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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


Supporting the club

Two Marketing Derby Bondholders have formed a winning partnership to nurture the best talent in the county.

The Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) supporters club is now sponsored by recruitment companies Sky Recruitment Solutions and Capella Professional, both run by entrepreneur David Torrington.

All new clients who use either of David’s companies to recruit staff will have a 12-month membership of the DIS supporters club paid for by him. The usual cost is £500.

Chloe Maudsley, head of operations at DIS, explained: “The supporters club is an important funding stream that allows us to inspire and support athletes from Derbyshire to become world-class.

“We are delighted to be working with David because his companies share our values. We both identify people with potential and nurture them to step into the roles that they were born to play."

Membership of the supporters club entitles businesses and individuals to a range of benefits including promotion online and on social media, a monthly e-newsletter and an invitation to meet and network with other supporters, sponsors and some of the DIS coaches and athletes at monthly social evenings, starting in September.

David said: “I first became aware of DIS through my daughter, who swims with a local club. My companies are proud to be Derbyshire-based and we aspire to perform at the highest level and showcase all that’s great about our county – everything that DIS is about. It seemed like a natural fit and we’re delighted to be helping raise awareness of how local businesses can help talented young athletes secure a place on the winner’s podium.”


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!


City on the Up

Derby has been featured in Natwest’s national “Exciting Cities” series, with input from several

The series looks at cities across the UK that are in high growth with a thriving business community. With a focus on a strong business culture for start-ups, the research has praised the work of Bondholder University of Derby for their incubation spaces, with a particular focus on Banks Mill.

The health of the economy is mentioned with the recent research conducted by Irwin Mitchell a key point, noting that Derby is the fastest-growing city economy in the region, with GVA increasing by 15.1%, and job creation by 1.1%.

David Torrington, Managing Director of Bondholder Sky Recruitment Solutions, is quoted as saying: “The transport links are good and that matters. I like that Derby has a certain intimacy because of its size. The relationships you can form in the city are strong and lasting and not just purely commercial.”

Maria Hanson MBE, founder of Mee & Dee said the business community mentioned low rents and supportive businesses such as Bondholders Franklands Insurance and Sellick Partnership.

She said, “We’re also a member of Marketing Derby, which is a thriving hub, and are plugged into [Bondholder] Connect Derby too, which provides connectivity and facilities for small business and not-for- profits like us.”

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Promotion for Rachel

Rachel Morris, from Bondholder Derby Cathedral, has been appointed as Diocesan Secretary, CEO of the Diocesan Board of Finance and Chapter Steward.

This innovative joint role will allow Rachel to continue as lead on the Cathedral’s strategic plan whilst helping to develop that of the diocese.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the Diocese as it will create an opportunity to model collaborative working in a creative and innovative way, this role is trailblazing across the Church of England and creating interest nationally.”

Talking about her new role Rachel said: “This will enable us to achieve much closer collaboration between the Diocese and Cathedral in mission planning, thinking and opportunity, whilst at the same time respecting the integrity and separateness of Cathedral and Diocese.”

Derby Cathedral is also working in partnership with fellow Bondholder Sky Recruitment Solutions to help recruit for two key roles at the Cathedral. 

Rachel said: “At this exciting time of development for the Cathedral and the Diocese of Derby we are delighted to be working with fellow Bondholders Sky Recruitment Solutions.  We were keen to work with a company with good local knowledge, a passion for Derbyshire and with an innovative and positive work ethic. We currently have two key roles available and with more to come David and his team are proving a delight to work with.”

David Torrington, Managing Director of Sky Recruitment Solutions, added: "We are delighted to be teaming up with Diocesan Secretary and Chapter Steward, Rachel Morris on recruitment for both Derby Cathedral and the Diocese of Derby.

"Rachel demonstrated a desire to work with a local recruitment specialist, and due to our links within the community and notably with Marketing Derby, it seems to be a perfect partnership – the roles of Media Officer (Diocese of Derby) and Head of Operations (Derby Cathedral) are fantastic opportunities to join a well-established and evolving organisation, and we are looking forward to selecting some high calibre candidates from the applications we receive."

Expansion for Sky Recruitment

Bondholder Sky Recruitment Solutions has appointed Natalie Parkinson as the company's first Business Manager. 

The appointment comes hot on the heels of Sky's recent expansion; within the last six months the number of staff has risen to 15, including new interns and administrators. 

The company was also recently shortlisted as a finalist in Bondholder East Midlands Chamber's Derbyshire Chamber Business Awards 2017, in the Commitment to People Development category. 

David Torrington, Managing Director, said: "In the three and a half years since Sky Recruitment Solutions started training, I have never known such an exciting time for the business.

"Internal promotions, a new Business Manager in Derby (Natalie Parkinson), new premises, recognition for the business in terms of Chamber of Commerce awards nominations etc. - and a current projection of 20-30% growth year on year in terms of turnover.

"My teams are going from strength to strength, and both Ripley and Derby offices are on an upward trajectory - I wouldn’t swap my staff or my business for anything!"

Bondholders' Collaboration

Bondholder Smith Partnership has appointed fellow Bondholder Sky Recruitment Solutions to manage its employment vacancies in Derby.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in business in 2017, Smith Partnership made a strategic decision to outsource its recruitment process to utilise the multi-sector agency’s expertise.

Claire Twells, Partner at Smith Partnership said: “We are really looking forward to working with David Torrington and his team at Sky Recruitment, to help us find high quality candidates for all our Derby vacancies, from legal professionals to a range of administrative and support staff roles.

