Stars to be unveiled

Ten new 'Made in Derby' plaques celebrating the achievements of some of the people who have helped put Derby and Derbyshire on the world map will be unveiled in the city's Market Place and on Iron Gate on Saturday 14th September.

This is phase 2 of 'Made in Derby' - a trail of mosaic and cast iron plaques which can be brought to life via augmented reality using a smartphone app - with a Walk of Fame already embedded on Albion Street and Exchange Street.

Karam Singh, Derby's world-leading breakdancer from local Trinity Warriors dance crew, is the first star to be announced. The launch will take place at 11.30am in the Market Place with the names of all of the stars being revealed by Bondholder the Derby Telegraph early on Saturday morning.

The first star to be announced, Karam Singh is hoping for a call-up to Team GB if breaking is officially accepted as an Olympic sport in time for the Games to take place in Paris in 2024. Karam took part in his first competition when he was 10 and became the youngest person to ever set foot on the World Bboy Championship stage in 2008. Over the past few years, he has won numerous titles in places such as France, Switzerland, Belgium, USA and China - the latter was where he won the Street Dance World Cup for Britain. He is also a competition judge and teaches workshops in places such as India, Slovenia and Italy.

The other nine people on the remaining plaques are from a variety of eras dating back to the 17th century through to the 21st century and are mainly involved in science, the arts, sport and commerce.

Last year, Derby became the first city in Europe to use augmented reality in a walk of fame or similar piece of public art. Each of the sculptures, designed by Tim Clapcott, has a QR code which when activated by the app and it is even possible to take a selfie with your favourites as it brings them to life.

Sculptor Mr Clapcott said: “I hope the names of the people on the plaques will inspire Derby people to take a pride in where they live and inspire younger people, who will see the people on the plaques as role models in their lives.

"The Made in Derby title not only refers to the successful people of Derby, but it is also a metaphor for the city’s industrial heritage and thriving commerce and community today."

Trinity Warriors will get Saturday's event underway on the Market Place at 11am, with unveiling starting at 11.30am. The unveiling will finish at Bondholder Derby Cathedral at 12 noon with another Trinity Warriors performance.

(Image: Tim Clapcott)

(Image: Tim Clapcott)


Partnership property deal

Bondholder Smith Partnership has announced one of the biggest deals in its history with Nightingale Quarter developers, Bondholder Wavensmere Homes.

Smith Partnership has been selected as a preferred legal partner in the sale of new homes on the prestigious Nightingale Quarter development, where 800 homes are to be built on the site of the former Derby Royal Infirmary with a value of £150m.

Work is anticipated to begin on the site in October with properties released for sale in January with first completions in early summer next year.

The new deal between Wavensmere and Smith Partnership will mean that legal work on sales should go through in just 28 days.

Wavensmere’s sales director Donna Smith said: “It would have been easy to bring in Birmingham-based partners but we are trying to work with as many local businesses as possible and, as we are both Marketing Derby Bondholders, Smith Partnership was a great fit.”

Smith Partnership managing partner, Kevin McGrath, said: “We are thrilled with this deal. When we decided to stay in the city centre with our new headquarters on Friar Gate, we were attempting to inspire other people to follow suit. So, helping people move into the Nightingale Quarter is entirely consistent with what we have been trying to do in supporting Derby city centre in being a 24-hr destination of choice for people to live, work and enjoy.

“It is one of the deals we are most proud of because of what it means for the city.”

Already 400 people have registered interest in the site in a month, attracted by the proximity to the railway station, Bondholder intu’s shopping centre and the other fantastic facilities Derby has to offer.

In accordance with the law, Smith Partnership will be one of two legal partners for the site.



Over 350 children and adults have made their way up, over and under giant inflatable obstacles to support Bondholder Treetops Hospice Care.

The fun-filled, sponsored event at Markeaton Park on 1 September raised money for the hospice which provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life limiting conditions living in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Lorraine Ray, Treetops events fundraising lead said: “The KAPOW! Superhero Challenge has been amazing! Everyone has had great fun making their way around all the obstacles around the park – including the Biff Bash, Twisty Tunnels and the Hammer - and they’ve especially loved running through the huge foam station at the finish line.

“Loads of people came dressed up as their favourite superhero so we’ve seen dozens of masked crusaders from Wonder Women to Batmen jogging about.

