Knights acquires Leicester law firm


Bondholder Knights plc has announced that it has acquired Spearing Waite LLP (“Spearing Waite”), Leicester’s largest independent law firm.

Alongside Knights’ organic growth strategy, the Group has a successful track record of acquiring regional law firms in attractive locations across the UK. As outlined at the time of the Group’s IPO, the company has a proven method to identify, execute and integrate earnings-accretive acquisitions, demonstrating an ability to unlock value from more traditional partnership structures.

Spearing Waite’s profile as Leicester’s largest independent law firm, its highly diversified revenue base and low client, sector and fee earner concentration complement Knights own business model, as does the firm’s entrepreneurial culture and mix of both SME and blue-chip clients.

Spearing Waite will keep its branding for a short transitional period before being formally rebranded as Knights, effective from 1 January 2019.

Commenting on the acquisition, David Beech, CEO at Knights, said: “We are delighted to be acquiring Spearing Waite, a firm which is culturally aligned with Knights and one we have known for some time. They have created a strong reputation in Leicester, as evidenced by their fantastic client portfolio, and I have no doubt that they will be a great addition to our business.”

Tom Bower Senior Partner, Spearing Waite added: “We have grown Spearing Waite to be the best firm in Leicester through brilliant people acting for quality clients. To continue our growth strategy we have decided to join Knights plc, a larger business and perfect cultural fit. Knights has the ambition and the financial clout to enable the combined force to continue to thrive in Leicester. We can’t wait to get cracking with our ambitious growth plans.”

Rodgers Leask scoop two awards


Bondholder Rodgers Leask has scooped two awards at the 2018 Brownfield Briefing Awards, winning in the categories: Best Brownfield Infrastructure Project and Best Science/Laboratory Advance.

The annual awards and gala dinner in London celebrate excellence in engineering and innovation in regeneration, contaminated land and sustainability in the remediation sector.

This year’s awards follow its success at last year’s ceremony where it received awards in three categories.

For the category Best Brownfield Infrastructure Project, its project at Littlecombe, Dursley (Gloucestershire) showcased how innovation and exceptional engineering design along with a flexible approach has connected the fabric of old and new infrastructure between the historic market town of Dursley and the 37Ha brownfield regeneration site of neighbouring Littlecombe.

In the category Best Science/Laboratory Advance, Rodgers Leask was recognised for its involvement in the development of magnetic molecules for the selective removal of metal contaminants from soil and groundwater. Its research with ProNu-Dec Ltd and Reading University has combined innovative thinking and laboratory techniques to create a suite of magnetic molecules to target specific contaminants.

The awards not only showcase best practice and innovative engineering solutions but also the strong links between industry and academia to bring new techniques into development and use.

Toasting 10 years of success

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Bondholder Purpose Media, a Derbyshire creative agency which has grown from a two-man start-up with zero assets to a £2m-turnover company employing 30 full-time members of staff is celebrating its first decade in business.

The agency started life as a web development agency, based in the Mansfield i-Centre, by founding directors Matt Wheatcroft and Tim Lenton, after they left their jobs with a funding organisation when their contracts came to an end.

They were joined on day one by Matt’s wife, Sam and, initially, set about establishing a lifestyle business which would replicate their former salaries. However, as the business grew, it took on bigger projects and more staff, before purchasing its first premises on The Village business park, in South Normanton, in 2012.

In 2015, the firm made the decision to expand its offering from just building websites and ecommerce platforms and move towards being a full-service marketing agency.

Over the next two years, it set about acquiring or recruiting industry experts to its in-house team, so it could offer a range of marketing solutions to its clients, including creative design, digital marketing, video, content and PR. 

Today, Purpose Media employs 30 people and has an annual turnover of circa £2m. It also owns 5,000 sq ft of commercial workspace in South Normanton, following the purchase of the two units adjacent to its existing head office, and operates an office in London.   

Over the years, it has employed 11 apprentices and won multiple business awards. It has worked with hundreds of clients from local SMEs like Whitemeadow Furniture, MX Display and On Event Production Co., to professional sports clubs including Derby County Football Club and Middlesex County Cricket Club, business support organisations like the British Chambers of Commerce, and global firms including True Refrigeration and Pattonair.

