Record turnover for law firm


Turnover at Bondholder law firm Freeths has passed the £80m mark for the first time, newly filed accounts have revealed.

The firm has reported a turnover of £80.6m for the year to 31 March 2018, up from £74.7m in the prior 12 months.

The company had previously stated that its turnover had not yet reached the milestone.

Freeth's pre-tax profits also rose in the year from £30.9m to £33.2m.

It said the hike was achieved despite starting the first phase of an IT investment programme which "will continue to have a dampening effect" on profits for the next two years.

A statement signed off by the board, chairman Colin Flanagan said: "After two years of very significant growth, 2017/18 was a year of relative consolidation in which the group moved forward more steadily.

"This is an inevitable part of the business cycle and confirms the sustainability of our progress underpinning a firm platform for the future.

"Delivering excellent service to our clients remains at the core of our business and we always endeavour to listen to our clients to identify their needs and provide pragmatic commercial advice.

"Our commitment to client service is key to our success and we consistently perform ahead of the competition and improve our market share.

"The past period has provided a benign environment for law firms but we maintain our watch on those external factors which for the foreseeable future will result in some uncertainty.

"Whatever challenges arise from this, I am confident in the ability of our outstanding team to rise above them and deliver continuous improvement and success."

Championing small business

Yvonne Gorman of Bondholder Essential Print Services, has joined forces with local business support group Derby Hub Ltd and Bondholder University of Derby to host this year’s Small Business Saturday UK, a free event that will be held on Saturday 1st December.

The event, which will take place at the University of Derby's Enterprise Centre on Bridge Street, will include a business exhibition and a chance for delegates to win a ‘Golden Ticket’ to pitch their business in front of the entire business congregation.

“The University of Derby is proud to be an integral part of the business community in our city and region, and we're pleased to support the Small Business Saturday UK event. There will be opportunities for businesses to engage with our students, many of whom are aspiring entrepreneurs currently taking part in our ‘Be the Boss’ programme, which encourages students to start their own business,” said Bev Crighton, External Engagement Lead at the University of Derby.

“It is fortuitous that Derby Hub is hosting this year’s event because, not only does it boast to have one of the Small Business Saturday UK Champions as a founder member (Yvonne Gorman), but also, one of this year’s Small Biz Sat 100; Rachel Hayward from Bondholder Ask The Chameleon,” explained Sarah Loates, Derby Hub Director and Managing Director of Bondholder Loates HR.

“I’m excited about collaborating with Derby Hub and the University of Derby for this year’s event. I am proud to be one of the founder members of Derby Hub, and I’m passionate about the support and networking opportunities it provides for companies. The event will showcase how Derby Hub and other local organisations can help Derby’s SMEs grow and prosper,” said Yvonne Gorman, Managing Director of Essential Print Services and Small Business Saturday UK Champion.

“Derby Hub members have been involved in Small Business Saturday UK for several years now, the Derby Hub Directors thought that it seemed like a natural progression to get more involved with the event and build on the fantastic successes of the previous years. With the help of Derby Hub and the University of Derby, 2018 stands to be the most exciting Small Business Saturday Derby event to date,” added Craig Barker, Derby Hub Director and Managing Director of Creative Agency; Bondholder Koobr.

“The culture of Derby Hub is centred around businesses collaborating and supporting one another, which is why it made perfect sense for the Derby Hub to get involved with Small Business Saturday UK. All of our members know that collaboration is about achieving the extraordinary, and working together with the Small Business Saturday UK campaign we’re able to pool our resources and make an even bigger noise about what small and local businesses achieve in Derby & the surrounding area,” concluded Owen Conti, Managing Director of Bondholder Code 56, fellow Derby Hub Board Member and Marketing Derby’s Rising Star 2018.

Other local business support organisations will also be on-hand to talk to such as Derby City Council, East Midlands Chamber, the University of Derby, FSB, the Growth Hub and the D2 Business Starter Programme. It promises to be an eventful day with plenty of energy and a chance to meet like-minded business owners and dignitaries, in a friendly and informal environment.

