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Rolls-Royce builds for BA

British Airways has taken delivery of its first A350 aircraft powered by engines made in Derby by Bondholder Rolls-Royce.

The airline has ordered a total of 18 aircraft, all of which are powered by Trent XWB engines, designed, developed and built in Derby, and got its hands on its first A350-1000 at Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse, France.

The delivery of the first aircraft makes British Airways the first operator of the A350-1000 in the International Airlines Group (IAG). The new aircraft features a Club Suite section - the first new business class seat for British Airways in 13 years. It offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats.

British Airways, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, will initially use the aircraft to fly between London and Madrid prior to flying long-haul routes from September.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our A350s to the fleet. This aircraft marks a significant and exciting milestone in our £6.5 billion investment programme and is even more special as it comes with our new Club Suite. The A350 is a fantastic aircraft and an excellent showpiece for British engineering."

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MBO at Morrison Design

Bondholder Morrison Design Limited has announced its acquisition by its management team.

The new owners and directors will be Peter Newman-Earp, David Gardner and Nik Clarke, who will take control of the business from former owners Nigel Walding and George Love. Nigel will continue to be involved in a consultancy role to continue to provide his wealth of experience and knowledge.

Morrison Design was founded in 1948 by war veteran Sam Morrison and recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. The company provides architectural design, planning and project management services on commercial design and build and refurbishment projects for hotels, schools, fire stations and company offices and manufacturing facilities.

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Morrison Design has been the appointed architect on many local, UK and overseas projects. These include work for Bondholders Morley Hayes Golf Club and Rolls-Royce, as well as a £91m five-star hotel in Grand Caymen and multiple hotel projects in London, Dublin and Portugal.

Commenting on the management buyout (MBO), Dave Gardner, Director said, “It’s a great relief to be able to talk more publicly about the deal and announce our plans for building our business as a team. We have worked on some really high-profile projects in the past, and going forward we hope to profile our work more prominently as we seek to expand our portfolio of clients and further build our credibility.”

Advisers on the deal were David Mellor from Johnson Tidsall and David Tomlinson from Bondholder Powell & Co who acted on behalf of the MBO team.



Rolls-Royce wins in Paris

Rolls-Royce had a successful Paris Air Show last week with the announcement of deals for its Trent 7000 engines with Virgin Atlantic, AirAsia and Cebu Pacific.

Virgin Atlantic is to introduce 14 A330neo aircraft from Airbus – exclusively powered by the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine.

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This fleet expansion is another great endorsement of both the A330neo and Trent 7000, our very latest version of the Trent. We are deeply grateful for the trust that Virgin Atlantic has placed in us – soon their entire fleet will be 100% Rolls-Royce powered.”

Also at the Show, AirAsia unveiled the first of its new-generation Airbus A330neo aircraft exclusively powered by the Trent 7000 engine. Chris Cholerton said "We are excited to see the aircraft grace the skies in Asia".

The Derby-based civil aerospace giant also announced that the Trent 7000 engine will power 16 new Airbus A330neo aircaft for Philippine-based carrier, Cebu Pacific.

In other news from Paris, Rolls-Royce celebrated with Aeroflot an incredible new record for an engine in service, as one of the airline’s Trent 700 engines has completed more than 50,000 engine flying hours without requiring an overhaul – a world record for a widebody engine.

That’s the equivalent of travelling around the world more than 1,000 times, the engine running non-stop for more than five years or travelling to the moon and back 50 times!

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Rolls-Royce eAircraft deal

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has entered into an agreement to acquire the electric and hybrid-electric aerospace propulsion activities of Siemens (the eAircraft business) in a move that will accelerate its electrification strategy.

The eAircraft business, based in Germany and Hungary, employs around 180 specialist electrical designers and engineers who have been developing a range of all-electric and hybrid electric propulsion solutions for the aerospace industry. The eAircraft team are already known to Rolls-Royce as they have worked together on the E-Fan X demonstrator project which, when flying, will demonstrate hybrid electric propulsion at the scale required to power regional aircraft.

