Tree-mendous Service Raises Thousands

Over £5,650 has been raised for Bondholder Treetops Hospice in a scheme to collect and recycle old Christmas trees.

Over 400 trees have been collected from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire over the last few weeks in the Treetops Treecycling scheme. Collections are made in return for a donation towards the hospice which provides nursing care and emotional support for adults and their families.

The scheme is growing in popularity as Mary Rose, senior community and events fundraiser explained: “This is the third year of Treecycling and every year the number of trees collected - and the donations we receive - goes up.

“This year we’ve been able to expand the postcode areas where we’re collecting trees from as we’ve had amazing support from Ward Recycling.

“We’ve also had wonderful volunteers helping us from Treetops, Costain Galliford Try, [and Bondholders] Santander and Dains Accountants, Derby who have been out and about with vans donated by Enterprise and Sandicliffe Ford Stapleton - we really couldn’t do this without all their help.

“We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who’s been involved. We’re looking forward to building the Treecycling service up to be even bigger and more successful next year!”

Treetops Hospice Care services include Support and Information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.

Sporting Futures to Support Young People

Bondholder Sporting Futures has received funding from fellow Bondholder Santander to deliver sports and physical activities for young people in the Normanton ward of Derby.

Weekly sports sessions within hard-to- reach communities across Derbyshire forms the basis of Sporting Futures’ charity work, with the overall aim of raising aspirations of young people in these areas using the power of sport.

The grant will allow two weekly sessions to be delivered in Normanton for the upcoming year. These will be based at Shaftesbury Park and Normanton Park, both areas which have high rates of disengaged young people who may resort to anti-social behaviour without intervention.

Jodie Hayes, Programme Development Officer for Derby City at Sporting Futures, said: “Normanton has always been a key area for us to work in the city, and this grant has ensured our future within this ward is financially stable. We already have a known presence and rapport with  young people in the area and this grant will now allow us to build on the relationships we already have, reaching more young people and helping them to achieve.”

Breakthrough in Hub

Held at Bondholder Oberoi Business Hub, fellow Bondholder Santander present the Breakthrough in Hub event - a chance for you to learn how to grow your business. 

The Breakthrough in Hub event aims to give you the inspiration, practical insights and professional support you need to start or develop your own business, as well as see it survive and thrive.

Hear from several guests including Bondholders, Dean Jackson from HUUB & Kavita Oberoi OBE from Oberoi Business Hub, as well as Ben Edmonds from Blok Knives.

 They’ll share their experience and learning on technology and how they have used it to grow and develop their businesses, as well as answering any questions you have.

Catering for the event will be provided by Bondholder Oliver's.

For more information, or to register for the event, please click here. 

Presidential Election at Chamber

Bondholder East Midlands Chamber announced Geoff Poyzer as its President for 2016/17 at their annual general meeting held last week at Bondholder iPro Stadium.

Geoff is Managing Director for the Highways Division at North Midland Construction PLC, and has been a member of the Chamber Board since October 2008.

Geoff Poyzer said: “It is an honour and privilege to be elected President of the biggest business-representative body in the Midlands and one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in the country.”

The new Chamber President has four areas on which he wants to focus – Brexit; the difference between management and leadership; helping business to keep pace with the rapidly changing world of technology; and promoting the ‘great’ East Midlands as a great place to live and work. He also intends to support the Midlands Engine for Growth and Midlands Connect.

Also at the event, six local business were presented with their British Chambers of Commerce Regional Awards for 2016, including Bondholders Purpose Media – High Growth Business of the Year, and HUUB Design – Business of the Year.

The AGM was followed by the Chamber’s State of the Economy Conference which explored the impact on business of Brexit.

With an audience of business leaders from across the region, key speakers and panellists at the event included MPs Nicky Morgan (Loughborough) and Chris Leslie (Nottingham East), and Bondholders Garry Mowbray - Director of Finance at Bombardier Transportation, Nick Freeman – Assistant General Manager of Corporate Planning and External Affairs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK), Barry Naisbitt – Chief Economist for Santander and Mark Deakin – Regional Strategic Director at Turner & Townsend.

HUUB secures six-figure deal for growth

Bondholder and designer of high-performance garments for triathletes HUUB Design has secured a £425,000 growth capital package from fellow Bondholder Santander Corporate and Commercial.

The company - which has endorsers including Formula 1 driver Jenson Button, London 2012 gold medallist Alistair Brownlee and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay - secured the package to increase stock and invest in expanding.

I’m delighted with the ongoing success and expansion of the firm
— Dean Jackson, Managing Director at HUUB Design

HUUB is set to have a £2 million turnover this year and is poised to start 2016 with a record number of pre-orders from distributors and wholesalers.

Managing Director at HUUB, Dean Jackson, said: "HUUB has successfully filled a gap in the market by offering a premium product that delivers a genuine performance improvement for athletes of all abilities.

"During the development of the triathlon as a sport over the last few decades, wetsuits have actually evolved very little, aside from the development of more flexible and buoyant neoprene materials. HUUB has capitalised on this and I’m delighted with the ongoing success and expansion of the firm."