Nuclear R&D centre launched

A vision to build a 65,000ft² R&D facility on Infinity Park Derby was announced at the launch of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Midlands at the iHub yesterday.

A packed event heard Chief Executive Officer of Nuclear AMRC, Andrew Storer outline why Derby had been chosen as a location, starting with the opening of research facilities in the iHub. “Too much of the UK’s innovation sits on a shelf and we want to be part of turning this into applications.”

Also speaking at the event Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter declared “We are in this partnership for the long-term and have strong ambitions to build a major facility.”

Hamid Mughal, Director of Manufacturing for Bondholder Rolls Royce plc made a strong case that productivity improvement can only come from a commitment to a continuous improvement culture, advanced manufacturing techniques and digital applications.

Will Tanner, Director of Public Affairs at Bondholder Bombardier said “Derby is a city and the midlands a region based on manufacturing” and he raised the prospect of suppliers working across the aerospace, automotive, rail and nuclear sector.

The Nuclear AMRC 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.

The launch follows the recent announcement that Bondholder Pattonair will be occupying a 125,000 ft2 new-build facility on Infinity Park

Bondholder in top 50 Accountants


Bondholder Smith Cooper has secured a spot as one of the UK's 50 Accountancy firms.

The accountants and business advisors have been named in the Accountancy Daily’s Top 75 survey as one of the UK’s leading firm of accountants.

Fee income for the Midlands based business hit £15 million for the year to 31st March 2018, up 15% from the year previous.

Smith Cooper, headquartered in Derby, with offices in 6 localities across the Midlands, has gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months, announcing record revenue figures and winning several industry accolades, notably SME Advisory Team of the Year in both the East and West Midlands, SME deal of the year and Regional Insolvency Team of the Year.

In recent weeks, Experian’s United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland M&A Review placed Smith Cooper 8th in the region in the “financial adviser” category – a jump from last year’s 9th place.

James Bagley, Managing Partner at Smith Cooper comments “We have worked hard to create an organisation synonymous with trustworthy and proactive advice throughout the professional community and amongst our client base.”

“We pride ourselves on the range of services we offer when compared to other firms of the same size and believe the success of these is evident in our official figures, as well as industry rankings such as this one.”

New Derbyshire development launched


A new housing development has been launched in a picturesque village near Derby by Bondholder Cameron Homes, after recently announcing the opening of an East Midlands division, based in Castle Donington.

The first of its many developments to be built this year is Ashwood Grange, in the village of Aston-on-Trent, which will feature a collection of 41 three and four bedroom homes.

The first phase of properties will go on sale this year and a show home will be launched at the site at the end of April.

“We are very proud of our first new development,” said Cameron Homes East Midlands sales manager Lynne Gardner.

“Ashwood Grange is well connected for commuters as it is only seven miles from Derby so we are expecting a good deal of interest from customers – in fact one of the first homes to be released has been reserved already.

“The development is set in a quaint village location but also has the advantages of conveniences of city life being within easy reach.”

Each home will be built to a high standard, with top quality fitted kitchens and bathrooms. Current prices start at £485,000 the first properties to be released.

AJS re-brand marks 8th Anniversary


Bondholder AJS Structural Design is celebrating its 8th Anniversary of trading by launching its new website and logo.

The city-based structural and civil engineering consultancy practice provide service for all type of projects; industrial and commercial, residential, sport and leisure, educational, conservation & heritage.

AJS started trading with just 2 founding members at a small office in Uttoxeter on Valentine’s Day in 2011, now in its eighth year it has 17 members of staff and a second office in Derby.

With over 50 years of experience between them, the directors have created a multi-disciplinary consultant civil and structural engineering practice, providing services to a wide range of clients in steel, concrete, timber and masonry for major UK and international companies, contractors, private investors and individuals.

AJS regularly works with industry professionals including architects, quantity surveyors, other specialist engineers, building inspectors and project managers.


To mark its eighth anniversary it has re-launched its website with a fresh new look and logo.