Managing Director Matt Wheatcroft said: “We started Purpose Media back in 2008 as a lifestyle business and at that time, we’d have never imagined it growing into one of the biggest and most respected agencies outside of London, offering a full range of marketing solutions to clients. 

“It’s been a fantastic ten years and we wouldn’t have been able to grow the business like we have without the hard work, commitment and dedication of the whole team here at Purpose Media, and to all the amazing businesses big and small that we have worked with over the years.

“The business has changed dramatically in the past ten years. Although ecommerce and website development is still a big part of what we do, our future is as a highly-creative boutique agency that works in collaboration with our clients as an extension to their team, or as a complete outsourced marketing department, to help them achieve more.”

Man of the 'Mo'ment


Mo Suleman, Director of Resources at Bondholder Derby Museums has been shortlisted for the 2018 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Entrepreneur for Good of the Year award.

Mo Suleman beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with a record number of businesses and individuals entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

Now in its sixth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names.

Mo Suleman added, “I am absolutely honoured to have been shortlisted for the final. There are some amazing entrepreneurs shortlisted, and to be named amongst them is fantastic. It also feels good to be flying the flag for Derby and Museums in general. It just shows what is possible when you have a great team around you because this award wouldn’t be possible without the support and help of my colleagues.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “Entrepreneurial spirit is still clearly alive and well, and NatWest is thrilled to be able to continue to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London.

£200m station upgrade complete


79 days, 150,00 tonnes of ballast, 240 engineering trains, 17km of new track, 10 signal gantries, 65 new signals, 21,177 sleepers, 79 sets of points and 1,340-metre station platform. This is the content of a £200m upgrade project to Derby train station, the biggest investment in Derby’s railway since the Victorian era and was finished on budget and on time.

In the early hours of Monday morning, the final pieces of equipment and machinery were removed and the lines to the north of Derby station were handed back to Bondholder East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry to allow the full train service to resume for the first time since Sunday, 22 July – 3 hours ahead of schedule.

Over 600,000 hours of work went into the project, which saw huge improvements to the track and signalling.

The speed which trains can travel through the station has now increased and a key bottleneck has been removed, meaning passengers will no longer endure a lengthy wait to enter the platforms. Control of the signalling has also moved from old style, lineside signal boxes to the state-of-the-art control centre. Passengers will benefit from a more modern and reliable railway with reduced delays.

The project has been delivered in partnership between Network Rail, East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry who have worked together to keep passengers moving throughout the last 79 days. The partnership has put passengers first. Trains have been running for 78 of the 79 days of the work; a huge and a carefully planned rail replacement bus operation has been in place, with 5,494 services provided.

Jake Kelly, Managing Director, East Midlands Trains, added: “I am immensely proud of the hard work and skill shown by our people in planning and delivering this. The Derby Resignalling Project was a very challenging period for everyone but we have come through that exceptionally well and also delivered the upgrade safely, efficiently and reintroduced our full train service from Monday morning, as planned.

“This investment will improve journeys across the East Midlands and beyond, but we understand it has meant an extended period of change and disruption too. I am very grateful and appreciative for the patience and understanding shown by our passengers and we hope they will enjoy the benefits of the investment from now on.”

Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director at Network Rail, said: “This is a once in a generation investment to improve the railway in Derby and the benefits will be felt across the whole of the East Midlands.

“We’re delighted that this work is now complete, and we look forward to passengers reaping the benefits. We appreciate that this work has impacted on people and we would like to thank all those affected whilst this vital investment took place.

“We’ve worked incredibly closely with both East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry to keep people moving and this project is a great example of the rail industry working collaboratively to improve services for passengers.

“Passenger numbers are ever increasing, and this upgrade means we can continue to provide a service which meet the needs of the communities and economies which our railway serves.”

Rail Minister Jo Johnson said: “This is a key milestone in the Government’s rail upgrade programme and is part of the £1.5 billion modernisation of the Midland Mainline.

“Passengers have been incredibly patient during the summer while the huge engineering work has taken place and they will now start to take advantage of the improvements which will deliver more reliable, faster services, with more seats.”

Food & Drink Awards Winners


Last night (October 8th), Derby's iconic Roundhouse played host to the tenth annual Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards.

Hosted by Nick Britten, the Awards brought together 300 delegates and customers from establishments across Derby's thriving food and drink scene.

