House of Lords Embassy celebration

Marketing Derby hosted its first joint Derby and Derbyshire Embassy event at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster in October to celebrate the strength of Derby and Derbyshire.

Two hundred guests from the city and county joined London ambassadors and to hear from speakers including the Earl of Cavendish about connections with the capital.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, who opened the event, commented: "Marketing Derby has been running these unique and innovative Embassies for over ten years. We started at the House of Commons and we are delighted to finally be at the House of Lords".

Event host Bishop Alastair Redfern former Bishop of Derby encouraged guests to work together and told them that real innovation comes from creative relationships and the spirit of confidence.

This year Marketing Derby were especially delighted to receive the support of headline partner Pick Everard and associate partner Burnthebook.

Messages of confidence also came from Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter who announced that with support from Flint Bishop, Geldards, Rigby & Co and D2N2 LEP, the Council had just completed the purchase of run-down buildings in the Becketwell area of the city to open it up for much-needed regeneration.

Echoing these sentiments from the City was Frank Horsely Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council who said: “Derby and Derbyshire share a fantastic identity, and we're a world class destination. I strongly believe we have a unique offer that makes us stand out from the rest for investment.”

Headline sponsor of the Marketing Derby Embassy, Pick Everard’s Managing Partner Duncan Green, who spoke about some of their recent successes said: “Building mutually beneficial relationships has resulted in the significant growth of our business. We’re seeing significant regeneration taking place in Derby - and across the region - and our relationship with the capital is continuously strengthened by this.”

William Cavendish, Earl of Burlington and Chancellor of the University of Derby announced the launch of a strategic partnership between the Chatsworth House Trust, the Devonshire Educational Trust and the University of Derby.

The partnership will generate new opportunities for students to take up a variety of work and volunteer placements at the stately home, to stage events there and deliver agreed activities.

Click here to view our exclusive MDTV film report on the Embassy.

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.

£11bn Metro Boost

Closer joint working across the Derby and Nottingham metro area could provide an £11 billion boost to the local economy by 2030, according to a new report released by Bondholder Derby City Council. 

The report by leading national consultancy Metro-Dynamics says there is a powerful case for formal collaboration between local authorities and businesses across an area greater than just the two cities in order to improve economic prosperity for the benefit of local people.

Derby City Council has welcomed the report, with Leader Ranjit Banwait stating: “We launched our Metro Strategy earlier this year which gave the two cities a framework to pursue joint working.  An example of this is our shared Gym and Swim offer for residents using our Council leisure facilities.

“This report however really challenges us to take a more ambitious step and work purposefully across a larger metro area with a greater range of partners.  Metro Dynamics present a well-argued case with strong evidence that we really could achieve more.  While clearly not without challenges, I think it is an exciting development and hope Derby and Nottingham residents will share that view.”

Ben Lucas, Managing Director of Metro Dynamics, says in the report: “The more you look at Derby and Nottingham, the more apparent their underlying economic interdependence becomes. 40,000 people commute regularly between them and over 400,000 people commute to work in the wider metro area.  Three quarters of the people who live in the area, also work in the area.

“Our report makes a strong case for more collaboration to drive inclusive growth.  Whilst the two cities will be critical to this, many future economic opportunities lie in the broader metro area.”

David Williams, Chair of the Metro Strategic Advisory Group and Chairman of Bondholder Geldards, said: “What really stood out for me in this report is the economic parity of Derby and Nottingham.  The two cities have businesses and services which complement one another, with a high level of local residents who work in local companies. It is clear we have much more to gain in common than in competition.

“Metro Dynamics tell us maximum economic benefit will come through formal collaboration between organisations covering an area beyond the two cities. They suggest a potential additional economic growth in GVA of £11bn is achievable long term."

Working with Autism

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has worked alongside Autism East Midlands to host a Working With Autism networking event at the Learning and Development Centre. 

The networking event allowed invited guests including local policy makers, business leaders and key individuals including Cllr John Whitby (The Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Derby) Annie Hall (High Sherriff of Derbyshire) Heather Wheeler MP (Member of Parliament South Derbyshire) Cllr Nicola Roulstone (Representing Pauline Latham MP).

