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.”


Creating Vibrant Cities

One of the dangers of being engaged every day in the world of regeneration is that of being sucked into the wormhole of the mechanics of investment and development – land assembly, viability, planning and the like.

There is nothing wrong with any of these per se, all are important issues to be solved if a project is to progress.

However, over the past few weeks I’ve attended two events which have reminded me of the need to reconnect with the bigger picture - the underlying purpose of regeneration if you will – and that is people, place and the interaction between the two.

The challenge is that of moving from customer creating place, to place creating customers, the meaning of which I’ll come back to later in the article.

The first event was the Festival of Place held in the achingly hip Tobacco Dock in East London. This gathering of what might be best described as dedicated urbanists – let’s say more tattoos than suits - delved into the function and form of what is now usually described as ‘place-making’.

The dangers of these conventions is that of falling into masterclasses on ubiquitous regeneration pin-ups – usually New York and London – and, sure enough, there were keynotes on the revival of Times Square and Kings Cross.


I know both these areas very well and can remember their undoubted edginess, bordering on danger, when I first visited them in the 1980s. Today, their transformation is astonishing, and the back story is a good one.

Of course, there are learning points but I really question the relevance and transferability of much of this to cities that are not global metropolises, in fact most cities, certainly the Derbies, Leicesters and Nottinghams of the world.

One day I’d like to go to a conference where the focus is on the experience of thousands of medium-sized cities, where no mention is made of London, New York or Paris.

That said, I find myself leaving a session like that, my mind spinning with nuggets which can be applied when back behind the desk. One important take away quote came from an architect who said ‘how buildings meet the ground is more important than how they meet the sky’.

In other words, rebalance the emphasis currently placed on scale, form and massing with that on impact of the building on the streetscape. Will a new building contribute to vibrancy or will it sterilise the street?

The second event was Marketing Derby’s annual Property Summit which we held at the stunning Roundhouse complex, adjacent to the station.

Here we hosted over 350 delegates, making it the largest property event in the region. Many of our guests were able to catch the 8am out of St Pancras and simply cross the road, straight into the Roundhouse itself, well ahead of our 10am start. 

Our speakers were top notch and brought a broad national and international perspective.

The keynote was given by the CEO of the Association of Town and City Management, Ojay McDonald, who talked about how the disruption that technology was having on the high street was not going away soon. He argued that the challenge in redefining the purpose of town and city centres was not to recreate the past dominated by retail but to make centres safe, welcoming and attractive to future generations.  

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We were lucky to secure Bart Somers, the dynamic and charismatic Mayor of Mechelen in Belgium, who described the transformation of what he described as a ‘city in despair’ 20 years ago to an award-winning city today.

His strategy was two-pronged, restoration of law and order, together with a ruthless focus on driving inclusivity and equality.

In practice, this meant investment in the public realm by making Mechelen clean, safe and diverse. The schemes were many and often small – bringing water back into the city by opening hidden brooks, introducing trees and grass, reducing car use by bringing in cycle and scooter schemes. In other words, make Mechelen interesting and surprising.

His philosophy was unique and challenges normal paradigms - to treat people as citizens, not communities.

His energy, passion and bravery won Bart the title of World’s Best Mayor and I’ve rarely seen an audience so entranced and motivated by a speaker. There is much we can learn from Bart and Mechelen.

Our final speaker was Yolande Barnes who is Chair of the Bartlett Institute for Real Estate at University College London. Her robust academic perspective perfectly complemented Bart’s applied thoughts and her emphasis on stewardship of the public space rang so true.

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Put together, the speakers threw new light on our central theme – the revitalisation of town and city centres – and the solution to that challenge seems to lie in the need for places to create customers.

Regeneration has to be subservient to place-making and our cities need to become more diverse, with mixed and flexible uses and, to put it simply be a lot less boring and a lot more interesting.

Food & Drink Last Chance to Vote!

Nominations close this Friday (26th) for the 2019 Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards; vote now for your favourite establishment, 2000 already have!


Now in its eleventh year, the Awards recognise and celebrate the city's vibrant and growing food and drink sector.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin says: "Food and drink is an important sector but a tough one too. We want to celebrate the best locally and promote customer growth, so I encourage everyone to vote to give support to their favourites."

Here is the list of the categories available for nomination:

The Excellence in Customer Service award (Sponsored by Bondholder Derby Telegraph) is voted for by readers of the Derby Telegraph, from a shortlist of six establishments.

Nominations are judged on quality, not quantity, so make sure you consider your nominations carefully.

When the nomination period ends, judges from each category will sample each finalist to select a winner.

The finalists for each category will be announced on Friday 16th August, with the much anticipated awards ceremony taking place on Monday 7th October at Bondholder venue The Roundhouse.

