Strength of a Collaborative Partnership

Bondholders from across public, private and third sectors within the East Midlands are collaborating to host an event for employers to learn, share and discuss new approaches to recruitment.

Bondholders D2N2 LEP, DCG, Derby City Council, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Flint Bishop Solicitors and FSB along with About Demolition, DWP, Experience Works, Groundwork Greater Nottingham, Joined Up Careers, Motor Point, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, Nottingham Jobs, South Derbyshire District Council and The Princes Trust are supporting the event which will take place at Bondholder DCG’s Roundhouse on Friday 19th July.

With job creation outstripping the number of available workers, employers are having to compete harder to attract the right talent to sustain and grow their business. At this event employers will be able to hear from other businesses who are already adopting innovative approaches to recruit their talent, as well as providers who are funded to support.

The event will provide an opportunity to find out how to;

- Meet Future Workforce Needs

- Adopt Innovative Approaches to Recruitment

- Reap the Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion

Speakers include Elizabeth Fagan, Chair of D2N2 LEP and Non-Executive Chair of Boots and Michael Weedon, Policy Representative for the Federation of Small Businesses.

Interactive and informative workshops as well as a marketplace of exhibitors will also be available providing tools to enable employers to recruit more effectively.

For more information visit:

New Chief Executive for charity

Bondholder Safe and Sound has appointed a former senior police officer to head up the local charity which is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and young people who are victims or at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).


Tracy Harrison is the new Chief Executive of the well-respected charity which also raises awareness in local communities about the dangers and signs of grooming and exploitation of young people.

Mrs Harrison’s remit is to expand and develop the scope of the charity’s work to support more young people, their families and local communities across the county and region.

Mrs Harrison recently retired from Derbyshire Constabulary after a 32-year career with the Force. During that time she progressed from Constable to the rank of Superintendent.

As well as leading a number of high profile investigations and receiving several awards including four Chief Constable’s commendations for bravery, outstanding charitable work, leading and coaching people, she was also the Force’s lead on children and young people working in partnership across the county to improve the lives of children and young people, particularly those most vulnerable in local communities.

Mrs Harrison said: “I have been involved with Safe and Sound since it was founded in 2002 and would like to take the opportunity to thank those involved with the charity thus far. There have been some incredible achievements that I would like to build on.

“I am therefore delighted and honoured that the next chapter in my working life will be to further develop the vital work that Safe and Sound do to support and protect children and young people from the devastating and manipulative damage that sexual exploitation has on their lives.”

Mrs Harrison continued: “CSE is a complex issue and a major factor in many of the crimes affecting young people from online grooming to County Lines.

“Our role as a specialist charity is to help these young people to come to terms with their experiences and move on with their lives.”

“We have an exciting new vision for Safe and Sound and will be announcing this and how people can better support our work in the coming weeks.”

Safe and Sound Chair Catherine Arkley welcomed Mrs Harrison’s appointment at this crucial time for the charity.

“Tracy has proven herself to be a compassionate and inspirational leader during her illustrious career in the Police Force and her experience and expertise around CSE will be vital in taking Safe and Sound to the next level.

“CSE continues to be an issue that affects the lives of far too many children and young people.

“Under Tracy’s leadership I am confident that we will be in an even stronger position to transform many more young lives and give them the help and support that they so desperately need.”

Bondholders shortlisted for National Family Business Awards

Bondholders Cattermole Group and HSG UK have been announced as the family firms in contention for the Family Business of the Year Award 2019.

Run by Family Business United the awards recognise the diversity, strength and depth of family firms across the UK and seek to highlight the contribution that family firms make to the UK economy.

Catering equipment specialist Cattermole Group has been operating in the city for nearly 50 years and is a second generation family firm which work with some of the leading manufacturers in the catering business.

Cattermole Group has been shortlisted for the awards in the Hotel and Leisure, Retail and Professional Services categories, it was also shortlisted in the FSB East Midlands Business Awards for Family Business of the Year.

