Derby Telegraph

Stars to be unveiled

Ten new 'Made in Derby' plaques celebrating the achievements of some of the people who have helped put Derby and Derbyshire on the world map will be unveiled in the city's Market Place and on Iron Gate on Saturday 14th September.

This is phase 2 of 'Made in Derby' - a trail of mosaic and cast iron plaques which can be brought to life via augmented reality using a smartphone app - with a Walk of Fame already embedded on Albion Street and Exchange Street.

Karam Singh, Derby's world-leading breakdancer from local Trinity Warriors dance crew, is the first star to be announced. The launch will take place at 11.30am in the Market Place with the names of all of the stars being revealed by Bondholder the Derby Telegraph early on Saturday morning.

The first star to be announced, Karam Singh is hoping for a call-up to Team GB if breaking is officially accepted as an Olympic sport in time for the Games to take place in Paris in 2024. Karam took part in his first competition when he was 10 and became the youngest person to ever set foot on the World Bboy Championship stage in 2008. Over the past few years, he has won numerous titles in places such as France, Switzerland, Belgium, USA and China - the latter was where he won the Street Dance World Cup for Britain. He is also a competition judge and teaches workshops in places such as India, Slovenia and Italy.

The other nine people on the remaining plaques are from a variety of eras dating back to the 17th century through to the 21st century and are mainly involved in science, the arts, sport and commerce.

Last year, Derby became the first city in Europe to use augmented reality in a walk of fame or similar piece of public art. Each of the sculptures, designed by Tim Clapcott, has a QR code which when activated by the app and it is even possible to take a selfie with your favourites as it brings them to life.

Sculptor Mr Clapcott said: “I hope the names of the people on the plaques will inspire Derby people to take a pride in where they live and inspire younger people, who will see the people on the plaques as role models in their lives.

"The Made in Derby title not only refers to the successful people of Derby, but it is also a metaphor for the city’s industrial heritage and thriving commerce and community today."

Trinity Warriors will get Saturday's event underway on the Market Place at 11am, with unveiling starting at 11.30am. The unveiling will finish at Bondholder Derby Cathedral at 12 noon with another Trinity Warriors performance.

(Image: Tim Clapcott)

(Image: Tim Clapcott)


Bondholders bring Festé 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

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

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

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

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

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

Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

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

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

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

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

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


Finalists revealed for Food & Drink Awards

The finalists for the 11th Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards have been revealed! Let's take a look at who's lucky enough to be in the running to be crowned the city's finest...

Restaurant of the Year
The Palfrey
Lotus Indian Kitchen
The Wonky Table

Best café
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
The Squashed Tomato
Derby QUAD Café

Excellence in Customer Service
Remember this award is voted for by YOU, via the Derby Telegraph
Milk & Honey Deli
Katherine's Gift & Coffee Bar
Elements Tea & Coffee House
The Exeter Arms
Lisa Jean at Bennetts
Kava Coffee Bar

Best bar
The Orange Tree
The Palfrey
Suds and Soda

Best pub
The Bell & Castle
The Blessington Carriage
The Dog & Moon

Most family friendly
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Bluebell Dairy cafe

Best newcomer
Annie's Burger Shack
The Creaky Floorboard
Elements Tea & Coffee House

Best international
La Pizza
Annie's Burger Shack

Best out of town - the competition was so high, we have four finalists in this category!
Cock Inn at Mugginton
Vegan Revelation
Amalfi White
The Shed at Hilton

Congratulations to this year's finalists!

The winners will be announced at the Roundhouse on the 7th October at an exciting ceremony with guest speakers, food and drink stalls (The Market Place) and more!

Everyone is invited to the awards ceremony, so if you would like to attend simply register here


2019 Sponsors

A big thank you to this year's Food & Drink Awards sponsors, who now have the difficult (and fun) task of picking a winner from their sponsored category!

See below for our full list of 2019 category sponsors and what they say about the awards.

