Smith Partnership

Property partnership deal

Smith Partnership has announced one of the biggest deals in its history with Nightingale Quarter developers, Wavensmere Homes.

Smith Partnership has been selected as a preferred legal partner in the sale of new homes on the prestigious Nightingale Quarter development, where 800 homes are to be built on the site of the former Derby Royal Infirmary with a value of £150m.

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Work is anticipated to begin on the site in November with properties released for sale in January with first completions in early summer next year.

The new deal between Wavensmere and Smith Partnership will mean that legal work on sales should go through in just 28 days.

Wavensmere’s sales director Donna Smith said: “It would have been easy to bring in Birmingham-based partners but we are trying to work with as many local businesses as possible and Smith Partnership is a great fit.”

Smith Partnership managing partner, Kevin McGrath, said: “We are thrilled with this deal. When we decided to stay in the city centre with our new headquarters on Friar Gate, we were attempting to inspire other people to follow suit. So, helping people move into the Nightingale Quarter is entirely consistent with what we have been trying to do in supporting Derby city centre in being a 24-hr destination of choice for people to live, work and enjoy.

“It is one of the deals we are most proud of because of what it means for the city.”

Already 400 people have registered interest in the site in a month, attracted by the proximity to the railway station, intu’s shopping centre and the other fantastic facilities Derby has to offer.

In accordance with the law, Smith Partnership will be one of two legal partners for the site.

INDE city centre

Staff at 11 Derby companies are to benefit from a unique loyalty card scheme for independent businesses - a new scheme devised by Bondholder Smith Partnership.

The INDE card will offer discounts to those who work at independent organisations in the city to try to ensure the future of a diverse, vibrant, and sustainable high street.

Among those taking part are Bondholders BEAR, Bustler Market, Derby County Community Trust, QUAD, Smith Partnership, The Palfrey and Elements Tea and Coffee House.

INDE was the concept of Smith Partnership’s Business Development Executive, Tom Erskine who said “We believe that a city centre, populated by thriving businesses is essential for the future success of Derby and that is why we are so keen to support other independent companies and organisations. The INDE loyalty card scheme means that our respective employees will be encouraged to support each other while, of course, being given some great offers."

Hattie Shaw, Marketing Manager of BEAR, said: “Derby has an incredibly tight-knit and welcoming community of independent businesses; a community that we are immensely proud to be a part of."

Andy Darke, Events Manager at Bustler Market, said: “We didn’t hesitate when asked to be involved with INDE as it supports two things that are pivotal to Bustler Market; being local and independent. The more businesses involved means more support for local, independent business.”

And Megan Patrick, Marketing and Communications Manager at Bondholder Derby County Community Trust said: “We wanted to be involved with the INDE scheme to showcase to other businesses and charities that the way we can work together and complement one another’s provision isn’t always obvious but can be extremely effective.”

To find out more about INDE, or to have your business participate in the loyalty scheme, please contact Tom Erskine at tom.erskine@smithpartnership.co.uk.

Property winners announced

Several Bondholders were winners at last week’s East Midlands Property awards 2019, celebrating deals and developments over the past year.

The awards were announced last week at a prestigious event held at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre, with Marketing Derby sponsoring the pre-dinner drinks reception.

Maya Yates, Inward Investment Executive for Marketing Derby said "It was a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful evening celebrating successes with the East Midlands property sector. Our Bondholders made us proud, winning in a number of categories, but a special mention goes to our former Chairman Mike Copestake for his incredibly well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award."

Bondholders amongst the winners on the night were:

Client Advisor of the Year
Winner: Smith Partnership, for their work on bringing together numerous funding sources, including their work on Derby Museums' new Museum of Making
Highly Commended: Gleeds

Agent of the Year
Winner: FHP

Construction Project of the Year
Winner: Waterside Campus, University of Northampton (Mace Group, Turner & Townsend, Moses Cameron Williams Architects, CPMG Architects, Bowmer+Kirkland, Kier, VolkerFitzpatrick, Vital Energi, Hydrock)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Mike Copestake, Freeths

Katie Delve from Marketing Derby adds "Congratulations to our Bondholders who won awards this year. This event recognises the talent in the East Midlands property sector and is always a fantastic opportunity to celebrate some of the highlights of the year.”

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Bondholders’ Angel support

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The Derby business community has joined forces to support the Knife Angel and spread the message 'Don’t Carry Knives'.

The Knife Angel will be in situ outside Bondholder Derby Cathedral from 3rd to 30th October, and all are encouraged to visit the monument to appreciate the message it carries.

Derby Cathedral is encouraging everyone to share their photographs and message of support on social media using the hashtag #DERBYKNIFEANGEL. You can also follow Derby Knife Angel on Facebook and Twitter

The following Bondholder companies are just a sample of those who have come together to support the Knife Angel’s message of intolerance to violent crime.

G Wathalls and Sons
Bowmer & Kirkland
Work Wallet
Derby Cathedral
Derbyshire Police
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Derby City Council
Mercia Image
Smith Partnership
Pattonair
Intu
Ask The Chameleon
Loates HR
Marketing Derby

Rachel Morris, Diocesan Secretary & Cathedral Chapter Steward at Derby Cathedral, would like to extend her thanks to everyone who has supported the Knife Angel to date.

