Derby City Council

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."



Headline partnership

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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E4E awards night

Enterprise for Education (E4E) - the partnership between Bondholder Derby City Council and local businesses which works to inspire young people to aim higher and achieve more - is holding its first awards event.

The partnership brings employers into city schools to provide inspiration and share real-world careers experience through personal mentoring, mock interviews, career search support, careers events and industry visits.

The first awards event, organised by Derby City Council and sponsored by Copemann Ashby and fellow Bondholder Rolls-Royce will be held at Bondholder the University of Derby's Law Faculty on Tuesday July 2 starting at 4.45pm and finishing at 7pm.

The keynote speaker will be Stuart Garner of Bondholder Norton Motorcycles and awards will be presented by representatives from businesses who have sponsored each category.

E4E Chair Mike Copestake said "Having established excellent relationships with both employers and schools through a number of activities organised by E4E, we were keen to showcase the positive impact that local business people are having on the lives of young people."

“This first awards event will therefore bring everyone together to celebrate the achievements of young people, schools and volunteers who have both supported and benefited from the innovative E4E programme.”

All city secondary schools have been invited to submit nominations for the awards which recognise young people’s engagement and achievements through the E4E programme.

Awards to be presented are:
- Aiming higher (sponsored by the Titan Trust)
- Young Achiever (sponsored by Bondholder Rolls-Royce)
- Good Citizen (sponsored by David Nieper)
- Young Improver (sponsored by Bondholder Bowmer + Kirkland)
- School of the Year (sponsored by Bondholder Freeths)
- Debating competition (sponsored by Derby Law Society)

There is also an award for the Volunteer of the Year from a local employer who has made a particularly outstanding contribution to E4E activities.

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The Knife Angel is coming

Derby has been chosen to be one of the cities across the country to host the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression - the 'Knife Angel'.

The spectacular 27ft sculpture, made from up to 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police amnesties across the country, will be based next to Bondholder Derby Cathedral for 28 days in October.

The Knife Angel is being brought to Derby by a group of agencies and organisations across the city, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

Other Bondholders who have offered their help and expertise include Bowmer and Kirkland, Mercia Image Ltd, Work Wallet and G Wathall and Son Ltd.

Created in collaboration with all 43 police forces, the Home Office, Anti-violence groups and hundreds of families who have been affected by knife crime, the monument is a symbol of the nation’s intolerance to violence and aggression. It was created by the British Ironwork Centre, by sculptor Alfie Bradley to highlight the impact knife crime has on people, families and communities.

Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture. One such relative is local woman, Rachel Webb. Rachel’s son, Tom, was 22-years-old when he was stabbed and killed in St Peter’s Street, Derby in 2016.

Rachel said: “I am thrilled to learn that the Knife Angel is coming to Derby. It’s an emotive thought-provoking monument, which is helping to educate and raise awareness of the increasing knife crime epidemic on Britain’s streets."

They are also keen for other volunteers to be involved in the project, particularly in being able to act as information marshals at the sculpture. Full training will be provided and anyone interested is urged to make contact.

If you are interested in volunteering or represent a group that would like to be interested in the programme of activities please contact the organising group on knifeangel@derbycathedral.org


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Plans to play at Riverlights

Plans have been submitted to create a new children's play centre at Bondholder Riverlights in Derby.

London-based Sports & Leisure Centres Ltd has submitted plans to Bondholder Derby City Council to convert a vacant unit at the complex into the new venture, Injoy.

The plans, submitted by Simpson Studio Architects, on behalf of Sports & Leisure Centres, state that the new play centre would include “trampolines, climbing area, cafeteria and small meeting/seminar spaces together with lounge and bar facilities for adults over the ground and intermediate floors”.

The centre would create 25 new jobs, including five full-time roles.

The Riverlights complex, which is already home to businesses including Holiday Inn, Premier Inn, Genting Casino and Gym City - and incorporates Derby Bus Station - originally opened in 2010. In 2015, the building was bought by London-based asset management company Moorfield Group for £16.5 million.

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YMD Boon delivers city housing

Architecture and construction consultancy Bondholder YMD Boon has designed and delivered a new apartment complex located on Mill Hill Lane in Derby.

In partnership with Bailey Construction, the new Birch View residential scheme offers 14 one and two bed apartments.

Delivered on behalf of Optune Homes and Bondholder Derby City Council, Birch View required a major change of level and careful consideration was taken in order to maximise the space and provide suitable access to future affordable housing residents.

Shari Setayesh, director at YMD Boon, said: “Work has been underway at Birch View since February 2018, so it’s fantastic to see the finished building."

“The scheme has brought more affordable housing to the heart of a wonderful residential area and we’re very pleased to have been a part of this development. We hope future residents enjoy their new homes.”