“It’s been a fantastic way to end the long summer holidays and we want to thank everyone who’s taken part. We’re hoping the event has raised several thousand pounds for the hospice through sponsorship which will make a huge difference to adults affected by a life limiting condition and their families.”

Sponsors of the KAPOW! Superhero Challenge included Bondholder RDS Global Ltd.


Summer school success

Bondholder the University of Derby has welcomed the largest number of international students to its summer school in 2019.

Students from 12 Chinese universities swapped their summer in China for a four-week stay in Derby as part of an international summer school.

More than 140 students and group leaders took part in the school designed to give students the experience of living and studying at a UK university while improving their English skills.

This was the largest number of students to take part in the University’s international summer school, which has been running for five years.

Richard Side, Head of International at the University of Derby, said: “This was an amazing opportunity for students to visit Derby – many for the very first time – to experience what the city and surrounding areas have to offer.

“The students were given the opportunity to experience a breadth of cultural activities as well as socialise with other students and improve their English language skills. At the University of Derby, we pride ourselves on offering international students a high-quality enriched student experience.”

The four-week stay began with an opening ceremony at the University’s Derby Campus, attended by Mayor of Derby Frank Harwood, who made a welcoming speech as well as Professor Chen, Vice President of Jiangxi University of Technology.

The students were from universities including Jiangxi University of Technology, Beihai University of Arts and Design, Shenyang University of Technology, Hubei University of Nationalities, North China University, Xi'an Architecture University, Wenzhou Business College, Pioneer College, Zhejiang Wanli College, Jiangxi Provincial Bureau of Education and Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Xi'an Jianda University.

The University of Derby has 1,700 international students from more than 100 countries. Its International Student Centre is ranked the best of all UK universities that participated in the International Student Barometer 2018, which measures international students’ experience of higher education.


Bondholders bringing back Cycle Derby Sportive

Bondholders Koobr and Purely Digital are joining forces, bringing back the recently cancelled September Cycle Derby Sportive.

The much-anticipated event, initially scheduled for Sunday 22nd of September, was unfortunately called-off by event organisers.

Now two determined Bondholders, Andrew Edmondson and Craig Barker — from Purely Digital and Koobr respectively — have teamed up after colleagues and friends within the business community expressed their disappointment that the event would no longer be taking place.

“A lot of local businesses and communities take part in the Derby Sportive every year,” explains Craig. “It’s something that people have been looking forward to for quite some time — ourselves included!

“It would be a massive shame not to go ahead just because the event is now officially closed. That’s why we’re letting people know that a few of us are still going ahead. We’d love for everybody who was planning on taking part to come and join us.”

The Derby Sportive has traditionally offered four distances covering North Derbyshire and the Peak District, each with varying levels of difficulty.

“We wanted to invite everybody, not just avid cyclists,” says Andrew. “That’s why we’ve chosen a route that’s not too challenging — a fun and comfortable 40km ride out towards Carsington Reservoir with plenty of gorgeous scenery. But there will definitely be a few hills along the way to get the blood pumping. It should be a great day!

“We’ve already had quite a few people get in touch when they heard we were doing it, and we look forward to seeing a few more on the day.”

The group will be setting off from Markeaton Park next Sunday at 10:00 am. If you would like to get involved, contact Craig or Andrew for more details.


Bondholders win with Chamber


Several Bondholders were amongst the winners at the 2019 awards night of fellow Bondholder East Midlands Chamber on Friday.

The awards are amongst the largest and most prestigious in the region, bringing together businesses from across Derbyshire to celebrate and promote the outstanding work undertaken by our business community.

Our Bondholders made us proud being shortlisted for many of the awards. Bondholder winners at the gala dinner held at Pride Park Stadium were: Bloc Digital; RDS Global; The Roundhouse; and Sky Recruitment Solutions.

Bondholder Bloc Digital took home the coveted Business of the Year award, but, ever the professionals, the team celebrated by heading back to the office to hit a deadline!

