New Retail for Cathedral Quarter

Two new retail outlets have been confirmed to open in Sadler Gate later this year. Bodega Cantina will bring a taste of South American Cuisine to the streets of Derby, while Everyman Barbers will be a "manly home away from home".

Following a £150,000 investment, Bodega Cantina is set to open in March and will offer street food favourites, such as burritos, nachos and tacos, as well as a selection of Peruvian and Ecuadorian dishes. 

The restaurant will create 15 new jobs in the city.

Founder Matt Scriven said: "We are proudly independent and, while we have Bodega venues elsewhere, our ethos is all about making it right for the city. We're really excited to be opening our first restaurant in Derby. The city, and Sadler Gate in particular, has an exciting and emerging food scene and we hope to be a popular addition."

Bodega will be joined by a new barbers, with will serve ice-cold beers, with Playstations and Sky Sports for Patrons. 

Everyman Barbers will open in March, and was chosen to open in Derby following the Cathedral Quarter's recent success in the Great British High Street Awards.

When asked why they chose Derby, Managing director Noel Gilronan replied: "The Cathedral Quarter has just won a Great British High Street Award, so what better reason to open a shop in Derby than that? It's a fantastic area."

EMT propose £300m investment

A new report from Bondholder East Midlands Trains sets out £300m of proposals for faster and more frequent services between Derby and London, additional carriages for greater capacity, and improved Wi-Fi facilities.

The report East Midlands: A Railway for Growth was launched by East Midlands Trains Managing Director, Jake Kelly, at Bondholder Rail Forum East Midlands’ annual conference, held at Bondholder the iPro Stadium.  Whilst he described the plans as “ambitious”, he stressed the ongoing commitment of East Midlands Trains to investment in its rolling stock, people and services.  He said “If we are to build on the big progress made in recent years, we need to take action to ensure communities and the economy in the East Midlands benefit from further improvements and we don’t lose out to other regions.”

“We need to be loud and proud about the improvements that we would like to see and that our customers deserve.”

Jake Kelly, Managing Director, East Midlands Trains

The key priorities require approval by the Department for Transport and in attendance at the conference was the UK’s new rail minister, Paul Maynard, who said the Government would take on board the report’s recommendations and was already developing plans for the next East Midlands franchise due to start in 2018.

Sir John Peace, chairman of the Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect, helped launch the report at the conference, highlighting the importance of investment in transport infrastructure in the East Midlands to help the broader Midlands region realise its economic potential. He said “There is clearly a need now for more and faster trains for the East Midlands and the proposals contained in this report take a sensible and pragmatic approach to achieving that.”

A copy of the report can be found at

Cricket legend opens £2m Media Centre

West Indies and cricket legend Michael Holding was on hand to officially open the new £2 million OKI Business & Media Centre at The 3aaa County Ground at Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

The former fast bowler, who is now a popular member of Sky Sports' cricket commentary team, returned to the ground in which he enjoyed seven successful years at, between 1983 and 1989, claiming 224 first-class wickets.

Holding was joined by delegates from the companies who helped design and construct the new state-of-the-art facility, plus its new principal sponsors, OKI and representatives from Bondholder Derby City Council.

The new four-storey building incorporates two floors of office space as well as a state-of-the-art media floor which meet International Cricket Council and England & Wales Cricket Board media requirements. The first office tenant of which will be Bondholder Bell & Co.

On opening the new facility, Holding said: “It’s an honour to be asked to open this fantastic new facility here at The 3aaa County Ground. The Club continues to make great improvements around the ground. Anyone who played here in the 1980s like I did, would not recognise the ground today."

He concluded: “These developments around the ground are important. Nothing can happen without finances and as the ground’s facilities continue to get better, I’m sure that will lead to more sponsorship, more finances and an improved product on the field.”

Anyone who played here in the 1980s like I did, would not recognise the ground today. It’s a totally different ground and the improvements are for the better.
— Michael Holding

East Midlands Airport adds 50,000 seats

Bondholder East Midlands Airport will be offering 50,000 more seats this winter via airline will be offering a total of 175,000 seats between 30th October and 25th March to destinations such as the Canary Islands, Alicante and Faro.

