St Peters Quarter

Bondholders bring Festé 2019

Ockhams Razor - Belly of the Whale. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

Ockhams Razor - Belly of the Whale. Photo Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

An impressive twenty Marketing Derby Bondholders are working together to bring Derby Festé to life again with international performers that will bring surprise and magic to Derby.

Derby Festé 2019 will take place on 27th and 28th September and is produced and presented by Bondholders Déda, Derby LIVE, Derby Theatre and QUAD.

Festé attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the city centre which features international performers that have toured the world in a celebration of outdoor street entertainment including dance, contemporary circus, music and comedy. Performers this year will be arriving from events in USA, Australia, Taiwan, Barcelona, Hong Kong and Germany – to name just a few – before they arrive to a warm welcome in Derby.

Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

Museum of the Moon Photo Credit: Luke Jerram

Derby Festé is sponsored by Bondholders Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derby Cathedral Quarter, St Peters Quarter, Foundation Derbyshire and intu Derby.

For the first time this year, organisers of Derby Festé have also joined forces with Bondholder Derby Cathedral to bring ‘Museum of the Moon’ to the city in the run up to and during the city’s popular annual event.

Marketing and promotions have been headed up by Bondholder Gravity Digital Ltd, who developed a new website as part of their sponsorship agreement, they also manage the social media, and other marketing activities working closely with creative Bondholder companies, Future Proof Films, JJ Public Relations , Mercia Image, and Code Print.

For people arriving in the city by train, there is also an exclusive offer that has has been promoted by Bondholder East Midlands Railway and the event is widely covered in the media including Bondholder Derby Telegraph.

Visit Derby has also just run a fabulous family festival break competition where entries were invited form people to win a weekend stay including free tickets to the Festé headline event, a meal for four at Bondholder Annie’s Burger Shack and overnight accommodation with Bondholder The Stay Company.

Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

Fantabulosa 185. Photo Credit: Simon Hadley

Derby Festé Artistic Director Stephen Munn from Déda said: "Festé is a true partnership of a vast number of organisations and businesses – bringing together a range of committed individuals who work really hard to make the annual event a reality.

"It is this combination of talent and effort that ensures that Festé is always pushing boundaries, bringing the unexpected and unusual to the city and creating unforgettable memories.

"The fact that so many Bondholders are at the heart of the continued success of Derby Festé is testament to the widespread passion for cultural activity in the city and we are also particularly grateful for the input from Arts Council England and the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership."

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BaroloSolo - ile O splash. Photo Credit: Vincent d'Eaubonne

BaroloSolo - ile O splash. Photo Credit: Vincent d'Eaubonne


intu Derby deal complete

A £186m deal to establish a joint venture between Bondholder intu Derby and Cale Street Partners, backed by the Kuwait Investment Office, has been completed.

The shopping centre giant announced in April that Cale Street Partners had agreed to snap up a 50 per cent interest in intu Derby, with intu managing the centre on behalf of the joint venture.

Intu chief executive Matthew Roberts said: "We are pleased to complete this innovative joint venture transaction in what is a challenging investment market in the UK."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said: "Team Derby met with representatives from Cale Street Partners at MIPIM, the world's leading property event in Cannes, and they were very impressed with the public-private partnership here in Derby. In a subsequent meeting in London we were able to paint a broader vision with many of the developments planned in the area adjacent to intu Derby, including the residential schemes at Castleward and DRI site and mixed development schemes in St Peters Quarter."

The closing of the transaction was subject to completing a senior debt financing of the centre and certain other completion conditions. These conditions have now been met and the transaction has completed.

intu will continue to manage the centre, which spans 1.3 million sq ft and comprises more than 200 units, and receive asset management and brand licence fees for this, further enhancing intu’s return from the transaction.


Purple Flag win

Derby has retained its Purple Flag status for a sixth year and been awarded Best in Place 2019 at the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) Awards.

The Purple Flag accreditation recognises the hard work that goes on to manage the evening and night-time economy to make Derby as safe and welcoming as possible.

Bondholder Derby City Council works in partnership with other organisations to showcase the city to a panel of assessors.

Leader of Derby City Council, Chris Poulter said "Our continued retention of the accreditation and a national award is a true testament to the immense amount of hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep our night time economy, safe and thriving.”

