Derby Tops European Table

Derby has the best strategy for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) of all small cities in the UK, scoring second in the whole of Europe, according to the Financial Times fDi Magazine’s European Cities and Regions of the Future report.

Marketing Derby's award-winning strategy is heavily influenced by Derby’s global facing economy as home to giant international corporations such as Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, and the drive to promote the investment opportunities that lie within the “Heart of the City” masterplan, which includes over £1 billion of residential, leisure and commercial opportunities.

The rankings, which are run by fDi Magazine, a division of the Financial Times, are one of the industry’s most prominent benchmarks of FDI competitiveness.

An international awards ceremony will take place at property conference MIPIM (Cannes, Frances) on Tuesday 13th March which Derby will be attending as part of the Midlands UK delegation.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby commented: “Over the past couple of years we have been stepping up our inward investment campaigns working closely with partners such as Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council engaging with countries such as China and India in addition to building on existing investments from Japan and North America. We are determined to play a key role in contributing to Midlands Engine activities together with the Department for International Trade.”

Speaking about the rankings, Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Bondholder Derby City Council, and Marketing Derby Board Member, said: “This recognition is wonderful and showcases Derby as a truly global business city with industry giants, including Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and Toyota, and their extensive supply chains, based here. With a highly skilled workforce, investment in infrastructure and public-private partnerships, which support new businesses and investors into the city, Derby is an attractive proposition for foreign direct investment.”

Good News for University

The News Team at Bondholder the University of Derby has won three awards at the Institute of Internal Communication (IOIC) Central and North awards.

The team were crowned Class Winner in the Digital Skills category, given an Award of Excellence for their weekly staff e-newsletter, and received a Certificate of Merit for Best In-House Team of the Year at the event.

The IOIC is the UK's leading professional body for in-house, freelance and agency staff involved in internal communications.

Alice Oliver, Head of News at the University of Derby, said: “The University's internal communications function has been an outstanding success story over the last few years and I am so proud that the team has been recognised by the IOIC in this way.
"We were up against some stiff competition so receiving these awards is confirmation that we are delivering professional, high quality work which is making a substantial difference to our organisation."

National Recognition for Freeths

Bondholder Freeths has ranked 50th in the list of Sunday Times UK Top 100 Companies to Work for. The firm has been ranked several times before, but this is its highest ever position.

The Times compiles the data derived from surveys of staff satisfaction, with the firm scoring particularly highly in areas reflecting a family feel and pride in working for the firm. The law-firm excelled in the ‘Wellbeing’ and ‘Giving Something Back’ categories.

The results are the icing on the cake for Freeths, after the firm’s most successful financial year in 2015/16 with turnover reaching £63.8m.

Colin Flanagan, Chairman of Freeths, said: “This is a great accolade for us to receive. We work hard as a firm to ensure all employees are treated fairly and it is a testament to all staff members for us to have climbed up the rankings to 50th position.

"We have a great team ethos at Freeths with each individual contributing to the overall success of the firm.”

Ministerial Praise for Bombardier

Bondholder Bombardier has been hailed by a government minister as a company that shows why the UK is the best place in the world to do business. 

After visiting the Litchurch Lane site, Greg Hands, Minister of International Trade, said "Bombardier's site at Derby shows clearly why the UK remains one of the best places in the world to do business.

"From innovative battery-powered trains to multi-billion pound Crossrail projects, we will continue to support companies like Bombardier, driving UK exports and attracting inward investment."

During his visit, the Minister noted that the city plays an important role in the rail sector, housing the world's largest rail cluster.

Richard Hunter, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation UK, said: 'We were delighted to welcome Mr Hands to our site in Derby to see some of the great products designed and manufactured by our highly-skilled staff."

Enterprising Women of the Year

East Midlands Chamber toasted Derbyshire's Enterprising Women of the year, at a gala dinner last week. 

The awards recognise the achievements of women in business and are co-Chaired by Jean Mountain, a Director and Immediate Past President of East Midlands Chamber.

A representative for the awards said: '“We were very impressed with the quality of the applications this year and level of support for women in business.”