Steve Sammans, Director of AJS said: “We take great pride in having a strong reputation for providing quality services to all our clients and we wanted a new website, logo and brand to reflect this.”

Katie joins Marketing Derby


Marketing Derby, the investment promotion agency for Derby and Derbyshire, has welcomed a new member to its team with the appointment of Katie Wells.

Katie Wells joins as the Corporate Marketing Executive from the events team at Roundhouse Events. Katie further strengthens the current team's event planning locally, supporting the Marketing Derby Bondholder programme and the city's annual Food & Drink Awards, and further afield by working with the Local Enterprise Partnership D2N2 and Midlands Engine partners to help raise the profile of the area at the international property fair MIPIM, and showcasing Derby and Derbyshire's investment offer in London where Marketing Derby has an office and runs a Chapter of its Ambassadors Club.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin said: “We are delighted to welcome Katie to the Marketing Derby team; her appointment will further strengthen the activity we undertake to attract investment and help us to provide even more valuable support to our stakeholders and Bondholders.”

Air IT Elite Performance Centre unveiled


Bondholder Air IT, has adopted naming rights to Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s Elite Performance Centre.

The centre, now known as the Air IT Elite Performance Centre, offers exclusive facilities for players, coaches and match officials, and provides hospitality access for guests on match days.

The award-winning ICT provider’s branding, which features the company’s mascots, will be adorned across the whole building and additional signage will be placed throughout. The deal comes as Air IT approaches its fourth year of sponsorship with the club.

Jimmy Drew, Business Development Manager at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, said:

“We’re delighted that Air IT have expanded their association with the club, taking on full naming rights of the Air IT Elite Performance Centre, which includes branding on and throughout the Centre.

“Air IT have been a long-standing partner of the club, who have used the power of cricket to enhance brand awareness for their business both locally and regionally.

Paul Judge, Marketing Director at Air IT, added:

“After three successful seasons with the club, we’re delighted to take our partnership to the next level with the Air IT Elite Performance Centre. Over the last few years, we’ve seen our profile in Derbyshire grow thanks to the increased exposure our sponsorship has provided, and it’s fantastic to see the Air IT brand regularly featured on Sky Sports.

“We’re thrilled to take on building naming rights, and signage on the whole stand, it’s certainly going to make a big impression.

“We’re looking forward to the return of the Specsavers County Championship and the Royal London One Day Cup in April, as well as Vitality Blast in the summer when we’ll be running some exciting competitions with the club!”

The IT and Communications provider has also appointed Lee Johnson as its Chief Technology Officer and Head of specialist cyber security division, Air Sec.

Contracts exchanged on merger


Bondholder BDO has completed a merger with Moore Stephens LLP, creating the largest UK accountancy and business advisory firm focused on mid-sized, entrepreneurially-spirited businesses.

The merged firm will operate under the BDO brand and as part of BDO’s international network, which has 80,000 people and revenues of $9bn across 162 countries.

In the UK, BDO LLP now has a combined workforce of 5,000 people across 17 locations, delivering revenues of £590m.

The merger will make BDO the third biggest auditor of listed companies, strengthening its position as calls to improve quality and competition at the upper end of the audit market continue.

In addition, it cements BDO’s ranking as the UK’s leading auditor to AIM-listed companies and will enhance its expertise in sectors including financial services, insurance and shipping.

Paul Eagland, Managing Partner of BDO, said:

“The audit market is going through a significant period of reform and our clients are facing unprecedented uncertainty as Brexit looms and global trade undergoes fundamental changes.

Notwithstanding these uncertainties I’m confident that a combination of our 5,000 people and our reputation for trust and quality, puts us in a fantastic position to help our clients and our people to capitalise on the opportunities that always accompany such change.

“Our clear sense of purpose and growth strategy will help our entire team make this merger a huge success.”

The merger follows the company’s 13-year high record for deals and volumes during 2018.