Anyone who would like free exhibition space at the event should email (subject to availability). Free tickets are available at

To stay up to date with the latest news about the event, join the local Small Business Saturday UK team on the Facebook group; search ‘Small Business Derby” or follow @smallbizderby on Twitter.

Green light for giant Derby dealership


Plans for a huge car dealership on Derby’s former Cattle Market have been given the go-ahead by Bondholder Derby City Council.

Inchcape has been given the green light to create the multi-million pound Jaguar Land Rover dealership on around half of the site in Chequers Road, on the West Meadows Industrial Estate.

It will involve the redevelopment of six acres of the 11.5-acre plot.

Inchcape will build a two-storey building on the site, offering around 5,500 square metres of floor space, which would be used to sell, service, repair and clean both Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles.

Currently, the Land Rover and Jaguar brands have separate sites in Derby. There is a Land Rover dealership in Stadium View, Pride Park, operated by Hunters (which Inchcape owns) and a Jaguar dealership, not far from the Cattle Market site, in Chequers Road.

Granting permission, the city council’s planning department said: “The proposed redevelopment of the former Cattle Market to form car showroom and associated workshop is an appropriate form of development, which is compatible with the employment allocation in this area.

“The development is of a high design quality, with landscape planting which complements the scheme and mitigates for the removal of trees.”

Law firm set to post double-digit revenue growth


Bondholder legal firm Knights plc, says it is “confident” that the results for the half year will be in line with expectations – and is expecting a double digit increase in organic revenue compared to the same period last year.

Knights plc, which floated on AIM in June recently bought Leicester-based Spearing Waite for £8.5m and Turner Parkinson in Manchester. The company says that the integration of both businesses is “proceeding to plan”.

David Beech, chief executive, said: “The Group continues to make excellent progress, and we remain confident in our growth plans following June’s successful listing on AIM. We continue to see exciting opportunities in the regional legal sector and will look to make further acquisitions of businesses which offer complementary services in targeted geographies and sectors.”

The company will announce its half year results on 15 January 2019.

5 years for Scenariio


This month marks the 5th anniversary for Bondholder Scenariio which is based at the iconic Marble Hall building managed by fellow Bondholder Connect Derby.

The company launched in November 2013 by owners Mark Palmer and Rob Pritchard whose backgrounds are in data cabling. Mark and Rob, each have over 35 years of experience in the industry and have seen rapid advancements in technology in this time especially within the rise of smart buildings.

The company who has seen its best trading year-to-date, design and install intelligent lighting and network systems that run on low voltage data cables. Valuable insights including building occupancy, light levels, and energy usage, to name a few, provides real-time information essential when making key strategic business decisions.

“We are delighted to have reached this important milestone and would like to thank everyone who has supported the business. We strive to continually innovate ensuring we supply the best solutions for our customers. Our products and systems are future proof and we are excited to see what the next 5 years of technology advancements bring.”

Rob Pritchard, Operations Director at Scenariio, has a growing number of operational teams, who can deliver their services together with our partners throughout the UK. The energy and cost savings of an intelligent lighting system can be substantial, talk to Scenariio about making your building work better for your business.

Moving on up

Bondholder Oviso Financial Services the mortgage and insurance advisors, have helped clients with deals worth a staggering £52m in 2018 so far, thanks to Derby’s buoyant property market.

That means the company is on track to complete on mortgages valued at a record £62m this year – up by more than £7m in 2017.

It continues the upward curve for the company which has helped home-buyers achieve mortgages worth more than a quarter of a billion pounds since it opened eight years ago.

Indeed, such has been Oviso’s progress that it has now bought the property on Queen Street which it had leased as its headquarters since 2010.

On the company’s record year, managing director, Lee Mortimer, said: “Properties in the Midlands are really good value and we have been delighted with how many great deals we have found for clients.

“There have been many stories by London-based media which suggest that it is difficult for potential home-owners. Of course, it may be in the south-east where half a million pounds may be needed to buy a first home.

“They portray it as all doom-and-gloom, but here, in Derby there is no doom and gloom. A starter home purchase is more than likely here with a deposit of just 5%.”

