Award-winning Corolla

Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK's new Corolla has been named Affordable Hybrid of the Year at the 2019 Auto Express Awards.

Built at the Burnaston, Derbyshire plant and launched in February 2019, the all-new Corolla, which comes in hatchback and Touring Sports versions, is the first in Europe to be marketed with a choice of two different full hybrid powertrains.

The Auto Express award took into account all aspects of the vehicle, including the quality of the driving experience, responsiveness, ride and handling, the practicality of the design and packaging for day-to-day use, all-round ownership costs and how the car delivers on the manufacturer’s goals.

Andrew Cullis, Toyota GB’s communications and product director, said: “This award reflects our success in pioneering self-charging hybrid technology and bringing it to the heart of the mainstream market, with more experience and a wider choice of models than any other manufacturer.

“We have broken new ground with Corolla, giving customers a choice of two hybrid powertrains with different power outputs and different driving character, but with fundamentally the same fuel efficiency and low emissions, plus our hallmark Toyota quality, durability and reliability.

“It’s a genuinely affordable model that we’re proud to build here in Britain.”


Launch of Invest in Derbyshire

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An exciting next step in the development of the Invest in Derbyshire service, delivered by Marketing Derby on behalf of Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Economic Partnership, was taken last week as a new brand, website and film were launched.

Investors, businesses and key partners attended a launch event in support of the county’s ambition to be a destination of choice for investors and businesses.

As the inward investment promotion agency for Derby and Derbyshire, Marketing Derby raises the profile of the county and provides a bespoke service to investors and business looking to locate here.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said “Derbyshire has a rich history and proven record of successful inward investment. The film and website will help us, and partners, promote the county as a great place in which to invest, live, work and play. We are delighted that some of our Bondholders have helped with this next step in the service offered.”

The creative talents of Bondholders Alt Design (brand and website), Averill Photography (imagery), Purpose Media (film) and Code Print (event collateral) are all showcased.

Invest in Derbyshire is a partnership between Derbyshire Economic Partnership, Destination Chesterfield and Marketing Derby on behalf of Derbyshire County Council and, at the event, delegates heard from speakers including Leader of Derbyshire County Council Councillor, Barry Lewis, talking about the Council’s commitment to unlocking growth and promoting investment.

Councillor Lewis said “Derbyshire has so much to offer investors at both a national and global level. Its unique position at the heart of the UK together with excellent transport links and quality of life make our county an attractive place for businesses to locate invest, live, work and stay.”

Chairman of the Derbyshire Enterprise Partnership, Richard Horsley added “With its rich heritage of innovation and a broad range of development opportunities, Derbyshire has one of the strongest economic performances in the country and I am proud to launch the new service today.”

Also at the launch event, Managing Director of Bondholder Toyota Europe, Tony Walker, highlighted why Toyota invested in Derbyshire and continues to grow its business here today. Sally Ambrose from the Chatsworth Estate talked about the estate’s impact on the local economy and how, as a key Derbyshire landowner, it will drive future opportunities to promote development in Derbyshire. Delegates also heard from Peter Storey, of Markham Vale, explaining why the enterprise zone at J29A of the M1 has been so successful at attracting inward investment to date.

20th Anniversary marks importance of twinning

20th Anniversary marks importance of twinning

Representatives from Marketing Derby, Bondholders the University of Derby and Toyota as well as the region’s City, County and District councils joined government ministers and MPs in Westminster this week for an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the twinning of Derbyshire and Toyota City.  

Toyota City Industry Fiesta 2018


Derbyshire’s international relationship with Bondholder Toyota dates back to the announcement in 1989 of the construction of their car plant at Burnaston near Derby. In 1998 this was formalised with the signing of an agreement with Toyota City in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan, forging a unique link that continues to go from strength to strength. 

2018 is the twentieth anniversary of the international relationship between Derbyshire and Toyota City in Japan. As part of this, a delegation from Derbyshire will be exhibiting at the Toyota City Industry Festa in Japan on 22 & 23rd September 2018. They will be promoting businesses located in Derbyshire.

Japan is the world’s third largest economy, with a population of 120 million, a GDP twice that of the UK and the world’s second largest retail market. The country has an increasingly globalised outlook, attracting £9 billion of exports from the UK each year.  It is the second largest market for the UK in royalty and licencing income. Japanese consumers spend more on consumer products and seek high value products offering quality, luxury, style and convenience.

Do you have a product or service that you would like to promote to Japanese businesses or consumers? If so, please click on the link and answer the questions:

For businesses seeking inclusion in the Industry Festa exhibition, please complete your details by 19 August 2018. There is no charge to take part in this initiative, which is being undertaken by the Toyota City Partnership Development Board.

Toyota recruiting

Toyota Apprenticeship Opportunities 2018

Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd are recruiting for their maintenance apprenticeship scheme.

