Bowmer & Kirkland

Property winners announced

Several Bondholders were winners at last week’s East Midlands Property awards 2019, celebrating deals and developments over the past year.

The awards were announced last week at a prestigious event held at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, with Marketing Derby sponsoring the pre-dinner drinks reception.

Maya Yates, Inward Investment Executive for Marketing Derby said "It was a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful evening celebrating successes with the East Midlands property sector. Our Bondholders made us proud, winning in a number of categories, but a special mention goes to our former Chairman Mike Copestake for his incredibly well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award."

Bondholders amongst the winners on the night were:

Client Advisor of the Year
Winner: Smith Partnership, for their work on bringing together numerous funding sources, including their work on Derby Museums' new Museum of Making
Highly Commended: Gleeds

Agent of the Year
Winner: FHP

Construction Project of the Year
Winner: Waterside Campus, University of Northampton (Mace Group, Turner & Townsend, Moses Cameron Williams Architects, CPMG Architects, Bowmer+Kirkland, Kier, VolkerFitzpatrick, Vital Energi, Hydrock)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Mike Copestake, Freeths

Katie Delve from Marketing Derby adds "Congratulations to our Bondholders who won awards this year. This event recognises the talent in the East Midlands property sector and is always a fantastic opportunity to celebrate some of the highlights of the year.”


Bondholders’ Angel support


The Derby business community has joined forces to support the Knife Angel and spread the message 'Don’t Carry Knives'.

The Knife Angel will be in situ outside Bondholder Derby Cathedral from 3rd to 30th October, and all are encouraged to visit the monument to appreciate the message it carries.

Derby Cathedral is encouraging everyone to share their photographs and message of support on social media using the hashtag #DERBYKNIFEANGEL. You can also follow Derby Knife Angel on Facebook and Twitter

The following Bondholder companies are just a sample of those who have come together to support the Knife Angel’s message of intolerance to violent crime.

G Wathalls and Sons
Bowmer & Kirkland
Work Wallet
Derby Cathedral
Derbyshire Police
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Derby City Council
Mercia Image
Smith Partnership
Ask The Chameleon
Loates HR
Marketing Derby

Rachel Morris, Diocesan Secretary & Cathedral Chapter Steward at Derby Cathedral, would like to extend her thanks to everyone who has supported the Knife Angel to date.


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


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!


E4E awards night

Enterprise for Education (E4E) - the partnership between Bondholder Derby City Council and local businesses which works to inspire young people to aim higher and achieve more - is holding its first awards event.

The partnership brings employers into city schools to provide inspiration and share real-world careers experience through personal mentoring, mock interviews, career search support, careers events and industry visits.

The first awards event, organised by Derby City Council and sponsored by Copemann Ashby and fellow Bondholder Rolls-Royce will be held at Bondholder the University of Derby's Law Faculty on Tuesday July 2 starting at 4.45pm and finishing at 7pm.

The keynote speaker will be Stuart Garner of Bondholder Norton Motorcycles and awards will be presented by representatives from businesses who have sponsored each category.

E4E Chair Mike Copestake said "Having established excellent relationships with both employers and schools through a number of activities organised by E4E, we were keen to showcase the positive impact that local business people are having on the lives of young people."

“This first awards event will therefore bring everyone together to celebrate the achievements of young people, schools and volunteers who have both supported and benefited from the innovative E4E programme.”

All city secondary schools have been invited to submit nominations for the awards which recognise young people’s engagement and achievements through the E4E programme.

Awards to be presented are:
- Aiming higher (sponsored by the Titan Trust)
- Young Achiever (sponsored by Bondholder Rolls-Royce)
- Good Citizen (sponsored by David Nieper)
- Young Improver (sponsored by Bondholder Bowmer + Kirkland)
- School of the Year (sponsored by Bondholder Freeths)
- Debating competition (sponsored by Derby Law Society)

There is also an award for the Volunteer of the Year from a local employer who has made a particularly outstanding contribution to E4E activities.

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The Knife Angel is coming

Derby has been chosen to be one of the cities across the country to host the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression - the 'Knife Angel'.

The spectacular 27ft sculpture, made from up to 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police amnesties across the country, will be based next to Bondholder Derby Cathedral for 28 days in October.

The Knife Angel is being brought to Derby by a group of agencies and organisations across the city, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

Other Bondholders who have offered their help and expertise include Bowmer and Kirkland, Mercia Image Ltd, Work Wallet and G Wathall and Son Ltd.

Created in collaboration with all 43 police forces, the Home Office, Anti-violence groups and hundreds of families who have been affected by knife crime, the monument is a symbol of the nation’s intolerance to violence and aggression. It was created by the British Ironwork Centre, by sculptor Alfie Bradley to highlight the impact knife crime has on people, families and communities.

Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture. One such relative is local woman, Rachel Webb. Rachel’s son, Tom, was 22-years-old when he was stabbed and killed in St Peter’s Street, Derby in 2016.