Amongst the aspects praised by assessors was the strong joint working between the Council and partners including the taxi marshal service, Pubwatch, Street Pastors and Bondholder Derbyshire Constabulary, as well as the help and support of Bondholders the Cathedral Quarter and St. Peter’s Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group, which drives forward activities under the area’s Business Improvement District (BID) status said "Retaining Purple Flag status is something that our businesses and indeed the whole of Derby should quite rightly be proud of as it reflects the safe and diverse nature of the evening economy in the city centre.”

Helen Wathall, who chairs the Board of St Peters Quarter BID, added "St Peters Quarter has worked closely with Derbyshire Police and other key partners to improve the attractiveness of the area and to ensure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable evening out in the city. These were both crucial aspects in helping secure Purple Flag status for Derby and we are delighted with the announcement."

There are now ca. 70 Purple Flag towns and cities, with those in receipt of the award benefitting from more visitors, lower crime and anti-social behaviour and improved perceptions about their place.

Derby also received the national award for ‘Best Place’, further recognising the work of the partnership in providing a safe and enjoyable night out in the city.


The Highest 'BID'der

Bondholders St Peters Quarter and Cathedral Quarter BIDs were jointly shortlisted in the Partnership of the Year category at the Association of Town and City Management Industry Awards 2018 – in recognition of their pioneering work with key partners in the city to address crime and anti social behaviour.

The Cathedral Quarter BID was also voted Runner Up in the Best Event Award for its CQ Saturdays programme of free street entertainment.
Applications for the prestigious national awards was made by Pfbb UK Ltd who are project managers for both the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter BIDs.

Pfbb UK BID managers Ashley Lewis and Ian Hinds picked up the awards on behalf of the local businesses at the Association of Town and City Management Industry annual conference held in Hull.
Ian Ferguson Pfbb UK Director said “As BID project managers we were keen to showcase the partnership work that we are achieving with key partners in two very different aspects of city centre life.  These awards are great accolades for the spirit of cooperation that is alive and well in the city.”

The Partnership Engagement and Enforcement Programme (PEEP) was formed last June to target resources towards an increase of anti-social behaviour in the city centre. 
PEEP brought together the St Peters Quarter and Cathedral Quarter rangers, city centre police officers, treatment providers, outreach workers, homeless charities, accommodation providers and the probation service who identified people involved in visible, on-street problematic substance misuse and antisocial behaviour in the city and referred them to the scheme.

Individuals were then given the opportunity to engage with drug and alcohol treatment services, receive medical help and support, access food provision, engage with accommodation services (and be housed), comply with probation and stop committing antisocial behaviour and/or begging in the city centre. Those who did not to comply faced enforcement sanctions.

In the past year, 58 individuals have been targeted for some form of intervention of which 29 were confirmed as homeless or rough sleepers with issues of problematic substance misuse. 40 PEEP clients entered drug and alcohol treatment services and 16 have maintained stable accommodation.
Where individuals have refused to engage with PEEP, the BID Rangers have been instrumental in assisting Police in tackling anti-social behaviour. Over 550 dispersal orders have been issued and 170 arrests made by the Police with 28 individuals receiving custodial sentences. 

Such has been the success of the PEEP, it is now being held up as an example of good practice and has been praised by magistrate judges for reducing visible anti-social behaviour and tackling substance misuse in the city centre.

For more information about the work of the BIDS, visit and 

Marketing Derby Launches MDTV

A new media platform, MDTV, was launched at Marketing Derby’s Annual Business Event held at Bondholder Derby Theatre in front of 500 delegates on Friday.

Three news reports outlined the company’s activities in attracting jobs and investment in the retail, residential and technology sectors.

The company’s MD, John Forkin, also outlined a series of investments that are imminent, including the arrival of retail giant TK Maxx in the St Peters Quarter and new student residential schemes in the Cathedral Quarter, as well as many other schemes in the pipeline.

“We have the profile, we have the investors, now as a city we need to deliver. We are at a tipping point in investment” commented John.

Describing the company’s Bondholders as ‘magnificent’ John also announced new starter Code 56 as the Bondholder Rising Star for 2018 and committed the company to continued working with partners across the Midlands Engine.

The ABE also had keynote speeches from David Boutcher, Chair of the London Chapter of Derby Ambassadors and adventurer Leigh Timmis, who announced a new World Record attempt cycling across Europe this summer.

