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University honour for John

Marketing Derby managing director John Forkin will be named an Honorary Doctor of Bondholder the University of Derby at a ceremony next week.


The award is made in recognition of his tireless work to get investors to ‘think Derby’ for more than a decade and Marketing Derby’s efforts to generate investment and development in the city for over 12 years, contributing to the creation of over 4600 new local jobs.

John said: “To be honest, I was totally surprised but also equally delighted to be offered the award. So many people have contributed to the development of the city and the University and it's a genuine honour to be considered. Derby is a city of innovation in ideas and making and I'm keen to support our continued evolution as an attractive location in which to live, work or visit."

John is one of six people from Derbyshire to be honoured by the University of Derby at ceremonies this month. Also receiving honorary degrees are:

  • Chris Shrigley, one of the creators of the Tomb Raider franchise and its heroine Lara Croft;

  • Andy Sneap, a rock music producer who has worked with some of the world’s top heavy metal bands, such as UK veteran rockers Judas Priest;

  • Judy Leden MBE, who runs a flying school in Ashbourne and is being honoured for her pursuit of excellence in hang-gliding and her promotion of the sport;

  • Brian Jones, who since 2006 has been chief executive of the SENAD group, which has developed high quality educational programmes for children and adults with a variety of special educational needs;

  • Chris Hughes, former chair of the University's Governing Council, who will be honoured for his work to promote the growth of the University and the wellbeing of its staff and students over the past 17 years.

The six will receive their honorary degrees in front of thousands of graduating students, their families and friends at ceremonies taking place at Bondholder Derby Arena on 17-19 July.

Professor Kath Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the work of six people from our city and county who have excelled in their very diverse fields and had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives.

“They each exemplify the values of boldness and brilliance to which we encourage our students to aspire, in order to achieve success in their careers and lives.

Arena Rail Expo

Marketing Derby will be exhibiting at the 2019 Rolling Stock Networking Expo and Conference at Bondholder Derby Arena next week.


Held on Thursday 11th July, the event will provide a major networking platform for suppliers and customers in the rail industry.

Visitors will have the chance to meet over 130 exhibitors, including an international contingent from the USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Italy.

Also at the event will be companies including Bondholder Rail Forum Midlands and Bombardier Hitachi HS2 along with Vivarail, and CAF. Equipment suppliers include LPA Group, FISA, Westermo, Depot Rail and Garrandale. Innovators and engineering companies will also be strongly represented ensuring that the show offers both the dependable services and the exciting innovations needed to transform the passenger and freight industry.

The event is complemented by the conference where an impressive array of eight industry leading speakers will deliver engaging presentations sharing their knowledge, experience and innovative working practices during a series of sessions throughout the day.

Marketing Derby will be at the show to increase profile amongst businesses in the rail industry that are either based in Derby or looking to invest in the city, and is keen to meet with attendees on the day- please visit us at stand A10.

The event is free to attend, and those interested can register here -

HUUB Announce Further Expansion Plans

Bondholder HUUB is planning major expansion and increased research and development in its ranges following another year of sales growth.

HUUB founder and owner Dean Jackson created the company in 2011 as a new sporting brand which utilised technology and research in the design of its clothing and accessories to deliver performance enhancing products.

The initial focus was on wetsuits which are now sported by some of the world’s top triathletes including Olympians Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, who have now renewed their contract with HUUB until 2020, and Derby’s own Tom Bishop who will compete in the Commonwealth Games 2018.

Ongoing research and development and further product launches, including nine patented or trademarked features, has resulted in substantial growth in the UK and 20 other countries worldwide.

Dean Jackson explained that, from this position of strength, HUUB’s vision was now to expand its ranges and broaden its international markets.

He said: “Triathlon continues to be the world’s fastest growing amateur sport and we are fast becoming the brand of choice for elite and non-professional athletes alike.

“We have seen outstanding growth in the past two years despite the continued uncertain economic climate and particularly the impact of Brexit on exchange rates.

