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Derby Telegraph Business Awards Finalists Announced

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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:

SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by University of Derby

Bloc Digital

Hackwood Farm

ThreeGuru

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Smith Partnership

Air IT

Midland Lead

Ward

START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Wheeldon Brothers

Bear

White Peak Distillery

The Gin & Rum Festival

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by HUUB

Steve Hasledine, Alerter Group

Leah McLaren, Hot Pod Yoga

Amanda Strong, Mercia Image Print

Rob Carlin, Superior Spas

CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Derby City Council

Bloc Digital

Busy Things

Future Proof

APPRENTICE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Impellam Recruitment

Derby Homes

Imperial Commercials

HL Plastics

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD

Sponsored by ESET

Rhodes Wealth Management

Sibbalds

Smith Partnership

CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD

Sponsored by Lubrizol

Cosy Direct

Gift Wellness

RDS Global

NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATION AWARD

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership

Derventio Housing Trust

Treetops Hospice Care

Headway

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD

Sponsored by Aspirational Magazine

Morley Hayes

Oviso Financial Services

Silver X

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING AWARD

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management

EPM Composites

HL Plastics

Stirland Paterson

Tidyco

SALES AND MARKETING AWARD

Sponsored by DNS

Anchor & Crew

Smith Partnership

Tecquipment

LEADERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Thomas International

Midland Lead

Silver X

Xpertise Recruitment

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARD

Sponsored by Specsavers

Gowercroft Joinery

Nowcomm

Xuper

A new category for this year is

EDUCATION SECTOR: BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY AWARD

Sponsored by Furniture Cloud

Derby College Group

Chameleon School of Construction

University of Derby

And finally

COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Derby College

The Gin & Rum Festival

Ward

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 zhawley@derbytelegraph.co.uk  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 www.sporting-futures.org.uk/volunteer-0, 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 www.sporting-futures.org.uk/register or request a manual form from events@sporting-futures.org.uk. 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:

DERBY COMPANY OF THE YEAR

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

DERBY SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

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

SERVICES AWARD

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

SALES AND MARKETING AWARD

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

EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AWARD

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

RETAIL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AWARD

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

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING AWARD

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

CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD

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

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION AWARD

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.

Book Festival opens 2nd chapter

Following on from the success of last year’s festival, plans are already underway for the second annual Derby Book Festival.

The festival will be hosted in a number of venues across the city, from the 3rd to the 11th June.

A major reason for the resounding success of the Festival is due to the wonderful partnership between all the arts and cultural organisations in the city and the huge generosity of local businesses
— Liz Fothergill, Chair of Derby Book Festival

The Derby Book Festival celebrates the joy of books and the pleasure and power of reading. It aims to inspire a new generation of readers with an exciting educational programme. Last year’s festival highlights included Michael Morpurgo, David Nicholls, Sarah Waters, Katie Fforde, Simon Armitage, Penelope Lively and managing director of Waterstones, James Daunt.

A number of Bondholder companies played a key role in organising the event, including Derby City Council, Codemakers, Connect, Archer Hampson, Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, Dains, Déda, Derby Telegraph, Derby College, Derby LIVE, Derby Museums, Derby Theatre, Foundation Derbyshire, QUAD, Status Social, University of Derby, WDA Branding, as well as Marketing Derby.

Liz Fothergill, Chair of Derby Book Festival, said: “A major reason for the resounding success of the Festival is due to the wonderful partnership between all the arts and cultural organisations in the city and the huge generosity of local businesses.  Their support was crucial and has helped us to successfully secure funding from Arts Council England.  We look forward to working with them all again to make the second Festival even better.”

Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and musician John Sampson will open this year’s festival on Friday 3rd June, at Bondholder Derby Cathedral.

To celebrate the launch of the festival, organisers have launched a flash fiction competition. The challenge is to write 50 word story around the theme of secrets.

To enter the competition, or to find out more information about the festival, please visit www.derbybookfestival.co.uk

Bid to bring poppies back to Derby

Thousands of poppies from Bondholder Paul Cummins' popular Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London could be returning to Derby in November 2017.

I spoke to many of the key organisations in the city who all expressed a desire to be involved
— Pauline Latham

Submitted by MP Pauline Latham, a bid to have the Weeping Window section of the installation erected at Derby Silk Mill is in progress with many companies supporting the bid.

