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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.

MD Chairman Honoured

Bondholder University of Derby has announced the five people set to receive honorary degrees - including Marketing Derby Chairman Bob Betts, also MD of Smith of Derby and Operations Director of Warwick International Computing Systems.  He will be receive an Honorary Doctorate at the ceremony in July.

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Former Chief Executive of Bondholder Derby Hospitals NHS Trust, Sue James, will receive an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her services to health.

Paul Stein, Director of Research and Technology for Bondholder Rolls-Royce will receive an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his contribution to the development of the region's manufacturing and engineering industries and aeronautical science.

Founder of Derby Jazz, Geoff Wright, and Derby-born Archers star Patricia Green MBE will both become Honorary Masters.

All of these notable figures have made an exceptional impact on their industry or city and I am delighted to confer their awards alongside our graduating students this summer.
— Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby

The Award Ceremonies will take place on 12, 13 and 14 July 2017 at Bondholder Derby Arena.

Time for Next Generation

Bondholder Smith of Derby is gearing up to train the next generation of clock-makers in Derby.

Smith of Derby has set up the centre to train its apprentices and continue the traditions of the family-owned business. The facility features a full-scale turret clock with both traditional and technologically advanced operating equipment, creating a unique environment for skills development.

Young people have the enthusiasm and the energy to learn and are the future of the company. It is a process we have always believed in and stood by through the generations of our 160 years’ history.
— Tony Charlesworth

Tony Charlesworth, Smith of Derby's technical sales manager with responsibility for overseeing training, said: "With the exception of the British Horological Institute, there's no course or qualification in the art of clock making, and we feel it is vitally important to keep traditional clock making alive for centuries to come.

"Being able to train our apprentices within a simulated clock room is new, exciting and has huge potential."
 

China Hosts Investment Mission

A delegation of Derby and Derbyshire businesses, and civic leaders, has travelled to China this week, as part of a wider Midlands Engine trade and investment mission.

The delegation has travelled to China with aims to further civic and economic partnerships with the city of Hefei in the Anhui province, which could potentially boost trade and tourism. They will also explore university to university partnerships, which could bring Chinese students to Derby.

Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council, said: “This is a big opportunity for the city, China is a superpower and we've got the opportunity to do business with them. This is our opportunity to be part of the world stage and to sit alongside the greatest cities in the world.”

We are keen to see Derbyshire as being central to Government’s plans to promote the Midlands Engine
— Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council

Martin Rawson, Deputy-Leader, said: "Both cities have similarities, be that the passion and friendliness of our people as well as the highly successful industries both cities are home to. This partnership will open doors to so many opportunities for business, investment, culture and tourism.

The visit is a very strong statement of intent and the synergies between the Derby and Derbyshire offer. The opportunities in Hefei and Anhui are very clear
— Nick Low, British Embassy Beijing

"It's a fantastic time to be making such connections and will, I hope, lead to new jobs and opportunities for people in Derby."

Derby’s strong public – private partnership team includes representatives from the Bondholder community, including East Midlands Chamber, Smith of Derby, Geldards, University of Derby, and Derby City Council.

The delegation will also be joined by Marketing Derby Managing Director, John Forkin.

John Forkin said: “This is no quick hit, we will come back with contacts, not contracts, however, if we don't make the effort and show commitment, the investment will go elsewhere.”

 

Spot On For Derby

We want to improve people’s experience of Derby which is why we will continue to invest in the public realm. This will create a high quality space at an important pedestrian junction, sharing the Derby story and hosting family entertainment
— Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader

A major new Derby City Council public realm scheme is set to be opened tomorrow. The £1.2 million redevelopment of The Spot in the St Peters Quarter aims to breathe new life into the area and increase footfall between intu Derby and the Cathedral Quarter.

The revamp will help to create a vibrant space for social gathering, street trading, and entertainment centered around striking public art. 

The area will feature a ring sculpture and a creative timeline installation, designed by Bondholder Smith of Derby, celebrating important moments in the Derby story.

Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, Martin Rawson, said: "We want to create an environment that people want to spend time in. St Peter's Cross has proved to be a success, so hopefully that will be the case at The Spot."

A majority of funding had been provided by D2N2 to help create a more attractive area. 

