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


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.


Catch me if you can

Bondholder Air IT has strengthened its partnership with fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club to launch an under 16s catching competition.

Taking place across selected Vitality Blast home games in July and August, the competition aims to encourage local children to get involved with sport whilst fundraising for the important work of Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity.

Paul Judge, Marketing Director at Air IT, said: “As a long-standing sponsor of Derbyshire, we’re delighted to extend our association with the club. Nothing like this has ever been done before so we’re looking forward to shaking things up and seeing our Tech Tom and iTina mascots come to life for another action-packed season of cricket whilst raising vital funds for Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity.”

To compete in the catching competition, youngsters will need to grab one of ten golden tickets from an Air IT mascot during the first half of any Twenty20 home game between 26th July and 15th August. Contestants will then be tested on their catching skills during the match interval with one lucky winner set to receive a Derbyshire County Championship shirt.

Each winner and their family will be invited back to the Falcons vs Steelbacks game on Friday 23rd August – with a chance to compete again and win further prizes including an iPad, a coaching session with a 1st team player and overall glory as the U16’s catching competition champion.

Jimmy Drew, Commercial Manager at Derbyshire County Cricket Club said: “We’re really excited about the prospect of the catching competition that will run at the Pattonair County Ground this summer. It’s great working closely with two of our key partners on this initiative, Air IT and Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity."

The Vitality Blast season is due to commence on Thursday 18th July, with Derbyshire Falcons first appearance scheduled on Saturday 20th July vs Yorkshire Vikings at Queens Park, Chesterfield. The five qualifying rounds of the catching competition will take place during home games at The Pattonair County Ground on the following dates:

Falcons v Notts Outlaws – Friday 26th July
Falcons v Lancashire Lightning – Sunday 28th July
Falcons v Durham Jets – Friday 9th August
Falcons v Worcestershire Rapids – Tuesday 13th August
Falcons v Leicestershire Foxes – Thursday 15th August


Business Awards finalists announced

Bondholder East Midlands Chamber has announced the finalists for the Derbyshire Business Awards 2019 - we're pleased to see so many of our Bondholders are finalists.

The Derbyshire Business Awards bring together businesses from across the region and beyond to promote the outstanding work which Derbyshire businesses undertake every day.

The 2019 Derbyshire Business Awards Gala Dinner will take place on the 6th September at Pride Park Stadium.

There will be 13 awards presented across a range of categories, as well as the prestigious Business of the Year award. Winners of selected categories from the evening could go on to compete in the national British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) awards which take place in November.

Here is the list of Bondholder finalists:

Business Improvement Through Technology (make headers bold)
Bloc Digital
Bowmer and Kirkland

Community Impact Award
RDS Global
Purpose Media
Loates HR

Business Venue of the Year - New for 2019
The Derby Conference Centre
The Roundhouse

Commitment to People Development
Air IT
Talk Staff

Entrepreneur of the Year
Simon Rice – HSG UK
Amanda Strong – Mercia Image Print

Apprentice of the Year
Jess Frearson – Future proof Films
Autumn Parkinson - Sky Recruitment Solutions

Excellence in Customer Service
Air IT
Purpose Media

Small Business of the Year
Rhodes Wealth Management
Timms Solicitors

Manufacturer of the Year
Work Wallet

Good luck to all of the finalists!


Winning Businesses

The winners of the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019 have been announced at a prestigious event in Bondholder Derby College Group’s Roundhouse. Marketing Derby was a proud sponsor of the pre-dinner Champagne reception.

Now in its sixth year, the Awards, run in association with Bondholder Champions UK plc, celebrate the best of our local businesses and their successes.

So who won what?