Meanwhile, co-founder and director, Matt Simpson, added: “The business has been going well, we had the finance available to purchase our headquarters.

“We are delighted to be at heart of the business community being here in the Cathedral Quarter which was voted UK High Street of the year.

“There is a growing city centre population in Derby in terms of business and residential and we wanted to cement our position among them.”.

Oviso prides itself on its personal interaction and achieving the right deal for clients who are striving to find a mortgage.

Lee said: “We smooth the bumps out for clients at what is usually a stressful time.

“We provide them with a service which means they do not have to chase a property deal. We make the calls and keep them updated. Indeed, we do everything until they are given the keys and move in.

“Thereafter, we contact then client annually to see if there are any issues. We have a client-for-life approach.”

“We know everyone’s situation is unique, so we carry out a thorough fact-find and, consequently, every mortgage that we offer is a tailored dependant on income, expenditure, aspirations and budgets. Our great team also find out about their health to put forward the best insurance solutions.”

D2N2 seek new board members

Business people are being invited to join the board of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, to help steer the future of an area with an economic output worth over £45billion.

D2N2 is the private sector-led Local Enterprise Partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations; which promotes economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

It manages over £500million in resources (via funding from the UK Government and European Union) to invest in its business growth, capital projects, infrastructure, employment promotion, social and community projects, and other services.

Examples of successful projects and programmes D2N2 and its partners have been involved in include:

  • Co-funding construction of the £30million BioCity Discovery building in Nottingham, promoting hundreds of life sciences jobs;

  • Half funding a new £6.9m University of Derby Chesterfield campus, aimed at teaching vocational skills, particularly for adult students;

  • £15million investment in a Building Better Opportunities fund (with partner the Big Lottery Fund) to help young people, the long term unemployed and those in poverty across the LEP area with help towards finding work;

  • D2N2 Growth Hub which has to date engaged with and helped over 6,500 Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire businesses, from start-ups to established firms looking to expand.

D2N2’s board includes experienced people from a range of sectors – and new board members from the private sector are now being sought.

Board Members’ role is to:

Use their business knowledge to give strategic advice on boosting the D2N2 LEP area’s economy;

  • Promote LEP interests when dealing with Government and business contacts;

  • Help drive forward the LEP’s activities, including those around increasing jobs and business growth;

  • Contribute to development and delivery of the area’s Local Industrial Strategy;

  • Champion the work of the D2N2 LEP Board to relevant partners, networks and other business organisations.

Applicants should be excellent communicators, demonstrate real leadership, understand what drives economic prosperity, have a good knowledge of the D2N2 LEP area and its needs, and possess extensive business networks and contacts. They must also be available to serve on the D2N2 LEP board for up to three years; and to attend regular meetings and events; with one to two days per month needed for the role (expenses only are available for this role).

The closing date for business community board member applications is 12noon, on Friday December 21 (2018). Shortlisted applicants will be invited for discussions with current LEP Board members in early January 2019, with an announcement on new board members to be made shortly afterwards.

Elizabeth Fagan, Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Opportunities and challenges will be faced by our area’s economy, in 2019 and beyond.

“We are seeking applications from new private sector board members; who will bring with them fresh thinking, new ideas and who will best reflect the communities we serve across the LEP area.”

Applicant packs, including a job description and required attributes, can be requested from the D2N2 LEP by post (contact and address below) or downloaded from the D2N2 LEP website at link

Applicants should quote the reference ‘D2N2 Board Application’; and include a letter saying how their experience and networks would benefit the D2N2 LEP area, paying particular attention to the ‘Experience and Attributes’ criteria outlined. All applications will be acknowledged.

Completed applications can be returned to the D2N2 LEP via email (preferred), via contact email: , or by post – marked ‘Strictly Private and Confidential’ to:

Sally Hallam, D2N2 LEP, 8 Experian Way NG2 Business Park Nottingham, NG2 1EP

Initial enquiries can also be made, in confidence, to D2N2 LEP Interim Chief Executive Officer Sajeeda Rose; on email: or mobile 07879 350140.

