Successful places create customers

Over 350 senior-level delegates from the property sector attended this week’s Derby Property Summit to hear a line-up of national and international speakers and panellists discuss the challenge of reimagining towns and cities.

Opening the Summit John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, said "The way communities use their high streets is changing and towns and cities need to work out how to continue to evolve. The purpose of place is to create a customer  - we have to change the mix to make our cities and towns attractive places in which to live and work and to visit."

Keynote speaker was Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive at the Association of Town and City Management, who spoke about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the way technology is disrupting the high street, which in his view we were underestimating.

The event was supported by Bondholders Smith Partnership, as Headline Partner, and Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects, as Event Partner.

Speaking about why they were supporting the 2019 Summit, Fraser Cunningham, Partner at regional law firm Smith Partnership, told host Declan Curry: "We are delighted to be continuing our support of the Property Summit again this year. It is an incredible event which brings the East Midlands property sector together to hear from inspirational speakers about the opportunities and threats to our towns and cities, which is invaluable to our work with clients across the property sector.”

Declan Curry told delegates that the theme of the Summit was as much of a challege for villages as for towns and cities. "Technology is transforming retail; where and how we choose to live is changing - there is no one simple uniform response, it needs to be bespoke."

In his keynote speech, Ojay McDonald said "Technological change is accelerating and it's not as simple as a pre-internet and post-internet world. If only it were as simple as the high street adapting to online - we're still under-estimating the changes that are going to happen".

He spoke about the impact of social media influencers and that "we simply don't know enough about their potential"; how technology is facilitating the sharing economy concept (e.g. airbnb, car sharing clubs, shared wardrobes), with Norwich the first designated "sharing city" in the UK, and how this is also impacting the high street; and, that the next big thing will be the demise of using cash.

He concluded that this would impact on the way we use property in the future, but that the spaces in between buildings are just as important. "Partnership, partnership, partnership is crucial" he said in places understanding and adapting to the changes needed.


Summit head-to-head

A fascinating head-to-head discussion took place between winner of the World's Best Mayor title and one of the UK's leading thinkers on urban futures.


Bart Somers, Mayor of Belgian city Mechelen told delegates "we were a city of despair and now we are a benchmark city - we built a city of citizens not communities" and gave an insight into how Mechelen had been transformed to create a green, clean, safe and inclusive place of which they could be proud.

He said "People want to have an experience - the city has to be the experience. The city of the future is not a museum, but a combined place for living, working and visiting."

In the last ten years, the number of people living in the centre has risen from 20,000 to 30,000 and lots of energy has been put in to making it family friendly. "Look at what is unique in your town/ city and rethink it" he urged.

Yolande Barnes, Chair of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute and Professor of Real Estate at UCL, told delegates "You cannot separate people from place. We need to understand people and their behaviour and what they want to bring them back to our streets. People love watching people, that's why they come together."

Both speakers were clear that the vibrancy of a centre was not just reliant on its retail offer but on its unique cultural offer, places to meet, and its activities. The pair spoke about the importance of curation of a town or city centre, saying that what gives it life is the stewardship of place - "small measures can make a big difference but it takes estate management".

The future city

A panel discussed how cities like Derby can develop in the future, highlighting the importance of people, partnership working and the spaces in between buildings.

The panel comprised: Bart Somers, Mayor of Belgian city Mechelen; Yolande Barnes of UCL's Bartlett Real Estate Institute; John Forkin, Managing Director, Marketing Derby; Fraser Cunningham, Partner, Smith Partnershp; and Paul Clarke, Chief Planning Officer at Derby City Council.

Talking about some of the challenges in developing a city, John Forkin told delegates "Initially you need to seek investors that are market making, people that understand the metrics that drive a city like Derby. For us, that comes back to the people - using the strong local profile to create confidence that the opportunity is here."


Bart Somers said "Investors and developers follow the market. If you want to progress your city you have to build the market and it’s not always easy to do. You have to work with developers to get the resolution. You must progress and create a biosphere of people that share that vision and drive it forward."

Paul Clarke, Chief Planning Officer at Derby City Council said that the city's planners shared the vision for the improvement of the city, and that they welcomed developers working with them at pre-app stage before submitting a formal application.