Scott Bailey, managing director at Bailey Construction, said: “The scheme itself was challenging due to the nature of the site being confined and on a steep slope. We had engaged with YMD Boon to provide architectural assistance with delivering this scheme, and they proved to assist at every point."

Cllr Roy Webb, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Housing at Derby City Council, said: “This development evidences the benefit of partnership working to deliver quality, well designed homes on time and on budget. These apartments, now owned by Derby City Council and managed by Derby Homes, the council’s management agent, are adding to and improving our stock of affordable rented accommodation for people within the City.”

YMD Boon is on a number of housing frameworks including emh group and Reallies, and continues to provide architectural services for the affordable housing sector nationwide.

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Kedleston Road apartment bid

A planning application has been submitted to Bondholder Derby City Council for a proposed development in a popular residential area on Kedleston Road.

The proposed scheme comprises a new four storey brick building encompassing 14 two bedroom apartments ranging in size from 69 – 74 square metres.

The proposed development will be of a similar height to the neighbouring dwellings. The apartments will each have two double bedrooms and two bathrooms to make them appealing to a wide range of potential occupants.

Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects said: “The proposal seeks to create a sustainable development not just in terms of carbon footprint but also by providing an attractive and safe environment for an integrated community.

Generous and flexible living spaces enjoying good day-lighting and privacy levels will make for a high quality of life, encouraging residents to remain and promoting a stable and familiar community."

A planning decision is expected at the end of January.

Attracting Chinese tourism

The tourism team at Bondholder Derby City Council is working in partnership with Hino Travel, to help increase visitor numbers to Derby and Derbyshire.

This is the result of the relations that the team have been building over several years with Hino Travel, an international Chinese travel agency and the second largest inbound travel agent in the UK.

Between January and August 2018 Hino Travel sent 46 Chinese groups of tourists and students (758 people in total) to Derby and Derbyshire.

Chatsworth House, Mayfield Alpacas and Bluebells Ice Cream Farm were popular attractions in 2018, with Royal Crown Derby and Buxton in the Peak District already appearing on itineraries for Chinese tourist groups in 2019.

Yu Zhang, Deputy General Manager of Hino Travel said “Derby and Derbyshire have so many great attractions for visitors and we look forward to bringing Chinese groups to more great attractions in Derby and Derbyshire in 2019.”

An overnight visitor is worth approximately £165 to the economy of the area and a day visitor is worth £54.

Stella Birks, Visitor Services Development Manager said “We continue to work with tour operators to build awareness of the great products we have to offer to Chinese visitors. This is a great opportunity for Derby and Derbyshire to increase visitor numbers in the short term and also establish a pattern of popular attractions that independent Chinese visitors will want to follow for longer term growth.”

New Cathedral Green offices

Derby City Council has announced plans for 37,500 sq ft of Grade A riverside office development.

Situated alongside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the world’s first factory, the Silk Mill, One Cathedral Green will include a 12,500 sq ft regional headquarters for Unite the Union.

The scheme is expected to cost £9 million and create 180 new jobs in addition to those safeguarded at Unite the Union. It will include basement car parking and be completed by Autumn 2020.

Derby City Council will be working in partnership with Wilson Bowden who have owned the site since 2014. An operator for the managed workspace has been identified and details will be announced in due course.

The building is expected to provide Grade A workspace for companies looking for a city centre location. Grade A space has been in short supply in recent years, so this development is expected to be extremely popular.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said, “There is a need for larger office spaces in the city centre. This new model of office development will enable businesses to grow, attract new occupiers and enable commerce to thrive.”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said, “We welcome this development which will help to meet demand for high quality office space in the city centre. An increase in the number of people working at One Cathedral Green will have a positive impact on the economy and vibrancy of the city centre.”

House of Lords Embassy celebration

Marketing Derby hosted its first joint Derby and Derbyshire Embassy event at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster in October to celebrate the strength of Derby and Derbyshire.

Two hundred guests from the city and county joined London ambassadors and to hear from speakers including the Earl of Cavendish about connections with the capital.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, who opened the event, commented: "Marketing Derby has been running these unique and innovative Embassies for over ten years. We started at the House of Commons and we are delighted to finally be at the House of Lords".

Event host Bishop Alastair Redfern former Bishop of Derby encouraged guests to work together and told them that real innovation comes from creative relationships and the spirit of confidence.

This year Marketing Derby were especially delighted to receive the support of headline partner Pick Everard and associate partner Burnthebook.

Messages of confidence also came from Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter who announced that with support from Flint Bishop, Geldards, Rigby & Co and D2N2 LEP, the Council had just completed the purchase of run-down buildings in the Becketwell area of the city to open it up for much-needed regeneration.

