Denby Pottery

Denby Plates it up at Morley

Clay taken from a site within Bondholder Morley Hayes’ Derbyshire Farms has made it back home, after being used by fellow Bondholder Denby Pottery to craft a selection of tableware which is now in use in Morley Hayes’ two AA rosette Dovecote restaurant. 

Some of the clay used to produce Morley Hayes’ new ‘Halo’ crockery originated from an open cast mine on Holly Mount Farm, Smalley, which is located close to the Morley Hayes complex and owned by Andrew and Robert Allsop.

Denby Pottery purchased 50,000 tonnes of clay from the open cast mine, which was the last mine of its kind in the UK. Some of this clay has gone into creating Morley Hayes’ new plates, bowls and mugs from Denby’s popular ‘Halo’ collection, which are now being used in the award-winning Dovecote restaurant.

The stoneware clay, named after its stone-like appearance and hardness after firing, will also be mixed with quartz, feldspar and recycled clay and used in Denby products for at least another two decades.

Denby is in fact the only pottery that acquired any of the Holly Mount Farm clay, with none of the remaining clay being sold to any other potteries.

Commenting on the creation of Pottery from the Smalley clay Dean Barlow, head of manufacturing at Denby Pottery, said: "We’ve previously supplied Morley Hayes with crockery that has been used across the complex, but this collaboration has been particularly satisfying as we’ve taken materials from Morley Hayes’ own land and transformed it into beautiful pieces of tableware that will be used daily in the restaurant.

“Denby have generations of experience of using clay locally sourced in Derbyshire and the stoneware clay that was uncovered in the Smalley mine was a perfect fit and met all the specifications required to make Denby pottery.

“We’ve visited the Dovecote Restaurant at Morley Hayes several times since it started using our ‘Halo’ crockery, and it is holding up fantastically. The unique design of the items is incredibly striking, and the pieces look fantastic within the Dovecote’s setting.”

Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, added: “We’ve developed a close relationship with Denby Pottery over the years as we are both committed to supporting our local community.

“When we heard that Denby Pottery were acquiring some of the clay taken from the mine on our Farm, we spoke to the development team about producing some bespoke crockery for us. It’s quite fitting that materials that have been taken from our land, are back with us, being utilised throughout the Morley Hayes complex.

“We’ve received many compliments from customers commenting on our new crockery, and I really enjoy telling people that the pieces were made from clay taken from our own land!”


Glamping Success for Geoff Cox

Bondholder firm Geoff Cox has seen sales increase by a third in a year, selling motorhomes worth £2.5m in the last six months.

This included taking orders for 15 motorhomes at the Caravan and Motorhome Show motorhome at the NEC, Birmingham.

In addition to the orders taken at the show, the company attributes its success to its new outdoor showroom at nearby Denby Pottery Visitor Centre which accommodates 40 new and secondhand motorhomes and caravans.

Now Geoff Cox is hoping to fuel further success with a new product to the market - a 'glamping' (glamorous camping) tent.

This Adria product is a mobile, modular tent that comes in a large box weighing two tonnes and is delivered on a low loader to a mobile home site or even a field.

Neil Cox, Managing Director of Geoff Cox, said: “We are the only Adria distributor in the UK to have one of these luxurious tents on display.

“It's for people who want all the glamour of a top hotel while being close to nature and without having to compromise on creature comforts.”

Birthday Celebration at Denby Village

The Walter Smith Farm Shop at Bondholder Denby Pottery Village is celebrating its first birthday from 10th-12th March 2017 and is inviting their customers to join in the celebrations.

Over the three days there will be a barbeque, sausage making and pie making demonstrations, together with tastings from the farm shop’s most popular suppliers including delicious cheeses, chutneys, jams, wines, beers and much more.  

During this celebration which coincides with British Pie Week (6th-12th March), Walter Smith will be launching their ‘Wyton Wonder Pie’, created at their Huntingdon shop, which boasts a number of celebrity fans.  The Wyton Wonder Pie was awarded Best Hot Pie at the Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards 2017 by Food Writer and Critic Tom Parker-Bowles, with Walter Smith also Winning ‘Best English Pork Product’.

Gary Capell, Retail Director at Denby Pottery, said:  “The addition of Walter Smith Farm Shop at Denby Pottery Village has given a real buzz to the site.  

"Denby Pottery has food at its heart when designing its tableware and it seems a natural step to include a quality farm shop at Denby Pottery Village putting food on Denby plates.”

Knights hails Derby office as sales hit £21m

Bondholder professional services firm Knights has hailed its Derby office, launched a year ago, as an "integral" part of the business as it eyes revenues of £40million.

The firm's £40million turnover ambitions come after revenues of £21million were reported for its 2016 financial year.

We’re supporting more businesses in the East Midlands and nationwide, thanks to our full service offering.
— David Beech, Chief Executive of Knights

David Beech, Chief Executive of Knights, explained: "We're supporting more businesses in the East Midlands and nationwide, thanks to our full service offering which includes non-law specialist services, alongside our legal expertise."

He continued: "Denby Pottery, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Greenthumb, Servicemaster and Snappy Snaps, part of the Timpson Group, are just some of the businesses we are now working with. The Derby office is establishing itself well both in the city and across the wider East Midlands."

Andrew Pilkington, Office Leader at the Pride Park brand, said: "It's been a fantastic year for everyone based here. We have significantly grown our specialist services to include experts in franchising, data protection, banking and tax and estates, as well as strengthening our existing real estate, corporate and commercial, employment and private client teams."

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.