RDS Global

Minister at Roundhouse

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has visited Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG) to learn more about work underway to better prepare young people for the world of work.

DCG will be one of the first colleges to offer the new T-Level qualifications in Construction, Digital and Education & Childcare from September 2020 with a particular focus on extended work experience.

Ahead of the launch, DCG has already established close links with regional employers who have co-designed the curriculum to meet their needs and provide work experience, industry visits, special projects and guest lectures for students across the College.

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Mr Williamson met with employers who are heavily involved in the Employment and Skills Academy programme such as Bondholder RDS Global and with apprenticeship programmes such as engineering companies Garrandale, Bondholder Rolls-Royce, SNC Lavalin, Pentaxia and Laystone.

He went on to meet some of the first Engineering and Professional Construction students and apprentices who are benefiting from the new state-of-the-art Mechatronics laboratory supported by a £1.3m grant from Bondholder D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Mr Williamson said: “Derby College is playing an important role in the launch of the T-Level programme and is already ahead of the game in preparing young people for the world of work. This has been a fascinating visit and an opportunity to meet a wide range of employers, college staff, students and apprentices."

DCG Vice Principal Kate Martin concluded: “The Secretary of State was very interested in the pioneering work that we are doing across the College. The Roundhouse college opened this month ten years ago and Mr Williamson was keen to learn more about the history considering his family links to the rail industry and his father actually worked at the former loco works on this site. It was a privilege to therefore explain how we transformed the derelict buildings and the original Roundhouse to be at the heart of college life.”

Bondholders win with Chamber


Several Bondholders were amongst the winners at the 2019 awards night of fellow Bondholder East Midlands Chamber on Friday.

The awards are amongst the largest and most prestigious in the region, bringing together businesses from across Derbyshire to celebrate and promote the outstanding work undertaken by our business community.

Our Bondholders made us proud being shortlisted for many of the awards. Bondholder winners at the gala dinner held at Pride Park Stadium were: Bloc Digital; RDS Global; The Roundhouse; and Sky Recruitment Solutions.

Bondholder Bloc Digital took home the coveted Business of the Year award, but, ever the professionals, the team celebrated by heading back to the office to hit a deadline!

Details of how our Bondholders fared in the awards are given below:

Business of the Year
Winner: Bloc Digital

Business Improvement through Technology
Winner: Bloc Digital
Finalists: Bowmer & Kirkland and Scenariio

Community Impact Award
Winner: RDS Global
Finalists: Purpose Media and LoatesHR

Business Venue of the Year
Winner: The Roundhouse
Finalist: Devonshire Dome, University of Derby and The Derby Conference Centre

Commitment to People Development
Finalists: Air IT and Talk Staff

Entrepreneur of the Year
Finalist: Amanda Strong of Mercia Image Print and Simon Rice of HSG UK

Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Autumn Parkinson, Sky Recruitment Solutions
Finalist: Jess Frearson, Future Proof Films

Excellence in Customer Service
Finalists: Air IT, Anoki, Purpose Media

Small Business of the Year
Finalists: Rhodes Wealth Management and Timms Solicitors

Manufacturer of the Year
Finalist: Work Wallet


Bondholder secures College students

Three IT students from Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG) have secured apprenticeships with Bondholder RDS Global.

Connor Young (19) from Alfreton, Joe Barker (18) from Mackworth and Alistair Lucas-Betterton (17) from Chaddesden were all members of the RDS Global Technology Academy which has won awards for its success in working with IT students at DCG’s Joseph Wright Centre post-16 Academic and Arts college.

The 17-week Academy programme includes talks and support from senior managers in the company and work placements at the head office in St James’ Court.

This has enabled students to get a taste of all the different career opportunities available to them from engineering to customer support. All the students are offered an interview at the end of their study programme for apprenticeship opportunities.

Connor and Joe both have their sights set on progressing up the engineering ladder at RDS Global whilst Alistair is already excelling in resolving customer’s IT issues.

RDS Global Director Andy Flinn said: “I am passionate that apprenticeships are good for both business and for the young person. It is an investment but the scheme enables us to embed our customer-focused culture and work ethos right from the start of an apprentice’s career.