With the highest ever nominations received, of over 4,000, the nominees were then whittled down to the lucky finalists who were visited by the mystery judges. Judges also had the memorable task of announcing the winner and handing over the award at the event.

There was a special guest appearance from Derby resident and ex-Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth, who gave a talk on some behind-the-scenes Bake Off secrets.

The event also saw the launch of a new Bondholder recipe book called Ten: A recipe for success, produced in collaboration with Bondholder AVIT' Media and Once Upon a Fork.

Here is the full list last nights winners:

Restaurant of the Year - Sponsored by Denby Pottery

Terroir Bistro.

Best Pub - Sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau

The Exeter Arms Derby

Best Out of Town - Sponsored by Smooth Radio East Midlands

Hackwood Farm

Best Cafe - Sponsored by Derby College


Best International - Sponsored by Derby Riverlights


Best Newcomer - Sponsored by University of Derby

The Squashed Tomato

Best Bar - Sponsored by Irongate Group

Suds & Soda

Most Family Friendly - Sponsored by

Buttermilk. Coffee House

Excellence in Customer Service - Sponsored by Derbyshire Live


Outstanding Achievement - Sponsored by Royal Crown Derby

The Palfrey

Marketing Derby would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists and thank all who were involved in the Derby Food and Drink Awards.

Special thanks to Cactus Images for the night’s photography.

Riverlights lights up

Bondholder Riverlights has unveiled Derby’s only full motion LED screen.

The digital LED media screen is on The Riverlights, where occupiers include Bondholder Holiday Inn, Premier Inn, Genting Casino, Bustler Market and Gym City. The screen is highly visible from East Street, one of Derby city’s most popular pedestrian walkways and has been installed by SIS Digital on behalf of building owners, Moorfield Real Estate Fund III.

The new screen, measuring 4.8m wide and 6.8m high, has in-built wireless and near-field capability. It boasts 5,500 Network Integration Transmission Services (NITS), ensuring the images are displayed in the highest quality at all times, whilst the 10mm Surface-Mounted-Device (SMD) LED panels incorporate full motion smart screen technology. As well as being the only full motion screen in Derby, it is also the only screen in the large format digital roadside category.

Andrew Simister, UK Sales at SIS Digital, said: “Even though we have installed a number of screens in Derby, the completion of The Riverlights is a key moment for the city, with its first full motion LED screen sitting right at its heart.

“We worked closely with the city council to ensure we were granted planning permission, and what we promised in terms of a blue print was what we subsequently delivered.”

Mark Holmes, Head of Asset Management at Moorfield, who manage Riverlights said: “As part of the investment’s scheme of improvements works we are very pleased to see the screen unveiled. It is one of the main routes to the nearby Intu and at the entrance to Riverlights, and it will be seen by tens of thousands of people each and every week.”

Bondholders collaborate for CD


Bondholders AWD Development Solutions and Hot House Music Schools are collaborating to raise funding for the enrichment activities and workshop opportunities carried out by Hot House Music.

AWD Development Solutions has provided sponsorship to produce The Hot House Screaming Kicks Band’s recently recorded a CD, so that all proceeds raised from sales will go directly to the students’ educational experiences.

At a Bondholder event next week (17th October), Andrew Deighton, owner of AWD Development Solutions, will share elements from his high performing team framework. He uses this framework to help improve the performance of teams in businesses and organisations. Jon Eno, Managing Director of Hot House Music Schools, will explain how he deploys those elements in his work to educate and develop some of the most talented young musicians in Derby.

Throughout the evening, Bondholders will be entertained by the Hot House Screaming Kicks Big Band – one of the top youth big bands in the UK.

A week after the Bondholder event, Screaming Kicks Big Band will be embarking on a ten day US tour to Boston, New Orleans and San Francisco. The tour will provide the students with an insight into life on the road as a touring musician. As well as performing, the students will take part in workshops and enrichment activities delivered by top jazz performers and teachers. Whilst they are there, a number of the band will also be auditioning for places on high profile US university jazz degree courses.