Rob Watson, Director – Rolls-Royce Electrical, said: “Electrification is set to have as dramatic an impact on aviation as the replacement of piston engines by gas turbines. We are at the dawn of the third era of aviation, which will bring a new class of quieter and cleaner air transport to the skies.”

"I look forward to welcoming our new colleagues into Rolls-Royce and working with them to pioneer new technologies and solutions.”

The acquisition is expected to complete late 2019, following a period of employee consultation.

As part of this agreement, Rolls-Royce will look for opportunities to work with Siemens as both companies recognise the importance of helping to support national and international goals of CO2 emission reductions for the benefit of society.

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Rolls-Royce wins in Paris

Bondholder Rolls-Royce had a successful Paris Air Show last week with the announcement of deals for its Trent 7000 engines with Virgin Atlantic, AirAsia and Cebu Pacific.

Virgin Atlantic is to introduce 14 A330neo aircraft from Airbus – exclusively powered by the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine.

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This fleet expansion is another great endorsement of both the A330neo and Trent 7000, our very latest version of the Trent. We are deeply grateful for the trust that Virgin Atlantic has placed in us – soon their entire fleet will be 100% Rolls-Royce powered.”

Also at the Show, AirAsia unveiled the first of its new-generation Airbus A330neo aircraft exclusively powered by the Trent 7000 engine. Chris Cholerton said "We are excited to see the aircraft grace the skies in Asia".

The Derby-based civil aerospace giant also announced that the Trent 7000 engine will power 16 new Airbus A330neo aircaft for Philippine-based carrier, Cebu Pacific.

In other news from Paris, Rolls-Royce celebrated with Aeroflot an incredible new record for an engine in service, as one of the airline’s Trent 700 engines has completed more than 50,000 engine flying hours without requiring an overhaul – a world record for a widebody engine.

That’s the equivalent of travelling around the world more than 1,000 times, the engine running non-stop for more than five years or travelling to the moon and back 50 times!

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New Rolls-Royce STEM centre

Bondholder Rolls-Royce is to open a new Derby centre aimed at interesting youngsters in science, maths and technology.

The new STEM centre will be opened tomorrow at the company's Heritage centre in Osmaston Road alongside a special exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first flight across the Atlantic by Alcock and Brown powered by the company's famous Eagle engine.

There will also be the first of a series of exhibitions aimed at young people and featuring elements of what are known as STEM subjects at school - science, technology, engineering and maths.

Involved in creating the new displays is engineer Phil Ruffles, who said the exhibition for young people would tell the story of flight.

He said: "The first stage is to set up an exhibition on the story of flight which will feature a replica of the original apparatus used by George Cayley in 1804 to demonstrate the principles of lift and drag using an aerofoil rotating on the end of an arm driven by a falling weight.

Following on from the story of flight, a similar exhibition is set to tell the story of electricity starting with Faraday's wheel, an electrical generator developed by Michael Faraday in 1831.

Mr Ruffles aaid: "Next year, we plan to illustrate future aircraft including hybrids or electric types. We will also illustrate how materials of various types have enabled these developments. Schools already visit the centre, which is laid out for adults, but the new STEM area will present these innovations in a manner that appeals to children. They can also go around the remainder of the centre during a visit."

The centre plans to hold open days for children and host school visits.

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E4E awards night

Enterprise for Education (E4E) - the partnership between Bondholder Derby City Council and local businesses which works to inspire young people to aim higher and achieve more - is holding its first awards event.

The partnership brings employers into city schools to provide inspiration and share real-world careers experience through personal mentoring, mock interviews, career search support, careers events and industry visits.

The first awards event, organised by Derby City Council and sponsored by Copemann Ashby and fellow Bondholder Rolls-Royce will be held at Bondholder the University of Derby's Law Faculty on Tuesday July 2 starting at 4.45pm and finishing at 7pm.

The keynote speaker will be Stuart Garner of Bondholder Norton Motorcycles and awards will be presented by representatives from businesses who have sponsored each category.

E4E Chair Mike Copestake said "Having established excellent relationships with both employers and schools through a number of activities organised by E4E, we were keen to showcase the positive impact that local business people are having on the lives of young people."

