Cathedral Quarter

The future city

A panel discussed how cities like Derby can develop in the future, highlighting the importance of people, partnership working and the spaces in between buildings.

The panel comprised: Bart Somers, Mayor of Belgian city Mechelen; Yolande Barnes of UCL's Bartlett Real Estate Institute; John Forkin, Managing Director, Marketing Derby; Fraser Cunningham, Partner, Smith Partnershp; and Paul Clarke, Chief Planning Officer at Derby City Council.

Talking about some of the challenges in developing a city, John Forkin told delegates "Initially you need to seek investors that are market making, people that understand the metrics that drive a city like Derby. For us, that comes back to the people - using the strong local profile to create confidence that the opportunity is here."


Bart Somers said "Investors and developers follow the market. If you want to progress your city you have to build the market and it’s not always easy to do. You have to work with developers to get the resolution. You must progress and create a biosphere of people that share that vision and drive it forward."

Paul Clarke, Chief Planning Officer at Derby City Council said that the city's planners shared the vision for the improvement of the city, and that they welcomed developers working with them at pre-app stage before submitting a formal application.

John Forkin said "Public-private partnerships are a way of getting things done and Derby has a great track record in this respect." As a member of Derby's Cathedral Quarter BID board, Fraser Cunningham of Smith Partnership spoke about the success of the BID in harnessing the support of local businesses for the development of the Quarter - he gave examples of the new Museum of Making and the Derby Ram Trail in 2020 as catalysts for Derby's visitor economy.

Yolande Barnes said that the key is investing in flexible, changing, multi-use buildings "as we have no idea how we are going to be using buildings in ten years time, let alone 50 and the lifespan of a building and a city is so much more than that."

She went on to explain "There isn’t a tension between whether you are a market town or a city, the key to both is the people - the communities they make, the space they can interact in and the ways they can do that. Everything is interlinked and we need to be so much cleverer to make a city successful in the future - we need to think about the spaces between the buildings and the relationships formed there."

Looking at what the city of the future might look like, the panel agreed that a few small interventions can have a significant impact - trees, lighting, water etc. Bart Somers said he was optimistic, "I think it will be a much more pleasant place to be. It’s a place you don’t need a car; a city of a thousand villages. It will be a much more shared environment, gardens will be public places where people can have a BBQ and meet people. People will co-work. Greenery changes the environment immediately. That’s how you make people want to be there, live there, work there."

Yolande said "A city of the future has to be everything and so much more - things that haven’t even been conceived yet. The fabric of the city has to be able to adapt and evolve accordingly."

Purple Flag win

Derby has retained its Purple Flag status for a sixth year and been awarded Best in Place 2019 at the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) Awards.

The Purple Flag accreditation recognises the hard work that goes on to manage the evening and night-time economy to make Derby as safe and welcoming as possible.

Bondholder Derby City Council works in partnership with other organisations to showcase the city to a panel of assessors.

Leader of Derby City Council, Chris Poulter said "Our continued retention of the accreditation and a national award is a true testament to the immense amount of hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep our night time economy, safe and thriving.”

Amongst the aspects praised by assessors was the strong joint working between the Council and partners including the taxi marshal service, Pubwatch, Street Pastors and Bondholder Derbyshire Constabulary, as well as the help and support of Bondholders the Cathedral Quarter and St. Peter’s Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group, which drives forward activities under the area’s Business Improvement District (BID) status said "Retaining Purple Flag status is something that our businesses and indeed the whole of Derby should quite rightly be proud of as it reflects the safe and diverse nature of the evening economy in the city centre.”

Helen Wathall, who chairs the Board of St Peters Quarter BID, added "St Peters Quarter has worked closely with Derbyshire Police and other key partners to improve the attractiveness of the area and to ensure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable evening out in the city. These were both crucial aspects in helping secure Purple Flag status for Derby and we are delighted with the announcement."

There are now ca. 70 Purple Flag towns and cities, with those in receipt of the award benefitting from more visitors, lower crime and anti-social behaviour and improved perceptions about their place.

Derby also received the national award for ‘Best Place’, further recognising the work of the partnership in providing a safe and enjoyable night out in the city.


