QUAD next steps

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Marketing Derby and a group of Bondholders have supported registered charity and fellow Bondholder QUAD by sponsoring a step as part of the brand new Next Steps scheme.

The support enables QUAD to continue offering the exhibition and cinema programme and a broad range of outreach, participation and education programmes for people of all ages and abilities across Derby and the East Midlands.

The ‘Next Steps’ Scheme will facilitate the gathering of business contacts, offering a key marketing opportunity within the building.

Alongside businesses name’s appearing on QUAD’s staircase, there is also the following benefits:

  • Eight free cinema tickets per year

  • An exclusive quarterly e-shot that will include special offers

  • Your business logo and weblink on QUAD’s website

  • Invitation to two business events per year

QUAD is now releasing our second phase of steps, leading from the first floor to the second floor.

If you feel that the above would benefit your business, please contact Lucy Orme on 01332 285443 or lucyo@derbyquad.co.uk

World-beating team flies the flag for Derby

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Bondholder-supported and Derby-based track cycling HUUB Wattbike test team will be travelling to the latest stage of the UCI World Cup Series (London) this weekend sporting a newly-designed Derbados flag. The team, who train at Bondholder Derby Arena, are currently the fifth fastest track cycling teams in the world.

They are aiming for Gold in the meet at London’s Olympic velodrome having already beaten some of the world’s top teams – including Team GB – at the Recent Track Cycling World Cup series competitions in Germany and Canada. With their sights set on home turf advantage, lead sponsors and Bondholder HUUB have designed a special Derbados flag and T-shirts to hopefully inspire the team to podium success.

The team, already renowned as ‘mavericks’ in the track cycling world, have pledged to drape the specially-designed flag around their shoulders for their lap of honour and medal presentation – should they win.

Dean Jackson is the owner of HUUB who are now the main sponsors of the team – supported by a number of other locally-based businesses. He said: “The name Derbados has been knocking about for years on social media particularly as an affectionate term for Derby.”

“The boys have taken it a stage further – referring to their home and training base as the ‘People’s Republic of Derbados’ which has created quite a storm in the cycling world. “We therefore decided to design the team a special flag and T-shirts for podium celebrations with references to the Silk Mill which is over the road from our offices, an aero engine to represent engineering at its finest, the Derbyshire crest and of course some palm trees!”

“They have done brilliantly in the UCI World Cup Series so far – coming second in Canada and fourth in Paris and Berlin so we know that a gold medal is within their reach. Derby as a whole should be very proud of this team. They epitomise the city’s credentials in innovation, technology and sheer determination and are definitely one to watch.”

Team manager and rider Dan Bigham continued: “Although this is a bit of fun and a tongue in cheek reference to the fact that we are taking on the might of the world’s national track cycling teams, there is more serious message behind it. The Derbados flag represents the fantastic, warm welcome that we have received by the sporting and business community in this great city since moving here to live and train.

“Raising the profile of Derby in this way is therefore the least we can do to say thank you to everyone who has supported us so far.”

This season, the team have the added benefit of drag-reducing cycling kit which has been produced specifically for them by HUUB using a patented performance-enhancing design developed in partnership with computational fluid design experts, TotalSim, from Brackley, Northamptonshire.

Team members are Dan Bigham, Harry Tanfield, John Archibald, Jacob Tipper, Jonny Wale, George Peasgood and the newest signing – American Ashton Lambie who is the Individual Pursuit world record holder.

Fellow sponsors include Bondholders Derby City Council with access to the velodrome, Derbyshire Institute of Sport, the University of Derby, Derby College, Bowmer & Kirkland, Century Mobile and Invictus Communications.

New chief executive for D2N2

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A new chief executive has been appointed by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Sajeeda Rose, who has been interim chief executive at the organisation since September, has taken up the role with immediate effect.

She took on the acting position after Matthew Wheatley, who had been interim chief executive since January, his role as growth plan manager.

Rose joined the D2N2 LEP in November 2017 as senior manager for growth deals and capital programmes and has also held the position as interim deputy chief executive.

Prior to joining D2N2, Rose was chief operating officer for the Northamptonshire LEP, where she was responsible for strategy development and delivery of all investment programmes by that LEP.

