China Links Bloom

The number of Chinese students enrolled at Bondholder University of Derby onto full-time degree programmes has more than doubled since last year. This is the largest intake from China since 2012.

The most popular subject areas for Chinese students being international business, accounting and finance, business and management.

Commenting on their time at the University we spoke to a current student and a recent graduate.

LIU Shiyu who is studying a Masters in Education said “Derby is a small city and everyone is nice. My tutor helps me a lot with my studies and patiently answers my questions. One piece of advice to fellow Chinese students is to read more books and references, because there is a lot of work that needs your own study and research.”

A graduate from the Business School SU Yalun said “I was proud to study at the University of Derby. It is a big family with students from all walks of life. You can definitely build a great network, share happiness and explore the unknown future here. It provided many opportunities to be involved in professional networks that were really helpful for in finding my first job in China. I truly believe that University of Derby is a magnet for aspirational students who hope to build a strong academic foundation. Thank you, Derby.”

Five University of Derby students have also been selected as volunteers to offer help the City Council in creating content for Chinese social media and support with translating documents.

Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of the Derby City Council said “It was a real pleasure to meet with the students and their enthusiasm was evident. It’s fantastic to meet these young people who want to volunteer and I’m really looking forward to hearing about their time here and the activities they engage in.”

Huiying Ma, one of the student volunteers said that meeting with Councillor Chris Poulter was a huge inspiration to her and other volunteers and that they would like to act as a cultural bridge between Derby and China.

Derby has a twinning partnership with Hefei city in China and Derby City Council have a number of major links to help local businesses to develop economically and internationalise, led by the newly appointed director Mr Shiller Zheng, with education being one area of focus.

University of Derby Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs Professor Judith Lamie said: “The University of Derby is a global institution, and it is excellent news that more and more students from countries such as China are choosing Derby as the place they would like to come to study. Not only do they come here to learn and to help them achieve their career ambitions, but they bring with them essential knowledge and skills, not to mention a fascinating cultural perspective, which we all benefit from. It is also great to know that they are getting involved in Derby by volunteering to help our local communities and by socialising here, really getting the most from their experience at our University and in our city.”

Knights plc supporting MIPIM 2019

Marketing Derby is delighted to confirm Knights plc has joined Team Derby and Derbyshire for MIPIM for the second year.

Knights plc has operated an office in the city since 2015 and is known for an innovative approach in the legal sector – making them a perfect partner for Derby, the UK’s Capital for Innovation. Attendance at MIPIM is a key part of Knights plc strategy, and for the first time in 2019, they will also sponsor the Midlands UK in a bid to increase their visibility in the Midlands Pavilion.

Andrew Pilkington, Office Leader for Knights plc Derby Office commented, “Knights plc is excited to be sponsoring the Marketing Derby Embassy, our continued involvement with MIPIM is very important to us.”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: “We are delighted Knights plc has decided to partner with us again at MIPIM 2019. Having such game-changing businesses as part of our delegation really enforces our message that Derby and Derbyshire is the UK’s Capital for Innovation.”

After the success of 2018’s event, Knights plc and Marketing Derby will once again be hosting a pre-MIPIM Breakfast event in Derby on 7th February. The event is invitation only, but if you would like further information or to attend the event please contact Katie Delve (

2019 also sees the first international Derby and Derbyshire Embassy, held during MIPIM at the Eden Hotel, Cannes on Wednesday 13th March 2019. Building on the success of the award-winning Derby City Embassy, the focus of the presentations this year will be on exciting developments in both city and county.

This will be the largest delegation Marketing Derby has ever taken to MIPIM, for more details about our presence out in Cannes, please click here.

Hall is a Champion

Bondholder and leading East Midlands brand agency Champions (UK) plc has made a new, high-profile addition to its board.

Former regional Editor-in-Chief at media company Reach plc East Midlands and Marketing Derby Board member, Steve Hall, has been appointed Communications Director.

Over the course of a highly successful career Steve has managed the editorial teams of titles including the Nottingham Post, Leicester Mercury, Derby Telegraph. He also spent four years as Managing Director of four media businesses run by publisher Local World and has won a number of major industry awards, including being named ‘UK Regional Editor of the Year’.

