University Awarded Funding for Safeguarding

Bondholder the University of Derby has been awarded £25,000 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to support student safeguarding on campus.

As part of the project the University will be working closely with local charities and statutory organisations to provide training for its staff in order to support students further and ensure best practice on campus.

The projects have been developed with students, who will have pivotal roles in their delivery. They cover a wide range of activities, including training and awareness raising and digital innovation.

Joanne Jones, Student Wellbeing Manager at the University, said: “Student safety has always been paramount to us. This funding will enable us to influence culture, create more open conversations and empower students and staff to respond to issues concerning student safeguarding, so we can establish an even safer and more supportive community at Derby.”

Toyota's £240m Investment

Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK announced that it will invest a further £240 million in its car plant in Derbyshire. The investment will improve plant competitiveness and additionally it will promote UK supply chain efficiencies.

Starting this year, the Burnaston facility will be progressively upgraded with new equipment, technologies and systems. This will enable production of vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

The investment programme also includes up to £21.3 million support from the Government for training, research and development and further enhancements of the plant’s environmental performance.

Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, said: “We are very focused on securing the global competitiveness of our European plants. The roll-out of TNGA manufacturing capability is part of this plan.

"This upgrade of TMUK is a sign of confidence in our employees and suppliers and their focus on superior quality and greater efficiency. We welcome the UK Government funding contribution for this activity.”
"Our investment demonstrates that, as a company, we are doing all we can to raise the competitiveness of our Burnaston plant in Derbyshire. Continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated will be vital for future success."

Toyota Donates Over £305,000

Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK has raised over £305,000 for local charities, and donated over 40 charities in and around the local area. 

Funds were raised mainly through “Lean Approach” seminars, whereby delegates from any organisation can come to the factory in Derbyshire, to learn about Toyota philosophies, take a tour around the factory and have in-depth training on a related subject of their choice.

30 organisations in and around Toyota’s manufacturing facilities were awarded with grants towards their activities focussing on road safety initiatives, overcoming social deprivation or improving health. In addition, 15 organisations with the involvement of Toyota staff, received grants up to £5000.

Tony Walker, Trustee for the Charitable Trust, and Deputy Managing Director at Toyota Manufacturing UK added “It is a privilege to be able to support local people working in fantastic organisations doing so much good work and making such a difference in the areas around our plants.

"At Toyota, it is important to us to be able to contribute to our local communities, and support our members’ interests in this way”.



Museum Secures Funding

Bondholder Derby Museums Trust has secured funding from both the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund and DCMS/Wolfson Foundation, for its latest project. 

The Your Place in the World project will be a co-produced project working with the communities of Derby to create a museum relevant to people's lives now.

Participants will select, present and interpret the museum's collection in a way that reflects the diverse communities in the city and increases access to and awareness of the museum. 

Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust said: We want to connect the people of Derby with the museum's world cultures collections. We have material from across the globe, from the Americas to the Pacific Islands and from Africa to Indian sub-continent and it offers a great opportunity to work with our communities to discover 'Your place, in the World'.

"The funding will also help further improve our assets namely the condition of the museums galleries.”

Derby City Council Invest in 500 New Jobs

Funding from Bondholder Derby City Council's Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF) has led to the creation of over 500 new jobs in the city.

2 Sisters Food Group has committed to a multi-million pound investment of the former S&A Foods site and has already invested in a state-of-the-art new manufacturing facility on the site, purchasing leading edge technology and equipment. Following DEGF funding, the company has created at least 500 new jobs in the city

DEGF was established as a £20 million recirculating grant and loan scheme, following a successful bid into the Regional Growth Fund.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Derby City Council Deputy Leader, said: "“Our funding scheme is one of the most successful of its type in the country.

"In this case, we have been able to maximise the opportunity created by the purchase of the failing factory.  Supporting 2 Sisters to invest in the site has stimulated sustainable job creation."

DEGF is now entering a new phase with the distribution of £12 million of recycled loan funding. Applications are invited from businesses with plans for growth and job creation in Derby and Derbyshire.

To find out more about DEGF, please click here. 

£4.9M to help Creative & Digital Businesses Grow

Local Enterprise Partnership, D2N2 has set up a new £4.9million investment programme to help the creative and digital industries (CDI) sector to expand and attract new customers.