Winners of the night included many Bondholders. 

Megan Morris, from Bondholder Sky Recruitment Solutions, was awarded Apprentice of the Year, while the Geldards Family Team walked away with Team of the Year. 

Zoe Dowthwaite from Bondholder Flint Bishop was highly commended as Female Employee of the year, as was Natalie Bamford of, as Enterprising New Business Woman of the Year.

The Perfect Circle Team at Bondholder Pick Everard were also highly commended as Team of the Year. 

Quad Smashes Records

Figures have been announced for Bondholder QUAD’s recent exhibition, What a Loving, and Beautiful World by Japanese collective teamLab, smashing all previous records.

The exhibition attracted over 19,000 visitors, and featured an installation of projected computer generated artworks featuring twenty-two Sino-Japanese nature-inspired characters, including sun, moon, water, trees and birds, by the calligrapher Shishū.

Adam Buss, CEO of QUAD, said: “This exhibition has brought in so many new visitors to the venue. It is testament to how potentially complex digital technology can be presented in an inspiring and accessible way to engage with audiences of all ages.”

QUAD Curator Peter Bonnell added “What a Loving, and Beautiful World’ is actually about people coming together and these visitor figures demonstrate the appeal of great art.”

Pattonair's Soaring High

Bondholder Pattonair has received Safran Landing Systems’ top supplier award, the “Performance Excellence Award”, which recognises the quality of Pattonair’s customer service.

The award is the second endorsement for Pattonair from within the Safran Group; last year Safran Helicopter Engines awarded Pattonair Gold Supplier status, which recognises supply partners who can guarantee the best performance and provide a return on long-term investment.

On receiving the award David Schaffar, President of Pattonair Asia, said, “Safran Landing Systems is an important customer to Pattonair and we are very appreciative of being given this award for our service”.

PKF Among the Country's Best

Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry has been named among the top 100 Best Companies to work for in the UK.

The firm was ranked 32nd in the medium-sized business category. PKF Cooper Parry also achieved a 3 Star Accreditation – the highest that can be awarded.

It’s the second year that PKF Cooper Parry has been included in the prestigious ‘Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For’ list. Last year the firm was the only accountancy practice to be named in the small company category.

Around 1,000 companies enter the Best Companies to Work For Awards every year. The awards are judged based on the responses of employees in eight key areas including leadership and management, opportunities for personal growth, wellbeing, and giving something back to the community.

Ade Cheatham, chief executive of PKF Cooper Parry, said: “Being named in the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For list is a fantastic achievement for everyone at the firm. The fact that we have gone from 91 st position in the small companies category to 32nd in the medium sized is testament that we are maintaining our culture during a time of change and growth for the business.

“It also demonstrates that staff enjoy working for the company, which is massively rewarding to know.”

The Brighter City of Derby Awards

Bondholder Derby Civic Society has recognised a number of restored and regenerated buildings in the Brighter City of Derby Awards. 

The Awards recognise buildings that have made improvements to Derby through new construction, maintenance or restorations.

Recipients of the awards include Marble Hall, managed by Bondholder Connect Derby; the New Infant Department at Derby High School, designed by fellow Bondholder Pick Everard; the iHub at Infinity Park Derby; the Media Centre at the 3aaa County Ground, also designed by Pick Everard; and Cathedral Court, by Bondholder Prosperity Capital Partners. 

Marble Hall - First Prize, Refurbishment Category

"As Rolls Royce's first factory in Derby, this is a unique part of the city's heritage and is therefore worthy of restoration and preservation. The developers have gone to great lengths to restore and conserve this important building, particularly the Marble Hall with good quality materials and craftsmanship. They have found a new use for the building, by converting into small business units."

The New Infant Department at Derby High School - First Prize, New Build

The building is "aesthetically pleasing but also fulfils its design purpose very well."

The Innovation Centre at Infinity Park Derby - Highly Commended, New Build

The judges felt that the design was aesthetically pleasing and works well as an "anchor" building for the important new Infinity business park.

The Media Centre at the 3aaa County Ground - Generally Commended

The judges scored the Media Centre was commended for its contribution to the city. 

