RDS becomes DCFC's latest club partner

Bondholder RDS Global has signed up as fellow Bondholder Derby County Football Club's latest club partner until the end of the 2017/18 season.

The partnership includes the display of RDS Global's branding across digital assets at the iPro Stadium, as well as throughout its corporate hospitality assets.

We’re pleased to welcome RDS Global to Derby County. We’re looking forward to working with them over the next two years to develop a relationship which we hope will last for years to come.
— Sam Rush, President and Chief Executive of Derby County Football Club

RDS Global, established in 1997, now supports over 4,000 users in 200 locations across the UK, serving customers in sectors which include automotive retail, builders' merchants, care homes, hotel and hospitality and professional services.

Peaty sparks Derby pool plans

Peaty accepts the first gold medal for Team GB at the Rio Olympics

City of Derby swimmer Adam Peaty took home Team GB's first gold medal at the Rio Olympics this week, breaking his own World Record time at 57.13.

Adam's achievement has inspired the whole country and Bondholder Derby City Council has today reiterated its intention to deliver an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: "Obviously, building the pool is a really positive step forward. We'll continue to work with the City of Derby and Derventio Excel clubs about what they need to spur forward the next generation of swimmers."

Councillor Baggy Shanker, who has been tasked with delivering the new pool, has been looking at pools across the country in assessing what would be best for Derby. 

Today he confirmed the City will soon be approaching Adam and his team for their insights, as well as carrying out public consultation.

"We've got an Olympic champion here in Derby, we've got Adam's coach, Mel Marshall, and all his support staff here as well. So we want to talk to these guys and see what best suits them to bring out future stars, and couple that with what local residents want to see as well."

It is expected that the new pool will be built at the Moorways site and completion is expected in 2018. 

Meanwhile, Adam Peaty is expected to be leading Team GB’s Men’s 4x100 relay team this Friday and the Council is considering offering him the prestigious Freedom of the City, an award last taken by Brian Clough.  

We’ll continue to work with the City of Derby and Derventio Excel clubs about what they need to spur forward the next generation of swimmers.
— Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council

intu reports strong financial results

After intu Properties bought Derby's Westfield shopping centre in 2014 — now known as Bondholder intu Derby — the parent company has reported strong financial results for the centre.

For the six months ending in June 2016, revenues grew to £285.5million — an increase of £3.6million on the same period last year.

Occupancy at intu Derby is strong at near 100% and the centre has increased its value by 17% in its two years under new ownership.

David Fischel, Chief Executive of intu Properties, said: "We continue to focus on strengthening and improving our prime regional shopping centres, introducing new leisure concepts and increasing the dwell time of our 400 million customer visits per year."

intu Derby's strategy of encouraging shoppers to stay for longer is already paying off with new unit lets for the centre including Joe's Kitchen, Yo! Sushi, Krispy Kreme, Byron Hamburgers, MEXico, and BB's Coffee & Muffins.

Carluccio's invests in Derby

Italian restaurant and food shop Carluccio's will be opening its first new generation store outside of the capital following a pilot in London's Spitalfields.

Opening at Bondholder intu Derby, the new restaurant will bring 32 jobs to the city and a comfortable and stylish dining space. Complete with communal kitchen table, diners will be able to watch the chefs in action creating dishes from scratch using recipes by Antonio Carluccio.

Dan Murphy, General Manager of intu Derby, said: "Marketing Derby played an instrumental role in attracting Carluccio’s to the city of Derby.  They highlighted the city’s many attributes and its ambitions for the future which is meaning more and more brands are wanting to invest in our city.  I am delighted that Carluccio’s chose intu Derby for their new restaurant, they are a great brand to add to the centre and a perfect addition to our current restaurant offering."

Reflecting the heritage of the brand, the new look brings with it the deli, stocked with an abundance of fresh produce including salamis and cheeses, and the retail area to the fore. The food shop will be filled with a range of beautifully-packaged gifts from pastas and olive oils through to biscuits and chocolates as well as wine and spirits.

Neil Wickers, CEO of Carluccio's, said: "The Derby restaurant will celebrate and amplify all the small things that have made Carluccio's one of the country's most loved restaurant groups."