In his exciting new role at Champions Steve will oversee the company’s strategic output, working closely with the PR, copywriting, social media and videography teams.

Discussing his appointment, Steve said: “I have worked with Champions on a number of projects in my previous roles and have always been impressed by their professionalism and commitment to delivering excellent results for the businesses they represent. I’m delighted to now be on board and to help our clients share their exciting stories with key audiences.”

A family run business, until 2017 Champions’ board of directors was solely made up of seven members of the Hayes family, including CEO John Hayes and Managing Director Matthew Hayes. However, the company has expanded rapidly in recent years, with turnover jumping from £17million to £30million.

To support this transformation, the company has already added former Managing Director of Trinity Mirror, East Midlands, David Simms as Group Sales Director, ex-Warwickshire cricket star Tim Munton as Director of Sport and former Office Managing Partner at the Leicester branch of Mazars Chris Darlington as Commercial Director. The business also added its first staff member to the board, with Amad Tababa being made Digital Director after four years of work in the company’s digital department.

Champions’ CEO John Hayes discussed Steve’s appointment to the board, explaining what he will bring to the team.

“We are thrilled to add Steve to our board of directors. He brings a number of qualities to Champions and his valuable experience in media will help to support our high quality outputs.”

Bustler on the move

Bondholder Bustler Street Food Market, currently situated in the Riverlights complex, will now be serving its impressive street food offering from a new unit on John Street in Castleward.

The market, which is in its second year of trading, has seen nearly 100,000 people pass through its doors to try some unique dishes you wouldn’t normally find in a restaurant.

Olivia Pritchard, owner of Bustler Market and self-confessed foodie, commented on the move: “The Riverlights complex had always been a temporary venue for Bustler, and moving to John Street allows us not only to grow the market, but also improve our offering with some exciting new events planned for 2019 - watch this space!”

The new venue will be officially opened on the 25th and 26th of January with a large free to enter event planned. Olivia continued: ”This won’t be any old party, this is Bustler, so expect something special.”

Elliot Mather support YMCA

Bondholder Elliot Mather LLP has announced that fellow Bondholder YMCA Derbyshire will be its Charity of the Year for 2019.

Staff at the solicitors practice based on Friar Gate in Derby were inspired to support the charity, which works to empower young people across the city and county, after attending a Marketing Derby breakfast meeting at YMCA Derbyshire in 2018.

The team at Elliot Mather LLP has already raised in excess of £750 for its chosen charity through members of its commercial team participating in the annual YMCA Derbyshire ‘Sleep Easy’ challenge in March 2018.

After braving a wet night sleeping in the elements at Derbyshire County Cricket Club for the Sleep Easy, Chelsie McGahan, Paralegal at Elliot Mather LLP, wanted to see if she and her colleagues could do more to support the vital work that YMCA Derbyshire do and it was decided that the team would take part in 2019 challenge events to raise funds.

Chelsie said: “We were truly inspired when we attended the YMCA London Road Campus last year, so choosing YMCA Derbyshire as our Charity of the Year was not a difficult decision. We are delighted to be able to support a charity which does so much for our local community and we are all looking forward to taking on new challenges to help raise funds”

The funds raised throughout the year will go directly to support YMCA Derbyshire’s Changing Lives programme, which ensures a safe place for local young people to live, learn, and make the transition to independent adulthood.

Sarah Crane, Fundraising and Communications Manager at YMCA Derbyshire, said: "We are delighted that Elliot Mather LLP has named us as its Charity of the Year. It is really heart-warming to see how staff have been inspired so far to raise funds for us. We are a Foyer learning and accommodation centre who invest in the talents of young people to further their opportunities. We believe that everyone has the talent and ability to create their own future. It’s great to see Elliot Mather LLP so on-board with the work that we do locally and we very much look forward to working with them over the coming year.”

Toyota launches new Corolla

The official start of production of the all-new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports wagon was marked yesterday by a ceremony at Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK's (TMUK) car plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire.

The Corolla is the world’s best-selling car with 46 million sold globally since its introduction in 1966.

The launch follows a £240 million investment into the Derbyshire plant.