The event also included representatives from Bondholders BombardierDerby College, GeldardsLoatesHR, Pattonair, and Smith Cooper.

The event focused on the overarching point “What can we do but more importantly what can we do differently?” when supporting autism in the workplace. 

Jane Howson, Autism East Midlands Chief Executive, said: "The employment rate for people with autism has not changed in the last decade and remains extremely low, with only 16% of autistic adults in full-time work.

"However, we know that with the right support and simple, low-cost adjustments to their environments many more autistic people could thrive in the workplace.  

"This event will show, through our partners’ experience, how we can help local businesses to embrace a more diverse workforce, celebrate their employees’ individuality and reap the rewards of doing so."

The Legal 500

The latest Legal 500 rankings have been released, featuring a number of Bondholder firms. 

The Legal 500 is the leading guide to law firms, assessing strengths in over 100 jurisdictions and highlighting those providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice. Research and ranking is then verified by researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market, including interviews with clients, peers and other professionals.

Flint Bishop

Bondholder Flint Bishop LLP, has been recognised in multiple disciplines in The Legal 500’s recommendations. 

Managing Partner for Commercial Services and Head of Litigation, Qamer Ghafoor has been acknowledged as one of only seven “region-wide” Leading Lawyers specifically for Commercial Litigation. The Legal 500 commented that Qamer “makes a client’s dispute his own, battling for the very best outcome with passion and steely charm.”

His Commercial Litigation department has been ranked Tier 1 (the highest tier achievable) for its work in the past twelve months, including defending national insurance firm, Haven Insurance in the Supreme Court. Partner, Nick Wells and Lorna Trueman from their Commercial Litigation, Property Litigation, Debt Recovery and Professional Negligence departments were also recommended.

Senior Partner Andrew Cochrane has once again been highlighted as a Leading Lawyer in his field of Licensing, leading a team undergoing a period of significant growth working with national pub and hotel operators.


Bondholder Freeths has been recognised for its corporate and commercial services, with John Heaphy and Karl Jansen recognised as leading individuals. 

The Legal 500 noted that Freeths'  "responsive team draws upon its ‘years of experience’ to provide shareholders and board members with ‘pragmatic and tailored’ advice on matters ranging from private equity funding to acquisitions." 


Bondholder firm Geldards' corporate and commercial team was recognised by the Legal 500 for its engagement with the automotive, retail and healthcare sectors, with David Tilly noted as a leading individual. 

Nelsons Solicitors

The Legal 500 recognised Bondholder Nelsons Solicitors' commercial litigation services, as well as its debt recovery services. 

Smith Partnership

Bondholder Smith Partnership has achieved its best results in the 2017 Legal 500, earning recognition across the East Midlands within every category entered.

The law firm has been moving up the rankings in the Legal 500 report year on year, and is one of the only Family and Crime legal services team in Leicester with Legal 500 ‘Top Tier’ status.

Swindell & Pearson

The Legal 500 noted that Bondholder Swindell and Pearson has notable strength in trade mark prosecution and litigation, and is ‘ideal for any university wanting to capitalise on its in house IP and knowhow in the field of medical engineering’.


New Appointments at DCFC

David Williams, Chairman of Bondholder Geldards, and John Kirkland, Chairman of Bondholder Bowmer & Kirkland will join former Rams star Roy McFarland as non-executive directors of fellow Bondholder Derby County Football Club.

The trio join Derby County owner and chairman Mel Morris, Chief Operating Officer John Vicars and Chief Financial Officer Stephen Pearce on the Board.

David Williams said: “I was privileged and honoured to receive the call from Mel Morris, asking if I would agree to become a director. I am acutely aware that with the privilege comes the responsibility of trying to help ensure that the club delivers the success its fans deserve.

"I know that Mel is determined to deliver stability after a time of turmoil and I am keen to help with that. Nothing is ever certain in sport, but as a long-term fan myself, I recognise that success – on and off the field – is the ingredient we are working for.”