“This first awards event will therefore bring everyone together to celebrate the achievements of young people, schools and volunteers who have both supported and benefited from the innovative E4E programme.”

All city secondary schools have been invited to submit nominations for the awards which recognise young people’s engagement and achievements through the E4E programme.

Awards to be presented are:
- Aiming higher (sponsored by the Titan Trust)
- Young Achiever (sponsored by Bondholder Rolls-Royce)
- Good Citizen (sponsored by David Nieper)
- Young Improver (sponsored by Bondholder Bowmer + Kirkland)
- School of the Year (sponsored by Bondholder Freeths)
- Debating competition (sponsored by Derby Law Society)

There is also an award for the Volunteer of the Year from a local employer who has made a particularly outstanding contribution to E4E activities.

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Eagle Engine connections

Bondholder Derby Museums is calling for stories on one of the star attractions of its new Museum of Making, due to open in 2020 - the Rolls-Royce Eagle Engine.

One of the stand-out objects is the Eagle Engine, which helped to power the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown 100 years ago on June 14th and 15th 1919.

Do you have any connections to the Rolls-Royce Eagle Engine? Was someone in your family involved on the Eagle production line at Rolls-Royce? If so the Museum of Making wants to hear from you. The flight was also the first air mail plane and carried some interesting correspondence with it – did anyone in your family receive any mail from the flight?

The Eagle Engine is just one of over 50,000 objects that will go on display at the new Museum of Making when it opens its doors.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums said: “The new Museum of Making is being completely designed and put together with the people and industries of Derby. That is why we are issuing this call to find anyone with stories who can paint a wider picture about their involvement in this key milestone of aviation. It is those personal stories that will bring the Museum of Making to life and help inspire the maker in all of us."

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager, Rolls-Royce said: “We are incredibly proud of the role the Eagle Engine played in this amazing milestone in aviation history. As well as celebrating this key moment, we are also looking towards the future skills and expertise we need to help us pioneer new technologies."

If you have stories or connections related to Eagle Engines made by Rolls-Royce in Derby, or are interested in volunteering to help make the new Museum of Making please contact info@derbymuseums.org.

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Dream engine deals for Rolls-Royce

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Rolls-Royce, whose civil aerospace operations are headquartered in Derby, has been selected by Lufthansa Group and STARLUX Airlines to power over 50 new aircraft.

Its Trent 1000 engine will power 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and its Trent XWB will power 20 Airbus A350 XWBs for Lufthansa Group.

Dr Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board Lufthansa Group – Airlines Resources & Operational Standards, said: “We are very pleased to select Rolls-Royce to power these aircraft, helping us to provide outstanding customer service. With this order, we will reduce our operating costs, simplify our long-haul fleet and improve our environmental performance.”

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “Lufthansa is a recognised industry leader and this marks a significant endorsement of two members of our Trent engine family. This announcement also strengthens our long-standing and highly-valued partnership with Lufthansa, which has selected the Trent 1000 for the first time and continued to demonstrate its commitment to the Trent XWB.”

This will add to the 20 Trent XWB powered A350 aircraft that Lufthansa already has on order.

The news comes hot on the heals of another announcement that Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with STARLUX Airlines for 17 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft Trent XWB engines.

The ceremony took place in Taipei, home base of STARLUX Airlines, which will use the aircraft to develop a network spanning destinations across Asia and long-haul services to North America.

K. W. Chang, STARLUX Airlines, Founder and Chairman, said: “We are very glad to celebrate this important moment together with Airbus and Rolls-Royce today. I believe the signing of the official purchase deal for these excellent aircraft will not only strengthen our partnerships, but also boost the development of STARLUX to become one of the best airlines in the world.”

The Trent XWB is the world’s most efficient large aero engine flying today and the world’s fastest-selling widebody engine with more than 1,800 in service or on order. The airline will also operate the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology), offering high fuel efficiency and low noise.

