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Bondholders' yoga swap

An innovative new venture between Bondholders Derby County Community Trust and Smith Partnership will see yoga being swapped for legal advice.


Derby County Community Trust’s collaboration with city law firm, Smith Partnership, is aimed at improving the welfare of the staff of both organisations.

Initially, the Trust will provide in-house yoga and relaxation as well as mental health first aid training for Smith Partnership staff.

In return, Smith Partnership lawyers will give the Trust’s team an introduction to wills, conveyancing, mortgage applications and pensions.

Will Turner, Derby County Community Trust Business Development Manager, said: “Smith Partnership has always been a great supporter of Derby County Football Club, so we are thrilled, as the club’s charitable arm, that they should want to engage with us. We are licensed deliverers of courses for both youth and adult mental health first aid. We are also experts in physical health, so we are starting in that arena with yoga sessions.

“In return, our staff, who are predominantly quite young, will receive legal advice workshops surrounding key life milestones from mortgage applications to pensions."

Claire Twells, Smith Partnership’s Business Development Partner, said: "We are committed to helping to develop the local community and our staff. Together we are sure we will build a great and long-lasting partnership which benefits us all. We are delighted to be working closely with Derby County Community Trust because it seamlessly completes the circle between the football club, ourselves and the Trust."

Successful places create customers

Over 350 senior-level delegates from the property sector attended this week’s Derby Property Summit to hear a line-up of national and international speakers and panellists discuss the challenge of reimagining towns and cities.

Opening the Summit John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, said "The way communities use their high streets is changing and towns and cities need to work out how to continue to evolve. The purpose of place is to create a customer  - we have to change the mix to make our cities and towns attractive places in which to live and work and to visit."

Keynote speaker was Ojay McDonald, Chief Executive at the Association of Town and City Management, who spoke about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the way technology is disrupting the high street, which in his view we were underestimating.

The event was supported by Bondholders Smith Partnership, as Headline Partner, and Bondholder Matthew Montague Architects, as Event Partner.

Speaking about why they were supporting the 2019 Summit, Fraser Cunningham, Partner at regional law firm Smith Partnership, told host Declan Curry: "We are delighted to be continuing our support of the Property Summit again this year. It is an incredible event which brings the East Midlands property sector together to hear from inspirational speakers about the opportunities and threats to our towns and cities, which is invaluable to our work with clients across the property sector.”

Declan Curry told delegates that the theme of the Summit was as much of a challege for villages as for towns and cities. "Technology is transforming retail; where and how we choose to live is changing - there is no one simple uniform response, it needs to be bespoke."

In his keynote speech, Ojay McDonald said "Technological change is accelerating and it's not as simple as a pre-internet and post-internet world. If only it were as simple as the high street adapting to online - we're still under-estimating the changes that are going to happen".

He spoke about the impact of social media influencers and that "we simply don't know enough about their potential"; how technology is facilitating the sharing economy concept (e.g. airbnb, car sharing clubs, shared wardrobes), with Norwich the first designated "sharing city" in the UK, and how this is also impacting the high street; and, that the next big thing will be the demise of using cash.

He concluded that this would impact on the way we use property in the future, but that the spaces in between buildings are just as important. "Partnership, partnership, partnership is crucial" he said in places understanding and adapting to the changes needed.


The future city

A panel discussed how cities like Derby can develop in the future, highlighting the importance of people, partnership working and the spaces in between buildings.

The panel comprised: Bart Somers, Mayor of Belgian city Mechelen; Yolande Barnes of UCL's Bartlett Real Estate Institute; John Forkin, Managing Director, Marketing Derby; Fraser Cunningham, Partner, Smith Partnershp; and Paul Clarke, Chief Planning Officer at Derby City Council.

Talking about some of the challenges in developing a city, John Forkin told delegates "Initially you need to seek investors that are market making, people that understand the metrics that drive a city like Derby. For us, that comes back to the people - using the strong local profile to create confidence that the opportunity is here."


Bart Somers said "Investors and developers follow the market. If you want to progress your city you have to build the market and it’s not always easy to do. You have to work with developers to get the resolution. You must progress and create a biosphere of people that share that vision and drive it forward."

Paul Clarke, Chief Planning Officer at Derby City Council said that the city's planners shared the vision for the improvement of the city, and that they welcomed developers working with them at pre-app stage before submitting a formal application.

