HUUB Announce Further Expansion Plans

Bondholder HUUB is planning major expansion and increased research and development in its ranges following another year of sales growth.

HUUB founder and owner Dean Jackson created the company in 2011 as a new sporting brand which utilised technology and research in the design of its clothing and accessories to deliver performance enhancing products.

The initial focus was on wetsuits which are now sported by some of the world’s top triathletes including Olympians Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, who have now renewed their contract with HUUB until 2020, and Derby’s own Tom Bishop who will compete in the Commonwealth Games 2018.

Ongoing research and development and further product launches, including nine patented or trademarked features, has resulted in substantial growth in the UK and 20 other countries worldwide.

Dean Jackson explained that, from this position of strength, HUUB’s vision was now to expand its ranges and broaden its international markets.

He said: “Triathlon continues to be the world’s fastest growing amateur sport and we are fast becoming the brand of choice for elite and non-professional athletes alike.

“We have seen outstanding growth in the past two years despite the continued uncertain economic climate and particularly the impact of Brexit on exchange rates.

“Having conquered the UK wetsuit market and created a strong brand, we can now expand into other areas of performance clothing and accessories – built on the same principles of Research science and reality.

“Our attentions are particularly turning to R&D in cycling apparel. We are working with aerodynamics expert Dan Bigham at [Bondholder] Derby Arena velodrome to apply the same rigour that we undertake for research into wetsuits and tri-suits to our new cycling range – leading to better performance, comfort and functionality on the bike.”

Mr Jackson continued that a particular focus for HUUB this year would be on meeting the entire clothing and apparel needs of triathletes at work, rest and play whether they competing, chilling out before or after a race or preparing for their next race.

Swindell & Pearson on the Up

Bondholder Swindell & Pearson is delighted to announce that it’s been recommended in the 2018 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 - The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

The firm was praised for its “client care” and ability to “create and drive IP value”. Nick Womsley, Head of the Trade Mark Team was commended for his leadership whilst Trade Mark Attorney Kieron Taylor was highlighted as someone who “works tirelessly for his clients and is utterly dedicated.”

It’s an excellent endorsement for the firm’s trade mark team and follows on from its success in the Legal 500 law firm ranking directory at the end of the 2017 in which Nick and Kieron were also recommended.

Nick commented: “I was delighted to learn that we have been recommended by the WTR 1000.  My team works exceptionally hard year round to deliver exceptional client care, so it’s particularly pleasing to have been recognised for this. As the WTR noted, our team is compact but we’re very experienced across all trade mark matters”.

The WTR 1000 is a research directory, described as having firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Innovation Opens Up

Bondholder Connect Derby has teamed up with ENSCITE, a support organisation for companies in the transport equipment manufacturing supply chain, to host a special event at the £12m iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park.

The ‘Insider Event’ is taking place at the iHub on Wednesday 28 th February (4.30pm – 6.00pm) and is aimed at companies looking to expand their role within the rail, aerospace and automotive supply industries.

Businesses operating in the transport engineering and hi-tech sectors across the Midlands are invited to find out more about the workshop and office accommodation offer at the iHub and how Connect Derby’s collaboration with ENSCITE, a joint venture between the University of Derby, Derby City Council and Aston University, can help take their business to the next level.

Commenting on the ‘Insider’ event, Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, said: “We look forward to welcoming businesses from across the Midlands to the iHub on 28 February.

“The unique workshop provision at the iHub is proving very popular with businesses seeking a hybrid working environment and only a limited number of units are still available. I would encourage anyone keen to find out more to book their place and come and see this fantastic accommodation for themselves.”

The iHub is the centrepiece of Infinity Park, the 100-acre manufacturing focused innovation and technology park in the city. It features 18 high specification offices and 14 state-of-the-art workshop units, which are ideal for businesses in need of a hybrid working environment.

The building also offers a multi-purpose ‘heart space’ area, which is establishing a reputation as a leading regional conference and event venue, as well as conference and meeting rooms which are open to tenants and non-tenants.

Green Light for Swimming Pool

A new multi-million pound swimming pool in Derby has been granted planning permission, allowing plans to move forward.