“Having conquered the UK wetsuit market and created a strong brand, we can now expand into other areas of performance clothing and accessories – built on the same principles of Research science and reality.

“Our attentions are particularly turning to R&D in cycling apparel. We are working with aerodynamics expert Dan Bigham at [Bondholder] Derby Arena velodrome to apply the same rigour that we undertake for research into wetsuits and tri-suits to our new cycling range – leading to better performance, comfort and functionality on the bike.”

Mr Jackson continued that a particular focus for HUUB this year would be on meeting the entire clothing and apparel needs of triathletes at work, rest and play whether they competing, chilling out before or after a race or preparing for their next race.

Local Riders set new Records

Bondholders the University of Derby and Derby Arena based riders achieved excellent results recently at the British Universities and Colleges Sport track championship 2017/18 held in Manchester during November.

The games, held at the National Cycling Centre from 18-19 November 2017, resulted in some record-breaking performances by the riders, supported by their coaches and staff at Derby Arena.

The top results represent some world-beating times and rides with Charlie Tanfield from University of Derby winning a gold medal in the final and achieving a new record time of 4.17.217 in the Men’s Individual Pursuit 4,000m race. He was closely followed by Silver medallist, Harry Tanfield from University of Teesside, with a time of 4.25.957 and Will Perrett from Team Derby was awarded Bronze for finishing in 4.30.772. Anna Morris from Southampton also won gold and achieved a new record of 3.41.593 in the Women’s Individual Pursuit 3,000m, closely followed by Molly Patch from University of Birmingham in 3.45.686.

The men’s team pursuit 4k resulted in the University of Derby team setting a new gold record time of 4.11.640 and the Loughborough University team also made it to the final race. The women’s team from Birmingham University who also train at the velodrome in Derby won Gold in the pursuit race. The Loughborough A team won the men’s team sprint in 49.703 closely followed by the University of Nottingham team in 50.207 to be awarded Silver, and Team Derby won bronze in a close 50.443.

Many of the University riders who train at the 250m indoor cycle track at Derby Arena from Loughborough, Nottingham, Sheffield, Keele and Birmingham all achieved top rankings in the individual pursuit and sprint races. Charlie Tanfield from University of Derby also won Gold in the Men’s Kilo race with a time of 1.04.261.

The success of these riders from the across the region demonstrates the facilities and expertise at Derby Arena are helping to raise standards and increase participation in track cycling in the Midlands and beyond.

MD Chairman Honoured

Bondholder University of Derby has announced the five people set to receive honorary degrees - including Marketing Derby Chairman Bob Betts, also MD of Smith of Derby and Operations Director of Warwick International Computing Systems.  He will be receive an Honorary Doctorate at the ceremony in July.


Former Chief Executive of Bondholder Derby Hospitals NHS Trust, Sue James, will receive an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her services to health.

Paul Stein, Director of Research and Technology for Bondholder Rolls-Royce will receive an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his contribution to the development of the region's manufacturing and engineering industries and aeronautical science.

Founder of Derby Jazz, Geoff Wright, and Derby-born Archers star Patricia Green MBE will both become Honorary Masters.

All of these notable figures have made an exceptional impact on their industry or city and I am delighted to confer their awards alongside our graduating students this summer.
— Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby

The Award Ceremonies will take place on 12, 13 and 14 July 2017 at Bondholder Derby Arena.

Venturefest Comes to Derby

Venturefest East Midlands is coming to Derby for the first time in March. The region’s premier business event for generating innovation and growth will be held at Bondholder Derby Arena on Wednesday 22 March.
Delegates can look forward to hearing from Gold Medal winning Paralympian, Richard Whitehead, who will be considering how a winning mindset helps business growth and David Robinson, former CEO of sports giant Speedo, discussing innovation in design and sports.
Other sessions at the event will feature aerospace giant and Bondholder Rolls Royce, considering the future of the transportation industry.
As well as the main stage sessions, whilst at the event delegates can enjoy a full day of networking and meet a range of businesses throughout the Innovation Expo, as well as hearing about the very latest innovation funding and support opportunities from Innovate UK, D2N2 Growth Hub and LLEP Business Gateway.
Delegate places at Venturefest East Midlands are free of charge and can be booked now at

Happy Mondays and The Bluetones debut at Arena

Bondholder Derby LIVE has announced a unique one-off gig to take place this autumn featuring alternative rock band Happy Mondays and indie band The Bluetones.