The event was attended by Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, Mr Hiroki Nakajima, Mid-size Vehicle Company, executive vice president and concurrent chief engineer, Toyota Motor Corporation, The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and His Excellency Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom.

TMUK is the exclusive European production centre for these new models, which will be strong contenders in the highly competitive C-segment compact hatchback and wagon market.

President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, Dr van Zyl, said: “TMUK was our first major manufacturing enterprise in Europe and we have invested more than £2.75 billion in its operations since the start of production in 1992. As part of our strategy to secure the competitiveness of our UK operations, we took the decision in 2017 to upgrade our Burnaston plant to manufacture cars based on the new Toyota New Global Architecture platform.

“The highly qualified workforce at TMUK has a fine record of delivering superior quality products. Our continued investments, combined with the dedication of our members, will ensure that we can deliver ever better cars to our customers. The new Corolla will play a critical role in our market ambitions in Europe. It delivers the benefits of the new TNGA platform and increases the appeal of our industry leading self-charging hybrid electric technology.”

TMUK Managing Director, Marvin Cooke said: “This is a proud day for everyone at TMUK, making the new TNGA Corolla is a major milestone in our production history.

“This is a real sign of confidence in the capabilities of our workforce and in TMUK as a centre for world-class manufacturing. We will continue to deliver the highest level of quality products to our customers.”

The new Corolla will be the first Toyota model in Europe to offer customers the choice of two hybrid powertrains:

an upgraded 1.8 litre engine that is manufactured at the Toyota Deeside engine plant in North Wales, and a new powerful 2.0 litre hybrid powertrain. The new Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports wagon will be launched commercially across Europe from February 2019.

Landmark for city living


Derby City Council has given backing to The Landmark, providing a significant boost to city living in Derby.

The gateway 17-storey building will bring 202 high-quality Build to Rent apartments to a vacant brownfield site in north Riverside having received provisional backing from the City Council Planning Committee.

The fully-funded £30m development will represent a welcome boost to city centre businesses with c.350 new residents using services and facilities.

The application received significant strong backing from the public, businesses and organisations across the city, with many writing letters of support. These letters include support from the Dean of Derby Cathedral who gave the Chapter's unanimous support. Meanwhile the Economic Development Advisory Committee offered several letters urging officers and Councillors to support the scheme.

Godwin Development's Managing Director, Richard Cornes said: "We are grateful for the support from Marketing Derby, the Chapter of Derby Cathedral and from major employers such as Rolls Royce, who have recognised what we are aiming to achieve in the city – a prestigious development which reflects well on Derby and brings more people to live in the city"

Following lengthy negotiations, the application was determined last week, where Councillors overturned an officer recommendation for refusal, stating they are minded to approve the application subject to the applicant agreeing conditions.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby who spoke at the planning committee said: "We are fully supportive of the planning committee's decision and confident that the scheme will soon be under construction. People have been crying out for quality living options in the city centre and this will be a shot in the arm towards the vibrancy we all wish to see.. MD will continue to work with investors, selling Derby's case and helping them land successfully in the city."

On Event supports Toyota staff engagement


Bondholder On Event Production has been working with fellow Bondholder and vehicle manufacturer Toyota Manufacturing UK for over a decade. They have supported the car giant’s vehicle factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire to create memorable celebration events for more than ten years.

From start of production ceremonies and anniversary celebrations to employee briefings and VIP visits. On Event Production has helped the team at Toyota create spectacles that have wowed audiences of VIP guests and employees alike.

Their latest endeavour with the team at the factory was to support them in creating an engaging and motivating briefing to their employees. The briefings were looking to appeal to the employees ‘Hearts and Minds’ and aimed to show how valuable they are in the company’s operations.

Ahead of the launch of their new model Corolla, the Senior Management team maximised the time needed to change the production line for new tooling and equipment to hold employee engagement briefings

Dan Janes, Section Manager at Toyota Manufacturing UK said “From initial discussions to final set-up, On’s creativity, expertise, professionalism, kindness and general helpfulness was inspiring. Words cannot describe how much we loved the event and working with the team at On. If we could do it all again, we would in a heartbeat”

Norton wins Japanese deal

Bondholder and motorcycle manufacturer, Norton, has won a £20m export deal to Japan.

