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.


Two New Starters for Tidyco

Bondholder Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years welcomes Anna Delvecchio and Peter Pollock to its manufacturing facility.

Thursday 1 st February 2018 witnessed a site visit to Tidyco’s Derby-based manufacturing facility from Anna Delvecchio and Peter Pollock from the Rail Supply Group (RSG).

Anna has been influential in developing a sector deal whilst Peter’s rail industry endeavours have seen him become appointed to Chair of the SME Council.

Both individuals are highly respected within the wider industry and as such; the visit provided Tidyco with a wonderful opportunity to showcase its engineering prowess whilst demonstrating the ability to add substantial value to large OEMs.

Barry Aldridge MCIM and Head of Marketing for Tidyco explains; “Tidyco has been working hard to ensure that as an SME the company supplies the wider industry in a transparent and ethical manner whilst striving to address initiatives to improve diversity figures. Furthermore, the company insists on the highest of standards and prides itself in supplying superior quality products which are proven to increase rolling stock efficiency.

It was fantastic to meet with Anna and Peter as it allowed me to discuss Tidyco’s involvement within the rail industry whilst promoting the Midlands as being a great place to live, work and invest. There is an exciting amount of industrious activity taking place throughout the region whereby rail plays an incredibly intrinsic role.

I am very much looking forward to continuing the relationship so as to better communicate the importance that SMEs play within the supply of rail related products and services.”

The Tidyco presentation discussed the Midlands as possessing a rich history within rail and rolling stock, an area filled with creativity, diversity and culture whilst also boasting exceptional transport links.

Rolling stock products were demonstrated prior to proposing ideas as how best to implement an all-stakeholder encompassing shared learning hub.

The necessity to improve diversity figures was highlighted whereby Anna shared current initiatives being conducted by the Women in Rail organisation.

Tidyco Scoops Significant Award

Bondholder Tidyco, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years, has scoopsed a significant award from Siemens for its team-working.


Paul Jacks, Rail Division Director picked up the trophy at a Siemens Supplier Conference held on Thursday 23 rd November 2017.

Paul comments; “This is fantastic recognition from a valued customer highlighting Tidyco’s commitment towards delivering supply chain excellence.”

Tidyco has supplied Siemens with a variety of rolling stock parts and components for almost ten years and in this time has nurtured strong relationships with the company.

The recent award win emphasises Tidyco’s following shared core values:
1. Delivering Results
2. Customer Focus
3. Insisting on Highest Standards
4. Ownership & Accountability
5. Teamwork
6. Celebrating Diversity

Paul concludes; “The Tidyco Rail Division mission statement is to strategically collaborate and engage with key decision makers within the rail industry with the aim of profitable growth through superior customer service, quality, reliability, innovation and commitment.

Rapidly approaching a ten year anniversary with Siemens is testament towards on-going endeavours to provide a reliable service whilst instilling ethics and transparency within the Tidyco scope of supply.”

Tidyco Awarded Funding from Bondholders

The D2 Energy Efficiency (D2EE) project, a partnership run by Bondholders the University of Derby, Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils, has awarded £11,000 of funding to fellow Bondholder Tidyco Ltd to help reduce its carbon emissions by six tonnes per year.

The hydraulic and pneumatic components manufacturer applied for the investment to part-fund the costs of installing a new energy efficient LED lighting system at its premises in Derby. The system uses 60 percent less energy and will save the company £1,740 a year on electricity.

Tidyco applied for funding after it identified an opportunity to make significant cost and energy savings by upgrading the lighting in its premises.

Philip Mason, Production Director at Tidyco, said: “We have worked with the D2 Energy Efficiency team to improve our lighting and save on electrical costs while helping to also reduce our carbon footprint. The whole process from application to the completion of the project was quick and easy."

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: “The D2EE project is providing a really valuable service promoting the win-win of reducing businesses’ carbon emissions and saving them money.”

The D2EE project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to provide support and grant funding to help small and medium sized businesses in Derby and Derbyshire to reduce their energy use. In addition to funding, the Low Carbon Business Network, hosted by University of Derby Management School, offers assistance in a wide variety of areas, including green funding, public tendering and carbon footprinting.

Expansion for Tidyco

Bondholder Tidyco has launched a new reactive mobile pneumatic cylinder repair/replace service as part of the group’s ongoing plans for expansion.

The latest development within the organisation’s service portfolio is now available throughout the East Midlands region, competently supported by a dedicated fleet of mobile engineers. 

Tidyco has implemented a bespoke remote workforce monitoring application so as to allocate call-out requests to the engineer within closest proximity. Of equal importance is the unique asset management technology, allowing for ease of visibility and re-order simplification via a Cyber Essentials certified secure cloud based platform.

The mobile solution will dramatically reduce client downtime whilst increasing productivity.