The Moorways site complex is expected to open in 2020, with construction planned to begin later this year. Plans for the site include soft-play and multi-use rooms, gym, exercise studios, sauna & steam room, learner pool and a 50m ten lane pool.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, the Cabinet Member leading on the New Swimming Pool Complex, said:This state of the art facility will be a game changer for swimming in Derby. We have pledged to open this New Swimming Pool Complex to the public in 2020. Our investment in the City will ensure Derby continues to be a great place to live, work and visit."

Bondholder Derby City Council has set aside £33m for the project as it is one of their 50 pledges.

Smooth Sailing

Bondholder Champions (UK) plc have been selected to implement a worldwide communications strategy for Powerboat P1 Management Ltd.

P1 are the global rights-holder for the P1 SuperStock powerboat championship, P1 AquaX personal watercraft championship and P1 Jetcross stand-up ski racing series, with offices in Florida, London and Malaysia.

The firm has chosen Champions to deliver a global communications service with the aim of bringing this exhilarating sport to a wider audience. Impressed with what Champions could offer in terms of in-house expertise, along with delivering a comprehensive PR strategy, the team will also offer social media support.

This latest signing highlights how successful Champions’ ‘Perfect 10’ business model is, which allows clients to pick and mix the right support for their business, as Champions’ Managing Director, Matthew Hayes, explains: “We are a full-service agency but appreciate that not every client needs a complete solution. In the case with Powerboat P1, they knew the level of support they required and we were able to tailor a package to suit which includes a blend of PR, digital and brand management.”

The ‘Perfect 10’ which forms Champions’ offering includes creative, marketing, advertising, media, publishing, digital, celebrity management, web, events and of course, PR.

Sharing Wealth

Bondholder Rhodes Wealth Management is helping change the lives of impoverished young children by sponsoring a charity based in Tanzania.

Pamoja Leo was founded by Georgina and Ed Hill who were literally told by local police to take home two children they found on the streets while on their honeymoon in the east African country.

Their charity has helped transform care for vulnerable children by protecting their well-being, providing education to assist families to care for them and preventing separation from their extending families if they lose their parents.

Adam Rhodes, managing director of Rhodes Wealth Management, said: “Having visited Tanga, it is very clear how much can be achieved with what in the UK seems a relatively small amount of money.

“Supporting a charity run by intelligent, entrepreneurial individuals who have made this their life and donate their time for free gives me the confidence that Pamoja Leo is here to stay and is making a very big difference to scores of children and their families."

Jobs are available in Tanzania for those who come through the education system. Sadly, that only applies to 20% because some families rely on females to bring in money from a very early age.

Pamoja Leo is seeking to increase that figure many fold through its educational programmes. In a special presentation, Rhodes Wealth Management staff were told by Georgina how the company’s sponsorship had paid for the renovation of a day centre where 25 children are taught every day as well as the monthly salary of a teacher.

Woodland Weddings

Last April Bondholder Morley Hayes launched a woodland wedding service in response to couples looking to take their vows whilst being at one with nature.

The woodland area has been transformed into a romantic Midsummer Night’s Dream-style setting, which enables couples to take their vows amongst forest ferns and wild flowers, shrouded beneath spectacular towering pines, horse chestnut and beech trees, with breath- taking views beyond.

Woodland wedding ceremonies take place in a private lodge, an open structure situated in a secluded part of the Morley Hayes woodlands. Guests can enjoy the intimate ceremony seated on oak benches, beside the old-fashioned lych-gate overlooking the woods.

The new woodland wedding service has proved a huge success, with ceremonies scheduled to take place throughout the spring and summer months.

Speaking of the new service, Andrew Allsop, Managing Director of Morley
Hayes, said: “We’re always looking for ways to improve our service offering in line with the changing demands of our customers and are really pleased with the feedback we’ve received from couples who have already exchanged their vows in our wedding lodge or have already booked their woodland wedding for 2018 and 2019.

“Here at Morley Hayes we’re blessed with an idyllic location, so the woodland wedding package is the perfect opportunity for us to take advantage of this fabulous setting to give couples the chance to have a romantic and truly enchanting wedding.”

Many couples have now enjoyed a Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired wedding within
the spectacular Morley Hayes woodlands.