John Forkin said "Public-private partnerships are a way of getting things done and Derby has a great track record in this respect." As a member of Derby's Cathedral Quarter BID board, Fraser Cunningham of Smith Partnership spoke about the success of the BID in harnessing the support of local businesses for the development of the Quarter - he gave examples of the new Museum of Making and the Derby Ram Trail in 2020 as catalysts for Derby's visitor economy.

Yolande Barnes said that the key is investing in flexible, changing, multi-use buildings "as we have no idea how we are going to be using buildings in ten years time, let alone 50 and the lifespan of a building and a city is so much more than that."

She went on to explain "There isn’t a tension between whether you are a market town or a city, the key to both is the people - the communities they make, the space they can interact in and the ways they can do that. Everything is interlinked and we need to be so much cleverer to make a city successful in the future - we need to think about the spaces between the buildings and the relationships formed there."

Looking at what the city of the future might look like, the panel agreed that a few small interventions can have a significant impact - trees, lighting, water etc. Bart Somers said he was optimistic, "I think it will be a much more pleasant place to be. It’s a place you don’t need a car; a city of a thousand villages. It will be a much more shared environment, gardens will be public places where people can have a BBQ and meet people. People will co-work. Greenery changes the environment immediately. That’s how you make people want to be there, live there, work there."

Yolande said "A city of the future has to be everything and so much more - things that haven’t even been conceived yet. The fabric of the city has to be able to adapt and evolve accordingly."

USP of market towns

A Derbyshire panel looking at the future of market towns emphasised the need for a unique offer and good customer experience.

Frank Horsley, Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council, hosted a panel to look at the transformation of county towns, saying: "The function of a town centre must evolve to respond to what people want, focusing on services as well as products."

Lindsay Rae, of Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire, spoke about the importance of visitors to the county and how market towns respond to them: "Visitors want to meet the people behind the place and where better to do that than on the high street. Market towns should celebrate their point of difference and offer a local experience, which in turn supports independent businesses". Tony Grace of Ashbourne Retail Group used the town as a case study of how local retailers are working together to promote their local offer.

Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive of the Association of Town and City Management, agreed with this point when talking about markets themselves. "Markets are evolving. We're seeing some exciting things coming from young market traders - I encourage you to bring them into your markets, they are the future of the high street".

Maya Yates, Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby who leads on investments into the county, said, "We are working increasingly with investors who are looking at Derbyshire's market towns, seeing the opportunity of vibrant local communities and a strong visitor economy". The recent move of retailer Seasalt into Bakewell was given as a good example of this.

Bert Broadhead of Alteris, has recently invested in the Vicar Lane retail scheme in Chesterfield, saying they chose Chesterfield because of its great connectivity, start-up scene and vibrant student population and that they saw that they "could transform Vicar Lane into a real asset for the town centre."

Ojay McDonald stressed that geography is not as important for the location of a business now that technology offers opportunities for towns to develop enterprise spaces so that towns are no longer just feeder towns for cities. At Vicar Lane, Alteris are looking at letting retail space to co-operatives not just single retailers, and delegates questioned the panel about how digital-savvy sole traders working from home can be brought into a business community.


Headline partnership

Headline partner at the Summit, Smith Partnership, is passionate about seeing Derby thrive and is involved in the new Museum of Making - a £16.4m project due to open at the Silk Mill in 2020.


Smith Partnership tells us about its involvement in the project:

"At a time when city centres are being reimagined and repurposed, it is fitting that the Silk Mill, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, a hotbed of innovation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is being revitalised to put culture at the heart of regenerating Derby city centre.

It has been a privilege for Partner and Head of Commercial Property, Jason Wood, to act on behalf of Derby Museums, dealing with Derby City Council, Western Power, The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and The Arts Council of England (ACE).

Due to the unique nature of the building and its history, there have been complex negotiations between Derby City Council and Derby Museums regarding the future repair of the building, taking into account the mixture of very modern development and the historic fabric.

Jason said, “As a business headquartered in Derby, Smith Partnership is passionate about seeing the city thrive, so it was fantastic to work with Derby Museums on making the Museum of Making a reality. I believe a vibrant cultural sector is critical to a successful city and I can’t wait to see the doors open in 2020.”