John Forkin said "Public-private partnerships are a way of getting things done and Derby has a great track record in this respect." As a member of Derby's Cathedral Quarter BID board, Fraser Cunningham of Smith Partnership spoke about the success of the BID in harnessing the support of local businesses for the development of the Quarter - he gave examples of the new Museum of Making and the Derby Ram Trail in 2020 as catalysts for Derby's visitor economy.

Yolande Barnes said that the key is investing in flexible, changing, multi-use buildings "as we have no idea how we are going to be using buildings in ten years time, let alone 50 and the lifespan of a building and a city is so much more than that."

She went on to explain "There isn’t a tension between whether you are a market town or a city, the key to both is the people - the communities they make, the space they can interact in and the ways they can do that. Everything is interlinked and we need to be so much cleverer to make a city successful in the future - we need to think about the spaces between the buildings and the relationships formed there."

Looking at what the city of the future might look like, the panel agreed that a few small interventions can have a significant impact - trees, lighting, water etc. Bart Somers said he was optimistic, "I think it will be a much more pleasant place to be. It’s a place you don’t need a car; a city of a thousand villages. It will be a much more shared environment, gardens will be public places where people can have a BBQ and meet people. People will co-work. Greenery changes the environment immediately. That’s how you make people want to be there, live there, work there."

Yolande said "A city of the future has to be everything and so much more - things that haven’t even been conceived yet. The fabric of the city has to be able to adapt and evolve accordingly."

New Museum Hope

Headline partner at the Summit, Smith Partnership, is passionate about seeing Derby thrive and is involved in the new Museum of Making - a £16.4m project due to open at the Silk Mill in 2020.


Smith Partnership tells us about its involvement in the project:

"At a time when city centres are being reimagined and repurposed, it is fitting that the Silk Mill, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, a hotbed of innovation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is being revitalised to put culture at the heart of regenerating Derby city centre.

It has been a privilege for Partner and Head of Commercial Property, Jason Wood, to act on behalf of Derby Museums, dealing with Derby City Council, Western Power, The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and The Arts Council of England (ACE).

Due to the unique nature of the building and its history, there have been complex negotiations between Derby City Council and Derby Museums regarding the future repair of the building, taking into account the mixture of very modern development and the historic fabric.

Jason said, “As a business headquartered in Derby, Smith Partnership is passionate about seeing the city thrive, so it was fantastic to work with Derby Museums on making the Museum of Making a reality. I believe a vibrant cultural sector is critical to a successful city and I can’t wait to see the doors open in 2020.”

Mo Suleman, Director of Resources at Derby Museums, said, “It has been a pleasure working with Jason, who has helped enormously in difficult negotiations to bring all parties together to make The Silk Mill Museum of Making a reality. It’s been great to work with a local solicitors like Smith Partnership to resolve the legal aspects.”

Smith Partnership Super Bowl prize

Bondholder Smith Partnership has secured a once-in-a-lifetime experience for auction at the 30 Days of Giving Celebration Gala Dinner on Saturday 29 June.

The prize... Two tickets to the NFL Super Bowl LIV, taking place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday 2nd March 2020. Return flights from London to Miami are also included, thanks to the incredible generosity of Last Man Music.

The average ticket to the Super Bowl, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, costs in excess of £5,000 with flights generally costing over £300 return to Miami.

This unbelievable prize will be available by silent auction only. The highest bid will win.

All bids should be sent to or text to 07976632618 with the auction closing at 8pm on Saturday 29th June 2019. The winner will then be announced at the 30 Days of Giving Celebration Gala Dinner the following night at Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

If you would like to purchase tickets for the Celebration Gala Dinner, part of Bondholder Mercia Image's charity campaign, you can do so by visiting the following link by Wednesday 26th June


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.


New Derby office unlocked

Smith Partnership

Event partners at the Summit Smith Partnership and Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees gave delegates an insight into how to turn an unloved space into a modern office fit for the future.

Speaking to Summit host Declan Curry as the event’s Headline Partner, business development partner at Derby law firm Smith Partnership, Claire Twells, explained the journey the company had been on in looking for a new home for its 120 Derby-based staff and the reasons behind its decision to stay in the heart of the city.  

The firm has recently moved into its new premises at Norman House, Friar Gate in the Cathedral Quarter which Ms Twells described as “a diamond in the rough” at the start of the process.

