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Derbyshire delegation heads to China

A delegation from Derby and Derbyshire is attending The World Manufacturing Convention this week in Hefei, China - a significant national-level event (20-23 September) at which the UK is the first ever Country of Honour and over 100,000 delegates will visit each day.

The theme of the Convention is 'Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creativity -Embracing the New Era of Manufacturing', and covers not only manufacturing and engineering but also the support services needed for a business to thrive in China.

Derby and Derbyshire will be featured on the UK stand at the Convention, and Bondholders Derby City Council, the University of Derby, East Midlands Chamber and Bloc Digital will be in attendance alongside Marketing Derby, Derbyshire County Council and other local businesses.

Held in Derby's twin city, Hefei in Anhui Province, which is twinned with the county of Derbyshire, the Convention offers a unique platform for businesses and civic partners.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin says "The World Manufacturing Convention offers Derby and Derbyshire a significant platform to showcase itself as the UK Capital for Innovation, with some of our best businesses taking the stand to explore opportunities in China. The sheer scale of the event will be eye-opening and we expect to make some useful new contacts and further existing relationships on the mission."

UK Minister, Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strateg, and a sizeable senior business delegation is attending the event which expects over 100,000 visitors each day over 4 days, 4000+ participants and 400-plus exhibiting companies.

The Convention will feature 19 forums and panel discussions to explore the future development of industry in areas such as smart manufacturing, artificial intelligence and integrated circuit smart homes.

To foster deeper international cooperation during the Convention, the organising committee will hold a number of match-making events. In 2018, this led to over 430 signed projects in sectors such as digital information, new energy, automobiles and biomedical engineering, among other with a total value of $70 billion (dollars) in new investment raised.

Marketing Derby will be hosting its first Embassy event in China following the Convention with more news on this in an eshot next week.

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Bondholders’ Angel support

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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
Pattonair
Intu
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 bring Festé 2019

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

£200m development boost

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Derby’s number one regeneration priority took a significant step forward this week as Bondholders St James Securities and Derby City Council exchanged contracts, triggering a planning application for a £200m mixed development that received 89% of support in a recent public consultation.

The scheme – which includes £8.1 million in Local Growth Fund investment from Bondholder the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – covers the former Debenhams store, Pennine Hotel, NCP Car Park and Laurie House at Becketwell. The first phase comprises a high quality new public square and 342 Build to Rent apartments.

Paul Morris, director of St James Securities, commented “We were delighted to be chosen by Derby City Council in March 2018 to deliver a truly comprehensive and badly needed major regeneration scheme for Derby city centre and are hopeful of a successful determination to this application by the end of 2019.”

Chris Poulter, Leader of Derby City Council added “The area has been in need of regeneration for years and this is a fantastic step in our plans to transform Derby’s city centre.”

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Phase one of the regeneration scheme comprises plans for 342 Build to Rent apartments on the site of the former Debenhams store on Victoria Street and a new public square on the site of the current United Reformed Church as the centre piece of the development.

The residential development will comprise of two buildings, the tallest of which will extend up to 19 storeys in height. This building will contain 246 apartments over a ground floor café and restaurant overlooking the new square.

The smaller building will house 96 apartments with a convenience store at ground floor fronting Victoria Street. In response to local feedback, this building has been carefully designed to retain the curve of the existing buildings to the Victoria Street frontage. Both buildings will have rear-decked car parking.

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The new multi-purpose public square will be the centrepiece of the proposed development and will be delivered as part of the first phase of development. The planning application will also be supported by a request to include a range of other complementary uses of the site, including up to 25,000 sq m of new grade A offices, innovation centre and leisure to complement the residential and a planned multi-storey car park with a smaller more intimate courtyard public square called Summerhill
Yard to reflect that part of the site’s historic street name.

Marketing Derby will be supporting the application following a presentation by St James Securities to the Economic Development Advisory Group. MD John Forkin said “The proposals were really well received by business and the public. They are ambitious enough to transform not only Becketwell, but the wider St Peters Quarter which has suffered decades of decline. Derby has waited too long for a solution and we must grab this opportunity with both hands.”

When showcased at a public consultation hosted by St James Securities in March, the plans received overwhelmingly positive feedback with 89% of respondents in full support of the project.

The vision for the wider site is to create a whole new part of the city centre with its own distinct character and identity. This will take the form of a series of buildings, spaces and views that will enhance the attractiveness and vitality of the city.