Mo Suleman, Director of Resources at Derby Museums, said, “It has been a pleasure working with Jason, who has helped enormously in difficult negotiations to bring all parties together to make The Silk Mill Museum of Making a reality. It’s been great to work with a local solicitors like Smith Partnership to resolve the legal aspects.”

intu Derby deal complete

A £186m deal to establish a joint venture between Bondholder intu Derby and Cale Street Partners, backed by the Kuwait Investment Office, has been completed.

The shopping centre giant announced in April that Cale Street Partners had agreed to snap up a 50 per cent interest in intu Derby, with intu managing the centre on behalf of the joint venture.

Intu chief executive Matthew Roberts said: "We are pleased to complete this innovative joint venture transaction in what is a challenging investment market in the UK."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: "Team Derby met with representatives from Cale Street Partners at MIPIM, the world's leading property event in Cannes, and they were very impressed with the public-private partnership here in Derby. In a subsequent meeting in London we were able to paint a broader vision with many of the developments planned in the area adjacent to intu Derby, including the residential schemes at Castleward and DRI site and mixed development schemes in St Peters Quarter."

The closing of the transaction was subject to completing a senior debt financing of the centre and certain other completion conditions. These conditions have now been met and the transaction has completed.

intu will continue to manage the centre, which spans 1.3 million sq ft and comprises more than 200 units, and receive asset management and brand licence fees for this, further enhancing intu’s return from the transaction.


CQ's new dining room

Bondholder David Brown Commercial has re-let a former award-winning city restaurant premises on Friar Gate.

121 Friar Gate is owned by fellow Bondholder Morgan Industrial Properties and has now been let to ‘The Dining Room’ - a new and exciting independent restaurant. Head chef Simon Bates has 19 years’ experience as a chef and, together with his wife Claire, has put together a menu comprising classically contemporary dishes, focusing on the best of local and regional British produce.

David Brown, director of David Brown Commercial commented: “We are delighted to complete this letting to Simon and wish him and Claire every success. Friar Gate is the established leisure circuit in Derby city centre and is where national and independent bars and restaurants cluster. The area is characterised by a number of fine period buildings which provide characterful space for food and beverage users."

Simon Bates, of The Dining Room commented: “We were eager to find an opportunity to secure premises in the city’s entertainment district that are perfect for the delivery of our vision and 121 Friar Gate is ideal. We offer a warm welcome to all customers – familiar and new – to come and experience The Dining Room."

The property was formerly home to Terroir Bistro, voted Derby Restaurant of the year in 2018 in the Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards.


Ewe Rams sponsored

One of Derbyshire’s most successful companies has thrown its support behind women’s football in the county.

Pattonair, the aerospace and defence industry’s leading global supply chain service provider, has agreed to become a partner of Derby County Ladies’ Football Club – and the club’s under-16s team will wear Pattonair’s name on its shirts for the 2019/20 season.

The news is a boost for women’s football locally at a time when interest in the sport is at an all-time high, following the success of the England Lionesses in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

It is also a further underscoring of Pattonair’s backing for sport in the region. Earlier this year it signed a deal to become principal partner of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, with the club’s home being renamed the Pattonair County Ground.

Pattonair’s support of Derby County Ladies will help the ‘Ewe Rams’, as the club is nicknamed, develop talent and assist the careers of budding sportswomen.

Wayne Hollinshead, Chief Executive of Pattonair, said of the link-up: “We are really pleased to be teaming up with Derby County Ladies FC for the season ahead.

“It’s impossible to ignore the buzz there has been following the FIFA Women’s World Cup. It has been capturing the imagination of the country and, more importantly, is inspiring young girls into the sport.

“This is something that the DCLFC academy programmes do – they champion the women’s game and open the doors for young girls with ambitions to play professionally. We are proud to be a part of this process.”

Headquartered in Derby, where it employs 600 staff, Pattonair operates a global service though facilities in the UK, Singapore, China, Poland, Brazil, France, Italy, Canada and the USA and counts household names like Rolls Royce amongst its customers.

DCLFC chief executive Duncan Gibb is delighted to have a company of Pattonair’s stature involved with the club.

“We are thrilled to have Pattonair join us. Bringing another partner on board and adding to the Ewe Rams family is more welcome news and demonstrates that more global companies are seeing the potential in local sporting endeavours,” he said.

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Deals for BB&J

Bondholder property agents BB&J Commercial has announced the completion of two deals in Derby.

