University of Derby

China Links Bloom

The number of Chinese students enrolled at Bondholder University of Derby onto full-time degree programmes has more than doubled since last year. This is the largest intake from China since 2012.

The most popular subject areas for Chinese students being international business, accounting and finance, business and management.

Commenting on their time at the University we spoke to a current student and a recent graduate.

LIU Shiyu who is studying a Masters in Education said “Derby is a small city and everyone is nice. My tutor helps me a lot with my studies and patiently answers my questions. One piece of advice to fellow Chinese students is to read more books and references, because there is a lot of work that needs your own study and research.”

A graduate from the Business School SU Yalun said “I was proud to study at the University of Derby. It is a big family with students from all walks of life. You can definitely build a great network, share happiness and explore the unknown future here. It provided many opportunities to be involved in professional networks that were really helpful for in finding my first job in China. I truly believe that University of Derby is a magnet for aspirational students who hope to build a strong academic foundation. Thank you, Derby.”

Five University of Derby students have also been selected as volunteers to offer help the City Council in creating content for Chinese social media and support with translating documents.

Councillor Chris Poulter, Leader of the Derby City Council said “It was a real pleasure to meet with the students and their enthusiasm was evident. It’s fantastic to meet these young people who want to volunteer and I’m really looking forward to hearing about their time here and the activities they engage in.”

Huiying Ma, one of the student volunteers said that meeting with Councillor Chris Poulter was a huge inspiration to her and other volunteers and that they would like to act as a cultural bridge between Derby and China.

Derby has a twinning partnership with Hefei city in China and Derby City Council have a number of major links to help local businesses to develop economically and internationalise, led by the newly appointed director Mr Shiller Zheng, with education being one area of focus.

University of Derby Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs Professor Judith Lamie said: “The University of Derby is a global institution, and it is excellent news that more and more students from countries such as China are choosing Derby as the place they would like to come to study. Not only do they come here to learn and to help them achieve their career ambitions, but they bring with them essential knowledge and skills, not to mention a fascinating cultural perspective, which we all benefit from. It is also great to know that they are getting involved in Derby by volunteering to help our local communities and by socialising here, really getting the most from their experience at our University and in our city.”

University and Chatsworth House announce partnership

University of Derby are set to work together with the Chatsworth House Trust and the Devonshire Educational Trust to generate new opportunities for students, and to benefit visitors to Chatsworth and local communities across the county.

A strategic partnership agreement has been signed by University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, and Lord Burlington, University Chancellor and son of the Duke of Devonshire.

The agreement paves the way for students to take up a variety of work and volunteer placements at the stately home, to stage events there and deliver agreed activities.

Professor Mitchell said: “This agreement is an important and exciting development for the University of Derby, and builds upon the very positive relationship we have had with Chatsworth over many years now.

“As the county’s only university we aim to make a positive impact on people’s lives. We want to open doors to opportunities and experiences for our students and our local communities.

“We also want our students to become game-changers in their chosen areas of study and career, and this partnership will help to raise their aspirations and fulfil their potential to succeed.”

The agreement identifies opportunities for students to work, volunteer and study at the world-renowned visitor attraction in a range of roles, developing their skills in a busy working environment, such as the kitchens of the Chatsworth restaurants. Students will also undertake business development projects; applying their skills and knowledge to challenges and opportunities. The potential to connect learning and Chatsworth is immense, including business, humanities, hospitality, tourism, engineering and the environment.

House of Lords Embassy celebration

Marketing Derby hosted its first joint Derby and Derbyshire Embassy event at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster in October to celebrate the strength of Derby and Derbyshire.

Two hundred guests from the city and county joined London ambassadors and to hear from speakers including the Earl of Cavendish about connections with the capital.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, who opened the event, commented: "Marketing Derby has been running these unique and innovative Embassies for over ten years. We started at the House of Commons and we are delighted to finally be at the House of Lords".

Event host Bishop Alastair Redfern former Bishop of Derby encouraged guests to work together and told them that real innovation comes from creative relationships and the spirit of confidence.

This year Marketing Derby were especially delighted to receive the support of headline partner Pick Everard and associate partner Burnthebook.

Messages of confidence also came from Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter who announced that with support from Flint Bishop, Geldards, Rigby & Co and D2N2 LEP, the Council had just completed the purchase of run-down buildings in the Becketwell area of the city to open it up for much-needed regeneration.

Echoing these sentiments from the City was Frank Horsely Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council who said: “Derby and Derbyshire share a fantastic identity, and we're a world class destination. I strongly believe we have a unique offer that makes us stand out from the rest for investment.”

