyshire and gave the MIPIM audience an overview of the LEP’s ambitious plans to accelerate growth across the area.

Support from the LEP has enabled Derby and Derbyshire to be part of the Midlands UK Pavilion, which is an important component of the team’s schedule for the week. As part of a 100-strong delegation from across the Midlands, Derby and Derbyshire’s opportunities form part of a portfolio of £11 billion of investment-ready projects.

Urging different parts of the LEP area to collaborate Elizabeth said D2N2 wanted to be part of that movement and urged stakeholders “to come along as part of our journey.”

Its plan is to deliver a £554m investment package; accelerating growth in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.  Its Strategic Economic Plan details how D2N2 will support innovation, research, housing investment, the rural economy and promotion of high business activity sites.  

University reveals city campus and science park ambitions

Bondholder University of Derby revealed exciting plans to move forward on both its city campus and Science Park.

Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor of External Affairs for University of Derby gave delegates an update on the University’s plans to further extend its estate into the city centre to include a new University Enterprise Zone, as well as develop a Science Park at Infinity Park Derby.

Delegates heard how the University has recently risen up the league tables and is ranked in the top 20 UK universities and the top 100 in Europe for teaching excellence.  The University contributes £659m to the local economy.

Having opened its Law School at One Friar Gate Square in the city’s cathedral Quarter in 2016, the University is now considering the possibility of its Business School joining it on the west side of the city centre.

The proposed Science Park at Infinity Park Derby will create an environment which embodies the spirit of innovation through collaboration. It will bring together global companies and small and medium-sized enterprises with leading-edge academic researchers, policy-makers and funders.

Talking about the plans Judith said “The University of Derby Science Park will be a place where world-class becomes reality.”


County makes quality pitch


Delegates heard from Frank Horsley, Head of Economic Regeneration for Derbyshire County Council, who outlined the Derbyshire offer to investors and developers at MIPIM, highlighting the excellent connectivity at the heart of the UK, alongside opportunities for capital investment at key sites.

The economic strengths of the county were highlighted to a packed audience showcasing the globally recognised and committed manufacturing businesses as well as a reputation for modern engineering excellence.  Global grands such as Toyota, John Smedley, Thorntons, Buxton Water as well as strong and well-established supply chains underpin this reputation.

A sense of the ambition of the county was given through key schemes spanning the breadth of Derbyshire, including premier industrial/ distribution developments at Markham Vale, at J29A of the M1, and Bondholder CWC’s Dove Valley Park at the centre of one of the country’s most important manufacturing areas in South Derbyshire.

Redevelopment and restoration of Grade-1 listed Buxton Crescent will put the spa town back on the international map with plans to include a 5* hotel to return one of England’s finest Georgian buildings to its glory.

The quality of life available in Derbyshire is second to none and forms a key part of the decision-making of businesses choosing to locate in the area.

Frank Horsley said “I strongly believe that we have an offer that is truly unique for investors which helps Derby and Derbyshire stand out from the crowd.

“As birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, enterprise and innovation is in our blood.  We are justly proud of Derbyshire. It is an exceptional place to live, work, visit and invest.”

City builds momentum


Bondholder Derby City Council reiterated its ambition to move the city forward by giving further details on a number of key schemes.

Audiences at the Marketing Derby Embassy and Midlands UK Pavilion spotlight on Derby heard how Derby is shaping its future as a hi-tech city and cementing its position as the UK Capital for Innovation, as the City Council takes a proactive approach to stimulating markets across the city.

Cllr. Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council talked about the city’s approach to catalysing growth at Infinity Park Derby with recent investments by the City Council of £19.3m, including a high-quality technology space which aerospace company and Bondholder Pattonair is poised to lease, as its global HQ, upon completion.

This comes in addition to the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s expansion into Derby which has been launched recently at its current home in the iHub, part of the City Council’s highly successful Connect scheme of managed workspaces.  The NAMRC is part of the UK’s High-Value Manufacturing Catapult aimed at bridging the gap between academia and industry with a focus of the Derby centre being controls instrumentation especially in nuclear applications.

Catherine Williams, Head of Regeneration and Major Projects for Derby City Council gave delegates an update on City Centre Masterplan schemes including progress with the proposed sale of the Debenhams building to St James’ Securities, the vision for the wider Becket Well area, new office and leisure investments as well as the renovation work on the Market Hall.


Catherine said: “We have reports going to the cabinet this evening which will extend the exclusivity period with St James’ Securities and we look forward to the imminent submission of planning permission for the site.

“Derby City Council has also forward funded 30,000 sq ft office scheme on Cathedral Green with an end-user identified.”

