Derby Conference Centre

Bondholders win with Chamber


Several Bondholders were amongst the winners at the 2019 awards night of fellow Bondholder East Midlands Chamber on Friday.

The awards are amongst the largest and most prestigious in the region, bringing together businesses from across Derbyshire to celebrate and promote the outstanding work undertaken by our business community.

Our Bondholders made us proud being shortlisted for many of the awards. Bondholder winners at the gala dinner held at Pride Park Stadium were: Bloc Digital; RDS Global; The Roundhouse; and Sky Recruitment Solutions.

Bondholder Bloc Digital took home the coveted Business of the Year award, but, ever the professionals, the team celebrated by heading back to the office to hit a deadline!

Details of how our Bondholders fared in the awards are given below:

Business of the Year
Winner: Bloc Digital

Business Improvement through Technology
Winner: Bloc Digital
Finalists: Bowmer & Kirkland and Scenariio

Community Impact Award
Winner: RDS Global
Finalists: Purpose Media and LoatesHR

Business Venue of the Year
Winner: The Roundhouse
Finalist: Devonshire Dome, University of Derby and The Derby Conference Centre

Commitment to People Development
Finalists: Air IT and Talk Staff

Entrepreneur of the Year
Finalist: Amanda Strong of Mercia Image Print and Simon Rice of HSG UK

Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Autumn Parkinson, Sky Recruitment Solutions
Finalist: Jess Frearson, Future Proof Films

Excellence in Customer Service
Finalists: Air IT, Anoki, Purpose Media

Small Business of the Year
Finalists: Rhodes Wealth Management and Timms Solicitors

Manufacturer of the Year
Finalist: Work Wallet


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


Business Awards finalists announced

Bondholder East Midlands Chamber has announced the finalists for the Derbyshire Business Awards 2019 - we're pleased to see so many of our Bondholders are finalists.

The Derbyshire Business Awards bring together businesses from across the region and beyond to promote the outstanding work which Derbyshire businesses undertake every day.

The 2019 Derbyshire Business Awards Gala Dinner will take place on the 6th September at Pride Park Stadium.

There will be 13 awards presented across a range of categories, as well as the prestigious Business of the Year award. Winners of selected categories from the evening could go on to compete in the national British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) awards which take place in November.

Here is the list of Bondholder finalists:

Business Improvement Through Technology (make headers bold)
Bloc Digital
Bowmer and Kirkland

Community Impact Award
RDS Global
Purpose Media
Loates HR

Business Venue of the Year - New for 2019
The Derby Conference Centre
The Roundhouse

Commitment to People Development
Air IT
Talk Staff

Entrepreneur of the Year
Simon Rice – HSG UK
Amanda Strong – Mercia Image Print

Apprentice of the Year
Jess Frearson – Future proof Films
Autumn Parkinson - Sky Recruitment Solutions

Excellence in Customer Service
Air IT
Purpose Media

Small Business of the Year
Rhodes Wealth Management
Timms Solicitors

Manufacturer of the Year
Work Wallet

Good luck to all of the finalists!


The dawn of a new era at The Derby Conference Centre

It’s a changing of the guard at Bondholder The Derby Conference Centre, with the introduction of a new Managing Director Matt Hutchings. Matt has been in place at the Centre for a number of months, ensuring a smooth transition into his new role.

Matt will be taking over from Mike Ebbitt, who is retiring after 44 years in the industry - including 10 years at The Derby Conference Centre. During his time at The Derby Conference Centre, Mike oversaw a period of growth and success at the Centre, bringing a motivational style of management and introducing the key values which have been behind the Centre’s growth.

Mike has been at the forefront of driving The Derby Conference Centre forward, including transforming the building into a multi-purpose site complete with upgrading bedrooms and facilities, as well as obtaining Grade II listed status and receiving the Red plaque from the Transport Trust.

“It’s been a wonderful time managing The Derby Conference Centre,” Mike says. “I’m sad to be leaving of course but I’m really excited for my retirement and being able to spend more time with my family. The last 10 years have been like seeing a child develop into an adult in many ways – we’ve all come a long way during that time, with plenty of challenges of course, but I cannot express how proud I am of the team and how privileged to have worked with them all.”

“Mike has given so much to The Derby Conference Centre,” Matt adds. “He’s been a great mentor to myself and I’m keen to continue his hard work. It’s been an honour and pleasure learning from him over the last few months – his knowledge is so valuable in everything we do here at the Centre.”

As the new Managing Director, Matt’s main role will be to continue building on the vision Mike had back when he started 10 years ago – to turn The Derby Conference Centre into a hotel, conference and events venue that charms the customer, exceeds expectations and delivers excellence to a UK-wide audience.

Having worked in the hospitality industry since the age of 16, Matt has built his experience through several different roles. He has even opened two hotels himself, as well as refurbishing another, always bringing the same focus on investing in people.