Details of how our Bondholders fared in the awards are given below:

Business of the Year
Winner: Bloc Digital

Business Improvement through Technology
Winner: Bloc Digital
Finalists: Bowmer & Kirkland and Scenariio

Community Impact Award
Winner: RDS Global
Finalists: Purpose Media and LoatesHR

Business Venue of the Year
Winner: The Roundhouse
Finalist: Devonshire Dome, University of Derby and The Derby Conference Centre

Commitment to People Development
Finalists: Air IT and Talk Staff

Entrepreneur of the Year
Finalist: Amanda Strong of Mercia Image Print and Simon Rice of HSG UK

Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Autumn Parkinson, Sky Recruitment Solutions
Finalist: Jess Frearson, Future Proof Films

Excellence in Customer Service
Finalists: Air IT, Anoki, Purpose Media

Small Business of the Year
Finalists: Rhodes Wealth Management and Timms Solicitors

Manufacturer of the Year
Finalist: Work Wallet


Bondholder secures College students

Three IT students from Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG) have secured apprenticeships with Bondholder RDS Global.

Connor Young (19) from Alfreton, Joe Barker (18) from Mackworth and Alistair Lucas-Betterton (17) from Chaddesden were all members of the RDS Global Technology Academy which has won awards for its success in working with IT students at DCG’s Joseph Wright Centre post-16 Academic and Arts college.

The 17-week Academy programme includes talks and support from senior managers in the company and work placements at the head office in St James’ Court.

This has enabled students to get a taste of all the different career opportunities available to them from engineering to customer support. All the students are offered an interview at the end of their study programme for apprenticeship opportunities.

Connor and Joe both have their sights set on progressing up the engineering ladder at RDS Global whilst Alistair is already excelling in resolving customer’s IT issues.

RDS Global Director Andy Flinn said: “I am passionate that apprenticeships are good for both business and for the young person. It is an investment but the scheme enables us to embed our customer-focused culture and work ethos right from the start of an apprentice’s career.

“The employer academy programme with Derby College enables us to get to know the students before they apply for an apprenticeship.”

DCG Deputy Principal April Hayhurst concluded: “RDS Global is a leading light in our employer academy programme and shows just what can be achieved by working together to better prepare young people for the world of work.

“By gaining work experience with different teams at RDS Global, students are able to see what the different job roles are really like – helping to bring their study programme to life and give them a clear line of sight to the workplace.”


Top class project

Bondholder Derby Grammar School’s Tanzania 2019 expedition this summer has brought the number of new classrooms funded by the project since 2013 to five.

Almost £10,000 was raised for the 2019 project by the thirteen students who took part in the trip as well as general fundraising activity across the school.

This year’s fundraising was helped considerably by the generosity of Marketing Derby Bondholders including Sibbalds Accountants, Bespoke Inns, Mercia Image, Highfield Drinks, and YMCA Derbyshire.

The Derby Grammar School students also spent time teaching the children of Gedeli B School and visiting Forever Angels Baby Home and Hisani Orphanage, where a lot of the Gedeli B school-children call home.

Varchas Swamy was a student on the project. He said: “If we learnt anything on this trip, it is that teaching is incredibly rewarding and heart touching. Seeing the determination to learn in the childrens' eyes, as well as the joy they get out of reading stories and solving maths problems really warmed our hearts. The love and respect the children gave us easily made all the challenging fundraising worth it.”

Following two weeks of hard work at the school, the team headed off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mrs Sly, Tanzania project lead said: “Our boys get so much out of the trip and it ties in so much with what we do in terms of trying to make them into caring and thoughtful citizens. They come back from Tanzania as very different people; it gives them a completely different perspective.”

Find out more about the Tanzania Project here, or if you or your organisation would like to support the project, contact Mrs Sly.


Pattonair aviation acquisition

Bondholder Pattonair has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of aircraft spares company Adams Aviation.

The agreement is the second move in the aerospace industry in the space of a month by Pattonair, the Derby-based provider of innovative supply chain solutions to the global aerospace market.

It follows the company’s $1.9bn merger with Wesco Aircraft Holdings, significantly expanding its US presence and reinforcing its operations elsewhere in the world.

Both Pattonair and Croydon-based Adams have nearly 50 years of experience in each of their respective industries, with Adams developing into a successful airframe, avionic parts and accessories distributor in Europe.

The new agreement is seen as a mutually beneficial move for both companies, as Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead explained: “At Pattonair we have a strong history in the aerospace industry and we are delighted to be further strengthening our position in the market. This deal presents us with new opportunities for growth, with Adams currently working with over 130 different product manufacturers across Europe. It also gives Adams significant opportunities to grow into both Asia and North America, given our wide presence in these regions.”