She also worked for the former East Midlands Development Agency, supporting the delivery of sub-regional investment programmes.

Rose said: "I am delighted to be appointed as the D2N2 LEP’s new CEO, and to have the opportunity to build on the great work of its Board and staff to date.

"The LEP has a lot to do in future. We have a new strategic plan to launch to take our economy into the next decade, a Local Industrial Strategy to develop to complement the work being done nationally, increasing access to skills and training, and ensuring we continue to attract private investment to Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. I look forward to the challenge."

Chair Elizabeth Fagan added: "I am confident that in Sajeeda we have found a CEO who will continue to lead D2N2 in delivering economic growth for all our communities, using the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP); currently in the final stages of being updated to meet the area’s changing needs up to 2030.

"Sajeeda is taking on the role at a time when the D2N2 LEP has much to do; including the launch of its new SEP, developing a Local Industrial Strategy, delivering current and planned programmes, as well as consultation on and establishing new governance rules for the LEP’s Board Members and staff to make our operations even more publicly accountable.

"I’m confident that Sajeeda’s leadership will help deliver results for all our stakeholders."

Bondholders have a ball

740 Bondholder members, employees and contractors attended the annual Marketing Derby Bondholder Christmas Ball held at fellow Bondholder The Roundhouse last night.

Bondholders donned their glamorous outfits to enjoy a fabulous night of delicious food, great company, excellent entertainment and a good boogie.

Entertainment was provided by Moroccan Fire Nights who wowed the audience with their mind-blowing spectacles of skill, distortion and contortion.

Thank you to all who attended to make the evening such a great success.

We hope you all enjoyed it and that your heads aren't too sore today!

Thanks also to our friends at BEAR who provided complimentary recovery coffees to help Derby get back to business as usual this morning

Same time next year?

Lindsey Hatfield, Commercial Development Manager, Marketing Derby said "The Bondholder Ball just gets bigger and better every year. A great night was had by everyone, celebrating the start of the festive season with friends, family and clients. Thanks must go to Derby Roundhouse for hosting us all in their stunning venue"

International dance website launch

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Bondholder Burnthebook have launched a new website for contemporary dance company Humanhood. Humanhood are rapidly gaining international acclaim and recognition with its dynamic representation of physics and astrophysics through dance.

Humanhood were recommended Burnthebook as the agency that could help them take their unique form of dance to worldwide audiences through the web, without degrading the ‘immersive’ impact the dance company creates with its live performances.

Based in Birmingham and Barcelona, the dance company was formed in 2016 by Birmingham and Catalonia artists Rudi Cole and Júlia Roberts Parés. Together they have developed a unique symbiotic fluid movement language that lies at the core of their work, creating intricate choreographic patterns that merge into multilayered energetic shapes with flow and dynamism.

Rudi and Júlia said: “From the first meeting we had with Phil and Jackie we felt a clear trust in working with Burnthebook to create our website. They instantly grasped the philosophy and ethos of our work and we felt confident they would portray this into the company's website.”

Phil Newson, Managing Director at Burnthebook said: “When we were approached by Rudi and Júlia, there was an immediate connection and understanding between us. We were absolutely taken aback by the intensity of their performance and their ability to completely captivate an audience.

“We spent a great deal of time planning how we could best represent Humanhood and their unique creative offering online without losing their dynamic impact. It was essential that from the moment Users hit the site, we wanted them to feel the Humanhood experience and the depth of the performance.”

FORMAT19 launched in London

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Marketing Derby is proud to sponsor FORMAT19 which was officially launched last night at the iconic Horse Hospital - the three-tiered progressive arts venue in Bloomsbury, London and will run 15th March - 14th April 2019 at various locations across Derby.

FORMAT is organised by Bondholders QUAD and the University of Derby.

Format International Photography Festival was established in Derby in 2004 and today it is one of the UK's leading international contemporary festivals of photography and related media.

FORMAT organises a year round programme of international commissions, open calls, residencies, conferences and collaborations in the UK and Internationally.

The biennale and off-year programmes celebrate the wealth of contemporary photographic practice. We love photography and all its expanded fields. The programmes feature everything from major conceptual works, participative projects, documentary and all that falls between categorisations, from the mobile phone to the archive.