Managing Director Adam Cattermole said: “As a family firm we have been operating in Derby for five decades and pride ourselves in offering a first-class service to individuals and businesses looking for support with maintaining, servicing or supplying kitchen equipment.

“To get shortlisted for one award would have been amazing but to be recognised in three prestigious national accolades is a real honour.”

HSG UK who specialise in washroom services and water conservation will be representing the Midlands in the national finals having won the Innovation category for their unique Ureco system which has been proven to generate significant savings in water usage and money at venues across the UK including the O2 Arena and the NEC.

Managing Director Simon Rice said: “As a family-owned business we are honoured to be recognised now through this national awards scheme which will be yet another milestone for everyone at this growing company.”

We wish both Bondholders success at these awards.

Royal Garden Party for Rachel


Rachel Morris, Chapter Steward of Bondholder Derby Cathedral and Diocesan Secretary has this week attended a Royal garden party in recognition of her work at the Cathedral.

Rachel said: “I feel humbled and privileged to have attended a Royal garden party. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity which for someone like me who is a huge fan of the Royal Family is an absolute honour and privilege”.

For such a special occasion getting the outfit right was important so Rachel enlisted the help of fellow Bondholder, award winning Sonia Sohal at The Fit. Sonia’s expertise in elegance and style meant Rachel was confident in her outfit for such a special occasion.

Rachel’s role is unique across the country, she is the strategic lead at the Cathedral and has won several awards including leading on Heritage building projects and as a role model for women in management. Rachel’s main role is as Diocesan Secretary (CEO), responsible for the Church of England across Derbyshire covering investment, property, finance, communications, HR, Safeguarding and is a strategic member of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust.

Rachel supports many local charities and is Chair of Trustees at DHA, the Derby Law Centre. She is proud of her home city of Derby and a keen supporter of Derby County Football Club where she also works caring for young players in her own home.

Derby City Mission joins forces with rugby legends

Bondholder Derby City Mission, together with 100 World Rugby Legends, is organising a fundraising weekend in Derby for the benefit of both causes.

The fundraising weekend will be held on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June.

Friday 21 June 2019 - Golf competition and golf dinner at Chevin Golf Club

Companies are invited to enter teams of three to play golf and each team will be joined by a rugby legend. Legends include Thom Evans of Strictly Come Dancing fame, his brother and fellow Scotland international Max and British Lion Alan Bateman. There will be a fundraising dinner and auction in the evening featuring a Q&A with the legends.

For further details please email or call 01332 840422.

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Saturday 22 June 2019 - 100 World Legends XV v Derby City Mission Invitation Vets XV – Rugby Match at Derby Rugby Club featuring a Q&A with the legends.

Derby City Mission Invitation Vets XV will pit their skills against a star-studded legends team featuring the likes of All Black Bruce Reihana, Samoan Junior Paramore, Scotland Internationals Dave Hilton, Ally Hogg and Fergus Thomson, and Ireland legends David Corkery and Andy Ward.

The entertainment begins at 12.00pm with lunch and a preview of the match which kicks off at 1:15pm.

Mums and dads of aspiring rugby players may wish their children to join a legends rugby coaching session which is free with admission tickets. Coaching is from 11.00am to 12.00pm.

The 100 World Legends is a charity set up by ex-professional rugby players to raise funds for various good causes. In addition to fundraising the 100 World Legends use their experience and skills to educate young people across the world in the values of rugby and help them understand how hard work and dedication can support them to achieve their goals.

For more details and to book click here.

D2N2 funds SME digital growth


The Digital Growth Programme from Bondholder D2N2 has enabled 1,300 businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to embrace digital technology.

The programme gives local SMEs access to fully-funded workshops, financial support and free one-to-one advice to help them introduce new digital technology to their organisations.

More than £6.8m of funding was invested into the programme by the European Regional Development Fund, Bondholder East Midlands Chamber, Bondholder Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council as well as Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County and Rushcliffe Borough councils.

It has provided 1,300 businesses with more than 31,000 hours of free digital support, as well as distributing grant funding of more than £1.88m to 310 eligible businesses, which has helped to unlock an additional £2.7m of private sector investment from the SMEs which received support.