Graham Bancroft, Partner at the firm, orchestrated the sale of an office investment at 1 Pride Park View on behalf of a retained client. The property comprises a modern office building in a prominent position on Pride Park and is let to fellow Bondholder Pattonair.

Graham said "The property is situated in what many would consider to be the best and most prominent position on Pride Park overlooking the stadium and Derby Arena. The location of the building coupled with the fact that it is let to a very strong global business such as Pattonair (Derby) Limited made this an enticing investment opportunity."

In addition, BB&J Commercial has agreed terms with national plumbing and bathroom supplier, James Hargreaves Limited, which has taken occupation of Unit 24 at Bondholder Ivygrove Developments Eagle Park on Alfreton Road.

The company has chosen the site as the home for its latest depot as part of its planned growth, with the majority of its existing 50+ branches located across the north of England.

Chris Keogh, Senior Surveyor at BB&J Commercial commented "Eagle Park has a good mix of businesses in what is one of Derby's principle employment areas and really does offer a 'one stop' location for most tradesmen. James Hargreaves Limited has an excellent reputation in the north of England and by opening the new Derby branch this means that they can provide a far greater coverage to their existing clients located within the East Midlands."

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New to the team...

Marketing Derby has welcomed three new members to its team this summer with the appointment of Simon Kirk, Sarah McAllister and Christopher Tebbs.

Simon Kirk joins as an Inward Investment Executive and will work with investors and developers considering Derby and Derbyshire, as well as helping to raise the profile of the city and county to target audiences, attract investment and create jobs. Born in Derbyshire, he brings both public and private sector experience to the team, most recently from his time with the Invest in Nottingham team.

Corporate Administration Officer, Sarah McAllister, has worked previously for a number of Bondholder companies and joins Marketing Derby to provide support across the breadth of the business and to the company's Bondholders.

Christopher Tebbs is spending his summer with the company as a Digital Marketing intern to gain valuable work experience before he returns to Bondholder the University of Derby to complete his studies on the BSc Marketing (Digital) degree scheme.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin said “We are delighted to welcome Simon and Sarah to the Marketing Derby team; their appointments will further strengthen the activity we undertake to attract and support investment, and help us to provide even more valuable support to our investors, stakeholders and Bondholders.

"We are delighted to be able to offer Christopher an internship and hope his time with us provides a useful insight into the world of work and practical application of his degree studies. He is testament to the talent being produced by the University of Derby and their real world approach to learning."

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University honour for John

Marketing Derby managing director John Forkin will be named an Honorary Doctor of Bondholder the University of Derby at a ceremony next week.


The award is made in recognition of his tireless work to get investors to ‘think Derby’ for more than a decade and Marketing Derby’s efforts to generate investment and development in the city for over 12 years, contributing to the creation of over 4600 new local jobs.

John said: “To be honest, I was totally surprised but also equally delighted to be offered the award. So many people have contributed to the development of the city and the University and it's a genuine honour to be considered. Derby is a city of innovation in ideas and making and I'm keen to support our continued evolution as an attractive location in which to live, work or visit."

John is one of six people from Derbyshire to be honoured by the University of Derby at ceremonies this month. Also receiving honorary degrees are:

  • Chris Shrigley, one of the creators of the Tomb Raider franchise and its heroine Lara Croft;

  • Andy Sneap, a rock music producer who has worked with some of the world’s top heavy metal bands, such as UK veteran rockers Judas Priest;

  • Judy Leden MBE, who runs a flying school in Ashbourne and is being honoured for her pursuit of excellence in hang-gliding and her promotion of the sport;

  • Brian Jones, who since 2006 has been chief executive of the SENAD group, which has developed high quality educational programmes for children and adults with a variety of special educational needs;

  • Chris Hughes, former chair of the University's Governing Council, who will be honoured for his work to promote the growth of the University and the wellbeing of its staff and students over the past 17 years.

The six will receive their honorary degrees in front of thousands of graduating students, their families and friends at ceremonies taking place at Bondholder Derby Arena on 17-19 July.

Professor Kath Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the work of six people from our city and county who have excelled in their very diverse fields and had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives.

“They each exemplify the values of boldness and brilliance to which we encourage our students to aspire, in order to achieve success in their careers and lives.

Bondholders in Pottery partnership

Bondholder Blue Arrow has announced its sole-supply contract for staffing services with fellow Bondholder Denby Pottery.