FORMAT is the place to engage with an incredible range of new work together alongside some of the best-known practitioners in the world. FORMAT is focused on developing opportunities for audiences to see, debate, develop, contribute and participate in the best of what photography is and can be, with comprehensive professional practice programmes and a yearly International Photography Portfolio Review.

Louise Fedotov-Clements, Artistic Director QUAD and Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival, said: "It was a real pleasure to launch FORMAT19:FOREVER//NOW at the Horse Hospital in London. Great to see so many people there. It was a great night." 

For more information visit: http://formatfestival.com/

Peak succeeds at British Travel Awards

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The Peak District and Derbyshire has taken third place in the Best Holiday County or Region category in the prestigious British Travel Awards.

It was beaten only by Northumberland (gold) and Cornwall (silver) and fended off stiff competition from other key contenders, including Devon, Cumbria and the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

Jo Dilley, Managing Director, Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, said “The British Travel Awards are billed as the largest and most influential poll of consumer opinion on the performance of leisure, travel and tourism providers, so we are delighted to have received such a fantastic accolade.”

“This is the first year we have entered, so to perform so well is brilliant news, and a great tribute to our small but dedicated team who all work so hard to put the area on the regional, national and international map.

“We have so much to offer, from stunning, specially-protected landscapes, exhilarating outdoor activities and brilliant attractions to rich history and heritage, quality accommodation and fine, locally-produced food and drink – so it’s wonderful to be recognised in this way. Hopefully our world-class destination will achieve even greater things in the 2019 awards.”

BTA Chief Executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Congratulations to the Peak District and Derbyshire on winning bronze in our Best Holiday County or Region category. The British Travel Awards are the only travel industry accolade voted for exclusively by the consumer, and they recognise all that is great about travel, as experienced by the travelling public. To win one is a true achievement.”

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Barry Lewis, said: “We’re thrilled to hear that the Peak District and Derbyshire has come third out of ten areas for the best UK Holiday County or Region in this year’s British Travel Awards.

“The area has so much to offer, from fabulous historic buildings to stunning beauty spots, towns and villages and much more. We’re really proud to support the tourism industry, boosting our economy and supporting thousands of jobs.

To find out more about Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, visit www.visitpeakdistrict.com.

Bespoke Inns spread Christmas cheer

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Bondholder Bespoke Inns is offering a free Christmas Day lunch, from one of its restaurants, to those most in need in the local elderly community.

The Dragon in Willington, will provide a plated lunch with all the trimmings, which will be delivered by volunteers direct to the door of pensioners in Willington, Findern and Repton.

The new initiative aims to lift the mood of any pensioner who lives alone in the village and may be lonely on the big day.

Lee Carvell, director at The Dragon, said: "We know that loneliness is a real ‘killer’ whatever your age and being lonely on Christmas Day must be one of the worst feelings every year.

"A friendly face, with a simple Merry Christmas and a hot lunch will certainly brighten anyone’s mood and make their Christmas Day.

"Even more so if the person is worried about money and not able to afford a good meal."

The restaurant's chefs have agreed to work overtime to cope with the additional demand on an already busy day.

Mr Carvell added: "We will be very, very busy on Christmas Day but our chefs have agreed to come in earlier to make sure everything is prepped and ready.

"The Dragon can cater for large numbers and whilst we know this will be a challenge, our team of chefs will make it happen and happen well!"

The meals will consist of roasted bronze turkey, apple and chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, sprouts and carrots.

To apply those interested must contact The Dragon, or get someone to do it on their behalf by December 20. You can call 01283 704149 or contact Phoebe Gray via email phoebe@bespokeinns.co.uk.

Bespoke Inns have already been inundated with volunteers who will deliver the Christmas lunch to those in need in return for a free drink.

New Home for the East Midlands’ Big Bang

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Bondholder Derby Arena will be the new home for The Big Bang Fair East Midlands, part of the Engineering UK national programme to encourage young people into careers in STEM.

Young people from across the East Midlands will come together to find out about career opportunities in disciplines involving science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at the annual event in June.

The move to Derby Arena will increase event participation from 2,000 to 3,000 school children and home educators.

The event, set for 27th June 2019, aims to be bigger and more elaborate than ever before, as the push to drive career inspiration into the landscape of East Midlands schools is ever stronger, with Engineering UK reporting that 203,000 roles requiring engineering skills are needed to be filled annually through to 2024.