Bennetts sale announced

The Joint Administrators of the iconic Bennetts store in the Cathedral Quarter have announced that the sale of the Bennetts name and all assets in the Derby store to London Sole Limited, has been completed.

London Sole is part of a group of companies owned by Charles James Associates whose other business interests include French Sole Ltd, the well-known British shoe brand.

Paul Mallatratt, Joint Administrator, said “We are very pleased to have achieved a sale of the business in such challenging economic conditions and to be able to handover the business to new long-term owners, who wish to ensure the iconic Bennetts brand continues to have a strong presence on Irongate."

David Howick, director of London Sole, said “We are delighted to take ownership of the iconic Bennetts store in Irongate and are proud to have acquired the store with its wealth of history and tradition. We are keen to revive and develop the store while ensuring everything that is loved about
the Bennetts brand remains intact.”

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£1m Generation

Bondholder Status Social are celebrating after they and their clients generated more than a million pounds through social media.

The company, which is based in Bondholder the Cathedral Quarter, is also marking its birthday - seven years ago it became one of the UK’s first specialist social media agencies.

Through Status Social’s training and management of social media accounts, its clients have generated sales from companies such as Jaguar Landrover, RyanAir and TK Maxx.

Mark said the hunger for social media support has accelerated towards the end of 2017.

“We had a record-breaking December and January and have already beaten our all-time February and March sales total. We expect the trend to continue in 2018 and are looking to increase the size of our team.

“It’s great to reach the million pounds mark but it could be much more than that since some of the results of social media marketing, particularly sales generated through brand awareness, are difficult to quantify.”

Status Social’s own social media content is seen more than a million times a year and generates a steady stream of leads. The agency has worked with companies such as Vision Express, Booker, Close Brothers and Marriott Hotels.

Getting an Incite into Derby's Success

Innes England’s annual Market Insite report has revealed that industrial rents in Derby have grown by 26% in the last five years, alongside significant deals in the retail sector.

The report, which monitors trends in the East Midlands property market, highlighted a strong industrial market with Goodman and Ivygrove Developments leading the way.

Nick Hosking, director at Innes England, said, “The industrial sector performed well in 2017 with take-up echoing the previous year. Given the strength of Derby’s manufacturing base we expect to see the industrial sector perform well again this year.”

Innes England, sponsors of Team Derby at MIPIM, also analysed the retail market, noting the success of Intu Derby, whilst the Cathedral Quarter saw lettings to Jack Wills, Bar Soba and Bunk.

The largest deal, billed as the biggest in the city since the opening of Intu Derby, was the letting of 22,000 sq ft in the St Peter’s Quarter to TK Maxx. 

The American retail giant has announced the store will open on Thursday 22nd February and is expected to drive footfall and further lettings to the area. Derby City Council is offering support to the regeneration of the St Peter’s Quarter, with public realm works across the area, including a Walk of Fame, celebrating noteworthy achievements of some of Derby’s most deserving residents.

Marketing Derby Launches MDTV

A new media platform, MDTV, was launched at Marketing Derby’s Annual Business Event held at Bondholder Derby Theatre in front of 500 delegates on Friday.

Three news reports outlined the company’s activities in attracting jobs and investment in the retail, residential and technology sectors.

The company’s MD, John Forkin, also outlined a series of investments that are imminent, including the arrival of retail giant TK Maxx in the St Peters Quarter and new student residential schemes in the Cathedral Quarter, as well as many other schemes in the pipeline.

“We have the profile, we have the investors, now as a city we need to deliver. We are at a tipping point in investment” commented John.

Describing the company’s Bondholders as ‘magnificent’ John also announced new starter Code 56 as the Bondholder Rising Star for 2018 and committed the company to continued working with partners across the Midlands Engine.

The ABE also had keynote speeches from David Boutcher, Chair of the London Chapter of Derby Ambassadors and adventurer Leigh Timmis, who announced a new World Record attempt cycling across Europe this summer.

New Bar Set for Cathedral Quarter

New Bondholder Bar Soba is set to open a multi-level bar, restaurant and late-night venue at the Old Post Office in the Cathedral Quarter.

Bar Soba is the brain child of Glasgow born entrepreneur Brad Stevens, who is transforming the iconic building in order to create purpose-built cocktail bars, with spacious dining areas and striking private spaces for a variety of events. 

