Innes England

Innes England 'guide' the way

Bondholder and award-winning commercial property agency, Innes England, is celebrating the life-changing work of Guide Dogs UK by handing over a cheque for over £4,000 in Guide Dogs Week (6 October to 14 October 2018)

Innes England announced Guide Dogs UK as its charity of the year in January. Since then, the Innes England team has run a number of events to raise £10,000 in total for the organisation, which helps blind and partially sighted people across the UK by providing guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services.

Tim Garratt, managing director at Innes England, presented a cheque for £4,581.68 to Jane Shelley, Community Fundraising Development Officer for Guide Dogs at the company’s Nottingham office. The Guide Dog owner who inspired the company to support the charity, Terry Rodgers and his dog, Emett, were also present.

Tim said: “We’ve seen at first-hand the difference guide dogs make to their owners through our association with Terry, who ran the entertainment at one of our staff parties. It’s Emett who gives Terry the confidence and freedom to travel independently on public transport.

“He’s really captured the imagination of the staff and we’ve had some great fund-raising activities, including an auction at our staff away day and lots and lots of bake sales.

“In January, our aim was to raise enough to support at least one Guide Dog puppy through its first year of training – and we achieved that by May. I’m delighted that we’ve now raised enough to support two puppies.”

Jane Shelley added: “Guide Dogs Week marks the anniversary of our very first working guide dog which was trained in Wallasey, Merseyside. Since the 1930s, we’ve helped over 29,000 people with sight loss lead independent lives.

"It costs over £5,000 to breed and puppy walk each Guide Dog and it’s thanks to our supporters, like Innes England, that we’re able to continue this work. We’re very grateful to Tim and the team for their life-changing gift.”

Derby Embassy at Capacity

Over 120 delegates packed into today's Derby City Embassy at MIPIM to hear about the latest investment and development opportunities.

In his welcome at the event, Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration highlighted the city’s flagship Heart of the City regeneration scheme, which features in the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio launched yesterday in Cannes: “The £60 million Heart of the City project is a major investment and a game changer for Derby city centre. It is critical to the future success and economic regeneration of Derby and the catalyst for further investment in the retail, leisure and office sectors.”

Keynote speaker at the event Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce plc reinforced the global company’s commitment to Derby with significant improvements being made to their civil aerospace and nuclear campuses in the city. Speaking about Derby’s position as a leading centre for advanced manufacturing innovation, he said “Having local supply chain partners is incredibly valuable for us and there are great opportunities to invest and locate in Derby.”

Derby City Council’s Head of Regeneration Projects, Catherine Williams, spoke further about the £1 billion of opportunities available in the Heart of the City regeneration plans which includes the new £32 million performance venue, refurbished and regenerated Grade II Listed Market Hall, new £10 million car park and enhanced public realm across the area on Osnabruck Square and the Market Place. This is in addition to the new Museum of Making at the Silk Mill, the world’s first factory and UNESCO World Heritage site, and the regeneration of Becketwell.

Plans to stimulate the city centre Grade-A office market were also showcased with Derby City Council’s plans for a new 31,000sq ft office scheme on Bold Lane.

The annual event is regularly referred to as the “best breakfast in Cannes” and while always popular, it received an unprecedented number of registrations this year. Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin commented: “MIPIM is important for cities like Derby to fly the flag on a global platform. In the past this has led to numerous enquiries and genuine investments.  2018 is no different and we have seen huge interest amongst the investor community in Derby’s offer.”

Derby's Embassy and activities at MIPIM are also supported by Smith Partnership, Knights 1759, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, East Midlands Airport, Godwin Development, Harworth Estates and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

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.

Getting an Incite into Derby's Success

Innes England’s annual Market Insite report has revealed that industrial rents in Derby have grown by 26% in the last five years, alongside significant deals in the retail sector.

The report, which monitors trends in the East Midlands property market, highlighted a strong industrial market with Goodman and Ivygrove Developments leading the way.