Sean Clare, Associate Director for Blue Arrow commented about the contract which will provide services for a minium of 12 months "Last year we were delighted to start working with Denby Pottery when they needed some additional support for temporary staffing. Over the last 9 months, the relationship has evolved and we are very proud to call this a true a partnership between two Bondholders."

"Denby Pottery is such a historic company with the right values and culture that align with our own, and we pride ourselves in working with some of the best companies in Derbyshire."


Chris Williams, Warehouse Manager for Denby Pottery said , "Denby warehouse has been using Blue Arrow's services for almost a year. During that time they have provided us with a number of temporary workers to support our picking and packing operation."

"The support provided by Blue Arrow is always consistently excellent; the team are quick to respond and help with any query we may have. Most importantly they have never failed to provide us with the people we require. I am more than happy to continue working with Blue Arrow and look forward to developing our working relationship further."

Wytech's year of growth

Bondholder Wytech is celebrating a successful 12 months of business growth with new premises and new hires.

The firm welcomes Rob Smith on board as a business development manager, while Charles Bradley and Paul Brewell are welcome additions to its friendly support desk team.

Their appointments mark the first phase of a planned expansion and follow the firm’s move to new premises after it relocated its operation to fellow Bondholder Ednaston Park Business Centre, near Ashbourne.

Wytech has also recently relaunched its website to better showcase its range of products and services, including its new ‘Flex’ product, which provides SME clients with a cost-effective way of purchasing new ICT hardware on a lease, with residual value built-in to maximise their return on investment.

Mark Jones, Wytech’s managing director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Rob, Charles and Paul on-board at what is an exciting time for the business, following our move to Ednaston Park. Their appointments come on the back of a solid period of growth for the company and will not only help us meet increasing client demand for our services, but help the business to develop further as we look to recruit additional sales and technical staff as we continue to grow.

“Our investment in new team members, premises and website reflects our commitment to providing the best solutions to our clients over the long-term and building lasting relationships which deliver maximum value and return on investment.”


Rail innovation unveiled

A £1.4m rail innovation centre at Bondholder the University of Derby has been unveiled to the industry to help transform rail travel in the UK.

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The University of Derby’s Rail Research and Innovation Centre (RRIC), at Lonsdale House in Derby, was developed thanks to a £902,600 grant from fellow Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund.

The funding has allowed for the purchase of three technology ‘demonstrators’ to help improve innovation and productivity within the rail industry: Advanced Rail Composite Design and Manufacture; Rail Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence; and Future Rail Propulsion.

It is hoped that the RRIC will upskill upwards of 80 rail sector employees, while also supporting around 80 supply chain businesses, 15 new collaborative research projects, and shepherd 20 companies through innovation funding applications by 2022.

Professor Warren Manning, Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of the University of Derby’s College of Engineering and Technology, said: “We are grateful to D2N2’s Local Growth Fund for the support it has given the University of Derby to develop this superb facility."

“The Rail Research and Innovation Centre will provide expertise and technology with the capacity to transform the development of rail transport, allowing organisations to get the best value out of data and find better ways of decarbonising the railways."

“Secondly, it will provide opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises in the rail supply chain and associated industries to collaborate with us in innovative and exciting ways. This will help to put them at the cutting edge of the industry, unlocking opportunities for them not just regionally and nationally, but potentially across the world too.”

Tom Goshawk, D2N2 LEP Capital Projects Manager said of the opening: “The Rail Research and Innovation Centre project has provided an excellent opportunity for D2N2 LEP to invest in the important rail industry in Derby."

“Transport Equipment Manufacturing is a sector of great importance to the D2N2 area and this investment enables greater efficiencies and enhances the inward investment offer to rail supply chain businesses in the region."

Arts Council Hub for Derby

Bondholder Derby Theatre has been awarded £1.5m by Arts Council England to become a pilot Performing Arts Producing Hub from September 2019.

As one of only two venues selected as a Producing Hub, Derby Theatre will use the three years of funding to programme work in community settings across the city; produce new small-scale productions that will tour into these hubs and beyond; produce new mid-scale work which will play on the Derby Theatre main stage and produce new outdoor work which will play at festivals like Festé and across the city.