Business Recovery and Insolvency team scoop award

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Bondholder Smith Cooper’s Business Recovery and Insolvency (BRIS) team were last night named Insolvency Team of the Year (Regional) at the highly regarded TRI awards.

The Turnaround, Restructuring & Insolvency Awards, now in their 11th year, champion diversity and the outstanding achievements of firms and individuals operating within the challenging Insolvency industry.

The BRIS team at accountancy and advisory firm Smith Cooper comprises 14 individuals, including 4 licensed IP’s, 3 managers and 7 trainees, each at varying levels of qualification.

Dean Nelson, Partner and head of Business Recovery and Insolvency at Smith Cooper comments “I am immensely proud of our team here at Smith Cooper, and I am delighted that we have been awarded such a prestigious accolade.”

“Since establishing the division in 2009, we have gained more recognition year on year, and this award confirms our reputation as the Midlands leading team of Insolvency specialists. I am so proud of the team, and we will continue to support, train and develop them to continue the growth and success we are currently achieving.”

Office development lands in Derbyshire

CWC has transformed the former St Mary's nursing home in Ednaston, Derbyshire into a managed workspace scheme.

Located off the A52 between Derby and Ashbourne, Ednaston Park is a period property dating back to the 19th Century and nestled in 18 acres of landscaped gardens.

The building was purchased by developer CWC Group in September 2017 and has been the subject of a major refurbishment to turn it into modern office accommodation.

Ednaston Park will comprise of 32 hi-spec office suites which will be available as single or multi-office lets, located across two stories.

It will include kitchen and break-out areas on each floor. On-site parking is also available.

Lucy Delaney has been appointed business centre manager. Her brief will be to offer a professional concierge service and establish a strong business community, which encourages collaboration and networking between tenants.


Ednaston Park will be managed by CWC Group, who have recently relocated their headquarters to Ednaston Park from Brailsford Hall.

Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Andrew Bock, director at the CWC Group, said: “There is currently no managed workspace provision of this quality in and around the Ashbourne area, which means that many small businesses may be having to work from home, or travel to other schemes in Derby and further afield.

“Ednaston Park will meet the growing demand from businesses looking for an alternative to city centre-based working and enable them to draw inspiration from this stunning location in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.

Lucy Delaney added: “I look forward to welcoming our tenants and supporting them however I can as they grow their businesses. It’s a privilege to set foot in this beautifully refurbished period property every day and I’m sure the businesses that join us here will feel the same sense of pride.

“This character accommodation is set in a unique rural location, close to all major road links. Having undergone extensive refurbishment, many of the magnificent period features remain and work effortlessly alongside new high-quality fixtures and fittings, creating a luxury contemporary feel.”

Rolls-Royce wins US order


Bondholder Rolls-Royce has won an order from Delta Air Lines for Trent 7000 engines to power ten Airbus A330-900 aircraft.

The Trent 7000 is the latest member of the successful Rolls-Royce Trent engine family and the exclusive powerplant for the A330neo.

The announcement brings the total number of Delta Air Lines Trent 7000-powered A330neos to 35, following an order for 25 aircraft in 2014.

Gil West, Delta Sr. EVP and Chief Operating Officer, said: “Expanding our A330 order book not only ensures that Delta’s near-to-medium-term widebody needs are taken care of, but also drives our strategic, measured international growth for the benefit of our employees, customers and investors. The next-generation engine technology from Rolls-Royce which powers the A330neo provides compelling operating economics, superior fuel performance and the range and coverage for our transoceanic needs going forward.”

Chris Cholerton, President of Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: “This is a great endorsement of the A330neo and Trent 7000 combination. We are seeing real momentum building in the marketplace and having Delta Air Lines select our engines twice gives us great confidence for the future.”

The Trent 7000 brings together more than 50 million flying hours of experience from the Trent 700, which powers the original version of the A330.

The order continues a longstanding relationship between Rolls-Royce and Delta Air Lines – it also operates Airbus A350, Boeing 777 and Boeing 717 aircraft that are powered by the Trent XWB, Trent

Children in Need funding


Bondholder charity Safe and Sound has secured Children in Need funding to expand its work to tackle child sexual abuse and exploitation across Derby city.