It has also delivered 340 action-planning workshops and 48 awareness-raising seminars about a host of digital subjects, including cloud computing and cyber resilience, ecommerce, email marketing, CRM, Search Engine Optimisation, social media and website planning and development.

At a recent conference it was announced that the digital support provided by the programme will continue for the next three years and will be delivered by the D2N2 Growth Hub.

Chris Pook, D2N2 Growth Hub Manager, said: “Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire SMEs have forged a really strong reputation for digital innovation and it’s crucial that they continue to be supported so they can enhance their capabilities to help the local economy to grow.

“The Digital Growth Programme has provided fantastic support to local firms overt the past three years and we are delighted to be able to continue this in the years ahead, via the D2N2 Growth Hub."

Diane Beresford, Deputy Chief Executive of the Chamber, added: “The Digital Growth Programme to date has been a huge success and we have been delighted with the response from the business community.

“More than 1,300 local businesses have engaged with the programme, which is great, and it was fantastic to see so many of them at the Digital Conference as we celebrated the achievements of the programme so far.

One of the Derbyshire businesses to benefit from funding support from the programme was Bondholder HSG, a specialist provider of washroom hygiene and water conservation solutions.

The programme provided £22,000 of funding toward the development of a bespoke app and dashboard, called Cleen, which gives venues better control over their washroom management.

Customers can download the app, leave a rating for the overall cleanliness of a washroom, and report any issues such as no toilet rolls, poor cleanliness or broken equipment. These are reported directly to the venue’s service provider, who can address them immediately.

Sonia Harvey, Brand Manager, said: “The Cleen app and dashboard give business owners the opportunity to monitor the performance of their washrooms to enhance their overall experience, by acting on instant feedback.

“The product is tailor-made for sports venues, restaurants and NHS Trusts and since launch, we have opened up a host of avenues for this fast-growing area of the business.”

Businesses can find out more about the programme and the unique support it provides at or calling 0330 053 8639.

Night-time city centre walk raises thousands


Over 550 fundraisers took to the streets of Derby city centre on Friday night, all to raise money for local charity Bondholder Treetops Hospice Care.

The Starlight Strut, now in its tenth year, is Derby city centre’s largest charity night walk. It is anticipated that thousands of pounds have been raised in sponsorship on the carnival-themed, annual walk complete with carnival drummers, warm up, DJ and disco.

Treetops, based in Risley, provides nursing care and emotional support for adults, their families and carers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The walkers gathered at Bondholder intu Derby for the warm up and to get into the Carnival sprirt before heading out on their 5k or 10k walk.

Lorraine Ray, Treetops events fundraising lead, was delighted with the success of the night:

“Our huge thanks to each and every person who’s come along and supported Treetops. It’s been an amazing event – the atmosphere has been brilliant – and we know that everyone’s had great fun.

“The Starlight Strut is our biggest fundraising event of the year and helps us raise thousands of pounds for the hospice. The donations and sponsorship we receive means we can continue to provide all our services for free to people living with a life limiting condition across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

“It’s not too late to show support for everyone who’s taken part. You can donate online by heading to our Starlight Strut JustGiving campaign page. Every donation, no matter how big or small, would be fantastic.”

The Starlight Strut was sponsored by Bondholders intu Derby and Stratstone MINI Derby.

Treetops services include Support and Information, Wellbeing Space, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.

University support for community


Bondholder The University of Derby’s Community Fund has awarded over £7,000 to local organisations in the first round of the academic 2018/19 year, with over £65,500 awarded in total.

Many organisations have benefited from the University’s Community Fund, ranging from early years providers and local charities to musical groups and family support programmes.

Including fellow Bondholder YMCA Derbyshire who received £2,000 to support the funding of health and wellbeing diversionary activities in the YMCA Key College.

Hannah Hallam, Development and Alumni Relations Manager, said

“The Community Fund extends the University’s impact to our neighbouring communities where many of our students live, work and study.