Pauline said: "I spoke to many of the key organisations in the city, including Rolls-Royce, the Royal British Legion, Derby City Council, Derby QUAD, Marketing Derby, Derby Cathedral and the Derby Telegraph, who all expressed a desire to be involved."

She continues: "A presentation was given to the people making the decision and we also showed them the site, explaining how we would create an education programme for local schools and a poppy trail for visitors around the city's war memorials."

Competition includes Stoke and a decision will be made in March. Fingers crossed!

Adam Peaty nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Derby swimmer and world record-holder of the 50m and 100m breaststroke, Adam Peaty, is doing Derby proud as he - for the second year in a row - has been named as one of twelve contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The nomination comes after another successful year where he claimed three golds at the World Championships in Russia. Adam also took the local Derby Telegraph Sportsman of the Year award.

As one of Britain's major hopes for next year's Olympic Games, Adam joins other contenders for the award including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Lucy Bronze, Tyson Fury, Chris Froome, Lizzie Armitstead, Max Whitlock and Kevin Sinfield.

The winner will be decided by a public vote on the night of Sunday 20th December.

Sean Price talks digital and skills development

Sean Price, Managing Director of Bondholder digital agency iBox discusses the need for entrepreneurs in Derby and his focus on delivering digital skills development in the city.

Derby is renowned for being a city of innovation, home to some of the greatest companies in the country. When you think of entrepreneurship in Derby, it’s easy to think of the likes of Mel Morris, however there are thousands of names you would never hear about, starting up in business, failing, and starting again.

As Managing Director of Derby based Digital agency iBox, our entrepreneurial spirit couldn’t be stronger. We believe in not only growing a fantastic business with incredible clients and a team of energetic people in-house that are all entrepreneurial in their own right, but developing the next generation of skilled workers for this digital era.

It’s a phrase we have all heard: ‘Fall down 7 times and get up 8’ - a true entrepreneur doesn’t give up, an entrepreneur will fight adversity and figure out solutions to problems that others do not. It’s with this in mind that with our digital creative agency iBox, we are tackling the two biggest problems we see in Derby.

The first being the skills crisis with our iBox Web & Software academy. In partnership with Derby College we give back our time to teach master-classes to students, provide work placements, and eventually jobs within our organisation thus developing the very best web designers, developers & digital marketers whilst discovering their individual talents over the course of the year-long programme.

Our academy operates side by side with others who are not just passionate, but obsessed (because that’s the level it takes) about their businesses such as

These companies launched their academies with Derby College alongside our own - it shows the level of entrepreneurship and dedication that exists in the city.

It doesn’t stop there, we also are incredibly passionate about supporting local entrepreneurs and their businesses through our derby.digital efforts.

Derby Goes Digital

Things are different...we've gone fully digital, and for Derby businesses, it is time to change.

Posted by Derby goes Digital on Friday, 16 October 2015

Our second initiative derby.digital aims to help promote and support the entrepreneurs of the city in developing their digital strategies and promoting local businesses to the world.

A common misconception is that 'going digital’ (web design, marketing, SEO, social media) is a costly investment, or is something that doesn’t need as much attention. This is what we aim to help educate companies with. Our derby.digital campaign is taking over a decade of experience in web and marketing to help companies with smaller budgets tackle the digital world and grow their businesses.

Being an entrepreneur is one of the most difficult and lonely paths to take in life - at iBox we want to help. As a rapidly growing digital agency in Derby, our e-Commerce website design work has been put in front of the likes of Richard Branson - our clients are all entrepreneurs. Working alongside really exciting, energetic people is what really keeps us buzzing every day.

GEW 2015 is another opportunity to look at and focus on those that are building the economy, taking the risks associated with greatness, and every last one should be celebrated.

The story of league tables and cities

Last week the Derby Telegraph ran a story listing Derby as one of the best cities in which to live and work.

A company called Statista, having analysed salaries, employment and living costs, produced a table ranking the UK’s 64 cities with Derby coming second.

I was asked to comment and, of course, did so, albeit with a little restraint (these lists come and go, there are no silver bullets etc). 

In my experience, such league tables need treating with some caution as they invariably throw up oddities, depending on the statistics on which they are based.

