Mercia Image Print

Print's city expansion

Bondholder Mercia Image Print has opened a new office on Pride Park to complement its purpose built factory in Little Eaton.

Established in 1989, and celebrating 30 years in business this year, Mercia Image has made the move on to Pride Park so it can service current customers and be more accessible to new customers in the future.

“Being able to pop across to Pride Park, to discuss all their print requirements with us, is perfect for Pride Park-based businesses” said Amanda Strong, Mercia’s Owner/MD “They only need to come over to the factory to proof anything on the presses, if they want to”

Amanda has driven the business through some quite challenging times, especially as the print industry has changed so significantly in previous years, and sees the move to Pride Park as a fantastic opportunity for the business, which is Derby’s longest established and only B2 commercial print manufacturer,

“As part of our recent 30 Days of Giving Campaign, one of the major charities we worked with was The Breakfast Club, headed up by Kavita Oberoi. When we met to discuss 30 Days of Giving, we got on like a house on fire and after seeing the facilities on offer, we jumped at the opportunity to have an office in the Oberoi Business Hub” said Amanda.

Kavita Oberoi. owner of fellow Bondholder Oberoi Consulting said “I am really looking forward to working alongside Amanda and having Mercia as one of our tenants."

Mercia will complete the move, over the next couple of weeks.

Bondholders’ Angel support


The Derby business community has joined forces to support the Knife Angel and spread the message 'Don’t Carry Knives'.

The Knife Angel will be in situ outside Bondholder Derby Cathedral from 3rd to 30th October, and all are encouraged to visit the monument to appreciate the message it carries.

Derby Cathedral is encouraging everyone to share their photographs and message of support on social media using the hashtag #DERBYKNIFEANGEL. You can also follow Derby Knife Angel on Facebook and Twitter

The following Bondholder companies are just a sample of those who have come together to support the Knife Angel’s message of intolerance to violent crime.

G Wathalls and Sons
Bowmer & Kirkland
Work Wallet
Derby Cathedral
Derbyshire Police
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Derby City Council
Mercia Image
Smith Partnership
Ask The Chameleon
Loates HR
Marketing Derby

Rachel Morris, Diocesan Secretary & Cathedral Chapter Steward at Derby Cathedral, would like to extend her thanks to everyone who has supported the Knife Angel to date.


Bondholders win with Chamber


Several Bondholders were amongst the winners at the 2019 awards night of fellow Bondholder East Midlands Chamber on Friday.

The awards are amongst the largest and most prestigious in the region, bringing together businesses from across Derbyshire to celebrate and promote the outstanding work undertaken by our business community.

Our Bondholders made us proud being shortlisted for many of the awards. Bondholder winners at the gala dinner held at Pride Park Stadium were: Bloc Digital; RDS Global; The Roundhouse; and Sky Recruitment Solutions.

Bondholder Bloc Digital took home the coveted Business of the Year award, but, ever the professionals, the team celebrated by heading back to the office to hit a deadline!

Details of how our Bondholders fared in the awards are given below:

Business of the Year
Winner: Bloc Digital

Business Improvement through Technology
Winner: Bloc Digital
Finalists: Bowmer & Kirkland and Scenariio

Community Impact Award
Winner: RDS Global
Finalists: Purpose Media and LoatesHR

Business Venue of the Year
Winner: The Roundhouse
Finalist: Devonshire Dome, University of Derby and The Derby Conference Centre

Commitment to People Development
Finalists: Air IT and Talk Staff

Entrepreneur of the Year
Finalist: Amanda Strong of Mercia Image Print and Simon Rice of HSG UK

Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Autumn Parkinson, Sky Recruitment Solutions
Finalist: Jess Frearson, Future Proof Films

Excellence in Customer Service
Finalists: Air IT, Anoki, Purpose Media

Small Business of the Year
Finalists: Rhodes Wealth Management and Timms Solicitors

Manufacturer of the Year
Finalist: Work Wallet


Top class project

Bondholder Derby Grammar School’s Tanzania 2019 expedition this summer has brought the number of new classrooms funded by the project since 2013 to five.

Almost £10,000 was raised for the 2019 project by the thirteen students who took part in the trip as well as general fundraising activity across the school.

This year’s fundraising was helped considerably by the generosity of Marketing Derby Bondholders including Sibbalds Accountants, Bespoke Inns, Mercia Image, Highfield Drinks, and YMCA Derbyshire.