Nick Hosking, director at Innes England, said, “The industrial sector performed well in 2017 with take-up echoing the previous year. Given the strength of Derby’s manufacturing base we expect to see the industrial sector perform well again this year.”

Innes England, sponsors of Team Derby at MIPIM, also analysed the retail market, noting the success of Intu Derby, whilst the Cathedral Quarter saw lettings to Jack Wills, Bar Soba and Bunk.

The largest deal, billed as the biggest in the city since the opening of Intu Derby, was the letting of 22,000 sq ft in the St Peter’s Quarter to TK Maxx. 

The American retail giant has announced the store will open on Thursday 22nd February and is expected to drive footfall and further lettings to the area. Derby City Council is offering support to the regeneration of the St Peter’s Quarter, with public realm works across the area, including a Walk of Fame, celebrating noteworthy achievements of some of Derby’s most deserving residents.

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.

Cannes Do

MIPIM is the global commercial property show and consistently attracts 21,000 delegates from around the world – with more than 93 countries, 430 journalists and 4,500 investors. 

MIPIM 2018 is fast approaching and Team Derby will once again have a presence as one of the UK’s leading places to invest in or relocate to. The strength of our message lies in our public-private partnership approach to the week and this year will be no different with delegates including the Deputy Leader of Derby City Council attending alongside key business leaders from the city.

2018 will once again see Derby taking its place in the Midlands UK Pavilion alongside the other Midlands locations, promoting the vibrancy and opportunities available in the Midlands Engine. We will once again be hosting our sell-out Derby Embassy, with key panels and discussions in the Midlands Pavilion itself. If you’d like to meet with a member of the team in Cannes, please contact Katie Delve at 

We are delighted to be working with our partners at MIPIM Smith Partnership, Knights 1759, Innes England, Idom Merebrook, East Midlands Airport, Harworth Estates and Godwin Developments. If you would like to join us, please contact Katie Delve at

The Bondholder League

With the Central Health Derby 10K approaching and 23 businesses already submitting teams, including bondholders BB&J, Tidyco, Derby Telegraph, Innes England, Rolls Royce and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, Sporting Futures are urging more bondholders to sign up for the challenge.

The Derby 10K is running for its 17th year on 9th April and Sporting Futures want to get as many Marketing Derby bondholders involved as possible. A new bondholder league is being organised for the first time.

The inaugural league will work based on a points-per-team system. Companies are invited to enter as many teams as they like (minimum 4 and maximum 10 per team), but efforts will be scored per team not by company, meaning the more teams you enter the more chance you have at claiming the title.

Points will be awarded as follows:

•    10 automatic points for team entry

•    1 additional point per team member

•    10 points for each runner finishing sub 45 minutes

•    5 points for each runner finishing between 45-60 minutes

•    3 points for each runner finishing in 60+ minutes.

In addition, teams can scored extra points by signing up volunteers.

 Volunteers can sign up online, citing their company name in ‘How did you hear about us’ for points to be added to the overall team score. Volunteer points will be added after their attendance on race day, and each volunteer will gain 5 points for their team.

Bonus points will also be awarded for the most original and imaginative team photo, uploaded via the team’s preferred social network with the hashtag #BHchallenge.

Winners will be announced the week after the race and the team will receive a free entry for 5 people into a future Sporting Futures event. All bondholders who take part will be acknowledged as charity supporters through Sporting Futures’ website, social media and post-race report.

To sign your team up visit or request a manual form from A fundraising pack can also be requested by email for those wishing to support Sporting Futures develop the work they deliver to disadvantaged young people across Derby and Derbyshire.

Build It and They Will Come

Earlier this week, Bondholder Innes England held their 10th annual Market Insite event at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

The Derby property market was reported as having performed solidly over the last 12 months with encouraging signs for the year ahead as major sites such as Infinity Park and Derby Triangle start to come forward.

