Derby Cathedral Quarter BID

Bondholders bring Festé 2019

Ockhams Razor - Belly of the Whale. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

Ockhams Razor - Belly of the Whale. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

An impressive twenty Marketing Derby Bondholders are working together to bring Derby Festé to life again with international performers that will bring surprise and magic to Derby.

Derby Festé 2019 will take place on 27th and 28th September and is produced and presented by Bondholders Déda, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre and QUAD.

Festé attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the city centre which features international performers that have toured the world in a celebration of outdoor street entertainment including dance, contemporary circus, music and comedy. Performers this year will be arriving from events in USA, Australia, Taiwan, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Germany – to name just a few – before they arrive to a warm welcome in Derby.

Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

Derby Festé is sponsored by Bondholders Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derby Cathedral Quarter, St Peters Quarter, Foundation Derbyshire and intu Derby.

For the first time this year, organisers of Derby Festé have also joined forces with Bondholder Derby Cathedral to bring ‘Museum of the Moon’ to the city in the run up to and during the city’s popular annual event.

Marketing and promotions have been headed up by Bondholder Gravity Digital Ltd, who developed a new website as part of their sponsorship agreement, they also manage the social media, and other marketing activities working closely with creative Bondholder companies, Future Proof Films, JJ Public Relations , Mercia Image, and Code Print.

For people arriving in the city by train, there is also an exclusive offer that has has been promoted by Bondholder East Midlands Railway and the event is widely covered in the media including Bondholder Derby Telegraph.

Visit Derby has also just run a fabulous family festival break competition where entries were invited form people to win a weekend stay including free tickets to the Festé headline event, a meal for four at Bondholder Annie’s Burger Shack and overnight accommodation with Bondholder The Stay Company.

Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

Derby Festé Artistic Director Stephen Munn from Déda said: "Festé is a true partnership of a vast number of organisations and businesses – bringing together a range of committed individuals who work really hard to make the annual event a reality.

"It is this combination of talent and effort that ensures that Festé is always pushing boundaries, bringing the unexpected and unusual to the city and creating unforgettable memories.

"The fact that so many Bondholders are at the heart of the continued success of Derby Festé is testament to the widespread passion for cultural activity in the city and we are also particularly grateful for the input from Arts Council England and the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership."

For more information, please visit www.derbyfeste.com or follow on social media.

BaroloSolo - ile O splash. Photo Credit: Vincent d'Eaubonne

BaroloSolo - ile O splash. Photo Credit: Vincent d'Eaubonne

 

The Highest 'BID'der

Bondholders St Peters Quarter and Cathedral Quarter BIDs were jointly shortlisted in the Partnership of the Year category at the Association of Town and City Management Industry Awards 2018 – in recognition of their pioneering work with key partners in the city to address crime and anti social behaviour.

The Cathedral Quarter BID was also voted Runner Up in the Best Event Award for its CQ Saturdays programme of free street entertainment.
Applications for the prestigious national awards was made by Pfbb UK Ltd who are project managers for both the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter BIDs.

Pfbb UK BID managers Ashley Lewis and Ian Hinds picked up the awards on behalf of the local businesses at the Association of Town and City Management Industry annual conference held in Hull.
Ian Ferguson Pfbb UK Director said “As BID project managers we were keen to showcase the partnership work that we are achieving with key partners in two very different aspects of city centre life.  These awards are great accolades for the spirit of cooperation that is alive and well in the city.”

PEEP
The Partnership Engagement and Enforcement Programme (PEEP) was formed last June to target resources towards an increase of anti-social behaviour in the city centre. 
PEEP brought together the St Peters Quarter and Cathedral Quarter rangers, city centre police officers, treatment providers, outreach workers, homeless charities, accommodation providers and the probation service who identified people involved in visible, on-street problematic substance misuse and antisocial behaviour in the city and referred them to the scheme.

Individuals were then given the opportunity to engage with drug and alcohol treatment services, receive medical help and support, access food provision, engage with accommodation services (and be housed), comply with probation and stop committing antisocial behaviour and/or begging in the city centre. Those who did not to comply faced enforcement sanctions.

In the past year, 58 individuals have been targeted for some form of intervention of which 29 were confirmed as homeless or rough sleepers with issues of problematic substance misuse. 40 PEEP clients entered drug and alcohol treatment services and 16 have maintained stable accommodation.
Where individuals have refused to engage with PEEP, the BID Rangers have been instrumental in assisting Police in tackling anti-social behaviour. Over 550 dispersal orders have been issued and 170 arrests made by the Police with 28 individuals receiving custodial sentences. 

Such has been the success of the PEEP, it is now being held up as an example of good practice and has been praised by magistrate judges for reducing visible anti-social behaviour and tackling substance misuse in the city centre.

For more information about the work of the BIDS, visit www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk and www.stpetersquarter.co.uk 

Frogspark re-design Cathedral Quarter website

Bondholder Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) 
has partnered with fellow Bondholder web design and digital marketing agency, Frogspark, to  design and develop a fresh website that enhance Cathedral Quarter visitors’ experience in both on and offline capacities. 
Frogspark worked hard to engage users and develop a site with the Cathedral Quarter's partner businesses in mind.  