“I have found that you cannot achieve success without investing in people, through development and engagement,” Matt says. “I’m really excited to inspire the fantastic team we have already at The Derby Conference Centre to think differently and engage them to begin a journey together in which we’ll evolve the Centre into the premier venue it can be. That potential is part of the reason why I was inspired to join The Derby Conference Centre.”

Conference Summer networking


Bondholder Derby Conference Centre hosted an event with not-for-profit, business-led organisation Business in the Community (BITC) to connect charities and businesses together. 

Amongst the 17 selected charities who were chosen at random to have a stand from those who applied were Bondholders Derby Institute of Sport, Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, Treetops Hospice and YMCA.

Other charities included Age UK, Tegan’s Butterflies, Faith Hope & Enterprise, The Prince’s Trust, Valley CIDS, Me & Dee, Upbeat Communities, CHICKS, 
DHA, Rosie May Foundation, Twenty Twenty, Alzheimer’s Society and BBO Towards Work Programme.   

It was an ideal opportunity for charities to showcase their work and promote upcoming events.

In his final engagement as BITC's Prince's Ambassador for the East Midlands and, former Deputy Managing Director for bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK Tony Walker CBE spoke about the importance of businesses and charities working together.

Talking to guests from charities and businesses he said: "Responsible business is good business and together we can achieve so much for the good of the community we are based in which in turn benefits our businesses."


Conference Centre Charges Ahead

Bondholder the Derby Conference Centre has invested in sustainable technology and has installed electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

The centre now has 14 charging points installed, making them the hotel with the most EV charging facilities in the East Midlands. The business is hoping the charging points will incentivise those using the centre to think more carefully about their carbon footprint. 

Mike Ebbitt, Managing Director, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to offer these facilities to staff members and visitors. As a business, we are passionate about being ‘green’ and anything we can do to help reduce our carbon footprint is a worthwhile investment.

"We hope that the new charging points will encourage people to be more environmentally conscious.” 

Consultation on the Industrial Strategy

The Government has published its Green Paper on Industrial Strategy - central to which will be new sector deals and major investment in research and development to support the economy.

To support this the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is gathering views from businesses and organisations in its area, so it can better represent those views to Government.

The Government launched a UK-wide consultation on its green paper, the Building our Industrial Strategy report, at the end of last month. The 132 page report outlines ten key pillars – including skills building, upgrading infrastructure and investing in science – through which the Government is seeking to drive economic growth, and reduce regional variations in opportunities and prosperity. The Government’s 12 week consultation on the Strategy will end on Monday April 17.

D2N2 is conducting its own research to gather local businesses' views on the strategy. A short survey can be filled online, by clicking here.

During the consultation period, Marketing Derby and Bondholder East Midlands Chamber are hosting a joint business consultation session, where the strengths, assets and opportunities that exist within businesses will be explored and a Derby-based response to the strategy will be developed.

The event is kindly being hosted by Bondholder Derby Conference Centre.

The session is aimed at all businesses and will be participative and include a Q&A with MP for Derby North, Amanda Solloway, who sits on the BEIS Select Committee.

For more information about this Bondholder event, please click here. 



Conference Centre revamp approved

Major overhaul plans at Bondholder Derby Conference Centre have been approved by Derby City Council.

The Grade II-listed building dates back to the 1930s and provides meeting facilities and 50 en-suite rooms. The application included plans to revamp and upgrade the facility's Astel House, Sunken Lounge, Stephenson Restaurant, lecture theatre, Wyvern Bar, Business Centre, reception and toilet facilities.

Bondholder Derby Conference Centre said the decision to carry out the work was commercial and would provide rentable space.

The Derby Conference Centre originally opened its doors as a training college for railway staff in 1938 and was designed by William H Hamlyn, London Midland and Scottish Railway's Principal Architect. The construction originally cost just £50,000.

New Business Lounge launched

Business executives looking for a quiet place to do work can now take advantage of Bondholder Derby Conference Centre's newly-launched Business Lounge.

Facilities include private meeting pods, free parking, superfast broadband and refreshments. Customers will also benefit from discounts on meeting rooms and hotel accommodation.

Mike Ebbitt, Managing Director of Derby Conference Centre, said: "The Business Lounge is a natural extension to our successful conferencing and events facilities and addresses a real need in the city. It is a brand new concept to Derby and has been specially designed as the perfect environment to enable business executives and managers to gain an uninterrupted time to focus on their work."

Fellow Bondholder DE22 Creative is working with the Conference Centre to support the launch as part of the marketing rebrand for the venue. Martin Griffiths, Managing Director of DE22 Creative, said: "This is a fantastic facility for business people to have the head space to work on their business without interruption and reflects Derby's increasing stature as a great place to do business on an international stage."

For more information or to book a tour of the new facilities, please call Lauren Docksey or Danielle West on (01332) 861 831 or visit the website.