The number of people across the Midlands jetting away for some much-needed winter sunshine means we are seeing spectacular growth.
— Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said: "This is by far our biggest winter programme to date. The number of people across the Midlands jetting away for some much-needed winter sunshine means we are seeing spectacular growth."

He continued: "It isn't just the sunshine that is driving growth, as our ski and city break destinations are on the up too. As a result we are adding two brand new winter routes, Grenoble and Salzburg."

Yvonne named Inspirational Woman in Business 2016

Derby’s self-proclaimed Print Evangelist, Yvonne Gorman, has recently won the accolade of Inspirational Woman in Business 2016 – Derby & Derbyshire at an event to celebrate International Women’s Day, hosted by Vox Feminarum.

Yvonne started Bondholder company Essential Print Services in 2011 in a male-dominated industry, amidst a recession. Her mission; to raise the standards of printed literature for small businesses.

The company has since created jobs and supported a number of charities including the Maria Hanson Foundation where Yvonne is also a Trustee.

Known as Derby's 'networking queen', Yvonne is passionate about growing Derby's economy through collaborations and referrals. She helps to run three non-profit groups including, Derby Hub and Hallmark Business Group.

Derby born and bred, Yvonne is one of twenty Small Business Saturday UK Champions and was the driving force behind 2015's event at the Council House. This same initiative secured her an invitation to Downing Street in 2013 where she represented her city’s small business community.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been recognised for the variety of work I do in the local business community. I never expected to ever win an award with the word, ‘inspirational’ in it – wow! If my work can inspire others along the way, it makes me more determined to continue with my plans.” commented Yvonne.

She added, "I'm feeling very proud to be a business woman in Derby. Never in a million years did I ever imagine running my own company, but since I took the plunge, also 5 years ago now, I've been able to achieve so much and there are tons of ideas I still want to fulfil. Having my own small business means I get the opportunity to meet and work with hundreds of awesome people. Its hard work but truly amazing."

3aaa launches national apprenticeship campaign

Bondholder 3aaa, an Ofsted grade 1 apprenticeship provider, has launched its newest campaign, IAM3AAA, which focuses on the lives and experiences of apprentices who have thrived in their roles.

A celebration of apprenticeships and the incredible opportunities they can bring, the campaign journeys through the professional and personal development of 3aaa apprentices and tells their stories. These apprentices, although significant in their own right, all have one thing in common. They represent what 3aaa stands for - they are 3aaa.

Each apprentice gets their own dedicated page telling their story from the beginning. It explores their personal passions, interests and ambitions which make them the people they are today. IAM3AAA celebrates real apprentices and encourages all young people to invest in their futures.

With National Apprenticeship Week fast approaching (14th - 18th March), 3aaa wish to continue this celebration of apprenticeships throughout all of its academies. Over the course of the week, the organisation will be giving away a number of prizes in a nationwide competition. To enter, simply attend one of 3aaa's Apprentice Insight Evenings, find out more at the IAM3AAA website.

OfficeCare takes lead role at Derby Theatre

Bondholder Derby Theatre is set for a long run after agreeing a three-year extension of its deal with fellow Bondholder cleaning company, OfficeCare.

OfficeCare has already cleaned the theatre for seven years, so the end of this extension will mark a decade in business together.

I am delighted that the Theatre has asked us to do an encore and continue keeping this prestigious set of Derby’s cultural life in tip top condition
— Martin Booth, Managing Director of OfficeCare

A team of staff have a starring role in keeping the premises smart, tidy and freshly clean for both staff and theatre-goers. Daily, they clean the auditorium, behind the main stage, the studio, actors' dressing rooms, box office, bistro and bar area. They usually do an extra job after matinee performances before the curtains go up again in the evening.

Martin Booth, Managing Director of OfficeCare, said: "I am delighted that the Theatre has asked us to do an encore and continue keeping this prestigious set of Derby's cultural life in tip top condition."