A new programme, the Creative and Digital Industries D2N2 Consortium for increased SME Competitiveness, will launch this year and is due to last three years. CDI is one of the D2N2 LEP’s eight key sectors.

Over half of the total investment will come from programme partners, which included Bondholders Derby QUAD, Derby Theatre and the University of Derby.

The programme will offer services to businesses under the brand name of “The Big House”. Many of the programme’s services will be offered online. It is estimated that around 500 CDI sector businesses will be helped over the three years.

Businesses will be able to get advice on: 

·         Getting established, if they are a start-up company.
·         Accessing grants and business management help which enables their company to grow, become more efficient and bring products to market more quickly.
·         A high growth programme, aimed at firms seen as having the greatest growth potential (digital enterprises are a fast growing part of the sector across the D2N2 area).
·         Additional projects to grow the numbers of black and ethnic minority employees, and women workers, who are currently under-represented in the CDI sector.

The Big House project also received £500,000 from Arts Council England in February and will additionally attract private sector backing.

Peter Richardson, chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We have a growing creative and digital industries sector, often in need of sound business advice on how to expand. D2N2’s new programme aims to address their needs.

“Our £2.4million investment in this initiative and the wide range of partners we are engaging, across both of our counties, shows the LEP’s commitment to this key sector”.

University Innovation Through Collaboration

Bondholder the University of Derby has launched six exciting new projects to support SMEs to innovate, grow and create jobs having successfully attracted multi-million European funding.

At an event this week, held at the iHub in the city's Enterprise Zone, Infinity Park Derby, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell and Professor Paul Stewart of the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering revealed the support available to SMEs through new projects, with the message that the University of Derby has the key ability to innovate in the UK and globally.

The University sees the local and regional supply chains in advanced manufacturing as equally important as the city's OEMs in contributing to the economic progress of the region, and giving experience from which students can benefit.

Also speaking at the event was Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Bondholder Rolls-Royce, who urged SMEs to make use of the facilities at the iHub and access the new support schemes. He was followed on stage by Graham Mulholland, Chief Executive of Bondholder epm: technology group, who told the audience: "world-class is standard at the University of Derby's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering."


The six projects are: 

1) Enabling innovation - run by the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering and two Nottingham universities, the project will support the development of innovation in SMEs;

2) Enscite - a team of experts that supports transport equipment manufacturing businesses, run in partnership with Aston University and Bondholder Derby City Council;

3) Catalysing growth through research for transport equipment manufacturing - the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering will join forces with Loughborough University's iNet team to support transport equipment manufacturing;

4) D2 energy efficiency - encouraging businesses to create low-carbon products and production processes, run in conjunction with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council;

5) Creative and digital industries - this project will see that creative and digital industries get the right services for their needs;

6) Invest to Grow - the programme is a combination of loan funding and grants, and projects must create jobs that can be sustained for at least three years.

Six-figure boost for Sinfonia Viva

Arts Council England is investing almost £160,000 in Bondholder Sinfonia Viva's plans to take its mobile venue on tour to places where there are few traditional concert halls.

Inspired by its recent performances as part of The Grand Tour, the money will be used to transform Sinfonia Viva's mobile stage and auditorium into a modern day musical cabinet of curiosity.

Peter Knott, Area Director at Arts Council England, said: "Sinfonia Viva's inflatable concert venue gives the company the flexibility to perform anywhere, which is why we're delighted to be supporting their latest tour."

Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva, said: "This project will enable us to bring high quality cultural activity to areas we wouldn't normally be able to reach, whilst at the same time celebrating local talent and showcasing each area's valuable artistic output."

This project will enable us to bring high quality cultural activity to areas we wouldn’t normally be able to reach
— Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva

Throughout June 2017, the tour will see Sinfonia Viva pitch up and perform in East Lindsey, Mansfield, north Norfolk, Scunthorpe and the orchestra's home city of Derby. Viva will present a mix of classical concerts, events and workshops for people of all ages to enjoy.

QUAD receives £83,480 BBC funding

Bondholder Derby QUAD has won £83,480 of funding from BBC Children in Need for its creative wellbeing Q Club.