Having worked with office design and refurbishment specialists Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees to transform the space, the two companies joined forces again to deliver a dedicated breakout session looking in more depth at how to unlock hidden office space in cities, with an opening presentation by partner and head of commercial property at Smith Partnership, Jason Wood.

Howard Barnes, managing director, Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees explained the importance of understanding a client’s business when designing a new office space, challenging their thinking and asking about their future needs.  Examples of the company’s work for clients showed how repurposed space could help change office culture and workflow.

Through Smith Partnership’s case study, delegates heard about the importance of the look and feel of space on the projection of a company’s brand, the recruitment and retention of staff and client attraction.

Claire Twells said “Over the past five or six years, Smith Partnership has taken a step change in its presence within the city.  We wanted an office which was a good visual representation of who we are now as a firm.”

Participants in the session took the opportunity to ask for tips and lessons learnt along the way, including how best to engage staff in the decision-making process and the impact of the move on the productivity of the business.

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."

Invested in Derby

Bondholder, legal firm Smith Partnership officially announced its move to a new 14,000 sq ft office in the heart of Derby city centre at this week's  Derby City Embassy at the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall, London.


Following an extensive search for quality office space in the heart of the city in 2017, and not wishing to relocate away from the historic Cathedral Quarter, the regional solicitors firm opted for a derelict space with high street frontage. With guidance and advice being provided by fellow Bondholder Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees on the design of the space, the firm now has a unique and bespoke space for its 120-strong Derby team, providing excellent access for customers whilst giving staff a modern, high-quality environment and a more agile workplace.

Claire Twells, Business Development Partner at Smith Partnership told Embassy guests, “The economic strength of Derby has allowed our business to grow the commercial side significantly over the years we have been based here. That means a city centre presence is important to us, especially one that can provide parking and access to shops and cafes in the area for our clients and staff.”

“It was difficult to find what we wanted in the office space readily available and we had to be more creative in our approach to the space. Our new home in Norman House is an office we are proud to work in. We are invested in Derby and the growth of the city and our new office is a clear visual marker of our intentions going forward.”

Claire Twells and Howard Barnes, Managing Director of Three Hundred & Sixty Degrees will be hosting a breakout session on the future of city centre offices at the Derby Property Summit on Tuesday 17th July at Derby’s iconic Roundhouse on Pride Park.

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.

Team Derby Powers Midlands Engine

The Midlands area will come together to showcase investment opportunities worth almost £10 billion at this year’s global property and real estate show MIPIM (13th-16th March, Cannes, France).

It is the second year that the Midlands region will work together to attract investment from around the world following a successful united presence at MIPIM 2017. A partnership approach which Derby successfully uses at MIPIM – the delegation this year includes Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Marketing Derby, Rolls-Royce, Smith of Derby, Freeths, Geldards, East Midlands Airport, Godwin Developments, Harworth Group, Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights 1759 and Smith Partnership.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: “This is the second year of Midlands wide collaboration following an incredibly successful event last year. People will see a step up in the quality of the Pavilion, and we have evolved a strong “Team Midlands” approach that compliments our own destination promotion. Derbyshire is bringing a very strong team out this year with senior representation from Rolls-Royce, both City and County Councils, Derby-Nottingham Metro, Marketing Derby and our supporters.”

More than 70 public and private sector partners, 10 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) will represent the region – the largest delegation Midlands UK has ever taken to the annual event.

The region will present details of the multi-billion pound portfolio to the exhibition’s 24,000 attendees, which will include potential investors, property agents, developers and media from more than 100 countries.

Destinations attending MIPIM as part of the Midlands UK delegation alongside Team Derby & Derbyshire include Birmingham, the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Lincolnshire, Leicester & Leicestershire, The Marches, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire, UK Central Solihull, West Midlands Combined Authority, City of Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

The region’s presence is being coordinated by the West Midlands Growth Company, with key partners including Bondholder East Midlands Airport, Birmingham Airport, global car giant Jaguar Land Rover and the Midlands Enterprise Universities Group.

The 200m² dedicated Midlands UK pavilion will showcase the region’s investment portfolio through a variety of media including an event space to host a programme of more than 50 events, including presentations, receptions and panel discussions.

Marketing Derby will once again be hosting our award-winning Embassy on Wednesday 14 March at the Eden Hotel. Our key sponsors for the event include Bondholders Idom Merebrook, Innes England, Knights 1759 and Smith Partnership.