The regeneration is expected to bring numerous benefits to the city, including a repopulation of both office workers and residents to the city centre which will help boost activity outside of traditional retail hours.

It is also hoped that the substantial levels of investment proposed at Becketwell will provide confidence for further new investment in surrounding areas of the city centre.

Commenting on the recent developments, Paul Morris, director of St James Securities, said: “I am absolutely delighted that contracts have now been signed and put in place and am proud to say after months of consultation the Planning Application has been formally submitted.

“We are hopeful of a successful determination to this Application by the end of 2019, which will enable us to make a start on site late spring 2020.”

St James Securities have completed many successful projects of this scale, including St Paul’s Place in Sheffield and the award-winning Round Foundry in Leeds.

The work on the demolition of the former Debenhams building is set to start in September 2019, with construction work on the first phase of development set to commence in 2020.

 

Rates policy change to support Infinity Park growth

Derby City Council has announced it is to revise its policy on discretionary rate relief (DRR) for businesses relocating to the Infinity Park Enterprise Zone.

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DRR allows the Council to use its discretionary powers to reduce the amount of Business Rates a business has to pay.

The government has now announced that it will fully fund DRR applied to businesses relocating to the Infinity Park Enterprise Zone and businesses now have until 31 March 2021 to relocate to qualify for ‘enterprise zone’ status.

Cllr Nicola Roulstone, Cabinet Member for Finance and Procurement said: “This is really good news for both Infinity Park and for those growing businesses looking for bigger or new premises."

Science park phase two plans move forward

Plans for the second phase of development at The University of Derby Science Park, which includes the expansion of the iHub, have taken a step forward after a request for a screening opinion was submitted to the city council.

The science park – which forms part of Infinity Park - is a collaboration between Derby City Council, the Harpur Crewe Estate, Rolls-Royce and developers Cedar House, Wilson Bowden and Peveril Securities.

It is located in the south of the city, next to the global headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace.

The second phase could comprise an extension to the iHub, including 38,394 sq ft at the ground floor and 21,764 sq ft at the first floor.

Two more buildings are proposed; a diagnostic centre which would span almost 29,000 sq ft over two floors and a cancer treatment facility which would provide almost 43,000 sq ft of space.

Known as the Rutherford buildings, they will be used for patient diagnostics and treatment including MRI imaging, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, proton beam therapy and supportive care.

The development would also include car parking, infrastructure works, drainage, access, roads and attenuation ponds.

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Moorways Making a Splash

Bondholder Derby City Council has released the first images of the water park that will be part of Derby’s new pool complex at the Moorways site.

The water park will have England’s first wave generating wow ball and the first wave rider slide of its type.

More thrills will be provided by two four storey flumes, as well as dual racer slides where riders can race their family and friends. For younger visitors there will be a beach area and water playground with mini slides and water jets.

Councillor Robin Wood, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “These plans have been developed with families in mind and include a number of thrills and spills to enjoy. Once built there will certainly be more ways than ever for everyone to have fun in Derby.”

The 50m pool with moving booms and floors gives the flexibility to be turned into three separate pools in a matter of minutes. The learner pool will provide a great environment for swimmers of all ages to learn to swim and take part in water activities.

Customers will be able to relax in the sauna and steam rooms, after a swim or workout. The modern gym will be kitted out with the latest equipment in addition to the three studios for a comprehensive health and fitness experience.

On the ground floor there will be a Café offering a range of refreshments as well as a soft play area for kids.

A large multi-use area will be fitted out with a family activity to complement the range of activities that are also on offer, delivering a more extensive family experience.

Earlier this year the green light was given to build a much larger leisure water pool as part of the new complex. A capital budget of £42 million has been approved to deliver and complete the whole project by late 2021.

The latest information on the project can be found at inderby.org.uk/newpool

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Planning in Place

Bondholder DPDS Consulting has worked with owners of a former bank building in Derby city centre ready for it to be transformed into a new leisure venue.

Plans, submitted in June by CityServe Properties, to turn the ground floor and basement of the former Market Place branch of NatWest into a new bar or restaurant have been approved by fellow Bondholder Derby City Council.

Having been vacant for about three years, the permission is more likely to see the building brought back into active use. City Council planners said: “The uses proposed are considered to be acceptable in this city centre location and would assist in bringing this empty listed building back into a viable use.”

Bondholder NatWest now has its main city centre branch in St Peter’s Street.