Industrial and office take-up has remained largely in-line with previous years, whilst retail continues to see major growth, not just in Intu but outside as well, with the Cathedral Quarter seeing major new occupiers such as Joules, Dr Martens and Bodega enter the Best City Location in the UK (according to the GB High Street Awards)

However, a key thread running through all sectors in Derby, and regionally is that supply is becoming a barrier to growth. There is significant demand from retailers, office occupiers, distribution and manufacturers looking for good quality space in the city that cannot currently be accommodated.

Nick Hosking of Innes England said he expects to see an office pre-let of 25,000 sq ft for a new building emerge in the city in the next 6 months, whilst Greg Jennings, Acting Director of Regeneration and Housing for Derby City Council, highlighted the need for office stock that can cater for smaller new requirements.

The over-riding message was a positive one to developers and the Derby property industry - the demand is here, occupiers are waiting so no matter what the sector - build it and they will come.

Bondholders Toast Success at Top Property Awards

Bondholders Derby City Council, Connect Derby, Innes England and Goodman Logistics UK  toasted success last week at the East Midlands Property Dinner.

The East Midlands Property Dinner 2016 celebrated the strength of the region's property sector, and promoted the very best in real estate, construction and design.

Connect Derby and Derby City Council were awarded Regeneration and Restoration Project of the Year for their restoration of the iconic Marble Hall,  a Grade II listed former Rolls-Royce building. The building is now  a vibrant managed workspace facility.

Property Deal of the Year was awarded to property experts Goodman Logistics UK, for their involvement in the pre-let of the Ted Baker distribution centre at Derby Commercial Park, alongside Anglesea Logistics Partnerships and No Ordinary Designer Label.

This recent award reflects the strength of the business and is also a testament to the hard work being put in by the team.
— Tim Garratt, Managing Director at Innes England

Finally, property consultancy Innes England scooped the Agent of the Year award at the ceremony. 

Tim Garratt, Managing Director at Innes England, said: "We are thrilled to have won the award for agent of the year once again as the competition in the category was fierce." 


Opportunity knocks for Derby

Derby continues to be a cost-effective office and retail location with plenty of opportunities for investors and developers according to Market Insite 2016 launched by Bondholder Innes England.

Nick Hosking, Shareholding Director at Innes England,  commented that the lack of commercial property was "a real challenge for the market" and that the launch of Infinity Park Derby will be a real "game changer" for the city.

Derby’s Office Market

In the office market, the report shows that Derby’s Pride Park continues to be the premium business location of choice for many new businesses moving to the city, including Bondholders Knights Professional Services and Aspin Group. The year also saw a significant uptake of serviced offices in the city centre, largely through Derby City Council’s Connect scheme, which has created ca. 50,000 sq ft of office space in the past two years in response to the needs of Derby’s flourishing start-ups and SMEs.

Some of the city centre’s lower-grade office space, such as St. Peter's House and Roman House, have been snapped up by developers for conversion to residential use, but the demand for new and refurbished office space in the city does, and will continue to, exist.  The availability of top-grade office stock in the city is at its lowest since pre-recession days, and the city’s focus needs to turn to the provision of 1,500 - 5,000 sq ft, offices, of modern design and with attractive lease terms, which new and expanding businesses can move into to support their growth plans.  It is clear that there is an opportunity for developers in Derby right now to provide what the market requires.

The Retail Renaissance

Market Insite highlights the renaissance in Derby’s retail and leisure scene over the past couple of years.  Independents in and around the Cathedral Quarter are going from strength to strength, desirable brands such as Yo! Sushi, MAC, Byron and Tiger have all taken space in intu Derby, and new brands such as Turtle Bay, Cosy Club, Prezzo and White Stuff have all spotted opportunities in Derby’s city centre.

The report highlights that Derby is far more cost-effective than its local rivals when it comes to rent levels, offering retailers in Derby more space for their money and opportunities for greater overall financial returns.

