Global Expansion for Tidyco

Bondholder Tidyco has completed a Trade Mark project which will allow it to export with international brand protection through WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).

Finance manager Jay Bhundia and marketing manager Barry Aldridge MCIM were instrumental in the project which will see the firm become a global brand. The firm has also worked closely with Bondholder Swindell & Pearson on this project. 

Tidyco has been  a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years.

Bhundia said: “To support organisational plans for export growth, Tidyco recognised the need to protect the brand on an international level. By working with local Patent and Trade Mark Attorney firm Swindell & Pearson, Tidyco has Trade Marked its brand through the Madrid System.”

Barry Aldridge added: “This has been a fantastic project to be involved with. From a marketing standpoint, re-positioning a local corporate identity as a well known global brand is a marketer’s dream come true."

Time for Next Generation

Bondholder Smith of Derby is gearing up to train the next generation of clock-makers in Derby.

Smith of Derby has set up the centre to train its apprentices and continue the traditions of the family-owned business. The facility features a full-scale turret clock with both traditional and technologically advanced operating equipment, creating a unique environment for skills development.

Young people have the enthusiasm and the energy to learn and are the future of the company. It is a process we have always believed in and stood by through the generations of our 160 years’ history.
— Tony Charlesworth

Tony Charlesworth, Smith of Derby's technical sales manager with responsibility for overseeing training, said: "With the exception of the British Horological Institute, there's no course or qualification in the art of clock making, and we feel it is vitally important to keep traditional clock making alive for centuries to come.

"Being able to train our apprentices within a simulated clock room is new, exciting and has huge potential."

Transformation at Rolls-Royce Leisure

Bondholder Rolls-Royce Leisure has boosted its food and drink offering with the launch of a new bar and eatery at its 32-acre site.

Situated on Moor Lane in Derby, Charlie’s at Rolls-Royce leisure officially opened its doors this week, bringing a new dimension to the business, which offers multiple sports and recreation facilities, as well as a conferencing centre, wedding and function suites, live music and entertainment.

In just four weeks, extensive renovation works have transformed the tired, dated interior into a modern, open-plan venue with upscale furnishings, a mixture of high and low seating, as well as a self-serve coffee bar for added convenience.

Commenting on the launch of the new venue, Colin Bancroft, general manager at Rolls-Royce Leisure, said: “I am delighted that our most recent refurbishment project has come to fruition, enabling the launch of Charlie’s at Rolls-Royce Leisure."

Agent Returns to Derby

Commercial property agent Paul Harding has returned to his roots and joined Bondholder BB&J Commercial as part of the chartered surveyor and commercial property firm’s ongoing expansion.

Paul started his career initially at the Valuation Office in Derby. He has since worked in private practice in the East Midlands, Central London and the South East in a career spanning thirty years.

He is an RICS registered valuer and has successfully undertaken instructions in respect of commercial agency, rating, valuation (including assets) along with providing advice on landlord and tenant issues.

Paul said: “Having worked with a wide range of clients from both the public and private sectors over the years, I have still maintained strong links to the East Midlands.

“This is an exciting time to be returning to my home city with increased activity in the commercial property market both in Derby and across the region.”



New Home for MSG

Bondholder MSG Tours has moved into Marble Hall, as part of their plans for expansion.

The former Rolls-Royce building is now part of Bondholder Connect Derby's portfolio of service offices, following a £4 million renovation.

MSG Tours is an educational travel brand who provide various sports and ski tours to unique destinations across the world. It’s safe to say MSG have been flying high and hitting new climates of their own as the move comes after just 12 months of trading to cope with their rapid expansion.  

Mark Gardner, Director at MSG tours said: “We are proud to be following in the footsteps of Rolls Royce as we believe that there is a beautiful link between our company’s services and mantra: taking people around world and delivering the unexpected."

We selected Marble Hall due to its aesthetics, positioning, modern facilities and its link to the first ever Rolls Royce building here in Derbyshire. We are proud of the direction the company is taking and want to ensure that our brand values are mirrored in as many elements as possible, including our offices.”

And it doesn’t just stop there. MSG are embracing technology and are the first UK tour operator in their sector to team up with Vamoos- a travel app which will allow their customers to access their travel documents and information on a mobile device, even without having a data signal.