Echoing these sentiments from the City was Frank Horsely Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council who said: “Derby and Derbyshire share a fantastic identity, and we're a world class destination. I strongly believe we have a unique offer that makes us stand out from the rest for investment.”

Headline sponsor of the Marketing Derby Embassy, Pick Everard’s Managing Partner Duncan Green, who spoke about some of their recent successes said: “Building mutually beneficial relationships has resulted in the significant growth of our business. We’re seeing significant regeneration taking place in Derby - and across the region - and our relationship with the capital is continuously strengthened by this.”

William Cavendish, Earl of Burlington and Chancellor of the University of Derby announced the launch of a strategic partnership between the Chatsworth House Trust, the Devonshire Educational Trust and the University of Derby.

The partnership will generate new opportunities for students to take up a variety of work and volunteer placements at the stately home, to stage events there and deliver agreed activities.

Click here to view our exclusive MDTV film report on the Embassy.

Partnership critical to city's future

Carole Mills became the first female Chief Executive for Bondholder Derby City Council when she joined at the beginning of August.

Carole joined from Milton Keynes Council where she held the role of chief executive in 2014. Before that, over a 16-year period, she held senior strategic roles at metropolitan and unitary councils including Walsall and Nottingham City.

• What are your first impressions of Derby?

Derby is a great city. There are areas of historic charm, thriving businesses, beautiful green spaces, and some excellent bars and restaurants. The city also has a very passionate population; Derby people clearly love Derby. There are also some really exciting projects on our agenda as a place.

• What is your aspiration for Derby?

We have some fantastic people working at the Council who are committed both to public service and the city, and it’s a privilege to be here and working as part of Team Derby. I want to ensure that Derby City Council is focussed on doing all it can to optimise opportunities for Derby, its citizens, businesses, visitors and other stakeholders.

That said, there are challenges and issues to resolve, and I believe it’s important to tackle them head on, so that will be a priority for me.

• What is your impression of how Derby’s business community shapes the city?

I’m struck by the excellent partnerships we have between businesses here; the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Visit Derby, the University of Derby, Derby Renaissance Board, Marketing Derby and its Bondholders, of course, and others - all working together with the Council and local businesses, uniting and acting as a force for positive change in the city – it’s very inspiring.

Of course we have the industrial giants who have roots in the city and its heritage, like Rolls-Royce, but there are also many small- and medium-sized enterprises that really make Derby and the communities they work in.

I’ve already been out and about – starting to meet with partners and business leaders, and there’s a clear sense of pride in everyone I’ve met; not only in their own businesses and Derby of course, but also within the communities they sit in and the people they work with. I’m looking forward to working with as many people and businesses as I can.

• What role do you see the Council playing in helping to shape the city?

Working effectively with partners is critically important as is making the right connections within the city and beyond – regionally, nationally and internationally. No local authority is an island and, in the best places, you have the public, private and voluntary sectors working together in partnership.

Our success will be maximised when people, businesses and communities are empowered and working together for the good of the city.

The council has a unique role in making and enhancing those connections and brokering the right kind of involvement at the right time.

• What has been the ethos underpinning your career?

I have very strong values – work hard, do the right thing, listen, communicate, make things happen and be kind. I’m very much a people person and enjoy building effective, multi-disciplinary teams. To make things happen, you need people working together; no one can go-it alone. I’ve never shied away from the difficult conversations, challenging others where that’s required or taking appropriate risks.

• What has been your proudest achievement of your career?

It would have to be establishing the concept of the MK Futures 2050 Commission which, following extensive engagement with city stakeholders, culminated in the creation of a long term vision for Milton Keynes to continue to grow and prosper. Their incredibly well-received report ‘Making a Great City Greater’ set out six big projects –growth and strategy; a new university; learning and skills; smart, sustainable mobility; renaissance CMK and the creative, cultured city and will take MK forward in a very positive way.

• Tell us one thing that not many people know about you.

I’m a very open person, so nothing much to tell on this one. I do love foreign travel and am a keen photographer, having visited around 50 countries so far.

20th Anniversary marks importance of twinning

20th Anniversary marks importance of twinning

Representatives from Marketing Derby, Bondholders the University of Derby and Toyota as well as the region’s City, County and District councils joined government ministers and MPs in Westminster this week for an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the twinning of Derbyshire and Toyota City.  

Raising Aspirations

Bondholder and creative agency Burnthebook has completed a brand design project with Year nine engineering students at Derby Moor School in Littleover.

Burnthebook is part of the Derby City Enterprise Adviser Network, led by fellow Bondholder Derby City Council, to help young people develop employability skills and inspire their future career choices. 