Headline sponsor of the Marketing Derby Embassy, Pick Everard’s Managing Partner Duncan Green, who spoke about some of their recent successes said: “Building mutually beneficial relationships has resulted in the significant growth of our business. We’re seeing significant regeneration taking place in Derby - and across the region - and our relationship with the capital is continuously strengthened by this.”

William Cavendish, Earl of Burlington and Chancellor of the University of Derby announced the launch of a strategic partnership between the Chatsworth House Trust, the Devonshire Educational Trust and the University of Derby.

The partnership will generate new opportunities for students to take up a variety of work and volunteer placements at the stately home, to stage events there and deliver agreed activities.

Click here to view our exclusive MDTV film report on the Embassy.

University unveils city vision

University of Derby celebrated its rise up the national league tables by announcing its intention to grow its estate, creating greater synergy and connections with the city.

Speaking at a Marketing Derby event, Vice Chancellor Kathryn Mitchell said

"We are a confident University with ambitions for the city and county.

"The University is proud of its achievements to date and recognises that it is time to take ambitious steps in terms of what we do and how we do it, and a real determination to embrace change and deliver an outstanding experience for everyone who wants to engage with the University of Derby."

An early image of how the University's city campus could look was presented by Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director, Hari Punchihewa focusing on a possible new Business School, digital and conferencing facilities,

"We want to create a student zone in the city including a new University Enterprise Zone and we are looking for partners to get behind this."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby opened the event saying that great cities need great universities and Derby is a city on the up and clearly has a University which is also on the up.

"We must remind ourselves that Derby is still a young University - only 26 years old - but has already made its mark as its position in league tables is beginning to show."

At the event the University launched its 2018-2030 Strategic Framework, its ambitions for the future and its civic role within our region.

Speaking about the framework the Vice Chancellor said,

"The framework provides the foundations and direction on which to plan, perform and succeed in a changing and globally dynamic environment, and sets out a clear purpose and promise to its students, staff and region."

The University has a long line of achievements this year which includes:

13th best university in the UK for teaching quality, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 league table

Ranked as one of the UK’s top 30 universities overall in The Guardian’s University Guide for 2019 – it’s highest ever overall position

Named among the world’s top 250 modern universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University rankings

Presented with the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year Award at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs)

Those successes followed the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award from the Higher Education Funding Council in 2017, which puts the University of Derby in the top 20 per cent of all providers in the UK.

University 13th best for teaching quality

Bondholder University of Derby is the 13th best university in the UK for teaching quality, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 league table.

The league table shows that the University has climbed from 22nd to joint 13th in the country for its teaching quality.

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, said: “The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide ranking is a very important assessment of a university’s progress across a range of measures. To be ranked joint 13th in the country for teaching quality is a fantastic achievement, and further reinforces our commitment to delivering teaching and learning excellence at Derby.

“Our teaching strategy encourages our academic teaching staff to be innovative in their approach to teaching and to be flexible enough to support the learning needs of individual students. We aim to help every student fulfil their potential and prepare them for their future career or further study.”

This league table position is the latest in a long line of achievements for the University of Derby, which this year has also seen it ranked as one of the UK’s top 30 universities overall in The Guardian’s University Guide for 2019 – it’s highest ever overall position and named among the world’s top 250 modern universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University rankings.

These successes followed the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award from the Higher Education Funding Council in 2017, which puts the University of Derby in the top 20 per cent of all providers in the UK.)

This year’s Times and Sunday Times league table also puts student experience at the University of Derby at number 40, up from 55th last year. Overall, the University was ranked 75th, up from 81st in last year’s table - its highest ever overall ranking in the Times and Sunday Times league table.

Professor Mitchell added: “The importance of the student experience of Derby is inextricably linked to outcomes, and we have worked hard with our student body to ensure that they have a greater voice in the way the university is run, as well as investing in new accommodation and facilities.

“Our vision is for Derby to be recognised as an inclusive university, providing the knowledge, experience and support that give our students the skills and confidence to achieve what they are capable of.”

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.  

City ‘University Zone’ planned

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A masterplan showing how a university zone will be created in the city is currently being drawn up by University of Derby.

University vice-chancellor Professor Kath Mitchell, who expects the plan to be publicly revealed early in 2019, said the blueprint for the institution's physical development follows the newly-published Strategic Framework, which plots the university’s development through to 2030.

Professor Mitchell is proud of the accolades the University has achieved and remains ambitious for both the university and the wider community in Derby.

She stated that any zone should have clear objectives, and although she did not want to reveal too much at this stage, she did mention a few teasers for the future.

Professor Mitchell said: “For example, we would like to see our Business School sited in the city centre. But what should it contain and where should it be to make sure it links up with existing business and the community?