Rachel said: “I am thrilled to learn that the Knife Angel is coming to Derby. It’s an emotive thought-provoking monument, which is helping to educate and raise awareness of the increasing knife crime epidemic on Britain’s streets."

They are also keen for other volunteers to be involved in the project, particularly in being able to act as information marshals at the sculpture. Full training will be provided and anyone interested is urged to make contact.

If you are interested in volunteering or represent a group that would like to be interested in the programme of activities please contact the organising group on


Lifetime Achievement for Bowmer & Kirkland Director

Ralph Jones, Director of Bondholder Bowmer and Kirkland was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the East Midlands Property Dinner 2018

Ralph joined Bowmer & Kirkland, the successful privately owned construction and development group, in 1978 as a quantity surveyor and is a main board director. He has built up the group’s Peveril Securities division into a national developer, skilfully utilising the financial resources, development and construction expertise of the larger group.

Notable investments include 100-acre sites at Toton and Lily Street Farm, Alfreton, adjacent to the A38, which have both recently received consent for large mixed use schemes.

Ralph also set up Peveril Homes and built it into one of the East Midlands leading quality house builders.

On hearing about his award Ralph said “It is honour to have received this award.  I am fortunate to work with the family owned construction and property company Bowmer & Kirkland in an exciting and vibrant industry.”

Talking about Ralph's contribution John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said "Ralph has been a fantastic servant of regional property for sometime and has contributed so much to property development across the city, county and indeed the country."

More contracts for Morecrofts

Bondholder Morecrofts, Derby’s largest independent electrical engineering contractor has secured two high quality commercial schemes in the South East of the Country.

Electrical services at a 28,000 square foot office facility for Peri UK in Essex has been secured from B&K Building Services a division of fellow Bondholder Bowmer & Kirkland Group and Morecrofts have also just been appointed on a 68,000 square foot 3 storey office building on Foundation Park in Maidenhead by Volker Fitzpatrick.

Morecrofts who are based on Prime Enterprise Park in Derby operate Nationally with works predominately being carried out in the Midlands & South East of the country. The company was established in 2004 and is owned by local men Jared Mitchell & Nick Morecroft.

More local to home Morecrofts were responsible for all electrical works at Derby’s iHub the flagship building on Infinity Park as well as Sadler Bridge Studios and the Riverside Chambers in Derby City Centre. The company is also currently working on the large refurbishment and new build project at Bemrose School in Derby.

Other prestigious Regional projects include the “Advanced Manufacturing Building” at the University of Nottingham and the “Heart of the Campus” building at Nottingham Trent University.

Managing Director, Jared Mitchell commented that “we had a record turnover last year with some amazing projects completed regionally as well as Nationally and whilst things are certainly tougher this year its great to secure such high quality schemes from fantastic construction companies like B&KBS and also Volker’s, we have some further great opportunities in London and the Home Counties as well as a number of schemes closer to home and hope we can continue to grow and develop the business over the next few years”

Derby College celebrates 'Peak' performers

Bondholder Derby College has applauded the involvement of businesses and organisations at its annual Derby College Peak Awards, at the historic Roundhouse, to celebrate the achievements of students across the organisation.

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Derby College Peak Awards 2018.

A special award was presented to John Kirkland, chairman of Bondholder Bowmer & Kirkland, in Heage in recognition of his involvement of the College including the construction of major campuses such as the Roundhouse and for donating an annual bursary to young Construction students and apprentices.

Employer of the Year was presented to Bondholder FlowerWorld which is part of Morrisons and has an expanding floristry manufacturing plant in Derby.  The company has worked with Derby College to develop an innovative apprenticeship programme for current staff and new recruits and is committed to offering 20 apprenticeships every year for the foreseeable future.

One of the main prizes went to Apprentice of the Year Amber Nicholson (22) from Chaddesden who is an Engineering apprentice with AESSEAL in Derby - part of a global company specialising in mechanical seals and support systems.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino said: “The Peak Awards is the highlight of the College year and a wonderful opportunity to express our thanks to the local and regional business community.

“We are fortunate to have the support of more than three thousand employers who dedicate time, resource and passion to the advancement of our students.

“Many have been involved in the co-creation and co-delivery of our curriculum. This not only ensures that our students have the skills that are relevant to the changing needs of business and will be the talent pipeline for the local and regional economy.

“By providing enrichment and work placement opportunities, these employers are embedding the positive attitudes and attributes amongst our student body to help them make a positive contribution to the workplace from day one.”

Bondholder Gets Swimming Pool Contract

Bondholder Bowmer and Kirkland have been announced as the build contractor for the new swimming pool complex at Moorways.

Councillor Baggy Shanker, lead Cabinet Member for the Moorways project said: “Derbyshire construction firm Bowmer and Kirkland have been appointed as the council’s preferred build contractor, as we move towards the construction phase of this enormously exciting project. This means that detailed designs can now be drawn up, ensuring the new complex remains on course to open in 2020 as we pledged.

