East Midlands Airport

East Midlands tipped for jobs take-off


A total of 20,000 people could be employed at Bondholder East Midlands Airport and the surrounding area by 2030.

Karen Smart, managing director at East Midlands Airport, has said the airport is set to add a further 1,000 jobs to its 7,000-strong team in the coming months, with the wider area expected to swell to 16,000 in the next three years.

She added: "It's been very interesting since joining the airport as it's very different from Stansted which is a much larger passenger operation while East Midlands is weighted more towards cargo,"

"Passenger numbers here have remained flat this year but cargo saw a 16 per cent rise over the summer and is up 10 per cent year on year.

"We are still focused on growing the passenger side of the airport and my number one priority is to fix the problems we are having in peak periods at immigration.”

East Midlands Airport cargo reach record levels

Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg visited Bondholder East Midlands Airport last week to understand more about its potential, and to meet business leaders to discuss how the airport could better serve them with possible new international connections. 

The visit conicided with the announcement that the airport had enjoyed a record year for cargo and facilitated almost £10bn worth of goods from countries outside the EU.

The value of non-EU goods handled at the airport is four per cent up compared with the same period last year and, over the last 12 months, equates to almost £10bn* (£9.935bn).
The total amount of cargo (both EU and non-EU) that passed through EMA is also at its highest ever. In the 12 months up to March 2018, 358,477 tonnes of cargo were exported and imported through EMA, which is a 9.7% increase on the previous year.
She said: “These figures show that East Midlands Airport’s cargo performance continues to go from strength to strength and plays a hugely important role in boosting regional growth and investment
“Our regional airports support the backbone of our economy – providing skilled local jobs and business export opportunities which open the UK up to the world."
East Midlands Airport is the UK’s busiest for dedicated air cargo traffic. It is second only to Heathrow in terms of the total tonnage of cargo that passes through it annually.
Karen Smart, EMA’s Managing Director, says: “EMA’s cargo performance is a real success story, not just for this airport but for the region and the wider UK economy. We are now a major contributor to ensuring that the UK can compete on the global stage and trade all around the world. 
“With more demand than ever for next day deliveries, we can only expect further growth especially in the e-commerce market. We need to ensure that we stay ahead of the game by improving our facilities so that more businesses can access international markets through EMA.”
EMA’s performance has attracted the attention of Government. While announcing its support for Heathrow’s third runway, the Government pledged to recognise the vital role that regional airports like EMA can play in stimulating the UK economy by making better use of current capacity.

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. 

Amazon moves to East Midlands

Online retail giant Amazon is set to be the first tenant of a £700m distribution hub near Bondholder East Midlands Airport which is the UK’s busiest pure cargo airport and handles over 320,000 tonnes of flown cargo every year. EMA are already the UK hub for DHL and UPS, and support operations for TNT and Royal Mail.

It is understood that Amazon has agreed a deal to occupy a 500,000 sq ft unit at the Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, next to junction 24 of the M1, creating 3,500 jobs.

The site is expected to be completed by April 2019.  

East Midlands Gateway has planning consent for up to six million sq ft of logistics space and will incorporate a 50-acre strategic rail freight interchange and is expected to have around ten distribution units.
The rail freight hub links directly to the Castle Donington freight line, which provides access to major UK ports such as Southampton, Felixstowe and London Gateway.

Derby Embassy at Capacity

Over 120 delegates packed into today's Derby City Embassy at MIPIM to hear about the latest investment and development opportunities.

In his welcome at the event, Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration highlighted the city’s flagship Heart of the City regeneration scheme, which features in the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio launched yesterday in Cannes: “The £60 million Heart of the City project is a major investment and a game changer for Derby city centre. It is critical to the future success and economic regeneration of Derby and the catalyst for further investment in the retail, leisure and office sectors.”

Keynote speaker at the event Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce plc reinforced the global company’s commitment to Derby with significant improvements being made to their civil aerospace and nuclear campuses in the city. Speaking about Derby’s position as a leading centre for advanced manufacturing innovation, he said “Having local supply chain partners is incredibly valuable for us and there are great opportunities to invest and locate in Derby.”

Derby City Council’s Head of Regeneration Projects, Catherine Williams, spoke further about the £1 billion of opportunities available in the Heart of the City regeneration plans which includes the new £32 million performance venue, refurbished and regenerated Grade II Listed Market Hall, new £10 million car park and enhanced public realm across the area on Osnabruck Square and the Market Place. This is in addition to the new Museum of Making at the Silk Mill, the world’s first factory and UNESCO World Heritage site, and the regeneration of Becketwell.