“The employer academy programme with Derby College enables us to get to know the students before they apply for an apprenticeship.”

DCG Deputy Principal April Hayhurst concluded: “RDS Global is a leading light in our employer academy programme and shows just what can be achieved by working together to better prepare young people for the world of work.

“By gaining work experience with different teams at RDS Global, students are able to see what the different job roles are really like – helping to bring their study programme to life and give them a clear line of sight to the workplace.”


Cyber software launched

A reformed criminal mastermind once dubbed ‘Britain’s Greatest Fraudster’ has teamed up with Bondholder RDS Global to launch its new cyber protection software.

Former hacker Tony Sales has warned Derbyshire businesses that the biggest threat to online security is ourselves. Tony, who after a stretch in prison is now on the right side of the law, helps police and organisations around the world to protect themselves against cyber crime.

An event was held last week at fellow Bondholder Derby QUAD with an audience of 120 Derbyshire-based business people, to launch RDS Global’s RDS Black Box™ technology - new software which cost £1m to develop and connects and integrates data to deliver a real-time dashboard.


The front man of We Fight Fraud, a collaboration between leading fraud and financial crime prevention specialists from diverse backgrounds said: “I go all over the world showing people how easy it is to be scammed - opportunities allow criminals to do their stuff.”

He added: “Loss information is flawed and no one wants to share this information - this has to change. 99.9 percent of websites are now hacked and people don’t understand this. 1.3 billion people had their information stolen in 2016. I want people to understand how important data is, and we are the weakest link.”

Speaking of the RDS Global launch party, he said: “The event was great. The RDS Global’s Black Box laser experience is the best thing I’ve seen at a business event and I’m looking forward to trying the technology.”

RDS’s patent pending solution is capable of connecting different systems and controllers, and porting multiple data feeds into one place. This can be hosted on site or in the cloud, from where detailed reports are generated live through personalised dashboards.

RDS’s chief executive officer Andrew Flinn said: “At RDS Global, we are passionate about technology and want businesses to embrace the ever-evolving industry as well as use it to their advantage. We are excited to officially launch the RDS Black Box as it will drive positive change and efficiency in business.”

To find out more, visit https://rds-global.com/solutions/black-box-integration-services/

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.


RDS Global wins partner award

Bondholder RDS Global has been named New Partner of the Year at the prestigious WatchGuard Partner Awards.

WatchGuard is a highly respected global leader in relation to network security, with its network intelligence and security products and services trusted by over 75,000 customers worldwide.

As a valued WatchGuard partner, RDS Global was recognised at the annual WatchGuard Partner Conference, which this year took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, beating off competition from across Europe. It scooped the New Partner of the Year prize due to the Derby-based company’s success in implementing WatchGuard’s products and solutions despite being a partner for just over a year.

The award is a feather in the cap for RDS Global, which, having been established in 1997, now supports 4,000 IT users across 200 locations in the UK.

Phil Harvey, Managing Director at RDS Global, said: “We are absolutely delighted to walk away with the New Partner of the Year award from the WatchGuard Partner Conference 2019."

“It’s a great achievement for the RDS team and we will ensure that we continue to add value, peace of mind and advanced insight into the network infrastructure of businesses.”


Personal loss drive RDS Global to support charity

Bondholder RDS Global, a provider of IT solutions to organisations of all sizes and sectors nationwide, have thrown their support around national charity CALM.

It comes following the death of Managing Director Phil Harvey’s son Matthew, who committed suicide last year.

In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male. More specifically, the number of suicides among male armed forces, of which Matthew was a member, was 292 between 1998 and 2017.

CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) are dedicated to helping prevent male suicide - especially among those under 25 – and also work to break down the stigma associated with mental health.

Phil said: “The loss of Matthew has affected me and my family greatly and while we can’t bring him back, we can cherish his memory while helping raise awareness of the devastating impact mental health can have, especially on young people.

“The team at RDS Global have been incredibly supportive and – inspired by my daughter Natalie who recently raised over £1,000 by taking part in a skydive – we look forward to raising money and awareness for the fantastic job CALM does in the months and years to come.”