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Denby Pottery
"Denby is delighted to sponsor the Food & Drink Awards again this year as this region has many impressive venues for dining and socialising. Denby is offering a prize of £1,000 RRP of its locally made tableware for the winner of the ‘Restaurant of the Year’. As restaurants want their food to look as good as it tastes, this seemed like the perfect partnership for Denby!"

Outstanding achievement award sponsored by Royal Crown Derby
“It gives us great pleasure to be sponsoring this year’s Outstanding Achievement award. At Royal Crown Derby we have been manufacturing fine bone china tableware for over 265 years, meaning the Food and Drink industry is right at our heart. Being founded in Derby and being based in the city for over 2 and a half decades, it is an honour to be sponsoring such an important award in an industry and a city that means so much to us.”

Best Café sponsored by Derby College
"Derby Food and Drink Awards celebrate the best of creativity, high quality customer service and entrepreneurial endeavour which are all attributes that we engender into our student body as part of their study programmes."

Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by The Derby Telegraph
"Good customer service can mean the difference between an average dining-out experience and a truly memorable one; it can be the deciding factor which compels people to make a return visit.”

Remember this award is voted for by YOU. You can vote here for Excellence in Customer Service.

Best bar sponsored by Irongate Group
“Irongate is delighted to continue its support of the awards for another year, helping showcase the innovative and vibrate food and drink culture we have in Derby”.

Best pub sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
"We’re proud to once again sponsor the Marketing Derby food and drink awards. Derbyshire is dubbed the real ale capital of the UK and we have a thriving food and drink scene so we’re extremely excited to see this year’s competition."

Most family friendly sponsored by Cattermole Electrical
"As a small award-winning family business and having a young family of my own it made sense for us to sponsor the Most family friendly award."

Best newcomer sponsored by Hot House Music School
"Derby has a tradition of being both innovative and inspirational. We believe that Derby has an exceptional level of talent in every aspect of its culture and business which is why we are delighted to sponsor the Best newcomer award"

Best international sponsored by KRCS
"As a local business, KRCS is proud to support restaurants in Derby and the surrounding areas. We’re excited to sponsor the Best international award 2019, as we celebrate diversity in the city and the eclectic mix of flavours and cultures that make Derby great."

Best out of town sponsored by the University of Derby
"We are delighted to be supporting the Food and Drink Awards 2019. Our Culinary and Hospitality courses are preparing the next generation of talent to support this highly valuable sector."

The Market Place sponsored by Gem Radio


Class of 2018

With over 4,000 nominations received from the public and some intense judging, Marketing Derby was pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards in 2018.

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony, held at The Roundhouse on Monday 8th October 2018.

On the night, Marketing Derby presented the Royal Crown Derby Outstanding Achievement award to The Palfrey who made a significant contribution to Derby's food and drink scene.

The event also saw the launch of a new recipe book called Ten: A recipe for success, produced in collaboration with AVIT' Media and Once Upon a Fork.

The Winner of the 'Restaurant of the Year', Terroir Bistro, won £1,000 worth of Denby tableware.

The 2018 winners & finalists were:

Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Denby Pottery
Terroir Bistro (winner)
The Dovecote

Best café – sponsored by Derby College
Bear (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Milk & Honey Deli

Excellence in customer service – sponsored by the Derby Telegraph
Portobello (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
POINTSIX Coffee House
Milk & Honey

Best bar – sponsored by Irongate Group
Suds & Soda (winner)
Slug & Lettuce

Best pub - sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
The Exeter Arms (winner)
The Dog & Moon
The Last Post

Most family friendly – sponsored by Derby Days Out
Buttermilk (winner)
POINTSIX Coffee House

Best newcomer – sponsored by the University of Derby
The Squashed Tomato (winner)
POINTSIX Coffee House
The Yard

Best international – sponsored by Riverlights Derby
Anoki (winner)

Best Out of Town – sponsored by Smooth Radio
Hackwood Farm (winner)
Fishermans Rest, Belper
The Shed at Hilton


Food & Drink Last Chance to Vote!

Nominations close this Friday (26th) for the 2019 Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards; vote now for your favourite establishment, 2000 already have!


