G Wathall and Son

The Knife Angel is coming

Derby has been chosen to be one of the cities across the country to host the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression - the 'Knife Angel'.

The spectacular 27ft sculpture, made from up to 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police amnesties across the country, will be based next to Bondholder Derby Cathedral for 28 days in October.

The Knife Angel is being brought to Derby by a group of agencies and organisations across the city, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

Other Bondholders who have offered their help and expertise include Bowmer and Kirkland, Mercia Image Ltd, Work Wallet and G Wathall and Son Ltd.

Created in collaboration with all 43 police forces, the Home Office, Anti-violence groups and hundreds of families who have been affected by knife crime, the monument is a symbol of the nation’s intolerance to violence and aggression. It was created by the British Ironwork Centre, by sculptor Alfie Bradley to highlight the impact knife crime has on people, families and communities.

Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture. One such relative is local woman, Rachel Webb. Rachel’s son, Tom, was 22-years-old when he was stabbed and killed in St Peter’s Street, Derby in 2016.

Rachel said: “I am thrilled to learn that the Knife Angel is coming to Derby. It’s an emotive thought-provoking monument, which is helping to educate and raise awareness of the increasing knife crime epidemic on Britain’s streets."

They are also keen for other volunteers to be involved in the project, particularly in being able to act as information marshals at the sculpture. Full training will be provided and anyone interested is urged to make contact.

If you are interested in volunteering or represent a group that would like to be interested in the programme of activities please contact the organising group on knifeangel@derbycathedral.org


Winning Businesses

The winners of the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019 have been announced at a prestigious event in Bondholder Derby College Group’s Roundhouse. Marketing Derby was a proud sponsor of the pre-dinner Champagne reception.

Now in its sixth year, the Awards, run in association with Bondholder Champions UK plc, celebrate the best of our local businesses and their successes.

So who won what?

Sponsored by Derby College

Winner: Ward

Runners-Up: Gin & Rum Festival, YMD Boon

Winner: Hackwood Farm

Sponsored by University of Derby
Runners-Up: BlocDigital, ThreeGuru

Winner: White Peak Distillery

Sponsored by Wheeldon
Runners-Up: Bear, Gin & Rum Festival

Winner: Amanda Strong (Mercia Image Print)

Sponsored by HUUB
Runners-Up: Steve Haseldine (Alerter Group), Leah McLaren (Hotpod Yoga), Robert Carlin (Superior Spas)

Winner: Smith Partnership

Sponsored by Cloud Central
Runners-Up: Rhodes Wealth Management, Sibbalds

Winner: Ward

Sponsored by Smith Partnership
Runners-Up: Air IT, Midland Lead

Winner: Stirland Paterson

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management
Runners-Up: EPM Composites, HL Plastics, TidyCo

Winner: Imperial Commercials

Sponsored by Apprenticeships by Impellum
Runners-Up: Derby Homes, HL Plastics

Winner: Cosy Direct

Sponsored by Lubrizol
Runners-Up: Gift Wellness, RDS Global

Winner: Headway

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership
Runners-Up: Derventio Housing Trust, Treetops Hospice Care

Winner: Silver X Logistics

Sponsored by Thomas International
Runners-Up: Midland Lead, Xpertise Recruitment

Winner: Bloc Digital

Sponsored by Derby City Council
Runners-Up: Busy Things, FutureProof Films

Winner: Oviso Financial Services

Sponsored by Aspirational Magazine
Runners-Up: Morley Hayes, Silver X Logistics

Winner: Tecquipment

Sponsored by DNS Limited
Runners-Up: Anchor & Crew, Smith Partnership

Winner: University of Derby

Sponsored by FurnitureCloud
Runners-Up: Derby College Group, Chameleon School of Construction

Winner: Xuper

Sponsored by Specsavers
Runners-Up: Gowercroft Joinery, Nowcomm

Bondholders in blue. We apologies if we've missed anyone. Congratulations all winners and finalists.


What's The Alternative?

Bondholder The Alternative Board Derby has become the most successful franchise in the UK after an upsurge in members. 

Dozens of businesses in and around Derby are thriving after mentoring and coaching, facilitated by Julian Smith and Jimi Ball who moved to new offices in Full Street earlier this year. 

The Alternative Board (TAB) gives business owners the chance to discuss issues and challenges and identify strategies to solve them with those in similar situations. Collective wisdom in a safe haven. 

Currently, 45 companies are with TAB Derby, an increase of 21% on the previous year, accounting for income growth of 20%. 

On average, companies stay with TAB for about 4 years but the collaboration has a long-term impact. 