The East Midlands corporate finance division of BDO had another record year of deals, with Deal volumes growing over 40% in 2018 with a combined value of more than £21.8bn.

Knights hosts pre-MIPIM breakfast


Bondholder Knights plc kicked off the MIPIM 2019 events schedule with a pre-MIPIM breakfast, hosted at the Marketing Derby offices at Riverside Chambers.

Attendees were among the first to hear about some of the key themes for MIPIM 2019, with presentations from John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, Deborah Ritchie, Partner at Knights plc. and Warren Manning, Pro Vic-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Derby - who will all be attending MIPIM 2019 as part of the Team Derby delegation.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby opened the event, with news of the largest ever Team Derby and Derbyshire delegation to attend MIPIM. Talking about two schemes that have come to Derby as a direct result of Marketing Derby's activities at MIPIM he commented: "MIPIM is a vital part of our event schedule as it gives us a chance to present Derby and Derbyshire to international investors. The hard work continues post-MIPIM at a series of follow-up events and meetings designed to continue the narrative of our city and the opportunities available here."

Knights plc is the fastest growing legal and professional services business throughout the UK, and sends a strong team to MIPIM complied of staff drawn from all 8 of their offices.

Deborah Ritchie, Partner, said "Why wouldn't Knights plc go to MIPIM? It's a great opportunity to showcase our diverse offer, meet new and existing contacts and dedicate the time to building those all important relationships."

Finally, Warren Manning, Pro Vic-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Derby gave a short presentation outlining the University of Derby's future plans. He commented, "For the University of Derby there are two main reasons to attend MIPIM this year - the current investment opportunities with regards our ambitions to extend further into the city centre, and the Science Park at Infinity Park Derby, and secondly, supporting the re-invigoration of the city in order to attract more students."

2019 will once again see Derby taking its place in the Midlands UK Pavilion alongside the other Midlands locations, promoting the vibrancy and opportunities available in the Midlands Engine. Marketing Derby will also be hosting our sell-out International Embassy, as well as key panels and discussions within the Midlands Pavilion.

If you’d like to meet with a member of the team in Cannes, or would like further information about our Embassy or the Midlands Pavilion please contact Katie Delve at

Sky Recruitment 5th anniversary


Bondholder, multi-sector temporary and permanent recruitment specialists, Sky Recruitment Solutions are celebrating five years in business.

Sky Recruitment has much to celebrate as it reaches its five-year milestone.

Not only has turnover increased for a fifth consecutive year, the team are also opening a new office in Castle Donington in March and renewing the partnership agreement they have with Derby College.

The new office will be headed up by Business Manager, Beckie Elliott who joined Sky Recruitment four years ago as an apprentice.

David Torrington, Managing Director said

“I am so proud that Sky Recruitment Solutions is 5 years old – in an industry where 90%+ of recruitment start-ups don’t last beyond 2 years, I think that it’s a fantastic achievement. We are very proud of our Derby and Derbyshire connections, and immensely grateful to our clients from within Marketing Derby, and throughout the region. Our aim is to continue to become the recruiter of choice within the region, and to serve both clients and candidates with an honest, transparent and innovative recruitment solution for many years to come.”

Beckie Elliott, Business Manager said

“It has been a pleasure working for Sky Recruitment Solutions for nearly 4 years now. I have seen the business grow alongside my own journey. I joined the business in 2015 as a Resourcing Administration Apprentice. I have progressed through the company which has been an adventure and I look forward to taking the business forward as Business Manager of the Castle Donington office. It has been a privilege working for David, and I look forward for this to continue over the years to come.”

Through the partnership with Derby College, employers working with Sky Recruitment will have access to a broad spectrum of candidates from apprenticeship roles to higher management roles, whilst learners from the College will have support in seeking employment and apprenticeship roles.

‘Sky Recruitment Solutions Employer Academy’ provides students with valuable work experience and development opportunities.