Plans to stimulate the city centre Grade-A office market were also showcased with Derby City Council’s plans for a new 31,000sq ft office scheme on Bold Lane.

The annual event is regularly referred to as the “best breakfast in Cannes” and while always popular, it received an unprecedented number of registrations this year. Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin commented: “MIPIM is important for cities like Derby to fly the flag on a global platform. In the past this has led to numerous enquiries and genuine investments.  2018 is no different and we have seen huge interest amongst the investor community in Derby’s offer.”

Derby's Embassy and activities at MIPIM are also supported by Smith Partnership, Knights 1759, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, East Midlands Airport, Godwin Development, Harworth Estates and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Derby College’s First Academy Awards

More than 300 people attended Bondholder Derby College’s first Academy Awards which were held at the Roundhouse.

The event celebrated the success, achievements and commitment of employers, staff and students who are involved in the College’s innovative Employer Academies and Employment and Skills Boards.

Derby College works with around 3,000 businesses and organisations with a large proportion involved in helping to shape the curriculum for students and providing work placements, speakers and special projects for students across the College sites in Derby, Morley and Ilkeston.

Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino opened the proceedings and said: “Employers are embedded into the work of the College – whether that is working with our curriculum areas to ensure they provide the required skills now and in the future or providing valuable work experience to better prepare young people for the world of work.

“We are extremely grateful for this support and the first Academy Awards celebrate and recognise the valuable role that employers have in this organisation.”

The evening was compered by Derby College Deputy Principal April Hayhurst and presented by Dean Jackson from Bondholder HUUB and Ryan Duckett from Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club.  Awards were presented by Derby College Group CEO Mandie Stravino and Bondholder Derby City Council Leader Cllr Ranjit Banwait.

The awards were followed by live music by Madison Avenue UK and the event raised more than £2,200 For the Derby Breakfast Club initiative which is Derby College’s designated charity partner in 2018.  This brings the total so far raised by students and staff for the cause to more than £6,200.

April Hayhurst concluded: “We now have Employment and Skills Boards working across all curriculum areas and a total of 28 different Employer Academies which have won been recognised as innovative best practice nationally.

”Our first Academy Awards were a huge success and a fitting tribute to all the employers, staff and students who have all worked hard to make these partnerships so effective in bridging the gap between education and employment.”

Awards winners were:

Placement Award: Winner – Capital Travel and Events Academy; runners up - The Finesse Academy and Hannells Business Academy.

Project of the Year: winner – Déda Creative Arts Academy; runners up – Bell Painting and Decorating Academy and the Cricket Derbyshire Academies for sport, catering and hospitality and facilities management.

Visit of the Year: winner – East Midlands Airport Partnership; runners up - Sasie Lindhurst Renewable Energy Academy and Seven Restaurant and Café Bar Academy. 

Speaker of the Year: Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Academy; runners up – Tom Mahwood from Turning Point and Richard Rochester from Young Enterprise.

Charity and Community Investment: winner – Derby College Transitions team; runners up – Flint Street Church and the Poppies Weeping Window fund raising event.

Student of the Year: former Catering and Hospitality student Jack Bowler who has secured a job at Bespoke Inns; runners up – Aaron Curd who now works at Hannells estate agents and Victoria Workman who has a degree apprenticeship with Nottingham-based motor finance company First Response - all following work experience through the companies’ Employer Academy programmes.

Curriculum Employee of the Year: Business lecturer Lorna Edwards; runners up – Ruth Benn, Travel and Tourism and Bill Bentley, Construction.

Work Experience Officer of the Year: winner – Emma Holden; runners up – Sophie Ballard and Lacey Collins.

Employment and Skills Board of the Year: Winner – Rail Industry Employment and Skills Board; runners up – Professional Construction and Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills.

Employer Academy of the Year: winner – Atlas Building and Groundworks Academy; runners up – Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Bespoke Inns.

Employer Academy of the Year: Cricket Derbyshire Academies; runners up – HUUB Marketing and Product Development Academy and First Response Business and Finance Academy.

Team Derby Powers Midlands Engine

The Midlands area will come together to showcase investment opportunities worth almost £10 billion at this year’s global property and real estate show MIPIM (13th-16th March, Cannes, France).

It is the second year that the Midlands region will work together to attract investment from around the world following a successful united presence at MIPIM 2017. A partnership approach which Derby successfully uses at MIPIM – the delegation this year includes Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Marketing Derby, Rolls-Royce, Smith of Derby, Freeths, Geldards, East Midlands Airport, Godwin Developments, Harworth Group, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights 1759 and Smith Partnership.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: “This is the second year of Midlands wide collaboration following an incredibly successful event last year. People will see a step up in the quality of the Pavilion, and we have evolved a strong “Team Midlands” approach that compliments our own destination promotion. Derbyshire is bringing a very strong team out this year with senior representation from Rolls-Royce, both City and County Councils, Derby-Nottingham Metro, Marketing Derby and our supporters.”