For more information on the awards please contact Katie Wells


PM Visits Derby College

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, chose the iconic Roundhouse Derby yesterday as a venue in which to make a keynote speech on the future of post-18 education.

Attended by senior ministers, she announced a major review of the future shape of tuition fees and university funding.

The speech was followed by a press conference with the PM being quizzed on a number of issues by Bondholder Derby Telegraph, as well as a flurry of nationals including, Sky TV, the Sun and the Times Education Supplement, as well as BBC TV’s political pundit Laura Kuenssberg. 

Chief Executive of Bondholder Derby College Mandie Stravino was delighted to showcase the Roundhouse saying that “It is unusual for an announcement of this magnitude to be made in a college sector setting.”

The Prime Minister was clearly impressed with the Roundhouse, commenting that the courses held at there were "building a future for this great city.”   

Read the Derby Telegraph article here.

Changes to the Management and Leadership Team at Armsons

Bondholder Armsons - cost consultants, project managers and building surveyors - has made some key changes to its management and leadership team in what is proving to be one of the busiest years in its 45 year history.

Michael Armson, who founded the business in 1972, has retired from his post as managing director and taken up a consultancy position with the company.

Director Ian Cooper has also stepped down and will now act as a part-time consultant for the business, which delivers its services to a diverse client base across a broad spectrum of sectors - including commercial, industrial, civil engineering, residential, healthcare, retail, sports and leisure, education and heritage.

Two new directors have been appointed; Sally Walters who joined Armsons in 2016 to head- up the company’s building surveying services team and Jonathan Heath, who has been at the company since 2014.

Sally and Jonathan will join Stephen Fernie, who remains a director after spending more than 20 years with the Darley Abbey-based firm.

Commenting on the new appointments, director Stephen Fernie, said: “Over the past 45 years, Armsons has established a reputation for recruiting people with extensive experience in their respective areas, who come together to share their skills and knowledge, which adds value to our service offering.

“Jonathan and Sally are highly regarded in their particular fields and I am delighted to welcome them as fellow directors at Armsons.

“Our team-based approach is one of our strengths and enables us to provide clients with a consistently first-class service and achieve the most cost-effective delivery of their project objectives.”

Armsons was established by Michael Armson in 1972 to offer specialist quantity surveying expertise to private and public sector clients across the region.

Over the past five decades, the business has expanded its service offering considerably in keeping with the changing face of the construction industry.

The firm has been involved in a series of award-winning schemes, including the transformation of the historic Roundhouse on Pride Park into a £51m engineering, technology and construction campus for Derby College, Glasshouse College – Ruskin Mill Trust, a College for young people with special learning needs, housed in the former Royal Doulton glass- factory in Stourbridge's Glass Quarter and the 400 Hall, a state of the art flexible performance theatre for Repton Hall School.

Iconic Roundhouse Movies

Following the huge success of its first movie night, Bondholder The Roundhouse Events team based at the historic Roundhouse, Pride Park, are holding two further evenings to celebrate iconic movies ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Grease’.

The beautiful Roundhouse will be turned into an indoor cinema on Friday February 2 for a one-off showing of ‘Pretty Woman’ starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  Then on Saturday February 3 – the giant screen will show ‘Grease’ with Oliva Newton John and John Travolta.

On both evenings, the doors will open at 6pm when visitors will be welcomed with a complementary drink on arrival. 

There will also be the chance to purchase American-style food and themed cocktails before the films start, during the interval and as the credits roll.  The audience will then be invited to stay in the party mood and hit the dance floor for the after party featuring the well-known songs from the evening’s movie.

Roundhouse Events Manager, Katie Holifield, explained: “Both movie nights are ticket-only events and look set to follow in the footsteps of our first event ‘Dirty Dancing’ which was a sell out.

 “This venue is perfect for such an event with space for everyone to sit and enjoy the film in comfort and then dance the evening away to the fantastic film score.”

Tickets cost £15 + £1 booking fee and can be purchased at:

Pretty Woman (film starts 7.30pm): or

Grease (film starts at 7pm): or

For further information please email or call 01332 334800.

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.”

Virtual Derby

Bondholder Mixed Realities is recreating Derby in virtual reality, including Bondholders The Roundhouse and The Palfrey

Mixed Realities' cutting-edge technology allows people to explore Derby's landmarks without leaving the comfort of their home. 

Joe Clark, Creative Director, said: "Our ambition for the project is to promote the amazing venues and spaces within Derby in a new and exciting way."

Bondholder Derby College, which occupies the Roundhouse, commissioned Mixed Realities to produce the 3D environment to help promote it as a modern leisure and business tourism destination.