The app is also the perfect feature for parents staying behind thanks to the push notification function, which allows everyone with access to stay informed in real-time with alerts such as when a group have reached their destination safely or results from fixtures. 

Expansion for Tidyco

Manufacturer and Bondholder Tidyco has recently expanded its operations with the opening of a new manufacturing and distribution plant.

The new facility will further streamline the manufacturing and distribution process and benefits from an improved stockholding facility allowing the company to comfortably support an increase in consumer demand.

The new plant was officially opened by Amanda Solloway MP earlier this month.

Amanda stated during the official opening; “It is great to see British manufacturing businesses expanding. I am really looking forward to taking a look around.”

Philip Mason, Production Director for Tidyco Ltd, said: “A great deal of effort has gone into the new plant expansion. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Tidyco’s very own Michael Bishop, whose hard work and dedication to this particular project has been outstanding.”

“Tidyco Ltd is dedicated to a continuing expansion programme and the official opening of the new plant forms part of a long term growth strategy. Tidyco Ltd will continue innovating in order to enhance the scope and scale of the organisation’s overall service offering.
— Philip Mason, Production Director

Justin Smith Architects Moves to New Premises

After more than a decade at Connect Derby's Friar Gate Studios, the building’s first ever tenant has said his final farewells as he moves to his own purpose-designed premises on Queen Street.

Justin Smith Architects moved into the managed workspace scheme for the creative industries on Ford Street in March 2007 and was the first business to take space at the building following its completion by Bondholder Derby City Council.

In the intervening decade, both Justin’s business and Friar Gate Studios have gone from strength to strength. Justin has expanded within the building several times and now employs a team of 10 skilled professionals, who carry out a broad range of work - from small refurbishments to large office buildings and residential properties.

Justin has now relocated to new 4,000 ft2 premises on Queen Street in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. The building has been the subject of a redevelopment programme over the past six months. Set over four floors, it now features a retail reception, design studios, consultation spaces, meeting rooms, a café, and a gym.

The relocation comes at a time of significant growth for the business, which is also set to operate a new venture, the Design Advice Centre, from its new premises.

Speaking of the move and the help and support he has received from Ann Bhatti and her team over the past 10 years, Justin said:

 “After spending five years working from home I decided the time was right to get offices that would allow me to expand the business. This proved difficult as most of the premises on the market at the time had long tie-ins, or weren’t big enough to accommodate the type of work we do.

“Then Friar Gate Studios opened and was perfect for me. On my first day, there was just Ann Bhatti and me in the building - since then I’ve seen Friar Gate Studios expand and the launch of Connect Derby, which has attracted some of Derby’s most exciting businesses.

“The help and support that the Connect Derby team, particularly Ann, have given me over the last 10 years has been invaluable and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. It will be sad to leave, but I know this is an important step in the development of Justin Smith Architects.”

Ann Bhatti, Connect Derby business manager, is sad to see the business move on, but is delighted to see Justin move to the next level:

“It is with a mixture of a heavy heart and immense pride that we are saying goodbye to Justin and his team as they see leave for pastures new.

 “They’ve been fantastic tenants over the past 10 years and are a great example of what a company can achieve with the right infrastructure and the range of business support and mentoring that is available through Connect Derby."

E4e's Expansion

E4e, a Derby City Council initiative which links businesses with schools and students in order to raise aspirations and improve employability skills, has expanded its team in order to handle increasing demand for its services from schools across the city.

Paul Makinson and Tracy Goold have joined the team as deputy brokers and are joined by James Wakefield, who has been appointed project co-ordinator.

Paul, joins E4e from Bondholder Rolls-Royce, where he spent nearly 33 years and also headed-up Rolls- Royce’s team of E4e volunteers. Tracey is currently a teacher and will be working for e4e one day a week.

During the last academic year, e4e supported close on 6,000 students across 14 city centre secondary schools. The new appointments will enable e4e to expand its programme of activities across the city.

Activities now range from CV writing workshops, mock job interviews, and one-to- one mentoring sessions to industry visits, careers workshops and talks which give young people a better understanding of the career opportunities open to them, raise their aspirations and improves their employability skills along the way.