A spokesperson for Bar Soba said Derby is a perfect fit for the brand: “You’ve got a good student population. I’m not saying we’re a student bar but students seem to like what we do. You’ve got good employment with the likes of Rolls-Royce and Toyota, etc.

“And also there’s a few things happening in the city. There’s the development across the road – the Debenhams building – and the square that’s behind it.

“We do our homework. We find out who else is there. Good neighbours for us normally would be people like Turtle Bay and Revolution. The fact they’re right by the building we’re moving into made it an attractive site as well."

Cathedral Quarter BID Renewed

Businesses in Derby Cathedral Quarter have voted to renew the area’s status as a Business Improvement District (BID).

The new BID will officially launch on March 1 2018 with a budget for the five year programme of £1.5 million – made up of the levy payments and supplemented by voluntary, private and public sector contributions.

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter BID Board and Management Group said: “We are delighted that businesses have recognised that this five-year business plan is crucial to continue the success of the BID which culminated in us winning National BID of the Year and the best city location in the Great British High Street Awards last year.

"Businesses in the Cathedral Quarter have engaged enthusiastically in the consultation and planning for the next five years and we are grateful for the time that individuals have devoted – particularly to our project management company Partnerships for Better Business Ltd (pfbb uk) who have led this process.

"Having achieved a great deal over the past ten years to reverse the fortunes of the Cathedral Quarter following the opening of Westfield and a period of recession, business confidence for the future in the Cathedral Quarter BID is strong and this plan provides us with a clear direction and a new exciting era for this individual, diverse and inspiring part of the city centre.”

Thousands Flock to see Poppies

More than 82,000 people have visited the Weeping Window display at Derby Silk Mill, during its first two weeks.

The Weeping Window ceramic poppies are part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red display, by Bondholder Paul Cummins, which was originally on display at the Tower of London. 

The display has attracted visitors from around the globe, with visitors travelling from New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and the USA.

The display has also helped increase footfall in the city centre. 

Martin Langsdale, chair of Bondholder Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, said: "We are delighted that the poppies are located within the Cathedral Quarter and in particular on such an iconic building as the Silk Mill. The installation looks fantastic and the feedback we have received from businesses and visitors alike has been very positive."

he exhibition, created by Bondholder Paul Cummins Ceramics, was brought to the city following a bid from Derby City Council, Marketing Derby, Derby Museums Trust, Derby Quad, Derby Live and Pauline Latham MP.  

Derby Festé Announces Dates

Derby Festé has been a highlight in the city’s calendar for the past 11 years and this year’s festival will be held on Friday September 29 and Saturday September 30 with the theme of fusing Western and Eastern cultures in the most spectacular fashion.

Regular visitors to Festé will have noticed that the festival is slightly later this year and this is to enable it to coincide with the climax of the Navratri Festival.

The nine-day Hindu festival, which is celebrated across the world, finishes on Friday September 29 and is even more significant this year as it coincides with the 70th anniversary celebrations of India’s independence.

Derby Festé will open on Friday night at Bass’ Recreation Ground which will be transformed into ‘Circus World’ from late afternoon.

Saturday will see the return of the popular free programme of street entertainment across the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter with dance, street theatre, comedy and contemporary circus acts performing throughout the day at various locations.

Then late afternoon, the focus will be on South Asian style cultural celebrations and the crowds will gather for the ‘Colour of Time’ procession.

Dancers and musicians will move through the city centre in a choreographed parade towards Cathedral Green with the audience invited to join the finale - painting the sky with an explosion of Gulal powder.

The Night Market, organised by Sheena Holland was a popular addition to the Festé calendar last year and will again feature a wide range of arts, crafts and vintage stalls as well as food and drink stalls.

Derby Festé 2017 is produced and presented by Bondholders Derby LIVE, Déda, QUAD and Derby Theatre in association with the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, Artcore and Baby People. It is funded by Arts Council England and  Bondholders Derby City Council, with sponsorship from the Cathedral Quarter BID, intu Derby, Derby Riverlights, Park Farm Shopping Centre and the University of Derby.

Businesses Back St Peters Quarter BID

Businesses in Derby’s St Peters Quarter have voted to re-establish the area as a Business Improvement District (BID).

The ballot saw 67.4% of rateable value votes backing the return of the BID.  