As well as engaging hands-on activities, have-a-go workshops and inspirational speakers this year will also see ‘sector zones’ throughout the exhibition area for young people to explore, all with the overarching aim of filling the STEM skills gap for the future. Schools can also take part in The Big Bang Competition to find the regional Young Engineer and Young Scientist of the Year.

Bringing together businesses and career leaders is at the heart of the event, as Learn By Design’s Director of Programmes, Louise Curd, explains:

“The skills gap in science and engineering is our driving force and it’s never been more vital for the private sector to recognise the part they play in opening the minds of young people. Whether a global company or an SME, The Big Bang Fair is a fantastic opportunity for organisations passionate about inspiring young people to break down some of the barriers facing young people and show face to face what their future career could looks like”.

The launch of the Big Bang Fair East Midlands 2019 also saw Learn by Design celebrating valued partnerships this week, with the announcement of collaborations with Bondholders Derby City Council and University of Derby as well as Enterprise for Education (E4E).

Cllr Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Yong People said:

“I’m delighted the Big Bang Fair is coming back to Derby for the fifth time, bigger and better than ever. This is a great opportunity for the young people in our City to learn more about careers in STEM. Derby has a fantastic range of employers working in technology and engineering and so it’s also a great opportunity for them to connect with our young people.”

Louise Pigden, Deputy Dean and Interim Head of Mechanical Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Derby, said: “At the University of Derby, we play a significant role in the STEM disciplines through our courses and research at Further and Higher Education levels.

“The University is committed to encouraging young people from diverse backgrounds into STEM careers; we understand that they are the game-changers of the future, who will solve society’s big challenges around clean energy, artificial intelligence, transport and caring for an ageing population.”

The Big Bang Fair East Midlands will take place at Derby Arena on Thursday 27th June 2019. STEM employers and academic institutions interested in showcasing STEM careers should contact bigbang@bydesign-group.co.uk. Visitor Registration for Schools and Home Educators is now open. Visit https://nearme.thebigbangfair.co.uk/view/?eve_id=1947

Toyota Corolla back in the race

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The all-new Toyota Corolla, which will be built by Bondholder Toyota Manfacturing UK, is to contest the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.

The vehicle has been entered by Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport and driven by two-time BTCC Independent Champion Tom Ingram.

Built at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, the new Corolla Hatchback will take to the track at the same time as the road-going model arrives in British showrooms next spring.

The car’s debut in the UK’s premier racing series brings the world’s best-selling car nameplate – more than 45 million worldwide sales to date – and Team Toyota GB back to the BTCC, a competition in which both have a great heritage.

The Corolla campaign is being masterminded by Speedworks Motorsport, a team with a reputation as the BTCC’s leading giant-killers. Ingram posted nine victories and regular front-running performances in the Toyota Avensis, securing both the Independent Team and Driver trophies in 2017 and 2018.

The first race date for the new Corolla will be the opening round of the 2019 season at Brands Hatch on 6-7 April.

Christian Dick, Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport Team Principal, said: “We have been establishing an ever-closer relationship with Toyota GB for the past few years, nurturing that bond through our common passion for motorsport, engineering excellence and, ultimately, success. Our new relationship with them will enable us to take that final step and really push for the overall BTCC title. As a team, we are ready to pitch ourselves against the very best in Britain and, with Toyota GB’s backing, we are confident of doing just that.”

Andrew Cullis, Toyota GB Marketing Director, said: “Bringing the Corolla name and Team Toyota GB back to the British Touring Car Championship in 2019 is a great way of helping us launch this important, all-new British-built car. Speedworks Motorsport and Tom Ingram have a winning track record and we look forward to working with them throughout the coming season.”

Grade A growth for Cathedral Green

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Derby City Council has announced plans for 37,500 sq ft of Grade A riverside office development.

Situated alongside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the world’s first factory, the Silk Mill, One Cathedral Green will include a 12,500 sq ft regional headquarters for Unite the Union.

The scheme is expected to cost £9 million and create 180 new jobs in addition to those safeguarded at Unite the Union. It will include basement car parking and be completed by Autumn 2020.