Barry Aldridge, MCIM and head of marketing for Tidyco, said: “I live in the heart of the National Forest which, as well as being extremely picturesque is also nestled deep within quarrying territory. As part of my daily commute, I continuously pass fleets of heavy vehicles; all transporting aggregate to various locations within the region. Of course, such trucks utilise pneumatic cylinders in accordance with Government fuelled legislation so as to deposit loads in a safely controlled manner. But; what happens if a pneumatic system fails, thus endangering health & safety obligations? How does the site manager reduce downtime? How does the Board lessen the risk of a dramatic loss in productivity? How long will it take to re-initiate pneumatic function? How can Tidyco as an ethical organisation ease these worrying concerns?

"It was a relatively simple idea to duplicate the existing Tidyco mobile hydraulic hose service and apply the business model within the realm of pneumatics. Strategically, a pre-existing mobile workforce is already well established with an impressive raft of engineering experience.

"Whilst my concept was focused very much on a localised niche industry, imperative to consider is that the reactive mobile service is applicable to any organisation within the East Midlands at risk of pneumatic failure.”

Tidyco's Raft of Great News

It's been a month of great news for Bondholder Tidyco

The supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years has recently appointed Gareth Scaife as Rail Account Manager.

Gareth brings with him a wealth of rail industry experience having previously spent 14 years working for Tidyco. Additionally, Gareth has a full understanding of all internal systems and processes, allowing him to hit the ground running.

The firm is also set to attend the Responsible Business Champions reception being held at Westminster.

As part of an initiative to demonstrate transparent business ethics, Tidyco’s marketing manager and member of the Board of Directors for Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) Barry; has been instrumental in developing a comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility Statement of Intent.

During an official opening of additional manufacturing space by Amanda Solloway (then MP for Derby North), Barry was able to present a recently completed CSR project. Amanda was suitably impressed and nominated the company as Responsible Business Champion for her constituency.

The award is unique in that only MPs can nominate a business that they feel deserves such recognition.

Barry said:“Amanda has been a fantastic supporter of both me as well as Tidyco and I am delighted to have been nominated towards a Parliamentary award for Responsible Business
Champion. It is very exciting to think that I will be attending the reception on 22nd November 2017 which is the day after my 40th Birthday. What a fantastic Birthday present! Irrespective of the winner announced on the day, to reach this stage is extremely rewarding.”



New Board Member for Rail Forum

Barry Aldridge, Marketing Manager from Bondholder Tidyco, has been elected onto the Board of Directors of fellow Bondholder Rail Forum East Midlands.

The Rail Forum East Midlands works strategically with both UK and regional governments, the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and local LEPs, as well as continuing to support our members through specific events.

Barry said; “I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors for Rail Forum East Midlands and am looking forward to supporting the group in driving positive change within the rail industry. There is a great deal of activity within the East Midlands regarding Government initiatives for industrial growth and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Tidyco's Year of Growth

Bondholder Tidyco has reported a 14% growth in its operational turnover. 

The local engineering firm has expanded sales and marketing personnel to support a three year growth strategy. Tidyco has recently opened a new manufacturing and distribution unit, published a dedicated corporate social responsibility statement of intent as well as undertake a trade mark project to support on-going profitable expansion.

Jay Bhundia, Finance Manager for Tidyco said: “I am delighted to report that the organisation has achieved an impressive 14% growth in operational turnover whilst retaining consistently healthy profit margins and bottom line figures. The group has also scored an exceptional 100/100 credit rating from Experian, which is classed as outstanding.”

James Tidy, Managing Director added: “The family owned business is never afraid to diversify and investigate new ways to penetrate additional markets whilst growing existing supply chain relations.

"The company has also witnessed tangible success in online commerce as well as agitation within international export. Whilst competition and global markets remain fierce, Tidyco is committed to offering a best in class customer service whilst continuing to consistently grow company profits.”

Global Expansion for Tidyco

Bondholder Tidyco has completed a Trade Mark project which will allow it to export with international brand protection through WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).

Finance manager Jay Bhundia and marketing manager Barry Aldridge MCIM were instrumental in the project which will see the firm become a global brand. The firm has also worked closely with Bondholder Swindell & Pearson on this project. 

Tidyco has been  a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years.

Bhundia said: “To support organisational plans for export growth, Tidyco recognised the need to protect the brand on an international level. By working with local Patent and Trade Mark Attorney firm Swindell & Pearson, Tidyco has Trade Marked its brand through the Madrid System.”

Barry Aldridge added: “This has been a fantastic project to be involved with. From a marketing standpoint, re-positioning a local corporate identity as a well known global brand is a marketer’s dream come true."

The Bondholder League

With the Central Health Derby 10K approaching and 23 businesses already submitting teams, including bondholders BB&J, Tidyco, Derby Telegraph, Innes England, Rolls Royce and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, Sporting Futures are urging more bondholders to sign up for the challenge.

The Derby 10K is running for its 17th year on 9th April and Sporting Futures want to get as many Marketing Derby bondholders involved as possible. A new bondholder league is being organised for the first time.

