Charity's flying start

Bondholder Safe and Sound's fundraising appeal is off to a flying start thanks to a recycling initiative spearheaded by a local business.

Safe and Sound recently launched the Butterfly Appeal to raise funds needed to expand its work to transform the lives of children and young people in the county who are victims of, or at risk of, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

One of the businesses who immediately signed up to back the appeal was fellow Bondholder Century Mobile. The company is collecting old mobile phone handsets which are then recycled and all money collected is donated to the Appeal.

Century Mobile has already collected unwanted handsets from Bondholders HUUB and Derby County Football Club - raising £200 for the appeal.

Century Mobile Managing Director, Scott Harrhy said: “As a business committed to supporting local communities and as the father of young children, I was determined to do all that I could to support Safe and Sound.

“We are grateful to both HUUB and DCFC for helping us to get this off the ground and will be spreading the word with all of our customers to support this appeal.”

Safe and Sound CEO, Tracy Harrison said: “We are very grateful to Century Mobile for quickly turning awareness about CSE into tangible action and for their customers who have already supported the mobile phone recycling initiative."

To recycle your old phones to raise money for Safe and Sound, please telephone 01332 362120 to arrange collection.

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In the sports day spirit

Twenty teams from businesses across the city will take part in the third annual Derby Business Games this Thursday.

The popular event is organised by Derby-based Choose Sports and the headline sponsors are Bondholder Timms Solicitors with additional support from the fellow Bondholders the University of Derby, BEAR and DNS.

Teams of eight will compete in a wide range of competitions based on the traditional schools sports day from rounders and netball to sack and wheelbarrow races. The afternoon finishes with relays and a tug of war finale before trophies and medals are presented.

Timms Managing Partner Fiona Moffat said: “The two previous Derby Business Games have been hugely successful afternoons and we are delighted with the great response from companies who want to take part this year."

“Everybody enters into the friendly but competitive spirit it is always great to see so many people recapture their youth and hark back to their school sports day.”

Jo Jackson from Choose Sports added: “We are very grateful to the University of Derby for providing the wonderful facilities for Derby Business Games and to our headline sponsors Timms who have been so instrumental to the growing success of this annual event.”

In last summer’s event, Bondholders reigned supreme: FHP Consulting retained the rounders trophy as well as winning the three-legged and wheelbarrow races, Smith Cooper won the netball, HUUB won the sack race, the egg and spoon title was clinched by DNS and Cain Henry from HUUB won the welly wanging competition. Who will scoop the prizes this year?!


New HUUB track event

Bondholder HUUB has been announced as official sponsor of a brand new endurance events series, Track Attaque.

HUUB and Attaque Cycling Events are offering a series of cycling endurance challenges with events taking place across Britain’s leading indoor and outdoor velodromes and race circuits. Each event is team based, and either 12 or 24 hours in duration - a real test of endurance.

The series is aimed at all levels of cyclist, from the triathlete in training to those considering an introduction into the sport or who have never had the opportunity to ride a velodrome track before. For businesses and groups, Track Attaque offers a completely unique corporate challenge and provides the perfect platform for fundraising and csr activities.

Dean Jackson, owner of HUUB Design, said “Having recently moved into cycling, all eyes have been on track, thanks to the HUUB Wattbike team shaking up the world of elite track cycling. It is great to now be able to enter a partnership with an endurance cycling series that offers such a unique velodrome experience, not just for the cyclist or triathlete, but also for those that have never ridden a track before.”

The event series kicks off on the 28th September with a 12-hour challenge at Darley Moor Race Circuit, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, where teams can be made up of 2, 3 or 4 riders.

Entry for this event is already open and you can enter via the web site.


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.


Walk the Line

Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's Cricket Derbyshire Foundation in association with community partner and fellow Bondholder HUUB will be holding another T20 Walkathon Challenge on Friday 26th July.

They are inviting Bondholders to join them in walking 20 miles from Nottingham to Derby to raise money for the foundation.

The route will take walkers through some of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire's most scenic countryside bringing you out at the Pattonair County Ground, just in time for the T20 Vitality Blast match which will feature the Notts Outlaws vs Derbyshire Falcons.