Safe and Sound already works with children and young people across Derby and Derbyshire who have been identified by Social Care professionals as at medium or high risk of sexual abuse and exploitation both directly and online.

The three-year Children in Need funding – totalling £107,879 – now enables the charity to work with children and young people who fellow professionals, schools and parents are concerned about and to expand its work to raise awareness of the issue in local communities.

Safe and Sound Case Support and Education Support Worker Sheila Isles explained: “The Children in Need funding will enable us to work with even more young people on a 1-2-1 basis and group settings and to better support their families.

“Rather than referring to Social Care, it will enable schools, youth workers and even parents and families themselves to contact us directly about their concerns about a child or young person.

“Concerns may be, for instance, that the young person has been going missing without explanation or have been receiving inappropriate friend requests on social media.

“They are not particularly showing the signs of being heavily targeted by perpetrators of child sexual abuse or exploitation but need support to prevent the situation from escalating further.

“Raising awareness in schools, colleges, youth clubs and amongst organisations who work with young people is particularly important.

“By developing greater knowledge and awareness of child sexual abuse and exploitation, we can ensure that the voice of our children is heard and that local families, groups and professionals can better identify young people at risk and find the help and support that they so desperately need.”

Safe and Sound Interim Chief Executive Simon Hills continued: “We are extremely grateful to Children in Need for their continued support for the work we do at Safe and Sound.

“Child sexual abuse and exploitation is a complex issue ranging from rape to online grooming.

“The perpetrators’ methodology may be different but the impact on a child’s short, medium and long-term mental health and emotional well-being is not.

“It is therefore vital that more people recognise the signs that a young person is being exploited and know that there is specialist support available to them to eventually develop coping strategies and reconcile some of their experiences.

“It is particularly important to reinforce the message that children are not responsible for the abuse they have suffered – although they often feel that they are.

“It’s no surprise that they lose trust and confidence in themselves and others, are confused about relationships, consent and what is ‘normal’ and positive.

“This awareness raising and early intervention work therefore effectively closes the circle in the service we are able to offer.

“We now have the means to work with even more children and young people to keep them safe and hopefully preventing them from spiralling into situations that could potentially scar them for life.”

Micropub for Mickleover


Bondholder Derby Brewing Company has revealed plans to turn a former bank in Mickleover into a new micropub.

The company has submitted proposals to Derby City Council which involve converting the ex-NatWest branch, on the corner of Uttoxeter Road and Station Road.

The building has been empty ever since NatWest took the controversial decision to close the branch just over a year ago.

The plans by Derby Brewing Company involve creating a micropub on the ground floor, which will serve its own range of ales.

The plans state: “The proposed development will bring Derby Brewing Company to the area and allow the showcasing of locally-brewed award-winning beers to the residents of Mickleover.”

“This development will result in a traditional local pub that will offer a wide choice of locally-brewed ales, craft beers, wines and spirits, with a range of simple, homemade bar snacks.

“It will create a social place for the local residents to visit and interact, as any good local community pub should, and also encourage visitors to the area.

“It will also bring a currently vacant and unoccupied building into use.”

The proposals also involve creating an education centre on the first floor and part of the ground floor of the former bank building.

The plans state: “The proposal is to run a tutoring centre to serve the local communities in the west of Derby.

“The centre will be a Kip McGrath tutoring franchise and also offer daytime learning opportunities.

“It will be run by fully-qualified teachers and will add to the vitality of the local community.”

At the time, NatWest’s decision to close the Mickleover branch was heavily criticised. The bank defended the move, saying it was down to a fall in transactions due to more people banking online.

Mercia Marina wins gold for eighth year running

Bondholder Mercia Marina has won a Gold conservation award for the eighth year in a row from Professor David Bellamy, along with special awards for its wildflowers and work to protect honey bees.

The marina is one of only 18 venues in the UK to have won eight consecutive Gold awards in the annual David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.

The special accolade is given to parks in recognition of work to protect and enhance the natural world across Britain.

