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.


Pattonair aviation acquisition

Bondholder Pattonair has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of aircraft spares company Adams Aviation.

The agreement is the second move in the aerospace industry in the space of a month by Pattonair, the Derby-based provider of innovative supply chain solutions to the global aerospace market.

It follows the company’s $1.9bn merger with Wesco Aircraft Holdings, significantly expanding its US presence and reinforcing its operations elsewhere in the world.

Both Pattonair and Croydon-based Adams have nearly 50 years of experience in each of their respective industries, with Adams developing into a successful airframe, avionic parts and accessories distributor in Europe.

The new agreement is seen as a mutually beneficial move for both companies, as Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead explained: “At Pattonair we have a strong history in the aerospace industry and we are delighted to be further strengthening our position in the market. This deal presents us with new opportunities for growth, with Adams currently working with over 130 different product manufacturers across Europe. It also gives Adams significant opportunities to grow into both Asia and North America, given our wide presence in these regions.”

The acquisition will see the aircraft spares specialist introduce its large network of more than 2,000 private air customers to the Pattonair portfolio.

This includes clients such as flying schools, light aircraft manufacturers and private aircraft owners, with Adams supplying products such as pilot equipment, batteries, wheels and brakes from leading industry manufacturers.


Pattonair merger

Bondholder Pattonair has further strengthened its credentials in the global aerospace market after reaching a $1.9 billion agreement to merge with US-based Wesco Aircraft Holdings.

The deal means Pattonair will significantly expand its US presence as well as reinforce its operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Discussing the deal, Wayne Hollinshead, Pattonair CEO (pictured below), said: “This is great news for our company and customers and will create new avenues for growth and expansion.

“Wesco is an outstanding business with an impressive track record for innovation and customer service, so we are excited about the prospects of working together.”

Both companies are regarded as world leaders in supply chain management for the aviation and defence sectors and their merger will benefit the combined customer base through increased scale and even greater efficiency.

Pattonair, which employs around 600 people in Derby and a similar number in its operations throughout the rest of the world, already works with some of the biggest brands in the aerospace and defence industries, including clients such as Rolls Royce and BAE Systems.

Todd Renehan, Chief Executive Officer of Wesco, said his company was excited at the prospect of working with Pattonair.

“This is the right transaction for our shareholders, customers and employees,” he said.

“It is a strong validation of our customer value proposition and it will allow us to find new and innovative ways to bring more value to customers, enhance relationships with suppliers and create additional opportunities for employees.”

Platinum Equity Partner Louis Samson said Wesco was well-positioned to benefit from long-term trends in the aerospace and defence industries.

“Bringing Wesco and Pattonair together will create a truly global enterprise, benefiting the combined customer base through increased scale and access to new technologies,” he added.

The merger is expected to complete by the end of 2019, subject to Wesco shareholder approval and regulatory clearances.


Pattonair having a ball

Bondholder Pattonair's annual Autumn Ball is aiming to raise enough money to support the first Dementia UK Admiral Nurse for the region.

Each year, Pattonair chooses a charity to benefit from the ball and Dementia UK has been selected for 2019. Proceeds from ticket sales and an auction will go to the cause.

Admiral Nurses are a one-to-one support for families of those living with dementia, providing expert help and guidance. They provide support in a number of settings including in families’ own homes care homes, hospitals, hospices as well as on the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline – the only nurse-led dementia helpline in the country. Dementia UK has been working to increase the number of Admiral Nurses across the UK.

Pattonair’s third black-tie ball will be at fellow Bondholder The Roundhouse on Friday 4 October. Open to everyone, guests will be treated to a glamorous affair with reception drinks in the venue’s Carriage Shop Library and a three-course dinner with wine included in the price of a ticket. They will also be entertained by award-winning party band Ministry of Soul.

Pattonair’s CEO Wayne Hollinshead has been behind the event since its inauguration in 2017. He said “We’re proud to have our headquarters in Derby, where we employ 600 people and want to show support for the community. We are always keen to support charities that have a direct impact on the region.