Julian said: “Many owners of small to medium-sized businesses find themselves facing big decisions over the future of their companies or personal life plans. 

“They find it invaluable to open up to other experienced people who may have been in comparable positions in a confidential environment. The accountability they benefit from keeps them focused. 

“In Derby and Derbyshire we have some wonderful businesses and I am delighted that we have helped them prosper.” 

Jimi added: “I joined TAB because I could see how much difference the organisation was making to its clients. 

“It is inspiring to know that more and more are having faith in us and that we are the most successful franchise in the UK.” 

Ed Reid, managing director of TAB in the UK, said: “Julian and Jimi are a formidable team. Their passion for Derby and its businesses is beyond doubt, as is their ability to bring about significant positive change for the business owners they work with. 

“Of all the things that Julian and Jimi bring, two stand-out benefits are their combined experience and fantastic empathy with business owners. It's a privilege to work alongside them and if you're a business owner in Derby, I'd encourage you to explore what they have to offer!” 

Helen Wathall, managing director of fellow Bondholder G.Wathall & Son, said: "I initially had business coaching with Julian, which gave me greater clarity on so many areas of my business as well as the importance of creating both personal and business visions. 

“I’ve been a member of TAB for nearly 12 months now and really appreciate the insightful feedback I gain from fellow board members. 

“I am able to share with confidence any current issues or ideas and gain constructive, insightful, independent feedback. Joining TAB is definitely one of my best decisions over the last two years.”

Playing Games, Raising Money

Staff at Bondholder G Wathall & Son have raised £417 for a local charity – collected at a number of community events.

The family-owned firm, which celebrates its 160th anniversary this year and now has offices in Derby city centre, Alvaston, Borrowash and Ashbourne, attended several community events over the past year where visitors were invited to test their football skills in return for a donation.

G Wathall & Son Managing Director Helen Wathall explained: “We have been part of our local communities since 1858 and try to attend as many events as we can to talk to people about the importance of making their funeral wishes known to their loved ones.

“The football game has been very popular at community events and we are delighted with the money that has been raised for The Laura Centre through people’s donations.

“The charity fits perfectly with our own bereavement support services through Derby Dandelions and the Grief Journey programme which both help people come to terms with and better cope with losing family and friends.”

The Laura Centre Derby in Vernon Gate help local families when a child dies or is bereaved and this cheque joins the £30,000 already raised to support the organisation.

Bondholders Collaborate in Unique Service

Bondholders G. Wathall and Sons and Derby County Football Club have teamed up to offer supporters the opportunity of unique funeral services.

They include dedicated services held at Pride Park stadium, special floral tribute and coffin sprays featuring the Ram mascot or team shirts and a unique coffin depicting the main stand at the stadium.

Catering services for wakes are also available in the club’s Avensis suite and guests can have a tour of the stadium during the day.

The funeral packages are entirely flexible and can be adapted to the individual or family’s wishes.

Ashley Peden, Derby’s Head of Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to link up with a company that has been established in the city as long as G.Wathall & Son to work together and offer these services.

“For so many supporters, this football club is a huge and integral part of their lives and we are pleased that we can now offer supporters, and their families, a unique and memorable a funeral service to celebrate their loved ones life and memory.

“This initiative will also work with our RamsRemember scheme, which helps supporters pay tribute to their loved ones in a special way on a match day, with their names being shown around the stadium before kick off.”

Helen Wathall, Managing Director of G.Wathall & Son, added: “We are regularly asked by bereaved families to theme a funeral with black and white flowers reflecting their loved one’s passion for the Rams and I am delighted that we are now able to offer this special package exclusively with Derby County.

“Although a funeral is obviously a sad occasion, it is also a celebration of someone’s life and this will be very fitting for the many thousands of Derby County fans who have supported the club throughout their lives.”

Wathall to Support Dementia Sufferers

Bondholder G.Wathall and Son has become the first funeral directors to qualify for membership of the Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance.

All its 30 staff at branches in Macklin Street, Alvaston, Borrowash and Ashbourne have become Dementia Friends as a result of attending awareness sessions to better consider the challenges facing people with dementia. 

Adaptations have also been made to the branch offices to overcome any access issues and the company has agreed an action plan for on-going developments and training.

G Wathall and Sons Managing Director Helen Wathall explained: “We often come into contact with people living with dementia – visiting their homes to put a funeral plan in place and when arranging the funeral for their husband or wife who have probably been their carer.

"Having undergone training and been part of the virtual dementia tour for the past few years, we were keen to formalise our commitment to improving the service we provide for our local communities by applying to join the Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance.