The acquisition will see the aircraft spares specialist introduce its large network of more than 2,000 private air customers to the Pattonair portfolio.

This includes clients such as flying schools, light aircraft manufacturers and private aircraft owners, with Adams supplying products such as pilot equipment, batteries, wheels and brakes from leading industry manufacturers.


University in running for top award

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Bondholder the University of Derby has been shortlisted for the sector’s most prestigious accolade – the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year Award 2019.

The THE Awards are widely acknowledged as the ‘Oscars of the higher education sector’ and recognise outstanding work and exceptional performance across 23 award categories, with the University of the Year Award being the most sought after.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “To be a finalist for such a well-respected and revered award is recognition of the great work our staff, students and stakeholders are undertaking to deliver a powerful regional university that addresses the needs of our students, region and beyond.”

Derby has been shortlisted in two other categories. Firstly, the Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year category, which recognises the innovative use of digital technology to improve any function at a university.

In addition, Sian Burgess, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, has been nominated for the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell

Professor Kathryn Mitchell

Kathryn Mitchell says “I am extremely proud that the University has been shortlisted for Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year and would like to congratulate Sian on the tremendous achievement of being shortlisted for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award.

“As a TEF Gold university, the culture of teaching excellence plays a crucial role in enhancing and enriching our academic delivery, nurturing productive links between teaching, research and professional practice. We support, encourage and incentivise innovative teaching and assessment and we are committed to assuring that our pedagogic approach is transformational using research-informed Digital Learning methodology for our curriculum development.”

The winners of the 15th annual Times Higher Education Awards will be revealed on Thursday 28 November 2019 at a ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Find out more about the awards here.


Two-way on a one-way trip


Bondholder Zycomm Electronics has worked on a world record-beating Penny Farthing cycle ride.

Having heard about Zycomm's expertise as radio specialists, Richard Thoday from Matlock approached them to be involved in his extraordinary challenge - to beat the 133 year-old world record of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats on a Penny Farthing in aid of BBC's Children in Need. Zycomm accepted with enthusiasm, providing Hytera PD705 two-way radios to assist Richard and his crew with communication during the trip.

Richard started his epic journey on Saturday 20th July at 06:00 BST and completed it at 17.52pm on Wednesday 24th July, smashing the original record by 13 hours and is now waiting for official confirmation from the Guiness Book of Records.

Zycomm’s Marketing Executive Hannah Ingram had the pleasure of interviewing Richard Thoday after the success of his ride. You can read about his journey in his own words on the Zycomm website article


Intelligence offer launched

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Bondholder Air IT has announced the launch of its specialist Business Intelligence division, Air BI.

Data is one of the most important factors for business success, and the correct use of analytics is essential for any business looking to stay ahead of the curve. In 2018, Air IT introduced their internal Business Intelligence (BI) team to develop their data strategy, drive performance and strengthen their position as a technology leader.

Since then the team has been hard at work creating custom automation processes that eliminate repetitive reporting and boost internal efficiencies. With live data dashboards, Air IT has been able to track trends and identify areas of improvement based on past results.

Heading up the Air BI team is Darren Turner, who said "Business Intelligence is key for any organisation looking to transform digitally and make advances in an increasingly competitive environment. From deepening customer and market knowledge, to making smarter decisions and achieving business goals, any business can benefit and make great improvements when data is used effectively"

If you'd like to find out more about BI and how using data effectively can take your business to the next level, register here for Air IT's free breakfast event, taking place on Wednesday 2nd October.


New sett up


Bondholders Guy Taylor Associates and GCA (UK) Ltd have been commissioned by fellow Bondholder The National Trust for a new project at Calke Abbey.

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The creation of a human-scale badger’s sett, which has just opened to the public, is camouflaged by vegetation and the excavated earth from the site it sits on and consists of three entrances leading into a labyrinth of tunnels in which visitors can explore and play in.

The badger’s sett is located in the forest walk of Calke Explore and has been constructed with natural materials to blend with the surrounding trees and shrubbery.

On the project, Paul Stanton, Director at Guy Taylor Associates said: "This exciting new feature enthrals children and their older relatives alike, providing an interactive experience to help them promote problem-solving, encourage social interaction and ultimately, add to the fun of a visit to Calke Abbey.”