John Kirkland said: “I have served Derby County in a number of roles before and when Mel approached me again, it was an easy decision for me to make. I realise the importance of the club to its supporters and the local community. I hope that my previous experience in serving the club will help. It is like no other business and I look forward to helping shape its development."

Mel Morris added: “These appointments complete our Board of Directors and provide us with a group rich in talent, knowledge, experience and love of the club.”

Marketing Derby Bondholder League Results!

20 bondholder teams took part in the Central Health Derby 10K on 9th April, organised by fellow bondholder Sporting Futures.

Now the results are in, the first ever Bondholder League is live, and Sporting Futures are thrilled to announce Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK as this year’s winning bondholder! After coming third in the overall Business Team Challenge, ‘The runner in front is from Toyota’ team have scooped the victory, beating off competition from their own colleagues and other teams from around the city.

There was more inter-company battles as DCFC Stadium leapfrogged DCFC Academy to claim 4th place, and Flint Bishop climbed the ranks from 13th in the overall challenge to take 3rd place amongst other bondholders. Geldards LLP also jumped up a huge 22 places to grab a top ten spot.

Rolls Royce Digital proved that the tortoise is in fact faster than the hare, with 5 Rolls Royce teams in total taking on the 10K challenge, giving them the title for most overall runners entered, along with some of the most inventive team names!

Points were awarded to bondholders based on numbers of runners in each team, along with their finishing times.

The winning team at Toyota are entitled to a free team entry into next year’s event, where we hope to see more bondholders take on the challenge. Thanks to all this year’s business teams who came out in force to support Sporting Futures’ biggest event and fundraiser.

Enterprising Women of the Year

East Midlands Chamber toasted Derbyshire's Enterprising Women of the year, at a gala dinner last week. 

The awards recognise the achievements of women in business and are co-Chaired by Jean Mountain, a Director and Immediate Past President of East Midlands Chamber.

A representative for the awards said: '“We were very impressed with the quality of the applications this year and level of support for women in business.”

Winners of the night included many Bondholders. 

Megan Morris, from Bondholder Sky Recruitment Solutions, was awarded Apprentice of the Year, while the Geldards Family Team walked away with Team of the Year. 

Zoe Dowthwaite from Bondholder Flint Bishop was highly commended as Female Employee of the year, as was Natalie Bamford of, as Enterprising New Business Woman of the Year.

The Perfect Circle Team at Bondholder Pick Everard were also highly commended as Team of the Year. 

YMCA's Sleep Easy

Bondholder YMCA's Derbyshire’s 2017 Sleep Easy event is taking place on Friday 31st March, at fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's 3aaa County Ground.

All the money raised from YMCA Derbyshire's Sleep Easy event goes towards the Safe Front Door Campaign. This campaign enables YMCA Derbyshire to continue providing safe accommodation, opportunities for young people to engage in positive activities, work experience and volunteer opportunities and gain business mentors.

Many Bondholders have previously taken part in the event, including Toyota Manufacturing UK, Bell and Co and Geldards.

Richard Salt, Managing Director of Bell & Co, said: "The Sleep Easy was anything but! I did it with my friend Simon Storey from the Derbyshire Cricket Club and a team of willing volunteers from Bell & Co. I found it challenging and perhaps life changing.

"I understand we changed lives along the way and hence the frozen shoes I woke to were worth it! I’d thoroughly recommend this experience to any business looking for a really great cause to support. It really helped us raise our game and team build too."

Simon Storey Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club has signed up for his fourth year running and said: “Events such as Sleep Easy highlight the very difficult plight that homeless people are facing every day and every night in this country. “I would encourage people to support this very good cause as generously as possible by participating or sponsoring participants in Sleep Easy 2016."

To sign up for the YMCA Derbyshire’s 2017 Sleep Easy, please click here.

China Hosts Investment Mission

A delegation of Derby and Derbyshire businesses, and civic leaders, has travelled to China this week, as part of a wider Midlands Engine trade and investment mission.

The delegation has travelled to China with aims to further civic and economic partnerships with the city of Hefei in the Anhui province, which could potentially boost trade and tourism. They will also explore university to university partnerships, which could bring Chinese students to Derby.

Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council, said: “This is a big opportunity for the city, China is a superpower and we've got the opportunity to do business with them. This is our opportunity to be part of the world stage and to sit alongside the greatest cities in the world.”

We are keen to see Derbyshire as being central to Government’s plans to promote the Midlands Engine
— Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council

Martin Rawson, Deputy-Leader, said: "Both cities have similarities, be that the passion and friendliness of our people as well as the highly successful industries both cities are home to. This partnership will open doors to so many opportunities for business, investment, culture and tourism.

The visit is a very strong statement of intent and the synergies between the Derby and Derbyshire offer. The opportunities in Hefei and Anhui are very clear
— Nick Low, British Embassy Beijing

"It's a fantastic time to be making such connections and will, I hope, lead to new jobs and opportunities for people in Derby."

Derby’s strong public – private partnership team includes representatives from the Bondholder community, including East Midlands Chamber, Smith of Derby, Geldards, University of Derby, and Derby City Council.

The delegation will also be joined by Marketing Derby Managing Director, John Forkin.

John Forkin said: “This is no quick hit, we will come back with contacts, not contracts, however, if we don't make the effort and show commitment, the investment will go elsewhere.”


Derby Law firms top the Legal 500

The Legal 500 is an annual publication of leading law firms in the UK across regions and sectors.  Bondholders Flint Bishop, Freeths, Geldards, Nelsons SolicitorsSmith Partnership and Swindell and Pearson are all celebrating the latest edition which scores the profession across multiple disciplines.

Managing Partner of Commercial Services and Head of Litigation at Flint Bishop, Qamer Ghafoor, said: "I'm pleased with this year's Legal 500 results and for the recommendations across both the commercial and private areas of the firm."

Freeths maintained its strong regional reputation, which continues to leverage the firm's expertise in contentious matters to attract a steady work flow in the commercial litigation and insolvency areas across its offices in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.

Geldards chief executive, Jeff Pearson, said: "Legal 500 gives us a benchmark of where we are as a law firm and this year's ranking shows we are continuing to compete strongly, in a very competitive market."

Derby partners at Nelsons Solicitors Simon Waterfield and Kevin Modiri are highlighted for their work in property litigation and insolvency and corporate recovery respectively.

Russell Davies, partner at Smith Partnership said: "Our performance this year has exceeded all our expectations again and we are so pleased for our teams of professionals, who work so hard every day for our clients, across all areas of private and commercial law."

Patent and trade mark attorney firm Swindell & Pearson were delighted to be named as one of the UK's top intellectual property firms and several of their attorneys were also specifically recommended for the quality of their work.


For an overview and to view all results visit the Legal 500 website

New appointments at Derby law firms

Three appointments have been made between Derby law firms and Bondholders Geldards and Flint Bishop in the last month.

Ben Lawson was snapped up by Geldards' Derby office as an associate solicitor in the firm's family law team and brings with him specialism in the resolution of financial matters for medium to high net worth individuals. Fiona Apthorpe, Family Law Partner and Head of Geldards' family team, said: "The family law market remains increasingly competitive and our clients expect a comprehensive level of service. Adding Ben's experience considerably boosts the strength of our team and enables the firm to continue to deliver innovative and cost-effective legal solutions to our wide range of clients."

Flint Bishop has also made two appointments. Martyn Brierley is now Parter and Head of Corporate. He has worked on some of the largest corporate deals in the region and boasts a strong reputation within corporate law. Martyn is a sought-after solicitor who can advise on mergers, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, finance transactions and more.

Lucy Carter also joins the partnership as one of only a handful of Notaries Public in Derbyshire. Flint Bishop is now able to offer support for authenticating and certifying signatures for documents abroad, such as overseas powers of attorney, purchase or sale and land and property, to name a few.

Andrew Cochrane, Senior Partner at Flint Bishop, said: "I have great delight in welcoming two new additions to the partnership at Flint Bishop. Martyn has been with the business for many years and is an outstanding Corporate Lawyer. He is leading a strong team and I have no doubt he will continue to build on the success of the department over the coming years."