More than 70 public and private sector partners, 10 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) will represent the region – the largest delegation Midlands UK has ever taken to the annual event.

The region will present details of the multi-billion pound portfolio to the exhibition’s 24,000 attendees, which will include potential investors, property agents, developers and media from more than 100 countries.

Destinations attending MIPIM as part of the Midlands UK delegation alongside Team Derby & Derbyshire include Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Lincolnshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, The Marches, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire, UK Central Solihull, West Midlands Combined Authority, City of Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

The region’s presence is being coordinated by the West Midlands Growth Company, with key partners including Bondholder East Midlands Airport, Birmingham Airport, global car giant Jaguar Land Rover and the Midlands Enterprise Universities Group.

The 200m² dedicated Midlands UK pavilion will showcase the region’s investment portfolio through a variety of media including an event space to host a programme of more than 50 events, including presentations, receptions and panel discussions.

Marketing Derby will once again be hosting our award-winning Embassy on Wednesday 14 March at the Eden Hotel. Our key sponsors for the event include Bondholders Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights 1759 and Smith Partnership.

Cannes Do

MIPIM is the global commercial property show and consistently attracts 21,000 delegates from around the world – with more than 93 countries, 430 journalists and 4,500 investors. 

MIPIM 2018 is fast approaching and Team Derby will once again have a presence as one of the UK’s leading places to invest in or relocate to. The strength of our message lies in our public-private partnership approach to the week and this year will be no different with delegates including the Deputy Leader of Derby City Council attending alongside key business leaders from the city.

2018 will once again see Derby taking its place in the Midlands UK Pavilion alongside the other Midlands locations, promoting the vibrancy and opportunities available in the Midlands Engine. We will once again be hosting our sell-out Derby Embassy, with key panels and discussions in the Midlands Pavilion itself. If you’d like to meet with a member of the team in Cannes, please contact Katie Delve at katie.delve@marketingderby.co.uk. 

We are delighted to be working with our partners at MIPIM Smith Partnership, Knights 1759, Innes England, Idom Merebrook, East Midlands Airport, Harworth Estates and Godwin Developments. If you would like to join us, please contact Katie Delve at katie.delve@marketingderby.co.uk.

State of the Economy Conference 2017


Bondholder East Midlands Chamber is hosting its annual State of the Economy Conference at fellow Bondholder Rolls-Royce next month. 

Bringing together business leaders from across the East Midlands, this is the only conference that focuses on the economic performance and prospects for the region.

Through a series of keynote speakers and expert panels, the conference will examine the latest research and projections for the regional and national economy following the UK's landmark decision to leave the European Union.

Speakers include:

For more information, or to book your place, please click here

Students Soar with East Midlands Airport

Bondholder East Midlands Airport has launched a unique partnership with fellow Bondholder Derby College to showcase the wide range of career opportunities available to students and create a talent pipeline of potential job candidates for the company. 

Derby College is one of the few colleges in the UK to run Aviation Operations study programmes at its Roundhouse campus.  The programmes are specifically geared towards progressing young people into careers in the growing industry.

Colleen Hempson, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at East Midlands Airport, said: “East Midlands Airport is committed to working with young people, highlighting the diverse opportunities available in this industry and supporting them in their career aspirations.

“We opened our Education Centre several years ago which welcomes over 3,000 young people every year.

“The Derby College students came on several visits last year and were a huge help in meeting and greeting people who attended our ‘Big Job Fair’ last January and we’re looking forward to them doing the same at the next one.

“It soon became clear just how different these young people were.  They look and act in a very professional manner and have a greater level engagement and interest in this industry.

“As well as supporting young people this makes good sense for our business – developing a talent pipeline for the short, medium and longer term.”

April Hayhurst, Derby College’s Deputy Principal - Employer and Economic Affairs, added: “This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we are extremely grateful for the commitment shown by East Midlands Airport.

“We work with nearly 3,000 employers across a wide range of industries who provide all kinds of support from work experience and site visits to guest lectures and mentoring.

“These forward-thinking businesses and organisations recognise that, by developing students’ work skills and attitudes, we can support individuals into jobs and address skills shortages in the workplace.”