 

Partnership property deal

Bondholder Smith Partnership has announced one of the biggest deals in its history with Nightingale Quarter developers, Bondholder Wavensmere Homes.

Smith Partnership has been selected as a preferred legal partner in the sale of new homes on the prestigious Nightingale Quarter development, where 800 homes are to be built on the site of the former Derby Royal Infirmary with a value of £150m.

Work is anticipated to begin on the site in October with properties released for sale in January with first completions in early summer next year.

The new deal between Wavensmere and Smith Partnership will mean that legal work on sales should go through in just 28 days.

Wavensmere’s sales director Donna Smith said: “It would have been easy to bring in Birmingham-based partners but we are trying to work with as many local businesses as possible and, as we are both Marketing Derby Bondholders, Smith Partnership was a great fit.”

Smith Partnership managing partner, Kevin McGrath, said: “We are thrilled with this deal. When we decided to stay in the city centre with our new headquarters on Friar Gate, we were attempting to inspire other people to follow suit. So, helping people move into the Nightingale Quarter is entirely consistent with what we have been trying to do in supporting Derby city centre in being a 24-hr destination of choice for people to live, work and enjoy.

“It is one of the deals we are most proud of because of what it means for the city.”

Already 400 people have registered interest in the site in a month, attracted by the proximity to the railway station, Bondholder intu’s shopping centre and the other fantastic facilities Derby has to offer.

In accordance with the law, Smith Partnership will be one of two legal partners for the site.

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30 Days of Giving finale

Thirty local charities gathered at Bondholder Smith Partnership's offices recently to celebrate the receipt of their donation from Mercia Image Print’s 30 Days of Giving Campaign.

Over the month of June, Amanda Strong of Mercia Image Print pledged to raise £30,000 in 30 days, to give to 30 local charities, and with a final push following the Gala Dinner held at Bondholder Pattonair's County Ground, she managed to reach her goal.

Megan Patrick from fellow Bondholder Derby County Community Trust, who received £5,000 from the fund, said “When Amanda first came to see us about raising some money we thought it sounded fabulous, then when Amanda decided she would go for £30,000 in 30 days we thought it was a tall order – but we did it!!”

Amanda commented “With the support of the local business community we did it! I am still amazed that we managed to hit our target in 30 days, stress levels were high but worth every minute”

Some of the local Bondholder charities that benefited form the 30 Days of Giving campaign were Derby County Community Trust, Treetops Hospice Care, Padley Group, Derby Museum, Derby QUAD, YMCA Derbyshire, Safe & Sound, Me & Dee, TwentyTwenty, Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre, Deda, Derbyshire Institute of Sport, Artcore, Derby City Mission and NWG.

When asked whether Amanda would consider making this an annual fund raising event, she said “I think it has proven to be such a success that it could definitely be an annual campaign, but perhaps I should let someone else run it next year!"

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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 30days@merciaimage.co.uk 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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/smith-partnership-solicitors-5796134908.

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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?

COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Derby College

Winner: Ward

Runners-Up: Gin & Rum Festival, YMD Boon

SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner: Hackwood Farm

Sponsored by University of Derby
Runners-Up: BlocDigital, ThreeGuru

START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner: White Peak Distillery

Sponsored by Wheeldon
Runners-Up: Bear, Gin & Rum Festival

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Winner: Amanda Strong (Mercia Image Print)

Sponsored by HUUB
Runners-Up: Steve Haseldine (Alerter Group), Leah McLaren (Hotpod Yoga), Robert Carlin (Superior Spas)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD
Winner: Smith Partnership

Sponsored by Cloud Central
Runners-Up: Rhodes Wealth Management, Sibbalds

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Ward

Sponsored by Smith Partnership
Runners-Up: Air IT, Midland Lead

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING AWARD
Winner: Stirland Paterson

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management
Runners-Up: EPM Composites, HL Plastics, TidyCo

APPRENTICE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Winner: Imperial Commercials

Sponsored by Apprenticeships by Impellum
Runners-Up: Derby Homes, HL Plastics

CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD
Winner: Cosy Direct

Sponsored by Lubrizol
Runners-Up: Gift Wellness, RDS Global

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION AWARD
Winner: Headway

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership
Runners-Up: Derventio Housing Trust, Treetops Hospice Care

LEADERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winner: Silver X Logistics

Sponsored by Thomas International
Runners-Up: Midland Lead, Xpertise Recruitment

CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner: Bloc Digital

Sponsored by Derby City Council
Runners-Up: Busy Things, FutureProof Films

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Winner: Oviso Financial Services

Sponsored by Aspirational Magazine
Runners-Up: Morley Hayes, Silver X Logistics

SALES AND MARKETING AWARD
Winner: Tecquipment

Sponsored by DNS Limited
Runners-Up: Anchor & Crew, Smith Partnership

EDUCATION SECTOR: BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY AWARD
Winner: University of Derby

Sponsored by FurnitureCloud
Runners-Up: Derby College Group, Chameleon School of Construction

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARDS
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.

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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.

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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 katie.delve@marketingderby.co.uk. 

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 katie.delve@marketingderby.co.uk.
 

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 marketing@smithpartnership.co.uk