As well as Natalie’s skydive, RDS Global recently hosted a Charity Auction Night at the White Swan in Littleover raising a further £2400 for CALM, with more events in the pipeline.

Two Decades of RDS

Bondholder RDS Global is celebrating its 20th anniversary, providing IT support across the UK for two decades. 

Established in 1997, RDS Global originated from the IT department of a local automotive dealer group. It was during these early years that RDS Global focussed on providing tailored network services.

Today the firm supports more than 4,000 users in 200 locations across the UK.

Phil Harvey, Managing Director, said: “RDS Global is proud to have earned a reputation for delivering very high standards of service, expertise and professionalism. Our commitment for ensuring complete customer satisfaction is never compromised – which is why we’re still here, twenty years later.

“Throughout the past twenty years our mission has always remained clear and consistent: to support business growth and address the changing needs of our valued customers as they arise.

“In order to meet those changing needs, we’ve also continued to change. We strive for continuous improvement in everything we do, and we invest a great deal developing not just our resources and our capabilities, but our team also.”

Bondholders' Dynamic Collaboration

Bondholder RDS Global has teamed up with fellow Bondholder Koobr to enhance its digital presence with a brand new website.

Sean Price, Director at RDS, said: "Having known Craig and the Koobr team for several years, I knew where I had to take this project, moving the RDS web site from its previous form into this new dynamic and more content-driven website.

"The site has already seen an increase in not only traffic but also conversions for new business, as well as enabling our customers to get in touch with our incredible IT support help desk even quicker." 

Craig Barker, Director at Koobr, added: “We know RDS Global has the highest standards of quality, so we’re very pleased they chose to work with Koobr for our expertise and fresh perspective.

"We work hard to get under the skin of an organisation and truly understand their objectives. We pride ourselves on working with customers for the long-term and look forward to collaborating on other projects with RDS.” 

Moving forward the two Bondholder businesses aim to work together on a regular basis.

Bondholders set to Fundraise at Ramathon

A number of Bondholders are set to compete in this year's Ramathon, organised by Bondholder RunDerby, to help fundraise for fellow Bondholder Safe and Sound.

Bondholders in the Safe and Sound team include Nathalie Walters, Chief Executive of Safe and Sound; Anthony Lomas, Partner at BB&J; Claire Tonks, Partner at Flint Bishop LLP; and Sean Price, Director at RDS Global.

When asked why she was fundraising for Safe and Sound, Claire Tonks said: “I have decided to run my first half marathon, (much to the surprise of my three boys – “you’re quite old mum to run that far.”) to help raise funds and awareness for Safe & Sound.

"Having a teenager myself and working with schools and colleges, it is impossible not to be aware of the dangers to our children in the digital world. Safe and Sound is a fantastic, local charity providing specialist support to children and young people affected by sexual exploitation.

The race is also sponsored by fellow Bondholder Dains



Purely RDS


Bondholders Purely Digital and RDS Global have worked together on a project to raise awareness around IT and Cyber Security.

Purely Digital were commissioned by RDS to create posters for display at a recent motor industry exhibition. The print warned attendees of the perils of cyber security, and advertised the fact that 96% of small businesses have been hacked in the last 12 months.

The posters were utilised in guerilla marketing techniques, placed on walls, toilet stalls, the back of other people’s stands and on many obscure objects, and proved a success. 

RDS Global has generated a substantial amount of revenue off the back of Purely Digitals static backed printed HACKED posters. 

Growth for RDS

Bondholder RDS Global is set to create 10 new jobs, as part of its plans for expansion.

The IT firm has also doubled the number of cyber security audits it performs in the last few months, an area in which the firm specialise. 

Sean Price, director at RDS Global, said: “RDS Global are helping small businesses around the UK get cyber ready ahead of the new data protection laws which come into place in 2018.

“As part of the cyber audit process, RDS Global reviews not only hardware, software and network topologies but also the HR and legal policies in place within an organisation that support data protection and handling.

“Having provided cyber audits for small businesses, car dealerships, hotels and nursing homes – RDS Global continues to drive innovation forward in this sector and continues to grow the cyber security awareness around the UK.”