Cannes Do

MIPIM is the global commercial property show and consistently attracts 21,000 delegates from around the world – with more than 93 countries, 430 journalists and 4,500 investors. 

MIPIM 2018 is fast approaching and Team Derby will once again have a presence as one of the UK’s leading places to invest in or relocate to. The strength of our message lies in our public-private partnership approach to the week and this year will be no different with delegates including the Deputy Leader of Derby City Council attending alongside key business leaders from the city.

2018 will once again see Derby taking its place in the Midlands UK Pavilion alongside the other Midlands locations, promoting the vibrancy and opportunities available in the Midlands Engine. We will once again be hosting our sell-out Derby Embassy, with key panels and discussions in the Midlands Pavilion itself. If you’d like to meet with a member of the team in Cannes, please contact Katie Delve at 

We are delighted to be working with our partners at MIPIM Smith Partnership, Knights 1759, Innes England, Idom Merebrook, East Midlands Airport, Harworth Estates and Godwin Developments. If you would like to join us, please contact Katie Delve at

Congratulations at Smith Partnership

Bondholder Smith Partnership is pleased to congratulate two employees on their recent promotions - Alice Hornsby as a newly qualified solicitor, and Mark Wilcock as an 'Associate' Solicitor. 

Steve Mann, CEO of Smith Partnership spoke about their achievements: “We are very proud of our staff who work their way up the business and continue with their education in the legal profession. Mark and Alice are shining examples of the dedication that legal professionals have to educate themselves to provide our clients with excellent service.

“Mark joined us in 2011, as a trainee solicitor, and has worked very hard to become a fully qualified solicitor and now an Associate Solicitor in the Company and Commercial department. Alice has worked at the company since 2007, working in the crime team as a legal clerk initially, then training to become a solicitor, now fully qualified working in our Dispute Resolution team.

“We pride ourselves on delivering excellent service and building long lasting relationships with clients, however this would not happen without the skills and dedication of our loyal staff. They are the life-blood of our business and we couldn’t provide such high quality service without them.”

The team of legal professionals at Smith Partnership offer a full range of legal services for members of the public and business sector, to manage some of the most important events in their lives, offering peace of mind and legal protection.

Debt Recovery with Smith

Bondholder Smith Partnership is hosting a free breakfast workshop at fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club to give advice on the debt recovery protocol on 7th September at 8am. 

New debt recovery regulations are coming into force on the 1st October 2017 and Smith Partnership is helping businesses prepare for this change.

 The new regulations, formally referred to as the Debt Recovery Pre-action Protocol were recently announced.  They aim to improve the legal process and encourage better communication and paperwork issued between all parties; to resolve disputes before court proceedings are instigated.

One of the fundamental changes to the rules is the removal of the usual 7 day demand letter. A new Letter of Claim is being introduced, which will give the individual 30 days to respond, and will have to include a series of documents to prove the validity of the debt, and all the key documentation of the business transaction.

Smith Partnership is encouraging businesses to seek advice on the new regulations as soon as possible. 

If you would like to attend this FREE breakfast workshop please email

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."

Women in Business

Following the celebrations of the third anniversary in March of its Women in Business programme, the Chamber of Commerce and its three event partners are pleased to announce their summer lunch time seminar on Thursday 6th July, at The Mercure Newton Park, in Newton Solney, Derbyshire.

The summer event offers local business women the chance to gain vital personal development skills and tips from, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) member, creative business coach and Bondholder, Ursula Cameron.

Ursula will help the delegates create new skills to boost their personal development plans, helping them to create their own positive solutions for issues they face. They will also pick up tips on how to use psychology to get the best out of a business environment.

Women in Business partner, Claire Twells, Partner at Bondholder Smith Partnership Solicitors said: “We are so pleased to welcome yet another top class professional speaker to our summer event, Ursula Cameron, who is also a Prince’s Trust mentor and an associate lecturer at Derby University.

“The Women in Business partners always strive to book high quality and inspiring speakers for each event and I know they ladies won’t be disappointed in July. We will also continue to raise money for a fabulous local charity Every Cloud, who buy gifts for people undergoing breast cancer treatment."

Ursula Cameron said: "I feel very honoured to have been asked to speak to the ladies at Women in Business to help them boost their personal development skills, which will ultimately improve their businesses.
“Over the years I have trained people all over the world, from teams in huge corporations to individuals, who require specialists training to develop their careers and sometimes to change their career path completely.  I find the work extremely rewarding and I love to see my clients create their own solutions and ideas, to shape their business and sometimes transform their lives!”