Rolls-Royce celebrates as first airbus A330neo delivered to TAP Air Portugal

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Bondholder Rolls-Royce this week joined TAP Air Portugal and Airbus to celebrate delivery of the first A330neo aircraft to enter service, which is powered by Trent 7000 engines.

Antonoaldo Neves, CEO, TAP Air Portugal, Guilaume Faury, Airbus, President – Commercial Aircraft and Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, attended a formal handover ceremony at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France.

The exclusive engine for the A330neo, the Trent 7000 is the seventh in a Trent family that has now accumulated more than 125 million engine flying hours.

The Trent 7000 also brings together more than 50 million flying hours of experience from the Trent 700, which powers the original version of the A330.

Mr Neves said: “This is an important moment for our airline and we look forward to entering a new era in customer service and performance with the A330neo, powered by Trent 7000 engines.”

Mr Faury said: “Handing over the first ever A330neo to a long-standing Airbus customer, TAP Air Portugal, is a very important milestone for Airbus. Through continuous innovations, the A330neo, our newest widebody aircraft, will offer maximum value and efficiency to our customers and superior comfort to their passengers. This occasion marks another step forward to meeting our industry’s goal for sustainable aviation.”

Mr Cholerton said: “We are proud to power the delivery of the A330neo and warmly congratulate both TAP Air Portugal and Airbus on this delivery milestone. We are now focused on supporting TAP Air Portugal and ensuring a smooth entry into service that demonstrates all the outstanding attributes of this aircraft.”

Rolls-Royce teams up with rail giant

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Rolls-Royce is joining forces with Derby based Porterbrook, the largest owner of passenger trains in the UK, to launch the first hybrid rail project in the country.

Porterbrook owns more than 30 per cent of the UK rail fleet and invests in UK rail, both in purchasing new trains and other equipment as well as improving assets for use on the network.

Rolls-Royce and Porterbook have agreed the delivery of MTU Hybrid PowerPacks that can convert Class 168 and Class 170 ‘Turbostar’ DMUs from diesel-only to hybrid-electric operation.

The letter of intent, which was signed at rail industry trade show Innotrans, covers the delivery of hybrid systems for installation on two test trains.

Following trials, Porterbrook aims to offer hybrid conversion to a range of customers operating existing Turbostar fleets. The announcement comes after Derby-headquartered Porterbrook's profits jumped to nearly £90m during its latest financial year.

Mary Grant, Chief Executive of Porterbrook said: "Porterbrook is committed to reducing the emissions and carbon footprint of our existing diesel powered fleets.

"We hope our investment in this trial of MTU Hybrid PowerPacks will enable us to offer wider fleet fitment of this technology, so that our customers can reduce both emissions and operating costs, as well as improve air-quality along urban corridors.

"Hybrid trains have the added benefit of operating with very little sound when using battery power, offering additional benefits to the railway’s near neighbours.

"This is one of several initiatives that Porterbrook is undertaking to address the challenge, set by rail minister Jo Johnson MP, of removing diesel-only trains from the UK rail network by 2040."

Warren East, Rolls-Royce Chief Executive said: "We are pleased to be helping to write a new chapter of environmentally friendly, quieter and more efficient rail travel in the UK.

"With the innovative MTU Hybrid PowerPacks, Rolls-Royce and our partner Porterbrook will be setting new standards on the UK network; helping to reduce emissions, increase fuel efficiency and improve the lives of people who live near train stations."

The trains will be built at Bondholder Bombardier's Derby site and are expected to be delivered in 2021.

Rolls-Royce flying taxi plans take-off

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Bondholder Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi which it says could take to the skies as soon as early next decade.

The British firm said it had drawn up plans for an "electric vertical take-off and landing" (EVTOL) vehicle, which could carry four to five people.

The vehicle could travel at speeds of up to 250 mph (402 km/h) for approximately 500 miles, it said.

Speaking ahead of this week's Farnborough Airshow, Rob Watson, head of the company's electrical team, said: "We are well placed to play a leading role in the emerging world of personal air mobility and will also look to work in collaboration with a range of partners."

Rolls said the initial concept for EVTOL used gas turbine technology to generate electricity to power six electric propulsors, specially designed to have a low noise profile.