Laura Wilkinson, event planner at the college's Roundhouse Events arm, said: "The work was done overnight when the Roundhouse is at its quietest and most atmospheric. The results are stunning and we were delighted that this iconic building has taken centre stage in such an innovative project."

Scott Straughan, Technical Director, said: "There were many challenges associated with creating a 3D Virtual scan of such a large space, everything from its complex structure, the lighting required, to the intense level of detail in the floor itself all presented their own technological difficulties.

"Despite being a young company we have been able to overcome these challenges and hopefully have given Derby College and the city of Derby a new and innovative way to explore the building."

The Roundhouse was renovated by Bondholder Bowmer and Kirkland as part of a major restoration programme designed by fellow Bondholder Maber Architects.

Bowmer and Kirkland chairman John Kirkland said it was fitting the Roundhouse should be the first building in Derby to be recorded as part of the 3D Derby Project.

He said: "It is a landmark building and a piece of history which we had the honour to restore and renovate. To see it in 3D gives it a whole new perspective and reveals it in all its glory."

Maber Associate Director Steve Basran added: "We have been absolutely delighted with Mixed Realities' 'nothing is too much trouble' approach to creating a VR simulation of The Roundhouse.

"The Roundhouse scheme is one of Maber's most prestigious accomplishments in Derby and the practice has worked hard to find the right partner to collaborate with to unearth the deep history that lies behind the scenes.

"The VR package will help us gain a better understanding of the structure and become a vital tool for any future work at the Roundhouse."

Richard Shaw, Business Development Director at Mixed Realities, said the virtual reality tours can be accessed via the company's website.

He said: "Derby has an enviable cultural heritage, a large influence during the Industrial Revolution, and is home to some of the brightest companies in the world."

"The 3D Derby Project further demonstrates the desire and passion to showcase what is truly great about Derby."

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.

Derby Food & Drink Awards launched

Marketing Derby is pleased to announce the launch of the eighth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards. The awards celebrate the best restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés Derby and Derbyshire has to offer. 

Taking place at the iconic Roundhouse on Monday 10th October, the Derby Food and Drink Awards offers the people of Derby the chance to recognise their favourite eateries. Last year over 1,600 people nominated for their favourite establishments.


There are 8 categories open for nomination, which include:

  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Pub
  • Best Bar
  • Best Out of Town
  • Derby Telegraph Excellence in Customer Service
  • Best Café
  • Best International
  • Restaurant of the Year

The 2016 nomination period officially opens today (Wednesday 20th July). 

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “Each year the Derby Food and Drink Awards go from strength to strength. They are now firmly established in Derby’s awards calendar and are keenly awaited and hotly contested. Marketing Derby are proud to co-ordinate these awards to help shine the light on the very best that Derby has to offer.”

Nominations will close on 19th August after which finalists will be announced for each category. After this, each nominated establishment will be visited by our panel of mystery judges. Judges are looking for a welcoming, comfortable and exceptional experience which makes a delicious contribution to Derby's Food & Drink offer. The Local Authority food hygiene rating will also be taken into account.

The winners will be announced at the prestigious ceremony on the 10th October. 

Bondholders scoop Telegraph awards

Bondholder wet suit designer HUUB stole the show at last week's Derby Telegraph Business Awards when it won the coveted Company of the Year award.

The awards ceremony, held at Bondholder Derby Roundhouse, also saw fellow Bondholder Status Social take home the Creative Industries Business of the Year award. The Derby Small Business of the Year award went to owner of Bondholder The Dragon, Bespoke Inns, after facing fierce competition from fellow Bondholders Deaf Alerter and Mercia Image Print. Bespoke Inns also went home with the Derby Sales & Marketing award.


Bondholders dominate Business Awards

With the Derby Telegraph Business Awards fast approaching, we're thrilled to announce that many of our Bondholders have placed as finalists for awards.

Congratulations and good luck to:

With the awards ceremony currently in its judging period, the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 9th June at The Roundhouse.

The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2016 is in association with Bondholder Champions (UK) plc and is sponsored by Bondholders CPL Print, Derby College, HSKS Greenhalgh, intu Derby, Marketing Derby, The Roundhouse, Sellick Partnership, Sky Recruitment Solutions and the University of Derby.

#DTBA2016: The search is on

Entries are now being accepted for the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2016 which aims to celebrate, recognise and reward the most remarkable companies in the county.

We know that we have some incredible businesses out there achieving great things. We want to celebrate those achievements
— Neil White, Editor of Derby Telegraph

DTBA 2016 is run in conjunction with fellow Bondholder Champions (UK) plc and awards companies across 13 categories. These are: Small Business; New Business; Business Entrepreneur; Services; Sales and Marketing; Science and Technology; Retail; Creative Industries; Manufacturing; International Trade; Contribution to the Community; Not-for-Profit; and Company of the Year.