The team have joined the college’s Employer Academy programme. This unique partnership between forward-thinking employers and Derby College is gaining widespread recognition for bridging the gap between education and the workplace – equipping students with the skills and attitudes they need to be successful in the working world.

iHub success for Derby


Just months after celebrating its second anniversary, occupancy levels at the £12m iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park have passed the 94% mark.

Since it was launched in Autumn 2016, the 45,000 sq ft facility has gone from strength to strength, attracting some of the biggest names in the automotive, rail and aerospace supply chain industries.

Regional, national and global businesses are taking advantage of the building’s strategic location on Infinity Park, the 100-acre manufacturing-focused commercial and technology site. Tenants now include global aerospace giant Airbus; Altran, a world leader in engineering and R&D services; Composite Braiding, which specialises in thermoplastic composite braiding and VRCO, an advanced aviation company, which is hitting the headlines across the globe with the development of the world’s first British-made flying cars.

iHub, which has Enterprise Zone status, is strategically located close to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace and within 15 minutes of OEMs including Bombardier, Toyota and JCB, with direct links to the A50 and M1.

The iHub provides high quality, flexible workspace for start-ups, early stage businesses and high growth SME’s looking to expand their role within the transport engineering and hi-tech sectors.

As well as offering 18 traditional office workspaces (from 127 ft 2 to 970 ft 2 ), the iHub provides 14 ground floor workshops for businesses seeking a more hybrid working environment. The state-of-the art workshops range in size from 375 ft 2 to 4,451 ft 2 and cater for a broad range of uses in a managed workspace environment.

Speaking about the success of the iHub since its launch two years ago, Councillor Matthew Holmes, deputy leader of Derby City Council and cabinet member for planning, environment and regeneration, said: “The iHub is continuing to build on Derby’s reputation for developing and creating cutting-

edge technologies, particularly in the aerospace, automotive and transport industries. It reinforces Derby’s reputation as the UK ‘capital for innovation."

Alan Smith, head of economic growth at Derby City Council, added: “This demonstrates that there is strong demand for the quality of workspace and facilities and partnerships available at the iHub."

The iHub builds on the success of the hugely popular Connect Derby scheme, which has created a strong market for mixed use and sector specific serviced offices across the city at its six other buildings – Friar Gate Studios, Marble Hall, Riverside Chambers, Sadler Bridge Studios, Kings Chambers and Shot Tower.

Game on for Derby

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Entries are now open for the third annual Derby Business Games, which will be held on Thursday 20th June at Bondholder University of Derby’s Kedleston Road campus.

This popular event is organised by Derby-based Choose Sports and England Netball, and the headline sponsors are Bondholder Timms Solicitors.

Teams compete in a wide range of competitions from rounders and netball to egg and wheelbarrow races in the event. The afternoon finishes with relays and a tug of war finale before trophies and medals are presented.

It is open to teams of eight from local companies who take part in a range of events based on the traditional school sports day.

A maximum of 32 teams of eight can enter and there will be entertainment, food and drink available for spectators who are invited to come along and cheer on their colleagues, family and friends.

Timms Managing Partner Fiona Moffat said: “The two previous Derby Business Games have been hugely successful afternoons and we have already had a great response from companies who want to take part this year. Everybody enters into the friendly but competitive spirit it is always great to see so many people recapture their youth and hark back to their school sports day.”

In last summer’s event, FHP Consulting retained the rounders trophy as well as winning the three-legged and wheelbarrow races. Smith Cooper won the netball, HUUB won the sack race and the egg and spoon title was clinched by Swindell & Pearson. Cain Henry from HUUB won the welly wanging competition and the tug of war titles went to Fisher German and Swinton Business.

There are limited spaces available so for more information or to enter a team, please email

Bondholder innovation helps resort


Bondholder and Queen's Award winner HSG has completed work to install its innovative Ureco washroom water conservation system at the multi award-winning Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales.

Celtic Manor, host venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup and the 2014 NATO Summit, includes three hotels, a large convention centre, three spas and health clubs alongside three 18-hole championship golf courses.