St Peters Quarter BID will commence operations on April 1 with a budget of £1 million over its five year term to assist in the achievement of its key objectives:

  • To provide a safe and inviting environment for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy;

  • To make the area smart and attractive;

  • To create an enjoyable and easily accessible place to explore for visitors, workers and residents;

  • To celebrate and promote the area and build the reputation of St Peters Quarter as a great place to shop, relax and be entertained.

St Peters Quarter Board Chair Helen Wathall is Managing Director of Bondholder G Wathall & Son. She said: "We now have the mandate to work together as businesses and with our partners to tackle the issues that we in St Peters Quarter and visitors to the area all face.

“Businesses have engaged enthusiastically in the consultation and planning for the next five years and we are grateful for the time that individuals have devoted and particularly to our project management company Partnerships for Better Business who have coordinated this process.

“Business confidence for the future in the St Peters Quarter BID is strong and this plan provides us with a clear direction and a new exciting era for this important part of the city centre.”

Ian Ferguson, Director of Bondholder Partnerships for Better Business (pfbb UK), said: “BIDs are the fastest growing partnership framework we have seen for decades in the UK and the success of the neighbouring Cathedral Quarter shows just what can be achieved."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "We are delighted that businesses have backed the St Peters Quarter BID. We work with many investors who want to be part of developing that area - better connecting the Cathedral Quarter and intu Derby."

St Peters Quarter Vote Again

The re-ballot for the St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has officially been unveiled by Bondholder Partnerships for Better Business (pfbb UK).

Since the decision was made to re-ballot businesses for the BID following the 50/50 split vote last summer, a strategic working group involving local business representatives has reviewed plans to breathe new life into the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and intu Derby shopping centre. 

The ballot will close on Thursday February 23 at 5pm and the results announced the following day. If successful, the new five-year BID will start on Saturday April 1.

The key objectives of the BID will be funded by a budget of around £1 million paid for by a levy from businesses

Four objectives have been outlined in the plan, which were highlighted as the most important priorities by local businesses:

  1. To provide a safe and inviting environment for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy.
  2. To make the area smart and attractive and encourage a sense of pride in St Peter Quarter.

  3. To create and enjoyable and easily accessible place to explore for visitors workers and residents.

  4. To celebrate and promote the area and build the reputation of St Peters Quarter as a great place to shop, relax and be entertained.

Board Chair Helen Wathall, Managing Director of Bondholder funeral directors G Wathall & Son, said: “When faced with the split vote of last summer’s ballot, many businesses were dismayed at the result and the consequent loss of many of the services and support we had come to value over the last five years.

“The Rangers, who were highly valued and provided a dedicated service to businesses, disappeared, the Christmas Lights in many parts of St Peters Quarter were not erected and the knowledge that we could come together through a collective organisation was no longer a reality.

“As a result of a split vote by number, with only a 40% turnout, and many businesses only realising belatedly the significance of the result, the Board felt it was the right thing to provide businesses across St Peters Quarter an opportunity to have a further vote.

“We all recognise that the area has some deep rooted challenges which were never going to be solved overnight. However, besides the immediate support we gained from Rangers, promotion and events for example, we made considerable in-roads into influencing key decisions which started to address some of the structural challenges of the area.

“A BID acts as a catalyst which brings businesses together. The projects and initiatives in the proposal and business plan aim to address both the immediate challenges we face on a day to day basis and exert real influence on addressing the more deep rooted challenges of the area, such as our experience of walking down the street and the structural issue of Becketwell.

“This is a realistic plan with realistic targets at a realistic cost. It is our last chance to come together and really tackle the issues which impact upon our businesses.”

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."

Last Chance to Vote for Cathedral Quarter

I would appeal to all the businesses and everyone in the city to help us clinch this award as it would really put the Cathedral Quarter and Derby on the map – encouraging more visitors and inward investment.
— Martin Langsdale, Cathedral Quarter BID Chairman

This is your last chance to vote in the Great British High Street Awards, as Derby is pitted against Bristol and Norwich. 

In recognition of Bondholder Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID)'s, work to revitalise the area, the Cathedral Quarter has been shortlisted in the city location category of the Great British High Street Awards. The competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets.