The scheme is aimed at school leavers looking for a career in engineering and will start in September 2018.

Training will last for 44 months, and consists of 2 parts; the first part is 22 months familiarisation and off the job technical training in the ‘Toyota Academy’ at Burnaston.
The second element is 22 months on the job training in Maintenance at Burnaston.

On successful completion of the programme, trainees will receive a level 3 NVQ qualification in Engineering Maintenance and become Maintenance team members. There may also be options to study for a HNC in Engineering.

Toyota are holding open evenings at their Academy for interested applicants to find out more on Tuesday 17th April 2018 between 16.30 and 19:00 hrs 

To book a place at the Open Evening or to apply visit:

Toyota Celebrates 25 Years in Derbyshire

Today Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) celebrates 25 years of building cars at its plant in Derbyshire. To commemorate this special occasion, invited guests joined staff at the factory for a journey back through the years and heard about £25,000 worth of surprise donations to local charities.

It was 16th December 1992 when the first Carina E drove off the production line at Toyota Manufacturing UK. On that day, only 4 cars were built. Since then, the automotive giant has built almost 4.2 million more from the Derby based site.

Marvin Cooke, Managing Director of TMUK said: “We have only been able to reach this milestone by being competitive – that means achieving quality, productivity, flexibility and cost at global levels - and we will not stand still, we will always strive to be more competitive.  Toyota is determined to be here for the long term.”

Over the 25 years, the plant has attracted continual investment. In 2010 TMUK Burnaston was the first Toyota plant outside Japan to build hybrid vehicles, which now make up 60% of output. Earlier this year a further £240 million was announced, upgrading the factory to enable production of the next generation of cars.

To celebrate this momentous quarter century event, TMUK were joined by invited guests, including Rt. Hon. Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP, and Heather Wheeler MP. They were also joined by Toyota Motor Europe, Senior Vice President, Andy Pfeiffenberger.

Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director, went on to say: “Toyota does not exist purely to make cars and return a profit. We exist to make a full contribution to the societies in which we operate. In these past 25 years we have donated over £5.5 million to local charities and organisations”.

In recognition of today’s milestone, representatives from the factory and Charitable Trust surprised 12 local organisations with a share of £25,000, helping them to do more of their excellent work.

To mark today's occasion Toyota have released a new corporate film about its charity work. 

Chamber to Deliver Brexit Message to Parliament

As part of its campaign to make sure the needs of business drive the UK’s Brexit negotiations, Bondholder East Midlands Chamber is leading a delegation to deliver the message to the heart of Parliament.

Businesses from across the region, including Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, will be joining the Chamber at Westminster for a round-table discussion with MPs to talk about their fears for trading post-Brexit.

Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at East Midlands Chamber, said: “We’re 17 months on from the Brexit vote, eight months on from Mrs May invoking Article 50 to trigger the UK’s exit from the EU and with just 16 months left before we hit the two-year deadline to secure a deal absolutely nothing has been agreed.


“The EU wants to talk only about how much money the UK will pay. The UK wants to talk about trade agreements, citizens’ rights, the customs union and other important things and is looking at potential trade deals with non-EU countries.

“Business wants guidance on what trading conditions will be like after 29 March 2019, whether they will still be able to supply EU countries without being hit by World Trade Organisation-prescribed tariffs and whether they’ll still be able to buy raw materials from EU sources tariff-free.

“They need to know whether the EU’s negative stance is going to lead to them being chucked out of EU-based firms’ supply chains or whether they will need to establish new supply chains for their own manufacturing processes and whether they will still be able to ship goods freely through the customs union.

“It’s essential that our MPs get behind business and help them deliver this message to the Ministers trying to secure future trade agreements with the EU, or at the very least a transition period to allow final negotiations to continue beyond next March.”

Bondholders Lead 10k

Entries for the Central Health 10K, organised by Bondholder Sporting Futures, opened last month, and the charity have seen record number of places snapped up within the first few weeks.

Among the first to sign up for the 10K, which will take place next year on 15th April, were two teams from Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK. Last year’s Toyota teams ‘Always Better Runners’ and ‘The Runner in Front is from Toyota’ both fared well, recording impressive times to take the third spot overall, but are back to improve their overall standing whilst defending their bondholder crown.

Toyota and Sporting Futures also work together on the Toyota Road to Success project, designed to help 16-25 year olds who aren’t in employment, education or training to improve their skills for the workplace. This project has also been nominated for a national award recently, at the Children and Young People Now Awards, so the partnership continues to strengthen.

Race organiser Emma Pilgrim said, “It’s great to get entries open again for next year’s race, our biggest fundraiser for the charity. Toyota always turn out in force and it was no surprise they were our first business teams to take on the challenge – we’re hoping to see a third team from them too this year!”