Cathedral Court -Generally Commended

The judges said the building "sits in its street scene surprisingly well and is functional".

East Midlands Trains - Top UK Employer

East Midlands Trains has been named among the UK's top employers, by the Top Employers Institute. 

Every year the institute recognises employers from across the world that provide excellent employee conditions, and nurture their staff's talent and development. 

Our research concluded that East MIdlands Trains provides an outstanding employment environment.
— James Gooding, Top Employers Institute

Kirsty Derry, HR Director for East Midlands Trains, said: "We're over the moon to be named one of the top employers in the UK. Our people - both customer-facing and behind the scenes - play a crucial role in driving this business forward and this is a real credit to the whole team.

"We know from our most-recent employee survey that satisfaction is at its highest ever level, but to have this endorsement demonstrates East Midlands Trains is among the top companies in the UK makes us very proud."



National Award for Cooper Parry

Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry's wealth management arm,  Cooper Parry Wealth, has been named the 'Best Financial Adviser to Work For' at the Professional Adviser Awards. This is the second major award for Cooper Parry Wealth this year, having won the Citywire New Model Adviser Award for the Midlands region.

The award was given to the team after assessing their HR policies, office facilities and wellbeing programmes. Employees were also asked to give their opinion on job satisfaction, career development, leadership and corporate culture.

Stephen Jones of Cooper Parry Wealth, said: “This is another great win for the team and demonstrates our commitment to keeping both our clients and staff happy.

"Employee wellbeing is extremely important to us, so to have it recognised with this award is fantastic. We’re hardworking and ambitious but it’s great to know that our people enjoy being here too.”

Toyota - a Globally Valuable Brand

Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK has been ranked one of the world's most valuable brands. 

The car-maker has been ranked 12th in the Brand Finance Global 500 report. Fellow Bondholder PwC also ranked in the top 100 of the report. 

Number of factors influenced the rankings, including brand reputation, royalty rates and revenues. 

David Haigh, Chief Executive of Brand Finance, said: 'A powerful brand can protect a company's value during turbulent market conditions, create new market opportunities and increase profit margins."

East Midlands Trains Scoops Top Award

Bondholder company East Midlands Trains has scooped a top industry award for its punctuality. 

At the Golden Whistles, a national award ceremony hosted by Modern Railways and the Institute of Railway Operators, East Midlands Trains won the best "right time" performance for a long-distance train operator. The company saw off competition from other operators, including Virgin Trains.

In 2016, East Midlands Trains ran 70% of its trains to the right time, and 92% of its services within 10 minutes of their scheduled time.  

East Midlands Trains has maintained its record as the best performing long-distance train operator in the country for more than seven years.

Derby's Holiday Inn in Top 10

Bondholder Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights has been named a top 10 best performing UK and Ireland hotel, within the IHG Group.

IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group), famous for brands such as Intercontinental, Crown Plaza and Holiday Inn,  as well as a number of other brands, runs a performance recognition programme called Out in Front.

In the programme, the Derby hotel competed with a number of leading hotels across the UK, including major cities such as London, and was evaluated on its performance. The hotel came out on top, in recognition of the team's hard work. 

Peggy Chan, General Manager of Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights, spoke at this year's Marketing Derby Annual event. 

Peggy said: "I’m proud that Holiday Inn Derby Riverlights is able to demonstrate the strong leadership, dedication and passion synonymous with other leading innovative firms in Derby."

Peggy added that the Marketing Derby Ambassador programme helped in the company's business strategy: "Furthermore, the city's ambassador programme has been instrumental in helping my hotel fulfil various growth strategies and I'm looking forward to representing the hotel in the upcoming IHG global conference held in Berlin."

The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2017


The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2017 have officially been launched.

Organised by Bondholders Derby Telegraph and Champions, the awards celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies in Derbyshire who are putting our region on the map by boosting the economy while making a positive contribution to the local community. 

The awards are sponsored by a number of Bondholders, including Derby College, University of Derby, intu Derby, and Sellick Partnership. 