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Inspiring the future

Bondholder East Midlands Chamber is backing a new initiative to connect primary schoolchildren across Derby with local employers, to help introduce them to the world of work.

Our Future – Derby is a new project funded by Bondholder Derby City Council, which supports the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area Programme, led by Bondholder the University of Derby's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kath Mitchell.

The Chamber is calling on its member businesses to lend their support to the project by volunteering to engage with primary schools and help raise their pupils’ aspirations.

It is hoped that engaging local employers will help to open children’s eyes to their future career possibilities and develop their employability skills. It will also encourage parents to raise their children’s aspirations and support teachers in linking classroom learning with the needs of the local labour market.

In addition, the project will spark conversations at a range of events across the city to help broaden horizons, raise aspirations, and open up a world of greater opportunities to the children, their families, and their teachers.

The Chamber is delivering the project on behalf of the City Council, with its partners Learn by Design, Forum Talent Potential and DMH Associates.

Pieter Eksteen, the Chamber’s Education and Business Partnerships Manager, said: “Our Future - Derby is an innovative programme which aims to inspire children and help them see the link between their education and the world of work from an early age.

“Research shows children’s aspirations are often shaped, moulded, and restricted by gender stereotyping, socio-economic background and the people they meet in their local area. We believe that collaboration between schools, families and businesses will help children to gain a better understanding of world of work, the opportunities that are out there and how they can make the most of them.”

By becoming an Inspiring The Future volunteer, you can help inspire young people to think about what is possible in their futures. Whether you’re a CEO or an apprentice, you’ll be amazed at how inspiring your story can be.

Your commitment can be as much, or as little, as you can offer, from giving up just one hour a year to share your career journey with young people in a school, to becoming a school governor.

Sign up today and start inspiring children in your community by showing them a future they can aspire to.



Nightingale city living

Enquiries are now officially being accepted by Bondholder Wavensmere Homes for the first wave release of the luxury 125 two- and three-bedroom homes, which will form part of the 800 planned for the Nightingale Quarter site.

James Dickens, Managing Director of Wavensmere Homes, said: “There has been an incredible amount of interest in the site and we are so proud to be able to be moving the development forward after laying dormant for four years. This is one of our most exciting projects to date, and so we wanted to make sure everyone who has messaged us to enquire about living there can now formally do so as we are planning to have work starting on site this autumn."

The £150 million development, which will also include apartments, is set to be built over the next five years on the site of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Planning permission was granted earlier this year by Derby City Council, and Wavensmere directors were careful to keep the iconic Pepperpot structures available for the whole community to enjoy and continue being major landmarks of the city. They will be transformed into a community hub café, exhibition space, gym and meeting rooms.

James Dickens said “Derby residents are incredibly fond of the Pepperpot structures due to their local historical significance, so this was a large part of the look and feel of the whole development, and we cannot wait to get started on creating a new chapter for the Nightingale Quarter and the city."

The eight-acre site will be a ‘green oasis’ for residents, including cycle routes, an open air gym and fitness area, children’s play areas and planting throughout the site.

The site was demolished in 2015 and was untouched until being taken over by Wavensmere Homes last autumn

All two and three-bedroom homes will be of a high spec, and include parking spaces and gardens.

Developers are expecting the site to be popular for first time buyers, as well as commuters wanting to keep a piece of city life due to its proximity to the train station and major shopping outlets and restaurants in the heart of Derby.

Sales Director Donna Smith said: “First completions are expected to be taking place in Spring 2020 and we know they are just going to be snapped up, so it’s important that people get their names on the list within the next few weeks.”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: "This is a really important step in bringing forward development of one of the largest city centre residential sites in the country. We have been working very closely with Wavensmere Homes to ensure a smooth landing in the city and they are keen to become part of the Derby family. The Nightingale Quarter is a massive investment that will quickly become a desirable residential location in the city centre providing 800 much needed homes. We all have personal memories of the DRI and I look forward to seeing this important part of Derby's past becoming a vital community asset for its future."

For those wanting to register their interest in the homes, visithttps://qderby.co.uk/

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Bondholder partnership boost

Bondholder Roundhouse Events has launched a new initiative to network with other events companies in the area to boost communication and referrals.

Meeting with a series of events companies once a month, with the aim of ensuring that event bookings are retained in Derby, the group has been co-created by Helen Vann, Sales Manager at Bondholder Pentahotel and Amy Wicks, Conference and Events Manager at Roundhouse Events.