Its wings would be able to rotate 90 degrees, enabling the vehicle to take off or land vertically. It could also use existing heliports and airports.

The Derby-based company has already announced a number of new deals at Farnborough including a new Trent XWB engine for China's Sichuan Airlines and Taiwanese STARLUX airlines. 

The Trent XWB, designed in Derby, is the world's most efficient large aero engine.

Pall Mall Embassy Success

Marketing Derby hosted its 30th Derby Embassy at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London this week.

The Derby Embassy is part of Marketing Derby’s annual calendar of events in London.  As a key target market to raise the profile of Derby in the capital it is an opportunity to gather local ambassadors, business leaders, key stakeholders together with investors and developers who are looking to be part of Derby’s future landscape.

Embassy guests heard from the Leader of Derby City Council, Chris Poulter at his first Embassy event since taking over the leadership role, as well as hearing from law firm and Embassy partner Smith Partnership about their forward-thinking approach to an office move.  Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development for Rolls-Royce re-affirmed the global firms commitment to Derby.

The event was part of the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014-2020.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said "We have been holding Embassy events in London for 10 years.  They go from strength to strength and are an important part of our inward investment strategy.  This ear we opened an office base in the capital and launched an Ambassador's Club which is becoming a dynamic group of advocates for the city."

Rolls-Royce reaffirms commitment

Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce addressed guests at Marketing Derby's 30th Derby Embassy and reaffirmed that, despite the multi-billion pound global firm’s recent announcement of re-structuring and job losses, it remains very committed to Derby.

This commitment is clear to see with work ongoing to build the world’s largest testbed which will be capable of developing the next generation of aero-engines.  This is further demonstrated with the world-class centre of innovation which is still investing in new technologies in Derby as well as the firm's support for Infinity Park Derby which is a significant opportunity to develop future technologies. 

Paul said, “Rolls-Royce is not turning its back on Derby, far from it.  We are still investing and we are committed to the city and its future.  The city has a great history of innovation and we will continue to develop this into the future.”

Rolls-Royce deliver to Singapore Airlines

Bondholder Rolls-Royce joined Boeing and Singapore Airlines to celebrate the delivery of the first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, powered by Trent 1000 engines.

Goh Choon Phong, CEO, Singapore Airlines, Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Dominic Horwood, Director – Customers and Services, Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, attended a formal aircraft handover ceremony at Boeing’s facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

The aircraft is powered by the latest version of the Trent 1000, the Trent 1000 TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology), which incorporates new technologies and delivers higher thrust as well as increased efficiency. The engine contributes to the Dreamliner achieving 20 per cent greater efficiency than the aircraft it replaces, as well as halving the noise footprint of previous-generation aircraft.

The ceremony marks a significant milestone for Rolls-Royce as it continues to support the Dreamliner. The Trent 1000 has powered both the first test flight and entry into service of every version of the aircraft - the 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10.

Goh Choon Phong said: “It is an honour for us to be the world’s first airline to take delivery of this amazing aircraft. The 787-10 is indeed a magnificent piece of engineering and truly a work of art. It will be an important element in our overall growth strategy, enabling us to expand our network and strengthen our operations.”

Kevin McAllister said: “This is a big day for all of us at Boeing and for our global supplier partners. We are thrilled to deliver the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Singapore Airlines, one of the world's leading carriers. And we are honored by Singapore's partnership and trust, as reflected by their repeated orders for the Dreamliner.”

Dominic Horwood, said: “We are very proud to have worked with Singapore Airlines and Boeing to deliver the engines for the latest version of the 787 Dreamliner. Today marks another important step forward in our relationship with two highly valued partners and we are excited to once again be celebrating an historic moment for this aircraft.”

Worlds largest test bed

Bondholder Rolls-Royce today welcomed Business Secretary, Greg Clark to Derby to celebrate the start of work on its new testbed facility. The plans for the testbed were announced in June 2017 as part of a wider £150m investment.