Categories include:


For a business that has achieved an overall exceptional standard of excellence this year.


This award puts a spotlight on the most successful small businesses in the region with more than six and fewer than 75 employees.


This award is about recognising tomorrow's brightest business today.


This award celebrates the entrepreneurs behind some of the most successful businesses in Derbyshire.


This award rewards and recognises professional service organisations that have demonstrable strengths in service excellence, business growth, innovation, technology, training and personal development.


This award honours excellence in sales and marketing in Derbyshire businesses.


This award pays tribute to the business that is continuing Derbyshire's tradition for scientific and technological excellence.


This award recognises some of the finest and most successful retail businesses in Derbyshire.


Derbyshire is one of the country's most creative regions and this award recognises the achievement of businesses within all the creative industries.


This award goes to a company that demonstrated excellence in trading internationally this year.


This award pays tribute to the businesses that are continuing that tradition through excellent manufacturing today.


This award goes to the business that has made the biggest contribution to the Derbyshire community this year.


Derbyshire boasts many successful not-for-profit organisations that make a huge contribution to the community. This award celebrates the best of them

To enter the awards, please click here


National Recognition for Flint Bishop

Managing Partner of Bondholder Flint Bishop, Qamer Ghafoor has been recognised for his contribution to the professional services sector, at this year’s Managing Partner Awards 2017 by the MP Forum.

MPF is a membership organisation dedicated to helping professional firms grow by providing insights to improve performance, increase profitability and prepare for their future - some of the UK's largest law firms are a member.

The region's largest independent law firm has been recognised for its “Best co-ordination in winning new work”. 

The nomination recognises strategies implemented by Qamer in the fields of Litigation, Debt Recovery and Insurance Litigation, which have resulted in obtaining new business from several household name clients including the likes of LexisNexis, UK Mail, Virgin Media Business, G4S, Costcutter, Office Depot, Autoglass, Marley Eternit and Haven Insurance, to name a few.

Flint Bishop are up against some of the largest law firms in the world, are validation of Flint's reputation. 

Qamer said: “Law Firms are always benchmarked against other firms based on size, locality and turnover, however, this award evidences that our capabilities are at least equal to the delivery and operations of firms that are many times larger than Flint Bishop.

"I am delighted that we have been nominated for an award of this nature and to be recognised for the efforts of our specialist team of support staff and Lawyers, who continue to support and grow our business on a day to day basis.

"We are seeing growth in every area of the firm and we’re pleased to be recognised for this, at this year’s MP Forum 2017 Awards.”

Derby Wins Financial Times Awards

Derby has received three awards in the prestigious fDi Strategy Awards 2016, compiled by the Financial Times magazine.  The city has been recognised for Marketing Derby’s inward investment soft landing scheme, its specialism in automotive, as well as the £400m Rolls-Royce aerospace campus cornerstone investment. 

Derby was compared with cities from across the globe.    

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and board member at Marketing Derby, said: “This recognition is wonderful. It shows that Derby is truly a global business city with leading brands, including Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and Toyota, and their extensive supply chains, based here. 

“Derby is an attractive proposition for investment, with a highly-skilled workforce, investment in infrastructure and public-private partnerships, which support new businesses and investors into the city.”

The fDi Strategy award for Soft Landing recognises Marketing Derby’s bespoke package of support for companies looking to expand, or start a business in the city. The Invest in Derby Red Carpet scheme connects investors with local experts in property, finance, recruitment and legal services, amongst others.

The Specialism Award in Automotive is in recognition of the area’s strength in the automotive sector and being home to Toyota Manufacturing UK. The city employs over 12.5% of its workforce in hi-tech functions, four times the national average. 

The Cornerstone Investor Award acknowledges Rolls-Royce’s commitment to Derby, where it employs 14,000 people in its civil aerospace, nuclear and corporate functions. The development of its £400m aerospace campus begins with a major road realignment programme in 2017.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “We know our public-private partnership in Derby is second to none. It’s fantastic to gain recognition, from no less than the Financial Times, that our inward investment service is now amongst the best in the world. 