Marketing Derby collects global digital award

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During MIPIM 2019 in Cannes, Marketing Derby received its award for Best Investment Promotion Agency Web Strategy from the Financial Times fDi intelligence Strategy Awards 2018.

Marketing Derby beat competition from New York and Hong Kong - which came 2nd and 3rd respectively - to win Best Investment Promotion Agency Web Strategy in the Financial Times fDi intelligence Strategy Awards 2018.

The Agency was also commended for ‘Growth Capital’ in recognition for the support it provides to companies wishing to invest and grow in the city.

fDi Intelligence is a service from the Financial Times and is the largest Foreign Direct Investment centre of excellence globally. When writing about Marketing Derby in its awards release it said: “Marketing Derby employs the latest technology to attract investors to the city and provide intelligent information on its investment sites and offerings, from a virtual reality map giving the user a complete view of the city’s key development sites and a tour of Derby, to a GIS-enabled web platform providing data, analytics and property information for potential investors.

“Outreach efforts receive support from active social media accounts – more than 12,500 followers on Twitter, live streaming on Periscope and videos with the latest news on YouTube. Traffic to the agency’s website, which operates as a news feed for prospective investors, increased by 55% between 2017 and 2018. Two newsletters (one biweekly and one monthly) give subscribers an in-depth view into the latest local business developments.”

Bob Betts, Chair of Marketing Derby, who collected the award, said: "We work very hard to ensure that our digital platforms are innovative, engaging and informative for our investors including campaigns in markets such as China. To be recognised by fDi Intelligence as being amongst the world’s best is a stunning endorsement for the whole team, both here at Marketing Derby and with our partners and Bondholders, which we really welcome."

Team Derby / Derbyshire punches above its weight on the international stage


MIPIM is incredibly, intimidatingly, mind-blowingly vast.

Over the next three days, more than 26,000 delegates from 100 countries will pack its exhibitions and seminars.

They will listen to 360 speakers - including Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon.

Among them will be fund managers and real estate investors responsible for more than £3 trillion of wealth.

Nearly every major nation, region and city will be represented.

And underneath the bright blue skies of the Cote D’Azur, Team Derby and Derbyshire will compete with them all to grab a share of the investment pound, euro, dollar or ruble.

How? Well, Derby will do what it does best. It will graft.

While some cities can wait for the world to come to them, Derby’s delegates will wear down shoe leather treading the corridors of the Palais Des Festivals in Cannes hunting down opportunity.

They are well prepared. Dozens of meetings were arranged before the team jetted out from Birmingham Airport. More than 150 attendees had signed up for the Derby Embassy event which was held this morning at the Eden Hotel, where the city made its main pitch.

There are strong investment opportunities to be had - particularly in connection with the University of Derby’s proposed city centre campus and the science park at Infinity Park.

MIPIM has already started well, with Marketing Derby collecting a major award from the Financial Times for digital innovation.

The accolade put it alongside major world cities such as London, Berlin, Moscow and Kiev - the latter represented by former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko.

As MIPIM rolls on, Team Derby and Derbyshire will continue to punch above its weight on the international stage!

Putting Derby on the global stage at MIPIM


It’s that time of year again (already) and Team Derby has arrived at MIPIM - very high winds made for a turbulent arrival into Nice, but we made it!

I’ve spent the best part of the year to date preparing for this week - planning the logistics, events and booking a busy schedule of 1-2-1 meetings for all our team members. As we head into a week of presentations and pitches, our narrative is honed so that Derby stands out amongst the hundreds of other locations competing for investor attention this week.

Derbyshire is well known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, and Derby has long been heralded as the UK Capital for Innovation. We are home to global giants such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota Manufacturing UK and Bombardier. Recent announcements including the opening of the Nuclear AMRC and a new research and innovation centre at Infinity Park Derby also feed into the narrative. Home-grown SMEs pioneering new technology are ensuring Derby stays at the forefront of global industry across a whole host of different sectors.

Our key headline sponsor The University of Derby has recently enjoyed a meteoric rise through the league tables and is rated TEF gold standard for teaching excellence. Currently plans are being considered to expand its reach beyond the Kedleston Road campus further into the city centre and to a purpose built Science Park on Infinity Park Derby.

So why is all this interesting to the investors and developers we’re looking to court at MIPIM this year? Derby is a place people come to, to work and live. All the above means the city has the highest average salaries in England outside of London and the South East, and this, coupled with the relatively low cost of living gives Derbeians the highest disposable income in the UK. Derby regularly features highly on league tables charting GVA, economic growth and the best place to live and work, but for years no new offices or housing have been built in the city centre. Regeneration is finally underway, as investors and developers start to understand the opportunity in Derby.

MIPIM offers us the chance to showcase our city on a global stage and we will use the week to show the world why Derby should be on their radar.