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Bondholders support Leigh Timmis world record attempt

Derby cyclist and adventurer Leigh Timmis has secured sponsorship for his world record cycle ride across Europe from fellow Bondholders Ace Sameday Couriers and Mount Cook Adventure Centre.

Ace Sameday Couriers has stepped forward to support Leigh as the headline sponsor for the challenge.

Leigh said: "It is amazing to have the guys on board as the headline sponsor and I am really looking forward to working with them not just on this project, but into the future.
"The fact that it is a courier firm that has come forward is brilliant as in effect I am going from one place to the other as quickly as possible just like these guys do everyday."

Chris Scothern, business development director for Ace Sameday Couriers, said: "We are really excited to be part of Leigh's challenge, it is going to be really interesting following his progress as he makes his way across Europe.

"We think it is an incredible challenge to take on and we want to support him in any way we can as he is doing it for Derby and Derbyshire.

"The cause he has chosen is something that is very important as well, there needs to be more awareness about mental health and the impact it has on people and we want to get behind it as much as we can."

Leigh, from Oakwood, will set off from the coast of Portugal and aims to cycle 4,000 miles – twice the distance of the Tour de France – in less than 20 days, smashing the current record by at least nine days when he arrives in the Russian city of Ufa.  During the journey he will cross nine countries, the Pyrenees, the foothills of the Alps and the Russian Steppe. 

Bondholder Mount Cook Adventure Centre, a Derbyshire-based not-for-profit dedicated to providing access to the outdoors for all, will also be sponsoring Leigh in his attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

Mount Cook’s joint founder and director, Colin Adams, said: “Here at Mount Cook, we share Leigh’s passion and dedication to push the boundaries of human achievement. That is why we have decided to sponsor him in his attempt to break this ultra-endurance cycling record. We hope that Leigh’s record attempt will inspire and excite the young people who visit Mount Cook, and will prove that with enough determination and motivation, anything is possible.”

Leigh said: "I'm delighted to be partnering with Mount Cook and I look forward to a strong record attempt with their support. Mount Cook's aim of providing opportunities to outdoor activities for young people is inspirational and I hope that this World Record will encourage more young people to challenge themselves and to lead physically and mentally healthier lives."

Leigh is also raising funds for the mental health charity MQ, as the roots for his remarkable cycling feats – including spending seven years cycling around the world – lie in the depression he suffered as a younger man.

Leigh has also been supported by Derby businesses Bondholders HUUB and Archer Hampson, Prima Velo, Accrofab and Bondholder The University of Derby Human Performance Unit.

To learn more about Leigh’s amazing world record attempt and to get involved email him at or visit his crowdfunding campaign page at

Bondholder Maps Scottish Capital

Bondholder Archer Hampson, is celebrating the launch of a new website that’s already making travel to Edinburgh easier for thousands of tourists visiting the city.

Developed for Edinburgh Trams, promotes and sells a special ticket aimed at tourists travelling between Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh city centre. As well as value-for-money return tram travel, the ticket also provides a range of discounts at top attractions across Scotland’s capital.

Archer Hampson built the Edinburgh Ticket website to feature a simple-to-use pay and print-at-home function, enabling tourists to purchase tickets for tram travel in advance of their trip to Edinburgh. The site also includes other key information including maps and tram timetables.

Jack Williams, Creative Director at Archer Hampson, said: “This was a major project that had to be completed in a tight timeframe with numerous factors to take into consideration including web development, e-commerce and SEO.  

“We’re delighted to see, only days after its official launch, that the site is already attracting thousands of customers and generating big additional ticket sales for one of our key clients.

“We’ve formed a creative and rewarding relationship with Edinburgh Trams, delivering a number of customer facing campaigns over the past year. We also have a number of exciting and innovative projects we’re working on with Edinburgh Trams, and we look forward to announcing the launch of those in the next few months.”  

Lea Harrison, Managing Director of Edinburgh Trams, added: “The Edinburgh Ticket website makes it easy for those visiting Edinburgh to book their travel and print out their ticket at home, allowing them to plan ahead and make the most of their time in the city.

“From technical know-how to project management the team at Archer Hampson provided us with the invaluable expertise needed to launch this website. We look forward to continuing our work with them on many more projects going forward.”

Book Festival opens 2nd chapter

Following on from the success of last year’s festival, plans are already underway for the second annual Derby Book Festival.

The festival will be hosted in a number of venues across the city, from the 3rd to the 11th June.

A major reason for the resounding success of the Festival is due to the wonderful partnership between all the arts and cultural organisations in the city and the huge generosity of local businesses
— Liz Fothergill, Chair of Derby Book Festival

The Derby Book Festival celebrates the joy of books and the pleasure and power of reading. It aims to inspire a new generation of readers with an exciting educational programme. Last year’s festival highlights included Michael Morpurgo, David Nicholls, Sarah Waters, Katie Fforde, Simon Armitage, Penelope Lively and managing director of Waterstones, James Daunt.

A number of Bondholder companies played a key role in organising the event, including Derby City Council, Codemakers, Connect, Archer Hampson, Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, Dains, Déda, Derby Telegraph, Derby College, Derby LIVE, Derby Museums, Derby Theatre, Foundation Derbyshire, QUAD, Status Social, University of Derby, WDA Branding, as well as Marketing Derby.

Liz Fothergill, Chair of Derby Book Festival, said: “A major reason for the resounding success of the Festival is due to the wonderful partnership between all the arts and cultural organisations in the city and the huge generosity of local businesses.  Their support was crucial and has helped us to successfully secure funding from Arts Council England.  We look forward to working with them all again to make the second Festival even better.”

Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and musician John Sampson will open this year’s festival on Friday 3rd June, at Bondholder Derby Cathedral.

To celebrate the launch of the festival, organisers have launched a flash fiction competition. The challenge is to write 50 word story around the theme of secrets.

To enter the competition, or to find out more information about the festival, please visit