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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


Class of 2018

With over 4,000 nominations received from the public and some intense judging, Marketing Derby was pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards in 2018.

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony, held at The Roundhouse on Monday 8th October 2018.

On the night, Marketing Derby presented the Royal Crown Derby Outstanding Achievement award to The Palfrey who made a significant contribution to Derby's food and drink scene.

The event also saw the launch of a new recipe book called Ten: A recipe for success, produced in collaboration with AVIT' Media and Once Upon a Fork.

The Winner of the 'Restaurant of the Year', Terroir Bistro, won £1,000 worth of Denby tableware.

The 2018 winners & finalists were:

Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Denby Pottery
Terroir Bistro (winner)
The Dovecote

Best café – sponsored by Derby College
Bear (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Milk & Honey Deli

Excellence in customer service – sponsored by the Derby Telegraph
Portobello (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
POINTSIX Coffee House
Milk & Honey

Best bar – sponsored by Irongate Group
Suds & Soda (winner)
Slug & Lettuce

Best pub - sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
The Exeter Arms (winner)
The Dog & Moon
The Last Post

Most family friendly – sponsored by Derby Days Out
Buttermilk (winner)
POINTSIX Coffee House

Best newcomer – sponsored by the University of Derby
The Squashed Tomato (winner)
POINTSIX Coffee House
The Yard

Best international – sponsored by Riverlights Derby
Anoki (winner)

Best Out of Town – sponsored by Smooth Radio
Hackwood Farm (winner)
Fishermans Rest, Belper
The Shed at Hilton


Bondholder entrepreneurs 2019

The Midlands finalists for the 2019 Natwest Great British Entrepreneur Awards have been announced, with a number of Marketing Derby Bondholders making the cut.

Founded in 2013, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledge the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs and businesses in the United Kingdom. The shortlist includes:


Peter Brodnicki of Bondholder Mortgage Advice Bureau for SERVICE INDUSTRIES ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Tim Rookes and Neil Shaw of Bondholder True MSP and Yvonne Gorman of Bondholder Essential Print Services for SMALL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

There are 93 finalists across the region in 12 categories including Disruptor, Scale-Up, Start-Up and Young, as well as new additions Food & Drink and Health & Beauty. Regional winners will be announced on 25 September 2019, with the national final in London on 21 November 2019.

To see the full list of finalists for The Midlands region, click here


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


Mortgage Advice Bureau acquisition

Bondholder Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) has agreed to acquire 80 per cent of a Scotland-headquartered mortgage broker in a move which values the business at £20.6m.


The Derby-headquartered company, which is listed on AIM, is to snap up the stake in First Mortgage Direct Ltd for an initial cash consideration of £16.5m.

In a statement MAB said: "The directors believe that the acquisition presents MAB with significant additional growth opportunities.

"The acquisition will enable MAB to further grow its adviser numbers and market share, in addition to its core growth plans, and will also add another highly respected and leading mortgage broker to the group.

Managing director Ben Thompson added: "This acquisition is central and complementary to our strategic objective to grow our market share of new mortgage lending."

Businesses collaborate for classical concert

More local businesses have joined forces to work with Bondholder Derby City Council and secure the return of this year’s Hannells Darley Park outdoor classical music concert on Sunday 2nd September.

Sponsors include Bondholders HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Flint Bishop Solicitors and Stratstone BMW Derby who have enabled the City Council to bring the much-loved concert back to the city last year.

These companies have again pledged their support for the concert this year and have been joined by Redrow Homes and Invictus Communications.

The expanded corporate sponsorship will bring some exciting new features to boost the enjoyment for the thousands of people from across Derby and beyond who come together to enjoy an evening of live music and the spectacular closing fireworks show.

Bondholder Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra based in Derby will play at the concert with pieces inspired by the theme will be Peace, Hope and Reconciliation – ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Hannells Darley Park Concert will take place at Darley Park on Sunday 2nd September from 6pm, with gates open from 2pm.

Tickets can be purchased from 01332 255800, online at, or booked in person at the Sales and Information Centre, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby. 

Bureau Landmark

Bondholder Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) has exceeded £100m revenue during its latest financial year, according to new figures.

MAB have said, that in the year to 31st December 2017, revenue increased 17% to £109m. They have also recorded an increase of 3% in revenue per advisor.