It is hoped that this year's event will raise £6,000 to enable to foundation to deliver its Holiday Hunger school programme at Derwent Primary School.

To find out more and register click here

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Invictus Communications secures Bondholders

Five Bondholder companies have joined the growing number of local companies who benefit from increased cost savings and better efficiency and security thanks to telecommunications systems through fellow Bondholder Invictus Communications.

Invictus Communications have been appointed by HUUB, Salloway Property Consultants, PMW Property, Morecrofts and Century Mobile to install new telephony systems and join 15 other Bondholder companies who are part of the Invictus client portfolio.

Invictus Communications Jonny McPhee said: “Building relationships with other Derby companies through the Bondholder network has been crucial in our rapid growth since 2016 and growing reputation as the go-to telecommunications company in the city and county.

“These further contract gains with fellow Bondholders is testament to the fact that the Derby business community is committed to supporting each other.

We all recognise that dealing with other local businesses results in high quality customer service and benefits the local economy.”

Bondholder PMW Property added: “We were receiving an extremely poor telephony service from another supplier. After speaking with fellow Marketing Derby Bondholders, Invictus Communications appeared to be the highest recommended company. We have been working with them for around a month and have been extremely impressed with the professional and reliable service provided."

Huub Wattbike takes gold

Derby-based cycling team Huub Wattbike, sponsored by Bondholder Huub, has won the Men’s Team Pursuit title at the National Track Championships held this week in Manchester.

Huub Wattbike, an independent British track team establishing itself at the top of world cycling, refer to themselves as citizens of “Derbados”, and is made up of cyclists Harry Tanfield, Dan Bigham, John Archibald, Jacob Tipper, Jonny Wale, Ashton Lambie and George Peasgood.

Following the recent achievement Dean Jackson, Founder of Bondholder Huub Design, said “The Huub Wattbike team is a revelation of innovation, and the city of Derby has come together to help them succeed. The support of the city and local businesses has been fantastic and must not be underestimated. I am delighted that the Huub Wattbike team has attained such international success, beating major nations and teams which have significant funding behind them.”

Watch all of the action from the Men’s Team Pursuit final here

Businesses collaborate for classical concert

More local businesses have joined forces to work with Bondholder Derby City Council and secure the return of this year’s Hannells Darley Park outdoor classical music concert on Sunday 2nd September.

Sponsors include Bondholders HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Flint Bishop Solicitors and Stratstone BMW Derby who have enabled the City Council to bring the much-loved concert back to the city last year.

These companies have again pledged their support for the concert this year and have been joined by Redrow Homes and Invictus Communications.

The expanded corporate sponsorship will bring some exciting new features to boost the enjoyment for the thousands of people from across Derby and beyond who come together to enjoy an evening of live music and the spectacular closing fireworks show.

Bondholder Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra based in Derby will play at the concert with pieces inspired by the theme will be Peace, Hope and Reconciliation – ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Hannells Darley Park Concert will take place at Darley Park on Sunday 2nd September from 6pm, with gates open from 2pm.

Tickets can be purchased from 01332 255800, online at, or booked in person at the Sales and Information Centre, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby. 

Bondholders support Leigh Timmis world record attempt

Derby cyclist and adventurer Leigh Timmis has secured sponsorship for his world record cycle ride across Europe from fellow Bondholders Ace Sameday Couriers and Mount Cook Adventure Centre.

Ace Sameday Couriers has stepped forward to support Leigh as the headline sponsor for the challenge.

Leigh said: "It is amazing to have the guys on board as the headline sponsor and I am really looking forward to working with them not just on this project, but into the future.
"The fact that it is a courier firm that has come forward is brilliant as in effect I am going from one place to the other as quickly as possible just like these guys do everyday."

Chris Scothern, business development director for Ace Sameday Couriers, said: "We are really excited to be part of Leigh's challenge, it is going to be really interesting following his progress as he makes his way across Europe.

"We think it is an incredible challenge to take on and we want to support him in any way we can as he is doing it for Derby and Derbyshire.

"The cause he has chosen is something that is very important as well, there needs to be more awareness about mental health and the impact it has on people and we want to get behind it as much as we can."

