Mercia Image Print

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.