“We hope that the funding provides a kick-start to small projects that can open doors and make a big difference to those who need it most. It is also an opportunity for projects and organisations to benefit from student volunteer support and access additional guidance from our staff expertise.”

The Community Fund supports the area of Derbyshire, including Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield.

The deadline for applications for the next round of the Community Fund is Sunday 9 June 2019.

Visit to find out how to apply.

VR solution for digital training


With an ever increasing demand for high tech products and services, Bondholder Bloc Digital has partnered with fellow Bondholder Rolls-Royce plc to develop a Virtual Reality (VR) solution for training engineers on the handling of large aero engines.

Qatar Airways engineers are the first in the industry to receive the training, using Rolls-Royce’s pioneering Trent XWB engine, which powers the Airbus A350.

Keith Cox, Managing Director of Bloc-Digital said: “At Bloc Digital, we strive to be at the cutting edge of Virtual and Augmented Reality solutions for industrial applications. Our Virtual Reality training tools are helping our customers save time and money. Our expertise combined with the Rolls-Royce vision is helping Rolls-Royce remain at the forefront of the Civil Aerospace market, providing innovative solutions to their customers.”

The Trent XWB is Rolls-Royce’s largest engine. Such is the scale, it must be separated before engineers can transport it for maintenance and repair. Using HTC Vive equipment, and the BlocVR training development tools, engineers are immersed in the process, using sight, sound and touch to separate the two parts of the engine in a virtual setting. Previously, an engine would have to be shipped to the customer site or a customer’s engine made available. This has to be planned in advance and is not without risk of damage to the equipment or losing valuable flying time.

Steve Buckland, a Customer and Product Training Manager at Rolls-Royce who is responsible for the VR training programme said: “Virtual Reality has a valuable application here. It’s going to save time, money, and frees up engines that could otherwise be on aircraft, keeping passengers moving.”

The Virtual Reality training solution for handling the pioneering Trent XWB engine is an excellent example of how VR technology helps Bloc-Digital’s customers be more efficient and effective.

Global appeal of photography studio


Following a re-vamp of its website Bondholder Cactus Images acquired a new client - from the design team of an Australia-based company.

Daniels Health produce clinical waste solutions for the healthcare industry and have offices in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and closer to home in the East Midlands in Castle Donington.

The lead designer, who was impressed with Cactus' work and the presentation of the website, flew over from Australia to co-ordinate and oversee the shoot with Cactus.

The initial project was to produce a catalogue of 180 product images for use across the UK website and product brochures, but since then they have worked on two further projects for the business.

One of these projects was to capture the team members holding and interacting with the various product ranges, to showcase both the personality of the company and functionality of the products. This involved several briefings with the team here in the UK and Australia to outline the creative direction ahead of the shoot, ensuring a British feel that would also have consistency with Daniels Health's global identity.


“Working with the team at Cactus Images has been an absolute pleasure. From the moment we first spoke to Chris as well as throughout each photography session they were incredibly helpful, professional, knowledgeable and fun. We told Chris & Angela what we wanted to achieve and he supported us with so many unique ideas and we are incredibly pleased with the final results. We will certainly be using Cactus Images to support us with any photography requirements that we have in the future and I honestly cannot recommend them enough... it will be the best decision your business makes.”

The images are to be used across the UK website and brochures.

Derby Festé unveils showcase performances


Tickets are now on sale for two special performances at this year’s Derby Festé on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September 2019.

Dutch company, Close-Act Theatre, will make a welcome return to Festé on both evenings.

‘Malaya’ is a magnificent interactive street theatre production that will transform Bass’ Recreation Ground into a futuristic journey in time on Saturday evening.

‘Malaya’ originates from the language of the Inca’s which means 'destination'. Silver creatures guide the audience into a mythical dream world of grotesque images, fire, light and sounds. Huge birds fly around and where stilt- walkers chase each other with fire surrounded by giant metal carts with an imposing helium balloon looming overhead.