Norton's new agreement will help support 200 jobs at the Castle Donington-based company and involve about 1,000 motorbikes being sold to Japanese customers over the next five years.

The deal was announced by the government to coincide with the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to Downing Street on Thursday.

Kay Johnson, head of global sales and marketing at Norton, said: "Norton have an agreement with our distributor, PCI Ltd in Japan which will run over a five-year term to manufacture over 1,000 bikes and will achieve an estimated value of £5m.

"We very much look forward to growing our workforce to support the demand for motorbikes in this territory and, in doing so, continue to build a strong trading business with Japan."

Derby top for millennials to start a business

Derby came second in the rankings for best city in the UK to start a new business if you’re a millennial, according to new research from online business print providers, instantprint.

The new ranking analysed the cost of living in the 20 biggest UK cities, along with average age, number of start-ups per 1,000 people, office prices, train reliability, recycling rates, superfast broadband availability, and the average price of a cup of coffee to produce the top ten.

All factors were selected based on research into what is important to the millennial generation and what challenges they may face in starting a business.

James Kinsella, chief executive and co-founder of instantprint, said: “As a millennial start-up company ourselves, we understand how daunting deciding where to set up your business can be – especially if you haven’t had much time in the workplace to build up capital resources and a great network of potential contacts."

Katapult Cartoon Network collaboration


Bondholder and guest experience agency Katapult is set to collaborate with Turner’s Cartoon Network and leisure and entertainment group, Future Kid, on a themed attraction in Kuwait, Middle East.

Katapult won a bid following the renewal of Cartoon Network’s licensing contract with Future Kid to design and develop a themed attraction in Kuwait.

The attraction will be launched in 2019 once Katapult design and develop the 3000sqm site. The fully themed and immersive attraction will feature a number of new and exciting experiences from dynamic simulators to physical play challenges. The project is brought to life through Cartoon Network’s most popular IPs including Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball and The Powerpuff Girls.

Future Kid’s, Mr. Khalid Al-Roumi – Deputy CEO said: “Our Cartoon Network themed attraction in Kuwait is set to bring some of the most popular IPs to Kuwait. We are delighted to be working with the Katapult team to deliver this project and we are excited to open our doors to the new attraction in 2019.”

Katapult’s Innovation Director and Co-Founder Phil Higgins, said: “We are thrilled to be selected to work alongside Cartoon Network and Future Kid to design and develop the attraction. We are fully immersed with the brand, well underway and enjoying seeing how the space will be transformed. As part of our design process we have introduced our VR review platform allowing clients to view live design progress - so they can be anywhere in the world but walk around the attraction as it develops - a new innovative way to showcase our vision.”

TwentyTwenty supported by Bondholders


Bondholders have been supporting the work of fellow Bondholder TwentyTwenty, a local charity that works with young people who have fallen out of education, training or employment owing to their particularly complex backgrounds.

80% of the young people supported by TwentyTwenty have some form of mental health issue, and many face severe economic deprivation, challenging family environments or learning difficulties.

Bondholders including Bowmer & Kirkland, Harrier, Ask the Chameleon, Code56, L.E.A.D. IT, Tidyco, Pattonair, Flowerworld and LoatesHR have been involved in a range of employability sessions designed to help young people to gain the confidence and skills to become work-ready.

They've been voluntarily sharing their wisdom on a range of topics including workplace expectations and etiquette, giving advice on completing application forms and building CVs, taking part in mock interviews, giving tips on self-presentation and hosting young people on workplace visits and work experience.

One work experience host, Kara Winson, from L.E.A.D. IT Services said, “It has been a pleasure having Callum working with us and we have offered him the chance to come back and work with us during holidays to gather more experience. He has been a lovely student and has worked fantastically at whatever we have asked of him”. Callum said "Working at L.E.A.D. IT Services has given me a great experience and I now feel more confident to apply for a job or college. Thank you for helping me realise my potential and giving me a reason to believe in myself."

If you would like to host a group of young people on a workplace visit or host a young person on work experience, please contact Corporate Manager Olivia Pitt on 01332 348449.

To find out more first hand about the work of TwentyTwenty and the achievements of young people, Bondholders are invited to TwentyTwenty's Annual Celebration Event on 7th February 6.00pm at Derby University.