The new testbed, which is expected to be commissioned in 2020, will support Rolls-Royce’s ongoing industrial transformation and will provide important additional capacity as the civil aerospace business continues to ramp-up engine production and deliver on a record order book.

Capable of testing a range of today’s engines, including the Trent XWB and the Trent 1000, the facility will also serve as a base for testing UltraFan®, Rolls-Royce’s engine for the next generation of aircraft.

The new testbed, which will be the largest indoor facility of its type in the world, will harness the latest digital technology to set conditions and obtain evidence from a wide variety of test activities, such as water ingestion and endurance testing. It will also benefit from the latest advancements in test equipment including new x-ray capabilities.

The decision to invest in Derby, the home of Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace division, was underpinned by a constructive dialogue with senior union representatives in the UK and will help to sustain more than 7,000 Rolls-Royce jobs across the East Midlands.

Chris Cholerton, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “We are proud to welcome the Secretary of State to Derby to celebrate this important milestone with us. It comes at a pivotal moment for our civil aerospace business as we ramp up production to record levels and look forward to completing a hat-trick of new engine launches, with the Trent 7000 set to enter service later this year. This new facility will not only give us the capacity and flexibility to deliver on our growth plans but also sustains employment across the region.”

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The ground-breaking of this new testbed facility is a reminder of Rolls-Royce’s commitment to Derby and the UK, and signifies the next chapter in Rolls-Royce’s proud history. The highly talented workforce in Derby will spearhead Rolls-Royce’s ambition to increase engine production to record levels and ensure the UK remains at the pinnacle of engineering and aerospace excellence. This revolutionary facility is exactly the type of investment our modern Industrial Strategy will continue to attract.”

Rolls-Royce currently employs around 22,300 people in the UK, across a range of skilled jobs, including more than 600 apprentices, and, through it supply chain, supports more than 40,000 jobs across the East Midlands region.

Derby has also been home to the design and development of a hat-trick of new engines: the Trent 1000 TEN which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family and entered service in November 2017; the Trent XWB-97, which powers the Airbus A350-1000 and entered service in February; and the Trent 7000 which will power the Airbus A330neo when it enters service later this year.

Derby Embassy at Capacity

Over 120 delegates packed into today's Derby City Embassy at MIPIM to hear about the latest investment and development opportunities.

In his welcome at the event, Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration highlighted the city’s flagship Heart of the City regeneration scheme, which features in the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio launched yesterday in Cannes: “The £60 million Heart of the City project is a major investment and a game changer for Derby city centre. It is critical to the future success and economic regeneration of Derby and the catalyst for further investment in the retail, leisure and office sectors.”

Keynote speaker at the event Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Rolls-Royce plc reinforced the global company’s commitment to Derby with significant improvements being made to their civil aerospace and nuclear campuses in the city. Speaking about Derby’s position as a leading centre for advanced manufacturing innovation, he said “Having local supply chain partners is incredibly valuable for us and there are great opportunities to invest and locate in Derby.”

Derby City Council’s Head of Regeneration Projects, Catherine Williams, spoke further about the £1 billion of opportunities available in the Heart of the City regeneration plans which includes the new £32 million performance venue, refurbished and regenerated Grade II Listed Market Hall, new £10 million car park and enhanced public realm across the area on Osnabruck Square and the Market Place. This is in addition to the new Museum of Making at the Silk Mill, the world’s first factory and UNESCO World Heritage site, and the regeneration of Becketwell.

Plans to stimulate the city centre Grade-A office market were also showcased with Derby City Council’s plans for a new 31,000sq ft office scheme on Bold Lane.

The annual event is regularly referred to as the “best breakfast in Cannes” and while always popular, it received an unprecedented number of registrations this year. Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin commented: “MIPIM is important for cities like Derby to fly the flag on a global platform. In the past this has led to numerous enquiries and genuine investments.  2018 is no different and we have seen huge interest amongst the investor community in Derby’s offer.”

Derby's Embassy and activities at MIPIM are also supported by Smith Partnership, Knights 1759, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, East Midlands Airport, Godwin Development, Harworth Estates and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Innovation at Infinity Park

Today Derby City Council's cabinet is set to vote on plans to build ca. 50,000 sq ft of extra space at Infinity Park Derby, which could cost in the region of £10m – further recognising Derby’s credentials as the UK Capital for Innovation.