Andrew said: “AWD Development Solutions works with businesses and organisations to build high performing teams and develop effective team members and leaders. I think a band is one of the greatest examples of team working and we can learn a lot from it. Band members have clear roles, need to continuously develop and practice their skills, communicate clearly and support each other. They also get immediate feedback on their performance. These are incredibly valuable skills and attitudes which will be vital in whatever the students choose to go on to do in the future.

“Working with Jon and the team at Hot House, and the exceptional talent they nurture, is a really fantastic experience from both a professional and personal perspective. Witnessing the growth and development of the young people as they progress through the levels of band is truly inspirational and totally aligned with why I do what I do in my business.

“I’m delighted to be sponsoring the US Tour CD to help further develop the skills and capabilities of the students in Screaming Kicks and create memories and experiences that will remain with them for life.”

Jon said: “Hot House Music Schools provides a safe and positive learning environment for young musicians to explore and develop their musical talent and inspires the next generation of music makers.

“Derby has some of the greatest young musicians in the whole of the UK and we believe that music can help our young people develop skills that will help them positively navigate their way through life. Andrew is an inspirational motivator and I love the way he is engaging with learning at all ages.

“Music is the universal language and it has the power to communicate to all demographics. We believe that our Hot House students represent the very best of why you should live and learn in Derby!”

HUUB Backs World-Beating Cycle Team

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Bondholder and leading triathlon kit designers HUUB have announced their backing for an innovative Derby-based track cycling team which are currently among the fastest in the world.

Team HUUB Wattbike, as they are now known, started life as Team KGF as a group of cycling enthusiasts who shared a passion for the engineering and science behind elite performance sport.

Since relocating collectively to Derby from their homes across the UK specifically to train at the velodrome in Derby Arena, they have made an indelible mark on the sport in what has been hailed a ‘David and Goliath’ story.

As amateur riders, Dan Bigham, Charlie Tanfield, Jacob Tipper and Jonny Wale pooled their money and continued their jobs or university studies to compete at national and international competitions where they were soon taking on the world’s top team and individual pursuit riders.

After a string of podium places, including gold at the national championships in Manchester – beating the British Cycling team pursuit riders, they went onto win gold in the UCI world cup in Belarus last November in 3:56 - just five seconds off the world record.

Now, with the new UCI track season just weeks away and this vital sponsorship under their belts, Team HUUB Wattbike have their sights set on more medals and smashing world records with the new line up of Dan and Jonny who have been joined by John Archibald and Harry Tanfield.

They are gearing up for a six-month international season which will see them competing against some of the world’s top national teams such as Australia, New Zealand and British Cycling as well as feeder teams who also have the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in their sights.

Outstanding achievement award for The Palfrey


Bondholder The Palfrey won the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Award at Marketing Derby’s Food and Drink Awards a day after re-opening its doors to the public since a fire devastated the award-winning bar.

Only weeks after winning Best Bar at last year’s Food and Drink Awards, a fire ripped through the building of The Palfrey causing extensive damage resulting in them having to close the premises.

This was a devastating time for the mother and daughter owners Sharon and Amie Marlow, but despite the tragedy they have worked tirelessly to re-build the bar and keep the business going in alternative venues.

It first opened an outlet at The Post House on Victoria Street - which hosts several restaurants and bars in one building - and more recently it has set up serving food at the Queenies Tea Room near Quarndon.

After nearly a year of refurbishment our winner re-opened its doors to the public on Sunday 7th October and will be hosting a party weekend on 12th and 13th October to celebrate its re-opening.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “The resilience shown by the duo has been amazing. They have overcome so much and this award recognises how hard they have worked to keep the name of their business alive.”

Talking about the award Sharon and Amie said: “It is an honour to receive this amazing award, we are overwhelmed and delighted.

“Opening The Palfrey was our dream and it was shattered when the fire occurred. Giving up was never an option as we didn’t want to let go of our dream. We want to thank our great staff and loyal customers who have stuck with us through these difficult times. We look forward to celebrating with them next weekend!”

On a mission

Bondholder QUAD answered a call made by Marketing Derby on behalf of the Midlands Engine for creative businesses to join a trade mission to the Hangzhou Cultural and Creative Industry Expo in the Zhejiang province of China.

QUAD decided that this was a mission for its in-house technical team - TechsQUAD.

TechsQUAD is a team of creatives, designers and digital technicians specialising in technical design and delivery.