Code 56 - year as a Rising Star


As his time as Marketing Derby’s Rising Star of 2018 comes to an end, Code 56 Managing Director, Owen Conti looks back over the last year:

“A lot has happened in the last 12 months. It’s hard to imagine the ABE2018 was only a year ago!

When I look over our list of customers, more than half of them have joined us in the last year. That just shows how busy we’ve been.”

After winning the Rising Star award at last year’s Annual Business Event Owen jumped, feet first, into Marketing Derby, attending many of the varied Bondholder events throughout the year.

“Being a Bondholder is a great way to support Derby, by supporting the inward investment activities of the Marketing Derby team, but also by attending fellow Bondholder events.

The events are a great way to get a real candid look at what is happening in Derby and to get to know the people that make our business community so vibrant.”

Focusing on the future he said “As I look forward into 2019, I see us continuing to develop our relationship with businesses connected to the Property Industry and other Professional Services.

I also love working more deeply with our customers to help them find way to use technology to help find and improve efficiencies, as well as finding ways to connect them to the data inside their business that can help them make informed decisions more quickly.”

As we get prepared for the Annual Business Event 2019, and the announcement of the next Rising Star, Owen added his thanks to his fellow Bondholders, “If it wasn’t for the Bondholders, Marketing Derby wouldn’t be able to offer the Rising Star award, and I’m grateful to all of you.

I hope you’ll be able to join me at the Annual Business Event where we’ll be able to welcome the next Rising Star in the same enthusiastic fashion that you’ve all welcomed me.”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: “Owen is a great example of why we created the award of Rising Star and has really made the most of his role. We look forward to announcing the next Rising Star at the Annual Business Event on Friday 18th January and hope they will benefit from the award as much as Owen has.”

Smith Partnership headline MIPIM 2019

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Marketing Derby is delighted to confirm Smith Partnership has once again joined Team Derby and Derbyshire as headline sponsor for MIPIM 2019.

As one of the largest firms of solicitors in the East Midlands, Smith Partnership play a key role in the region’s business community and see the benefit of partnering with Marketing Derby on key events such as MIPIM. 2019 marks the fourth year of the highly successful collaboration, and Smith Partnership have chosen to upgrade to Headline Sponsor of the Marketing Derby Embassy.

Fraser Cunningham, Partner at Smith Partnership commented: “We’re delighted to once again be supporting Marketing Derby and attending MIPIM. It’s hugely beneficial in enhancing our involvement in the city and supporting the growth and development of Derby as a city in a global arena.”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: “We are delighted to have Smith Partnership on board as Headline Sponsor of MIPIM 2019. The support of the local business community is vital in enabling us to attend MIPIM, and private sector success stories really resonate with potential investors and developers.”

2019 also sees the first International Derby and Derbyshire Embassy, held during MIPIM at the Eden Hotel on Wednesday 13 March 2019. Building on the success of the award-winning Derby City Embassy, the focus of the presentations this year will be on exciting developments in both city and county.

This will be the largest delegation Marketing Derby have ever taken to MIPIM, for more details about our presence out in Cannes, please click here.

To see more from Fraser please see the below video:

Marketing Derby's Marathon Man


Marketing Derby's very own 'Marathon Man' Andrew Lowe is running this year's London Marathon in aid of Bondholder Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre.

Andrew, an already seasoned runner with an incredible 6 marathons under his belt, is looking to raise £2,000 before race day on Sunday 28th April.

On having the opportunity to take part in the marathon for the first time, Andrew said: "I've always wanted to run the London Marathon and I'm proud to be running on behalf of the Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre who provide 660 holiday places per year at its centre in Skegness."

During Andrew's training he has set himself the momentous task of running 467miles in preparation.

He continued: "After just a couple of weeks, I've had a great start to training with 38 miles already done. it would be fantastic to receive as much support as possible for a Marketing Derby Bondholder and give the children of Derby and Derbyshire a break."

Andrew has so far raised £310 towards his goal. If you would be willing to donate whatever you can to Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre you can do so via this link.

Tidyco expand into Auto

Bondholder and supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry, Tidyco, continues to expand with the launch of a brand new Auto Electrical Division.