The Sky's the Limit

From 28th June, Marketing Derby and Bondholder East Midlands Airport will join forces to drive key business development and support growth aspirations of the airport and the region.
Lindsey Hatfield, Commercial Development Manager for Marketing Derby will work alongside East Midlands Airport's marketing team to strengthen existing relationships, and to ensure new airline routes are developed to support businesses.

East Midlands Airport

This exciting opportunity will help shape the future growth of East Midlands Airport and businesses in the region.
Howard Ebison, East Midlands Airport Commercial Director commented “Lindsey has a wealth of experience and knowledge in developing and harnessing relationships with businesses in Derby, which we know she’ll be able to expand on our behalf across the wider region.” 

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby adds “East Midlands Airport is crucial to the region’s economy and we are delighted to be able to support their work in developing new routes."
Lindsey will be seconded to the role of Business Development Manager at East Midlands Airport on a short-term basis whilst still holding her position at Marketing Derby.
You’ll start to hear from Lindsey as part of her new role at East Midlands Airport very soon.

East Midlands Airport Soaring High

Bondholder East Midlands Airport has reported a 4.9% increase in people travelling during 2016/17, when compared to the previous year.

Throughout the 12 month period, 4.7 million passengers travelled through the airport, 221,084 more than the previous year.

The airport says it has experienced 15 months of consecutive growth and is expecting this increase to continue throughout the summer months with an additional 123,464 people already booked to travel.

Andy Cliffe, Managing Director, said: “Maintaining growth throughout the year, even though we had periods of closure due to our successful runway refurbishment programme, is very encouraging. We have seen strong month on month growth throughout last year, resulting in us having the best summer season since the recession in 2008. With new routes and opportunities for travel, we are developing our destination portfolio with each coming season.

“In the first few weeks of the summer season, which included the Easter holiday, we have seen increases in people travelling though our airport. Our newly refurbished shops, bars and restaurants have has a great response from customers and we cannot wait to welcome even more people through ours doors as the summer really kicks in.”

East Midlands Airport Soaring High

We’re pleased with the predicted figures for winter and they clearly demonstrate that East Midlands Airport is progressing and growing sustainably. We have a significant infrastructure project taking place throughout the winter, that has been years on the planning, so we’re looking forward to seeing this realised and complete.
— Andy Cliffe, Managing Director

According to new figures, Bondholder East Midlands Airport has experienced its busiest summer since 2008. 

Over 3,121,900 people travelled to and from the region’s airport - an increase of 5.72% on the previous year. September saw the end to the busy season with 538,049 people travelling an increase of 6.4% on the previous year.

Cargo has also increased by 3.9% compared to last year, with over 30,000 tonnes carried by the airport. 

Andy Cliffe, managing director at East Midlands Airport, said: “We have seen month on month increases since December last year and for this to have continued throughout the summer season, is very encouraging. It is testament to our colleagues who provide an excellent and safe service for our customers.

“We have had an incredibly busy summer at East Midlands Airport, not least with the increase in passenger numbers, but also planning for our runway refurbishment that begins in November for seven consecutive 48 hour closures.”

Representatives from East Midlands Airport have also travelled to China this week, as part of the Midlands Engine trade mission, and have signed Memorandum of Understanding with Ningbo Airport Group.

East Midlands Airport adds 50,000 seats

Bondholder East Midlands Airport will be offering 50,000 more seats this winter via airline Jet2.com

Jet2.com will be offering a total of 175,000 seats between 30th October and 25th March to destinations such as the Canary Islands, Alicante and Faro.

The number of people across the Midlands jetting away for some much-needed winter sunshine means we are seeing spectacular growth.
— Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: "This is by far our biggest winter programme to date. The number of people across the Midlands jetting away for some much-needed winter sunshine means we are seeing spectacular growth."

He continued: "It isn't just the sunshine that is driving growth, as our ski and city break destinations are on the up too. As a result we are adding two brand new winter routes, Grenoble and Salzburg."

Power of 3 gears up

Derby, Nottingham and Leicester came together today at MIPIM to showcase the combined strength of the Power of 3 cities in the East Midlands.

Hosted by East Midlands Airport, MIPIM delegates heard a clear message about the investment opportunities in the region and how the Power of 3 delivers due to its unrivalled location, skilled workforce and innovation.

Howard Ebison, Customer Service Director at the airport, said “Power of 3 is three great cities coming together to drive economic growth.”

Power of 3 is three great cities coming together to drive economic growth
— Howard Ebison, Customer Service Director at East Midlands Airport

PKF Cooper Parry named in Sunday Times Best

Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry has been named in The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work for 2016 - the only accountancy firm to feature in the list.