Amy said "The aim of the group is to ensure Derby venues work together in collaboration to service the needs of companies and individuals looking to hire quality event space.

“There are many fantastic venues in Derby and we want to ensure that we service the needs of businesses and the community by offering suitable, quality space to host their event."

Helen added "It's a great way to get to know the people behind other Derby venues and hotels. It will enable all of us to work together, share best practise and, as a result, will enhance the offering across Derby as a city".

The group is made up of representatives from Bondholders Derby Conference Centre, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby City Council, QUAD, Deda, Jurys Inn, Derby County Football Club, Derby Museums and the University of Derby, along with Visit Derby, Hallmark Hotel, Riverside Centre and the Cathedral Quarter Hotel.

To register your interest in becoming part of the group, please contact amy-wicks@derby-college.ac.uk

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Time to TALK Derby

A major new Government programme has been launched in the city to improve the education and future job opportunities of local children.

TALK Derby aims to increase the social mobility of children across the whole city, and particularly in some of the least advantaged areas, by strengthening speech, language and communication skills.

Information and resources will be provided widely, with additional free training and support for schools, childminders, children's centres and early years settings in eight Derby wards - Abbey, Alvaston, Arboretum, Boulton, Chaddesden, Derwent, Normanton and Sinfin.

TALK Derby is encouraging everyone in Derby to pledge to spend more time talking and listening to the children in their lives - at mealtimes, during play and through everyday conversations.

The £845,000 programme is funded by the department for Education through the Derby Opportunity Area. led by the Vice-Chancellor of Bondholder the University of Derby, Professor Kath Mitchell, and will run until September 2020.

140 people who work with local children in the eight target wards are being recruited as "champions" to drive the project forward. Trained staff will lead effective early years practice and work with parents and wider families, to encourage them to have more of the right kind of interactions with their children.

Councillor Evonne Williams, Bondholder Derby City Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People added: "We know that social mobility is an issue in the city and TALK Derby is another piece of the puzzle to tackle it. The Opportunity Area has proved really valuable. The early results are really positive and I believe that this project will also prove a success."

Cubo concept office approved

Bondholder Staton Young will be bringing a new office concept to Derby city centre following planning approval by Derby City Council.

Staton Young will be transforming the Grade-II listed Old Post Office on Victoria Street into CUBO - 20,000 sq. ft of luxury, modern office space, with vast amounts of co-working space, hot desking, designated desks and private offices.

Tenants will be able to enjoy the many perks of CUBO. Love coffee? CUBO members/tenants can enjoy free coffee from an in-house barista. Love a beer? It will be in the co-working space on tap! Not to mention the hidden gems in the basement – a gym and wellness room, and more to be revealed.

The CUBO theory is to ‘LIVE CUBO, WORK CUBO’. Staton Young wants to create a working environment that makes people not only just want to come to work but to also work to their best ability. The tenants will be able to access all of the facilities 24 hours a day.

A planning application was submitted at the beginning of April and the scheme has now been given the go-ahead by fellow Bondholder Derby City Council, with Bondholder Planning and Design Practice having supported them through the planning process.

Rebecca Brough, Managing Director commented “We are delighted that we have finally had approval and can now start work on our CUBO project in Derby. It is a very exciting time for the company, and we can’t wait to announce the grand opening!”

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Student Green Light by Godwin Developments

Bondholder Godwin Developments has had plans approved by Derby City Council to develop an eight-storey state-of-the-art student accommodation scheme in the city's University Quarter.

The site located on Agard Street which is currently a surface level car park will house 142 studio apartments upon completion to accommodate students from the University of Derby.

The purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) sector is now a mature and mainstream property sector which, according to Knight Frank*, has reached £53 billion in size, equivalent to 10% of the size of the professionally managed commercial property market.

Gurdeep Gill, associate director at Godwin Developments, said: “We are excited to develop this site which will be the perfect location for students, as it’s just a stone’s throw from the University of Derby’s law school.

“Within the PBSA sector we have also seen a move towards creating accommodation which supports student wellbeing and mental health. As developers, we work closely with universities to ensure our developments contribute as much as possible to improving the wellbeing of students. The property will be designed to encourage social interactions as students are now looking for an environment that has a sense of community and provides both private and social spaces.

John Forkin Managing Director at Marketing Derby, said "We are delighted with the approval as we have worked closely with Godwin Developments on this and other sites. Marketing Derby together with the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) have provided our full support for the planning, which will significantly improve the area."