As part of its commitment to a strategic growth plan, Tidyco has launched an Auto Electrical Division to further bolster existing service provisions.

Solutions provided will now include mobile automotive electrical repairs and fittings of batteries, starter motors, electrics and wiring throughout Derby, Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield. The Auto Electrical Division also provides the fitting of sensors, tracking, cameras and lighting as well as all necessary electrical requirements. The team can deliver a complete diagnostics service.

The new service offering is a perfect fit for many of Tidyco’s existing customers and will also create opportunities for additional client acquisition.

The expansion has created new jobs within the business with Lea and Russell Boulby joining the team. They have a vast amount of experience within the auto electrical industry and bring to Tidyco a truly value added service provision.

Lea and Russell both commented “We are really excited to be joining the team at Tidyco and are very much looking forward to supporting the business in its continuing growth.”

Mark Newman, Tidyco Hose Doctor Director commented “The launch of an Auto Electrical Division will deliver a rapid solution to clients in need of emergency automotive electrical repair so as to reduce downtime as well as increase efficiency, similar to Hose Doctor.”

Tidyco also offers hydraulics, pneumatics as well as commercial air conditioning and heating services.

CWC record results


Bondholder and leading national property company, the CWC Group, has reported record turnover and profit for 2018.

In its latest annual accounts, the Derbyshire-based group recorded a turnover of £104.9 million and an operating profit of £32.4 million for the financial year 2017-18, up from a turnover of £93.2 million and profit of £30.4 million in the 2016-17 financial year.

Overall turnover and profitability at the company, one of the UK’s largest privately owned property groups, has more than doubled in the last five years.

Over the past year the group has continued to deliver a number of substantial development deals and it has a healthy pipeline of sites and projects that will span the next 10-15 years.

While the group has taken the opportunity to dispose of some property over the past year, it still holds over 3,000 acres of land and 15,000 residential plots in 130 development sites across the country, as well as more than 50 office and business parks and a number of larger mixed use sites.

The company recently moved to new offices following a multimillion pound investment in the former St Mary’s Nursing Home at Ednaston, Derbyshire. CWC occupies 5,500 sq ft of space in the refurbished Ednaston Park building while the remaining 12,500 sq ft has been turned into class-leading serviced office space.

Chairman of the CWC Group, David Clowes, said: “Our latest financial figures tell a compelling story of robust management and cautious investment by the group. To have more than doubled our turnover and profitability over the past five years is testament to the hard work of our professional team and a vote of confidence from the market in our company’s direction and ethos.”

Finance Director of the CWC Group, Ian Dickinson, said: “To record another year of growing turnover and profitability is an indicator of the current state of the UK property market. Our turnover and profitability have fluctuated over the years due to disposals and single large transactions which can inevitably distort figures in a single year. However, it is always better to look at long term trends, which are highly favourable for the group and its future development pipeline.”

Ryan Duckett named Derbyshire Chief Executive

Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club starts the New Year with a new Chief Executive as Ryan Duckett takes over the reigns. He replaces Simon Storey, who leaves to take up the role of CEO at Kent County Cricket Club.

Duckett, who moves from his position as Commercial Director, has worked alongside Storey for the past six years and has overseen record growth in cricket and non-cricket revenue.

The Club has established itself as a 365-day-a-year venue at the heart of the Derby community, hosting major events including concerts for over 15,000 people, as well as the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup and an annual Fireworks Night & Fun Fair event.

Duckett has overseen the major development in commercial activity, with consistent growth across ticketing, hospitality and events, as well as securing key sponsorship deals contributing to a record commercial turnover in 2017.

Chairman Ian Morgan said: “The Supervisory Board considered very carefully the appointment of a new Chief Executive and having listened closely to Ryan’s vision on the development of the Club, we recognised that he is an exceptional candidate and decided not to look externally.

“Ryan, who has over 21 years of experience in professional sport, is the right person for the role and his skills and ability are recognised and well respected by Members, sponsors, partners and stakeholders, as well as our players and staff.

“We had no hesitation in offering him the position and we are confident that he will lead our Club forward both on and off-the-field by building on our strengths and addressing our weaknesses.”