Change for DE22

Bondholder DE22 has increased its team by six new members in 2017, and has come to a new motivation which has led to a rethink of the brand.

Managing Director, Martin Griffiths said: “Collectively we felt it was time to re-address our brand to reflect our evolution as a business. We embraced the same processes we undertake for our clients, and honestly, something that we do as second nature every day is a tricky thing to do for yourselves. We’ve invested in our brand for the future to reflect the people we have and the products we offer. Our aim, always, is to create beautifully crafted design but we want it to have real purpose, real long term ROI for our clients. We want to continue to forge lasting relationships and refining our culture will help us to do this. People buy from other people, not corporations so it was really important for our tone of voice to show our personality."

Based on Friargate Derby, DE22 was formed in 2010 have developed a strong team but are still looking to grow to cope with demand.

Tamsyn Port, Creative Lead commented: “We can’t wait to unveil our new site and show you what we’ve been working on. We have an awesome team at DE22 with a diverse range of skills and I’m excited to see what the future will bring. We will continue to add to our collective of passionate creatives, strategists and marketeers with the right people who share our vision.” 

Having been Marketing Derby Bondholders for over 5 years they have created strong client relationships within the city, and have now proven they have the capabilities and resources to provide outstanding results for leading national brands.


PM Visits Derby College

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, chose the iconic Roundhouse Derby yesterday as a venue in which to make a keynote speech on the future of post-18 education.

Attended by senior ministers, she announced a major review of the future shape of tuition fees and university funding.

The speech was followed by a press conference with the PM being quizzed on a number of issues by Bondholder Derby Telegraph, as well as a flurry of nationals including, Sky TV, the Sun and the Times Education Supplement, as well as BBC TV’s political pundit Laura Kuenssberg. 

Chief Executive of Bondholder Derby College Mandie Stravino was delighted to showcase the Roundhouse saying that “It is unusual for an announcement of this magnitude to be made in a college sector setting.”

The Prime Minister was clearly impressed with the Roundhouse, commenting that the courses held at there were "building a future for this great city.”   

Read the Derby Telegraph article here.

Weddings Return to Derby Conference Centre

Back in 2015, Bondholder, The Derby Conference Centre announced that it was no longer providing wedding services. However, over the past 12 months it has become evident that with the increased volume of enquiries, the people of Derby really miss not being able to tie the knot at this beautiful venue. Which is why the Centre is incredibly proud to announce that as of Valentine’s Day, The Derby Conference Centre is once again on the wedding venue market.

As events specialists, The Derby Conference Centre staff are really looking forward to offering this service once again. To be able to help the happy couple make those magical memories of a lifetime on their special day is something incredibly rewarding. Knowing all too well how important it is to create the perfect day, they can’t wait to get started.

The Derby Conference Centre’s Managing Director, Mike Ebbitt said: “Many of our customers were surprised to learn that we weren’t offering our services for weddings. We are now delighted to be able to provide this service once again. We’re all looking forward to helping make someone’s wedding the happiest day of their life!”

Steeped in local history, in an easily accessible location, The Derby Conference Centre can offer high quality accommodation and professionally prepared food as part of their wedding packages. Situated in the heart of Derby, and known as Derby’s hidden gem, the venue is a stunning Art Deco Grade II listed building with 50 en-suite bedrooms which are 4* AA rated (guest accommodation). Coupled with attractive reception rooms, bar facilities and beautiful, expansive grounds, the Centre provides the perfect canvas for capturing newlywed memories.

The Derby Conference Centre did not wasted any time in preparing for this launch; the website has a dedicated area and the team have been busy organising bespoke packages to accommodate the needs of the modern-day bride. With an experienced and enthusiastic team, who are adept at handling multiple events, the happy couple will be able to relax knowing their special day is in expert hands.

Dains Invests in Leadership Skills for Accountants

Bondholder Dains, midlands based accountants and business advisory firm, is investing in an 18-month programme to develop their next generation of leaders.

Dains is embarking on the programme as part of its strategy to develop practical leadership and management skills to create a high performing organisation. The firm has ambitious plans for growth, underpinned by building on its reputation for exceptional client service delivered by talented business advisers. It believes that investing in a leadership programme aligned with the business vision will enable their people to drive the firm’s ambitions.