The firm prides itself on its unique culture and philosophy as well as its adaptability. The award-winning 25,000 sq ft headquarters based at East Midlands Airport exudes vibe and energy and reflects the creativity and innovation of the whole firm.

We work around an ethos of making sure each and every team member feels fulfilled, inspired and motivated at all times - which has shone through in these accreditations
— Ade Cheatham, CEO of PKF Cooper Parry

Places in the rankings are determined by a staff survey as well as pay, benefits and work-life balance. The survey covers topics such as whether employees believe they can make a valuable contribution to their firm's success, how proud they are to work for their company and whether they think their organisation gives something back to their local community.

Ade Cheatham, CEO of PKF Cooper Parry, commented: "We are thrilled to have been singled out for our outstanding employee benefits and office atmosphere. We work around an ethos of making sure each and every team member feels fulfilled, inspired and motivated at all times - which has shone through in these accreditations."

A total of 241,361 employees from 925 firms completed questionnaires for this year's Sunday Times lists, making it widely acknowledged as the most extensive research into employee engagement in the country.


3 cities unite for investment

This morning, 100 delegates joined a networking breakfast and panel interview session sponsored by Bondholder Maber and organised by Bondholder East Midlands Airport to learn more about Power of 3 - the inward investment initiative that encompasses Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, with the airport at its heart. Having been launched at MIPIM in 2015, Power of 3 will attend MIPIM again later this month to highlight the huge benefits of a collaborative approach to attracting investors.

The East Midlands has a strong proposition, it is located in the centre of the UK and nowhere else in the country is there such three vibrant cities, so geographically close to one another
— Andy Cliffe, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport

Andy Cliffe, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport, commented: "We are looking forward to supporting the MIPIM event; it shows how the three great cities of the East Midlands are pulling together as one. East Midlands Airport is a vital part in the growth of the region providing a gateway to domestic and international markets and the parts to build the Midlands Engine."

"The East Midlands has a strong proposition, it is located in the centre of the UK and nowhere else in the country are there such three vibrant cities, so geographically close to one another."

Kathryn Allen, Head of Investment at Marketing Derby, said: "The Power of 3 highlights the massive potential of the East Midlands economy and, by working collaboratively, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester can ensure we have an influential voice as part of the developing Midlands Engine."

East Midlands connects to Düsseldorf

Bondholder East Midlands Airport will be getting a new connection from Eurowings to Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf on 27th March which will operate daily, except Saturdays.

This new connection to Düsseldorf will significantly enhance connectivity into Germany
— Andy Cliffe, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport

Düsseldorf is known for being the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westfalia and the seventh largest city in Germany. It is an international business and financial centre and headquarters five of the Fortune Global 500 and several DAX companies.

The Eurowings network offers perfectly timed feeder connections to other European destinations, all accessible via Düsseldorf Airport.

Andy Cliffe, Managing Director of East Midlands Airport, said: "We are delighted to welcome Eurowings to East Midlands Airport for the first time. This new connection to Düsseldorf will significantly enhance connectivity into Germany."

Tickets for the new route can be booked on the Eurowings website or by calling +44 (0)330 365 1918.

Airport soars past records

Bondholder East Midlands Airport has handled a record amount of cargo for the second year running with a total of 322,918 tonnes - a 4.5% year-on-year increase.

The airport plays a major role in regional growth and economic benefit, particularly in the provision of jobs
— Andy Cliffe, Managing Director at East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport is the UK's largest pure freight airport (which means the cargo is carried on aircraft designed specially for that cargo) and is the main UK hub for DHL, UPS and TNT as well as handling more than a quarter of the Royal Mail's first-class air-mail each day.

Managing Director Andy Cliffe said: "These recent figures are very welcome. The airport plays a major role in regional growth and economic benefit, particularly in the provision of jobs, and the cargo side of our business is one that is seeing significant growth."

East Midlands Airport has daily connections which link the UK with Europe, Asia and America.

Time for questions

To conclude the Annual Business Event, a panel of leaders took part in a Q&A panel discussion on various topics looking at the city's next ten years.

Chaired by Steve Hall, Managing Director of Local World and Marketing Derby board member, the panel consisted of:

Mandie and Paul debated the upcoming challenges faced by the city's education and training providers with regards to the future skills pipeline and discussed the best way to meet these challenges.

Howard and Russell talked about how East Midlands Airport can support the region's economy and growth plans in the Midlands Engine after being asked whether it was a dream or reality.

The panel discussion closed with each panel member saying, in one sentence, what national-scale work of art they'd have commissioned in the city, if given a free hand.