Bondholders bring Festé 2019

Ockhams Razor - Belly of the Whale. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

Ockhams Razor - Belly of the Whale. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

An impressive twenty Marketing Derby Bondholders are working together to bring Derby Festé to life again with international performers that will bring surprise and magic to Derby.

Derby Festé 2019 will take place on 27th and 28th September and is produced and presented by Bondholders Déda, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre and QUAD.

Festé attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the city centre which features international performers that have toured the world in a celebration of outdoor street entertainment including dance, contemporary circus, music and comedy. Performers this year will be arriving from events in USA, Australia, Taiwan, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Germany – to name just a few – before they arrive to a warm welcome in Derby.

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Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

Derby Festé is sponsored by Bondholders Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derby Cathedral Quarter, St Peters Quarter, Foundation Derbyshire and intu Derby.

For the first time this year, organisers of Derby Festé have also joined forces with Bondholder Derby Cathedral to bring ‘Museum of the Moon’ to the city in the run up to and during the city’s popular annual event.

Marketing and promotions have been headed up by Bondholder Gravity Digital Ltd, who developed a new website as part of their sponsorship agreement, they also manage the social media, and other marketing activities working closely with creative Bondholder companies, Future Proof Films, JJ Public Relations , Mercia Image, and Code Print.

For people arriving in the city by train, there is also an exclusive offer that has has been promoted by Bondholder East Midlands Railway and the event is widely covered in the media including Bondholder Derby Telegraph.

Visit Derby has also just run a fabulous family festival break competition where entries were invited form people to win a weekend stay including free tickets to the Festé headline event, a meal for four at Bondholder Annie’s Burger Shack and overnight accommodation with Bondholder The Stay Company.

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Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

Derby Festé Artistic Director Stephen Munn from Déda said: "Festé is a true partnership of a vast number of organisations and businesses – bringing together a range of committed individuals who work really hard to make the annual event a reality.

"It is this combination of talent and effort that ensures that Festé is always pushing boundaries, bringing the unexpected and unusual to the city and creating unforgettable memories.

"The fact that so many Bondholders are at the heart of the continued success of Derby Festé is testament to the widespread passion for cultural activity in the city and we are also particularly grateful for the input from Arts Council England and the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership."

For more information, please visit or follow on social media.

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BaroloSolo - ile O splash. Photo Credit: Vincent d'Eaubonne


Aero engine lands at Mill


Bondholder Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000 aircraft engine which powered the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its maiden flight in 2006 has been installed at the new Museum of Making, part of Bondholder Derby Museums Trust.

As the latest phase in this £17 million development, the Derby-made Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine was winched into the new Museum by a team of specialists earlier this month. Excitingly, just one year from now, the new Museum of Making will be crammed full of 50,000 objects – large and small – for the public to explore, engage with and even make their own versions.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums explains: “Even though the Museum of Making won’t open until next autumn, the Trent engine had to be installed at this early stage as the new Museum’s Civic Hall had to be literally built around it, due to its huge size. The engine and its stand weighs seven tonnes, so it required a four tonne tractor and a three tonne trailer to manoeuvre it into position. We worked alongside teams from Rolls-Royce and our contractors’ Speller Metcalfe and GCA, who laid down a concrete floor and erected a metal structure around the engine in order to lift it up and winch it into place. For this part of the operation, a special rigging company was called in to help too, so it was quite an engineering feat!”

“This is an engine that was developed, tested and made here in Derby, so we hope locals and those living further afield will agree that this is an engine worth celebrating and coming to see!”

The Trent 1000 is a feat of modern engineering: the fan at the front of the engine is more than nine feet across, and sucks in more than a tonne of air every second at take-off. The blade tip travels at more than 900mph – faster than the speed of sound and when flying, the temperature inside the hottest parts of the engine can be almost half as hot as the sun.

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager of Bondholder Rolls-Royce said: “We’re thrilled that our Trent 1000 engine will be one of the first objects that people see as they come into the new museum, and hope visitors will be inspired by the wonders of aviation and engineering, including what it takes to design and build the cleanest, quietest, lightest and most efficient aircraft engines used in modern aviation today. Rolls-Royce has partnered with the Museum of Making from the outset because it will inspire people to be curious, and develop the STEM skills we need to pioneer new technologies for the 21st century.

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Chesterfield Investment Summit

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The final speaker line up for the 2019 Chesterfield Investment Summit has now been confirmed.