Now in its eleventh year, the Awards recognise and celebrate the city's vibrant and growing food and drink sector.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin says: "Food and drink is an important sector but a tough one too. We want to celebrate the best locally and promote customer growth, so I encourage everyone to vote to give support to their favourites."

Here is the list of the categories available for nomination:

The Excellence in Customer Service award (Sponsored by Bondholder Derby Telegraph) is voted for by readers of the Derby Telegraph, from a shortlist of six establishments.

Nominations are judged on quality, not quantity, so make sure you consider your nominations carefully.

When the nomination period ends, judges from each category will sample each finalist to select a winner.

The finalists for each category will be announced on Friday 16th August, with the much anticipated awards ceremony taking place on Monday 7th October at Bondholder venue The Roundhouse.

For more information on the awards please contact Katie Wells


Derby Telegraph Business Awards Finalists Announced


The finalists for Bondholder Derby Telegraph's Business Awards 2019 have been announced.

Now in its sixth year, the Awards, are organised in association with Bondholder Champions (UK) Plc, the headline sponsors are Bondholder Derby College, as well as ITV, Thomas International and Stirland Paterson Group.

The nominees represent the cream of the city and county’s businesses and range from innovative small businesses to top-performing large firms.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 5th June at Bondholder Derby College’s Roundhouse. Marketing Derby is proud to, once again, sponsor the pre-dinner Champagne reception at the Awards evening.

Many of the finalists are Bondholders and we wish them all good luck.

The categories, sponsors and finalists are:


Sponsored by University of Derby

Bloc Digital

Hackwood Farm



Sponsored by Smith Partnership

Air IT

Midland Lead



Sponsored by Wheeldon Brothers


White Peak Distillery

The Gin & Rum Festival


Sponsored by HUUB

Steve Hasledine, Alerter Group

Leah McLaren, Hot Pod Yoga

Amanda Strong, Mercia Image Print

Rob Carlin, Superior Spas


Sponsored by Derby City Council

Bloc Digital

Busy Things

Future Proof


Sponsored by Impellam Recruitment

Derby Homes

Imperial Commercials

HL Plastics


Sponsored by ESET

Rhodes Wealth Management


Smith Partnership


Sponsored by Lubrizol

Cosy Direct

Gift Wellness

RDS Global


Sponsored by Sellick Partnership

Derventio Housing Trust

Treetops Hospice Care



Sponsored by Aspirational Magazine

Morley Hayes

Oviso Financial Services

Silver X


Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management

EPM Composites

HL Plastics

Stirland Paterson



Sponsored by DNS

Anchor & Crew

Smith Partnership



Sponsored by Thomas International

Midland Lead

Silver X

Xpertise Recruitment


Sponsored by Specsavers

Gowercroft Joinery



A new category for this year is


Sponsored by Furniture Cloud

Derby College Group

Chameleon School of Construction

University of Derby

And finally


Sponsored by Derby College

The Gin & Rum Festival


YMD Boon

Bondholders are in blue. We apologise if we've missed anyone.

Hall is a Champion

Bondholder and leading East Midlands brand agency Champions (UK) plc has made a new, high-profile addition to its board.

Former regional Editor-in-Chief at media company Reach plc East Midlands and Marketing Derby Board member, Steve Hall, has been appointed Communications Director.

Over the course of a highly successful career Steve has managed the editorial teams of titles including the Nottingham Post, Leicester Mercury, Derby Telegraph. He also spent four years as Managing Director of four media businesses run by publisher Local World and has won a number of major industry awards, including being named ‘UK Regional Editor of the Year’.

In his exciting new role at Champions Steve will oversee the company’s strategic output, working closely with the PR, copywriting, social media and videography teams.

Discussing his appointment, Steve said: “I have worked with Champions on a number of projects in my previous roles and have always been impressed by their professionalism and commitment to delivering excellent results for the businesses they represent. I’m delighted to now be on board and to help our clients share their exciting stories with key audiences.”