The Derby Grammar School students also spent time teaching the children of Gedeli B School and visiting Forever Angels Baby Home and Hisani Orphanage, where a lot of the Gedeli B school-children call home.

Varchas Swamy was a student on the project. He said: “If we learnt anything on this trip, it is that teaching is incredibly rewarding and heart touching. Seeing the determination to learn in the childrens' eyes, as well as the joy they get out of reading stories and solving maths problems really warmed our hearts. The love and respect the children gave us easily made all the challenging fundraising worth it.”

Following two weeks of hard work at the school, the team headed off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mrs Sly, Tanzania project lead said: “Our boys get so much out of the trip and it ties in so much with what we do in terms of trying to make them into caring and thoughtful citizens. They come back from Tanzania as very different people; it gives them a completely different perspective.”

Find out more about the Tanzania Project here, or if you or your organisation would like to support the project, contact Mrs Sly.


Bondholders bring Festé 2019

Ockhams Razor - Belly of the Whale. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

Ockhams Razor - Belly of the Whale. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

An impressive twenty Marketing Derby Bondholders are working together to bring Derby Festé to life again with international performers that will bring surprise and magic to Derby.

Derby Festé 2019 will take place on 27th and 28th September and is produced and presented by Bondholders Déda, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre and QUAD.

Festé attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the city centre which features international performers that have toured the world in a celebration of outdoor street entertainment including dance, contemporary circus, music and comedy. Performers this year will be arriving from events in USA, Australia, Taiwan, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Germany – to name just a few – before they arrive to a warm welcome in Derby.

Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

Derby Festé is sponsored by Bondholders Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derby Cathedral Quarter, St Peters Quarter, Foundation Derbyshire and intu Derby.

For the first time this year, organisers of Derby Festé have also joined forces with Bondholder Derby Cathedral to bring ‘Museum of the Moon’ to the city in the run up to and during the city’s popular annual event.

Marketing and promotions have been headed up by Bondholder Gravity Digital Ltd, who developed a new website as part of their sponsorship agreement, they also manage the social media, and other marketing activities working closely with creative Bondholder companies, Future Proof Films, JJ Public Relations , Mercia Image, and Code Print.

For people arriving in the city by train, there is also an exclusive offer that has has been promoted by Bondholder East Midlands Railway and the event is widely covered in the media including Bondholder Derby Telegraph.

Visit Derby has also just run a fabulous family festival break competition where entries were invited form people to win a weekend stay including free tickets to the Festé headline event, a meal for four at Bondholder Annie’s Burger Shack and overnight accommodation with Bondholder The Stay Company.

Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

Derby Festé Artistic Director Stephen Munn from Déda said: "Festé is a true partnership of a vast number of organisations and businesses – bringing together a range of committed individuals who work really hard to make the annual event a reality.

"It is this combination of talent and effort that ensures that Festé is always pushing boundaries, bringing the unexpected and unusual to the city and creating unforgettable memories.

"The fact that so many Bondholders are at the heart of the continued success of Derby Festé is testament to the widespread passion for cultural activity in the city and we are also particularly grateful for the input from Arts Council England and the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership."

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BaroloSolo - ile O splash. Photo Credit: Vincent d'Eaubonne

BaroloSolo - ile O splash. Photo Credit: Vincent d'Eaubonne


30 Days of Giving finale

Thirty local charities gathered at Bondholder Smith Partnership's offices recently to celebrate the receipt of their donation from Mercia Image Print’s 30 Days of Giving Campaign.

Over the month of June, Amanda Strong of Mercia Image Print pledged to raise £30,000 in 30 days, to give to 30 local charities, and with a final push following the Gala Dinner held at Bondholder Pattonair's County Ground, she managed to reach her goal.

Megan Patrick from fellow Bondholder Derby County Community Trust, who received £5,000 from the fund, said “When Amanda first came to see us about raising some money we thought it sounded fabulous, then when Amanda decided she would go for £30,000 in 30 days we thought it was a tall order – but we did it!!”

Amanda commented “With the support of the local business community we did it! I am still amazed that we managed to hit our target in 30 days, stress levels were high but worth every minute”

Some of the local Bondholder charities that benefited form the 30 Days of Giving campaign were Derby County Community Trust, Treetops Hospice Care, Padley Group, Derby Museum, Derby QUAD, YMCA Derbyshire, Safe & Sound, Me & Dee, TwentyTwenty, Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre, Deda, Derbyshire Institute of Sport, Artcore, Derby City Mission and NWG.

