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”.