A family run business, until 2017 Champions’ board of directors was solely made up of seven members of the Hayes family, including CEO John Hayes and Managing Director Matthew Hayes. However, the company has expanded rapidly in recent years, with turnover jumping from £17million to £30million.

To support this transformation, the company has already added former Managing Director of Trinity Mirror, East Midlands, David Simms as Group Sales Director, ex-Warwickshire cricket star Tim Munton as Director of Sport and former Office Managing Partner at the Leicester branch of Mazars Chris Darlington as Commercial Director. The business also added its first staff member to the board, with Amad Tababa being made Digital Director after four years of work in the company’s digital department.

Champions’ CEO John Hayes discussed Steve’s appointment to the board, explaining what he will bring to the team.

“We are thrilled to add Steve to our board of directors. He brings a number of qualities to Champions and his valuable experience in media will help to support our high quality outputs.”

Derby's Walk of Fame

Bondholders Derby Telegraph and Derby City Council are set to celebrate local Derby residents with the city's new Walk of Fame. 

The project, named Made in Derby is to feature Derby’s most famous and inspiring people who will be honoured with a series of plaques embedded into city centre streets. The first plaques will be installed between Bondholder intu and the Market Hall along Albion Street and Exchange Street.

Each will have a feature allowing Smartphone users to access more information about the individuals and their achievements.

City residents are  being invited to nominate the first eight inductees.

Nominations should be received by Thursday 30th November and should state who is being nominated and why. The selection criteria are that the person should have either have been born in Derby or have a strong association with Derby. They should have made a significant contribution to the city or achieved substantial accomplishments in their profession or vocation. 

Steve Hall, Editor of Derby Telegraph, said: “We thought that more needed to be done to recognise the achievements of people who were from Derby or had strong associations with our city. We floated the idea with leaders of local businesses and major city organisations and they were of a similar view. The council, and particularly deputy leader Cllr Martin Rawson, were also keen to see what could be achieved.
“We looked at a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame and spoke to the Business improvement District in Birmingham, which has created something similar, but we think the Made In Derby concept is something a bit different and, because it will be sourced and manufactured locally, furthers the idea of celebrating all that is great about our city.”

Suggestions for names to be considered by can sent to Made in Derby, c/o Zena Hawley, Derby Telegraph, 2 Siddals Road, Derby, DE1 2PB, emailed to  or submitted via the Derby Telegraph’s website or social media accounts.

Triple Top for Derby Telegraph

Bondholder Derby Telegraph has scooped three top awards at the Regional Press Awards.

As well as walking away with the highly coveted Newspaper of the Year award, the Derby Telegraph also saw reporter Robin Johnson awarded the Business and Finance Journalist of the Year prize, while Scoop of the Year was awarded to Isaac Crowson for his reporting of abuse at Aston Hall care home.

Isaac was also highly commended in the Daily Reporter of the Year category.

When collecting the award for Newspaper of the Year, Steve Hall, Editor of Derby Telegraph, said: "I'd just like to thank the team in Derby who every day give lie to the claim that journalists these days are only interested in click-bait."

The judges agreed that the Derby Telegraph is an example to the industry "of how to tackle difficult issues in a campaigning style" with investigative journalism at its finest, told with rigour and confidence".

Success for Telegraph

Bondholder The Derby Telegraph has been nominated as UK Daily Newspaper of the Year in the Regional Press Awards 2017. The paper has received a total of 5 nominations.

Business Editor Robin Johnson has been nominated for Business and Finance Journalist of the Year, for the eighth consecutive Year. Isaac Crowson has also been shortlisted for Daily Journalist of the Year. 

Steve Hall, Derby Telegraph Editor, said: "I am delighted by our strong showing in the Regional Press Awards nominations.

"The nominations are an endorsement of the excellent journalism produced here in Derby.

"I am proud that both Robin and Isaac have been shortlisted for their work and wish them the best of luck for the ceremony next month."

The Bondholder League

With the Central Health Derby 10K approaching and 23 businesses already submitting teams, including bondholders BB&J, Tidyco, Derby Telegraph, Innes England, Rolls Royce and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, Sporting Futures are urging more bondholders to sign up for the challenge.