When asked whether Amanda would consider making this an annual fund raising event, she said “I think it has proven to be such a success that it could definitely be an annual campaign, but perhaps I should let someone else run it next year!"

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Business Awards finalists announced

Bondholder East Midlands Chamber has announced the finalists for the Derbyshire Business Awards 2019 - we're pleased to see so many of our Bondholders are finalists.

The Derbyshire Business Awards bring together businesses from across the region and beyond to promote the outstanding work which Derbyshire businesses undertake every day.

The 2019 Derbyshire Business Awards Gala Dinner will take place on the 6th September at Pride Park Stadium.

There will be 13 awards presented across a range of categories, as well as the prestigious Business of the Year award. Winners of selected categories from the evening could go on to compete in the national British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) awards which take place in November.

Here is the list of Bondholder finalists:

Business Improvement Through Technology (make headers bold)
Bloc Digital
Bowmer and Kirkland

Community Impact Award
RDS Global
Purpose Media
Loates HR

Business Venue of the Year - New for 2019
The Derby Conference Centre
The Roundhouse

Commitment to People Development
Air IT
Talk Staff

Entrepreneur of the Year
Simon Rice – HSG UK
Amanda Strong – Mercia Image Print

Apprentice of the Year
Jess Frearson – Future proof Films
Autumn Parkinson - Sky Recruitment Solutions

Excellence in Customer Service
Air IT
Purpose Media

Small Business of the Year
Rhodes Wealth Management
Timms Solicitors

Manufacturer of the Year
Work Wallet

Good luck to all of the finalists!


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.


Under One Roof

Three Marketing Derby Bondholders, Mercia Image, Gravity Digital and Square One Creative have combined their resources along with Simply Uniform to create a Full Service Marketing Agency, specifically for the Education sector.

UNDER ONE ROOF was created after the principles, from each Bondholder, realised they were all targeting the same customers and recognised the opportunity to provide Graphic Design, Web & Digital Media, Print and School Uniforms as one.

Amanda Strong, Mercia Image, said “it just made so much sense! We all kept meeting at Marketing Derby events and realised we were all using our sales resources to target the same people”. Sharon Stevens-Cash, Gravity Digital, continued “the sector is so specialist and, of late, has had to become more business orientated, so there is a lot more opportunity to discuss a full marketing strategy with School and Education Establishment Heads”.

After a lengthy brain storm, over a couple of G & T’s, UNDER ONE ROOF was born. Maggie Lucas, Square One, was charged with developing a brand image and styling which would reflect and appeal to the Education sector, Gravity Digital a website, Mercia Image a brochure and direct mailer and Matthew Harrison, Simply Uniform, an array of promotional products and visuals to enhance the campaign.

The results have shown such promise that UNDER ONE ROOF have now taken a stand at the forthcoming Education Show at the NEC, reportedly the biggest Education show in the country with over 7,000 visitors, 1000+ School Leaders and about the same number of trade buyers.

UNDER ONE ROOF have plans for marketing to other sectors in the future. “The collaboration between the companies offers a hugely more competitive solution to any business” commented Amanda “the savings we make on marketing to a business once, rather than four times, will certainly reflect in cost savings to the clients”.

Mercia Ends Year on High

Bondholder Mercia Image Print finished off 2017 with a record breaking month of sales - over 33% up on December 2016.

These sales represent the best ever December since the company began trading, back in 1989.

Managing Director/Owner Amanda Strong was thrilled at the result: "2017 was looking good anyway, but having a bumper month in December really put the icing on the cake.

"We have a great team here, but it's the loyalty and support from our customers which helps us keep achieving these incredible milestones!"

With their commitment to keeping all print and finishing "in house", Mercia realise that their investment into new machinery and equipment is well founded.

Apprentice Success for Mercia

Bondholder Mercia Image has taken on its fourth apprentice as part of its commitment to bring youth into the print industry. 

Keiran Bass, who joined the Mercia Production team in November 2015, has just been offered a full time position as Print Finishing Assistant, after successfully completing his Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprenticeship with fellow Bondholder Derby College

Daniel Kinnerley, Print Finishing Manager, said “Kieran has done really well during his apprenticeship, learning different aspects of the business and the skills it takes to run several different print finishing machines. Kieran has quickly become a very valuable member of the team, having shown a great work ethic to achieve his goal and become a full time member of the Print Finishing Team.” 