As well as delivering high-quality amenities including a welcome reception area, the site will bring a spark of innovation to regeneration in the city centre and offer highly anticipated accommodation for students across Derby.

The Agard Street site is one of the latest projects to be added to Godwin Developments’ growing portfolio, which contains a diverse range of commercial, residential and mixed-use property assets in key regional locations.

The planning approval for the scheme is just the latest in a series of positive planning applications which Godwin Developments has celebrated this month. The property developer now has 3,000,000ft² of development space across the UK totalling £600m GDV.

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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."

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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."



New Museum Hope

Headline partner at the Summit, Smith Partnership, is passionate about seeing Derby thrive and is involved in the new Museum of Making - a £16.4m project due to open at the Silk Mill in 2020.

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Smith Partnership tells us about its involvement in the project:

"At a time when city centres are being reimagined and repurposed, it is fitting that the Silk Mill, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, a hotbed of innovation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is being revitalised to put culture at the heart of regenerating Derby city centre.

It has been a privilege for Partner and Head of Commercial Property, Jason Wood, to act on behalf of Derby Museums, dealing with Derby City Council, Western Power, The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and The Arts Council of England (ACE).

Due to the unique nature of the building and its history, there have been complex negotiations between Derby City Council and Derby Museums regarding the future repair of the building, taking into account the mixture of very modern development and the historic fabric.

Jason said, “As a business headquartered in Derby, Smith Partnership is passionate about seeing the city thrive, so it was fantastic to work with Derby Museums on making the Museum of Making a reality. I believe a vibrant cultural sector is critical to a successful city and I can’t wait to see the doors open in 2020.”

Mo Suleman, Director of Resources at Derby Museums, said, “It has been a pleasure working with Jason, who has helped enormously in difficult negotiations to bring all parties together to make The Silk Mill Museum of Making a reality. It’s been great to work with a local solicitors like Smith Partnership to resolve the legal aspects.”




Arts Council Hub for Derby

Bondholder Derby Theatre has been awarded £1.5m by Arts Council England to become a pilot Performing Arts Producing Hub from September 2019.

As one of only two venues selected as a Producing Hub, Derby Theatre will use the three years of funding to programme work in community settings across the city; produce new small-scale productions that will tour into these hubs and beyond; produce new mid-scale work which will play on the Derby Theatre main stage and produce new outdoor work which will play at festivals like Festé and across the city.

The exciting consortium of companies who will help to support, deliver and develop the Producing Hub model in Derby include: Bondholders Déda, Derby City Council, Derby County Community Trust, QUAD and the University of Derby, along with Baby People, China Plate, Crying Out Loud, Maison Foo, Milk Presents, Not Too Tame and Wild Rumpus.

Sarah Brigham (Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Derby Theatre) said:“We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Producing Hubs funding which will enable us to forge and develop new and exciting relationships with artists, local people and organisations across the city and beyond.”

Neil Darlison (Director, Theatre at Arts Council England) said: “These pilots will examine whether a better connected performing arts sector increases production capacity and provides greater opportunities for artists and audiences.”

In addition to the Arts Council England Funding, Derby Theatre along with Bondholders Artcore, Déda, Derby County Community Trust, Derby Museums, QUAD and Sinfonia ViVA, as well as Baby People and East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (collectively known as the Derby Cultural Education Partnership) has also been awarded £1.1 million from the Arts Council Youth Performance Partnership Fund for the continuation of This is Derby.

The overall aim of the Arts Council’s Youth Performance Partnerships programme, through This is Derby, is to provide new opportunities for more children and young people, aged 8-18, particularly from areas of low cultural engagement and high levels of deprivation to take part in high quality cultural activities. It is a 3-year programme running until August 2022.

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Let’s talk partnership

Let’s talk partnership.

Not the nicey-nicey, process-focused Kumbaya type, but collaboration that makes genuine impact and change.

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Marketing Derby is what is called in the business an Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) with a role to promote Derby and Derbyshire in order to attract inward investment.

Every city, region and country has an IPA – I recently received an invite to meet with Invest in Iraq – meaning the world of inward investment is intensely competitive.

Investors can’t go everywhere, but they do like to have options, and, in my experience, their decisions are invariably based on a cocktail of the emotional and rational - perception and reality – plus how they are received and encouraged by a place.

Marketing Derby is itself a collaboration with a unique business model.

Our single largest source of funding is our Bondholders - the 350 companies, large and small, who contribute a fee which drives our activity.