To whet the appetite for the production, Close-Act will give visitors a sneak preview of the magnificent giant characters on Friday evening as they parade through the St Peters Quarter and Cathedral Quarter free of charge – finishing in the Market Place at 9pm.

Meanwhile award-winning Catalan circus company Los Galindos will perform ‘UduL’ in a small yurt erected on Cathedral Green with four one-hour shows – afternoon and early evening - across both days.

The four-strong cast portray a range of emotional and physical confrontations through circus-style acrobatics, trapeze and contemporary dance with the 90-strong audience seated around the centre stage.

The theme of Derby Festé this year is ‘Space, Moon & Tides’ and all the other performances are free of charge.

‘Museum of the Moon’ by UK artist Luke Jerram and will be installed in Bondholder Derby Cathedral for visitors to enjoy in the run up to and throughout Derby Festé. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Derby Festé is produced and presented by Bondholders Déda, Derby LIVE, QUAD and Derby Theatre in association with the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership – a project that takes world-class UK outdoor arts to parks, square and high streets across England.

It is funded by Arts Council England and Bondholder Derby City Council with sponsorship from Bondholders Derby Cathedral, University of Derby, Cathedral Quarter and Intu Derby.

Tickets for both ‘Malaya’ and UduL’ are available now online at the Déda Box Office 01332 370911; and for information about all the performances at Derby Festé please visit and follow on social media.

IT support specialists office move


New Bondholder Wytech, the Award-winning IT support and telecoms specialists, has moved its head office from Derby city centre to Ednaston Park, a workspace scheme situated between Derby and Ashbourne which is managed by Bondholder CWC Group.

Wytech was established in 2004 and provides businesses of all sizes with a complete tailored solution, including fully managed IT solutions and bespoke systems and networks.

The team has decades of expertise in IT and telecoms, including extensive experience working with software providers for the NHS. The company has received numerous awards and accreditations in recent years, including Microsoft Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions, and are Cyber Essentials certified and Sophos partners.

Wytech’s portfolio of major projects includes the £200,000 contract to supply the IT and infrastructure for Europe’s first £3m state-of-art digital autopsy facility in Sheffield.

Earlier last year Wytech was commissioned to supply state-of-the-art telephony services for the new Ednaston Park business centre. They were so impressed by the services and facilities that they decided to relocate their operation there from Derby city centre.

Ednaston Park comprises of 20,000 ft 2 of flexible commercial space in the form of 32 hi-spec office suites ranging in size from 54 ft 2 to 526 ft 2 , available as single or multi-office lets across two stories.

The scheme is managed by property developers CWC Group who purchased the period property in September 2017 and have now relocated their headquarters to Ednaston Park from Brailsford Hall.

Commenting on the company’s relocation to Ednaston Park, Mark Jones, managing director at Wytech said “We worked closely with the team at Ednaston Park for several months to set up telephony services and provide IT advice and support for both the business centre and its tenants. We were so impressed by the working environment here that it made perfect sense to locate our business in this beautiful building.

“The team here at Ednaston Park have been exceptional since the day we moved in and our staff are really enjoying working here.”

Wytech have seen significant expansion in their IT support client base in recent months and are currently recruiting additional sales and technical staff to work alongside their existing highly-skilled team.

Palace garden party for Bondholder

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Bondholder Ask the Chameleon Director Rachel Hayward attended the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her work.

Rachel attended the the afternoon event following a nomination by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The invitation cited recognition for her for her work securing nearly £4 million of funding and tenders for businesses, charities and the public sector; her work as associate lecturer at the University of Derby Business School and for being part of the Small Biz 100 – the national element of the Small Business Saturday campaign.

Rachel set up Ask the Chameleon four years ago - working with businesses of all sizes from entrepreneurs to larger companies as well as charities and public sector organisations to develop bids, tenders, grant and award applications to support their growth.

She used her Small Biz 100 day in November to challenge fellow smaller businesses to recognise their worth through an online podcast of local entrepreneurs.

Rachel's outfit was specially created by fellow Bondholder Sonia Sohal of The Fit.