"Lucy Carter is a new hire to Flint Bishop, a fantastic addition to our Commercial Property department. Lucy is one of only a few Notaries Public throughout the region and this service offering will enable overseas transactions to occur, with Lucy's support."

Bondholders support Derby Spring Classic Sportive

Bondholders Geldards law firm and Radleigh Homes are the main sponsors for this years Derby Spring Classic Sportive (1st May) and the North Derbyshire Challenge (18th September), organised by fellow Bondholder HUUB and Cycle Derby.

Staff from both sponsors will be competing in the event - joining hundreds of cyclists of all ages and abilities who will be taking to the roads around the county.

Radleigh Homes will sponsor the 40km event - which is ideal for beginners. Managing Director Tom Finnegan commented: "I am particularly delighted that several members of staff will be competing in the Sportive with their friends, family and colleagues cheering them on."

Bondholder Geldards will be once again sponsoring the Business Team Challenge - an opportunity for up to ten colleagues to work together in an attempt to travel the greater distance. The team with the greatest total distance will take home the coveted Geldards Business Team Challenge title.

David Williams, Chairman at Geldards, said: "Cycling is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and Geldards is proud to be supporting an event that will build upon Derby's ambition to become a cycling city."

Claire Duffin, Event Director for HUUB, said: "The response in the past couple of months since we opened entries for the Sportive shows that Derby is well and truly a cycling city. Entries are also coming in from cyclists from further afield which is great news for the city as they come here with their family and friends for an enjoyable day out."

For more information or to enter the Spring Sportive, visit

Geldards eyes acquisitions following year of growth

Chief Executive of Geldards, Jeff Pearson

Chief Executive of Geldards, Jeff Pearson

Bondholder law firm Geldards has reported a year of growth after its successful integration of Robinsons earlier this year. The firm is now actively seeking further takeover opportunities in the region to boost its prospects further.

For the year ending 31st July 2015, the firm reports a turnover of £22.5m, rising from £20.9m in the previous year. Profit before members' remuneration and profit shares rose to £4.1m from £3.9m.

Average numbers for staff employed per month also rose from 264 to 291. Revenue was boosted by the integration of Robinsons and the deal is expected to provide further benefits in the current financial year.

Jeff Pearson, Chief Executive of Geldards said: "Given the integration costs we were pleased with our performance in a year that had its challenges for everyone. I am cautiously optimistic about this financial year and looking at further growth from our existing business."

Success and progress for Geldards

Left to right: Graham Banks, David Williams and Heather Dixon

Bondholder law firm Geldards has achieved top rankings in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners legal directories for 2016.

Top tier rankings are up by 11% year-on-year, with 28% of Geldards' submissions recording a rise up the Legal 500 tables. In addition to this, 17 partners of the firm are included in the elite 'leading individuals' list.

The independent Chambers and Partners rankings demonstrate our commitment to delivering the best quality legal services and providing our clients with the reassurance that they are being advised by some of the leading experts in their field
— David Williams, Chairman at Geldards

The release of Chambers & Partners 2016 has also given high profile recognition to a record number of 34 of Geldards lawyers including Partners David Watson, Mark Hacking, Heather Dixon and Debra Martin.

Recognised in 19 practice areas nationwide the firm has received high praise across the board with one client stating: 'they understand what our real needs are, and they fight for those needs.'

One of the more high profile improvements was achieved by Geldards' Commercial Dispute Resolution Team led by 'notable practitioners' Nino Simone and Jonathan Butler. The practice was ranked in the higher 'Midlands' regional' category, as opposed to 'Derby and Surrounds', for the first time.

Commenting on the inclusion Jonathan Butler said: 'We're delighted with this year's rankings which are a testimony to the calibre of our team and the high confidence our valued clients continue to place in us.'

Chairman of Geldards David Williams said: 'The independent Chambers and Partners rankings demonstrate our commitment to delivering the best quality legal services and providing our clients with the reassurance that they are being advised by some of the leading experts in their field.'