“This is no easy task and we thank the city council and our Bondholders in helping achieve this.”

The city will be presented with the awards at a ceremony to be held at MIPIM in Cannes, in March. 

Derby will be travelling to Cannes as part of the Midlands Engine, working in partnership with cities from across the region. The team will include representatives from both the private and public sectors, and seeks to attract new investment. 

Cathedral Quarter is GB's Best

Derby Cathedral Quarter has been named the city location winner of the prestigious Great British High Street Awards 2016.

Having consistently been in the lead in the public online vote and having hosted a judges’ visit last month, the Cathedral Quarter beat off stiff competition from Broadmead in Bristol and the Castle Arcade district of Norwich to clinch the coveted title.

The award recognises the hard work of Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID)'s to revitalise the area.

Businesses in the Cathedral Quarter will now benefit from a cash prize of up to £10,000,access to dedicated support and mentoring from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants; and social media skills gleaned from a trip to Twitter UK’s London office.

Ian Ferguson, Director of Partnerships for Better Business, said: “This award has capped off a fantastic year for the Cathedral Quarter.

“As contract managers for the BID, we entered the Cathedral Quarter into the Association of Town and City Management Awards earlier this year and were named best national BID.

“Collecting the Great British High Street award so soon afterwards shows just how far the Cathedral Quarter has come in the eight years since the BID was launched.

“This second national title will really help to put the Cathedral Quarter on the map for visitors and potential investors alike.”

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Board and Management Group, said: “This award proves that the BID programme over the past eight years to improve the visitor experience, promote the area and encourage inward investment has paid off.

“The Cathedral Quarter is now a recognisable brand and a high quality lifestyle destination – combining the strengths of retail, leisure, culture and professional services and is valued by businesses and visitors alike."



Derby is now home to the country’s best high street, the Cathedral Quarter - this is a fantastic turnaround, made within the past ten years and stands testament to the hard work of its businesses, the BID and the City Council, which has provided continuous support.

”At Marketing Derby we regularly show potential investors around the city and its historic core always impresses and helps change perceptions of what is possible in Derby.

”We are proud and delighted and really hope that 2017 is a great year for businesses located there.”
— John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby

Franklands Named Top 100 UK Insurance Broker

Bondholder insurance and risk management specialists, Franklands, has retained its position as one of the Top 100 Insurance Brokers in the UK for a fourth year in a row.

The Insurance Age Top 100 report celebrates excellence within the UK broker market and is recognised as a benchmark status within the profession.

Commenting on retaining their place in this year’s Insurance Age Top 100 report, Paul Brown, director at Franklands said: “We are delighted to be included in the list for a fourth year in a row.

"Franklands remains 100% committed to supporting the local business community, whilst continuing to deliver the same excellent standards our customers have come to expect of us."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, commented: "Frankland's inclusion in the Top 100 is a testament to their quality service, and highly skilled staff."

PKF Scoop Top Award

Businesses should be prepared to create an enjoyable workplace where people are empowered to truly make a difference.
— Ade Cheatham, CEO

Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry has scooped the Most Innovative Practice of the Year - mid-tier firm award at The British Accountancy Awards 2016.

The Most Innovative Practice of the Year award was introduced to recognise the accountancy practice adopting the most unique and distinctive approach to its organisational structure and its approach to client service provision.

A panel of 20 judges were tasked with assessing the firm’s services against three key criteria - culture, technology and measurable success impact – across a three-stage process.

The judges were also on the look-out for the use of innovative techniques, resources or technologies used to acquire and retain clients and develop professionalism within the firm.

The judges described PKF Cooper Parry’s HQ as a ‘funky workspace, designed to empower people’ and said the firm is ‘always thinking of ways to be new and unlike anyone else’.

Ade Cheatham, CEO of PKF Cooper Parry, said: “We’re a great example of how a business can break the mould by putting people at its core and we’re thrilled to have been recognised by our peers for our commitment to making a change.

“We were up against some stiff competition, but have worked hard to create a culture and philosophy based around providing fulfilling employment for people and creating an environment that people are proud to be part of,”