Idom Merebrook ranks in UK's Top 100

Bondholder Idom Merebrook has been included in the New Civil Engineer's (NCEs) Top 100 Engineering Firms.

The NCE 100 Awards recognise outstanding civil engineering companies, based on their achievements in five specific areas thought critical to making the engineering industry a great environment in which to work. The judging criteria included technical excellence, exploiting technology, worldview, driving equality and developing engineers of the future.

Idom Merebrook has an extensive portfolio of technical excellence, illustrated by numerous high profile projects including: the Guggenheim Bilbao, Heathrow Terminal 2A, Crossrail, the London Olympic Velodrome, Dublin Airport, ITER nuclear fusion facility in France and closer to home, Bondholder Derby Arena.

Nigel Huish, Managing Director, said: "The Top 100 is not about numbers or profits, but is based on an in-depth company survey on employee satisfaction. For us this is really useful as it benchmarks us against our peers and gives an indication of how and where to improve."

He continued: "I am delighted to say that our commitment to developing new technology, fostering new engineering talent and driving equality is now reaping rewards. In our environmental engineering team 50% of our senior engineers are female, and 2 out of the 8 people on our management team are women."

Idom Merebrook is also involved in the Derbyshire Enterprise for Education (E4E) scheme, a joint public-private sector partnership that aims to link employers with schools and students, in a bid to create a better understanding of career opportunities and improve employability skills.

For us this is really useful as it benchmarks us against our peers and gives an indication of how and where to improve
— Nigel Huish, Managing Director of Idom Merebrook

Engineering Students Gearing Up for Competition

Shell Eco-marathon has provided the University of Derby an excellent engineering platform for the students. They are implementing the theory learned in class to design, build and race their cars. Furthermore, they also gain hands-on practical experience, team building and communication skills, and build their network with other students in Europe.”
— Dr Dani Harmanto CEng MIED, Programme Leader

Engineering students at Bondholder University of Derby will be taking part in the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe competition, to be held in London.

The students will be challenged to design and build ultra-energy efficient cars, then drive them on a purpose built track. Their creations will be tested to see which can travel the furthest on the least amount of energy.

The University have entered two teams into the competition. A total of 230 teams from across Europe will be taking part.

Dr Dani Harmanto CEng MIED, Programme Leader, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity and experience for our mechanical engineering students to be part of an international competition."


Carrie steps up at BSP

Bondholder BSP Consulting - award-winning civil and structural engineering firm - has appointed Carrie Booth as its new Business Development Coodinator.

Carrie’s commitment to business development has shone through
— Carrie Booth, Business Development Coodinator at BSP Consulting

Carrie originally joined the firm back in 2004 as an administration assistant but then progressed throughout the years to accounts assistant and then office manager. Carrie begins her new role this month where she'll be supporting business development across the company's four offices in the region.

Jef Todd, Business Development Director, commented: "Carrie's commitment to business development has shone through and we are delighted to now have her as a full-time member of the business development team, at a time when BSP is growing."

Carrie is a member of Women in Construction and also attends various business events including those held by Marketing Derby.

Carrie said: "I'm really looking forward to building on business development opportunities for BSP and supporting the company's expansion plans across the Midlands and the UK."

BSP Consulting is an award-winning business and operates in all major sectors including health, education, residential, leisure, retail, rail and industrial.

US Aerospace company lands in Derby

Marketing Derby is pleased to welcome the arrival of Florida-based aerospace company FTT (Florida Turbine Technologies) into the city, a move secured by the proactive work of its inward investment team with the support of colleagues across the city.

FTT specialise in engineering, developing and testing of turbines and other components for military and commercial aircraft, space propulsion and other industries including power stations.

FTT (UK) Ltd already has nine people at its Derby base. This number is set to increase over the next 12 months and could easily match the growth of their recent investment in Brandenburg, Germany where FTT’s headcount reached around 25 within just three years of setting up a base.

The company has taken leased offices in Sadler Bridge Studios, Derby City Council’s new £4.4m purpose-designed facility aimed at innovative businesses like FTT, as part of the wider £14.2m Derby Connect project. Their move has been supported by a £165,440 grant from the £20 million Derby Enterprise Growth Fund, run by Derby City Council to support growth and job creation for businesses in the city and surrounding area.

FTT Chief Engineer Robert Ress said “Derby is the perfect place to establish and expand our UK operations. We looked at various locations in the UK and the support we have received from Marketing Derby and Derby City Council was a crucial factor in our decision to come to the city. We were also keen to tap into the local engineering skills base and to work with the University of Derby to be involved in their work to develop new advanced manufacturing technologies”.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby commented “FTT were considering various locations in the UK but were drawn to Derby thanks to the high-tech credentials of the city, the quality of life here and the support that the Connect Derby team were prepared to make”.