To book onto the event, please click here.

This Girl Can

Bondholder Smith Partnership are working in collaboration with fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club for the ICC Women’s World Cup legacy event, on Thursday 27th April, with guest speaker Sally Gunnell OBE.

The event will be an opportunity for hundreds of local business club partners to discuss how the county of Derbyshire can use the global cricket tournament to help women and girls to be their best.

Claire Twells, Partner at Smith Partnership, said: "We feel very privileged to be involved in this event, as it builds on the Sport England’s award winning This Girl Can campaign, and we believe Sally’s speech will be a catalyst to enable more women to get involved in sport across the county.

“The partners at the firm are very passionate about being involved in sport and understand the positive role it plays in binding the local community together and inspiring people of all ages to be active.

“Derby is a thriving sporting City with teams competing at the highest level, therefore any opportunity to encourage people who are not involved to try something new is an excellent platform to be involved in.”

For more information about the event, please click here.

Innovation at Smith Partnership

Smith Partnership has been invited by Thomson Reuters to be featured in a national case study regarding its innovative approach to marketing and business development.

The Bondholder law firm will sit on a panel with two other law firms from London and be interviewed and filmed in London on 26 th April, to understand the company’s innovative marketing and business development strategy, which has ultimately increased its turnover.

Claire Twells, partner at Smith Partnership and Head of Business Development at the firm said: “We are thrilled to have been invited by Thomson Reuters to be featured in this case study, which will focus on how small to medium sized law firms innovate, to retain and attract both clients and staff.

"We understand that the case study will be published in May and will be distributed to provide thought leadership and insight to the market.

“Over the last four years we have developed an intensive marketing campaign across a number of targeted channels, such as regional newspapers and magazines, social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and our websites. Our campaigns have targeted key audiences for specific legal services, which has resulted in substantial increases in new client files being set up.

“Investing in new technology has always been a core strategy at Smith Partnership, to improve our client service levels and to reach out to potential new clients for each of our legal departments, for both commercial and private services.”

Derby's Finest Launched

Derby’s Finest – a new group which aims to celebrate and support women who make a positive contribution to the city – was officially launched with an event at Bondholder Derby College’s Engine Shed restaurant.

The group has been formed by Bondholders, including Claire Twells from Smith Partnership solicitors, April Hayhurst from Derby College, Bev Crighton from the University of Derby and Amanda Strong from Mercia Image Print.

Fifty women from a wide range of organisations and businesses attended the inaugural event to hear about plans for future events and about the chosen charity for the year – Prostate Cancer UK.  

The first event raised nearly £300 for the charity and the target is to grow this to thousands over the coming year.

Organisers now want to spread the membership wider across the local community to reflect the diverse and important roles that women hold and the positive impact they make in the city.

Claire Twells explained: “Our aim is to make Derby’s Finest a group that celebrates, inspires, encourages and supports women from across our local community.  

“We were delighted with the response to the inaugural event and now want to widen the focus to bring together women from all walks of life in a wide range of roles.

“This diversity reflects the multi-facets to women’s lives from at work, home and leisure with the commonality that we all make a difference to our local communities in many different ways.”

April Hayhurst continued: “There are so many unsung heroines in our city and our pledge is to seek these women out, recognise their value and to celebrate their outstanding support and selfless contributions that have had an impact on people’s lives – whether that is to an individual, a business, an organisation or a community.

Amanda Strong added: “We can all benefit from a strong support network but it is particularly important that we work together to inspire and encourage the future generation of females to believe that can achieve and thrive as an equal in all areas of society.”

Bondholders' Tasty Collaboration

Bondholders Smith Partnership and Oliver's are teaming up to host the law firm's First Tuesday business networking event, on Tuesday 4th April 2017.

Smith Partnership’s successful lunch time initiative for Derby’s professional services community has been running for over 12 years.

Lisa Bridge founder of Oliver’s spoke about the event: “We are delighted to welcome Smith Partnership’s First Tuesday event to our newly refurbished seating area in our café in April.

“My passion is to create food in an environment which feeds the soul. Considerable time and care has been taken in recent years to develop a menu which elicits that “ooh! feeling”, so we hope our First Tuesday guests enjoy the atmosphere and our home cooked food.”

To book onto the event, please click here.