Rachel said: “It was a wonderful experience to be in the gardens of Buckingham Palace with music floating across the grounds. I shook hands with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and met some very interesting people. All in all it was a day that I will never forget. Special thanks to Sonia for creating my beautiful outfit, I felt like a million dollars.”

“The Garden Party caps off an incredible few months for my business including a regional FSB Award and being part of a very successful fundraising campaign for my chosen charity Annabel’s Angels.”

Rolls-Royce order win

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has won an order from Fiji Airways to power two Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.


Ewen McDonald, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Customers – Asia Pacific, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be extending our long relationship with Fiji Airways by providing Trent XWB power for their new fleet of Airbus A350s.

“This is another great endorsement of the Trent XWB, which continues to demonstrate world-beating levels of performance, noise and efficiency. We’re looking forward to working closely with Fiji Airways as they introduce this new aircraft and engine to their fleet, supported by our premium TotalCare service.”

Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO said: “It’s important for Fiji Airways to have world-class partners who share our vision. Our partnership with Rolls-Royce stretches back decades and we are delighted to extend it by acquiring their latest-technology Trent XWB engines for our Airbus A350s.

“Our entire Engineering and Maintenance Team is excited about these modern and proven widebody engines, and our airline stands to benefit tremendously for their efficiency, reliability and performance.”

The airline is due to take delivery of the two aircraft later this year.

Derby LIVE to run Assembly Rooms

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Bondholder Derby LIVE has been chosen by Bondholder Derby City Council to run the new Assembly Rooms in-house.

Derby LIVE is the Council’s own award-winning team, highly-experienced in providing events, performances and festivals for the city, across a range of indoor and outdoor spaces.

Derby LIVE will develop and grow its team and operate a more commercial model, prioritising events that attract the largest audiences and to make best use of the maximised space. Investment in commercial expertise will ensure that the venue reaches its full potential and is put to its widest possible use.

The venue is expected to deliver hundreds of events each year that in turn are expected to attract 160,000 visitors to the city centre.

As part of the current consultation being run by Derby City Council on the emerging designs for the Assembly Rooms, the public will also be able to put forward suggestions to representatives of Derby LIVE who are keen to hear what types of shows, acts and events they’d like to see in the venue once the transformation is complete.

An opportunity for members of the public to have their say at a second public drop-in session will take place on 22 May between 9.00am – 5.00pm in the Guildhall Theatre clubroom.

River boat plans ready to land


Plans to reintroduce river trips through Derby – a project part-funded by Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – have been submitted to Bondholder Derby City Council.

Bondholder Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust has submitted the application to install a landing stage and create a path on land next to the River Derwent, close to Exeter Bridge and towards the rear of The Tap pub in Exeter Place. It is hoped to begin running the cruises this year.

The planning application, which has yet to be decided on, is part of the Trust’s plan to reintroduce river cruises, which ran through the city around 20 years ago, as a new tourist attraction. The landing stage would accommodate an electrically powered narrowboat, to run cruises along a 2.5 kilometre route as far as Darley Abbey.

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership has granted the Trust’s scheme £48,000 and Derby City Council a further £7,000, to purchase the cost of the narrowboat and construct a mooring point.

Further Trust ambitions include a ‘Derby Arm’; which would lift boats out of the restored Derby and Sandiacre Canal, at Pride Park, so they can be brought down the River Derwent.

Bondholders support school Tanzania project


The first Marketing Derby Bondholder event of 2019 saw businesses gathering at Bondholder Derby Grammar School who told the story of the evolution of their partnership with Gedeli B School in Mwanza, Tanzania.

The partnership began in 2013 and is planned to run for 10 years. It has already seen over £80,000 raised which has funded the building of new classrooms, toilets, the installation of running water and electricity, provision of sanitary products and stationery and the creation of playing fields.

Derby Grammar School appealed to the generous nature of its fellow Bondholders at the event and has been overwhelmed with the response.

Bondholder Bespoke Inns is supporting through its loyalty card scheme at The Dragon pub in Willington. Pupil's families and friends can apply for a loyalty card with a percentage being donated to the Tanzania Fund.