Q Club provides under 18s the opportunity to participate in creative activities, such as filming, coding and photography. Q Club participants are made up of young people from the autistic spectrum, or with communication difficulties, behavioural problems, special educational needs and disabilities young carers or bereaved children.

Charlotte Convey, Arts and Health Development Worker at QUAD said: "We are so delighted to receive support from BBC Children in Need. This funding will give young people with additional needs, who may not have regular access to such opportunities, the chance to experience working alongside experienced artists in a safe and friendly environment. It's going to have a huge impact on their self-esteem."

Introductory summer sessions for Q Club will be held throughout August, future sessions will be delivered on Thursdays. There are very few places remaining. For further information and to make a referral please contact Charlotte Convey on (01332) 285 427 or by emailing

City Council wins £4m funding

Derby City Centre Masterplan 2030 - click to view.

Derby City Centre Masterplan 2030 - click to view.

Derby City Council has been successful in its first stage bid to bring £4m of investment to kick-start redevelopment of the Becketwell regeneration site.

The D2N2 LEP has agreed the sum in principle from its Local Growth Fund, subject to final approval from government this autumn.

The new City Centre Masterplan identifies Becketwell as a key priority and the City Council is assembling land, including the old Debenhams building on Victoria Street.

We are delighted that D2N2 has agreed the funding in principle for this project.
— Martin Rawson Deputy Leader of Derby City Council

Martin Rawson Deputy Leader of Derby City Council commented: “We are delighted that D2N2 has agreed the funding in principle for this project. Duckworth Square is an eyesore which we are determined to sort out as quickly as possible. The only way appears to be for the City Council to assume ownership of the whole of the Becketwell area and drive forward its redevelopment.”

If successful the £4m will lever a further £29m of private sector investment and create 142 jobs, 99 new homes and 1,336 square metres of commercial floor space.

D2N2 bids for £426m investment for economy

A £426million capital investment programme —set to create an estimated 12,910 new jobs — is being bid for by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, to boost the local economy.

The Local Growth Fund 3 projects submitted for Derby and Derbyshire are:

  • World Heritage Site Regeneration: Renovation of the Derby Silk Mill on Derby's riverside to create a new national museum and visitor attraction, plus small and start-up business workshops. Local Growth Fund 3 bid - £3.7m, match funding - £12.8million, benefits - 100 jobs.
  • Masterplan Phase 1: City Gateway: New multi-purpose 3,000 capacity venue in Derby city centre on former Assembly Rooms site, to provide theatre space and conference facilities. Local Growth Fund 3 bid - £8million, match funding - £2million, benefits - 171 jobs.
  • Housing Zone: Urban Village: Land assembly works and providing new infrastructure to develop 12 hectares of brownfield regeneration land at Castleward Derby, for homes and businesses. Local Growth Fund 3 bid - £6.6million match funding - £73million, benefits - 380 jobs and 600 homes.
  • Connect Business Growth Hub: Transforming this 1.9 acre site a 3,000 square metre site for business growth. Funding requested from Local Growth Fund 3 - £2.9million, match funding expected - £4.4million and benefits expected - creation of 390 jobs.
  • Institute of Technology, Pride Park, Derby: Creation of an Institute of Technology for Engineering and a Centre for Professional Construction, to support sectors' higher level skills development and apprenticeships. Local Growth Fund 3 - £1.3million, match funding - £800,000, benefits 250 jobs.

D2N2 and its fellow LEPs are set to discover how many of their LGF 3 project bids have been successful, and the funding they will receive, in the Chancellor's 2016 Autumn Statement in late November or early December.

Peter Richardson, Chairman of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "Our current LGF allocation, of £192million, has already been invested in a wide range of projects, inlcuding £12million for Derby's Our City, Our River project. But there is a lot more we need to do to provide vital infrastructure, to aid economic growth."

Up to £4.7m to tackle business growth

Up to £4.7million will be provided to support employers wanting to grow their business and boost their employees’ skills, including provision of apprenticeship routes, via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The SKILLS Local programme will support business growth across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire through providing training and skills which will benefit the existing workforce.