Richard McNeilly, Dains, Managing Partner added, “We plan to grow our business by a further 50% over the course of the next 5 years and more if we acquire like-minded accountancy and advisory businesses. Without doubt, our greatest asset is our people and we are keen to build our leaders of the future, whilst honing the skills of our existing leadership group. Having invested heavily in IT and staff benefits, the leadership programme is a natural development.”

Starting in February 2018, the 18-month programme, will help leaders to understand what enables people to work at their best, how to empower people to deliver great performance, how to create more value in a working week, effective and flexible communication and the need to understand and adapt to differing behavioural styles.

Commenting, Dains HR Manager, Angela Millward said, “We all aspire to be the type of leader that people want to work for who is able to create a positive and supportive work environment from which a highly productive team can evolve. The programme is aimed at developing coaching skills and helping our leaders place people at the heart of what we do so that our teams, our clients and the firm can enjoy the benefits.” 

Dains operates from 6 full service offices across the Midlands region including: Birmingham, Burton on Trent, Derby, Lichfield, Rugeley and Stoke on Trent.

Changes to the Management and Leadership Team at Armsons

Bondholder Armsons - cost consultants, project managers and building surveyors - has made some key changes to its management and leadership team in what is proving to be one of the busiest years in its 45 year history.

Michael Armson, who founded the business in 1972, has retired from his post as managing director and taken up a consultancy position with the company.

Director Ian Cooper has also stepped down and will now act as a part-time consultant for the business, which delivers its services to a diverse client base across a broad spectrum of sectors - including commercial, industrial, civil engineering, residential, healthcare, retail, sports and leisure, education and heritage.

Two new directors have been appointed; Sally Walters who joined Armsons in 2016 to head- up the company’s building surveying services team and Jonathan Heath, who has been at the company since 2014.

Sally and Jonathan will join Stephen Fernie, who remains a director after spending more than 20 years with the Darley Abbey-based firm.

Commenting on the new appointments, director Stephen Fernie, said: “Over the past 45 years, Armsons has established a reputation for recruiting people with extensive experience in their respective areas, who come together to share their skills and knowledge, which adds value to our service offering.

“Jonathan and Sally are highly regarded in their particular fields and I am delighted to welcome them as fellow directors at Armsons.

“Our team-based approach is one of our strengths and enables us to provide clients with a consistently first-class service and achieve the most cost-effective delivery of their project objectives.”

Armsons was established by Michael Armson in 1972 to offer specialist quantity surveying expertise to private and public sector clients across the region.

Over the past five decades, the business has expanded its service offering considerably in keeping with the changing face of the construction industry.

The firm has been involved in a series of award-winning schemes, including the transformation of the historic Roundhouse on Pride Park into a £51m engineering, technology and construction campus for Derby College, Glasshouse College – Ruskin Mill Trust, a College for young people with special learning needs, housed in the former Royal Doulton glass- factory in Stourbridge's Glass Quarter and the 400 Hall, a state of the art flexible performance theatre for Repton Hall School.

Crossing Borders

The Corporate Finance Team at Bondholder Cooper Parry led a cross-border transaction which concluded with the sale of eTech Solutions Limited (eTech) to CoreLogic, Inc (CoreLogic®).

eTech, the UK’s leading provider of mobile surveying and workflow management software to the property services industry for the lending and surveying, and energy markets, has been acquired by CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider.

Cooper Parry Corporate Finance acted as lead advisers to the shareholders of eTech, with legal advice provided by DLA Piper. Cooper Parry also provided tax advice to the shareholders.

Commenting on the acquisition, eTech Founder, Jim Driver said: “We very much look forward to aligning our expertise with the considerable resources of CoreLogic to further develop the services we offer to our partners in the UK and internationally. With new products already in the pipeline, this is an exciting phase for eTech’s continued growth.”

Frank Martell, CoreLogic president and CEO, noted: “The acquisition of eTech expands our UK footprint and augments our valuation solutions offerings. The eTech team has established a great track record of building innovative solutions that helped transform the UK valuation and energy assessment industries. We believe that over time, we can potentially leverage benefits from a number of eTech’s innovative solutions to fuel automation and reduce cycle times in our U.S. property valuation operations.”