Erin Peyman, Property Acquisition Manager at Carluccio's, commented: "We first met Marketing Derby at BCSC and since then they have kept us up to date with the exciting changes and developments within the City Centre – their assistance was a factor in us choosing Derby as a location for a Carluccio’s restaurant. They even gave us a guided tour of the City which really helped with the decision making. Thank you to Marketing Derby for your help in this process, I think every city/town should have a team like this promoting what they have to offer."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby — which has been making the business case for Carluccio's locating to Derby for the past few years — commented: "We've been working for some time to bring this prestigious brand into Derby and are delighted they have chosen the city for their new concept."


Marketing Derby played an instrumental role in attracting Carluccio’s to the city of Derby. They highlighted the city’s many attributes and its ambitions for the future which is meaning more and more brands are wanting to invest in our city.
— Dan Murphy, General Manager of intu Derby
The Derby restaurant will celebrate and amplify all the small things that have made Carluccio’s one of the country’s most loved restaurant groups.
— Neil Wickers, CEO of Carluccio's

Top UK dining destination

Research by Savills UK has named Derby as one of the top 30 UK locations for casual dining growth opportunity. 

The publication of Savills’ Casual Dining in the UK 2016 report reinforces Derby’s position as a high-value growth location for casual dining brands. Powered mainly by a mixture of new entrants, growing and established brands, Derby has seen a number of new openings in the last five years. Alongside the growth of high-quality independent operators, casual dining brands such as Iberico, Byron, Prezzo, Yo Sushi, Turtle Bay and Cosy Club, amongst many others, have chosen to open in Derby. This momentum shows no signs of stopping with Carluccio’s and Loungers set to open in the city in the next few months.

These brands have been attracted to Derby due to the expanding market, high disposable spend in the city and reasonable property costs. Raj Manek, Property Manager at Loungers said "[Marketing Derby's] understanding of how the various retail and leisure pitches worked helped to convince me that Derby presented a fantastic opportunity for our restaurants."

The last decade has seen a resurgence nationally in the amount people are spending on eating out with branded restaurants increasing their presence on the British high street by 55%. With drinking-led venues finding times much harder, it has been branded restaurants that have seen the market grow with average household spend in the East Midlands reaching £2,750 per annum.

If you would like to find out more about this story, or are considering options for the growth of your dining brand, please contact Tom Erskine at tom.erskine@marketingderby.co.uk

Happy Mondays and The Bluetones debut at Arena

Bondholder Derby LIVE has announced a unique one-off gig to take place this autumn featuring alternative rock band Happy Mondays and indie band The Bluetones.

The concert will take place at Bondholder Derby Arena on Saturday 15th October as part of fellow Bondholder Derby County Football Club's former captain Shaun Barker's testimonial team.

Shaun commented: "Following a meeting with Derby LIVE, I was delighted that we decided to collaborate and put on the first major music event at Derby's new, impressive arena. For that gig to be Happy Mondays and The Bluetones with special guests still to be announced is so exciting for me. It will be a great gig for me and, I hope, the people of Derby."

Tickets for the gig which brings together two giants of English alternative and indie rock together to perform on the same night will be available from Monday 18th July at 10am from derbylive.co.uk, derbyarena.co.uk or from the Sales and Information Centre on (01332) 255 800.

For that gig to be Happy Mondays and The Bluetones with special guests still to be announced is so exciting for me. It will be a great gig for me and, I hope, the people of Derby.
— Shaun Barker

Mercia Marina heads for further expansion

Plans have been approved by South Derbyshire District Council for Bondholder Mercia Marina to further expand its premises to include more than double the number of luxury holiday lodges on its site, as well as additional facilities for boaters and holiday makers.

The Marina has acquired permission to build 32 more lodges and provide an all-weather tennis court, sports pitch, gym, péntaque court, golf putting area and playground for those staying at the Marina.

A new wildlife pond, almost the size of a football pitch, would also be created as part of extensive landscaping plans around the new lodges.

Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina, said: "Even though it would see a significant growth in our holiday lodge provision, the impact will be surprisingly minimal - partly due to the amount of land here, and also because they would be built gradually, perhaps over a period of several years."

He continued: "The sports facilities will be a phenomenal addition to what we already have here, and I predict that they will see a huge amount of use."