As part of the deal OfficeCare has given £12,000 in sponsorship to the theatre that allows it to take corporate guests to shows. 

Derby Theatre joins OfficeCare's portfolio of venues in the sport and leisure sector including Bondholders iPro Stadium, 3aaa County Ground and Déda.

Lonsdale picks up demand from Moorways

Bondholder Lonsdale Swimming & Sports Trust is stepping up its recruitment of swimming teachers to cope with the increased demand for school and public lessons with the impending closure of Moorways pool.

We are now at full capacity and our immediate priority is to recruit more swimming teachers to cope with the extra demand
— Ian Cotter, Chair of Lonsdale Trust

The charitable Trust owns Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover and also runs Gayton Pool in Littleover on behalf of Derby City Council. It is also hoping to replace Lonsdale Pool with a new £4 million facility as soon as another local 1.5 acre site can be secured.

The Trust currently employs 50 staff including 19 teachers who handle lessons for more than 1,400 children and adults a week at a wide variety of sessions at the two pools.

Ian Cotter, Chair of Lonsdale Trust, explained: "We have seen an increase in the number of parents contact using wanting their children to start swimming lessons or to transfer from Moorways. Consequently, we are now at full capacity and our immediate priority is to recruit more swimming teachers to cope with the extra demand."

For more information about lessons and teaching opportunities through Lonsdale Sports and Swimming Trust, please visit

Fashion workshop gets green light

Bondholder the University of Derby's plans to redevelop two industrial buildings near its Markeaton Street site into fashion and textile workshops have now been approved by Bondholder Derby City Council.

The £3m plan falls as part of the University's £100m investment which also includes its £12m science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) building and its £10.8m sports centre at its Kedleston Road campus.

The development comprises two unused two-storey warehouses, a commercial unit and a private yard. The two buildings will be refurbished and the isolated warehouse will be demolished.

A statement said that the University had worked with the council "in a positive and proactive manner".

Chamber to hold EU business briefings

Bondholder East Midlands Chamber has warned that politicians campaigning on both sides of the debate for the UK to remain in or leave the EU must keep it free from spin, rhetoric and misdirection.

East Midlands Chamber is politically neutral and won't be campaigning to stay or leave, but is keen to inform businesses of the facts with a series of business briefings, seminars and other events across the region.

Scott Knowles, President of East Midlands Chamber, said: "Chamber research does not reveal deeply-entrenched positions on either side of the EU debate, rather that businesses simply want more information and greater clarity on issues such as EU red tape and legislation, employment law and reforms to the Single Market for goods and services."

The referendum will feature as part of discussions at the Chamber's Members' Council on 27th April and at its President's Dinner on 21st April in Derby.

For more information please email

Derby Cathedal Quarter receives national recognition

Bondholder Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Association of Town and City Management National Awards 2016.

Bondholder Partnership for Better Business, which manages Derby Cathedral Quarter BID, entered the awards along with Brackmill's Industrial Estate and are the only BIDs in the East Midlands to be shortlisted for the ATCM awards.

Derby Cathedral Quarter BID is up against Kingston-upon-Thames and Colmore Business District in Birmingham for the title of BID of the Year.

Melanie Ferguson from Partnerships for Better Business explained: "The Cathedral Quarter BID has achieved a great deal in the past eight years. We felt the BID's achievements should be recognised and the ATCM awards is an important national platform to raise the profile of the area to both visitors and inward investors alike."

The Cathedral Quarter has built on its strengths to become a renowned destination in its own right. The area is synonymous with quality and diversity with a unique blend of independent and national businesses across a range of sectors situated within an attractive and historic area.

The Cathedral Quarter BID has achieved a great deal in the past eight years. We felt the BID’s achievements should be recognised
— Melanie Ferguson, Partnership for Better Business

Two new ventures at Denby

Two new ventures are opening shop at Bondholder Denby's Pottery Village - a brand new farm shop and an outdoor showroom from fellow Bondholder Geoff Cox Car Sales.

The new Farm Shop will stock high quality produce including artisan bread, fresh cream cakes, charcuterie, olives, wine, cheeses and the best cuts of British meats prepared by Walter Smith's skilled team of butchers.