The Derby 10K is running for its 17th year on 9th April and Sporting Futures want to get as many Marketing Derby bondholders involved as possible. A new bondholder league is being organised for the first time.

The inaugural league will work based on a points-per-team system. Companies are invited to enter as many teams as they like (minimum 4 and maximum 10 per team), but efforts will be scored per team not by company, meaning the more teams you enter the more chance you have at claiming the title.

Points will be awarded as follows:

•    10 automatic points for team entry

•    1 additional point per team member

•    10 points for each runner finishing sub 45 minutes

•    5 points for each runner finishing between 45-60 minutes

•    3 points for each runner finishing in 60+ minutes.

In addition, teams can scored extra points by signing up volunteers.

 Volunteers can sign up online, citing their company name in ‘How did you hear about us’ for points to be added to the overall team score. Volunteer points will be added after their attendance on race day, and each volunteer will gain 5 points for their team.

Bonus points will also be awarded for the most original and imaginative team photo, uploaded via the team’s preferred social network with the hashtag #BHchallenge.

Winners will be announced the week after the race and the team will receive a free entry for 5 people into a future Sporting Futures event. All bondholders who take part will be acknowledged as charity supporters through Sporting Futures’ website, social media and post-race report.

To sign your team up visit or request a manual form from A fundraising pack can also be requested by email for those wishing to support Sporting Futures develop the work they deliver to disadvantaged young people across Derby and Derbyshire.

Bondholder Expansion for JJPR

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

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

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

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

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

The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2017


The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2017 have officially been launched.

Organised by Bondholders Derby Telegraph and Champions, the awards celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies in Derbyshire who are putting our region on the map by boosting the economy while making a positive contribution to the local community. 

The awards are sponsored by a number of Bondholders, including Derby College, University of Derby, intu Derby, and Sellick Partnership. 

Categories include:


For a business that has achieved an overall exceptional standard of excellence this year.


This award puts a spotlight on the most successful small businesses in the region with more than six and fewer than 75 employees.


This award is about recognising tomorrow's brightest business today.


This award celebrates the entrepreneurs behind some of the most successful businesses in Derbyshire.


This award rewards and recognises professional service organisations that have demonstrable strengths in service excellence, business growth, innovation, technology, training and personal development.


This award honours excellence in sales and marketing in Derbyshire businesses.


This award pays tribute to the business that is continuing Derbyshire's tradition for scientific and technological excellence.


This award recognises some of the finest and most successful retail businesses in Derbyshire.


Derbyshire is one of the country's most creative regions and this award recognises the achievement of businesses within all the creative industries.


This award goes to a company that demonstrated excellence in trading internationally this year.


This award pays tribute to the businesses that are continuing that tradition through excellent manufacturing today.


This award goes to the business that has made the biggest contribution to the Derbyshire community this year.


Derbyshire boasts many successful not-for-profit organisations that make a huge contribution to the community. This award celebrates the best of them

To enter the awards, please click here


Bondholders scoop Telegraph awards

Bondholder wet suit designer HUUB stole the show at last week's Derby Telegraph Business Awards when it won the coveted Company of the Year award.

The awards ceremony, held at Bondholder Derby Roundhouse, also saw fellow Bondholder Status Social take home the Creative Industries Business of the Year award. The Derby Small Business of the Year award went to owner of Bondholder The Dragon, Bespoke Inns, after facing fierce competition from fellow Bondholders Deaf Alerter and Mercia Image Print. Bespoke Inns also went home with the Derby Sales & Marketing award.


Marketing Derby launches Bondholder Rising Star

At our 10 Year Anniversary Investor Reception at Rolls-Royce yesterday evening, we announced the recipient of our first ever Bondholder Rising Star.

Each year, one lucky winner will receive a year's free Bondholder membership. This year's winner is Edward Hollands, a University of Derby graduate who set up his targeted truck advertising company, The Advert Man.