Mercia Marina, already the largest inland marina in Europe, has overseen steady and successful growth since it opened in 2008, particularly since the opening of The Boardwalk leisure, shopping and office development in 2014.

The sports facilities will be a phenomenal addition to what we already have here, and I predict that they will see a huge amount of use.
— Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina

Brian Cox brings tour to Arena

Famous British particle physicist and science presenter Professor Brian Cox OBE has chosen to extend his hotly-anticipated tour to Bondholder Derby Arena in May 2017 where his show will take audiences on a dazzling journey through space and time.

Brian is perhaps the world's foremost communicator of all things scientific and you may already know him from popular BBC shows Horizon and Stargazing Live, to name just a couple.

His show at Bondholder Derby Arena will delve into 'high science' and will freewheel on the edges of the known cosmos. Professor Brian Cox is known to make highly complex ideas accessible to all, and this is the show to get up close and personal with the man himself with an interview hosted by his The Infinite Monkey Cage co-host Robin Ince.

Brian Cox OBE is a British particle physicist, a Royal Society University Research fellow. He works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland and is a professor at the University of Manchester. He is best known to the public for boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy and physics across a range of BBC science programmes.

Professor Brian Cox Live will take place on Tuesday 9th May 2017 and tickets are now on sale at Bondholder Derby LIVE. Book by calling (01332) 255 800 or by booking online at www.derbylive.co.uk

FHP secures third city centre deal this month

Bondholder FHP Property Consultants recently completed a deal for a new ice cream café to open in Derby's Central Hall this July - just in time for summer.

The deal with Diletto adds to previous city centre deals outside of intu Derby this month including national homeware retailer Pondon Homes and gym franchise Xercise4less.

Diletto takes a twist on the American style diner concept seen spreading across many UK cities, offering an alternative to after dinner drinks and acting as a daytime social hub, serving up delights such as ice cream, sundaes and milkshakes.

This signals wider activity happening in the city as vacant units are reducing in central Derby, and more retailers are signing up, including Dr Martens on Sadler Gate.

Darran Severn from FHP commented: "It's great to see new businesses coming to Derby and East Street has proved popular due to the high footfall between intu Derby and the bus station. With less opportunities around, it's only a matter of time until rents begin to increase."

Bondholder FHP is also highlighting modern two story offices in an excellent location in Derby - 61 Canal Street - which are in close proximity of the railway station, bus station and intu Derby shopping centre as well as the inner ring road.

Tim Richardson from FHP said: "This is a rare opportunity to acquire good modern space in a very convenient location being just outside of Pride Park, at a competitive rent. We already have an offer on the ground floor suite which will leave just the first floor suite of 1,444 sq ft available."

For further information, please call (01332) 343 222 or email timr@fhp.co.uk


Summer Nights Fest starts selling out

Now in its sixth year, Bondholder Derby QUAD's Summer Nights Film Festival has announced tickets are selling fast and indeed now sold out for some events.

Across its fourteen locations, the films Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing have proved popular with sell-outs at Kedleston Hall, Baddesley Clinton (Warwickshire) and Dunham Massey (Cheshire).

Derbyshire screenings are:

  • Kedleston Hall:
    • The Martian (12A) Friday 22nd July 
    • Pretty Woman (15) Saturday 23rd July [SOLD OUT]
  • Calke Abbey
    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12A) Friday 5th August
    • Dirty Dancing (12) Saturday 6th August
  • Eyam Hall
    • The Lady In The Van (12A) Friday 5th August
    • Mamma Mia! (PG) Saturday 6th August
  • Hardwick Hall
    • Spectre (12A) Friday 19th August
    • Ghost (12A) Saturday 20th August

To book tickets, please visit the Summer Nights Film Festival website.

The Tap Named as East Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year

Following the finals of The National Pub & Bar Awards in London this week, Bondholder Derby Brewing Co's pub, The Tap, has been named as East Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year, one of 12 regional winners, having narrowly missed out on the award for National Pub of the Year.

Speaking after the awards Director Paris Harris commented “It’s a great honour to win the regional award for East Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year. We were up against 4 other pubs in the East Midlands category and competition was strong. The Tap, one of four Derby Brewing Co venues, the first venue we opened back in 2008 and since then it’s gone from strength to strength so it’s great to have this recognised."