Having been recognised with a host of awards for the quality of its facilities, Celtic Manor Resort was keen reduce its water and repair bills and improve the washroom experience for visitors.

The HSG team surveyed the site and demonstrated that the Ureco system installation would cut water usage from nearly 11 million litres a year to just under 500,000 litres. This will result in reduced water costs from £63.63 a day to just £2.90 a day - amounting to annual savings of £22,161.

Further savings will also be achieved through reduced blockages leading to costly repairs.

After a successful six week trial, the HSG team has now installed 117 Ureco urinal sleeves and 30 Uretech water management controls across the resort which will be supported by regular service checks.

The Ureco system, developed with patented technology by HSG, has itself won a string of innovation and sustainability awards – including The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in April 2018.

The Ureco stops smells by trapping urinal odours below the surface and reduces blockages through the patented enzyme system which breaks down the fat, acid and salt in urine.

This enables the Uretech to reduce urinal flushes from around 96 times to just four times a day.

Celtic Manor Resort energy and environmental manager Joel Kirby explained: “We were keen to see the Ureco in action and undertook a very successful six-week trial in various men’s washrooms across the resort. “The full installation has now been completed with minimal disruption. Training sessions on how to maintain the Ureco were also well received and appreciated by the cleaning and maintenance teams. “The savings speak for themselves and there has been positive feedback from staff and customers about the improved washroom experience.”

HSG Managing Director Simon Rice added: “We are obviously delighted to have Celtic Manor Resort on board. “They join a portfolio of long-standing customers including the 02 Arena in London, NEC in Birmingham, major restaurant chains such as Pizza Hut as well as in top football clubs and some of the largest retail shopping centres across the country.

“The Ureco system is particularly popular in the hospitality industry reflecting the recognition that customers often judge the cleanliness of the kitchens by the state of the washrooms.

“Therefore, as well as the cost savings in water consumption and cleaning products, our proven and patented technology therefore ensures that customers get a good first impression of the premises and further endorses their brand. This contributes to increased customer satisfaction, loyalty and return spend.”

Work commences on £5m primary school


Bondholder Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure has been appointed to build a new primary school and nursery in Derby, which will provide more than 200 much needed school places.

Based on Radbourne Lane, to the west of the city centre, Hackwood Primary will be a Sunesis Mosaic model, delivered through the Scape Venture framework. The £5 million flagship project is the largest to be delivered through the framework, which builds certainty into public-private partnerships.

Bondholder Derby City Council has commissioned the new 14,000 square foot school in collaboration with residential developers Redrow Homes East Midlands and Miller Homes, which are funding the project as part of their plans to build more than 700 new homes on the neighbouring Hackwood Farm estate.

The modular single-storey school, designed by Lungfish Architects, will house six classrooms and a 26-place nursery. The innovative, expandable layout will allow additional teaching space to be added in the future, taking the total capacity up to 315.

Independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy, Bondholder Pick Everard is providing project management and quantity surveying services for the project.

The efficiency of the modular and offsite construction process will enable the school to be built in less than nine months. Work is scheduled to start in January and the project is expected to complete in time for the new academic year in September 2019.

Rob Cant, framework director at Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure in the Midlands, said: “Innovative framework procurement options offer long-term social value for councils and the communities they serve. We are pleased to be delivering the new, first class education facilities at Hackwood Primary School as part of Scape’s Venture framework.”

Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Derby City Council said: “I’m delighted that we have appointed Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and excited to see the Lungfish-designed school taking shape ahead of its September opening.”

Mike Salter, Group Development Director at Scape Venture added: “Hackwood Primary School is a perfect example of how the private and public sector can work together through the Scape Venture framework to deliver a new community facility in the most efficient way. It’s an innovative and exciting collaboration with Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure, Lungfish and Sunesis working together utilising our Mosaic offsite product to ensure the school is delivered quickly with minimal impact on the environment.”