The Cooper Parry Corporate Finance team was led by Phil Hinson: “We’re delighted for Jim, David and all at eTech. The transaction is another great example of a cross-border deal completed with a strategic trade buyer. We wish the business all the very best with its future growth plans.”

Derby College’s First Academy Awards

More than 300 people attended Bondholder Derby College’s first Academy Awards which were held at the Roundhouse.

The event celebrated the success, achievements and commitment of employers, staff and students who are involved in the College’s innovative Employer Academies and Employment and Skills Boards.

Derby College works with around 3,000 businesses and organisations with a large proportion involved in helping to shape the curriculum for students and providing work placements, speakers and special projects for students across the College sites in Derby, Morley and Ilkeston.

Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino opened the proceedings and said: “Employers are embedded into the work of the College – whether that is working with our curriculum areas to ensure they provide the required skills now and in the future or providing valuable work experience to better prepare young people for the world of work.

“We are extremely grateful for this support and the first Academy Awards celebrate and recognise the valuable role that employers have in this organisation.”

The evening was compered by Derby College Deputy Principal April Hayhurst and presented by Dean Jackson from Bondholder HUUB and Ryan Duckett from Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club.  Awards were presented by Derby College Group CEO Mandie Stravino and Bondholder Derby City Council Leader Cllr Ranjit Banwait.

The awards were followed by live music by Madison Avenue UK and the event raised more than £2,200 For the Derby Breakfast Club initiative which is Derby College’s designated charity partner in 2018.  This brings the total so far raised by students and staff for the cause to more than £6,200.

April Hayhurst concluded: “We now have Employment and Skills Boards working across all curriculum areas and a total of 28 different Employer Academies which have won been recognised as innovative best practice nationally.

”Our first Academy Awards were a huge success and a fitting tribute to all the employers, staff and students who have all worked hard to make these partnerships so effective in bridging the gap between education and employment.”

Awards winners were:

Placement Award: Winner – Capital Travel and Events Academy; runners up - The Finesse Academy and Hannells Business Academy.

Project of the Year: winner – Déda Creative Arts Academy; runners up – Bell Painting and Decorating Academy and the Cricket Derbyshire Academies for sport, catering and hospitality and facilities management.

Visit of the Year: winner – East Midlands Airport Partnership; runners up - Sasie Lindhurst Renewable Energy Academy and Seven Restaurant and Café Bar Academy. 

Speaker of the Year: Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Academy; runners up – Tom Mahwood from Turning Point and Richard Rochester from Young Enterprise.

Charity and Community Investment: winner – Derby College Transitions team; runners up – Flint Street Church and the Poppies Weeping Window fund raising event.

Student of the Year: former Catering and Hospitality student Jack Bowler who has secured a job at Bespoke Inns; runners up – Aaron Curd who now works at Hannells estate agents and Victoria Workman who has a degree apprenticeship with Nottingham-based motor finance company First Response - all following work experience through the companies’ Employer Academy programmes.

Curriculum Employee of the Year: Business lecturer Lorna Edwards; runners up – Ruth Benn, Travel and Tourism and Bill Bentley, Construction.

Work Experience Officer of the Year: winner – Emma Holden; runners up – Sophie Ballard and Lacey Collins.

Employment and Skills Board of the Year: Winner – Rail Industry Employment and Skills Board; runners up – Professional Construction and Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills.

Employer Academy of the Year: winner – Atlas Building and Groundworks Academy; runners up – Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Bespoke Inns.

Employer Academy of the Year: Cricket Derbyshire Academies; runners up – HUUB Marketing and Product Development Academy and First Response Business and Finance Academy.

Private sector supports Council’s new Grade A offices

Council Cabinet has given the green light for the construction of a new 31,000-square-foot office block which has been welcomed by local businesses. Subject to planning permission, construction is expected to start in autumn 2018 and completed in 2019/2020. This office block is based on a new model which provides much larger spaces for growing businesses – something which market research shows is an unmet demand in Derby.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the Economy, Cllr Martin Rawson, said: “These Grade A offices will be for premier office users. The building will have high quality standard finishes, state of the art systems, exceptional accessibility and a definite market presence which I am confident will improve investor confidence. This project will generate as many as 200 new city centre jobs when completed. There has been a need for Grade A offices but this was not being met by the private sector, so the Labour administration has rightly decided to step in and provide the impetus for the first of what we hope to be more quality office spaces in the city centre.”