The vote is due to close on November 18, and the public have been urged to continue casting their votes. The Great British High Street Awards are run by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Derby's retail sector has seen a real boom in the last few years, and this has been recognised by leading national property magazine, Property Week.

The publication has published its latest edition of the annual Hot 100 Retail Locations, which sees Derby as the highest-ranked location in the East Midlands.

Ranked in 21st place, Derby is seen as an outstanding location for retail investment potential, with a large population catchment area and its existing retail offer.

Over 150,000 votes have been cast in the competition so far, proving that people are passionate about their high streets up and down the country. Derby did fantastically well to make it into the final three, but now every vote counts and they need an extra push to get them title of Britain’s best high street.
— Andrew Percy, High Streets Minister

The city has seen its retail sector perform strongly in 2016 with new openings from national brands such as Dr Marten’s, Joules, Cath Kidston and MAC, whilst the independent sector has also grown with new openings alongside expansions.

This momentum is set to continue with brands such as Jack Wills also due to open in the city. 

Remember you can vote daily for the Cathedral Quarter - click here to vote!




Derby Gears up for Christmas

With just over a month to go, businesses across Derby are getting ready for Christmas, with a number of fun activities. 

Bondholder intu Derby will be switching on their Christmas lights this Saturday, with a programme of events, including festive food sampling. Changing every 30 minutes, shoppers will be able to sample treats from intu's melange of restaurants and cafes. 

The light switch on ceremony will begin at 5pm and will celebrate the amazing achievements of the local community. The ceremony will feature your favourite Christmas songs from two Christmas choirs, dance groups performing live, and will also see the stars of Bondholder Derby LIVE's Cinderella pantomime performing a song from the highly-anticipated show.

From this Saturday till Christmas Eve, intu will also play host to Santa's Grotto. This year Santa and his elves have had a helping hand from Playmobil to create fantastic gifts.

Tickets are also now on sale online for the Cathedral Quarter 3aaa ice rink, which is set to open on Thursday December 1 in Derby’s Market Place.

Thanks to Bondholders Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District3aaaDerby LIVE and Derby City Council, the Cathedral Quarter 3aaa ice rink will welcome skaters every day (with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) until Wednesday January 4.

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Board and Management Group, which drives forward activities under the area's BID status, said: "Christmas is obviously an important time for the majority of our businesses in the Cathedral Quarter and we recognised that the ice rink is a pivotal attraction to increase footfall to the area and improve the visitor experience.

“We hope that the increased publicity around the Cathedral Quarter’s success in reaching the finals of the Great British High Street Awards will further add to the success of the ice rink and encourage more people to visit the attraction and then further explore this unique part of the city centre.”

As part of the Christmas charm, a post office with a direct line to Lapland has opened at Derby Market Hall in the Cathedral Quarter for local children to deliver their letters to Santa.

Mrs Claus’ Post Office has opened ahead of the Market Hall’s Winter Wonderland which will launch on Thursday December 1 as part of the historic venue’s one-going 150th anniversary celebrations.

Bondholder Mercia Marina is also launching its festive season this week with late night shopping and the switching on of some unique Christmas decorations.

Shops at the South Derbyshire marina will stay open until 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16 and 17, to give visitors a chance to get some early Christmas shopping out of the way. 
And, with less than six weeks to go until the big day, the marina will also be unveiling some very special Christmas decorations, including several giant “snowballs” festooned with thousands of lights.

Robert Neff, general manager of Mercia Marina, in Findern Lane, near Willington, said: “We are delighted with the result. We can guarantee that visitors will not see anything quite like this, so we hope people will come along and see them.

“We want to make Christmas at Mercia Marina more spectacular every year, so that people even come here solely to see our wonderful Christmas lights display.”


To purchase tickets for The Cathedral Quarter 3aaa ice rink, please click here.

Swindell & Pearson to Expand

Given our own historic roots here in Derby, we were pleased to be able to commit to the city and its professional quarter with the purchase of this property.
— Martin Terry, Director

Bondholder Swindell & Pearson is expanding its headquarters by purchasing Number 49 Friar Gate, located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. The three storey Grade II* Listed building (built around 1841) provides Swindell & Pearson with the perfect opportunity to continue its expansion plans.
Martin Terry, Director, said: “We’re seeing increased demand in our intellectual property services with some impressive growth and new client acquisitions.  It was most fortuitous that 49 Friar Gate, located right next door to our current premises, came on the market just at the right time as we were starting to look for additional office space.
“It’s great to have a property with character and quite a lot of history – much like our firm!  We are now undertaking extensive refurbishment of the property, which has seen some unique uses over the years having variously served as premises to: a school of music, a laser skin clinic and a hotel - it even has a basement bar. Though unfortunately our refurbishment plans don’t include keeping the bar!”