As well as a Gold award, the marina has been commended for its wildflower habitat and been deemed to be a Honey Bee Friendly Park for its volunteer-led Save our Bees project.

Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina said "We are absolutely delighted to have picked up a Gold award for the eighth year running.

“We are committed to improving habitats and encouraging wildlife to thrive across the marina and this is just one of the reasons that we attract so many visitors. We’re also pleased to have been recognised specifically for our wildflower meadows at the marina and the work of our volunteers in boosting the honey bee population.”

River cruises return to Derby


A project to reconnect Derby to its river is being led by the Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust in the first stage of a bigger project to develop the waterway into a major tourist attraction.

The first landing stage is to be installed close to Exeter Bridge from which a fully-accessible, electrically powered narrow boat will cruise a 2.5km route to the island near Darley Mills with the first cruises expected in summer 2019.

A future phase would create the Derby Arm – a boat lift that would lift boats out of the restored Derby and Sandiacre Canal in Pride Park and bring them down to the River Derwent. Locks would be built to make the river accessible where there are weirs, in the Lagoon at Riverside Gardens and at Darley Mills.

There are only two existing boat lifts in the UK, one of which, the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland draws 650,000 visitors per year.

The grant is being co-funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through their £1.65m investment in Derby’s placemaking and public realm project. This aspect of the Connected Cycle City and Placemaking Project is to provide access to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site. Derby City Council is providing £7,000 and the D2N2 LEP £48,000.

Director of Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust, Chris Madge said: “This is an exciting project and will help to reconnect Derby to the river and an important part of its heritage. It is also a vital first step to creating hundreds of new jobs, offering a more diverse tourism product that will be recognised nationally in conjunction with the revitalised Silk Mill Museum of Making and providing a catalyst for private sector investment. The canal restoration will also create a sustainable method of transport, whilst enhancing and protecting the natural environment.”

Leader of the Council councillor Chris Poulter said: “I applaud the trust for their foresight and keen interest in helping to enhance the offerings in Derby which will boost the local economy. We at the council are very pleased to support the trust in bringing the river back into use. This will open up the riverside for more local people to enjoy and help to create a vibrant Derby.”

QUAD hosts BBC East Midlands Children in Need


BBC East Midlands Today will be broadcasting live from Bondholder QUAD on Friday 16th November as part of BBC Children in Need Day. The BBC East Midlands Today team with presenter Anne Davies will be live from QUAD on BBC One from 6:30pm and throughout the evening during the BBC Children in Need 2018 Appeal Show.

QUAD in Derby has been chosen to host the event to showcase the work of Q Club. Funded by BBC Children in Need, Q Club is QUAD’s after-school club for children and young people aged five to eighteen years. Q Club provides creative activities for children who are on the autistic spectrum, children with additional support needs, communication difficulties, socially excluded, have disabilities, are young carers or bereaved children. The project makes a huge difference to the lives of children and young people who attend the sessions.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,700 projects across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. In the last year alone, BBC Children in Need has been able to make a real difference to 582,000 young lives in communities the length and breadth of the UK. The 2017 BBC Children in Need appeal raised £60.7 million. The charity said that the incredible total would not have been possible without the public once again coming together to help raise money to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

BBC East Midlands Today presenter Anne Davies said: “I am delighted to be coming to QUAD in Derby this year for our Children in Need outside broadcast. Children in Need is a charity close my heart as I know the difference the charity makes to children and young people across our region.”

“I am really looking to meeting all the children and young people from Q Club at the event and hearing about all the exciting projects they are been working on.

"We raised a record amount in the East Midlands last year and this year I hope we can raise even more”

The BBC Children in Need Outside Broadcast is a closed event with invited guests, QUAD will be closed to the general public throughout the evening of Friday 16th November from 5:00pm.

Marketing Derby launches search for Rising Star of 2019


Marketing Derby is delighted to announce it is starting its search for the Rising Star of 2019.

Each year, Marketing Derby, the city and county’s inward investment agency, gives the opportunity for an up-and-coming entrepreneur to receive a complimentary year of Bondholder membership along with local publicity and invitations to must-attend events.