At the event, Ed's entrepreneurial story was detailed by Derby Telegraph's Managing Director, Steve Hall, from whom he accepted his award.

Lindsey Hatfield, Commercial Development Manager at Marketing Derby, said: "We are delighted to offer Ed the first rising star accolade. Ed visited me last year when he was just starting out and I was blown away by his enthusiasm and passion for both his business and the city. I am confident Ed will receive fantastic support from other Bondholders and I look forward to working with him over the next few months."

Bondholder membership includes access to over 40 Marketing Derby networking events throughout the year, including VIP previews, socials and our ever-popular breakfast events.

Bondholders dominate Business Awards

With the Derby Telegraph Business Awards fast approaching, we're thrilled to announce that many of our Bondholders have placed as finalists for awards.

Congratulations and good luck to:

With the awards ceremony currently in its judging period, the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 9th June at The Roundhouse.

The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2016 is in association with Bondholder Champions (UK) plc and is sponsored by Bondholders CPL Print, Derby College, HSKS Greenhalgh, intu Derby, Marketing Derby, The Roundhouse, Sellick Partnership, Sky Recruitment Solutions and the University of Derby.

D2N2 Stands Out

Derby has joined colleagues across the D2N2 LEP area to host delegates at its stand at MIPIM in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

Travelling under the D2N2 banner, Team Derby includes representatives from Derby City Council, Marketing Derby and a number of key private sector businesses including Derby Telegraph, Freeths, Smith of Derby and Smith Partnership, showcasing the strength of Derby’s public-private partnership approach.

Business Development Partner at Smith Partnership, Claire Twells said “At Smith Partnership we appreciate the importance of regeneration and development of the city and, through partnership with Marketing Derby, we are investing in its future. On this, our first visit to MIPIM, it is clear why Team Derby's approach is successful."

#DTBA2016: The search is on

Entries are now being accepted for the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2016 which aims to celebrate, recognise and reward the most remarkable companies in the county.

We know that we have some incredible businesses out there achieving great things. We want to celebrate those achievements
— Neil White, Editor of Derby Telegraph

DTBA 2016 is run in conjunction with fellow Bondholder Champions (UK) plc and awards companies across 13 categories. These are: Small Business; New Business; Business Entrepreneur; Services; Sales and Marketing; Science and Technology; Retail; Creative Industries; Manufacturing; International Trade; Contribution to the Community; Not-for-Profit; and Company of the Year.

Hundred of companies entered last year and we're now urging more companies to enter for this year - particularly our Bondholders - to receive the recognition they deserve.

Not only is the Derby Telegraph Business Awards a celebration of good businesses in the county, but it's also a reminder that Derbyshire is an excellent place in which to do business.

Neil White, Editor of Derby Telegraph, said: "We know that we have some incredible businesses out there achieving great things. We want to celebrate those achievements."

Entry closes on 25th March which is followed by the judging process. The awards ceremony will be held at Derby's College's Roundhouse and 9th June.

For more information, please visit the awards website.

Derby in Financial Times' Top 10

Derby has ranked top ten in the prestigious fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17 Rankings, compiled by the Financial Times. The city has been recognised as a top city for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) strategy, and business friendliness.

The city was ranked 10th against 481 other locations across Europe (294 cities, 148 regions and 39 local enterprise partnerships).

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: "This recognition is wonderful, and shows that Derby is truly a global business city with leading brands, including Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and Toyota, and their extensive supply chains, based here."

He continued: "With a highly skilled workforce, investment in infrastructure and public-private partnerships, which support new businesses and investors into the city, Derby is an attractive proposition for foreign direct investment."

The fDi Index is a biannual ranking of fD Intelligence, published by the Financial Times. It ranks the cities that offer the best prospects for foreign investment, economic development and corporate expansion. Factors taken into account include the FDI strategy, infrastructure and economic potential.

Derby will be travelling to Cannes under the D2N2 banner, working in partnership with Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The team will include representatives from Derby City Council, Marketing Derby, and a number of key private sector businesses including Derby TelegraphGeldards, Freeths and MIPIM partner, Smith Partnership.