Speaking of E4e’s success over the past year and the recruitment of the new team members, Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Derby City Council, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Paul, Tracey and James to the busy E4e team. Their experience and knowledge of both the education sector and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) will be invaluable as we continue to expand the range of services that E4e offers."

E4e broker Arshad Iqbal added: “We now have a team of more than 400 volunteers, but we are always on the look-out for more people to join us. I would encourage anyone who can give just half a day a year of their time to sign up to volunteer and help support Derby’s workforce of the future.”

String of Investment for Rolls-Royce Leisure

Bondholder Rolls-Royce Leisure has made a substantial investment in its facilities. 

The sports and leisure complex has made improvements to the appearance of the building’s frontage and driveway, additional car parking and dedicated pedestrian walk ways, refurbishment of tennis courts and outdoor canopy, as well as refurbishment to its wedding suites.

As a result, much of the site has been transformed and the facilities improved, reinforcing its commitment to providing a high quality venue to its customers.

The 32-acre leisure site, which is based on Moor Lane in Derby, is home to almost 20 sports clubs, with a wide range of both indoor and outdoor leisure facilities. It is also offers extensive corporate facilities, function suites, bar and canteen, as well as a whole host of live music events.

Colin Bancroft, general manager at Rolls-Royce Leisure, said: “I am delighted at the success of the redevelopment works, which took place last year. It was a very busy time for us which has paid off ten-fold, with a complete transformation of the site and improvements to many of our facilities.

“At Rolls-Royce Leisure, we are always looking to make improvements to ensure that we continue to offer a high quality sporting and leisure venue.

“We are now looking forward to the completion of the next refurbishment project to our breakfast bar.”

Frogspark's Rapid Growth

Bondholder Frogspark is celebrating the rapid growth of its web and digital marketing team, by welcoming three new team members in the space of one month.

Since November, the digital marketing agency has created three new positions and moved to Derwent Business Centre to accommodate its growth. The new additions include an SEO and PPC expert and two web developers.

Because of the increasing demand for digital marketing, Frogspark introduced Paul Smith to the team, as a Digital Marketing Assistant. Paul has a degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Creative Writing.

Frogspark’s turnover doubled in just one year which meant the development of the web team was crucial for the business to carry on growing.

James and Josh, a front end web developer and a full stack/php developer were brought in to increase Frogspark’s capacity for new projects and to bring fresh ideas to the company.

Rob Twells, Director, said: “Liam and I are extremely happy with the new Frogspark members! They each bring a great set of skills to the business which are going to be very valuable to future of Frogspark.

“The new digital marketing expertise we now have in-house means we can offer the full package to each of our clients."




Return of The Belfry Bar

An area of Bondholder The Old Bell Hotel, which has not been open to the Public for over thirty years is set to reopen on February 9th.

The Belfry Bar which was once the haunt of Derby County footballers and up and coming millionaires referred to as 'tuppence ha'penny millionaires' has been restored and will reopen as The Belfry Steak House serving a huge selection of aged steaks.

Bell Hotel owner Paul Hurst said, “We are absolutely delighted to be reopening the Belfry and that it is to be a high end steak house to complement our other food offerings here at the Old Bell.

"It has been great seeing the restoration progress and seeing the room come back to life once more. Although for many of us we have seen the Old Bell as a bar and nightclub, it has spent the majority of its life (over 300 years) being known for great ales, fine food and accommodation and we are putting it back to its roots.”

Heading up the new steak house is Head Chef Chris Marshall. Chris found a passion for cooking whilst training in a Michelin listed restaurant in Kent 15 years ago and since then has gone on to work in AA's Welsh restaurant of the year and run kitchens all across the Alps.

Radleigh Acquired by Redrow

Bondholder Radleigh Homes has been acquired by Redrow PLC.

The deal will allow Redrow to expand its operations in the East Midlands, and establish a new division in the region.

The acquisition, and investment that will now follow, will lead to more homes being developed in the region – benefitting local customers, colleagues and businesses within the supply chain.

Radleigh Homes has been in operation for over two decades and completed around 200 new homes in 2016. The business has a pipeline of over 1,300 plots with planning and a further 1,200 plots controlled under options in its strategic land bank.

