Olivers Win National Award

Bondholder Oliver’s café has won the Café Design of the Year Award from the Café Life Association for its innovative and commercially viable design.

Café owner and the woman responsible for the design, Lisa Bridge was presented with the award at a ceremony hosted by celebrity chef Theo Randall held at the Grange City Hotel in London.

The Café Life Awards recognise the very best café food, drink and design from both independently owned and café chains across the country and Oliver’s was the only café in the region to be shortlisted.

Lisa has previously worked on numerous commercial design projects, including fellow Bondholder Birchover Residences’ portfolio of luxury apartment-hotels, which she jointly owns with her husband Carl.

Commenting on the win, Lisa said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this award. I always knew I wanted to use natural materials, warm colours and soft, comfortable furnishings to make Oliver’s as comfortable as possible. Our menu and interiors have been designed for customers to enjoy and it’s so exciting to be acknowledged in such a highly competitive industry.

“It is really important to me that the craftsmen who helped me make my vision for Oliver’s a reality get huge recognition for their work too. They have made Oliver’s what it is today.”

Sam Day, from the Café Life Awards, added: "Oliver's has a great back story and the design demonstrates the labour of love that owner Lisa has put in to creating the space. The judges loved the ambience that has been created with the cosy booths and intimate lighting.

"Winners like Oliver's showcase the developments within the industry and the need to demonstrate creativity. Oliver's has  a unique design that showcases the coffee shops' personality without compromising on comfort. The team at Oliver's have responded to the growing café culture and developed a business that serves the local community whether passing by for a quick coffee or enjoying lunch with a friend."

Oliver's Shortlisted for National Award

Bondholder Oliver's has been shortlisted for the prestigious national Café Design of the Year award. 

The awards are run by The Café Life and celebrate the best aspects of café culture in the UK each year. Oliver’s is one of just five cafes across the UK in the design award category.

This category looks to encourage good design practices in the sector and this particular award recognises those people responsible for developing new concepts in the high street. Oliver’s was originally included by the judges in a wider shortlist and they then visited Derby to mystery-shop and see the design of Oliver’s, whilst experiencing the food, ambience and customer experience on offer.

The judges look for design which is innovative, but commercially viable – a design which provides an attractive and comfortable experience for all customers.

Lisa Bridge, Owner of Oliver's, said: “I always had a vision of using natural materials, warm colours and soft, comfortable furnishings to make Oliver’s as welcoming as possible. Each item of furniture and all of the fixtures and fittings were selected with the customer experience in mind. I’m thrilled that the judges feel that this works well.”

The awards take place in London on 21st September at The Grange City Hotel in London.

Gethin Evans of the Café Life Awards said: “It’s fantastic to be able to acknowledge Oliver’s and how their brand of coffee shop is changing the café landscape. Oliver’s is a cafe that soothes the soul, whether that be sipping a coffee and watching the world go by or tucking into something from the mouthwatering menu.

"Oliver’s is pioneering the fusion between coffee shop and restaurant - promoting a welcoming place that serves delicious coffees alongside a tasty menu. The judges loved the ambience, encouraging customers to stay. Cafe culture in the UK is one of the fastest growing lifestyle choices and Oliver’s is a cafe that delivers, offering a space where customers can enjoy spending time in a modern but cosy environment.”

Bondholders' Tasty Collaboration

Bondholders Smith Partnership and Oliver's are teaming up to host the law firm's First Tuesday business networking event, on Tuesday 4th April 2017.

Smith Partnership’s successful lunch time initiative for Derby’s professional services community has been running for over 12 years.

Lisa Bridge founder of Oliver’s spoke about the event: “We are delighted to welcome Smith Partnership’s First Tuesday event to our newly refurbished seating area in our café in April.

“My passion is to create food in an environment which feeds the soul. Considerable time and care has been taken in recent years to develop a menu which elicits that “ooh! feeling”, so we hope our First Tuesday guests enjoy the atmosphere and our home cooked food.”

To book onto the event, please click here.

Breakthrough in Hub

Held at Bondholder Oberoi Business Hub, fellow Bondholder Santander present the Breakthrough in Hub event - a chance for you to learn how to grow your business. 

The Breakthrough in Hub event aims to give you the inspiration, practical insights and professional support you need to start or develop your own business, as well as see it survive and thrive.

Hear from several guests including Bondholders, Dean Jackson from HUUB & Kavita Oberoi OBE from Oberoi Business Hub, as well as Ben Edmonds from Blok Knives.

 They’ll share their experience and learning on technology and how they have used it to grow and develop their businesses, as well as answering any questions you have.

Catering for the event will be provided by Bondholder Oliver's.

For more information, or to register for the event, please click here.