Leigh, from Oakwood, will set off from the coast of Portugal and aims to cycle 4,000 miles – twice the distance of the Tour de France – in less than 20 days, smashing the current record by at least nine days when he arrives in the Russian city of Ufa.  During the journey he will cross nine countries, the Pyrenees, the foothills of the Alps and the Russian Steppe. 

Bondholder Mount Cook Adventure Centre, a Derbyshire-based not-for-profit dedicated to providing access to the outdoors for all, will also be sponsoring Leigh in his attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

Mount Cook’s joint founder and director, Colin Adams, said: “Here at Mount Cook, we share Leigh’s passion and dedication to push the boundaries of human achievement. That is why we have decided to sponsor him in his attempt to break this ultra-endurance cycling record. We hope that Leigh’s record attempt will inspire and excite the young people who visit Mount Cook, and will prove that with enough determination and motivation, anything is possible.”

Leigh said: "I'm delighted to be partnering with Mount Cook and I look forward to a strong record attempt with their support. Mount Cook's aim of providing opportunities to outdoor activities for young people is inspirational and I hope that this World Record will encourage more young people to challenge themselves and to lead physically and mentally healthier lives."

Leigh is also raising funds for the mental health charity MQ, as the roots for his remarkable cycling feats – including spending seven years cycling around the world – lie in the depression he suffered as a younger man.

Leigh has also been supported by Derby businesses Bondholders HUUB and Archer Hampson, Prima Velo, Accrofab and Bondholder The University of Derby Human Performance Unit.

To learn more about Leigh’s amazing world record attempt and to get involved email him at or visit his crowdfunding campaign page at

HUUB Announce Further Expansion Plans

Bondholder HUUB is planning major expansion and increased research and development in its ranges following another year of sales growth.

HUUB founder and owner Dean Jackson created the company in 2011 as a new sporting brand which utilised technology and research in the design of its clothing and accessories to deliver performance enhancing products.

The initial focus was on wetsuits which are now sported by some of the world’s top triathletes including Olympians Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, who have now renewed their contract with HUUB until 2020, and Derby’s own Tom Bishop who will compete in the Commonwealth Games 2018.

Ongoing research and development and further product launches, including nine patented or trademarked features, has resulted in substantial growth in the UK and 20 other countries worldwide.

Dean Jackson explained that, from this position of strength, HUUB’s vision was now to expand its ranges and broaden its international markets.

He said: “Triathlon continues to be the world’s fastest growing amateur sport and we are fast becoming the brand of choice for elite and non-professional athletes alike.

“We have seen outstanding growth in the past two years despite the continued uncertain economic climate and particularly the impact of Brexit on exchange rates.

“Having conquered the UK wetsuit market and created a strong brand, we can now expand into other areas of performance clothing and accessories – built on the same principles of Research science and reality.

“Our attentions are particularly turning to R&D in cycling apparel. We are working with aerodynamics expert Dan Bigham at [Bondholder] Derby Arena velodrome to apply the same rigour that we undertake for research into wetsuits and tri-suits to our new cycling range – leading to better performance, comfort and functionality on the bike.”

Mr Jackson continued that a particular focus for HUUB this year would be on meeting the entire clothing and apparel needs of triathletes at work, rest and play whether they competing, chilling out before or after a race or preparing for their next race.

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.

Derby Business Games Return

Bondholder HUUB have organised the return of The Derby Business Games to be held at Bondholder the University of Derby on the 14th June.

A maximum of 32 teams of 8 can enter this "grown up" version of a school sports day, which sees businesses compete in games such as rounders, dodgeball, and wheelbarrow races. Food, drink and entertainment will be available for spectators. 

Claire Duffin, Huub organiser, said: "The first Derby Business Games were such a huge success that we are already getting calls from companies wanting to reserve a place in the 2018 re-match."

The events sponsor will once again be Bondholder Timms Solicitors. Fiona Moffat, Managing Partner, said: " Derby Business Games was so much fun that we were keen to work with HUUB to bring the event back for summer.

"Everybody entered into the friendly but competitive spirit at last summer's event and it was great to see so many people recapture their youth and hark back to their school sports day."

Teams will be entered on a first-come, first-served basis. To enter, email