Hodgkinson Brickwork

Bondholder Success at Brick Awards

Over 130 property professionals attended the annual Buslness Link East Midlands Bricks Awards on Thursday with several Marketing Derby Bondholders receiving awards.

The awards are held each year to celebrate the work done to shape the regional landscape over the previous 12 months.

Innes England came out top on a great night for them, scooping the Most Active Agent Award, and coming in as a runner up in the Overall Winner category too. This comes as no surprise following their work across Derby, notably on Derby Commercial Park.

Redrow Homes took the Residential Development of the Year award for their Weavers Point scheme in Derby city centre. These apartments sold exceptionally quickly and have been part of the recent city living boom in Derby.

Hodgkinson Builders won Developer of the Year, whilst EKV Design were voted runner-up in the Excellence in Design Award.

Chamber Celebrates Derbyshire Businesses

The Derbyshire Business Awards 2017, hosted by Bondholder East Midlands Chamber, took place last week at fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's 3aaa County Ground, and a number of Bondholders walked away with top accolades. 

The awards recognise businesses across Derbyshire which have pioneered new concepts and innovation, excelled in commercial enterprise or distinguished themselves with their attitude to workforce development.

Bondholder winners include Purpose Media, Talk Staff Group, Hodgkinson Builders, Derby Museums Trust, Frame Fast UK and Chevin Fleet Solutions

Marketing company Purpose Media scooped the Marketing Campaign of the Year award. 

Matt Wheatcroft, Managing Director of Purpose Media, said: “This award win is really special to us. We’ve won several awards over the years in recognition of our business performance, but to get another award which recognises our strengths in marketing – after being named as the Derby Telegraph’s Creative Business of the Year, in June – is fantastic."

New Bondholder Talk Staff Group was awarded Commitment to People Development award. 

David Orange, Sales and Marketing Director at Talk Staff Group, said: “We are delighted to win this award, not only recognising our success but having worked with our teams on their own individual success too. This is an opportunity for them to celebrate with us.”

Zachary Beer from Bondholder Hodgkinson Builders was awarded Apprentice of the Year. 

Derby Museum Trust's Director of Resources, Mohammed Suleman walked away with the Entrepreneur of the Year award. 

Mohammed said: “It’s an absolute honour to have even been shortlisted. There were some great entrepreneurs in the draw and to win it was not only a shock but also absolutely overwhelming.

Even though my name is on the trophy, this award is for everyone involved with Derby Museums. It’s for all of us, because without them it would not be possible for me to win this. I want to thank the judges and the Chamber for providing me with such an amazing opportunity.”

Manufacturer of the Year was awarded to Bondholder Frame Fast UK.

Bondholder Chevin Fleet Solutions was awarded two accolades at the ceremony. Not only did the firm win the Excellence in International Trade award, but they also walked away with the Business of the Year award. 

Ashley Sowerby, Managing Director of Chevin Fleet Solutions, said: "I was delighted to receive this award on behalf of the whole team at Chevin. We were honoured to have been chosen, bearing in mind the quality of the businesses represented at the awards.

"I would like to thank all of the those who have supported the journey so far, in particular my wife Tracey who has been at my side since we set out 27 years ago."

NCA gets celebrity launch

The National Construction Academy (NCA) — part of Bondholder 3aaa — is set to be officially opened by television personality Nick Knowles on Friday 14th October.

The Academy has been set up to address the skills shortage in the construction industry through the delivery of high quality, industry-focused apprenticeship programmes.

Knowles is a strong supporter of the Academy, having recently taken up the role of President of NCA, and has used his experience of the industry to influence the development of the programmes.

The opening on 20 Downing Road in Derby's city centre will feature a schedule of events culminating with Knowles demolishing a wall to officially declare the Academy open.

Ian Hodgkinson, co-founder of NCA and owner of Bondholder Hodgkinson Builders, said: "It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the progress made so far. We welcome all employers and young people to attend to give them the opportunity to see the fantastic opportunities available within the building trade for apprentices and employers who embrace apprenticeships to grow their business."

Hodgkinson takes to Westminster

Owner of Bondholder Hodgkinsons Builders, Ian Hodgkinson, will today be showcasing his apprentices to MPs in Westminster and the UK's leading house-builders on the future of Britain's construction industry.

The event, called Building Britain's Future, will showcase bricklaying skills by apprentices building a wall in front of Big Ben. The culmination of the event will be a reception in Westminster that will be addressed by both Amanda Solloway MP and Ian Hodgkinson. The reception will also include speeches from Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis MP and Minister for Apprenticeships, Nick Boles MP.

Ian, who set up his own brickwork academy, is going to expand on this with a National Construction Academy (NCA) - a standalone academy that will be rolled out across Britain to help build the 250,000 houses that are badly needed.

Ian said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been invited to Westminster and would like to thank Amanda Solloway MP for having the vision to help get my message out that bricklaying is the career of choice and with my new National Construction Academy and opportunities such as this, we are absolutely confident that we can show young people how rewarding a career in bricklaying can be."

Amanda Solloway, MP for Derby North, commented: "This is such a fantastic opportunity to promote bricklaying as a genuine and credible choice for young people to undertake as a career. There certainly needs to be more effort in encouraging the uptake of bricklaying from apprenticeship level and that begins with altering and improving the perception of the industry."

Rock Fall UK forges partnership with Academy

Bondholder Rock Fall UK has forged a partnership with Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy (a joint venture between Bondholders Hodgkinson Brickwork and Derby College) to ensure all students are learning safely and comfortably.

The Academy, which sets out to bridge the construction skills gap, will now be able to provide all its students with a pair of Rock Fall Flint Safety Boots.

Last week, Ian Hodgkinson, Managing Director of Hodgkinson Brickwork, sent three of his apprentices to Rock Fall's head office just outside of Derby to learn more about making the right choice in safety footwear.

Paul Wilson, Partnership Manager at Rock Fall UK, said: "We were so impressed by the drive of these young men that we've committed to issuing every trainee with a pair of Rock Fall Flint Safety Boots in a colour of their choice - a style widely used by major UK construction companies."

To learn more about the Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy, visit the website.