Derby City Council will be working in partnership with Wilson Bowden who have owned the site since 2014. An operator for the managed workspace has been identified and details will be announced in due course.

The building is expected to provide Grade A workspace for companies looking for a city centre location. Grade A space has been in short supply in recent years, so this development is expected to be extremely popular.

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Councillor Matthew Holmes, cabinet member for regeneration, said, “There is a need for larger office spaces in the city centre. This new model of office development will enable businesses to grow, attract new occupiers and enable commerce to thrive.”

John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said, “We welcome this development which will help to meet demand for high quality office space in the city centre. An increase in the number of people working at One Cathedral Green will have a positive impact on the economy and vibrancy of the city centre.”

Smith Cooper advises on KFC restaurant sale

Bondholder Smith Cooper Corporate Finance has advised on the multimillion-pound acquisition of seven KFC restaurants in London.

FT Foods, a newly incorporated company owned by Fazan Tahir, has completed the deal with KFC UK & Ireland, forming part of its wider refranchising programme.

FT Foods is part of a grouping of companies created by the Tahir Group, a London-based property development and investment group operating KFC restaurants and Starbucks Coffee shops.

Food and beverage specialists, John Farnsworth and David Crump, at Smith Cooper Corporate Finance assisted FT Foods in developing a bid document, agreeing terms with KFC’s advisers and project-managing the transaction through to completion.

Commenting on the transaction, Fazan Tahir said: "This deal is a significant step in my journey from my start in 1994 to what is today a multi-award-winning, multi-million-pound sales KFC business.

"I am very proud of our innovation, numerous awards and my outstanding team with its best-in-class culture.

"We intend to take the acquired restaurants forward and to add additional outlets, just as we always have done.

"As to the deal process that has been a huge project that I couldn’t have completed without my internal team, the management at KFC, Michael Stace and his team at Browne Jacobson, and the Smith Cooper Corporate Finance team.

"I have known John and David for some time and contacted them right at the start of this process; that turned out to be a key decision and I was tremendously impressed by the professionalism, determination and focus they brought to the delivery of their invaluable input."

Head of Corporate Finance, John Farnsworth, said: "David and I are delighted to have worked with Fazan, his team and advisers, and with KFC and their advisers to secure this important acquisition for the Tahir Group.

"We really enjoyed working with Fazan’s highly-motivated award-winning team, and have no doubt whatever that the business will continue to grow at an exemplary pace whilst still maintaining top operational and service quality – this is an exceptional business."

Signage company toasts Bondholder success

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Bondholder Lemon Signs has been consolidating recent successes which have arisen by working with fellow Marketing Derby Bondholders.

In a collaboration with fellow Bondholder Alt Design, which undertook the re-branding of Bondholder Robinsons, Lemon Signs were asked to produce signage for the steel construction company’s new premises in Derby.

Martin Lemiesz, managing director of Lemon Signs, said: “It was an amazing opportunity for us as a small business and even more exciting as we'd had front row seats of the project as we are located just a few yards away."

The new site which covered 5340m2 contained office space as well as a workshop production facility and large car park.

He continued: "The sheer size of the building offered up some challenges as we set about producing and installing the exterior signage, as well as full vehicle wraps."

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Another project was for new restaurant and Bondholder Lotus Indian Kitchen, which opened its doors to the public at Bondholder Mercia Marina.

Overlooking the water and serving authentic Indian street food, the main branding is a henna style letter "L".

The Lemon Signs team were able to put forward its expertise on this project as there were many different types of signage required to fulfil the brief. Inside of the restaurant, the main wall logo was made with the use of 3D materials.

Lemiesz said: "We were really pleased with the finished results and I cant wait to take the Lemon Signs team there for a celebratory dinner."

Bondholders collect for charity

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Bondholder Brewer Science teamed up with fellow Bondholder YMCA Derbyshire to collect toiletries such as deodorant and shower gel for use in YMCA accommodation across Derby to help young, vulnerable people get back on their feet and find their place in the community.

YMCA Derbyshire has just opened 12 new units within Derby City, which builds upon its existing offer of providing supported accommodation for more than 300 young people each year across the county. Toiletries such as the ones collected by the Brewer Science team help them to supply welcome packs for their young people. Young people often arrive at their door without any possessions, whether they’ve come from a friend’s sofa or from being on the streets. Through providing welcome packs, the YMCA offers a glimmer of hope and an opportunity to start again with support and a safe front door.