Kieran is the first Production apprentice to come through the ranks and gain a full time job in Mercia’s Production Department. 

David Clarke, Derby College’s Engineering Assessor, said “The course is made up of 6 units selected by Kieran and myself, meaning that Kieran is able to choose the units which will benefit him in his chosen career. He has to be observed on 3 occasions which he’s done excellently every time, showing his willingness to learn and the skills he has gained.”

Apprentice Success for Mercia

Bondholder Mercia Image Print has continued its commitment to apprentices by offering Digital Media and Marketing Apprentice, Tom Lacey, a full time position as Digital Marketing Co-ordinator.

Tom joined the print company in April 2016, through fellow Bondholder 3aaa.

Amanda Strong, Managing Director at Mercia, said: "Tom has applied himself very well and I had no hesitation in appointing him.

"His work has been first class and 3aaa have guided him all the way, with what appears to be a great syllabus and curriculum."

David Wastie - Academy Manager, for the 3aaa Derby Academy, said how delighted he was to see Tom develop and progress into full time employment: "Tom has earned his opportunity. He has been one of our strongest apprentices in the last year, always ahead of targets, 100% attendance and the quality of his work has been exceptional" commented

Derby's Finest Launched

Derby’s Finest – a new group which aims to celebrate and support women who make a positive contribution to the city – was officially launched with an event at Bondholder Derby College’s Engine Shed restaurant.

The group has been formed by Bondholders, including Claire Twells from Smith Partnership solicitors, April Hayhurst from Derby College, Bev Crighton from the University of Derby and Amanda Strong from Mercia Image Print.

Fifty women from a wide range of organisations and businesses attended the inaugural event to hear about plans for future events and about the chosen charity for the year – Prostate Cancer UK.  

The first event raised nearly £300 for the charity and the target is to grow this to thousands over the coming year.

Organisers now want to spread the membership wider across the local community to reflect the diverse and important roles that women hold and the positive impact they make in the city.

Claire Twells explained: “Our aim is to make Derby’s Finest a group that celebrates, inspires, encourages and supports women from across our local community.  

“We were delighted with the response to the inaugural event and now want to widen the focus to bring together women from all walks of life in a wide range of roles.

“This diversity reflects the multi-facets to women’s lives from at work, home and leisure with the commonality that we all make a difference to our local communities in many different ways.”

April Hayhurst continued: “There are so many unsung heroines in our city and our pledge is to seek these women out, recognise their value and to celebrate their outstanding support and selfless contributions that have had an impact on people’s lives – whether that is to an individual, a business, an organisation or a community.

Amanda Strong added: “We can all benefit from a strong support network but it is particularly important that we work together to inspire and encourage the future generation of females to believe that can achieve and thrive as an equal in all areas of society.”

Record Month for Mercia

Bondholder, Mercia Image Print have recorded their biggest ever monthly sales, since the company began way back in 1989.

Amanda Strong, Managing Director, said: “The presses have been red hot ever since the middle of September, when we had to adopt a 24hour shift programme to cope with the demand.

"October’s result is amazing and a testament to the quality of our work and to our sales and production team. But, I must admit, I got a bit of a shock in August when Brexit seemed to have affected our usual business”.

Mercia Image Print offer a full selection of business stationery and communication documentation including flyers, brochures, display stands and advertising material.



Bondholders scoop Telegraph awards

Bondholder wet suit designer HUUB stole the show at last week's Derby Telegraph Business Awards when it won the coveted Company of the Year award.

The awards ceremony, held at Bondholder Derby Roundhouse, also saw fellow Bondholder Status Social take home the Creative Industries Business of the Year award. The Derby Small Business of the Year award went to owner of Bondholder The Dragon, Bespoke Inns, after facing fierce competition from fellow Bondholders Deaf Alerter and Mercia Image Print. Bespoke Inns also went home with the Derby Sales & Marketing award.


Bondholders dominate Business Awards

With the Derby Telegraph Business Awards fast approaching, we're thrilled to announce that many of our Bondholders have placed as finalists for awards.

Congratulations and good luck to:

With the awards ceremony currently in its judging period, the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 9th June at The Roundhouse.

The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2016 is in association with Bondholder Champions (UK) plc and is sponsored by Bondholders CPL Print, Derby College, HSKS Greenhalgh, intu Derby, Marketing Derby, The Roundhouse, Sellick Partnership, Sky Recruitment Solutions and the University of Derby.