Hazel Clint, Senior Manager at Toyota said, “I love taking part in the Derby 10k, it’s the one race I do each year and I’ll most definitely be part of the Toyota team again this year. The atmosphere is fantastic and the crowd keep you going, especially heading back to Pride Park at the end. We can’t wait for 15h April!” 

If your business has what it takes to compete for the Bondholder crown, sign up today to support a local charity! Teams can have between 4-10 members, with the top 4 times combining to give the team total. All entries are available online:

Trinity's UK Tech List

Trinity Mirror has compiled a list of 35 companies that showcase the best of UK tech and innovation, and a number of Bondholders have made the cut. 

The Prime Minister has recently dubbed the technology industry as a "great British success story", with the sector attracting £28bn worth of investment since 2011. 

Bondholders listed included Bombardier, epm:technology, Rolls-Royce and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "Derby has a rich history as the UK Capital for Innovation - the birthplace of the industrial revolution. This tradition is now being carried on by many of our Bondholders."



Approval for Toyota Expansion

Plans to extend Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK's dispatch yard have been approved. The extension will help create 90 new jobs.

South Derbyshire District Council has approved proposals to extend the firm's Burnaston site to house an extra 3,500 vehicles. 

The cars would be based at the site until they are exported to dealerships throughout Europe.

A council planning officer in their report to the council said: “One of the most important considerations in regards to the proposals is the economic benefits that arise from the development.

"Toyota are a successful company and have been producing cars at the Burnaston site for almost 25 years and are one of the largest employers in the area.

"The proposal would allow the significant expansion of this local business adjacent to their existing site and would assist in economic regeneration.

"In conclusion, the development is considered to be acceptable and would lead to a substantial investment, creating a significant number of employment opportunities."

Limited Edition Toyota Launched

To mark 25 years of car manufacturing in Derbyshire, Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK has produced a limited edition of the Auris Hybrid. 

According to Toyota, the special car "represents the best of Toyota's UK manufacturing, a stylish and spacious compact hatchback offering the smooth, quiet and efficient performance of the latest-generation petrol-electric hybrid powertrain."

The Derbyshire factory was the first Toyota factory in Europe to start producing hybrid vehicles, which are powered by a combination of petrol and electricity.

Marketing Derby Bondholder League Results!

20 bondholder teams took part in the Central Health Derby 10K on 9th April, organised by fellow bondholder Sporting Futures.

Now the results are in, the first ever Bondholder League is live, and Sporting Futures are thrilled to announce Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK as this year’s winning bondholder! After coming third in the overall Business Team Challenge, ‘The runner in front is from Toyota’ team have scooped the victory, beating off competition from their own colleagues and other teams from around the city.

There was more inter-company battles as DCFC Stadium leapfrogged DCFC Academy to claim 4th place, and Flint Bishop climbed the ranks from 13th in the overall challenge to take 3rd place amongst other bondholders. Geldards LLP also jumped up a huge 22 places to grab a top ten spot.

Rolls Royce Digital proved that the tortoise is in fact faster than the hare, with 5 Rolls Royce teams in total taking on the 10K challenge, giving them the title for most overall runners entered, along with some of the most inventive team names!

Points were awarded to bondholders based on numbers of runners in each team, along with their finishing times.

The winning team at Toyota are entitled to a free team entry into next year’s event, where we hope to see more bondholders take on the challenge. Thanks to all this year’s business teams who came out in force to support Sporting Futures’ biggest event and fundraiser.

Toyota Breaks Record

Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK  has reported its best monthly UK sales figures for a decade, which it says has been driven by an increase in demand for hybrid cars.

In March the company sold 29,415 vehicles, and demand for the Auris Hybrid has risen by more than 40% compared to the same period last year.

The Toyota Auris is manufactured at the company's Derbyshire plant.

Paul Van der Burgh, Toyota GB President and Managing Director, said: "The record results we achieved in March and the strong growth evident throughout the first quarter reflect an important shift in people's mindset.

"What we are hearing from customers and from our retailers is that interest in clean powertrain technologies is increasing and that the benefits they have for air quality are becoming an increasingly important consideration when buying a vehicle.

"Our wide range of advanced hybrids is being sought out as cars that can deliver significantly lower emissions while providing all the benefits of practicality, reliability, quality and competitive ownership costs that people expect."

This latest round of good news comes after Toyota announced a £240m investment into its Derbyshire plant. The investment will improve plant competitiveness and additionally it will promote UK supply chain efficiencies.



6,000 Students Benefit from e4e

Over 6,000 students have benefited from Bondholder Derby City Council's e4e initiative over the last 12 months - four times as many as in the previous period.

Pupils across 14 Derby schools have taken part in Enterprise 4 Education’s (e4e) programme of activities, which range from CV writing workshops and mock interviews to one-to-one mentoring sessions, industry visits, and career talks.

e4e was originally founded by Derby City Council in November 2014, with a board of directors comprised of representatives from the city’s schools and business community, including Bondholder Rolls Royce, Bombardier, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, and SMEs.