Sarah Crane, Fundraising and Communications Manager, “At YMCA Derbyshire, our vision is enabling young people and communities to thrive. We cannot do this without the generous support of neighbouring organisations such as Brewer Science, who help us to help our residents move forward positively with their lives. Donations such as this make a such a difference to our young people’s wellbeing.”

Brewer Science’s Vicki Smith said, “Brewer Science is committed to making our community a better place to live and work, so when we heard that the YMCA was in desperate need of toiletries for its residents in Derbyshire, we knew we wanted to help. We hope we have made a difference, however small, to the lives of people who have fallen on hard times."

We wanted to thank all of our employees and those of NFU Mutual (also of Darley Abbey Mills), who contributed so generously to the collection. For more information please contact vsmith@brewerscience.com or sarah.crane@ymcaderbyshire.org.uk

Chamber of the year

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Bondholder East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) has won overall Chamber of the Year title at the prestigious British Chambers of Commerce Business Awards.

Now in its 15th year, the national Chamber Business Awards is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, highlighting the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local communities.

The Chamber was also joined on the night by four member companies – Bondholders Tidyco and Trent Barton as well as Dalycom, Shirebrook Academy – which had gone on to enjoy regional success following their respective achievements at the Chamber’s Business Awards across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

It has been a busy and productive 2018 for the Chamber which, as the leading business support organisation in the region, continues to dedicate itself to providing its members with a comprehensive and ever-evolving suite of products, services and information to help businesses succeed and thrive.

Reflecting on the award, Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) has shown impressive growth and retention in recent years. The strategic work and engagement of the Chamber with local stakeholders embodies the mission of Chambers of Commerce everywhere.

“Its efforts to engage with other Chambers and improve member offerings is a testament to its dedication. Congratulations to the entire East Midlands team, truly worthy recipients of this award.”

Steve Charles, Head of Business Partnerships at award sponsor Quest, said: “Congratulations to East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), deserved winners of this prestigious award.

“It is a great example of how a Chamber can make a significant contribution to the national network while also taking a leading and influential role in its own business community. It has developed a first-class service to members, which is witnessed by its continued growth. Well done to all the team.”

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), added: “To win Chamber of the Year is a fantastic achievement and a great endorsement of the extensive activity we deliver to our members across the region.

“This acknowledgment is testament to the dedication and hard work shown by all the staff at the Chamber, who made this award possible by continuing to work tirelessly and passionately on behalf of our members to fulfil our overall objective – to enhance East Midlands businesses.”

Turnover at the East Midlands Chamber rose by more than £1m during "a year of growth and expansion" for the organisation.

Newly filed accounts for the chamber have revealed that its turnover increased from £8m to £9.3m in the year to 31 March 2018.

The organisation, which represents Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, also reported a pre-tax profit of £266,107, up from £131,219.

International and ISPO income dropped from £1m to £984,092 during the while but membership and training earnings rose from £3.2m to £3.21m.

Its D2N2 income rose from £997,067 to £1.1m while earnings from other income sources went from £2.3m to £3.2m.

Chief executive Scott Knowles said: "It’s another solid set of results, reflecting the fantastic growth the chamber has seen over the year.

"Membership numbers continue to rise – now standing at over 4200 – and the broad range of products and services we deliver to members and others across the East Midlands continue to perform well across the board.

"All businesses are having to deal with uncertainty at the moment and the chamber is no different.

"However, we face 2019 in a really strong position – this is a reflection of all the great work our staff do and the continued support given to us by members, which is best recognised by our recent success, being awarded the national Chamber of the Year Award for 2018."

A statement signed off by the board said: "2017-2018 was a year of growth and expansion for the chamber.

"While the full business implications of the UK's exit from the European Union are yet to be known, the chamber and its board have been proactive in assessing the organisation's potential exposure to different future scenarios including funding changes and reviewing these regularly through its risk and audit committee.

"The chamber optimised its facilities following its February 2017 Chesterfield office relocation and its 2016 Leicester occupation and management of the Friars Mill managed workspace facility.