Radleigh Homes’ 70 employees will become part of a new Redrow Homes East Midlands division based out of the existing offices on Pride Park.

Redrow was founded by Chairman, Steve Morgan CBE, in 1974 and has now established itself as one of the country’s top housebuilders.

Peter Gadsby, Radleigh Homes, said, “I am delighted that Redrow have decided to acquire the business as they hold similar values to our own. I have personally known and done business with Steve Morgan CBE for many years and have identified Redrow as the perfect fit to take Radleigh on to the next stage.

“I would like to pay special tribute to the Radleigh team who have helped grow the business so successfully over the last 15 years. In particular, the skills and professionalism of our Joint Managing Directors, Tom Finnegan and Chris Neve, who will be remaining with the business to help deliver growth from Radleigh’s established strong position.

Peter also paid tribute to fellow Bondholders PKF Cooper Parry and Geldards, both of whom played a leading role in negotiating and delivering this landmark deal.



Clean Slate's Expansion

Bondholder Clean Slate, one of the Midlands’s largest independent commercial cleaning companies, has expanded with the acquisition of Trojan Commercial Cleaning East Anglia.

Clean Slate has been operating in the region for 60 years and has more than 230 staff working at a range of customer sites across the region from GP surgeries and schools to offices and factories.

By coming together, we will now be able to offer a seamless service across the Midlands and East Anglia.
— Mike Armitage, Managing Director

Trojan is a family-owned company which has been established since 1985 – employing 90 people with contracts across East Anglia.

Mike Armitage, Clean Slate Managing Director, said: “Having grown organically in recent years, we have been looking at further expansion through acquisition for some time.

“We were however keen to find a company with a similar pedigree and ethos in an area that would widen our geographical customer base.

“Both Clean Slate and Trojan are family-owned and share a particular expertise in the healthcare and education sectors.'

Bondholder Ignites Student Ambition

Bondholder The Business Ignition Group has teamed up with fellow bondholder the University of Derby to offer a work placement to student Joe Barlow, a 3rd year Marketing and Advertising student in the School of Business. 

The Business Ignition Group is a specialist consultancy, providing businesses with the strategy and support tools needed to operate more effectively and sustainably.

Philippa Bowen, owner and principal consultant at the Business Ignition Group, said “Over the years we have worked with the Business School, we have been impressed with the quality of their students, and are delighted that this opportunity has arisen. Joe is joining us to strengthen our Digital Strategy offering and we’re looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship”

Bev Crighton, Employee Engagement Lead at the University of Derby, said : “We are delighted that Joe is working with the Business Ignition Group, and are sure that he will gain very valuable experience that will support him in his final year and beyond. These opportunities for students are so very important to us, and really help local and national business see how brilliant our students are. “

Oviso's Year of Expansion

Bondholder Oviso Financial Services have started the new year on a positive note. Founded in 2000, Oviso equalled its best ever trading year in 2016.

The financial services company has recently opened its second branch in Belper. 

Matt Simpson, director and co-owner of Oviso, said: “Opening another branch felt like natural progression in order to maintain forward momentum.

"We have come a long way in our comparatively short history and expansion into Belper is just another fantastic opportunity to offer our award-winning personal and business services in a great location.

“Business leaders and entrepreneurs approach us every day to help them insure their most valuable assets, and this now includes themselves and their staff.

“Whilst building and content insurance and business loan protection are givens in today’s fast-paced, commercial world, keyman and tax efficient life insurance are proving equally important for a lot of our clients.

“Every business relies heavily on the personal contribution made by certain individuals and Derbyshire’s leading entrepreneurs spend a lot of time building their businesses. So it makes sense to not only reward key staff but also cover them against absenteeism due to accident and illness,” added Matt.

Oviso Financial Services also prides itself on helping self-employed individuals and business owners secure mortgages for their personal property needs. This sector of the business has more than doubled in the last 12 months and will remain a focus of growth for Oviso going forward.

intu's Leisurely Investment

New leisure facilities at Bondholder intu are set to open in the next few months. 

The shopping centre will play host to an indoor golf facility, and an American-themed bowling alley. 