Trevor Harris, Director, commented “It was a special night; to be awarded amongst the best in the country is a great moment. We will certainly be celebrating and hope the rest of Derby will join us, cheers!”

The Tap offers an extensive range of beers, with at least 5 of Derby Brewing Co ales and guest ales. Not to mention over 75 beers from around the world. You’ll also find a fantastic spirit selection, specialising in gin, rum & whisky, there is something for everyone including the legendary racks and tasting boards. 

Bar manager John Moore said about the awards "The award was a huge shock.  The team all work very hard so it's nice to be recognised especially on this scale. Our eyes are now set on being named as the National Winner in next year’s awards. ”

The Awards, organised by Pub & Bar Magazine, saw 94 County Winners entered into and invited to the grand final, which took place at London’s iconic BAFTA theatre on Tuesday 24 May 2016. On the evening, 12 regional winners and one overall National Pub & Bar of the Year were announced.

Panto celebrity cast announced

Bondholder Derby LIVE has announced its celebrity line up for this year's Christmas family panto, Cinderella, at Derby Arena.

West End star, TV and radio presenter, stand-up comic and star of BBC's EastEnders, Richard Blackwood, will be playing everyone's favourite character, Buttons.

TV sensation and star of hit show Mrs Brown's Boys, Eilish O'Carroll will be bringing her Irish humour to Derby's biggest ball as the family godmother.

Finally, Lloyd Warbey, actor presenter and host of the legendary children's TV classic, Art Attack, will be taking on the role of Prince Charming's faithful sidekick, Dandini.

Cinderella will be on stage from Tuesday 6th December 2016 until Monday 2nd January 2017 at Derby Arena. Tickets are priced from £11.25 and concessions, group, school and family tickets are available.

To buy tickets, call the Box Office on (01332) 255 800 or pick your seats online at www.derbylive.co.uk

Xercise4less Derby gets green light

Gym chain Xercise4less has been given the green light by Bondholder Derby City Council this month and will move into 8 East Street (formerly occupied by TK Maxx) in a deal brokered by Bondholder FHP.

This addition to the St Peters Quarter is in line with Derby City Council's masterplan and brings new investment and jobs to the area. A statement on the decision notice said: "In this instance, the loss of retail floorspace is outweighed by the wider benefits of the proposal in terms of combating a long-term vacancy."

"The local planning authority is satisfied that sufficient units would still remain in retail use within this particular frontage and the proposal would provide a complimentary use which, subject to conditions, would add to the vitality and viability of the city centre shopping area."

The new gym will create 50 jobs and have 400 pieces of equipment, large studio for classes and ladies-only section.

Derby Film Festival breaks record

This year's ten-day Derby Film Festival, which took place at Derby QUAD earlier this month, has reported its best year yet.

Compared to last year's festival, ticket sales saw over a 30% increase. The festival presented a programme full of film previews, special events and guests of honour including Simon Callow and Sir Ben Kingsley.

Adam Marsh, Derby Film Festival Co-Director commented: "I have been delighted with the response to this year's Derby Film Festival. It is growing from strength to strength each year and we are already looking forward to Derby Film Festival 2017!"

Exclusive previews this year included: an opening night preview of Florence Foster Jenkins (PG), Green Room (18), Mustang (15), Do You Own The Dancefloor? (15) with a Q&A with the film's director Chris Hughes, The Snarling (Advised 18), The Case of Hana and Alice (12A), Generation Right and Live from New York (12A).

Book Festival artists in finals for South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Two artists who are part of this year's Derby Book Festival have been shortlisted for categories in the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Ben Dole, Artistic Director of dance company, Lost Dog, is nominated in the Dance category for Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me), which he will perform at Bondholder Déda on Thursday 9th June at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £12/£10, click here to buy.

Derby-born author Sunjeev Sahota is nominated in the Literature category for his Man Booker-shortlisted second novel The Year of the Runaways. Sunjeev will be joining an event sponsored by Bondholder Freeths at QUAD on 6th June at 6pm. Tickets cost £8/£6, click here to buy.

Winners for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards will be announced during Derby Book Festival on 5th June.