The inaugural league will work based on a points-per-team system. Companies are invited to enter as many teams as they like (minimum 4 and maximum 10 per team), but efforts will be scored per team not by company, meaning the more teams you enter the more chance you have at claiming the title.

Points will be awarded as follows:

•    10 automatic points for team entry

•    1 additional point per team member

•    10 points for each runner finishing sub 45 minutes

•    5 points for each runner finishing between 45-60 minutes

•    3 points for each runner finishing in 60+ minutes.

In addition, teams can scored extra points by signing up volunteers.

 Volunteers can sign up online www.sporting-futures.org.uk/volunteer-0, citing their company name in ‘How did you hear about us’ for points to be added to the overall team score. Volunteer points will be added after their attendance on race day, and each volunteer will gain 5 points for their team.

Bonus points will also be awarded for the most original and imaginative team photo, uploaded via the team’s preferred social network with the hashtag #BHchallenge.

Winners will be announced the week after the race and the team will receive a free entry for 5 people into a future Sporting Futures event. All bondholders who take part will be acknowledged as charity supporters through Sporting Futures’ website, social media and post-race report.

To sign your team up visit www.sporting-futures.org.uk/register or request a manual form from events@sporting-futures.org.uk. A fundraising pack can also be requested by email for those wishing to support Sporting Futures develop the work they deliver to disadvantaged young people across Derby and Derbyshire.

Expansion for Tidyco

Manufacturer and Bondholder Tidyco has recently expanded its operations with the opening of a new manufacturing and distribution plant.

The new facility will further streamline the manufacturing and distribution process and benefits from an improved stockholding facility allowing the company to comfortably support an increase in consumer demand.

The new plant was officially opened by Amanda Solloway MP earlier this month.

Amanda stated during the official opening; “It is great to see British manufacturing businesses expanding. I am really looking forward to taking a look around.”

Philip Mason, Production Director for Tidyco Ltd, said: “A great deal of effort has gone into the new plant expansion. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Tidyco’s very own Michael Bishop, whose hard work and dedication to this particular project has been outstanding.”

“Tidyco Ltd is dedicated to a continuing expansion programme and the official opening of the new plant forms part of a long term growth strategy. Tidyco Ltd will continue innovating in order to enhance the scope and scale of the organisation’s overall service offering.
— Philip Mason, Production Director

Tidyco MD retires after 19 years

After 19 years as managing director of Bondholder Tidyco, Rob Brown will be retiring at the end of 2015, bringing to an end a remarkable career within the hydraulics and pneumatics industry.

Rob has had a huge influence over the business during his time as MD and as such the business has grown from a loss making position in 1997 when he joined, to our current healthy profitable position today.
— James Tidy

Rob joined Tidyco in January 1997 and promptly set about redefining the company’s sales strategy. Using the advantage of the company's manufacturing facility in Derby Rob decided to steer the company towards the rail industry and with the help of Paul Jacks (Director of Tidyco Rail Division) the company has grown to its current position.

Over the past 19 years Rob has seen the opening of four new divisions; Climate Control (HVAC installations and Repair), Pneumatics (Supply, Manufacture and Overhaul), Hose Doctor (Mobile Hose Replacement) and the Tidyco Rail division – offering Overhaul, Re-Engineering and Supply to the UK and European Rail Markets.

James Tidy who has been working alongside Rob for the past 16 years will take up the position of managing director as of January 2016. Rob is not completely detaching himself from Tidyco, he will remain in close contact with the business and will play a role in key decisions moving forward.

James said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rob for his outstanding contribution to Tidyco over the last 19 years. Rob has had a huge influence over the business during his time as MD and as such the business has grown from a loss making position in 1997 when he joined, to our current healthy profitable position today. Rob and I will remain in close contact and his involvement with Tidyco will continue on an ad hoc basis going forward."

Throughout his 19 years serving at Tidyco Rob has been an absolute pleasure to work with, a truly influential figure who has cemented his name in the history of the firm.

Tidyco awarded top Siemens award

Bondholder Tidyco - which supplies hydraulic, pneumatic and climate control products into a number of industries - was recently crowned as Best Materials Provider for 2015 by Siemens.

Fighting off stiff competition from a number of global material providers, this award is a credit to the entire Tidyco team and recognises timely deliveries, minimal rejected parts or non-conformances, technical support and outstanding material quality.

Held at the end of November, the Siemens Annual Supplier Conference allows Siemens to reward successful suppliers and acknowledges excellence in design, manufacturing and service.

A detailed evaluation is carried out at least once a year and results are measured as a percentage. The company excelled in the supplier evaluation with 95% - an incredible achievement for the company and team.

Tidyco supplies hose assemblies to all Siemens Rail fleets within the UK Rail Network. These hose assemblies are used on a wide range of systems such as Fuel, Water, Air and Coolant.