QUAD were one of 60 creative businesses who applied for the 15 available places and were successful to join the Midlands Engine and showcase its business and meet with Alibaba, China’s biggest online retailer, wholesaler and payment platform.

Over half a million people visited the Midlands Engine Pavillion over the 5 days of the Expo and Dr Alex Rock, Head of Technical and Commercial Services at QUAD was able to meet with a variety of businesses and dignitaries including an international video games company, senior politicians, senior figures within the British Embassy and senior civic leaders to test the market for its products and services.

TechsQUAD specialise in emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and projection mapping to bring Heritage centres to life and thought that this would be the offer that potential Chinese customers would be focusing on.

In fact, Alex was pleasantly surprised as he is now following up leads with a Chinese estate agent, who is looking to use augmented reality to show American properties to Chinese customers and a video games company who is working with a travel agency to bring a cruise ship to life using the technology to entice customers to book.

“It was a really worthwhile visit and an amazing opportunity to make useful contacts to showcase the technology that we can provide. I have learnt a lot about the Chinese market and the requirements to follow up.

“I would encourage businesses to take advantage of future trade missions to test out the market for their products. It is a fantastic opportunity and you never know where it may lead you to.”

Partnership critical to city's future

Carole Mills became the first female Chief Executive for Bondholder Derby City Council when she joined at the beginning of August.

Carole joined from Milton Keynes Council where she held the role of chief executive in 2014. Before that, over a 16-year period, she held senior strategic roles at metropolitan and unitary councils including Walsall and Nottingham City.

• What are your first impressions of Derby?

Derby is a great city. There are areas of historic charm, thriving businesses, beautiful green spaces, and some excellent bars and restaurants. The city also has a very passionate population; Derby people clearly love Derby. There are also some really exciting projects on our agenda as a place.

• What is your aspiration for Derby?

We have some fantastic people working at the Council who are committed both to public service and the city, and it’s a privilege to be here and working as part of Team Derby. I want to ensure that Derby City Council is focussed on doing all it can to optimise opportunities for Derby, its citizens, businesses, visitors and other stakeholders.

That said, there are challenges and issues to resolve, and I believe it’s important to tackle them head on, so that will be a priority for me.

• What is your impression of how Derby’s business community shapes the city?

I’m struck by the excellent partnerships we have between businesses here; the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Visit Derby, the University of Derby, Derby Renaissance Board, Marketing Derby and its Bondholders, of course, and others - all working together with the Council and local businesses, uniting and acting as a force for positive change in the city – it’s very inspiring.

Of course we have the industrial giants who have roots in the city and its heritage, like Rolls-Royce, but there are also many small- and medium-sized enterprises that really make Derby and the communities they work in.

I’ve already been out and about – starting to meet with partners and business leaders, and there’s a clear sense of pride in everyone I’ve met; not only in their own businesses and Derby of course, but also within the communities they sit in and the people they work with. I’m looking forward to working with as many people and businesses as I can.

• What role do you see the Council playing in helping to shape the city?

Working effectively with partners is critically important as is making the right connections within the city and beyond – regionally, nationally and internationally. No local authority is an island and, in the best places, you have the public, private and voluntary sectors working together in partnership.

Our success will be maximised when people, businesses and communities are empowered and working together for the good of the city.

The council has a unique role in making and enhancing those connections and brokering the right kind of involvement at the right time.

• What has been the ethos underpinning your career?

I have very strong values – work hard, do the right thing, listen, communicate, make things happen and be kind. I’m very much a people person and enjoy building effective, multi-disciplinary teams. To make things happen, you need people working together; no one can go-it alone. I’ve never shied away from the difficult conversations, challenging others where that’s required or taking appropriate risks.

• What has been your proudest achievement of your career?

It would have to be establishing the concept of the MK Futures 2050 Commission which, following extensive engagement with city stakeholders, culminated in the creation of a long term vision for Milton Keynes to continue to grow and prosper. Their incredibly well-received report ‘Making a Great City Greater’ set out six big projects –growth and strategy; a new university; learning and skills; smart, sustainable mobility; renaissance CMK and the creative, cultured city and will take MK forward in a very positive way.

• Tell us one thing that not many people know about you.

I’m a very open person, so nothing much to tell on this one. I do love foreign travel and am a keen photographer, having visited around 50 countries so far.