The new-look Spot will be launched on Friday with a showcase of magic, comedy, street traders and fire dancers. The event will begin at 5pm, and will include a performance piece from Flaming Oz Fire Dancers. 
 

Timeline begins Masterplan

A major new city centre public realm scheme is to be installed this month. The creative timeline installation, manufactured by Bondholder Smith of Derby, celebrates important moments in the Derby story.

The Spot is currently undergoing a major upgrade and refresh, transforming it into a vibrant location for street theatre, live music and traders. The ring sculpture is currently being manufactured locally and is to be installed on Wednesday 24th August with an official opening for The Spot on Friday 14th October.

Bob Betts, Managing Director of Smith of Derby, said: "Smith of Derby were delighted to work with the City Council on this creative installation celebrating the many industries and important moments in time for city. It's fitting as Smith of Derby prepare to celebrate our 160th year of manufacturing and creative time keeping in the city."

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: "We want to improve people’s experience of Derby which is why we will continue to invest in the public realm. This will create a high quality space at an important pedestrian junction, sharing the Derby story and hosting family entertainment."

The Spot is the first of 20 projects to be delivered under the Derby City Centre Masterplan which is a private/public sector initiative to attract £3.5billion in investment, create 4,000 new jobs and nearly 2,000 new homes over the next 15 years.

This will create a high quality space at an important pedestrian junction, sharing the Derby story and hosting family entertainment.
— Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council

The Spot revamp bridges intu and Cathedral Quarter

Work has now started on the £1.2 million redevelopment of The Spot in Derby's St Peters Quarter with the aim of breathing new life into the area and increasing footfall between intu Derby and the Cathedral Quarter.

The new design includes a large circular sculpture which pays homage to the circles found in Derby's industries including the jet engines at Rolls-Royce and the cogs in clocks at Smith of Derby.

There will also be a low wall - made by Smith of Derby - which will feature events of Derby's history including the first car leaving Toyota in 1992, Derby County winning the FA cup in 1946, Rolls-Royce opening a factory in 1907 and the opening of Derby Arena just last year.

The work is part of Derby City Council's partnership with the St Peters Quarter BID and is funded through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Peter Gadsby, representing D2N2, said: "I think intu has created a market in terms of international brands, and independent brands are showing growth in the Cathedral Quarter now. The success has moved up to St Peter's Cross and you can see how vibrant that area is.

Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, Martin Rawson, said: "We want to create an environment that people want to spend time in. St Peter's Cross has proved to be a success, so hopefully that will be the case at The Spot."

D2N2 Stands Out

Derby has joined colleagues across the D2N2 LEP area to host delegates at its stand at MIPIM in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

Travelling under the D2N2 banner, Team Derby includes representatives from Derby City Council, Marketing Derby and a number of key private sector businesses including Derby Telegraph, Freeths, Smith of Derby and Smith Partnership, showcasing the strength of Derby’s public-private partnership approach.

Business Development Partner at Smith Partnership, Claire Twells said “At Smith Partnership we appreciate the importance of regeneration and development of the city and, through partnership with Marketing Derby, we are investing in its future. On this, our first visit to MIPIM, it is clear why Team Derby's approach is successful."

Derby in Financial Times' Top 10

Derby has ranked top ten in the prestigious fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17 Rankings, compiled by the Financial Times. The city has been recognised as a top city for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) strategy, and business friendliness.

The city was ranked 10th against 481 other locations across Europe (294 cities, 148 regions and 39 local enterprise partnerships).

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: "This recognition is wonderful, and shows that Derby is truly a global business city with leading brands, including Rolls-Royce, Bombardier and Toyota, and their extensive supply chains, based here."

He continued: "With a highly skilled workforce, investment in infrastructure and public-private partnerships, which support new businesses and investors into the city, Derby is an attractive proposition for foreign direct investment."

The fDi Index is a biannual ranking of fD Intelligence, published by the Financial Times. It ranks the cities that offer the best prospects for foreign investment, economic development and corporate expansion. Factors taken into account include the FDI strategy, infrastructure and economic potential.

Derby will be travelling to Cannes under the D2N2 banner, working in partnership with Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The team will include representatives from Derby City Council, Marketing Derby, and a number of key private sector businesses including Derby TelegraphGeldards, Freeths and MIPIM partner, Smith Partnership.