The concert will take place at Bondholder Derby Arena on Saturday 15th October as part of fellow Bondholder Derby County Football Club's former captain Shaun Barker's testimonial team.

Shaun commented: "Following a meeting with Derby LIVE, I was delighted that we decided to collaborate and put on the first major music event at Derby's new, impressive arena. For that gig to be Happy Mondays and The Bluetones with special guests still to be announced is so exciting for me. It will be a great gig for me and, I hope, the people of Derby."

Tickets for the gig which brings together two giants of English alternative and indie rock together to perform on the same night will be available from Monday 18th July at 10am from, or from the Sales and Information Centre on (01332) 255 800.

For that gig to be Happy Mondays and The Bluetones with special guests still to be announced is so exciting for me. It will be a great gig for me and, I hope, the people of Derby.
— Shaun Barker

Brian Cox brings tour to Arena

Famous British particle physicist and science presenter Professor Brian Cox OBE has chosen to extend his hotly-anticipated tour to Bondholder Derby Arena in May 2017 where his show will take audiences on a dazzling journey through space and time.

Brian is perhaps the world's foremost communicator of all things scientific and you may already know him from popular BBC shows Horizon and Stargazing Live, to name just a couple.

His show at Bondholder Derby Arena will delve into 'high science' and will freewheel on the edges of the known cosmos. Professor Brian Cox is known to make highly complex ideas accessible to all, and this is the show to get up close and personal with the man himself with an interview hosted by his The Infinite Monkey Cage co-host Robin Ince.

Brian Cox OBE is a British particle physicist, a Royal Society University Research fellow. He works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland and is a professor at the University of Manchester. He is best known to the public for boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy and physics across a range of BBC science programmes.

Professor Brian Cox Live will take place on Tuesday 9th May 2017 and tickets are now on sale at Bondholder Derby LIVE. Book by calling (01332) 255 800 or by booking online at

Purpose Media surpasses 30 staff

Growth continues at full service digital marketing agency and Bondholder Purpose Media as it appoints its 30th employee, doubling the number of employees in just nine months.

Joining the team are creative account manager, Georgia Vicars, and assistant office and accounts manager, Hayley Manchester.

Georgia, who is Derby born and bred, is a graduate of Bondholder University of Derby and will collect her first class BSc Honours degree in Information Technology at an awards ceremony at Bondholder Derby Arena in July. Georgia also enjoys horse riding, cycling, indoor rock climbing and supporting Derby County Football Club

Commenting Georgia said, “I am thrilled to be joining a fast-growing digital creative agency that is committed to providing its clients with incredible service.  With its particular skill in delivering ecommerce website design and online marketing solutions, Purpose Media is the perfect fit.”

Hayley lives in Pinxton and joins the team from Yorkshire Bank, where she has spent the last 11 years. She holds several NVQ qualifications in IT, business, customer service, IAB advanced bookkeeping and computerised accounting. She also has a CASHE Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

In her spare time Hayley enjoys spending time with her family, and walking her dog. Hayley is a Forest fan so plenty of office banter is now anticipated!

Armsons hires new associate director

Bondholder Armsons is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chartered Building Surveyor, Sally Lewis who joins the team as an Associate Director providing building surveying services, including asset management advice, condition surveys and reports, defects analysis, statutory compliance, feasibility studies, design and specification, contract administration and Landlord and Tenant services.

Sally has over 13 years working for a large multi-national consultancy and brings with her to Armsons a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors. On joining Armsons Sally commented: “I am very pleased and excited to be joining a well-established local consultancy with a great reputation for the professional services that they provide both locally and nationally”.

