Hot House Music School

2019 Sponsors

A big thank you to this year's Food & Drink Awards sponsors, who now have the difficult (and fun) task of picking a winner from their sponsored category!

See below for our full list of 2019 category sponsors and what they say about the awards.

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Denby Pottery
"Denby is delighted to sponsor the Food & Drink Awards again this year as this region has many impressive venues for dining and socialising. Denby is offering a prize of £1,000 RRP of its locally made tableware for the winner of the ‘Restaurant of the Year’. As restaurants want their food to look as good as it tastes, this seemed like the perfect partnership for Denby!"

Outstanding achievement award sponsored by Royal Crown Derby
“It gives us great pleasure to be sponsoring this year’s Outstanding Achievement award. At Royal Crown Derby we have been manufacturing fine bone china tableware for over 265 years, meaning the Food and Drink industry is right at our heart. Being founded in Derby and being based in the city for over 2 and a half decades, it is an honour to be sponsoring such an important award in an industry and a city that means so much to us.”

Best Café sponsored by Derby College
"Derby Food and Drink Awards celebrate the best of creativity, high quality customer service and entrepreneurial endeavour which are all attributes that we engender into our student body as part of their study programmes."

Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by The Derby Telegraph
"Good customer service can mean the difference between an average dining-out experience and a truly memorable one; it can be the deciding factor which compels people to make a return visit.”

Remember this award is voted for by YOU. You can vote here for Excellence in Customer Service.

Best bar sponsored by Irongate Group
“Irongate is delighted to continue its support of the awards for another year, helping showcase the innovative and vibrate food and drink culture we have in Derby”.

Best pub sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
"We’re proud to once again sponsor the Marketing Derby food and drink awards. Derbyshire is dubbed the real ale capital of the UK and we have a thriving food and drink scene so we’re extremely excited to see this year’s competition."

Most family friendly sponsored by Cattermole Electrical
"As a small award-winning family business and having a young family of my own it made sense for us to sponsor the Most family friendly award."

Best newcomer sponsored by Hot House Music School
"Derby has a tradition of being both innovative and inspirational. We believe that Derby has an exceptional level of talent in every aspect of its culture and business which is why we are delighted to sponsor the Best newcomer award"

Best international sponsored by KRCS
"As a local business, KRCS is proud to support restaurants in Derby and the surrounding areas. We’re excited to sponsor the Best international award 2019, as we celebrate diversity in the city and the eclectic mix of flavours and cultures that make Derby great."

Best out of town sponsored by the University of Derby
"We are delighted to be supporting the Food and Drink Awards 2019. Our Culinary and Hospitality courses are preparing the next generation of talent to support this highly valuable sector."

The Market Place sponsored by Gem Radio


Food & Drink Last Chance to Vote!

Nominations close this Friday (26th) for the 2019 Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards; vote now for your favourite establishment, 2000 already have!


Now in its eleventh year, the Awards recognise and celebrate the city's vibrant and growing food and drink sector.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin says: "Food and drink is an important sector but a tough one too. We want to celebrate the best locally and promote customer growth, so I encourage everyone to vote to give support to their favourites."

Here is the list of the categories available for nomination:

The Excellence in Customer Service award (Sponsored by Bondholder Derby Telegraph) is voted for by readers of the Derby Telegraph, from a shortlist of six establishments.

Nominations are judged on quality, not quantity, so make sure you consider your nominations carefully.

When the nomination period ends, judges from each category will sample each finalist to select a winner.

The finalists for each category will be announced on Friday 16th August, with the much anticipated awards ceremony taking place on Monday 7th October at Bondholder venue The Roundhouse.

For more information on the awards please contact Katie Wells


Gong for music man

Jon Eno, CEO of Bondholder Hot House Music Schools, has been awarded a Queen’s Birthday Honour for services to music education.

In recognition of his outstanding services, Jon will be required to attend a ceremony in London where he will be presented with the British Empire Medal (BEM) and subsequently invited to one of Her Majesty’s garden parties.

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The British Empire Medal is awarded for a “hands-on” service to the local community. As a dedicated educator Jon is keen to use the award to promote the values of music in all young people’s lives.

He says: “Music has the power to make the world a better place, it is the universal language which enriches and engages people from all corners of society. The ability to listen, and work as a team, are fundamental concepts vital to both a successful music ensemble and in career as an essential part of a creative workforce. I am delighted to be receiving this award, but really, it should be for all of the wonderful students that make up the Hot House musical family. They are the future, and they deserve our support”.

Hot House Music Schools deliver an international award-winning program of services to young people across the U.K. Founded in 2002, in the heart of England (Derby), they have gone on to become one of the most recognized music education brands in the western world.

Daring to dream

Jon Eno, Musical Director of Bondholder Hot House Music School closed the #ABE2019 in spectacular style using his 'Dare to Dream' slot to highlight the internationally recognised and award-winning music school.

Jon inspired delegates and reminded them that the greatest asset for a business is its human resource. He sees his job as inspiring the next generation of Derby's workforce.

"If we want our children to be more we have to encourage them to do more."

Jon went on to explain that Hot House Music teach their pupils to process information and do physical activities at the same time to prevent them from developing bad habits which might prevent them from reaching their potential. This helps to make them great assets for any team in the future.

Hot House Music's saxophonist group have had a busy year with a Coast to Coast tour of America. 2019 will see them going to Europe and in 2020 they will be heading to Tokyo to play at the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

Delegates left the theatre with a spring in their step when the saxophonist group joined the amazing performance from Ed Richardson, very talented Derby Alumni drummer from Hot House Music who has played drums for many artists including Noel Gallagher, X Factor, Sir Tom Jones, SEAL and Gregory Porter.

Hot House now have operations in Singapore and France as well as their Derby base which has produced over 2,000 graduates to date.