Chief executive, Peter Brodnicki said: "MAB has delivered yet another strong performance, whilst also continuing to invest in accordance with our very clear strategy that will ensure continued and sustainable market share growth.

"Activity levels remain relatively flat in the housing and mortgage markets and are forecast to remain so over the next few years, with an increase in first time buyers countering a flat home mover market and a weaker buy-to-let purchase market.  Remortgaging and product switch activity remain on the increase.

"We have a strong pipeline of potential new ARs, and we remain confident about delivering our growth plans, both organically and from new ARs.

"MAB's strategy combined with the strength of our market position, puts us in a strong position to capitalise on a digitally enabled intermediary sector in terms of market share, as well as further enhancing customer choice and the overall customer experience."


Hannells Darley Park Concert Returns

One of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts is set to return to Darley Park this Sunday, thanks to Bondholders Derby City Council, Derby LIVE and private sector sponsors. The Hannells Darley Park Concert will feature performances from Bondholder Sinfonia Viva, as well as a spectacular firework display.

The programme for this year's concert has links to Derby's 40th year as a City with performances of famous cricket theme Soul Limbo and Youth of Britain March. The City’s industrial heritage will also be celebrated with Funiculi Funicula, Runaway Train and Come Fly with Me, whilst Bondholder Derby County Football Club is also acknowledged with a performance of Steve Bloomer’s Watching.

Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva, said: "It is the most wonderful setting and it also feels highly appropriate to be there as we jointly celebrate the concert's 25th anniversary and Derby's 40th year as a city.

"The event has become a real annual highlight and is democratic in its nature, appealing to all ages, cultures and tastes. And this year, for the first time, the public have also been invited to choose their three favourite tunes to be played."

The event is sponsored by fellow Bondholders Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry and Stratstone BMW


Derbyshire Companies' Revenues Soar to £4bn

Bondholder BDO launched its Derbyshire Growth Barometer at yesterday's Derby Property Summit, highlighting that Derbyshire’s fastest growing mid-sized companies have contributed almost £4bn in revenues in the last year, increasing 69% over the past three years.

The publication analyses the mid-sized market in the region, which boast turnovers ranging from £10m – £300m, and names the top 50 fastest growing businesses by average turnover growth in the last three years.

Fellow Bondholder Mortgage Advice Bureau topped the list with a phenomenal 534% growth over the past three years, leading the professional services sector to come out in first place for the fastest growing sector with an average growth of 107% overall, In addition, there has been a huge 88% increase in employment across the sector.

Professional services is closely followed by the manufacturing sector, which reported 100% growth in turnover and a 35% in job creation in the same time period.

Peter Brodnicki, Chief Executive of Mortgage Advice Bureau was interviewed as part of the report and said: “Although we have grown significantly since forming the company in Derby, our head office remains here as it is a great location to do business. Innovation and investment has been key to our business growth and we hope to continue to stay ahead of our competition”

BDO Partner Gareth Singleton, who heads up the Derbyshire team, was thrilled to see such a wide range of businesses featuring in the list: He commented: “Mid-sized, high-growth businesses are an essential and dynamic part of the county – yet these businesses are frequently overlooked and undervalued. We wanted to give a voice to these businesses and recognise these fast growing businesses.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “Being at the centre of the Midlands Engine provides a platform for trans-regional collaboration, leading to the attraction of new business investment to Derbyshire. We need to continue to be a centre of innovation and ask ourselves the big questions that help us adapt to a changing economy.”

MAB's International Launch

Bondholder Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) has announced its plans to launch its first office in Australia.

A joint venture with leading Australian broker Mortgageport will form a new mortgage broking entity that will start trading this month as Mortgage Advice Bureau.

The Mortgage Advice Bureau operation in Australia will offer independent mortgage advice, with protection at the core of its proposition, as it is with the UK business model.

The venture will also see Mortgage Advice Bureau partner with Purplebricks in Australia as they have done in the UK. Purplebricks is a British online estate agent, founded in 2014.

Peter Brodnicki, Mortgage Advice Bureau Chief Executive, said: “This is yet another memorable milestone for MAB, albeit some 11,000 miles away!  Both MAB and Purplebricks carried out extensive research before entering this market, and we both saw a big opportunity to bring a very new and customer focused proposition to the Australian market.

"As with the UK, our model in Australia is all about the customer experience, and providing consumers with the choice of how they receive information, advice and transact.'