Sally was RICS Matrics UK Chairman and RICS Governing Council member for 2014 – 2015 and has been active at a local and national level for over ten years. She has also acted as an RICS Awards judge for the East Midlands region ‘residential category’ in 2014 and 2016.

On a personal level Sally is a keen cyclist, having become a member of Derby Mercury Riding Club, partaking in the local Derby Cycle Sportives, completing the infamous Sa Calobra climb in Mallorca and is now cycling on the track at Derby Arena, with her next challenge being to complete the ‘Prudential London 100’ sportive at the end of July.

Idom Merebrook ranks in UK's Top 100

Bondholder Idom Merebrook has been included in the New Civil Engineer's (NCEs) Top 100 Engineering Firms.

The NCE 100 Awards recognise outstanding civil engineering companies, based on their achievements in five specific areas thought critical to making the engineering industry a great environment in which to work. The judging criteria included technical excellence, exploiting technology, worldview, driving equality and developing engineers of the future.

Idom Merebrook has an extensive portfolio of technical excellence, illustrated by numerous high profile projects including: the Guggenheim Bilbao, Heathrow Terminal 2A, Crossrail, the London Olympic Velodrome, Dublin Airport, ITER nuclear fusion facility in France and closer to home, Bondholder Derby Arena.

Nigel Huish, Managing Director, said: "The Top 100 is not about numbers or profits, but is based on an in-depth company survey on employee satisfaction. For us this is really useful as it benchmarks us against our peers and gives an indication of how and where to improve."

He continued: "I am delighted to say that our commitment to developing new technology, fostering new engineering talent and driving equality is now reaping rewards. In our environmental engineering team 50% of our senior engineers are female, and 2 out of the 8 people on our management team are women."

Idom Merebrook is also involved in the Derbyshire Enterprise for Education (E4E) scheme, a joint public-private sector partnership that aims to link employers with schools and students, in a bid to create a better understanding of career opportunities and improve employability skills.

For us this is really useful as it benchmarks us against our peers and gives an indication of how and where to improve
— Nigel Huish, Managing Director of Idom Merebrook

Panto celebrity cast announced

Bondholder Derby LIVE has announced its celebrity line up for this year's Christmas family panto, Cinderella, at Derby Arena.

West End star, TV and radio presenter, stand-up comic and star of BBC's EastEnders, Richard Blackwood, will be playing everyone's favourite character, Buttons.

TV sensation and star of hit show Mrs Brown's Boys, Eilish O'Carroll will be bringing her Irish humour to Derby's biggest ball as the family godmother.

Finally, Lloyd Warbey, actor presenter and host of the legendary children's TV classic, Art Attack, will be taking on the role of Prince Charming's faithful sidekick, Dandini.

Cinderella will be on stage from Tuesday 6th December 2016 until Monday 2nd January 2017 at Derby Arena. Tickets are priced from £11.25 and concessions, group, school and family tickets are available.

To buy tickets, call the Box Office on (01332) 255 800 or pick your seats online at

The Spot revamp bridges intu and Cathedral Quarter

Work has now started on the £1.2 million redevelopment of The Spot in Derby's St Peters Quarter with the aim of breathing new life into the area and increasing footfall between intu Derby and the Cathedral Quarter.

The new design includes a large circular sculpture which pays homage to the circles found in Derby's industries including the jet engines at Rolls-Royce and the cogs in clocks at Smith of Derby.

There will also be a low wall - made by Smith of Derby - which will feature events of Derby's history including the first car leaving Toyota in 1992, Derby County winning the FA cup in 1946, Rolls-Royce opening a factory in 1907 and the opening of Derby Arena just last year.

The work is part of Derby City Council's partnership with the St Peters Quarter BID and is funded through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Peter Gadsby, representing D2N2, said: "I think intu has created a market in terms of international brands, and independent brands are showing growth in the Cathedral Quarter now. The success has moved up to St Peter's Cross and you can see how vibrant that area is.

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."