Bondholder Sibbalds and Merica Image along with Rotary - Derby South and Software AG have all made monetary donations which have been put towards the 2019 projects that will be undertaken this coming July when the next trip takes place to Tanzania.

Bondholder Highfield Drinks has generously provided bottled water for the school to sell at fundraising events, and Bondholder Mount Cook Adventure Centre has pledged a fundraising day at their adventure centre in Wirksworth.

Derby Grammar School has a special relationship with Bondholder YMCA Derbyshire which has developed over the years. This year, as well as its annual cake sale to raise funds for the Tanzania Project, the YMCA wanted to donate even more to the Tanzania Project and so pledged to contribute back to the project some of the funds raised by the Derby Grammar School team for the Sleep Easy event in March.

A team of five staff joined the Sleep Easy, raising over £2000 and contributing to the fantastic £55,320 raised by the overall Sleep Easy event campaign.

From this Sarah Crane and Gil Bowles of YMCA Derbyshire presented a cheque to the Tanzania project team of £1066.

April Sly, Head of Primary School and Tanzania Project lead said

“We have been overwhelmed by the support from Marketing Derby Bondholders. I cannot tell you how grateful we are and what a difference this will make to the lives of the children at Gedeli B School.

"I would also like to especially thank YMCA Derbyshire. We are truly humbled that the YMCA as a charitable organisation itself, and for whom fundraising is so vital, can make this gift to our Tanzania Project charity.”

The Tanzania team travels to Gedeli B School on July 5 to undertake two weeks of project work, improvements and teaching. If you would like to find out more about how your organisation can help, please contact April Sly at

Historic local country pub reopens


Bondholder Berkeley Inns Ltd is celebrating after opening the doors to the Meynell Ingram Arms in Hoar Cross, Staffordshire after it has been closed for five years.

This historic Staffordshire pub was acquired by Berkeley Inns Ltd in November 2018 and has since undergone a major but sympathetic refit and redesign. The traditional pub bar remains very much at its heart, complimented by modern and comfortable dining areas with an on-trend bar /restaurant offering flat screens for major sporting events.

The new offering provides casual, relaxed dining, with a high-quality and diverse menu throughout the various dining areas. From delicious pie & chips to fresh lobster, there will something for all tastes and occasions.

The renovated courtyard and gardens are complimented by an independent outside bar which will provide a great space on those sunny days we all hope for.

The Meynell Ingram Arms is the fifth addition to the group who currently operate The Cow at Dalbury Lees, The Horseshoes at Long Lane, The Cock Inn at Mugginton and The Bluebell atKirk Langley in Derbyshire.

Howard Thacker, Managing Director of Berkeley Inns Ltd said

“I feel like we’ve been entrusted with a very special place that has been close to the hearts of so many over the years. We have taken this responsibility seriously in transforming the building into something economically viable but at the same time retaining and returning character to the property.

"By necessity, it will be a modern take on what was there in the past; in the original bar and surrounding area we have tried to recreate the traditional country pub feel. Muddy boots, doggies, overalls, suit and ties, will all be equally welcome.

"Extra effort has been put into creating seriously cool outdoor spaces with a fabulous courtyard and garden featuring a living wall, multiple planters, heated spaces, heated parasols and extensive seating.

I hope you like what we’ve done with the old place!”

Contactless coming to trentbarton


Bondholder trentbarton and its sister operator Kinchbus are rolling out the UK’s first truly tap-on tap-off contactless payment for a region’s bus travel.

The companies are investing £2.5 million in around 350 tap-on, tap-off terminals for their combined fleets after trialling the system from pioneering UK provider Ticketer on the skylink Derby route’s 11 vehicles.

During the two-month trial, one in five customers opted to pay with their contactless debit or credit cards. Customer research by trentbarton found that 80 per cent of customers have a contactless card.