Chris Thomas, Director of Thomas Lister Ltd (property regeneration specialists) said: “The provision of high quality offices in Derby City centre is important to retain existing businesses as well as attracting new investment into the City centre. Given the lack of private sector provision, it is considered entirely appropriate for Derby City Council to take the role of developing its own landholdings to meet this need for speculative new offices, which will attract new businesses, investment and new jobs which currently could not be accommodated within Derby City centre. This approach is consistent with investments made by various local authorities within the Midlands to support new investment, job creation as well as improving market confidence. The Bold Lane site provides an ideal location situated within the heart of the Cathedral Quarter and provides the opportunity to create an income generating opportunity and meeting a real demand within the city centre.”

Russell Rigby, Managing Director the Commercial Real Estate Agency, Rigby & Co said: “The lack of high quality offices is a major issue for Derby City centre with suitable sites and buildings being brought forward for residential and student accommodation uses. There is a real demand for scheme such as this and I am aware of various enquiries from businesses that will relocate out of Derby City centre without the development of schemes of this nature. The scheme provides a range of suites with on-site car parking which meet the requirements of local businesses looking for Grade A offices. I am supportive of the City Council acting in the role of developer because the private sector is not currently providing the floor space required by business in the City Centre.”

Until now the Council has provided smaller managed workspaces at seven locations across the city managed by Connect Derby. These were created to encourage the growth of micro businesses, entrepreneurs and Small and medium-sized enterprises.

This location will reinforce Sadler Gate as a prime office location, bring a brownfield site back into use and support the wider regeneration of the area, in line with the Derby City Centre Masterplan.

University Fund Creates 1,000 Jobs

Bondholder The University of Derby has supported the creation of more than 1,000 jobs in key growth sectors across the East Midlands since launching its Invest to Grow funding scheme in 2014.

More than a quarter of the new jobs have been created in Derbyshire, including roles in transport equipment manufacturing, life sciences, construction, food and drink manufacturing, logistics, engineering and low carbon sectors.

It is a major milestone for the fund, which through a re-circulating finance scheme, provides a combination of loans and grants to SMEs to support specific projects. These are typically related to businesses growing, developing or improving their products and related services, as well as creating new and sustainable jobs.

Mr Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief-Executive and Finance Director of the University, said: “I’m delighted that the scheme managed by the University with an independent panel has reached this impressive milestone.

“The funding from Invest to Grow provides much needed financial support to businesses across the East Midlands and has had a significant economic impact over several key growth sectors. Alongside the ongoing Invest to Grow scheme and the additional support to SMEs from the University, we can expect to see further job creation and growth in the wider business community.”

The University was originally awarded a total of £16.35m in funding by the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) for its Invest to Grow scheme. This is not the end of the scheme however. As this is a re-circulating finance scheme, there is still recycled loan funding to be repaid into the scheme and recirculated to new projects.

Gravity Goes Google

2018 marks Bondholder Gravity Digital’s third year since its launch as a result of the merger of two specialist digital marketing and website design agencies. Since launching in 2015 the company now employs six people, has won four awards and works with clients in almost every region in the UK.

Gravity Digital is now proud to announce that they have achieved Google Partner status. Achieving Partner status means that Gravity Digital has been able to demonstrate AdWords skills and expertise, met the Google ad spending requirements across our portfolio of managed clients, delivered client revenue growth, and sustained and grown our client base.

Debbie Porter, Director of Gravity Digital explains; “We have always been recognised for providing our customers with an unrivalled service when managing their AdWords accounts and with this accreditation from Google we can continue to drive targeted groups of customers to websites through Pay Per Click (PPC) activity to complement our search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques.

“We work closely with our clients, and this certification means that we are also considered by Google to be trusted and knowledgeable when it comes to raising the profile of a website.”

Working within the internet industry so many things change on a regular basis and keeping up with the latest developments, algorithm changes and advances in technology are the bread and butter for the team at Gravity Digital.