The site, which is located next to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, is a collaboration between Derby City Council, Rolls-Royce, developers Cedar House Investments, the Harpur Crewe Estate, Wilson Bowden and Peveril Securities.

The councillors will vote whether to enter into a collaboration agreement with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the D2N2 Local Economic Partnership (LEP) to create a major new research and development centre; which would be owned by the council and run by AMRC.

The new facility in Derby would have national 'Catapult' status as part of a network of ‘world-leading’ centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.

The AMRC and the LEP are currently seeking approvals from their respective governing bodies to enter into this agreement.

 
 

In order that R&D activities can commence quickly, it is proposed that the AMRC is initially let space at Connect Derby’s iHub on Infinity Park – a state-of-the-art managed workspace, where they would co-locate with other hi-tech businesses, including new tenant Airbus which has taken two facilities totalling 1500 sq ft at the site.  Airbus selected the iHub because of its close proximity to Rolls-Royce’s headquarters.

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council said: "The arrival of Airbus is a massive coup for the iHub, and just the right kind of tenant for the building.”

"It is yet another example of a developing business taking advantage of the unique opportunity to relocate to accommodation in a hi-tech, manufacturing focused innovation technology park."

Derby Hosts Aerospace Conference

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has today hosted over 100 of the UK’s aerospace industry experts at the Midlands Aerospace Alliance’s annual conference, with delegates hearing from keynote speakers from Rolls-Royce and Airbus about future manufacturing technologies and supply chain growth.

Opening the event, Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Bondholder Derby City Council, said:"Rolls-Royce was the first targeted inward investment in the UK, and today we are proud of the work we do to support growth and attract inward investment".

The city’s Enterprise Zone, Infinity Park Derby, supported the MAA Conference with Marketing Derby to showcase the city’s aerospace sector credentials and the strength of its location for advanced manufacturing businesses.

Bondholder the University of Derby also sponsored the event through its Enscite programme - a partnership between the University of Derby, Aston University and Derby City Council that supports businesses in aerospace, rail and automotive supply chains.

Angela Tooley, Head of Enscite said: “We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Midlands Aerospace Alliance to support the industry and its wider supply chains across the Midlands. We are committed to supporting a thriving modern economy with the valuable links we offer to research, knowledge, expertise and talent. With a hands-on approach to innovation and skills development we deliver benefits to businesses across the Midlands Engine for Growth.”

Marketing Derby has supported the Midlands Aerospace Alliance conference through its work on the "Invest in D2N2" project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Growth programme 2014 -2020.

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App Proposals Pave the Way For Future Promotion

Computing students at Bondholder Derby College have devised proposals for a mobile app that would help raise the profile of Elvaston Castle and attract more visitors.

Elvaston Castle successfully applied to be part of a community project run by graduate trainees at Bondholder Rolls-Royce, as the visitor attraction was keen to know whether it would be feasible to create a mobile app as part of its marketing efforts.

They in turn launched a design competition for BTEC Level three students, based at the Joseph Wright Centre, to put forward their ideas for creating a mobile app.

The winning proposals were created by College students Anbar Hussain (21) and Daniyal Azeen (20).

Their proposals included interactive 3D timelines and maps, linking information boards around the grounds of Elvaston Castle with QR codes on the app, audio guided tours and virtual reality video.

Gill Forrester, Estates Manager at Elvaston Castle, concluded: “The Rolls-Royce graduate trainees’ feasibility study and the work that Derby College students have done will enable us to decide the way forward with developing our market and whether a mobile app would be worth pursuing.

“We are particularly looking at ways to attract more young people here so involving the College students was the ideal route.”

Elvaston Castle Country Park encompasses approximately 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens which are Grade II* listed and also have a Green Flag Award for its quality green-space provision.

At the heart of the estate lies Elvaston Castle, a gothic revival masterpiece (not open to the public) designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s based on the original house dating back to 1633.