It will be funded through the European Social Fund (ESF) and organisations can now bid for funding. Applications to deliver the SKILLS Local programme will be reviewed by the Skills Funding Agency, which is providing match funding and will be managing the programme for D2N2.

Successful applicants will be expected to start delivering the programme by the end of 2016 and funding will be available for up to two years. The deadline for organisations to apply for the SKILLS Local programme is Monday 1st August, 2016.

David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The SKILLS Local programme aims to put in place an integrated system of employment and skills support for businesses and employees.

“The aspiration is to support D2N2’s employment and growth needs, and have in place an easily accessible system which employers and individuals can all benefit from’.”

Free information sessions for organisations interested in bidding and delivering the SKILLS Local programme, and other ESF programmes will be held throughout July (all held from 10am to 2pm including lunch).

Dates include:

  • Tuesday July 19 – At the Winding Wheel, 13 Holywell St, Chesterfield (S41 7SA)
  • Wednesday July 20 – At the Worksop Turbine, Shireoaks Triangle Business Park, Coach Close, Worksop (S81 8AP)
  • Thursday July 21 –  At the University of Derby, Kedleston Rd, Derby (DE22 1GB)
  • Friday July 22 – At the EMFEC offices,  Robins Wood House, Robins Wood Rd, Nottingham (NG8 3NH)

The events are free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book a place at one of the events contact Hannah Gamble, Business Administration Officer at the D2N2 LEP, on email, or phone (0115) 9 578 757.

£10.1million innovation boost for hundreds of firms via D2N2

Hundreds of small and medium-sized companies will receive help to innovate and grow with the aid of £10.1million in funding through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The major project will be part-financed by funds via D2N2 – the business-led partnership promoting economic growth and jobs creation across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – over three years.

‘Enabling Innovation’ will cost £20.3m in total.

D2N2 will provide £10.1m of that through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) portion of its allocation of €251m in European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), giving significant financial support to the project. The University of Derby, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University will deliver the project and also co-invest in it.

The D2N2 LEP area universities will look to help more than 2,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the two counties (over three years), invest in research and innovation; to make them more competitive, enabling them to grow and create high skill jobs.

They will do this by providing SMEs with:

·         access to specialist university technology centres including in advanced manufacturing, food science, materials analysis and advanced imaging;

·         access to a range of expertise, for example in linguistics, sustainability and marketing;

·         help on business projects from university students, guided by senior academics;

·         business development workshops on themes such as leadership and management,  finance, customer engagement and brand development;

·         networking and knowledge exchange workshops and events.

Universities’ students, graduates and academics will also be encouraged to set-up their own knowledge-based SMEs.

D2N2’s Growth Hub team will be supporting those delivering the project, by helping them engage with SMEs. The Growth Hub supports new and established SMEs with help in business strategy and growth, marketing, networking and accessing funding for expansion; using its regional and national business networks to enable businesses to find the right help.

The Growth Hub can be contacted about the Enabling Innovation project on 0333 006 9178 or by email to

Peter Richardson, Chairman of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The £10.1million announced today via the D2N2 LEP will help hundreds of SMEs access expert help, to innovate and grow their business; creating jobs in our key economic sectors including food and drink manufacturing, life sciences and transport equipment manufacturing.

“This is a significant boost towards the LEP achieving its over-arching target of helping create 55,000 additional private sector jobs over ten years and growing the number of businesses. Our area holds academic and industry know-how operating at an international level, and through these schemes SMEs will have access to that.”

Dr George Baxter, Director of Research, Enterprise and Graduate Services at the University of Nottingham, added: “Small businesses right across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire will be able to benefit from ‘Enabling Innovation’ and tap into the expertise offered by three universities.

“This wide-reaching programme really has the potential to enable local businesses to make a step change in the way they work, giving them a competitive advantage in their marketplace, and helping them to grow and create new jobs.”

To learn more about how the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is growing the economy of its area see its website at

The £10.1million announced today via the D2N2 LEP will help hundreds of SMEs access expert help, to innovate and grow their business; creating jobs in our key economic sectors including food and drink manufacturing, life sciences and transport equipment manufacturing
— Peter Richardson, Chairman of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

£5.8m to promote green growth in D2N2 area

Up to £5.8million is to be invested in projects to promote 'green' growth, tackle climate change's effects and protect the environment in the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area.