Still Capturing Reality

It’s a year since Bondholder Mixed Realities, now known as V21, completed their first 3D Virtual Tour of Bondholder Derby College’s iconic Roundhouse, for Bondholder Roundhouse Events. This work went on to inspire them to create an innovative and engaging interactive map, featuring 14 virtual tours of spaces in Derby, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral Tower, Derby Museums and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and of course The Roundhouse. They have recently added Banks Mill Studios to the map, capturing all 5 floors, containing 30 creative studios.

In the summer they went on to successfully experiment how to create a fully immersive CGI/VR environment using the data capture from the original laser scan of the Roundhouse. The result, an amazing tool for visualisation and redevelopment projects, presented at the FBE event at The Roundhouse with Bondholder Maber, in September 2017.

Since September 2017, V21 Artspace has presented over 20 Virtual Exhibitions for Galleries and Museums in Derby, Nottingham and London. including the one-time only world exclusive “Dinosaurs of China - Ground Shakers To Feathered Flyers” exhibited at Nottingham Wollaton Hall and Nottingham Lakeside Arts from July to October 2017. In December 2017 they branched out to the US. New York based associate, Sylvia Mead, already has 2 exhibitions under her belt, captured at Art Basel Miami. They are excited to be presenting their first New York virtual exhibition very soon and are collaborating with some major organisations on upcoming projects.

From late February their space at 21 Cornmarket will be used as exhibition space, V21 Gallery. They are hosting an opening exhibition “Life & Death” by artists David Booth MRBS and Keith Newlove. The exhibition launches on Friday 23rd February 2018 details of opening times can be found here. They will produce a 3D Virtual Exhibition making it accessible to anyone unable to visit.

Owners, Claire Cutts and Joe Clark, wholeheartedly agree that even though the last year has been a major challenge, as it is for any start-up business, this has been massively outweighed by having the opportunity to with some amazing Bondholders in Derby, including Derby Museums, Quad and Mainframe.

View the work of V21 below:

Interactive MapBanks Mill Studios, The Roundhouse, Dinosaurs of China, V21 Space, V21 Artspace 


A Brighter City

Bondholder The Derby Civic Society will be launching the “Steve Bloomer“ Blue Plaque on Friday 16th February at 12:30pm with the Mayor of Derby Cllr John Whitby (Patron), Cllr Martin Rawson and their President Don Amott.

Steve Bloomer played for both Bondholder Derby County Football Club and England and was a prolific goal scorer. This will be the 20th Blue Plaque launched by the Derby Civic Society, and will be presented at Paul Wallis Fashions Ltd, Steve Bloomers old school. 

This follows the presentation of the George Larkin Brighter City of Derby Awards 2018, which were held on 9th February, at St Mary's Church Social Centre. In the run up to the awards Derby Civic Society invite nominations for the best new buildings and the best restoration projects completed in the City within the previous calendar year. The Society’s judging panel then visits and awards certificates to the winners who are also presented with a silver salver on which their name is inscribed.

Winners included Bondholders Bean CaffeRobinson Structures, and newcomers to the city BEAR Cafe Company.


New Programme Recognises Support Skills

A group of Education Support Workers from Bondholder Derby College have successfully completed a pilot study programme – paving the way for teaching assistants from a wide range of Derby and Derbyshire schools to further upgrade their skills.

Seven ESWs, who work across the College supporting students in the classroom, have completed the new Higher Level Teaching Assistants certificate which has been introduced by Derby College.

Some of them are already working in the advanced role and others are planning to apply for promotions in the future.

After a successful pilot programme, the second group of teaching assistants have already started their programme – representing a wide range of primary, secondary and special education schools in the city and county.

Derby College Teacher Training Team Manager Melanie Lanser explained:  “Teaching Assistants and Education Support Workers have a vital role in the classroom and this HLTA certificate recognises this specific skills set and pave the way for future career progression.

“The study programme is unique in the county and effectively provides these professionals with the qualifications to match their experience.”

Head of the Roundhouse Sarah Le Good concluded: “We are very proud of the achievements of those who have completed the pilot programme.

“They have embraced the opportunities to further develop their skills to support our students to develop their independence and become work ready.”