The dawn of a new era at The Derby Conference Centre

It’s a changing of the guard at Bondholder The Derby Conference Centre, with the introduction of a new Managing Director Matt Hutchings. Matt has been in place at the Centre for a number of months, ensuring a smooth transition into his new role.

Matt will be taking over from Mike Ebbitt, who is retiring after 44 years in the industry - including 10 years at The Derby Conference Centre. During his time at The Derby Conference Centre, Mike oversaw a period of growth and success at the Centre, bringing a motivational style of management and introducing the key values which have been behind the Centre’s growth.

Mike has been at the forefront of driving The Derby Conference Centre forward, including transforming the building into a multi-purpose site complete with upgrading bedrooms and facilities, as well as obtaining Grade II listed status and receiving the Red plaque from the Transport Trust.

“It’s been a wonderful time managing The Derby Conference Centre,” Mike says. “I’m sad to be leaving of course but I’m really excited for my retirement and being able to spend more time with my family. The last 10 years have been like seeing a child develop into an adult in many ways – we’ve all come a long way during that time, with plenty of challenges of course, but I cannot express how proud I am of the team and how privileged to have worked with them all.”

“Mike has given so much to The Derby Conference Centre,” Matt adds. “He’s been a great mentor to myself and I’m keen to continue his hard work. It’s been an honour and pleasure learning from him over the last few months – his knowledge is so valuable in everything we do here at the Centre.”

As the new Managing Director, Matt’s main role will be to continue building on the vision Mike had back when he started 10 years ago – to turn The Derby Conference Centre into a hotel, conference and events venue that charms the customer, exceeds expectations and delivers excellence to a UK-wide audience.

Having worked in the hospitality industry since the age of 16, Matt has built his experience through several different roles. He has even opened two hotels himself, as well as refurbishing another, always bringing the same focus on investing in people.

“I have found that you cannot achieve success without investing in people, through development and engagement,” Matt says. “I’m really excited to inspire the fantastic team we have already at The Derby Conference Centre to think differently and engage them to begin a journey together in which we’ll evolve the Centre into the premier venue it can be. That potential is part of the reason why I was inspired to join The Derby Conference Centre.”

Derby hosting major 'Meet the Buyer' event

Today members of Marketing Derby will be representing Midlands Engine and joining Bondholder Rail Forum Midlands at a major Rail Vehicles and Enhancements (RVE) Expo, the only UK show specifically focused on Rail Vehicles and Enhancements.

The show will be held at Bondholder Derby Arena and encompasses an Exhibition, a Conference and a Meet the Buyer Event and will draw in international exhibitors, buyers and a broad range of visitors.

Bondholder Bombardier will be joined by 11 other major companies including Alstom, Angel Trains, Bombardier, CAF, Hitachi, Knorr Bremse, Porterbrook, Siemens, Talgo and TfL. They will arrive in Derby to meet existing and potential suppliers in a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event co-ordinated by Rail Forum Midlands on behalf of RVE Expo owners Modern Railways.

Elaine Clark, Rail Forum General Manager, said: “We are delighted with the response from both buyers and suppliers with 83% of supply chain companies that applied securing at least one appointment. This means over 90 suppliers have the opportunity to pitch their products or services to one or more potential clients during the day. The RVE Expo is a specialist rail vehicle exhibition and the level of interest from OEMs and clients demonstrates that the Midlands and Derby is seen as an ideal location for this popular and growing event”.

Katie Delve, Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby said, "Throughout the year we collaborate with other partners across the Midlands and DIT to promote the strengths of the region's rail sector and upcoming investment opportunities."

We're delighted to represent this partnership on our home turf here in Derby, home to Europe's largest rail cluster."

Students gain 'Loates' of experience

Bondholder LoatesHR have signed an intern from fellow Bondholder University of Derby after she spoke at a Marketing Derby breakfast event.

Kira Williams won a contest among business and human resource students to present at the LoatesHR-sponsored event at the university in April.

She and fellow undergraduate Laura Rose are now working one day a week alongside their course demands and have already impressed so much that the company is hoping to take them on until Christmas and beyond.

LoatesHR director and founder, Sarah Loates, said: “We have developed a very close relationship with the university because I wanted to give something back as I graduated there.