The exciting consortium of companies who will help to support, deliver and develop the Producing Hub model in Derby include: Bondholders Déda, Derby City Council, Derby County Community Trust, QUAD and the University of Derby, along with Baby People, China Plate, Crying Out Loud, Maison Foo, Milk Presents, Not Too Tame and Wild Rumpus.

Sarah Brigham (Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Derby Theatre) said:“We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Producing Hubs funding which will enable us to forge and develop new and exciting relationships with artists, local people and organisations across the city and beyond.”

Neil Darlison (Director, Theatre at Arts Council England) said: “These pilots will examine whether a better connected performing arts sector increases production capacity and provides greater opportunities for artists and audiences.”

In addition to the Arts Council England Funding, Derby Theatre along with Bondholders Artcore, Déda, Derby County Community Trust, Derby Museums, QUAD and Sinfonia ViVA, as well as Baby People and East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (collectively known as the Derby Cultural Education Partnership) has also been awarded £1.1 million from the Arts Council Youth Performance Partnership Fund for the continuation of This is Derby.

The overall aim of the Arts Council’s Youth Performance Partnerships programme, through This is Derby, is to provide new opportunities for more children and young people, aged 8-18, particularly from areas of low cultural engagement and high levels of deprivation to take part in high quality cultural activities. It is a 3-year programme running until August 2022.


Derby Ram Trail launched

Bondholder Derby Museums are seeking support from the local business community for the Derby Ram Trail; an amazing public art event threaded across the city next summer in support of the charity.

Launched today, The Derby Ram Trail will consist of around 30, five-foot high fibreglass sculptures in the shape of Derby’s mythical Ram.


Each Ram needs a business sponsor, before being decorated by a commissioned artist. Once all 30 Rams are sponsored and decorated, they will go on public display between June and August 2020.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums, said: “The Derby Ram Trail is all about making public art accessible to the people of Derby and beyond - it’s a really fun way to bring people together to rediscover and take pride in their city.”

After the trail has finished, the sculptures will be brought together for one weekend, the Ram-union, before they are, auctioned off to raise money for Derby Museums’ Endowment Fund, helping to secure the future of Derby Museums.

The first details of the Derby Ram Trail were revealed today at an official Breakfast Launch at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, attended by over 130 business delegates from around the city and region.

Local sculptor Michael Pegler, who in 1995 created the famous stone ram now on Derby’s East Street, has generously allowed Derby Museums to use his Ram design for the Derby Ram Trail sculptures.

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The Derby Ram Trail is being led by Derby Museums in partnership with Wild in Art, a leading creative producer of spectacular free public art. Wild in Art trails have had a massive regional impact; attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors, generating millions for the local economy and raising substantial money for charity.

Ashley Lewis, Senior BID Project Manager for the Bondholder Cathedral Quarter BID, which has already pledged its support to the project, commented
“We are delighted to be the Presenting Partner of what promises to be a fantastic event for the city. We look forward to welcoming the Derby Ram Trail to the award-winning Cathedral Quarter, providing an invaluable boost to the economic, social and cultural life of the city.”

For more information about the Derby Ram Trail, or to receive a sponsorship pack, contact Amy Simcox, Head of Fundraising at Derby Museums on 01332 642287 or email: Project progress can be followed at or on Twitter @DerbyRamTrail.

Federer meets Derby star

Derby's tennis star, Jay Clarke, who is sponsored by Bondholder Morecrofts is to play Roger Federer in the second round at Wimbledon.

At only 20 years old, Jay Clarke is fast becoming Derby’s tennis sensation. Coached by his brother Curtis Clarke and managed by his sister Yaz Clarke, the British number 4 is aiming for a World top 100 place in the next year or so.

For the past two years Bondholder Morecrofts has sponsored Jay Clarke, and this grass court season Morecrofts has also sponsored Jay Clarke's shirts, which have seen him play at numerous tournaments in the UK. Most recently, Jay Clarke (world number 166) faced Noah Rubin of the USA (world number 183) in a gripping first-round tie at Wimbledon. Cheering him on were his family as well as Jared Mitchell – Morecrofts’ Managing Director.

Having won the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 - an impressive first singles victory at a Grand Slam tournament - Jay will now play tennis legend and eight-time champion Roger Federer in the second round.