"It refurbished its Derby office located at Pride Park and determined to dispose of legacy investment properties located in Chesterfield as these were not core business."

The chamber has its registered office in Chesterfield and its partner companies include the likes of Wilko, HSBC, Rolls-Royce, Derby County FC, Toyota, DHL, Air-IT and De Montfort University.

The organisation, which has more than 150 employees, is owned by its member businesses which at year-end stood at a total of 4,175, up from 4,071. The chamber has since said that membership levels now stand at more than 4,200.

Extension to A50 business park

Bondholder CWC is set to create hundreds of new jobs at a Derbyshire business park after plans for a major extension were given the go-ahead.

South Derbyshire District Council has approved the scheme, which will involve adding almost 500,000 sq ft of space at Dove Valley Park, off the A50 at Foston.

The extension, set over 58 acres, represents the second phase of the business park, which was first established in the late 1990s on a parcel of land that was once part of the RAF Church Broughton airfield.

Today, Dove Valley is home to businesses including JCB Power Systems, Futaba International, Kuehne and Nagel and Muller.

The extension will be built to the north of Dove Valley Park where parts of a former RAF airfield still remain.

Now, further big names could be set to move in creating new jobs.

The extension will see three new units built, which would be no smaller than 161,458 sq ft each and would be for general industrial, storage and distribution use.

Marketing Derby reaches milestone 350 Bondholders

Marketing Derby is excited to announce that NWG has become the 350th Marketing Derby Bondholder.

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Having started with an initial 35 companies just over 10 years ago, Marketing Derby Bondholders have grown to include some of the most dynamic and vibrant businesses Derby and Derbyshire has to offer. 

Bondholders financially support Marketing Derby to carry out inward investment activity, attracting 5,000 jobs and over £300m of investment since its inception, and in return receive benefits such as an incredibly popular events programme.

350th Bondholder NWG is a UK national charity based in Derby, working to end child sexual exploitation and trafficking. It works to raise awareness, share knowledge and improve services for children and their families through the 14,500 strong network of professionals and practitioners. 

Talking about their decision to join Marketing Derby Katie Elam, Business Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to be joining this thriving organisation and looking forward to working with members of the business community to raise awareness and help build zero tolerance to child sexual exploitation and modern slavery.”

Marketing Derby Managing Director John Forkin said: “We are proud to have reached this significant milestone of 350 Bondholder members.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Bondholders for their ongoing commitment to Marketing Derby which allows us to support the ongoing development of Derby and now Derbyshire as a place of choice for investors and businesses.”

To find out more about becoming a Bondholder visit: www.marketingderby.co.uk/bondholders/ or contact Lindsey Hatfield lindsey.hatfield@marketingderby.co.uk

Learning Unlimited hosts its first national awards

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Apprentices and employers from across the country joined together in November to celebrate their successes during Bondholder Learning Unlimited’s very first ever National Apprenticeship Awards.

During a glittering ceremony at Pond's Forge in Sheffield, awards were presented to businesses and individuals in recognition of their dedication, work and commitment to developing a skilled workforce though apprenticeships. TV personality and journalist, Helen Fospero, presented the awards to those who had been chosen from the hundreds of nominations received from peers and managers.

Derbyshire Constabulary received national recognition when they were awarded the Employer of the Year title for demonstrating their commitment to developing apprentices in their organisation. Detective Inspector, James Bateman, joined the stage to collect the award with his colleagues only to take to stage later that evening for a second time when he was awarded the title of Higher Apprentice of the Year.

Kirsty Norman, HR Development Manager, said: “Derbyshire Constabulary were pleased to be invited by Learning Unlimited to their annual awards ceremony. We were thrilled and surprised to be awarded Employer of the Year in recognition of our support for our apprentices. In addition, it was particularly pleasing to see Detective Inspector James Bateman be awarded Higher Apprentice of the Year in Leadership and Management.”

Mark Bennington, Vice Principal Commercial Services and Enterprise at the Chesterfield College Group, said: “The Learning Unlimited National Apprenticeship Awards provided us with the opportunity to recognise the value of apprenticeships and the employers who are invested in the apprenticeship model.

“Each award presented during the evening represented the positive impact on each and every one of those individuals and businesses. We look forward to working with our apprentices and businesses over the coming year and look forward to next year’s Apprenticeship Awards!”