“By being part of an organisation with the joint vision of improving the lives of people living with dementia and their carers, I hope that we can continue to improve our services and encourage other businesses and organisations to follow suit.”

Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance (DDAA) was established in 2013.  It is part of a national body which captures and promotes best practice, brings together the private, public and voluntary sectors to learn more about the latest innovations in health and social care and campaigns on major issues affecting people living with dementia.

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.

St Peters Quarter Vote Again

The re-ballot for the St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has officially been unveiled by Bondholder Partnerships for Better Business (pfbb UK).

Since the decision was made to re-ballot businesses for the BID following the 50/50 split vote last summer, a strategic working group involving local business representatives has reviewed plans to breathe new life into the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and intu Derby shopping centre. 

The ballot will close on Thursday February 23 at 5pm and the results announced the following day. If successful, the new five-year BID will start on Saturday April 1.

The key objectives of the BID will be funded by a budget of around £1 million paid for by a levy from businesses

Four objectives have been outlined in the plan, which were highlighted as the most important priorities by local businesses:

  1. To provide a safe and inviting environment for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy.
  2. To make the area smart and attractive and encourage a sense of pride in St Peter Quarter.

  3. To create and enjoyable and easily accessible place to explore for visitors workers and residents.

  4. To celebrate and promote the area and build the reputation of St Peters Quarter as a great place to shop, relax and be entertained.

Board Chair Helen Wathall, Managing Director of Bondholder funeral directors G Wathall & Son, said: “When faced with the split vote of last summer’s ballot, many businesses were dismayed at the result and the consequent loss of many of the services and support we had come to value over the last five years.

“The Rangers, who were highly valued and provided a dedicated service to businesses, disappeared, the Christmas Lights in many parts of St Peters Quarter were not erected and the knowledge that we could come together through a collective organisation was no longer a reality.

“As a result of a split vote by number, with only a 40% turnout, and many businesses only realising belatedly the significance of the result, the Board felt it was the right thing to provide businesses across St Peters Quarter an opportunity to have a further vote.

“We all recognise that the area has some deep rooted challenges which were never going to be solved overnight. However, besides the immediate support we gained from Rangers, promotion and events for example, we made considerable in-roads into influencing key decisions which started to address some of the structural challenges of the area.

“A BID acts as a catalyst which brings businesses together. The projects and initiatives in the proposal and business plan aim to address both the immediate challenges we face on a day to day basis and exert real influence on addressing the more deep rooted challenges of the area, such as our experience of walking down the street and the structural issue of Becketwell.

“This is a realistic plan with realistic targets at a realistic cost. It is our last chance to come together and really tackle the issues which impact upon our businesses.”

Next-Generation Join G Wathall & Son


The sixth generation of family-owned funeral directors G Wathall & Son have joined the Bondholder business in key roles.

Bec and Charlotte Wathall have joined the business - working alongside their mother and company managing director Helen Wathall.

Bec, who has joined as Helen's personal assistant, said: “This is an exciting time to be joining the business and I am particularly enjoying taking the lead on updating our technology to modernise the way we do things and being involved in our expansion and re-branding at the new branches.

“There is an element of pressure and expectation on us as the latest generation to join the business but we are keen to embrace the historical values that G. Wathall & Son are so highly regarded for whilst ensuring that we look to the future.”

Helen concluded: “I am delighted that both Bec and Charlotte have decided to join us at G Wathall & Son to help take the business forward.

“We are extremely proud of our heritage as a family-owned business and it is wonderful that the next generation see their future in this profession.

“I know that my father Bill would have been particularly proud of them both and in seeing that the traditional values, coupled with ambitions to modernise our operations to reflect customers’ wishes, will be developed in future years.”

Wathall Appointed as Chair of St Peters Quarter


Marketing Derby are proud to welcome G Wathall and Son to the Bondholder community. 

Managing Director of Bondholder G Wathall and Son Helen Wathall, has recently been appointed as the new Chair of the the St Peters Quarter Derby board. 

The St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District will be going for re-ballot in February next year. 

As the proprietor of one of the area’s longest standing businesses, I believe it vital that we work together to re-establish the Business Improvement District. We have levered in millions of pound of investment to the area, which now has a clear identity, and worked very hard with key partners to ensure that the business community’s priorities are addressed.
— Helen Wathall, Managing Director of G Wathall and Son

Helen said: “I am delighted to be chairing the re-ballot for the SPQ BID.  Over the last five years, the additional improvements  the BID has made to our area have been greatly appreciated.

Through a business-led programme of investment, the SPQ BID'S vision is to establish the area as a destination by providing an alternative and complementary shopping, leisure and commercial area to intu and the Cathedral Quarter.