Future investment and development opportunities in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire will be unveiled at the annual event, which is being held at Casa Hotel in Chesterfield from 8.30am – 12 noon.

With one of the 100 most influential women in technology, Polly Barnfield OBE, already leading the speaker line up at the free to attend event, delegates will also hear from a number of other key business figures at the summit.

This year, the full speaker and panellist line up includes:

Mark Warrilow, Skills Stakeholder Manager – Phase 2 (Skills Employment and Education) at HS2 Ltd.
Peter Storey, Head of Markham Vale at Derbyshire Country Council.
Dr. Huw Bowen, Chief Executive of Chesterfield Borough Council.
Mark Jones, Head of Technical at Kier Living.
Cllr Tricia Gilby, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council.
Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield and Derbyshire Economic Partnership Board member.
Cllr Tony King, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, Derbyshire County Council
Cllr Amanda Serjeant, Deputy Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council and Vice Chair of Destination Chesterfield.

The event is organised by Derbyshire Economic Partnership, Destination Chesterfield and Marketing Derby joint partners in the EU funded Invest in D2N2 project with a focus on promoting Derbyshire both nationally and globally as the place to invest for growth and quality of life. The event is also part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Commenting on the event, Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield and who will also be taking part in the question and answer panel at the event, said: “We are delighted to be able to have such great speakers at this year’s Chesterfield Investment Summit. It’s not only an opportunity to learn about the exciting investment plans for the area, but also the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the direction of the growth and development of Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.”

To secure one of the final places at the event, please visit

 Chesterfield Investment Summit 2018 held at the Casa Hotel, Chesterfield, organised by Destination Chesterfield.

Solid foundations built

Bondholder Hodgkinson Builders has announced a strong first half of the year, with turnover increasing to record levels, as the company laid the foundations for 168 new homes.

Ian Hodgkinson, director at Hodgkinson Builders, has not only laid the foundations for the new properties, his team has also trialled a brand new way of working to speed up the process.

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Ian said: "Hodgkinson Builders is going 'great guns' at the moment. We have just completed a fantastic first half of the year. We have trialled the use of timber frames and liquid screed to speed up the efficiency of the build process at our development in Stoke, and we hope to roll this out over at our site in Ripley.

"By using modern methods of building we can work on both the interior and exterior of a property at the same time, and the use of liquid screed means that several plots can be done in one day, which is phenomenal. We are building homes so fast that we are running out of land."


30 Days of Giving finale

Thirty local charities gathered at Bondholder Smith Partnership's offices recently to celebrate the receipt of their donation from Mercia Image Print’s 30 Days of Giving Campaign.

Over the month of June, Amanda Strong of Mercia Image Print pledged to raise £30,000 in 30 days, to give to 30 local charities, and with a final push following the Gala Dinner held at Bondholder Pattonair's County Ground, she managed to reach her goal.

Megan Patrick from fellow Bondholder Derby County Community Trust, who received £5,000 from the fund, said “When Amanda first came to see us about raising some money we thought it sounded fabulous, then when Amanda decided she would go for £30,000 in 30 days we thought it was a tall order – but we did it!!”

Amanda commented “With the support of the local business community we did it! I am still amazed that we managed to hit our target in 30 days, stress levels were high but worth every minute”

Some of the local Bondholder charities that benefited form the 30 Days of Giving campaign were Derby County Community Trust, Treetops Hospice Care, Padley Group, Derby Museum, Derby QUAD, YMCA Derbyshire, Safe & Sound, Me & Dee, TwentyTwenty, Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre, Deda, Derbyshire Institute of Sport, Artcore, Derby City Mission and NWG.

When asked whether Amanda would consider making this an annual fund raising event, she said “I think it has proven to be such a success that it could definitely be an annual campaign, but perhaps I should let someone else run it next year!"

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FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020

Bondholder The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has begun its search for the best small businesses in the East Midlands as entries open for its Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020.

There are just under 180,000 small businesses and self-employed in the region and small businesses are being urged to enter before the closing date of 17 January 2020

Twelve award categories this year include the Wellbeing in Small Business Award, building on FSB's successful work in advocating measures to improve wellbeing and mental health for the self-employed, small business owners and their employees.