In 2017, the accolade was awarded to University of Derby graduate Edward Hollands owner of start-up business and Dragon’s Den success story DrivenMedia. Ed says “Being the first Rising Star was a real game-changer for me. The chance to network with the business leaders of Derby and knowing I had their full support was a fantastic opportunity and really set me off on the right foot”.

This year, Code 56 which provide IT services to local businesses, had the opportunity to tell a gathering of 500 Derby business people about the company at the Marketing Derby Annual Business Event.

Code 56 owner Owen Conti says that being awarded the Rising Star Accolade has been great for him and his business: “Winning the Marketing Derby Rising Star award earlier this year was incredible. It has helped raise my profile and that of Code 56 tremendously.

“Attending the vast array of Bondholder events has been educational and has given me an opportunity to get to know some seriously inspiring and influential people.

“In the IT industry we trade on our reputation, and as a young company, we don’t have a long and varied history to use as testimonies.

“Winning the Rising Star was a confidence boost to me and it also showed others that the team behind Marketing Derby saw something special in Code 56. It was a massive vote of confidence in us.”

To apply to be the Marketing Derby Rising Star for 2019, please email: by the 6th January and outline your business idea, a brief background of your story so far and why you would like to become the next Rising Star.

The applications will be shortlisted and successful applicants invited for a short interview and a winner announced at the Annual Business Event on 18th January 2019.

Applicants must be in their first year of business and willing to attend at least ten Bondholder events during their year as Rising Star.

PMW completes Swadlincote business park


Derbyshire based developers and Bondholder PMW Property has completed its Optimum Business Park development at Swadlincote.

After purchasing the land set off William Nadin Way together with a substantial office park, the initial focus was on the disposal of the available offices. The office park was taken from two occupiers under the former owners through to full occupation within a matter of months by PMW and their agents Tim Gilbertson of Bondholder FHP and Phil Randle of Salloway.

The next phase of development on the site saw PMW commence the speculative build of ten warehouse/industrial units constructed in two terraces, set on a securely fenced and gated site. Practical completion of that development has now occurred with six of the ten buildings already let or sold with a range of national and local occupiers, the last four units remaining already generating substantial interest.

Agents for the scheme are Tim Gilbertson of FHP and Phil Randle of Salloway.

Tim said: “The commercial property market in the East Midlands has been crying out for new build space for a number of years and we were delighted when our clients, on the back of the success that we had in marketing their two banks of offices at the front of the site decided to speculatively build ten high calibre warehouse or industrial units.

“To myself and my joint agent Phil Randle of Salloway the success that we have encountered came as no surprise with the quality of build augmented by a great location in a favoured and established industrial and distribution spot.

“The rewards of our efforts are clear to see with six of the units now let or sold and interest in the remaining units continuing.”

Repeat turns on the style


Bondholder Repeat Digital is turning on the style and getting a taste of luxury with the addition of Cheshire company Laura Caroline Fine Furniture to its rapidly growing portfolio of clients.

The Pay Per Click and Google Ads specialist agency, which recently celebrated its successful first year in business, will be working with Laura Caroline Fine Furniture to design its PPC marketing strategy, drive brand awareness and deliver stylish shoppers to the company’s luxurious website.

Repeat Digital founder and Director Olly Fisher comments: “For Laura Caroline, its e-commerce website is critical to the business and therefore a key aspect of our brief will be to deliver relevant potential customers to the site to increase sales. The products and services provided by Laura Caroline are bespoke and will appeal to discerning clients and therefore identifying where this target market base is active online and communicating with them effectively will be a fundamental part of our strategy. I’m delighted to be working with her and look forward to making a positive impact on the business.”

Laura Caroline Fine Furniture is an independent provider of luxury home interiors. Started by talented interior designer Laura Caroline earlier this year, the company already has an extensive customer base and is building a strong reputation for creating original products and stylish and individual homes for its clients.

Laura Caroline comments: “Adding effective PPC campaigns to our marketing strategy will be an essential part of our business development plan to ensure my company continues to grow. On meeting Olly, it was clear he understood the bespoke nature of our business and had the experience to deliver the results we are looking for. I’m confident that Olly and his team will deliver positive outcomes for my business.”