RDS' Record Month

Bondholder RDS Global, a leading IT support provider for SMEs, is celebrating doubling the number of cyber security audits performed by the company.

The company is also the only IT support provider in the East Midlands who are IASME accredited to not only provide Cyber Essentials audits, but also assess and deliver the entire process from start to finish with an in house team of experts. 

RDS Global already have big plans in place for 2017, and is helping small businesses around the UK get cyber ready ahead of the new data protection laws which come into place in 2018.
As part of the cyber audit process, RDS Global will review not only hardware, software and network topologies but also the HR and legal policies in place within an organisation that support data protection and handling.

Finalists announced for Chamber Awards

The annual East Midlands Chamber Business Awards is back with a range of Bondholders competing as finalists.

We have a good cross-section of businesses represented this year and they all deserve their place on the list.
— Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber

Bondholder finalists include Anoki, Balls2Marketing, Derby Museums (shortlisted for two categories), DrivenMedia, Foundation Derbyshire, Purpose Media, Sky Recruitment and HUUB, which is a finalist for four categories.

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: "As always, we had a bumper crop of entries and our sponsors had a difficult task in whittling entrants in each category down to a final three. We have a good cross-section of businesses represented this year and they all deserve their place on the list."

Many Bondholders are also sponsoring categories including: East Midlands Trains, PKF Cooper Parry, RDS Global, Rolls-Royce and Mazars, which is sponsoring three categories across the region.

The East Midlands Chamber Business Awards 2016 for Derbyshire will be held on 16th September at the Roundhouse with the gala dinner being hosted by ITV Weather presenter, Emma Jesson.

RDS becomes DCFC's latest club partner

Bondholder RDS Global has signed up as fellow Bondholder Derby County Football Club's latest club partner until the end of the 2017/18 season.

The partnership includes the display of RDS Global's branding across digital assets at the iPro Stadium, as well as throughout its corporate hospitality assets.

We’re pleased to welcome RDS Global to Derby County. We’re looking forward to working with them over the next two years to develop a relationship which we hope will last for years to come.
— Sam Rush, President and Chief Executive of Derby County Football Club

RDS Global, established in 1997, now supports over 4,000 users in 200 locations across the UK, serving customers in sectors which include automotive retail, builders' merchants, care homes, hotel and hospitality and professional services.

RDS brings superfast broadband to Friar Gate

RDS Global team in St James Square, Derby

Established leader in IT services and Bondholder, RDS Global,  has laid leased-line technology which gives businesses on Derby's Friar Gate access to superfast broadband for the first time.

The upgrade is a significant improvement and speeds will be at least five times faster. Robert Kay, the group’s technical director, stated that the faster speeds would carry the additional benefit of allowing for internet telephony and IP CCTV. “Due to the fast moving pace of the industry, companies are now benefiting from more reliable, flexible and cost effective methods of telephony, whilst we have seen a sharp rise in IP CCTV, which allows managers to view and review camera footage from the comfort of their PC, tablet or smart phone. The faster internet speeds perfectly compliment this new approach towards complete IT convergence.”

RDS Global covers the full spectrum of IT services and solutions and prides itself on helping companies understand their IT requirements, delivering the right products and services and removing the complexities and issues that frustrate.

Sean Price joins RDS as director

Sean Price (left) and Andrew Flinn, CEO of RDS Global

Sean Price, former owner of iBox Security, has joined Bondholder RDS Global as Director of Software Development.

RDS Global was established in 1997, originating from the IT Department of Derby-based automotive dealer group, Pentagon. The company went through a MBO in November 2013 and merged with Future Technologies last year. It now has over 4,000 customers and employs around 40 people at its Derby head office and out of a satellite office in Filey, North Yorkshire and offers consultancy, hosting services, software and networks, as well as CCTV and telephony.

Sean said: "As the newly appointed director of software development and communications, I will be working closely with a fantastic and experienced team of technical support staff and developers. I join at an exciting time for RDS, a company whose ambitions and ethos matched that of my own. I very much look forward to being part of the board, delivering a higher quality of service and product as we progress into the future."

Price will re-start his Coding Club - an after school session for children run with Derby City Council - through his new position.