After sponsoring the Brit for the last few seasons, Morecrofts are fully behind Jay Clarke in this upcoming match. Jared Mitchell commented "It’s important that we support local talent and Jay is certainly talented. He’s at the business end of the rankings now in tennis terms and the higher you go the harder it becomes, but at 20 years old this young Derby lad has great local support as well as international support.”


International speakers line up

The line-up of speakers has been confirmed for the 2019 Derby Property Summit to be held at Bondholder the Roundhouse on Tuesday 16 July.

The future of the British High Street is under pressure as never before, caught between the growth of online sales, falling footfall and rising costs. The need for change is agreed, but what does this mean and how bespoke is the solution to each place? Speakers and panellists will explore the re-imagining of the British High Street.

The Derby Property Summit is the largest commercial property event in the region, with delegates from across the UK attending for stimulating thought leadership, panels and breakout sessions.

Held in Derby’s stunning Roundhouse and chaired by business journalist Declan Curry, this summit will bring together thought-leaders and practitioners from the UK and beyond to explore options and themes, as well as look at current plans for Derby and Derbyshire.

Ojay McDonald, CEO of the Association of Tourism and City Management will be the event's keynote speaker on the topic: The Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Next Shape of High Street Disruption.

Panellists will include Yolande Barnes, Chair of the Bartlett Real Estate Institute/ Professor of Real Estate at UCL and Bart Somers, Mayor of Mechelen in Belgium. in 2016 Bart Somers was awarded the prestigious accolade of ‘Worlds Best Mayor’.

Delegates will have the option of choosing between two workshops for a city or town perspective.

To reserve your place at the 2019 Derby Property Summit, email Sarah at:

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Purple Flag win

Derby has retained its Purple Flag status for a sixth year and been awarded Best in Place 2019 at the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) Awards.

The Purple Flag accreditation recognises the hard work that goes on to manage the evening and night-time economy to make Derby as safe and welcoming as possible.

Bondholder Derby City Council works in partnership with other organisations to showcase the city to a panel of assessors.

Leader of Derby City Council, Chris Poulter said "Our continued retention of the accreditation and a national award is a true testament to the immense amount of hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep our night time economy, safe and thriving.”

Amongst the aspects praised by assessors was the strong joint working between the Council and partners including the taxi marshal service, Pubwatch, Street Pastors and Bondholder Derbyshire Constabulary, as well as the help and support of Bondholders the Cathedral Quarter and St. Peter’s Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group, which drives forward activities under the area’s Business Improvement District (BID) status said "Retaining Purple Flag status is something that our businesses and indeed the whole of Derby should quite rightly be proud of as it reflects the safe and diverse nature of the evening economy in the city centre.”

Helen Wathall, who chairs the Board of St Peters Quarter BID, added "St Peters Quarter has worked closely with Derbyshire Police and other key partners to improve the attractiveness of the area and to ensure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable evening out in the city. These were both crucial aspects in helping secure Purple Flag status for Derby and we are delighted with the announcement."

There are now ca. 70 Purple Flag towns and cities, with those in receipt of the award benefitting from more visitors, lower crime and anti-social behaviour and improved perceptions about their place.

Derby also received the national award for ‘Best Place’, further recognising the work of the partnership in providing a safe and enjoyable night out in the city.


Arena Rail Expo

Marketing Derby will be exhibiting at the 2019 Rolling Stock Networking Expo and Conference at Bondholder Derby Arena next week.


Held on Thursday 11th July, the event will provide a major networking platform for suppliers and customers in the rail industry.

Visitors will have the chance to meet over 130 exhibitors, including an international contingent from the USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Italy.

Also at the event will be companies including Bondholder Rail Forum Midlands and Bombardier Hitachi HS2 along with Vivarail, and CAF. Equipment suppliers include LPA Group, FISA, Westermo, Depot Rail and Garrandale. Innovators and engineering companies will also be strongly represented ensuring that the show offers both the dependable services and the exciting innovations needed to transform the passenger and freight industry.

The event is complemented by the conference where an impressive array of eight industry leading speakers will deliver engaging presentations sharing their knowledge, experience and innovative working practices during a series of sessions throughout the day.

Marketing Derby will be at the show to increase profile amongst businesses in the rail industry that are either based in Derby or looking to invest in the city, and is keen to meet with attendees on the day- please visit us at stand A10.

The event is free to attend, and those interested can register here -