The new-look website is part of Derby Cathedral Quarter BID's new re-launch of its popular loyalty scheme with additional features making it easier for those who work and visit the area to benefit from special offers at local businesses.

The new website is clean and crisp and provides a perfect platform to find out more about the products and services available within the Cathedral Quarter. With a Google maps integration to provide a personalised experience, and provide access to exclusive offers, the Cathedral Quarter website couldn’t be more accessible for the user.     

Ashley Lewis, Senior BID Project Manager at The Business Improvement District, said:  “From start to finish it has been a pleasure working with the team at Frogspark. Whatever our  requirements, they have proved to be professional and knowledgeable in all aspects of  design and maintenance and have been extremely helpful throughout. We are really pleased  with the new website and hope that both visitors to the area and Cathedral Quarter  businesses will find it a useful resource for many years to come.”

Scott Clarke, Operations Manager at Frogspark Ltd also commented on the project: "Being a Derby based company with strong connections in the CQ area, we were very excited to be tasked with creating a new website that would serve as the perfect platform for businesses to be able to promote their events and offers to the many visitors the area has  every day. We hope the people that visit Derby use this site to easily and conveniently  discover the many fantastic businesses that have so much to offer.".  

Historic England Praises Cathedral Quarter

Historic England has hailed the Cathedral Quarter as an example for other cities to follow, following the hard work of the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District and Derby City Council

In 2009, Historic England found the Conservation Area to be ‘at risk’, but since then the area has seen significant regeneration and investment, and was recently awarded Best City Location in the Great British High Street Awards. 

Martin Langsdale, Chair of the Cathedral Quarter BID, said: “The Cathedral Quarter BID have been key partners in the heritage programme and agree that it has been a resounding success.

“The work on shopfronts in streets such as The Strand, Sadler Gate and Wardwick has greatly contributed to the overall vision of the Cathedral Quarter, helping to make it a destination of choice for visitors and attract quality new businesses into key properties.

“The overall look and feel of the area was a significant reason why the Cathedral Quarter was named ‘Best City Location’ at last year’s Great British High Street awards.”

Louise Brennan, Planning Director for Historic England in the East Midlands, said: “We’re delighted that Derby city centre’s conservation area is no longer at risk.

"In fact it now sets an example for other cities to follow.  It shows how, with care and attention, the character of a city’s streets can be used to unleash an economic revival.

“The last eight years have seen a transformation in the Strand, Wardwick, Sadler Gate and nearby streets. The quality of the new shop fronts is outstanding, and we’re proud to have played a part with Derby City Council and owners in their refurbishment.”

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: “Derby City Council has relished working with Historic England over the last eight years to bring back so many historic buildings to their former glory.

"This has not only enhanced the attractiveness and uniqueness of Derby city centre but has also directly contributed to supporting the local economy where many of the streets, including The Strand and Sadler Gate, have achieved 100% occupancy."

BID Launch Business Plan

Bondholder Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has unveiled its plans to build on the award-winning momentum achieved over the past ten years and face the numerous challenges ahead for the next five years.

Representatives from a wide range of businesses gathered at Bondholder Derby Museum and Art Gallery for the official launch of the BID business plan 2018 – 2023.

Levy paying businesses will soon have the opportunity to vote for the proposals with ballot papers issued on October 4.  Voting closes on November 2 with the decision announced the following day. Subject to a successful vote, the new BID will start on 1st March 2018.

In order for the proposals set out in this Business Plan to go ahead, a simple majority of those who vote must register a ‘YES’ vote whilst those in favour also have to represent more than 50% of the combined ‘rateable values’ of those who vote. If these two criteria are met, the Business Plan is activated and all businesses in the area will be required to pay the levy.

The BID budget for the five year programme will be £1.5 million – made up of the levy payments and supplemented by voluntary, private and public sector contributions.

This will fund projects planned under the new BID vision - to continue to support and enable all businesses to benefit from the Cathedral Quarter as a place which is attractive and vibrant with a sense of community.

Three key objectives have been developed following feedback from businesses. These are: 

1. The Cathedral Quarter Experience

To continue to develop the great Cathedral Quarter lifestyle experience for visitors and people working in the area to enjoy.

2. Cathedral Quarter Businesses

To continue to build the local, regional and national reputation of the Cathedral Quarter as a great place for the evening and night time economy, retail, hair and beauty, leisure and culture and professional services.

3. Business Growth and Investment in the Cathedral Quarter

To continue to encourage growth, development and investment of businesses which complement and build on the strengths of the Cathedral Quarter.

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter, said: “It has taken ten years of hard work by everyone in the Cathedral Quarter to create a successful brand and to ensure the successful delivery of a business-led programme of activity.

“By working together, we have addressed the challenges faced by businesses head on and turned around the fortunes of this area.

“Through it all the Cathedral Quarter has developed into a quality lifestyle destination – outperforming regional and national trends and culminating in the BID’s success in being named both ATCM National BID of the Year and best city location in the Great British High Street Awards in 2016.

“If we didn’t have a BID a huge amount of activity that businesses really value will simply stop and we will lose the collective voice that needs to be heard moving forward.