In this particular table, Derby scored second and Cambridge came in third. So far, so good you might think. That is until you learn that Blackburn topped the table in first position. 

Another table released recently measured cities by SME expansion and in this Derby came out a credible fifth. Joining us in the top ten were the likes of Aberdeen, London and Leeds – bottom, in 64th place, was Hastings, with Blackpool and Grimsby just above.

Finally, another report looked at what they called the ‘new work’ economy. In other words, cities that attract knowledge intensive businesses of the future.

The results were produced across a UK map with each city given a green for good, red for bad. 

No surprise, but the map was a sea of green in the south and splattered red in the north. 

There were a few outliers breaking the mould, poor old Hastings in the south being red, and Manchester, Leeds and York in the north, being green.

I think that tables fuel perceptions, which in turn influence decisions - personal and corporate

The Midlands didn’t fare too well I’m afraid, with only Coventry and Derby scoring green, the rest being red.

So, does any of this matter? Are any decisions taken on the basis of league tables? 

I think that tables fuel perceptions, which in turn influence decisions - personal and corporate.

When each series of the book Crap Towns is produced I flick through just hoping that Derby does not appear (it doesn’t). I know it’s a bit of unscientific fun, but it does shape narrative.

When the Lonely Planet travel guide described Derby as the UK’s Real Ale Capital, believe me, it kind of helps.

No single table is the silver bullet, but if your city invariably appears near to the top time after time, as Derby does, it creates a positive story on which one can build. 

Last week the Centre for Cities think-tank launched an important report on urban demographics, analysing why people choose to live where they do.   

There is the obvious observation that young people prefer city centres, over-30s prefer the suburbs and over-55s the hinterland.

However, following post-war 50-years of city centres being ‘hollowed out’ of people there is now a well-established trend in the growth of city living. 

In fact, the report shows that residential growth in city centres over the past ten years has been 37%, way above that of the suburbs (8%) and hinterlands (6%).

The trend is driven by the so-called ‘millennials’ - young, educated knowledge workers - and is most marked in larger cities, though now spreading to the medium-sized cities of which Derby is one of 30.

We are on the cusp of an explosion in student accommodation, office to residential conversions and new build to sell/rent schemes. 

Leading the way is Compendium Living’s Castleward with 160 units (eventually 800). 

But, add to this Derby’s only current tower crane, constructing London and UK’s 350-unit student scheme on Cathedral Road, the conversion of Roman House and St Peter’s House (another 280 units), Wilson Bowden’s Full Street riverside apartments, Radleigh Group’s Weavers Point and Jensco’s Two Friar Gate Square scheme going through planning permission and there are over 1,000 residential units on the way in central Derby.

Over the next five years, taking into account Castleward, the Nightingale Quarter and Riverside, and we anticipate a further 2,000 units being developed.

The Centre for Cities report is clear. Successful cities of the future must cater for city centre living or they will fail to attract talent.

I agree that Derby must keep a weather-eye to balance between city centre offices and residential – in truth, we need both.

But, it’s not a zero-sum game, far from one negating the other I see the opposite. 

More city living will lead to more city working; we just have to plan our interventions to facilitate this.      


     


Food and Drink Awards 2014 Winners Celebrate

Derby’s food and drink industry descended on The Roundhouse tonight to celebrate the sixth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards. The evening highlighted Derby’s finest restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, in categories including Best Newcomer, Best Out of Town, and the highly prestigious Restaurant of the Year. The award ceremony, organised by Marketing Derby in conjunction with the Derby Telegraph and Roundhouse Events, was hosted by Nick Britten, Managing Director of Another Voice.

Over 1,400 nominations were received, showcasing the strength of the city’s food and drink industry. Marketing Derby’s John Forkin praised the variety in the finalists and winners.

“Each year, the standard gets better. To be a finalist is a tremendous achievement.

“The food and drink sector in Derby goes from strength to strength, reflected in the fact that, of the 21 finalists, excluding the Best Customer Service Award, only three were trading when we launched the Derby Food and Drink Awards five years ago.”

The awards included ‘Best Customer Service’, as voted by the readers of the Derby Telegraph, as well as the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award, which was awarded to Tim Williams of CAMRA for his contribution to the Real Ale industry in Derby.

Photographs courtesy of our valued Bondholder, Cactus Images.