“We believe this is new partnership will offer greater efficiencies to our business and help us attract even more vibrant, talented people from across the Midlands."

The Human Resources team at Smith Partnership will be working closely with David Torrington, Managing Director of Sky Recruitment Solutions.

David said: "Sky Recruitment Solutions are delighted to be working with Smith Partnership and developing our relationship – I feel that both of our businesses have similar values, and that as the partnership grows we will be able to add value to Smith Partnership, and ultimately their client base.

"We recognise the status of Smith Partnership as the leading Derby based Law Firm, and we are proud to enhance this reputation further."

Enterprising Women of the Year

East Midlands Chamber toasted Derbyshire's Enterprising Women of the year, at a gala dinner last week. 

The awards recognise the achievements of women in business and are co-Chaired by Jean Mountain, a Director and Immediate Past President of East Midlands Chamber.

A representative for the awards said: '“We were very impressed with the quality of the applications this year and level of support for women in business.”

Winners of the night included many Bondholders. 

Megan Morris, from Bondholder Sky Recruitment Solutions, was awarded Apprentice of the Year, while the Geldards Family Team walked away with Team of the Year. 

Zoe Dowthwaite from Bondholder Flint Bishop was highly commended as Female Employee of the year, as was Natalie Bamford of, as Enterprising New Business Woman of the Year.

The Perfect Circle Team at Bondholder Pick Everard were also highly commended as Team of the Year. 

Bondholders Join Forces to Help Young People

Bondholders Derby College and Sky Recruitment Solutions have joined forces to provide additional support for young people looking for their first step into the jobs market.

Current College learners will have more opportunities for part time and seasonal work to support them during their study programmes. Learners will then have access to specialist support from Sky Recruitment Solutions team and the College, when looking for job and apprenticeship roles after graduating.

David Torrington, Managing Director of Sky Recruitment Solutions, said: “I was struck by a presentation at a Marketing Derby Event that highlighted the high quality further and higher education available in the city but that there were challenges in retaining skills in the local area.

“As a business committed to working in partnership to support the local economy, I therefore approached Derby College to explore opportunities for us to work together to tackle this issue.

“This partnership is effectively a mutual referral approach.  We often work with employers to support their recruitment needs but would also like to assist in handling their apprenticeship requirements."

April Hayhurst, Derby College Deputy Principal, Employer and Economic Affairs, added: “This partnership provides a single point of entry both for our current learners, local young people looking for jobs and apprenticeships and for employers who are looking for a range of skills and experience.

“We were keen to work with Sky Recruitment Solutions as they are a company who share our values of providing employers with the skills they need to grow, supporting young people into the world of work and matching the right people with the right jobs.

“This is therefore an exciting new venture with a host of opportunities and benefits both for young people and employers and we look forward to developing the service in the coming months.”

By working together, Sky Recruitment Solutions and the College can share resources and expertise to provide young people with a wider range of job opportunities. We will also develop a joined up and easy to access service to employers.
— David Torrington, Managing Director

HUUB named joint-winner of Chamber Awards

Marketing Derby Bondholder, HUUB Design, capped a hugely successful 2016 after being named as joint-winner of the Derbyshire Business of the Year category and also Small Business of the Year, at this year's East Midlands Chamber awards.

Derby Museums and Purpose Media were proud winners of The Social Impact Award and award for Outstanding Growth respectively.  

Anoki, Balls2Marketing, The Advert Man, Sky Recruitment Solutions and Foundation Derbyshire were all runners-up.

HUUB Design, the innovative sportswear brand, received the accolade following a move into the city with the opening of a new showroom, helping Team GB achieve triathlon success at this year's Olympics and were also instrumental in bringing the Jenson Button Triathlon to Derby.

Dean Jackson, CEO at HUUB Design, said he felt "fantastic" to be a winner after collecting the top award jointly along with Penny Hydraulics. Managing director Robin Penny from the Chesterfield-based business, said he was "proud to be associated with HUUB Design."

Chamber President Jean Mountain said: "The Chamber's congratulations go to all of this year's winners.  We had some really good entries and the judging process was extremely tough, but all of the winning businesses thoroughly deserve their success."

Marketing Derby Bondholders were also runners-up in the following awards:

  • HUUB Design - Business Improvement through Technology  
  • HUUB Design - The Social Impact Award
  • Foundation Derbyshire - The Social Impact Award
  • Megan Morris (Sky Recruitment Solutions) - Apprentice of the Year
  • Balls2Marketing - Small Business of the Year
  • Derby Museums - Small Business of the Year
  • Anoki - Excellence in Customer Service
  • Ed Hollands (The Advert Man) - Entrepreneur of the Year

HUUB Design CEO, Dean Jackson, receives the (joint) Business of the Year accolade at the East Midlands Chamber Derbyshire 2016 Awards

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.

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.

Tioga teams up with Sky Recruitment Solutions

Expert in electronic assembly and Bondholder Tioga has selected Sky Recruitment Solutions as a local staffing provider due to a new contract win.

All the roles start on a temporary basis for 12 weeks with the opportunity to become 12-month contracts and potentially permanent.

Inital feedback about Sky Recruitment Solutions has been that the recruitment services provider has a thorough approach and that the right sorts of candidates have been sourced.

Managing Director of Sky Recruitment Solutions, David Torrington first approached Tioga's Helen Higginbotham to explain the company's interesting in working closely with other Bondholders at exclusive preferential rates.

For more information on Sky Recruitment Services, visit the comapny website here.