Fran Cox, Operations Director at Sunesis added: “Hackwood is a fantastic example of the collaboration of different organisations, wrapping support around a client who had a challenging problem to solve. To have designed, procured and built a primary school within just 12 months is no mean feat and I am thrilled that Sunesis has enabled this.”

Adrian Ceney, partner at Pick Everard, said: “We are delighted to be involved in a landmark project, which will complete the Hackwood Farm estate and benefit hundreds of children.

“The school is currently being fabricated off-site in Hull – the first of its kind in the UK – and will be delivered to Derby ahead of the start of the academic year in 2019. The Mosaic product is ground-breaking and is enabling the school to be delivered quicker, something that is so important when it comes to meeting demand for much-needed school places, and with low impact on the environment.”

Bondholder instructed on retail park

Bondholder FHP has been selected as a letting agent to market Bondholder Park Farm Shopping Centre which provides the principal retailing destination for Allestree.

Allestree benefits from an affluent catchment with a residential population in excess of 60,000 within a 10 minute drivetime and is located close to the main University of Derby Campus.

The Centre totals 165,000ft2 of retail space across 60 units and is anchored by a Co-op Food Store, Wilko, Boots and Farm Foods. Other occupiers include; Birds Bakers, Dominoes, Papa Johns, Scarsdale Vets, Penmark Cards and Co operative Travel.

There is currently a range of good quality units available to rent, from 500ft2 to 1,500ft2.

Darran Severn from FHP Property Consultants Derby office comments:

“We all know from our own shopping habits that we are shopping closer to home, multiple times a week for top-up items and comparison goods. Park Farm is the perfect environment for this, with good footfall, a strong catchment, ample free parking (2 hrs) and a varied offer that includes national names such as Co-op, Boots and Wilko, and great independent businesses such as Seasons for Flowers and Bloke Barbers. We look forward to anouncing new names soon, and would be delighted to discuss availability and asset management opportunities.”

Doug Tweedie from FHP Property Consultants Birmingham office comments:

“Park Farm Shopping Centre is a popular neighbourhood shopping destination serving a large catchment. We continue to be impressed with interest in the scheme from a number of national, regional and local businesses, and are pleased to work with a client with a modern approach to shopping centre ownership, where all new business ideas are welcome.”

For further information or to arrange a viewing please contact Darran Severn on 07917 460031, Doug Tweedie on 07887 787892 or our joint agents Innes England.

New hi-tech facility for Infinity Park

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Bondholder Derby City Council is proposing to invest £19.3millon in a high-quality technology space to stimulate growth and support the city’s transport engineering supply chain sector at Infinity Park Derby with Bondholder Pattonair poised to lease the building upon completion.

Infinity Park Derby, is strategically located adjacent to the A50 and Rolls-Royce aerospace campus and will be home to the new facility. The new building will comprise an 80,000ft² warehouse, 15,000ft² of office space, with a further 30,000ft² of mezzanine offices within the warehouse. The Council has negotiated terms with the developers for the site, Infinity Park Derby LLP, and leading Derby based transport engineering supply chain company, Pattonair.

This proactive approach from the Council will help to realise the potential of Infinity Park Derby, act as a catalyst for growth and build upon the existing partnership the Council has with Developers and Landowners that has delivered the infrastructure at the site including Infinity Park Way.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection said: “Derby is a world leader in transport engineering, and this is a fantastic opportunity for the Council to help grow and enhance the facilities we have within the city. This investment will continue to cement our commitment to innovation and growth.”

Pattonair has a long and substantial presence within Derby, operating from facilities with around 600 employees. The planned transition to a new purpose-built campus forms part of their 5-year strategy for growth, securing jobs and creating a stable future for aerospace engineering in Derby.

The firm provides distribution and supply chain management services to the aerospace and defence sectors, including sourcing, inspecting and delivering a range of products such as bearings, fasteners and seals, with operations across the world.

