Events

Citibase celebrates first year

Citibase's centre on Colyear Street with giant LED-screen lit exterior

Bondholder Citibase is the UK's largest independent operator of fully-serviced business centres and opened its 29,000 sq ft centre on Colyear Street just over a year ago.

Now at above 75% occupancy, businesses based at the centre include those in web design, journalism, engineering, recruitment and healthcare.

We originally earmarked Derby because of the high level of business start-ups and entrepreneurial spirit in the city
— Tom Smith, Centre Manager at Citibase

With competitive rates from £2/desk/day with even more offers until the end of April - including up to two months free when signing a six or twelve-month contract - Citibase is an excellent choice for small businesses looking to start up or expand.

To mark the anniversary, Citibase will also be opening its doors to fellow Bondholders at a Bondholder Breakfast at the offices on Tuesday 26th January. A tour of the facilities will be followed by a question and answer session with ex-Derby County Football Club player and Radio Derby commentator, Craig Ramage, about his views on the season so far and his predictions for the second half of the season.

Tom Smith, Centre Manager at Citibase, said: "We attract businesses of all sizes and are particularly popular with smaller businesses who were previously home-based operations as we offer the flexibility and support that makes it easy and affordable for them to make the first step into an office environment."

He continued: "We originally earmarked Derby because of the high level of business start-ups and entrepreneurial spirit in the city and this decision has been proved right."

Enterprise for Education hosts event

Businesses from across the city turned out in force for an exclusive breakfast event hosted by Marketing Derby at The Council House to raise awareness for Enterprise for Education (e4e), an exciting new initiative aimed at preparing the city's young people for the world of work.

The event gave Bondholders the opportunity to hear more about the great work that e4e is doing across the city's schools and to encourage them to sign up as volunteer mentors.

The event kicked off with networking and refreshments and then a short introduction from Mike Copestake, senior partner at Bondholder Freeths and chair of the e4e board.

e4e is a fantastic project, which is already making a positive difference to Derby’s young by raising their self-belief, motivation and aspirations and helping them achieve their best by unlocking their true potential
— John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby

This was followed by a video featuring interviews with e4e board members, representatives from local schools and the local business community, as well as the children who are benefiting from the wide range of support that e4e is able to provide.

The event concluded with a question and answer session with board members.

Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "e4e is a really special initiative and it's important to all of us involved that we achieve a lot of positive outcomes for the young people we are aiming to help. All that youngsters need from time to time is a bit of a pat on the back and it sometimes isn't enough for them to hear compliments from their teachers in the classroom - they really need to be hearing it from people who potentially could be their boss in a few years' time."

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, said: "We at Marketing Derby are passionate about the e4e scheme and have already put ourselves forward as volunteer mentors. e4e is a fantastic project, which is already making a positive difference to Derby's young by raising their self-belief, motivation and aspirations and helping them achieve their best by unlocking their true potential."

Small but most definitely mighty

Saturday 5th Dcember saw an army of Small Business Supporters from across Derby and Derbyshire attend the eagerly anticipated Small Business Saturday celebration hosted at the Council House.

Adam Buss, CEO of Derby QUAD hosted the event and was joined by Dame Margaret Beckett MP and Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Martin Rawson.

Showcasing their products and services, small businesses in the area - and indeed across the country - took centre stage to highlight the valued contribution that they each make to the local economy.

With an estimated 5 million businesses taking part across the country, local businessperson and owner of Bondholder Essential Print Services Yvonne Gorman was tasked with spreading the word. Yvonne was overwhelmed with the response of everyone involved and commented: "I was thrilled with the support in the run up to the event and the response on the day was overwhelmingly positive. I sincerely hope that all those who attended and exhibited will think differently about small businesses and continue to support them."

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader at Derby City Council said: "Derby City Council are proud of the valuable contribution that small businesses make to our local economy and the offer of free parking was a show of support to local retailers as part of the Small Business Saturday celebration. The event was a great success that the Council were proud to host at the Council House."

Official statistics show that in the 24 hours following the event, an estimated £623 million was spent with small businesses across the UK. This number is a whopping increase of approximately £119 million on last year's total and an increase in spending of 24%.

Small Business Saturday returns to Derby

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide event which is participated by 5 million businesses on one day of the year to celebrate the best of what small businesses contribute to the economy.

The day runs from 9:30am until 1pm at Derby City Council's Council House on Saturday 5th December and includes:

  • an exhibition of local businesses
  • free workshops
  • inspirational talks from award-winning business owners
  • exclusive offers for local retailers

Derby City Council has teamed by with fellow Bondholder Essential Print Services' Yvonne Gorman and Farrah Allarakha, owner of Neo Elegance, for the event.

The exhibition will have a mix of support for pre-start and established businesses
— Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader at Derby City Council

Yvonne said: "Small Business Saturday plays a valuable role in focusing the minds of consumers and fellow business owners on what small businesses can offer in terms of range of products and service. Most people in this country either own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does so we are delighted to have been asked to champion Small Business Saturday in the Derby region and to do what we can to get people thinking small."

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council said: "The theme of the day is 'supporting your business journey' and we want to attract people who are starting up a business as well as people who are already trading. The exhibition will have a mix of support for pre-start and established businesses."

The day will include a tour of Bondholder Connect Derby's Riverside Chambers business centre as well as the Shot Tower managed office space. Attendees will also have access to support from a wide range of providers including Bondholder University of Derby, the Chamber of Commerce, Federation for Small Businesses and many more.

Places are limited so to book yours visit www.smallbusinessderby.co.uk and stay up-to-date by following @SmallBizSatUK on Twitter.