Laura Caroline Fine Furniture joins Repeat Digital’s diverse range of clients who include national companies with multi-million-pound turnovers and SMEs looking to improve their online presence. The company is focussing on further growth in its second year in business and has recently appointed experienced Account Manager Amy Jowett to help drive the business forward.

Rams tee off new driving range and café


Golf enthusiasts and friends of Bondholder Morley Hayes turned out in force to see Derby County stars Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn carry out the official opening of the new driving range and Tower Café at the facility on Main Road in Morley.

The event marked the completion of extensive renovation works to expand the golf provision at Morley Hayes, which includes a 17 bay, all-weather floodlit driving range. The expansion has also seen the creation of better disabled access and 18 more parking spaces.

Alongside the driving range is the new Tower Café, which serves hot and cold drinks and a selection of snacks, cakes and light bites. There is a new comfortable lounge area where golfers can relax after a session on the range.

The café is also open to business customers and includes power sockets on each table and free wi-fi.

A new retail area showcases a range of golf clothing, accessories and golf balls from leading golf brands such as Under Armour, Footjoy and Titleist.

The new driving range complements the golf facilities available at Morley Hayes, which include a championship length 18-hole Manor course, 9-hole Tower course, golf pavilion and the highly-respected East Midlands Golf Academy.

After the event, Jack and Martyn signed autographs and posed for photos, before heading out on the driving range and trying their hand at hitting one of the new illuminated signs, another new addition for golfers.

Commenting on the launch, Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, said:

“Our thanks go out to Jack and Martyn for taking time out of their busy schedules to cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of our new driving range.

“The new facilities really complement what we’ve already got at Morley Hayes, with fantastic restaurants, a luxury four-star hotel and two golf courses.

“The new driving range and Tower Café are already proving a hit with our customers and we they continue to be enjoyed for many years to come.”

James Whatley, academy director of East Midlands Golf Academy (EMGA) and head professional at Morley Hayes, added:

“The changes you’ll see include the new café, which is open seven days a week, a new retail shop and new power tees.

“Out on the driving range there are new rugby posts which can be used as targets. We’ve also got a new game card for people to come and use when they practice.”

Set in the stunning Derbyshire countryside overlooking parkland golf courses, Morley Hayes boasts a luxury four star, 32-bedroom hotel and a choice of three restaurants, including the award-winning two AA rosette Dovecote restaurant, Roosters and Spike Bar.

The new driving range is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 10.00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7.30am to 9.00pm.

Learning Unlimited countdown to National Apprenticeship Awards


Apprentices and employers from across the country will join together on 22nd November for Bondholder Learning Unlimited’s very first ever National Apprenticeship Awards.

The evening of glitz and glamour sets out to celebrate national apprenticeships and recognise the hard work, dedication and commitment made by organisations over the past year.

The shortlist has been completed and the celebration is now just weeks away. Winners will be announced during the ceremony, which is being compered by TV personality and journalist, Helen Fospero.

Invitations have been issued and places are filling fast but there are some remaining tickets still available for the extravaganza.

Mark Bennington, Vice Principal, Commercial Services and Enterprise at Learning Unlimited, said: “We’re looking forward to bringing everyone together for an evening of celebration. It will be the perfect opportunity to recognise the amazing achievements made by apprentices and businesses.

“It’s also a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the successes of the past year with colleagues and also network with other businesses.”

Awards will include Intermediate Apprentice of the Year, Advanced Apprentice of the Year, and Higher Apprentice of the Year to recognise those apprentices who have demonstrated an outstanding approach to their development. There will also be a special Dedication to Apprenticeship Award for the apprentice who has gone above and beyond their role as an apprentice.

Employers have also been shortlisted across six categories of awards that are designed to recognise companies who have shown a commitment to developing their workforce through apprenticeships. There are also two further categories of awards for individuals who have provided outstanding support to apprentices in the workplace.

Companies shortlisted for some of the awards include Bondholders Bombardier and Derbyshire Constabulary.