“As one of the largest construction businesses in the country, Bowmer and Kirkland were appointed by the Council. The Derbyshire-based firm have a track-record of delivering major leisure projects both for the public and private sectors, including a number of other pool facilities.

“The main 50 metre pool will feature two booms and moveable floors for maximum flexibility, meaning the pool can be easily divided into three separate 25 metre pools to accommodate casual users, club swimmers and teaching as required. With seating for over 400 spectators and a timing room, it will also be capable of hosting regional competitions.

“Meanwhile, the leisure pool will incorporate a play structure that includes slides, tipping buckets and water jets for families to enjoy together. What’s more, there’ll be both steam and sauna rooms on site, allowing visitors to relax and unwind.

“Alongside swimming space, there’ll be all the additional features you would expect from a modern leisure facility. These include a cafe, gym, fitness studios soft play and multi-use areas.

“This building will serve the city for a generation."

Bowmer & Kirkland Secure Government Work

Bondholder Bowmer and Kirkland has won a place on the government’s £8bn framework for the construction of new schools in England.

The framework replaces the existing procurement structure launched in November 2013 and comprises 22 lots split into values and regions across England.

Bowmer & Kirkland secured places on 12 of those lots, including a place on the biggest package – the high value south lot with a value of £2.6 billion.

The success means that Bowmer & Kirkland can bid for future work from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) which will continue to roll out its programme of new school buildings

John Kirkland, Bowmer and Kirkland Chairman, said: “This is great news for us all. To win a place on the second framework is testament to the hard work our teams have done on the first wave of schools.

“I am particularly pleased that Bowmer & Kirkland will continue to be involved in helping to improve the lives of school children across so many areas of the country.”

Bowmer & Kirkland Lands £44m Contract

Bondholder Bowmer & Kirkland has won the contract to build Loughborough University’s new student complex.

Bowmer and Kirkland bid £44m to build the 600-room development which is being built to secure Loughborough’s place as a centre for high-level athletics.

The scheme will be built on a site next to the existing High Performance Athletics Centre, and will include around 70 student athlete rooms and 40 elite athlete rooms.

The development, when fully operational will result in the creation of between 30 and 50 new jobs and is scheduled for completion by September 2019.

Bowmer and Kirkland Build on Profits

Revenues at Bondholder Bowmer and Kirkland have edged closer to the £1bn mark, as the company's pre-tax profits increase by £20m.

The company's turnover has increased by 10% from £848.2m to £931m.

John Kirkland, Chairman of Bowmer and Kirkland, said: ""We are pleased with the contribution our property joint ventures have made and are actively looking for more opportunities. We will also continue to seek out appropriate equity funding prospects.

"Our strong cash position provides a major advantage enabling us to provide equity funding to finance developments and to invest in joint venture arrangements when they arise."

New Appointments at DCFC

David Williams, Chairman of Bondholder Geldards, and John Kirkland, Chairman of Bondholder Bowmer & Kirkland will join former Rams star Roy McFarland as non-executive directors of fellow Bondholder Derby County Football Club.

The trio join Derby County owner and chairman Mel Morris, Chief Operating Officer John Vicars and Chief Financial Officer Stephen Pearce on the Board.

David Williams said: “I was privileged and honoured to receive the call from Mel Morris, asking if I would agree to become a director. I am acutely aware that with the privilege comes the responsibility of trying to help ensure that the club delivers the success its fans deserve.

"I know that Mel is determined to deliver stability after a time of turmoil and I am keen to help with that. Nothing is ever certain in sport, but as a long-term fan myself, I recognise that success – on and off the field – is the ingredient we are working for.”

John Kirkland said: “I have served Derby County in a number of roles before and when Mel approached me again, it was an easy decision for me to make. I realise the importance of the club to its supporters and the local community. I hope that my previous experience in serving the club will help. It is like no other business and I look forward to helping shape its development."

Mel Morris added: “These appointments complete our Board of Directors and provide us with a group rich in talent, knowledge, experience and love of the club.”

First class student resi

Collegiate AC continues to make progress on Derby’s newest student accommodation with a high-quality offer for University of Derby students, which makes a point of difference between itself and other accommodation on the market.

Roman House, on Friar Gate, in the city’s Cathedral Quarter has been developed by StudioUS, with construction carried out by Derbyshire-based Bowmer & Kirkland. The 72 studios and 54 'two-dios' have been designed to resemble smart city hotel rooms, with facilities including a private gym, cinema, seminar rooms, social hubs and concierge services.

Prices start at £120 per week per person for a 'two-dio' rising to £195 per week for the larger 'ultra studios' which are already sold out. The two-dio features a kitchen shared between two, with individual en suite bedrooms.

The accommodation is on track to be available for students from September 2016.