Hundred of companies entered last year and we're now urging more companies to enter for this year - particularly our Bondholders - to receive the recognition they deserve.

Not only is the Derby Telegraph Business Awards a celebration of good businesses in the county, but it's also a reminder that Derbyshire is an excellent place in which to do business.

Neil White, Editor of Derby Telegraph, said: "We know that we have some incredible businesses out there achieving great things. We want to celebrate those achievements."

Entry closes on 25th March which is followed by the judging process. The awards ceremony will be held at Derby's College's Roundhouse and 9th June.

For more information, please visit the awards website.

The Detached Firms Who Are Really Testing Our Patience

Retail behemoth Tesco got into a bit of hot water this week when it was revealed that it was attaching security tags to its 10p plastic shopping bags.

The action, apparently the initiative of an overenthusiastic store manager in London, was a consequence of the government's introduction of bag charges in England mixed with fear of bags being stolen by upset customers.

Tesco knows a thing or two about losing money - the company lost a record £6.4 billion (yes, billion) last year, and so was clearly seeking to mind the pennies.

The tags have now been withdrawn, described in a terse official statement as a "mistake". We are living in an era that has become cynical about the corporate millieu.

In a few years, we will come up to the 10th anniversary of the great financial crash - an event already covered in a plethora of films, books and documentaries.

Some paint a narrative of how it all happened, other sketch out its consequences.

My favourite (to date) is the film Margin Call. Starring Jeremy Irons and Demi Moore, it explores how the mathematical skills of engineers had been bought by Wall Street - and were then twisted from the design-and-build of useful stuff like bridges, to be utilised in cooking up the poisonous derivatives that brought the world to its knees.

If the crash was a financial heart attack that brought shame on greedy practices, there doesn't seem to have been too much mea culpa, or applied learning, since.

The trust that needs to exist in a developed democracy between the body corporate and citizens is being continually tested.

In the case of Tesco, it's not just the 10p bags and £6 billion losses, it's the abandoned grand projects which have been created blight across communities, not least here in Allenton, which has been waiting a decade for the store that will never come.

And it's not just Tesco, our high street names are really beginning to test our patience, sometimes, I fear, to destruction.

Are you one of the many folk confused in airports by the request for a boarding card when trying to buy a newspaper, some water and a packet of mints at WHSmith?

I certainly found it totally odd but assumed the data gathered would be used for stock planning purposes. Wrong. The request is part of a VAT-avoidance scam where the passenger pays the 20% VAT but the company claims the money back if your final destination is outside the EU. Thus, the need for the boarding card.

I never present mine, vaguely mumbling it's somewhere else. Now, millions of passengers are refusing the hand over their boarding card too. No doubt we will soon hear about subsequent lost company revenues.

The list appears to be endless with new scandals emerging on a regular basis. Last week, it was Volkswagen and its diesel emission test cheating. This week, it's the fact that Facebook paid £4,327 in corporation tax last year - that's £434.20 less than Marketing Derby.

However, it's not all bad, and there are companies trying to do the right thing. Last week, I was at the Derby Roundhouse for the Derbyshire Brain Game, a corporate quiz that raised £30,000 for Marie Curie. This week intu Derby is hosting a national Business In The Community delegation, including Toyota and Rolls-Royce, looking at extending corporate social responsibility activity.

Many of the city's SMEs are providing staff into the Derby Education Business Brokerage initiative, supporting hundreds of school students in interview techniques and CV-writing. And so on.

For me, the more that companies (small, medium and large) are rooted in local communities, the less likely they are to behave badly due to their detachment.

Food and Drink Awards 2014 Winners Celebrate

Derby’s food and drink industry descended on The Roundhouse tonight to celebrate the sixth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards. The evening highlighted Derby’s finest restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, in categories including Best Newcomer, Best Out of Town, and the highly prestigious Restaurant of the Year. The award ceremony, organised by Marketing Derby in conjunction with the Derby Telegraph and Roundhouse Events, was hosted by Nick Britten, Managing Director of Another Voice.

Over 1,400 nominations were received, showcasing the strength of the city’s food and drink industry. Marketing Derby’s John Forkin praised the variety in the finalists and winners.

“Each year, the standard gets better. To be a finalist is a tremendous achievement.

“The food and drink sector in Derby goes from strength to strength, reflected in the fact that, of the 21 finalists, excluding the Best Customer Service Award, only three were trading when we launched the Derby Food and Drink Awards five years ago.”

The awards included ‘Best Customer Service’, as voted by the readers of the Derby Telegraph, as well as the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award, which was awarded to Tim Williams of CAMRA for his contribution to the Real Ale industry in Derby.

Photographs courtesy of our valued Bondholder, Cactus Images.