New TK Maxx Store for Albion Street

US clothing retailer TK Maxx is set to open a new store on Albion Street, Derby

Operating across a total of 407 stores throughout Europe, TK Maxx offers clothing, homeware and giftware, as well as designer labels at affordable prices.

In addition to their premises at the Kingsway Retail Park, the new Albion Street store will see three existing units merged to provide a retail experience across both ground and first floors, totalling 22,000 sq ft.  

Following planning approval, refurbishment works will commence in late Spring 2017, with TK Maxx expected to undertake their fit out works in late 2017/early 2018.  The store, which will create 35 jobs in the city, is likely to be trading by late 2018. 

Albion Street is a key street in the city centre’s retail offer, with significant footfall between intu Derby and the St Peters Quarter.

Redefine International, a FTSE 250 UK REIT, purchased the east side of Albion Street in 2016 with plans to create a space suitable for an anchor fashion retailer, and was supported by Marketing Derby and Derby City Council in securing TK Maxx.

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said:

“We welcome the news of TK Maxx opening an additional store on Albion Street. The St Peters Quarter, of which Albion Street is part, was identified in the Derby City Centre Masterplan as a key site for regeneration.

"The addition of TK Maxx will be the first new investment to help reinvigorate this area announced since businesses voted to reinstate the Business Improvement District. The City Council will soon be investing in the public realm in and around the area as part of those improvements. 

“Our officers worked closely with Redefine International and Marketing Derby to help secure this investment for the city.”

Sarah Jones, Senior Asset Manager UK Commercial at Redefine International, said:“We are delighted to be bringing such a sought-after retail brand to the city centre.             

"TK Maxx will act as an anchor tenant for the area and will be a significant attraction for shoppers.” 

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said:

‘The arrival of a second TK Maxx store is a welcome investment, and will act as a magnet for other retailers, enhancing Albion Street as a destination for retail in the heart of the city.

“With the intu centre attracting 23 million visitors a year, and the Cathedral Quarter receiving the 2016 Great British High Street Award, Derby’s retail offering is proving resilient strong. It’s great to see more investment coming helping to lift the St Peters Quarter.”

Derby Festé Announces Dates

Derby Festé has been a highlight in the city’s calendar for the past 11 years and this year’s festival will be held on Friday September 29 and Saturday September 30 with the theme of fusing Western and Eastern cultures in the most spectacular fashion.

Regular visitors to Festé will have noticed that the festival is slightly later this year and this is to enable it to coincide with the climax of the Navratri Festival.

The nine-day Hindu festival, which is celebrated across the world, finishes on Friday September 29 and is even more significant this year as it coincides with the 70th anniversary celebrations of India’s independence.

Derby Festé will open on Friday night at Bass’ Recreation Ground which will be transformed into ‘Circus World’ from late afternoon.

Saturday will see the return of the popular free programme of street entertainment across the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter with dance, street theatre, comedy and contemporary circus acts performing throughout the day at various locations.

Then late afternoon, the focus will be on South Asian style cultural celebrations and the crowds will gather for the ‘Colour of Time’ procession.

Dancers and musicians will move through the city centre in a choreographed parade towards Cathedral Green with the audience invited to join the finale - painting the sky with an explosion of Gulal powder.

The Night Market, organised by Sheena Holland was a popular addition to the Festé calendar last year and will again feature a wide range of arts, crafts and vintage stalls as well as food and drink stalls.

Derby Festé 2017 is produced and presented by Bondholders Derby LIVE, Déda, QUAD and Derby Theatre in association with the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, Artcore and Baby People. It is funded by Arts Council England and  Bondholders Derby City Council, with sponsorship from the Cathedral Quarter BID, intu Derby, Derby Riverlights, Park Farm Shopping Centre and the University of Derby.

Businesses Back St Peters Quarter BID

Businesses in Derby’s St Peters Quarter have voted to re-establish the area as a Business Improvement District (BID).

The ballot saw 67.4% of rateable value votes backing the return of the BID.  

St Peters Quarter BID will commence operations on April 1 with a budget of £1 million over its five year term to assist in the achievement of its key objectives:

  • To provide a safe and inviting environment for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy;

  • To make the area smart and attractive;

  • To create an enjoyable and easily accessible place to explore for visitors, workers and residents;

  • To celebrate and promote the area and build the reputation of St Peters Quarter as a great place to shop, relax and be entertained.