Duckett added: “It’s a pleasure to take on this role at a great Club like Derbyshire which is built around a rich history, strong infrastructure and a desire to keep developing.

“I look forward to working with our experienced Supervisory Board, as well as our Members, supporters and partners as we take the Club forward in what is an exciting time for the sport.”

New bistro in Darley Abbey Mills get nod


Bondholder Guy Taylor Associates has supported a successful planning application for a Grade II* listed building in the Darley Abbey Mills complex, set within the Darley Abbey Mills Conservation Area and Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site.

The go-ahead from Bondholder Derby City Council means that proprietors David Lorentes and Andy and Nichol Malia-Barlow can take forward their plans to open a new café and bistro in the riverside location in 2019.

The Cottonworks – so called because of its industrial heritage - will be located in a building at the north of the thriving creative enclave. It will serve the numerous local businesses and residents in the vicinity.

Guy Taylor Associates worked closely with the Council’s Conservation Officer to ensure that their proposed plans would preserve the significance and special character of the building, which sits within the Darley Abbey Conservation Area and Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Detailed plans for the interior of the café retain the exposed beams and uncover the original walls, in order to highlight the building’s original historic features.

Paul Stanton, Director, Guy Taylor Associates, Derby, said: “The Derwent Valley boasts magnificent examples of 18th century industrial architecture. Guy Taylor Associates is passionate about preserving these buildings to serve the new occupiers and industries within the Darley Abbey Mills complex.

“This planned bistro will contribute to the regeneration of this rich historic site by restoring a disused building, as well as creating employment opportunities. We are delighted our plans have been given the green light.”

The partnership began five years ago when Darley Abbey Wines began supplying wines for David’s restaurant, Lorentes, on Friar Gate, Derby.

David said: “We are very excited about creating this new café which will offer breakfast, coffee and lunch during the day and become a bistro in the evening. We aim to offer something really distinctive within this fantastic historic setting.

“We are very grateful to the team at Guy Taylor Associates for supporting us through this process; they have been absolutely amazing.”

Nichol Malia-Barlow added: This is a really exciting venture which will enhance the offer in the Darley Abbey Mills complex. We’re looking forward to working with David and the team at Guy Taylor Associates to realise our vision in 2019.”

Bondholder awarded MBE


The managing director of Bondholder Wathall’s — Derby’s longest established independent funeral director — has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List for services to the local community.

Mother of three, Helen Wathall has worked in the family business since she was 18 and has been Managing Director since she was just 29 - taking over the reins of the company on the death of her father Bill.

Talking about the award Helen said: “I was in total shock when the letter arrived to tell me that I had been nominated for an MBE.

“Over the generations, the Wathall family has always been part of the local community whether that is leading Derby’s war effort in the Forties to being an active member of the local business community to action improvements in St Peters Quarter.

“I am therefore immensely honoured to be recognised in this way – particularly as it comes at the close of Wathall’s 160th anniversary year.”

Helen Wathall is the fifth generation of her family to run Wathall’s which has offices in Macklin Street, Alvaston, Borrowash and Ashbourne.

The company has won several local and regional awards for its contribution to the community.

Initiatives have included:

Establishing Derby and Ashbourne Dandelions – free bereavement support groups to provide a safe place for people to express their grief in a relaxed and social environment, which are free to attend and open to everyone (regardless of whether they are clients of Wathall’s or not).

Supporting a wide range of local charities including The Laura Centre which helps bereaved children and families

Involvement in a number of campaigns to break down the taboos amongst families of talking about death to encourage better later life planning and people’s funeral wishes

Working with Derby County Football Club to enable fans to have bespoke funeral services at Derby County Football Club

Helen is also volunteer chair of St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) where she has been particularly involved in initiatives to improve the safety, cleanliness and sense of community in the area since the launch of the first BID in 2011.

Nationally, she was elected in 2003 as the first woman president of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) which represents more than 1,000 family-owned firms. During this time she represented SAIF nationally, dealing with government policy and profession issues.

She has also became the first woman board member of Golden Charter – a pre-paid funeral planning company owned by a group of independent funeral directors. Golden Charter is the UK's largest funeral plan provider, working with over 3000 funeral directors nationally, and with over 500,000 customers.