Derby-based aerospace and defence supply chain service provider Pattonair is one of the UK’s fastest-growing medium-sized businesses, making this year’s Sunday Times Top Track 250 league table.

Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead said: “We’re delighted to be announcing our plans for a world class aerospace campus at Infinity Park. We are keen to work alongside Derby City Council as a partner in this exciting new chapter for Pattonair, delivering world class service to our customers.

This new site covers 9.7-acres, doubling our operational facilities and allowing us the capacity to produce more and create new jobs. Should we get the green light, we aim to be operational during 2021.”

The iHub, which is also based at Infinity Park, has been a huge success since its launch in autumn 2016. It has attracted a diverse range of large and small businesses from across the rail, aerospace and automotive supply industries and is currently 94% occupied.

Cabinet will be asked to approve expenditure and include the project in the regeneration capital programme on Wednesday 13th February.

New roads to Japan


Last week, over 100 delegates from London-based Japanese businesses, as well as Derbyshire companies and civic authorities, filled the Roundhouse. Aimed at those interested in the Japanese market and Japanese inward investment trends into the UK, the seminar, organised by the Japan Local Government Centre (JLGC) and Marketing Derby, focused on the opportunities available for businesses through international municipal twinning-links.

Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor, External Affairs at Bondholder University of Derby, opened the event, with Greg Sutch, CEO of Intralink, keynote speaker. There was also a greeting from Toyota City Government, Koichiro Kuno and Mr. Yoshiyuki Kurono, Director General, Japan Local Government Centre.

The afternoon saw two lively panel discussions and Q&As with panelists from Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK, Hitachi Trains, Derbyshire County Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Midlands Engine and University of Derby, separated by plenary speaker Mr Hiroyuki, Iwamura of Ashurst LLP.

Keith Kelly, Relationship and Communications Manager at JLGC, said: “It was a pleasure working with John Forkin and Marketing Derby colleagues on putting the event together, we really felt that partnering with an organisation that understands the importance of international exchange at the municipal level was key to the success of the event.  There were some great comments and questions from local stakeholders and businesses in the audience; locally there seems to be is a real appetite to build on the Toyota City – Derbyshire twinning link for more business and economic links and to better understand how successful relationships with Japan work which I hope we can work on together again.”

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, said: “This was an important seminar, building on the excellent Toyota City links to broaden and deepen the economic relationship with Japan”

The JLGC is the London Office of the Council of Local Authorities for international relations.

Innes England sponsors MIPIM 2019

Marketing Derby is delighted to confirm Bondholder Innes England has joined Team Derby and Derbyshire for MIPIM 2019. Innes England works with clients across the UK, with a special focus on the East Midlands, where it has been named the most active agent for the past 10 years in a row.

Innes England is returning this year as part of Team Derby and Derbyshire, after being a key sponsor of the Marketing Derby Embassy for several consecutive years. Due to be held on Wednesday 13 March at the Eden Hotel, the Marketing Derby Embassy is regularly referred to as “the best breakfast in Cannes”. This will be the first year the award-winning Embassy has featured presentations on exciting developments in both the city of Derby and county of Derbyshire.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “I am delighted that once again Innes England are supporting Team Derby and Derbyshire. The company has a large regional footprint and we look forward to working with them and supporting investor enquiries.”

Matt Howson, Associate Director, Innes England said: “We’re looking forward to working with Marketing Derby on what promises to be another successful visit to MIPIM for Innes England and showcasing what is great about our city.”

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.

New jobs on the way at John M Lewis


Bondholder John M Lewis, the property law firms, has moved to larger offices in Vernon Gate with the promise of creating new jobs.

The firm, headed by managing director Lisa Wills and director Liz Knott, celebrates its 30th anniversary next year and has already taken on three new members of staff in the conveyancing team to coincide with the move.

Lisa Wills, who has headed up the firm since 2003 when the founder John Lewis retired, said: “We started with four people in a small office in St Peter’s Street and have grown steadily over the years at that location.