Funding is available for two types of project:

  • £3million - For a project or projects to help the D2N2 area adapt to, and reduce the risks and manage the effects of, climate change.

    Projects would need to enhance businesses and the economy's resilience to the effects of climate change along the Lower Derwent in Derby and its surroundings; through flood mitigation measures, including upstream attenuation (ways of physically holding water back for longer, so it can be released more gradually). More information can be found here.
  • £2.8million - For a project or projects to preserve and protect the environment, and promote more efficient use of resources (water, energy, land) across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. 

    The two key activities under this 'call' will be to encourage businesses to use resources more efficiently and improve the means by which land is protected environmentally. This would include measures to protect and restore biodiversity, soil quality and ecosystems, and to promote innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and efficient use of resources. More information can be found here.

Organisations bidding for funding will need to provide at least half the costs of their projects, meaning a £2million project would receive one million pounds from the successful bidder and a million from the D2N2 funding 'pot'. Organisations' matched funding must be from a source other than the European Union.

The minimum single bid which can be made to the D2N2 fund is £500,000 meaning projects costing less than a million pounds in total would not be considered. The project funding is designed to last for up to three years.

A free information session for potential bidders - which will cover ESIF's strategic priorities in the D2N2 LEP area and an overview of the kinds of projects it is looking for - will be held on Wednesday 11th May, 10am - 2:30pm at the Enterprise Centre, University of Derby, Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LD. To book for this event, please follow this link

Please note, there will be a maximum of 25 spaces available and places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

£500,000 funding for culture organisations

A consortium of creative and cultural organisations across Nottingham and Derby have been awarded £500,000 from Art Council England's Creative Local Growth Fund.

'The Big House' initiative is a collaboration between Bondholders Derby QUAD and Derby Theatre as well as The Creative Quarter Company, Nottingham's New Art Exchange and Broadway Nottingham.

The initiative will support more than 200 local businesses and 90 new enterprises - building on D2N2's plans for economic growth in the region's creative and digital industries. Support includes planning, marketing and finance advise as well as digital and technical expertise.

The consortium also includes the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City Council.

Adam Buss, Chief Executive of Derby QUAD, said: "The Big House programme will provide creative and digital businesses with support truly tailored to their needs and ambitions, whether they're a start-up or a SME with the potential to really grow. Our role will be to deliver both a real and virtual support and advocacy network, for digital creatives in Derby and Derbyshire, as well as peer-to-peer learning."

Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Derby Theatre, said: "Our role will involve delivering a series of professional masterclasses as well as mentoring and peer-to-peer skill exchange workshops for emerging theatre companies, to develop an exciting new range of performances. This will build on the success of the In Good Company professional development programme for artists in the East Midlands."

The initiative is one of just nine initiatives in England to be awarded funding.

The Big House programme will provide creative and digital businesses with support truly tailored to their needs and ambitions
— Adam Buss, Chief Executive of Derby QUAD
Our role will involve delivering a series of professional masterclasses as well as mentoring and peer-to-peer skill exchange workshops for emerging theatre companies
— Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Derby Theatre

D2N2 supports businesses for up to £2m

Managing Director at Compendium Living, Dave Bullock, outside the Castleward development

Up to £2 million in funding could be loaned to businesses looking to grow and create more jobs as part of an opportunity launched by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership earlier this week.

D2N2 is a private sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, community organisations and more. The Growing Places Fund (GPF) has been launched to boost the economy with loans aimed at kick-starting stalled capital developments or expansion plans which will directly grow the economy and create jobs.

Loans will be between £200,000 and £2,000,000 and must be to finance capital (building) to help further businesses. They must also be within the D2N2 area, including the administrative boundaries of Derby City Council and Derbyshire County. A previous project which was benefited by the GPF was Bondholder Compendium Living's Castleward housing and commercial development.

The news follows D2N2's announcement of a £300,000 initiative which looks to boost career options for young people by motivating and supporting them to make better informed decisions about their future careers.

To find out more about the Growing Places Fund, visit or to find out more about D2N2's work to promote skills and training visit