There will also be regular seasonal recipes from the farm shop team and home economists plus daily cooking demonstrations for those looking to try something new.

In other news, fellow Bondholder Geoff Cox Car Sales has rented space at Denby's Outlet Shop carpark and has opened an outdoor showroom which showcases 40 vehicles ranging from £10,000 to £100,000 top-of-the-range motorhomes.

Neil Cox, Managing Director of the firm, said: "We are taking the motorhomes and caravans to the shoppers. The venue is a busy retail centre, particularly at weekends and holidays."

Sales staff are on hand to show off different vehicles and their various features - some of which are considered luxury or state-of-the-art items.

Barburrito to join intu Derby

Barburrito - a company backed up by the British Growth Fund - plans to expand into Bondholder intu Derby as part of its ambitious expansion drive.

We are delighted with the recent launch and thrilled to secure our 21st site, with the announcement of two new fantastic locations in one week
— Morgan Davies, Chief Executive of Barburrito

The Mexican-style fast food restaurant chain focuses primarily of delicious burritos and burrito bowls (the filling of the burrito minus wrap). It also offers tacos and nachos covered in cheese sauce with ingredients that are made on-site, with six deliveries to each store per week.

The business new operates 13 sites in total after recently opening up shop in Hammersmith Broadway shopping centre last week. An additional branch at intu Metrocentre Gateshead will follow at the end of March.

Morgan Davies, Chief Executive of Barburrito, commented: "We are delighted with the recent launch and thrilled to secure our 21st site, with the announcement of two new fantastic locations in one week. We launched as the UK's first burrito bar and are working hard to ensure that we are the number on burrito brand in the UK."

The firm also acquired five Pinto Mexican Kitchen restaurants in Scotland which will see Barburrito rebranding rolled our before summer.

£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

Derby Digital launches business awards

Harriet Taylor (middle) presenting the Caralot team with their Derby Digital Business of the Month award

Derby Digital - the brainchild of Bondholder iBox Creative - has launched the first of its Business of the Month Awards.

The Awards are held each month where four local companies are put forward as nominations. Each of the nominees then use social media to try and gather the most votes. The winner is announced at the end of the month and receives a certificate, lots of social media coverage, blog posts and more.

A huge 363 votes were cast for the first award which took place last month and the winner, Spondon-based used car dealership Caralot, beat competition from other nominees including University of Derby graduate The Advert Man, The Kitchen Derby and Young Ideas Fashion.

Harriet Taylor, Digital Marketing Manager at iBox Creative, commented: "The awards are fantastic. We are creating a real buzz within the business community in Derby. There are so many businesses of all sizes who deserve recognition. The awards is a way for us to give back to Derby businesses and help them engage with the public who follow them. Derby is a city that needs to be celebrated and the core strength of the city is its businesses."

Derby Digital is always looking for new businesses to enter. For more information visit Derby Digital's website.

Derby is a city that needs to be celebrated and the core strength of the city is its businesses
— Harriet Taylor, Digital Marketing Manager at iBox Creative

Radleigh Homes links up with DCFC

Bondholder Derby County Football Club has welcomed fellow Bondholder Radleigh Homes onboard as a new club partner.

This partnership will allow Radleigh Homes to advertise its brand on both internal and external assets at the iPro Stadium, as well as on social media.

With more than three decades of housebuilding experience in the East Midlands, Radleigh Homes has established itself a reputation for combining stunning design with highly sought-after locations to create vibrant and exciting communities.

Sam Rush, President and Chief Executive of DCFC, said: "Radleigh Homes has an excellent reputation in their industry - and across the East Midlands - so we are delighted to be welcoming them on board as a partner."

Chris Neve, Joint Managing Director of Radleigh Homes, added: "We're delighted to be embarking on this new partnership with Derby County. Being associated with such a strong brand will reinforce our position as one of the region's leading housebuilders."