Other winners included:

Employer of the Year - Derbyshire Constabulary.

Advanced Apprentice of the Year – Winner - Luke Bunting (Bombardier).

Higher Apprentice of the Year – Winnner - James Bateman (Derbyshire Constabulary).

Roll out of game-changing farming software

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Bondholder Baldwins, one of the UK’s largest specialist agricultural business advisors, is partnering with New Zealand-based agricultural software provider Figured to help roll out software that is revolutionising the day-to-day management of farms.

Figured is a complete livestock, crop and production tracking tool which is digital, online and cloud-based, and is an essential forecasting tool that works hand-in-hand with Xero – a cloud-based accounting platform.

It is the only farm accounting software which allows a whole team to collaborate around the same data in real-time, from wherever they are working.

Baldwins’ partnership with Figured forms part of the firm’s mission to provide added value to its 3,750 farming clients across the UK.

It is also a strategic collaboration for both firms to support product development and open up new opportunities that will help drive the UK farming industry forward.

Andy Ritchie, head of Baldwins’ national rural team, added:  “Combining the experience of our team with the detailed capabilities of this software will unlock a higher level of reporting and even better advice for farmers up and down the country.

“For example, farmers will now be able to forecast future cash flow based around differing scenarios, while also tracking livestock and crop production.”

David Kirby, UK Managing Director of Figured, was delighted to announce the strategic partnership with the Baldwins Group.

He added: “Our company is all about improving the business of farming, by providing the whole farming team made up of accountants, farmers, advisers and bankers up-to-date financial information.

“This enables them to have better conversations, make better decisions and improve the management of their business.

“Baldwins has an exciting vision of supporting and adding more value for their rural clients, therefore we wholly support Baldwins as they develop and scale-up their services to the farming sector.”

Baldwins has more than 80 offices across the UK and is part of the CogitalGroup – an international business services group with annual revenues in excess of £450m, employing around 6,000 people across 176 offices.

First class apprenticeship scheme

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Bondholder East Midlands Trains, part of Stagecoach Group, is the first in the UK to pioneer a new level three train driver apprenticeship programme which is designed to support the industry’s commitment to grow its skills base and further professionalise the train driver role.

Launched last week by the new Rail Minister Andrew Jones, the new train driver apprenticeship programme, which is part of the National Driver Academy, is now underway at the train operator’s academy in Derby. Nine new drivers are the first to test the new common approach to Part A as part of the Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard.

The new Apprenticeship Standard, which has been designed to reflect the professionalism needed for the train driver’s role, will allow successful trainees to secure a formal certification. It has been developed in partnership with the drivers union ASLEF; the Rail Safety and Standards Board; Rail Delivery Group; the Institute of Railway Operators and the National Skills Academy for Rail. The Apprenticeship Standard will be applicable to all train operators and freight operators in England.

The rail industry is planning to train more than 1000 drivers next year with all train operators moving to use the new Driver Academy over 2019. East Midlands Trains will train around 30-40 new apprentice drivers over the next year.

Rail Minister Andrew Jones, who met the new driver apprentices in Derby said: “I am delighted to launch the Train Driver Apprenticeship Programme, a project which will recruit a new generation of drivers with the skills and management to provide more reliable journeys for passengers.

“This initiative follows the recent completion of vital infrastructure upgrades at Derby Station, and helps prepare the East Midlands for the arrival of modern, fast and efficient intercity and express trains.”

Kirsty Derry, HR Director for East Midlands Trains and Chair of the Driver Academy, said: “Train drivers are key to delivering great customer service, and with the industry’s exciting investment in technology it was clear that there was a skills and capability gap developing across the entire sector.

“That’s why we’ve been working with the Academy members, Department for Transport, ASLEF and safety and skills bodies across the industry to develop a solution to this skills challenge and take this significant step forward in professionalising the train driver role.

“We’re delighted to be leading the way, piloting the new common approach to Part A Level 3 Apprenticeship training at East Midlands Trains, and we look forward to working with the rest of the industry to roll this out further.”

A total of nine new drivers are trialling the new apprenticeship scheme, coming from a variety of backgrounds including the army, police force, as well as three former tram drivers and a window blind fitter.