With more than 40 million customer journeys each year, a similar 20 per cent take up across the trentbarton and Kinchbus networks would see an average of more than 20,000 contactless payments made each day.

trentbarton and Kinchbus Managing Director Jeff Counsell said: “One in five is a huge number annually, but we only expect contactless to increase its share of payments over time.

“This is especially true for our system which, uniquely for a UK bus company, automatically charges the lowest possible fare given where customers get on and the stop they get off at. This beats the flat charge levied by other operators.

“With daily and 28-day caps too, our customers will have confidence that they are getting the best possible value for money every time they tap on and off a Kinchbus or trentbarton service.”

Kinchbus services will be first to see contactless rolled out across its fleet this summer, followed by trentbarton by the autumn.

Using the GPS tracking on board each bus, the system was developed by Berkshire-based technology firm Ticketer with the help of Kinchbus and trentbarton.

Jeff Counsell said: “For decades we’ve been at the forefront of developing innovation in bus travel, including the vehicles, the all-round experience, the real-time information, attractive branding and outstanding levels of service by friendly drivers.

“By adding contactless in this more sophisticated and customer-centric way, whilst still accepting other methods of payment, we are creating more choice. It is innovations such as this which will encourage more people to choose bus travel.”

Assembly Rooms - have your say


Members of the public and stakeholders are being invited to have their say on the proposed plans to transform the Assembly Rooms into a vibrant new cultural venue in the city centre.

Bondholder Derby City Council is holding a period of stakeholder/ public engagement between Monday 13 May and Wednesday 22 May on the emerging designs for the Assembly Rooms.

A display of the proposed transformation of the building will take place on Tuesday 14th May between 10.00am and 6.00pm and Wednesday 22nd May between 9.00am and 5.00pm at the Guildhall Theatre Clubroom off the Market Place.

The public are being encouraged to come and have their say on the proposed designs and also suggest the types of shows, performances, and acts they would like to see in the venue in the future.

The engagement period marks a major milestone in the project to reopen a much-loved venue which has been lost to the city since being closed due to a fire in 2014. The public are being invited to give their views on the emerging designs for the building which will be put forward in a planning application that is expected to be submitted in the summer.


The council appointed Perfect Circle to design the new Assembly Rooms. It has a successful track record of delivering projects across the UK, having delivered the 900-seat Leicester Haymarket Theatre, which had previously been closed for 11 years.

The proposed plans to transform the venue include retaining and enhancing the architectural features of the outside of the building which give it its distinctive look, and which have been praised by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and local architects alike, while at the same time transforming many of the public areas to maximise space and to ensure it is a venue fit for the 21st century.

The transformation will include creating new commercial and food and beverage units onto the Market Place, as well removing the current ‘fins’ on the first floor of the venue which act as a visual barrier. On the first floor new floor to ceiling glazing will also be installed to draw the public’s eye into the Assembly Rooms and providing those in the bar with views out onto the Market Place – an opportunity for the public to see Derby’s Market Place from a new and uninterrupted angle.

Greg Jennings, Director of Development and Regrowth, said: “We want to encourage the public and stakeholders to give us their views on the emerging designs for the New Assembly Rooms.

"Our plans do not end with just a physical transformation of the building, as we are also planning to transform how the venue can be used going forward so it is a much more commercially focused asset which will offer fantastic facilities both during the day and night.


“The council will work with players in the entertainment industry to bring an exciting and diverse mix of shows from rock and pop, West-End musicals, to opera, pantomime and kids shows, whilst also offering local arts and cultural groups a community venue too.

“A revitalised Assembly Rooms together with the £11.2m regeneration of the Market Hall into a contemporary, vibrant retail and cultural destination will breathe new life into this part of the city centre and prove a significant draw for those wishing to come and enjoy Derby both during the day and night.”

The Council has chosen to run the new Assembly Rooms in-house through a commercially refocused Derby LIVE. Derby LIVE is the Council’s own award-winning team, highly-experienced in providing events, performances and festivals for the city, across a range of indoor and outdoor spaces.

The plans are also available online on the Derby City Council website for people to comment until Friday 24th May.