Radleigh Homes has an excellent reputation in their industry - and across the East Midlands - so we are delighted to be welcoming them on board as a partner
— Sam Rush, President and Chief Executive of Derby County Football Club

New investors at Turning Point Business Angels

Turning Point Business Angels (TPBA) has had an influx of new investors come on board for 2016 including Mike Copestake, Partner at Bondholder Freeths; Steve Drury of Technolog; Simon Woods, Managing Director of TecQuipment; and Stuart Garner of Norton Motorcycles.

TPBA comprises investors primarily from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire but extends further and operates with a core group of investors as well as associates. Associates are not included in day-to-day screening and diligence but invest alongside the core group of investors.

The investment portfolio so far includes Bondholder HUUB Design as well as BPR Medical, Peopletoo and Honest Brew.

The group looks to provide funding up to £1,000,000 and is keen to hear from businesses with ambitions and opportunities for growth. Investors are not sector-specific but at least one investor having expertise is preferred.

For more information, please contact Tom Mawhood by:

  • calling 07710 083283 or (0115) 9 866 890
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  • Skype calling tom.mawhood64
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Freeths looks forward after record year

Bondholder Freeths is looking ahead after a record year where over 100 deals were completed by its corporate department.

Last month is a proof that the year has gotten off to a strong start with six completed deals including advising Leumi ABL on the loan funding to support the purchase of Laidlaw Architectural Ironmongery and Balustrading solutions. Another deal in January was advising Adestra Limited in relation to an investment made by the Business Growth Fund.

The increased levels of deals completed by our private equity team in 2015 was a real success story and we look forward to this continuing in 2016
— Lee Clifford, National Head of Private Equity at Freeths

Lee Clifford, National Head of Private Equity, said: "The increased levels of deals completed by our private equity team in 2015 was a real success story and we look forward to this continuing in 2016. Funders have a strong appetite to invest in quality businesses and we go into 2016 with the market remaining very competitive."

Karl Jansen, National Head of Corporate, said: "We are very proud of what was a record year in 2015, and which is reflected in the Experian rankings. It is testament to not only the positive M&A market, but also to the hard work and growing reputation of our corporate team. It is also reflective of the strong year that the Freeths business has had generally. We plan to capitalise on the success of 2015 and use this momentum to make 2016 even more successful."

In the year-end league tables by Experian, Freeths ranked 17th in the UK and in the Top 10 Firms in the Midlands.

Carrie steps up at BSP

Bondholder BSP Consulting - award-winning civil and structural engineering firm - has appointed Carrie Booth as its new Business Development Coodinator.

Carrie’s commitment to business development has shone through
— Carrie Booth, Business Development Coodinator at BSP Consulting

Carrie originally joined the firm back in 2004 as an administration assistant but then progressed throughout the years to accounts assistant and then office manager. Carrie begins her new role this month where she'll be supporting business development across the company's four offices in the region.

Jef Todd, Business Development Director, commented: "Carrie's commitment to business development has shone through and we are delighted to now have her as a full-time member of the business development team, at a time when BSP is growing."

Carrie is a member of Women in Construction and also attends various business events including those held by Marketing Derby.

Carrie said: "I'm really looking forward to building on business development opportunities for BSP and supporting the company's expansion plans across the Midlands and the UK."

BSP Consulting is an award-winning business and operates in all major sectors including health, education, residential, leisure, retail, rail and industrial.

Civic award for £10.8m sports centre

Bondholder Derby Civic Society has awarded the University of Derby for the construction of its £10.8 million sports centre.

The £10.8m development was up against stiff competition for the Brighter City of Derby award including the iHub at Infinity Park, Markeaton Street Cottages, Full Street hotel and flats, and Castleward phase one.

The impressive sports complex includes:

  • eight badminton courts;
  • sports hall;
  • 70-station fitness suite;
  • dedicated fitness studio;
  • two squash courts;
  • climbing wall;
  • indoor spring track; and strength and conditioning suite.

Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director at the University of Derby, said: "I'm thrilled that the Derby Civic Society has selected the sports centre for this prestigious award, recognising that, as a university, we are serious about sport and it is going from strength to strength."