The business community has thrown its support behind the initiative and e4e has now recruited more than 450 business volunteers who help young people achieve by raising their self-belief, motivation, and aspirations while informing them about their career opportunities.

Mike Copestake, Senior Partner at Bondholder Freeths and chairman of e4e, added: “To be playing a key role in raising the aspirations of almost 6,000 young people is an amazing achievement - but the hard work doesn't stop there - we still need to recruit more business volunteers and mentors to support our expanded programme of activities and I would urge anyone who can give just half a day a year of their time to sign up as a volunteer.”

Toyota's £240m Investment

Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK announced that it will invest a further £240 million in its car plant in Derbyshire. The investment will improve plant competitiveness and additionally it will promote UK supply chain efficiencies.

Starting this year, the Burnaston facility will be progressively upgraded with new equipment, technologies and systems. This will enable production of vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

The investment programme also includes up to £21.3 million support from the Government for training, research and development and further enhancements of the plant’s environmental performance.

Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, said: “We are very focused on securing the global competitiveness of our European plants. The roll-out of TNGA manufacturing capability is part of this plan.

"This upgrade of TMUK is a sign of confidence in our employees and suppliers and their focus on superior quality and greater efficiency. We welcome the UK Government funding contribution for this activity.”
"Our investment demonstrates that, as a company, we are doing all we can to raise the competitiveness of our Burnaston plant in Derbyshire. Continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated will be vital for future success."

YMCA's Sleep Easy

Bondholder YMCA's Derbyshire’s 2017 Sleep Easy event is taking place on Friday 31st March, at fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's 3aaa County Ground.

All the money raised from YMCA Derbyshire's Sleep Easy event goes towards the Safe Front Door Campaign. This campaign enables YMCA Derbyshire to continue providing safe accommodation, opportunities for young people to engage in positive activities, work experience and volunteer opportunities and gain business mentors.

Many Bondholders have previously taken part in the event, including Toyota Manufacturing UK, Bell and Co and Geldards.

Richard Salt, Managing Director of Bell & Co, said: "The Sleep Easy was anything but! I did it with my friend Simon Storey from the Derbyshire Cricket Club and a team of willing volunteers from Bell & Co. I found it challenging and perhaps life changing.

"I understand we changed lives along the way and hence the frozen shoes I woke to were worth it! I’d thoroughly recommend this experience to any business looking for a really great cause to support. It really helped us raise our game and team build too."

Simon Storey Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club has signed up for his fourth year running and said: “Events such as Sleep Easy highlight the very difficult plight that homeless people are facing every day and every night in this country. “I would encourage people to support this very good cause as generously as possible by participating or sponsoring participants in Sleep Easy 2016."

To sign up for the YMCA Derbyshire’s 2017 Sleep Easy, please click here.

Toyota Donates Over £305,000

Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK has raised over £305,000 for local charities, and donated over 40 charities in and around the local area. 

Funds were raised mainly through “Lean Approach” seminars, whereby delegates from any organisation can come to the factory in Derbyshire, to learn about Toyota philosophies, take a tour around the factory and have in-depth training on a related subject of their choice.

30 organisations in and around Toyota’s manufacturing facilities were awarded with grants towards their activities focussing on road safety initiatives, overcoming social deprivation or improving health. In addition, 15 organisations with the involvement of Toyota staff, received grants up to £5000.

Tony Walker, Trustee for the Charitable Trust, and Deputy Managing Director at Toyota Manufacturing UK added “It is a privilege to be able to support local people working in fantastic organisations doing so much good work and making such a difference in the areas around our plants.

"At Toyota, it is important to us to be able to contribute to our local communities, and support our members’ interests in this way”.



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, 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 or request a manual form from 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.

Toyota - a Globally Valuable Brand

Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK has been ranked one of the world's most valuable brands. 

The car-maker has been ranked 12th in the Brand Finance Global 500 report. Fellow Bondholder PwC also ranked in the top 100 of the report. 

Number of factors influenced the rankings, including brand reputation, royalty rates and revenues. 

David Haigh, Chief Executive of Brand Finance, said: 'A powerful brand can protect a company's value during turbulent market conditions, create new market opportunities and increase profit margins."

Toyota's Lean Approach

Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK will be offering an insight into the world famous Toyota Production System (TPS), by sharing the key principles, the lean manufacturing philosophy with the goal of building in quality.

Toyota UK was Toyota's first manufacturing plant in Europe, the first to implement TPS from scratch and during the plant tour delegates will have the opportunity to see TPS in action on the shopfloor.

The day will outline Toyota's quality philosophy and some of the systems used to ensure superior quality is built into Toyota's vehicles, and the role each member has in the quality process.

For more information on the day, please click here