Sponsored by Derby College

Winner: Ward

Runners-Up: Gin & Rum Festival, YMD Boon

Winner: Hackwood Farm

Sponsored by University of Derby
Runners-Up: BlocDigital, ThreeGuru

Winner: White Peak Distillery

Sponsored by Wheeldon
Runners-Up: Bear, Gin & Rum Festival

Winner: Amanda Strong (Mercia Image Print)

Sponsored by HUUB
Runners-Up: Steve Haseldine (Alerter Group), Leah McLaren (Hotpod Yoga), Robert Carlin (Superior Spas)

Winner: Smith Partnership

Sponsored by Cloud Central
Runners-Up: Rhodes Wealth Management, Sibbalds

Winner: Ward

Sponsored by Smith Partnership
Runners-Up: Air IT, Midland Lead

Winner: Stirland Paterson

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management
Runners-Up: EPM Composites, HL Plastics, TidyCo

Winner: Imperial Commercials

Sponsored by Apprenticeships by Impellum
Runners-Up: Derby Homes, HL Plastics

Winner: Cosy Direct

Sponsored by Lubrizol
Runners-Up: Gift Wellness, RDS Global

Winner: Headway

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership
Runners-Up: Derventio Housing Trust, Treetops Hospice Care

Winner: Silver X Logistics

Sponsored by Thomas International
Runners-Up: Midland Lead, Xpertise Recruitment

Winner: Bloc Digital

Sponsored by Derby City Council
Runners-Up: Busy Things, FutureProof Films

Winner: Oviso Financial Services

Sponsored by Aspirational Magazine
Runners-Up: Morley Hayes, Silver X Logistics

Winner: Tecquipment

Sponsored by DNS Limited
Runners-Up: Anchor & Crew, Smith Partnership

Winner: University of Derby

Sponsored by FurnitureCloud
Runners-Up: Derby College Group, Chameleon School of Construction

Winner: Xuper

Sponsored by Specsavers
Runners-Up: Gowercroft Joinery, Nowcomm

Bondholders in blue. We apologies if we've missed anyone. Congratulations all winners and finalists.


A Grand Opening for Air-IT

Bondholder Air-It, who provide managed ICT services to local businesses, have celebrated the grand opening of their new office. 

Established in 2005 by CEO, Todd McQuilkin, Air-IT relocated their main operations to Interchange 25 Business Park earlier this year after out-growing their previous home. In his opening speech, McQuilkin described the last 12 years as an “incredible journey” and commended present-day Managing Director, James Healey for his tireless passion to expand and drive the company forward since stepping into the role last year.

Healey commented: “I am very proud of how far Air-IT has come in the last 12 years. As well as consistent growth, we have enjoyed excellent levels of client retention.

“Ultimately, the decision to relocate to Interchange 25 Business Park has enabled us to provide a place where our team can thrive and feel at home so we can continue delivering excellent levels of service. It is also ideally located for us to carry on supporting our clients in Nottingham as well as expanding our presence into Derby and Leicester to fuel further growth.”

Since renamed as The Technology Hub, the building was also lit up from the outside by Bondholder Derby Quad’s TECH:SQUAD, who used projection mapping technology to create a visual light show fitting of the new occupants brand.

Additionally, following on from the success of their first Cyber Security Resilience and GDPR Readiness event last Autumn Air-IT are hosting a second free event at the home of Derbyshire County Cricket Club on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

Air-IT Expands

Bondholder Air-IT has added four new staff to its technical and back office teams.

Marie Talbot, an experienced remote support technician, has joined the company’s service desk team helping some of their 400 plus clients with a variety of IT support needs.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Talbot and Paige Smith occupy new roles as business executive and continuous improvement manager respectively. The duo bring a wealth of experience and skills on board to help drive improvements in operational processes and internal business systems. 

In a fourth appointment in as many months, Air-IT has also welcomed Mark Taylor who has joined the business as Finance Manager. With over 30 years in finance and previous industry experience including account management, his role will be key to developing ongoing commercial and financial strategies to support future growth.

James Healey, Managing Director, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new team members aboard. This is an exciting time for Air-IT as we look forward to our continued expansion and ongoing growth.”

Global Ranking for Air-IT

Bondholder Air-IT has been named as one of the world’s top managed service providers in the 10th annual edition of the prestigious MSPmentor50: Global edition for a third year running.

The IT company was listed as number 12 in the United Kingdom and recognised as the East Midlands number 1.

James Healey, Managing Director, said; 'This is fantastic international recognition of our status as a leading provider of Managed IT and Communication services for the region and beyond.

"And while we are pleased to be recognised on the world stage, our prime objective remains the same – to offer the highest levels of service to each and every one of our clients."