“I want to encourage as many people as possible to purchase tickets for the event because every penny raised will make a difference. It’s an evening enjoyed by all, raising funds for a really good cause.”


Deals for BB&J

Bondholder property agents BB&J Commercial has announced the completion of two deals in Derby.

Graham Bancroft, Partner at the firm, orchestrated the sale of an office investment at 1 Pride Park View on behalf of a retained client. The property comprises a modern office building in a prominent position on Pride Park and is let to fellow Bondholder Pattonair.

Graham said "The property is situated in what many would consider to be the best and most prominent position on Pride Park overlooking the stadium and Derby Arena. The location of the building coupled with the fact that it is let to a very strong global business such as Pattonair (Derby) Limited made this an enticing investment opportunity."

In addition, BB&J Commercial has agreed terms with national plumbing and bathroom supplier, James Hargreaves Limited, which has taken occupation of Unit 24 at Bondholder Ivygrove Developments Eagle Park on Alfreton Road.

The company has chosen the site as the home for its latest depot as part of its planned growth, with the majority of its existing 50+ branches located across the north of England.

Chris Keogh, Senior Surveyor at BB&J Commercial commented "Eagle Park has a good mix of businesses in what is one of Derby's principle employment areas and really does offer a 'one stop' location for most tradesmen. James Hargreaves Limited has an excellent reputation in the north of England and by opening the new Derby branch this means that they can provide a far greater coverage to their existing clients located within the East Midlands."

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Rita Ora and Rudimental coming to Derby

Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club will bring two of the world’s biggest artists to Derby as Rita Ora and Rudimental will headline the first ever Derby Sound festival at The Pattonair County Ground this summer, on Saturday 3 August.

The one-day festival, presented by D-Hive, is the biggest of its kind in the city and brings together two giants of pop music, alongside The Vamps and X-Factor winners, Rak-Su.

Rudimental have sold over 20 million singles, while Rita Ora currently holds the UK chart record for the most Top 10 singles by a UK female artist, and both are set to perform in front of a capacity crowd in the heart of Derby this summer.

Tickets are priced at £55 + booking fee and go on general sale on Friday 5 April at 9.00am

Ryan Duckett, Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, said: “Following the success of the concerts we have hosted over the last few years, the Club is delighted to be able to host another major music event at the Pattonair County Ground this summer. Rudimental, Rita Ora, The Vamps and Rak-Su all have a huge following, and I am sure it will be another great event for the city and the wider region.”

Darren Riley, Commercial Director of D-Hive Ltd, said: “We’re pleased to have started what we hope to be a long partnership with Derbyshire County Cricket Club and are looking forward to bringing such a large-scale event to Derby. We’re proud to be a part of the overall entertainment offering locally this summer and believe the community benefits to be significant.”

New County Ground sponsor announced

Bondholder Pattonair, the world-leading aerospace and defence supply chain service provider, has agreed a four-year sponsorship deal with Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club to become the club’s Principal Partner with naming rights over the Pattonair County Ground.

Ryan Duckett, Chief Executive at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, is delighted to grow the club’s partnership with Pattonair.

“We have worked closely with Pattonair in recent years and it is fantastic that we have been able to extend our partnership further. Their backing will allow us to continue investing on the field as we aim to compete across all forms, while we further develop the Pattonair County Ground as a year-round venue at the heart of Derby and the wider region.”

Wayne Hollinshead, Chief Executive of Pattonair, said the firm was proud to have its headquarters in Derby, where it employs around 600 people, and wanted to show its support for the community.

“Pattonair is a truly global business, with more than 2,000 customers worldwide and 1,100 employees across all continents. However, we are keen to celebrate our Derbyshire roots and see this association with one of the county’s premier sporting teams as a fantastic opportunity. Our relationship with the cricket ground goes back to 2016, partnering with DCCC’s first Fireworks Night and Fun Fair spectacular, an event we have continued to enjoy and support,” he said.