“We took on Laura first for eight weeks at two days a week – then, when she reduced to one day at the resumption of her course, Kira joined us.

“We believe it is really important to develop local talent and we were keen to help develop the best people early in their careers.

“We are delighted to sign both Kira and Laura and hope they are the first of a wave of university students to join us.

“In fact, we would say that other companies should follow suit if students in other fields are of their standard.”

Kira said: "LoatesHR have provided me with a fantastic opportunity that has allowed me to gain a greater insight into how the concepts I have learned at university applied into real life."

Laura added: “"Whilst working at LoatesHR I have gained invaluable experience of seeing how an HR team works. Working in such a supportive environment has helped me develop from a university student into a growing young professional."

Bev Crighton, the University of Derby’s External Engagement Lead, said: "We, at the University of Derby, very much appreciate the commitment which LoatesHR has shown towards developing our students.

"Sarah Loates has been a motivational guest speaker and mentor for some time and we thank her and her team for offering these new internships which are a wonderful opportunity for two talented young people.

"I hope our relationship with LoatesHR continues to blossom."

University unveils city vision

Bondholder University of Derby celebrated its rise up the national league tables by announcing its intention to grow its estate, creating greater synergy and connections with the city.

Speaking at a Marketing Derby Bondholder event Vice Chancellor Kathryn Mitchell said

"We are a confident University with ambitions for the city and county.

"The University is proud of its achievements to date and recognises that it is time to take ambitious steps in terms of what we do and how we do it, and a real determination to embrace change and deliver an outstanding experience for everyone who wants to engage with the University of Derby."

An early image of how the University's city campus could look was presented by Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director, Hari Punchihewa focusing on a possible new Business School, digital and conferencing facilities,

"We want to create a student zone in the city including a new University Enterprise Zone and we are looking for partners to get behind this."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby opened the event saying that great cities need great universities and Derby is a city on the up and clearly has a University which is also on the up.

"We must remind ourselves that Derby is still a young University - only 26 years old - but has already made its mark as its position in league tables is beginning to show."

At the event the University launched its 2018-2030 Strategic Framework, its ambitions for the future and its civic role within our region.

Speaking about the framework the Vice Chancellor said,

"The framework provides the foundations and direction on which to plan, perform and succeed in a changing and globally dynamic environment, and sets out a clear purpose and promise to its students, staff and region."

The University has a long line of achievements this year which includes:

13th best university in the UK for teaching quality, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 league table

Ranked as one of the UK’s top 30 universities overall in The Guardian’s University Guide for 2019 – it’s highest ever overall position

Named among the world’s top 250 modern universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University rankings

Presented with the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year Award at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs)

Those successes followed the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award from the Higher Education Funding Council in 2017, which puts the University of Derby in the top 20 per cent of all providers in the UK.

Lifetime Achievement for Bowmer & Kirkland Director

Ralph Jones, Director of Bondholder Bowmer and Kirkland was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the East Midlands Property Dinner 2018

Ralph joined Bowmer & Kirkland, the successful privately owned construction and development group, in 1978 as a quantity surveyor and is a main board director. He has built up the group’s Peveril Securities division into a national developer, skilfully utilising the financial resources, development and construction expertise of the larger group.

Notable investments include 100-acre sites at Toton and Lily Street Farm, Alfreton, adjacent to the A38, which have both recently received consent for large mixed use schemes.

Ralph also set up Peveril Homes and built it into one of the East Midlands leading quality house builders.

On hearing about his award Ralph said “It is honour to have received this award.  I am fortunate to work with the family owned construction and property company Bowmer & Kirkland in an exciting and vibrant industry.”

Talking about Ralph's contribution John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said "Ralph has been a fantastic servant of regional property for sometime and has contributed so much to property development across the city, county and indeed the country."

Salloway deals

Bondholder Salloway Property Consultants have brokered a deal which sees the former Ashbourne Telegraph newspaper office set to be turned into a micropub.

The building, in Market Place, was previously a pub and Walter Scott who set up the Little Chester Ale House and Last Post in Derby, plans to bring back its former name, The Queen’s Vaults.

He said: "I didn't know it was a pub when I put in for the application but when we were doing some digging around to find out the history for the application we saw it was called The Queen's Vaults.

"It's very early days yet, but I would like it to be open before Christmas."