St Peters Quarter Board Chair Helen Wathall is Managing Director of Bondholder G Wathall & Son. She said: "We now have the mandate to work together as businesses and with our partners to tackle the issues that we in St Peters Quarter and visitors to the area all face.

“Businesses have engaged enthusiastically in the consultation and planning for the next five years and we are grateful for the time that individuals have devoted and particularly to our project management company Partnerships for Better Business who have coordinated this process.

“Business confidence for the future in the St Peters Quarter BID is strong and this plan provides us with a clear direction and a new exciting era for this important part of the city centre.”

Ian Ferguson, Director of Bondholder Partnerships for Better Business (pfbb UK), said: “BIDs are the fastest growing partnership framework we have seen for decades in the UK and the success of the neighbouring Cathedral Quarter shows just what can be achieved."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "We are delighted that businesses have backed the St Peters Quarter BID. We work with many investors who want to be part of developing that area - better connecting the Cathedral Quarter and intu Derby."

St Peters Quarter Vote Again

The re-ballot for the St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has officially been unveiled by Bondholder Partnerships for Better Business (pfbb UK).

Since the decision was made to re-ballot businesses for the BID following the 50/50 split vote last summer, a strategic working group involving local business representatives has reviewed plans to breathe new life into the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and intu Derby shopping centre. 

The ballot will close on Thursday February 23 at 5pm and the results announced the following day. If successful, the new five-year BID will start on Saturday April 1.

The key objectives of the BID will be funded by a budget of around £1 million paid for by a levy from businesses

Four objectives have been outlined in the plan, which were highlighted as the most important priorities by local businesses:

  1. To provide a safe and inviting environment for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy.
  2. To make the area smart and attractive and encourage a sense of pride in St Peter Quarter.

  3. To create and enjoyable and easily accessible place to explore for visitors workers and residents.

  4. To celebrate and promote the area and build the reputation of St Peters Quarter as a great place to shop, relax and be entertained.

Board Chair Helen Wathall, Managing Director of Bondholder funeral directors G Wathall & Son, said: “When faced with the split vote of last summer’s ballot, many businesses were dismayed at the result and the consequent loss of many of the services and support we had come to value over the last five years.

“The Rangers, who were highly valued and provided a dedicated service to businesses, disappeared, the Christmas Lights in many parts of St Peters Quarter were not erected and the knowledge that we could come together through a collective organisation was no longer a reality.

“As a result of a split vote by number, with only a 40% turnout, and many businesses only realising belatedly the significance of the result, the Board felt it was the right thing to provide businesses across St Peters Quarter an opportunity to have a further vote.

“We all recognise that the area has some deep rooted challenges which were never going to be solved overnight. However, besides the immediate support we gained from Rangers, promotion and events for example, we made considerable in-roads into influencing key decisions which started to address some of the structural challenges of the area.

“A BID acts as a catalyst which brings businesses together. The projects and initiatives in the proposal and business plan aim to address both the immediate challenges we face on a day to day basis and exert real influence on addressing the more deep rooted challenges of the area, such as our experience of walking down the street and the structural issue of Becketwell.

“This is a realistic plan with realistic targets at a realistic cost. It is our last chance to come together and really tackle the issues which impact upon our businesses.”

Wathall Appointed as Chair of St Peters Quarter


Marketing Derby are proud to welcome G Wathall and Son to the Bondholder community. 

Managing Director of Bondholder G Wathall and Son Helen Wathall, has recently been appointed as the new Chair of the the St Peters Quarter Derby board. 

The St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District will be going for re-ballot in February next year. 

As the proprietor of one of the area’s longest standing businesses, I believe it vital that we work together to re-establish the Business Improvement District. We have levered in millions of pound of investment to the area, which now has a clear identity, and worked very hard with key partners to ensure that the business community’s priorities are addressed.
— Helen Wathall, Managing Director of G Wathall and Son

Helen said: “I am delighted to be chairing the re-ballot for the SPQ BID.  Over the last five years, the additional improvements  the BID has made to our area have been greatly appreciated.

Through a business-led programme of investment, the SPQ BID'S vision is to establish the area as a destination by providing an alternative and complementary shopping, leisure and commercial area to intu and the Cathedral Quarter.