Les Phillimore, FSB regional chair for the East Midlands, said: “For a chance to be recognised as the best small business in the East Midlands as well as in the whole of the UK, I’d encourage all small businesses to enter the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards. SMEs are a vital part of the East Midlands – contributing so much to the economy and making our region a more exciting place in which to live, work, study and visit. The awards give everyone the opportunity to join us in celebrating that SMEs account for 99.9% of businesses across every main industry sector and make a huge contribution to the UK economy.”

The 2020 area winners for the East Midlands will be announced at an award ceremony on 5th March held at the King Power Stadium in Leicester. These winners, with the exception of the Community Business Award which is area level only, will then go forward to the UK final of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020, held in London, on 21 May 2020.


The 12 FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020 categories are: 
· Wellbeing in Small Business Award
· Environmental Business of the Year
· Digital/E-commerce Business of the Year
· Sole Trader of the Year
· High Growth Business of the Year
· Micro-business of the Year
· Start-up Business of the Year
· Young Entrepreneur (aged 30 and under)
· Business and Product Innovation Award
· Family Business of the Year
· International Business of the Year
· Community Business of the Year (area level only)

For further information and to enter the awards visit


£200m development boost


Derby’s number one regeneration priority took a significant step forward this week as Bondholders St James Securities and Derby City Council exchanged contracts, triggering a planning application for a £200m mixed development that received 89% of support in a recent public consultation.

The scheme – which includes £8.1 million in Local Growth Fund investment from Bondholder the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – covers the former Debenhams store, Pennine Hotel, NCP Car Park and Laurie House at Becketwell. The first phase comprises a high quality new public square and 342 Build to Rent apartments.

Paul Morris, director of St James Securities, commented “We were delighted to be chosen by Derby City Council in March 2018 to deliver a truly comprehensive and badly needed major regeneration scheme for Derby city centre and are hopeful of a successful determination to this application by the end of 2019.”

Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby City Council added “The area has been in need of regeneration for years and this is a fantastic step in our plans to transform Derby’s city centre.”


Phase one of the regeneration scheme comprises plans for 342 Build to Rent apartments on the site of the former Debenhams store on Victoria Street and a new public square on the site of the current United Reformed Church as the centre piece of the development.

The residential development will comprise of two buildings, the tallest of which will extend up to 19 storeys in height. This building will contain 246 apartments over a ground floor café and restaurant overlooking the new square.

The smaller building will house 96 apartments with a convenience store at ground floor fronting Victoria Street. In response to local feedback, this building has been carefully designed to retain the curve of the existing buildings to the Victoria Street frontage. Both buildings will have rear-decked car parking.

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The new multi-purpose public square will be the centrepiece of the proposed development and will be delivered as part of the first phase of development. The planning application will also be supported by a request to include a range of other complementary uses of the site, including up to 25,000 sq m of new grade A offices, innovation centre and leisure to complement the residential and a planned multi-storey car park with a smaller more intimate courtyard public square called Summerhill
Yard to reflect that part of the site’s historic street name.

Marketing Derby will be supporting the application following a presentation by St James Securities to the Economic Development Advisory Group. MD John Forkin said “The proposals were really well received by business and the public. They are ambitious enough to transform not only Becketwell, but the wider St Peters Quarter which has suffered decades of decline. Derby has waited too long for a solution and we must grab this opportunity with both hands.”

When showcased at a public consultation hosted by St James Securities in March, the plans received overwhelmingly positive feedback with 89% of respondents in full support of the project.

The vision for the wider site is to create a whole new part of the city centre with its own distinct character and identity. This will take the form of a series of buildings, spaces and views that will enhance the attractiveness and vitality of the city.

The regeneration is expected to bring numerous benefits to the city, including a repopulation of both office workers and residents to the city centre which will help boost activity outside of traditional retail hours.

It is also hoped that the substantial levels of investment proposed at Becketwell will provide confidence for further new investment in surrounding areas of the city centre.

Commenting on the recent developments, Paul Morris, director of St James Securities, said: “I am absolutely delighted that contracts have now been signed and put in place and am proud to say after months of consultation the Planning Application has been formally submitted.

“We are hopeful of a successful determination to this Application by the end of 2019, which will enable us to make a start on site late spring 2020.”

St James Securities have completed many successful projects of this scale, including St Paul’s Place in Sheffield and the award-winning Round Foundry in Leeds.

The work on the demolition of the former Debenhams building is set to start in September 2019, with construction work on the first phase of development set to commence in 2020.