Wathall Appointed as Chair of St Peters Quarter


Marketing Derby are proud to welcome G Wathall and Son to the Bondholder community. 

Managing Director of Bondholder G Wathall and Son Helen Wathall, has recently been appointed as the new Chair of the the St Peters Quarter Derby board. 

The St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District will be going for re-ballot in February next year. 

As the proprietor of one of the area’s longest standing businesses, I believe it vital that we work together to re-establish the Business Improvement District. We have levered in millions of pound of investment to the area, which now has a clear identity, and worked very hard with key partners to ensure that the business community’s priorities are addressed.
— Helen Wathall, Managing Director of G Wathall and Son

Helen said: “I am delighted to be chairing the re-ballot for the SPQ BID.  Over the last five years, the additional improvements  the BID has made to our area have been greatly appreciated.

Through a business-led programme of investment, the SPQ BID'S vision is to establish the area as a destination by providing an alternative and complementary shopping, leisure and commercial area to intu and the Cathedral Quarter.  

New Boutique for Cathedral Quarter


A new boutique has joined the likes of Dr. Martens, White Stuff and Joules, in the bustling Cathedral Quarter. Let by Bondholder company Raybould & Sons, Nero e Bianco has opened a new store in The Strand. 

The boutique specialises in clothing and brands that have not been seen in the UK before. The Derby store will be its first to sell menswear. 

Within 24 hours of the property being put on the market, a deal had been reached by Raybould & Sons, and Nero e Bianco, reflecting the popularity of the area for retailers. 

Cathedral Quarter Going For Gold

The Cathedral Quarter is an historic and unique area of Derby, full of interesting and creative businesses. There is a great community spirit where businesses work together to promote each other and the Cathedral Quarter. Visitors are always positive about the area and its unique identity which stands out from the rest of the city.
— Martin Langsdale, Chair of Cathedral Quarter Management Group

Derby's Cathedral Quarter has been shortlisted for a national award to find Britain's best high street.  

In recognition of Bondholder Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID)'s, work to revitalise the area, the Cathedral Quarter has been shortlisted in the city location category of the Great British High Street Awards. The competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets.

The public has now been asked to vote for their winner between now and November 18. 

If successful, the Cathedral Quarter will win a share of a cash prize pot, and dedicated support and mentoring from industry leading experts, including Google, who's expert training taskforce will  provide training on how to make the most of their digital skills.

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter management group, said: “It is a huge honour for the Cathedral Quarter to have made the top three in the city location category in the Great British High Street competition.

“We are delighted to have reached the final but we now need support from everyone in the city and beyond to help us really put Derby and particularly the Cathedral Quarter on the map."

To vote for the Cathedral Quarter, click here



Spot On For Derby

We want to improve people’s experience of Derby which is why we will continue to invest in the public realm. This will create a high quality space at an important pedestrian junction, sharing the Derby story and hosting family entertainment
— Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader

A major new Derby City Council public realm scheme is set to be opened tomorrow. The £1.2 million redevelopment of The Spot in the St Peters Quarter aims to breathe new life into the area and increase footfall between intu Derby and the Cathedral Quarter.

The revamp will help to create a vibrant space for social gathering, street trading, and entertainment centered around striking public art. 

The area will feature a ring sculpture and a creative timeline installation, designed by Bondholder Smith of Derby, celebrating important moments in the Derby story.

Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, Martin Rawson, said: "We want to create an environment that people want to spend time in. St Peter's Cross has proved to be a success, so hopefully that will be the case at The Spot."

A majority of funding had been provided by D2N2 to help create a more attractive area. 

The new-look Spot will be launched on Friday with a showcase of magic, comedy, street traders and fire dancers. The event will begin at 5pm, and will include a performance piece from Flaming Oz Fire Dancers.