Tunes in the tent

Bondholder Sinfonia Viva is set to take over Derby Market Place on Thursday 9th June for a Flights of Fantasy concert.

Using its innovative inflatable venue the concert will provide a key date in the diary of Derby Book Festival 2016 with nods to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with orchestral backing written by Mendelssohn amongst others.

Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva, said: "Flights of Fantasy will be an exciting experience in so many ways. Our aim is to transport the audience into the magical world that Shakespeare created in words and the composer evoked through his music. We are particularly delighted that this concert is part of Derby Book Festival and the Grand Tour 2016 - setting it in a literature and historical context, while the return of our inflatable venue to the Market Place will create a unique setting for this special combination of words and music."

Tickets are priced at £6 - £10 and can be booked through Derby LIVE at the Assembly Rooms box office, by phone on (01332) 255 800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk

Derby ranks third in Rough Guides

Lottie Gross, a writer for renowned travel guidebook Rough Guides, has listed Derby as one of her "30 Best Places To Go With Kids" list.

Derby is described as a "pleasant gateway to the Peak District" and listed amongst other places to visit in the Midlands.

The mention is thanks to Derby City Council's Tourism Team for making contact with Rough Guides and ensuring the city and its surroundings are on their radar.

To read the full article, please click here.

Choices swims the extra mile

Bondholder Choices Health Club has offered a solution to regular swimmers who are unable to swim at Queen's Leisure Centre.

Choices will be offering short-term memberships throughout the closure so that Derby swimmers will be able to continue swimming for a reasonable price, as opposed to using the club's pay-as-you-go prices. 

Duncan Foster, Manager of Choices Health Club Derby, said: "We want to provide an affordable and non-committal solution for people wanting to use the gym and swimming pool facilities while Queen's is closed. We will be offering people the chance to sign up for a period of one, two or three months - it will be the same price as our other memberships."

Anyone interested in temporary membership at Choices Health Club can contact the club by calling (01332) 66 88 66.

Derby shoots up league tables

Derby's Tourism Team at Discover Derby is celebrating this week after rising up in the English Tourism Social Media Index League Table 2016.

Discover Derby came third in the East Midlands (up from sixth place last year) and 37th out of 129 destinations in the country for its digital engagement.

The league table methodology takes into account factors such as usage of various different social media platforms, community growth and engagement and amount of different types of media used (eg. images, video, official apps and external links). Each destination is also judged by a panel and there are penalties for bad practice such as spelling mistakes and duplicate content.

Stella Birks, Visitor Services and Development Manager at Discover Derby, said: "It's really good to see the improvement made in the tourism social media league table. Particularly as we operate with very little resource compared to some of the other destinations listed. We look forward to building on this success next year."

In real world speak, all marketing activity carried out by Discover Derby affects the visitor economy in the city and surrounding areas. Derby saw a 9.5% increase in visitor numbers between 2009 and 2014 which resulted in a 37.5% increase in direct expenditure. The increased visitor numbers also helped support over 5,000 jobs in the city.

To view the league table, visit the English Tourism Social Media Index website.

We look forward to building on this success next year
— Stella Birks, Visitor Services and Development Manager at Discover Derby

DerbyDaysOut.co.uk works with intu Derby

After joining Marketing Derby Bondholders earlier this year, DerbyDaysOut.co.uk has announced it will once again be working with fellow Bondholder intu Derby to promote its free events lined up throughout every school holiday in 2016.

Family website DerbyDaysOut.co.uk has already promoted the huge range of activities that took place in the February half-term which were all Kung Fu Panda-themed to coincide with the release of the film. Activities included Chinese lantern making, food workshops with YO! Sushi and a martial arts lesson. All activities took place at intu Derby and were free of charge.

Natalie Bamford, Director of DerbyDaysOut.co.uk said: "The purpose of our website is to help families with children aged 6-16 years old find out what's on for them in Derby and Derbyshire. We want to be a one stop site so you don't have to look at several sites or publications to get a full picture of what's on. As a family we have attended many of intu Derby's free family events and thoroughly enjoyed them so we're happy that we can tell other families about them through our website!"

To find out about intu Derby's events plus many more, check out DerbyDaysOut.co.uk/events