The company is also a Cornerstone employer - working as part of the Derby City Council and D2N2 programme to tackle social mobility under the city’s status as an Opportunity Area.

Students at Derby Moor were supported by the creative team at Burnthebook to develop the branding and packaging for a health drink.  They then pitched their products in a 'Dragon's Den' style presentation with the winning team awarded by the company with £50 vouchers and £25 each for two runners up.

Burnthebook Director Jackie Clarke explained: “As a Cornerstone employer and part of the Careers Enterprise Network, we were keen to work with Derby Moor Academy both for the benefit of the students and for our creative team here as part of their professional development."

Jacqui Kinch, Enterprise Coordinator for Derby City, said: “Bringing employers into the classroom helps students make the link between the between the relevance of what they do in lessons and how this contributes to employment opportunities.  The ultimate aim is to raise aspirations and in doing so improve attainment."

If any other Bondholders would be interested in developing a curriculum project with a local secondary school please contact Jacqui Kinch, Enterprise coordinator for Derby City Council, Jacqui.Kinch@derby.gov.uk
 

Equaliteas in the workplace

Bondholder University of Derby recently supported Pauline Latham OBE, MP for Mid-Derbyshire as she hosted an 'Equaliteas' event to remember and celebrate how women's rights have changed in the 100 years since voting rights were extended to women for the first time.  

Following a welcome of tea and cake guests were inspired by talks from female speakers including Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor of External Affairs for Bondholder University of Derby, Anna Ince, Chief Executive Officer for Bondholder and rail technology company Resonate, Georgia Vicars who is Project and Account Manager at Bondholder Fluid Ideas as well as Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, an award-winning human rights campaigner and Jacci Woodcock who spoke about her Dying to work campaign.

Within her empowering speech Judith Lamie said "Education is a powerful tool that will enable us to overcome inequality and we must keep on ensuring fair and full opportunity for all to access education so that we realise a place of working and living in an equal society."

Georgia Vicars who talked about the need for more women in technology based roles said "I was really honoured to be asked by Pauline Latham OBE MP to talk at her Pankhurst and Equaliteas Tea Party. It was an incredibly tough act to follow, following Judith, Jasvinder, Anna and Jacqui, all sharing such inspiring stories. Everybody who attended left the event feeling extremely empowered, myself included!"

Following the event a wreath was laid in the Derby City Council's Council House to mark in memory of Emmeline Pankhurst, a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement which helped women win the right to vote.  The wreath was also to remember Alice Wheeldon, Derby's own suffragist who was recently honoured in the Made in Derby walk of fame.

Bondholders join forces

Bondholders showed their support for Derbyshire Constabulary when they joined forces with Normanton and Rosehill Safer Neighbourhood Teams to hold a children’s sports event in Derby’s Arboretum.  
     
Last week, the policing teams came together with Business in the Community’s business connector, Bondholders Derby Community Trust, Derby College, East Midlands Airport and Rolls-Royce as well as PAK foods, Sainsbury’s and ASDA to hold a sports event for local school children.

The event, attended by Derby City Council’s Mayor, Mike Carr, was held with the aim of giving young people a positive experience with the police.

Sergeant Donna Abbott, who is in charge of the teams, said: “The area that the teams police in this part of Derby is very diverse.
“We are always looking for different ways of engaging with the different communities to give people the confidence to be able approach us when they need us. It is important that when they need our help people feel confident to come to us and events like this help to break down any barriers that may exist.

Sara Mitchell, Derby business connector at Business in the Community, added: “This is a brilliant example of organisations from different sectors in the local community achieving great things by working together. 

“It is wonderful to see businesses, police, community organisations and the education sector collaborating to increase community cohesion. A fantastic example of what the responsible business model looks like in action. 
 

Pall Mall Embassy Success

Marketing Derby hosted its 30th Derby Embassy at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London this week.

The Derby Embassy is part of Marketing Derby’s annual calendar of events in London.  As a key target market to raise the profile of Derby in the capital it is an opportunity to gather local ambassadors, business leaders, key stakeholders together with investors and developers who are looking to be part of Derby’s future landscape.

Embassy guests heard from the Leader of Derby City Council, Chris Poulter at his first Embassy event since taking over the leadership role, as well as hearing from law firm and Embassy partner Smith Partnership about their forward-thinking approach to an office move.  Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development for Rolls-Royce re-affirmed the global firms commitment to Derby.

The event was part of the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014-2020.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said "We have been holding Embassy events in London for 10 years.  They go from strength to strength and are an important part of our inward investment strategy.  This ear we opened an office base in the capital and launched an Ambassador's Club which is becoming a dynamic group of advocates for the city."