Pattonair will next year celebrate 50 years in business and can count some of the biggest names in aerospace and defence amongst its customers, including Rolls Royce, Airbus and Collins Aerospace. It specialises in delivering thousands of products and services to its customers worldwide, with an emphasis on quality, cost-effectiveness and efficiency.

It has an annual turnover of around £400 million and an ambitious programme for further growth. It has operations outside the UK in Singapore, China, Poland, Brazil, France, Italy, Canada and the US, with its state-of-the-art headquarters on Pride Park, Derby.

Mr Hollinshead said the city of Derby was vital to the company’s development plans and the company was keen to strengthen relationships and create opportunities for talented new recruits to join the business. The sponsorship deal would help them to achieve this.

“We’re keen to engage with all sections of the Derby community and particularly look forward to supporting events including the club’s annual firework display. We’re also keen to work, through the cricket club, with the region’s universities to create learning and innovation pathways,” added Mr Hollinshead.

Ryan Duckett further commented:

“We are delighted to not only have a global business as our ground naming rights and Principal Partner, but one which has its roots in Derby.

“In a big summer of cricket, we will host the touring Australia Test team, as well as England in a Women’s International T20.

“Coupled with major events for the local community, it is set to be another exciting year and I look forward to working closely with Pattonair in this new phase in our partnership.”

Derbyshire’s season will begin on Friday, April 5, with a Specsavers County Championship fixture against Durham. They will host the touring Australian Test team during August.

Business is taking off at Pattonair


Bondholder aerospace and defence supply chain service provider, Pattonair, is one of the UK’s fastest-growing medium-sized businesses, according to the Sunday Times.

It is a new entrant, ranking at number 68 on the index, having recorded sales of £320m and profits of £27m in the financial year ending March 2017.

The firm provides distribution and supply chain management services to the aerospace and defence sectors, including sourcing, inspecting and delivering a range of products such as bearings, fasteners and seals. It has operations in Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Singapore, China, Canada, the US and Brazil.

Its services range from planning and inventory management to ‘just-in-time’ delivery to production lines, kitting solutions, total quality management and product testing.

Its customers are aero engine and aircraft manufacturers, systems suppliers and maintenance providers. Its client base includes Rolls-Royce, General Electric, Pratt and Whitney, Airbus, Boeing and BAE Systems.

Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead said: “We’re delighted to represent Derby in this year’s Top Track 250 index, on the back of a robust trading performance which saw us post strong figures.

"Our new strategy has increased the level of long-term agreements and repeat orders from ongoing customers, which has led to a sustained increase in our long-term order book.”

Now in its 21st year, the Top Track 250 is published annually by the Sunday Times. It ranks ‘mid-market’ ranks companies by sales taken from their latest available accounts.

Mid-market companies are defined as firms which employ between 50 and 5,000 staff and record total sales of between £110m and £700m, profits of up to £100m and a minimum annual revenue growth of five per cent.

Working with Autism

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has worked alongside Autism East Midlands to host a Working With Autism networking event at the Learning and Development Centre. 

The networking event allowed invited guests including local policy makers, business leaders and key individuals including Cllr John Whitby (The Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Derby) Annie Hall (High Sherriff of Derbyshire) Heather Wheeler MP (Member of Parliament South Derbyshire) Cllr Nicola Roulstone (Representing Pauline Latham MP).

The event also included representatives from Bondholders BombardierDerby College, GeldardsLoatesHR, Pattonair, and Smith Cooper.

The event focused on the overarching point “What can we do but more importantly what can we do differently?” when supporting autism in the workplace. 

Jane Howson, Autism East Midlands Chief Executive, said: "The employment rate for people with autism has not changed in the last decade and remains extremely low, with only 16% of autistic adults in full-time work.

"However, we know that with the right support and simple, low-cost adjustments to their environments many more autistic people could thrive in the workplace.  