Steve Salloway, managing director of Salloway Property Consultants, said: “We are delighted at these exciting plans for such a landmark building and it is fascinating that an historic name could be rekindled.

“The micropub industry has really taken off in recent years and this appears to be a great fit for Market Place.”

Salloway Property Consultants are also acting as vendors, along with Bishop Property Consultants, for the former home of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, the historic Old Hall in Littleover.

Expressions of interest have been invited for the nearly five-acre site on Burton Road which includes the impressive Victorian mansion.

The site also includes more modern buildings and gatehouse in attractive, landscaped grounds.

The 1891 house was erected to the design of Alexander MacPherson for businessman Edward MacInnes. Prior to that there was a home on the site which dated back to the late Elizabethan era.

Most recently, it was the headquarters of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service for 45 years before it moved to be alongside Derbyshire Police at Butterley Hall in Ripley.

Stephen Salloway, managing director of Salloway Property Consultants, said: “This is a very rare opportunity and the vendors are happy to discuss propositions on a conditional or unconditional basis or even a joint venture.

“Those interested would almost certainly have to retain the beautiful Old Hall and lodge which are noted in Derby’s historic buildings list but are not formally listed.”

Fluid Ideas charity re-brand

Bondholder Fluid Ideas has been working with Derby's oldest charity to give them a brand new look.

Liversage Trust was first established in 1529 but found that, despite being Derby’s oldest charity, many Derby residents were not aware of them.

Over the past months, with support from Fluid Ideas, the charity has sought to change this; raising the profile of their brand and making Derby residents aware of their core message:

“Almost 500 years since the formation of our charity, there are still people in Derby that struggle to afford the cost of living. And as long as the people of our city need help, the Liversage Trust will be here for them.”

Liversage Trust has supported 661 Derby residents in the last year, through Almshouses, their care home, and hardship grants. Many recognisable buildings across Derby are owned by the charity, including their head office on London Road — the rebrand looks to highlight the groups ongoing work through a fresh identity, website and photography that captures their work.

Speaking of the rebrand, the Chair of Trustees, Janet Till said: “In an effort to reach out to more people within the City we are launching a new corporate identity and website. This will enable more people needing care or housing help to access everything that we offer.”

Ella Robinson who led the project at Fluid Ideas said:

“It’s been fantastic to work with the team at Liversage Trust and deliver a brand, website and social media support that showcases the important work the charity undertakes. Just delving in to the history of this Derby institution shows the important role it has played in helping those in the city who need support”.

Skegness Foreshore

Architects at Bondholder Guy Taylor Associates and economic development experts at Focus Consultants have been appointed to draw up ideas to improve the foreshore of one of the UK’s popular seaside towns, Skegness.

East Lindsey District Council has appointed Focus Consultants in partnership with Guy Taylor Associates to refresh the Foreshore Masterplan with a series of investment ideas and to develop a detailed Design Manual for the foreshore to help attract grants.

The Design Manual will provide detailed guidelines on both the appearance and permitted materials for everything from the kerbs to street lighting, ensuring that future development builds on Skegness’s natural assets and stands the test of time.

It will identify improvements that can be made to street furniture, signage, colour schemes and paths, as well as considering opportunities to improve layout to benefit traffic and pedestrians.

Paul Stanton, Director, Guy Taylor Associates, Derby said: “We are taking into account all the existing natural and built heritage in the area, as well as how people use the area – for recreation, shopping and traditional seaside activities, such as donkey rides - as well as considering practical elements like seating and cycle parks.

“We hope that the refreshed Masterplan and new Design Manual will ensure that the resort continues to offer a memorable experience, as well as being accessible to everyone long into the future.”

Portfolio Holder for the Coastal Economy, Councillor Steve Kirk, said: “I think it's fair to say that Skegness foreshore is in need of investment. By undertaking this work now, the Council is positioning the resort to be able to make funding applications when grant schemes open. We all know Skegness is one of the UK's leading resorts, with visitor numbers to the area increasing year on year. We must ensure that continues.”

Organisations involved in running Skegness as a successful seaside resort will be invited to have their input in the project once the initial ideas have been drawn up. The suggestions from Focus Consultants and Guy Taylor Associates are expected to be handed to the Council in the coming weeks.