“We had reached full capacity in the city centre office and these new premises now give us the scope to further expand the team beyond our current size of 27 staff in line with business growth in all aspects of the business – property law, conveyancing, will writing and probate.

“This move is therefore crucial to the future of the firm and is far more accessible for our clients with private and extensive on-street parking nearby.

“Many of our clients have been with us since we opened in 1989 and we were delighted that some of them could join us for our recent office launch celebration.”

Knott added: “In an ever changing profession, the values of honesty, reliability and efficiency continue to hold us in good stead and this office move is an important milestone in our future growth.”

Bondholders in recruitment drive

Simon Wildash, Director at NMPR with Kerrie Oxford

Simon Wildash, Director at NMPR with Kerrie Oxford

Bondholders Status Social and Nielsen McAllister Public Relations (NMPR) have collaborated in a recent recruitment drive.

Social media agency Status Social was seeking two additional social media managers to support recent new business wins and had shortlisted three high calibre clients for final interview. It was during this process that one candidate, Media and Communication Studies graduate Kerrie Oxford, was identified by director Mark Saxby as having broader PR skills that could potentially be more relevant to a specialist PR agency. Having worked with NMPR on a number of joint client campaigns, Mark contacted director Simon Wildash, to recommend Kerrie. Coincidentally, NMPR was also about to initiate a search for a new account handler.

“We have worked successfully with Status Social to integrate social media campaigns into our PR work, building on the strengths of both agencies to deliver results for our clients,” explains Simon. “The relationship has worked extremely well, and it is great that we have now been able to extend this cooperation into other areas as well.

Mark Saxby, Status Social

Mark Saxby, Status Social

“With her PR and marketing background, including working at Toyota, we were very impressed with Kerrie and the timing could not have been better, so we were able to offer her a job straightaway.”

Kerrie has now taken up the role of Senior Account Executive at NMPR and will be working across the agency’s business-to-business client base in the print, packaging and technology sectors.

“I am thrilled to have joined NMPR,” said Kerrie. “The agency has an excellent reputation and I am looking forward to working with existing clients and developing new business relationships as the company continues to grow.”

Established in 2011, Status Social was one of the first social media marketing agencies in the UK. NMPR was formed in 1990 and is one of the UK’s leading PR agencies for the packaging industry.

As Mark Saxby concludes: “Not only did we find two fantastic recruits of our own, we were also able to help out NMPR with its recruitment needs in what is a competitive market. It clearly demonstrates the power in relationships and how Derby’s creative community can support each other and think ‘Derby First’ for the benefit of each other.”

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Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry is celebrating after scooping three awards, including the main prize, at the 2018 UK & European Employee Engagement Awards.

The accountancy firm were awarded for Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement SMB Company of the Year and the highly coveted Employee Engagement Company of the Year.

After been shortlisted for five awards, the business was joined on the podium by the likes of the Ministry of Justice, Ocado, Odeon, Visa, Post Office, Unicef and more.

The winners were announced at a gala dinner at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday 24 January. The ceremony was hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Edith Bowman.

Founder and CEO of EEA, Matt Manners, said: “Special congratulations must go to our Company of the year and three time winner on the night, PKF Cooper Parry. This year the entries really have proven the transformational value that focusing on the employee experience can deliver.

“One of our main themes of the evening was the importance of diversity to a business. In a world that seems to get more divided by the day, workplaces that create a true sense of community will transform the employee experience and the bottom line.

Partner & Chief People Officer at PKF Cooper Parry, April Bembridge, said: “Three awards – we’re speechless! To be recognised for the work we do around rewarding and engaging our people – not just once, but three times – is fantastic. It shows how the work we do on culture and encouraging our people to play to their strengths is truly paying off. Thank you so much and to all the judges. We’re massively humbled and so proud to have won up against such amazing competition.”

The EEA Awards exist to inspire and educate people to rethink the way organisations engage their people. The awards recognise organisations that create amazing experiences for their people and those that demonstrate best practice for others.