Complementing this is funding from the public sector, including a 12-year relationship with Derby City Council, a new relationship with Derbyshire County Council and the support of D2N2, via ESIF funding.

We recently engaged a company called Conway – world-leading investment consultants based in Atlanta, Georgia – to carry out an independent analysis of our impact. Conway work globally for the likes of Invest in Paris or Invest Toronto meaning they were therefore able to apply their evolved assessment tools to our numbers.

We will be communicating the key conclusions to stakeholders this summer but headlines include the fact that, over the past three years, Marketing Derby has attracted 1,354 jobs and £359m of capital investment, delivering an impact to the city’s GVA of £333m.

Of course, we keep a tag on all our numbers so some of this wasn’t a surprise. What was interesting though was the emphasis Conway made in identifying that key to this success is our business model – that of a trusted, independent, honest broker, sitting between the investor and place, focused on helping to land the investment.

It’s always good to receive third party endorsement which is why we were especially pleased when the Financial Times FDI award was presented to us this year for having the best Digital IPA Strategy in the world, beating both Invest in New York and Hong Kong into second and third place respectively.

Core to our pitch to investors is the strength of the local economy which we promote as being the UK Capital for Innovation.

This is based on a 300-year track record, from being home to the world’s first factory - the UNESCO recognised Derby Silk Mill in 1721 - through to today being the world headquarters of one of the most innovative companies on the planet, Rolls-Royce plc.

Investors like to feel a place is ‘on the up’ which is why items such as last week’s news of Bombardier’s £2.5bn deal to design and build the Cairo monorail system in Derby is so welcome.

Earlier this month we held one of our ubiquitous Marketing Derby Embassy events on the 34th floor of a city of London skyscraper, Broadgate Tower. There, it was interesting to hear investors talk openly about how the rise of the University of Derby in the league tables, now standing at 26th with the Guardian, was a factor in their thinking.

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Some time ago, we created the Invest in Derby Red Carpet, a deceptively simple concept designed to handhold investors through their journey. It starts with our London footprint – where we have an office and Ambassadors’ Club – and continues locally as we strive to ease their investment experience.

No matter how fancy, a red carpet cannot replace a viable business case, but when investors can meet the City Council leadership, one-to-one, at our Embassy in London, it makes a tremendous difference to their experience of place. They begin to feel part of the team.

We are of course focused on bringing investment into Derby and Derbyshire but we are not parochial and so recognise the benefit of regional collaboration.

Marketing Derby helped initiate the incredibly successful Midlands Pavilion at the MIPIM commercial property show, held each March in Cannes. Investors love the fact that we are big enough to see the benefit of working across regions and we have received record enquires at MIPIM as a result.

International platforms will always be one of the main drivers of co-operation and the work we now do in China – Derby being twined with Hefei and Derbyshire with Anhui – is supplemented by midlands-wide collaboration in missions and exhibitions across China.

We believe and practice ‘collaboration with purpose’ and so it’s appropriate to end with a Chinese expression that neatly sums up this approach – ‘many hands make light work’.

 

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.

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Opportunities in China

Are you interested in selling your products or services to China or looking for a way to assess the market? Bondholders Derby City Council and East Midlands Chamber are taking a mission to the World Manufacturing Convention in Derby's twin city, Hefei, China (20-23 September).

Run in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, the Midlands Engine and the Department for International Trade, the mission offers an ideal platform to explore opportunities in China or just assess the market.

This is a significant national level event in China and the UK’s position as the “Country of Honour” will be leveraged to maximise business matching.

Marketing Derby will be hosting its first Chinese Embassy event in Hefei during the visit.

The theme of the convention is “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Creativity Embracing the New Era of Manufacturing”, and it covers not only manufacturing and engineering, but also the support services needed for a business to thrive (industrial, environmental, financial, technical etc).

It will offer:
- Free entry to The World Manufacturing Convention;
- Personalised and pre-arranged business matching with companies in Anhui and at the Convention;
- Before the mission, an introduction programme on the business environment and on operating in China delivered by the China–Britain Business Council (CBBC);
- Grants for qualifying SMEs of up to £940;
- Specific UK business events to showcase our skills, talents and offering.

Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils have a long and close relationship with the province of Anhui and the city of Hefei, with a project director based there. These close relationships will be of real benefit to Derbyshire businesses in preparing for the convention.

If you are interested in following up this opportunity, please contact the Department of International Trade West Midlands at: info@tradewm.co.uk

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