“We therefore need to vote Yes for the BID programme to continue for 2018 to 2023 so that we can build on the momentum that we have gained already, capitalise on the opportunities available to us and meet the challenges that we still face.

“This business plan is the opportunity to take the Cathedral Quarter and individual businesses to another level and to create a destination which others aspire to be part of.”

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.

Bondholder Expansion for JJPR

Bondholder JJ Public Relations has been appointed by fellow Marketing Derby Bondholder Clean Slate to raise its profile across the Midlands and East Anglia.

JJPR is headed by Sarah Jenkin-Jones, a former Derby Telegraph journalist with more than 25 years’ experience in the PR industry.

Sarah said: “Clean Slate has a great story to tell as one of the Midlands’ largest family-owned commercial cleaning companies and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with them.”

Clean Slate Project Manager Clair Wood added: “With on-going expansion, the time is right to raise our profile amongst the business community in the Midlands, South Yorkshire and East Anglia. JJPR’s media contacts and high level of customer service made them the natural choice for this campaign.”

Clean Slate joins JJPR’s impressive client portfolio of businesses and organisations including Bondholders Derby College, HUUB, Derby Cathedral Quarter, Sinfonia Viva, Déda, G Wathall & Son and Lonsdale Swimming and Sports Trust.

Cathedral Quarter is GB's Best

Derby Cathedral Quarter has been named the city location winner of the prestigious Great British High Street Awards 2016.

Having consistently been in the lead in the public online vote and having hosted a judges’ visit last month, the Cathedral Quarter beat off stiff competition from Broadmead in Bristol and the Castle Arcade district of Norwich to clinch the coveted title.

The award recognises the hard work of Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID)'s to revitalise the area.

Businesses in the Cathedral Quarter will now benefit from a cash prize of up to £10,000,access to dedicated support and mentoring from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants; and social media skills gleaned from a trip to Twitter UK’s London office.

Ian Ferguson, Director of Partnerships for Better Business, said: “This award has capped off a fantastic year for the Cathedral Quarter.

“As contract managers for the BID, we entered the Cathedral Quarter into the Association of Town and City Management Awards earlier this year and were named best national BID.

“Collecting the Great British High Street award so soon afterwards shows just how far the Cathedral Quarter has come in the eight years since the BID was launched.

“This second national title will really help to put the Cathedral Quarter on the map for visitors and potential investors alike.”

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Board and Management Group, said: “This award proves that the BID programme over the past eight years to improve the visitor experience, promote the area and encourage inward investment has paid off.

“The Cathedral Quarter is now a recognisable brand and a high quality lifestyle destination – combining the strengths of retail, leisure, culture and professional services and is valued by businesses and visitors alike."

 

 

Derby is now home to the country’s best high street, the Cathedral Quarter - this is a fantastic turnaround, made within the past ten years and stands testament to the hard work of its businesses, the BID and the City Council, which has provided continuous support.

”At Marketing Derby we regularly show potential investors around the city and its historic core always impresses and helps change perceptions of what is possible in Derby.

”We are proud and delighted and really hope that 2017 is a great year for businesses located there.”
— John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby

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.

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

 

 

Cathedral Quarter Goes for Gold

Bondholder Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) is in the running for a national award. 

In recognition of the BID's work to revitalise the area, the Cathedral Quarter has been entered into 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.

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, said: 'The Great British High Street recognises that city centres are a vital part of our community and make an important contribution to the economy through the billions of pounds they generate and the thousands of jobs they support.  

'Our application for the competition focuses on the successes achieved by the BID over the past eight years, creating what is now a recognisable brand for the area, and working together under a collective vision to support and enable all businesses to benefit from the Cathedral Quarter as an attractive and vibrant environment.'

Finalists in the awards will be announced on October 18, and will be subject to a public vote at www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk  

The Cathedral Quarter is an historic and unique area of Derby, full of interesting and creative businesses. Visitors are always positive about the area and its unique identity which stands out from the rest of the city.
— Martin Langsdale, Chair of the Cathedral Quarter management group

Derby Cathedal Quarter receives national recognition

Bondholder Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Association of Town and City Management National Awards 2016.

Bondholder Partnership for Better Business, which manages Derby Cathedral Quarter BID, entered the awards along with Brackmill's Industrial Estate and are the only BIDs in the East Midlands to be shortlisted for the ATCM awards.

Derby Cathedral Quarter BID is up against Kingston-upon-Thames and Colmore Business District in Birmingham for the title of BID of the Year.

Melanie Ferguson from Partnerships for Better Business explained: "The Cathedral Quarter BID has achieved a great deal in the past eight years. We felt the BID's achievements should be recognised and the ATCM awards is an important national platform to raise the profile of the area to both visitors and inward investors alike."

The Cathedral Quarter has built on its strengths to become a renowned destination in its own right. The area is synonymous with quality and diversity with a unique blend of independent and national businesses across a range of sectors situated within an attractive and historic area.

The Cathedral Quarter BID has achieved a great deal in the past eight years. We felt the BID’s achievements should be recognised
— Melanie Ferguson, Partnership for Better Business