"This event will show, through our partners’ experience, how we can help local businesses to embrace a more diverse workforce, celebrate their employees’ individuality and reap the rewards of doing so."

Pattonair Raises £40k for Charity

A black-tie ball and charity auction held at Bondholder The Roundhouse, and organised by fellow Bondholder Pattonair, has raised more than £43,000 for Childline.

The event was hosted by TV auctioneer James Lewis.

Some of the items auctioned included a two-night stay in a suite at the Mayfair Hotel in London, with £250 spending money, an exquisite cut diamond pendant on a white gold chain, England vs Australia rugby tickets and a one-to-one coaching session with an international cricket pro from fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

In all, the event raised £43,118 for Childline, a national charity which provides free private and confidential counselling and support to young people under 19 years of age. It helps with a range of issues, from abuse and bullying to exam stress and relationships.

Pattonair’s Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Hollinshead, said: “This was our inaugural charity ball and I am incredibly proud of the amount we have raised.

“Childline is a fantastic charity which does vital work in helping children and young adults from across the UK to deal a whole range of issues and get the support they need to live safe, happy, healthy lives.

“I would like to thank each and every one of our guests for supporting the event and helping to raise such a huge amount of money for this incredibly worthy cause.

“The event was a huge success and I’m pleased to announce that we will be holding another ball next year and planning is already underway to make it even bigger and better.”

Fireworks to Return to Cricket Ground

Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket's 3aaa County Ground will again play host to Derby's biggest fireworks display on Saturday 4th November. 

Last year, over 10,000 people attended the spectacular event, and once again Capital FM's Dino, Pete and Tyles will host the city’s major fireworks extravaganza, in partnership with fellow Bondholder Pattonair. 

Gates open at 5pm, with fireworks from 7pm. Tickets are on sale now, with discounts available for those who buy in advance.

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US Buys Into Pattonair

Bondholder Pattonair has been acquired by a US private equity house, Platinum Equity.

Pattonair is a global aerospace supply chain provider, with services including planning and inventory management. Their clients include a number of aerospace giants, including fellow Bondholder Rolls-Royce. 

Wayne Hollinshead, Chief Executive of Pattonair, said: "This is exciting news for our company and our customers and we are thrilled about the prospect of partnering with Platinum Equity.

"Platinum has exceptional operational capabilities, a strong presence in Europe and a track record of helping portfolio companies reach their full potential."

Louis Samson, Partner at Platinum Equity, added: "Pattonair is a well-respected business with a proven management team and strong long-term customer relationships. 

"We share the company's commitment to exceptional customer service and look forward to partnering with Wayne and Pattonair's leadership team to pursue additional growth, both organically and through prospective add-on acquisitions."

Contract Wins for Pattonair

Bondholder Pattonair has won the company’s first contract from All Nippon Airways (ANA) to support the airline’s global MRO network.

Under the agreement signed this month, Pattonair will stock and parts for maintaining and repairing ANA’s Rolls-Royce Trent 1000.  

Using its global footprint, Pattonair will enhance the service to ANA’s global MROs, with Pattonair holding stock parts at its Singapore facility and at other dedicated facilities in specified regions.

David Shaffer, President of Pattonair Asia, commented “We pride ourselves on delivering unparalleled customer service worldwide.  Securing ANA as a new customer is a significant win for us in the MRO sector as it underscores the value customers place on our global offering and our ability to tailor solutions to their specific needs and performance goals.”

Pattonair's Soaring High

Bondholder Pattonair has received Safran Landing Systems’ top supplier award, the “Performance Excellence Award”, which recognises the quality of Pattonair’s customer service.

The award is the second endorsement for Pattonair from within the Safran Group; last year Safran Helicopter Engines awarded Pattonair Gold Supplier status, which recognises supply partners who can guarantee the best performance and provide a return on long-term investment.

On receiving the award David Schaffar, President of Pattonair Asia, said, “Safran Landing Systems is an important customer to Pattonair and we are very appreciative of being given this award for our service”.