Paradise Island Adventure Golf will allow players to choose from two 18-hole golf course, set amid a tropical Island.

We’re really excited to be undertaking such an ingenious project where we’re converting a deck of the multi-storey car park into further leisure facilities.

We believe these additions will perfectly complement Showcase Cinema de Lux and all our great stores and restaurants, to give even more reasons for people to visit intu Derby.
— intu Spokesperson

Craig Nichol, Marketing Manager at Paradise Island Adventure Golf, said: "We're really looking forward to introducing our indoor golf concept to Derby.

"Adventure Golf is fast becoming one of the most popular attractions on the UK leisure scene, and we're excited to open our sixth location in Derby."

Hollywood Bowl offers patrons an American-themed bowling experience, as well a Hollywood diner featuring gourmet burgers. 

Steve Burns, CEO at The Hollywood Bowl Group, said: "As the UK's largest bowling company, we're delighted to be opening a brand new centre in Derby.

"We are very excited to be bringing our new, state-of-the-art entertainment venue to Derby."

Growth for RDS

Bondholder RDS Global is set to create 10 new jobs, as part of its plans for expansion.

The IT firm has also doubled the number of cyber security audits it performs in the last few months, an area in which the firm specialise. 

Sean Price, director at RDS Global, said: “RDS Global are helping small businesses around the UK get cyber ready ahead of the new data protection laws which come into place in 2018.

“As part of the cyber audit process, RDS Global reviews not only hardware, software and network topologies but also the HR and legal policies in place within an organisation that support data protection and handling.

“Having provided cyber audits for small businesses, car dealerships, hotels and nursing homes – RDS Global continues to drive innovation forward in this sector and continues to grow the cyber security awareness around the UK.”

Rebrand for Deaf Alerter

Deaf Alerter has now rebranded to Alerter Group to reflect its expanding portfolio of products. 

The Bondholder company specialises in fire alarm systems for deaf people, and have recently began developing radio-based emergency refuge system along with other communications systems for dangerous workplace situations.

Steve Haseldine, Alerter Group chairman, said: "After three years of record breaking sales, the change of company name was a natural step as a result of the growth of our newer product ranges. 

"Whilst our market leading Deaf Alerter product is still very important to us, our Refuge Alerter system now accounts for nearly 50 per cent of new product sales.

"We are also using our in-house electronics and software development capabilities to expand into other product areas."

MAB's International Launch

Bondholder Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) has announced its plans to launch its first office in Australia.

A joint venture with leading Australian broker Mortgageport will form a new mortgage broking entity that will start trading this month as Mortgage Advice Bureau.

The Mortgage Advice Bureau operation in Australia will offer independent mortgage advice, with protection at the core of its proposition, as it is with the UK business model.

The venture will also see Mortgage Advice Bureau partner with Purplebricks in Australia as they have done in the UK. Purplebricks is a British online estate agent, founded in 2014.

Peter Brodnicki, Mortgage Advice Bureau Chief Executive, said: “This is yet another memorable milestone for MAB, albeit some 11,000 miles away!  Both MAB and Purplebricks carried out extensive research before entering this market, and we both saw a big opportunity to bring a very new and customer focused proposition to the Australian market.

"As with the UK, our model in Australia is all about the customer experience, and providing consumers with the choice of how they receive information, advice and transact.'



New Employer Academy for Derby College

A new Employer Academy, created for the travel and events sector, has been unveiled by Bondholder Derby College

Learners based at Derby College's Roundhouse campus, will be supported by Capita Travel and Events with expert lectures, special projects and work experience placements over the coming months.

April Hayhurst, Derby College’s Deputy Principal – Employer and Economic Affairs, said “The Travel and Tourism Academy at the Roundhouse operates very high standards.  They have excellent success rates and learners progress into a wide range of careers.

“The Academy will now really help to broaden the young people’s horizons and open their eyes to the wider career opportunities available in this growing industry.

“The work placements will particularly help them with their course work and develop their communication skills – showing them the attitudes and behaviour that is required in the workplace which is something that employers tell us that they want to see in their new recruits.

“This is the first Employer Academy which is focused on the travel and events industry and we look forward to further developing the relationship with this prestigious and successful company.”