Industrial Stock Market

Competitive industrial rents highlight Derby’s excellent connectivity within the East Midlands, and the availability of industrial stock in Derby is strong.  There is renewed confidence in this market locally, with the success of Derby Commercial Park - including the new speculative 'Angle 325' building about to be let to a major high-street retailer – Eagle Park on Alfreton Road and plans for Derby Triangle all progressing. 

Speaking at the launch, Strategic Director of Communities and Place for Derby City Council, Christine Durrant, highlighted Derby’s Enterprise Zone, Infinity Park Derby. The site has the potential to deliver a world-class engineering and technology park, building on Derby's 300-year industrial heritage.

Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby, Jimmy Drew said ‘Innes England’s Market Insite report is always a useful summary of the East Midlands markets, which backs up the information we are asked for by investors looking at Derby.  This year’s report really highlights that Derby is a city on the up, and that there are real opportunities in the next few years to develop Derby’s offer even further.”

Innes England oversees Nelsons revamp

Sterne House on Lodge Lane

Bondholder and Derby-based law firm Nelsons Solicitors has undertaken a transformation project at its Sterne House office on Lodge Lane which is being overseen by fellow Bondholder Innes England.

Additions include an impressive glazed atrium as well as a brand new conference room on the building's top floor.

Mike Thorne, Director at Innes England said: "The building was in need of modernisation so having looked carefully at the options they decided that a refurbishment programme would deliver what they were looking for."

Staff at Nelsons have temporarily moved out of the building during the works and are expected to return early this year to an improved, high-quality working environment.

Nelsons has also secured the National Law Society's law management quality mark, Lexcel, for the eleventh year running - an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal teams.

Major names choose RTC

Three big names have all recently secured space at RTC Business Park which is owned by Bondholder LCR.

Companies include Hitachi Europe Ltd, Serco Group and Network Rail and were brokered by property consultancy Innes England.

LCR is - in conjunction with fellow Bondholder Derby City Council - using the allocation of the government's Regional Growth Fund to invest in the park to create economic growth and sustainable employment.

European technology giant Hitachi has taken 4,500 sq ft of refurbished office accommodation within Derwent House. From data storage solutions to transportation systems, Hitachi provides products, services and solutions to every sector of the European market.

Serco Group, the outsourcing services company with its head office in Hampshire, has taken just over 9,000 sq ft of refurbished space within Derwent House. Serco operates public and private transport and traffic control, aviation, military weapons, detention centres, prisons and schools on behalf of its customers.

Network Rail, which owns and operates the railway network, has taken five of the six floors at Brunel House on the business park totalling a considerable 15,800 sq ft.

Nick Hosking, Director at Bondholder Innes England, said: "RTC Business Park continues to attract interest from businesses wanting office accommodation with parking just outside the city centre and we are delighted to have secured a hat-trick of substantial deals at the park."

He continues: "Securing the lets just after completion of a full refurbishment illustrates how investing in refurbishment can be rewarded with good quality lets and also demonstrates the increased confidence in Derby's commercial property market."

RTC Business Park is one of the principal engineering employment centres in Derby with direct access to the A6 and is close to the railway station.

Chris Redshaw joins WDA

Lee Waterhouse (left) welcomes new creative director Chris Redshaw (right) to the team at WDA Marketing.

Since parting with his own marketing and design agency earlier this year following an unfortunate series of knockbacks, Chris Redshaw has been snapped up by Bondholder WDA Marketing to fulfil his new role as creative director.

When Chris closed Revolver Revolver I was keen to get him in and show him around the studio. His understanding of the brand and design industry makes him a valuable asset to the team
— Lee Waterhouse, Managing Director at WDA Marketing

WDA Marketing has a host of recognisable brands under its belt as clients including Yamaha, Bridgestone, Continental, Royal Bank of Scotland and Black Horse.

The company has also worked closely with various Bondholder companies readers may be familiar with including Derby College, Derby Hospitals, Hannells, Innes England and Smith Partnership.

We wish you all the best in your new role, Chris!