“We have various buildings and parcels of land around the city but I would like to see a university zone developed that links us here at the Kedleston Road campus with the city centre.

“In fact I would like to see more zoning of the city as a whole into different types of activity which the university zone would slot into such as restaurants, retail and enterprise.

“We have buildings that we need to look at to see what benefit the community will have from their presence such as Britannia Mill in Mackworth Road.”

The Agard Street area is likely to be developed further as part of the university quarter as there is already a considerable student presence there, including the Law School and numerous halls of residence.

Professor Mitchell confirmed that a newly-acquired car park on Ford Street would also be playing a part in future plans.

Equaliteas in the workplace

Bondholder University of Derby recently supported Pauline Latham OBE, MP for Mid-Derbyshire as she hosted an 'Equaliteas' event to remember and celebrate how women's rights have changed in the 100 years since voting rights were extended to women for the first time.  

Following a welcome of tea and cake guests were inspired by talks from female speakers including Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor of External Affairs for Bondholder University of Derby, Anna Ince, Chief Executive Officer for Bondholder and rail technology company Resonate, Georgia Vicars who is Project and Account Manager at Bondholder Fluid Ideas as well as Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, an award-winning human rights campaigner and Jacci Woodcock who spoke about her Dying to work campaign.

Within her empowering speech Judith Lamie said "Education is a powerful tool that will enable us to overcome inequality and we must keep on ensuring fair and full opportunity for all to access education so that we realise a place of working and living in an equal society."

Georgia Vicars who talked about the need for more women in technology based roles said "I was really honoured to be asked by Pauline Latham OBE MP to talk at her Pankhurst and Equaliteas Tea Party. It was an incredibly tough act to follow, following Judith, Jasvinder, Anna and Jacqui, all sharing such inspiring stories. Everybody who attended left the event feeling extremely empowered, myself included!"

Following the event a wreath was laid in the Derby City Council's Council House to mark in memory of Emmeline Pankhurst, a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement which helped women win the right to vote.  The wreath was also to remember Alice Wheeldon, Derby's own suffragist who was recently honoured in the Made in Derby walk of fame.

University win Times Higher Education Teaching Award

Bondholder University of Derby has won a prestigious national award for its Teaching and Learning Strategy 2016-2020.

The institution scooped the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year Award at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).

Now in their 10th year, the THELMA Awards celebrate the best examples of innovation, teamwork and enterprise at UK universities, and are the only national awards honouring the full range of professional and administrative services.

The University was one of six institutions shortlisted for the category, designed to recognise ‘a teaching and learning strategy that is distinctive and innovative, has enhanced both the student and staff experience, and reflects an institution’s core values.’

In developing its strategy, the University sought to offer a transformational learning and teaching experience for all students, whatever their background or method of study. The strategy was based around three pillars: teaching quality, employability and delivering a curriculum linked to research.

As the first of the priorities to be delivered, the University achieved a 10 percent increase in graduate employability in 2016/17 through a range of measures, including the introduction of a student entitlement for a minimum of 30 hours’ work-related learning in every undergraduate programme. As a result, 74.1% of students are now in graduate level jobs within six months of finishing their course.

As well as graduate employability, a key priority for the strategy was building the digital capabilities of staff and students. To achieve this the University introduced a digital baseline for all courses, appointed student digital champions, initiated staff development to build digital capabilities following an institutional audit and has worked to inform sector practice in this field.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said “The University of Derby is committed to providing a ‘best in class’ learning experience. We offer a flexible and innovative approach to teaching designed to meet different learner needs; one that enables our students to fulfil their potential and prepares them for the opportunities ahead.

“Our teaching and learning strategy builds on the significant achievements of recent years, in which every aspect of the academic offer within the University has improved, with strong uplifts in student satisfaction, performance and outcomes.

“We were rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and we are delighted to receive this latest accolade, which further reinforces Derby’s position as an institution that delivers excellence for its students.”

Come and have a blast at Hillhead!

Bondholder the University of Derby will join Marketing Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership as exhibitors at Hillhead Exhibition to showcase the key sector of quarrying and minerals for Derbyshire.

Held in a limestone quarry near Buxton, in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside, Hillhead is the largest exhibition of its kind anywhere in the world and will be held on 26th – 28th June.
It showcases quarrying, mining, recycling, heavy construction, materials handling, concrete, asphalt, road surfacing, civil engineering, plant hire, demolition and landfill.  

The University, alongside the Institue of Quarrying, as well as Invest in Derbyshire and High Peak Borough Council are amongst 525 companies who are booked to attend the biggest Hillhead show to date.

In addition the University of Derby, Centre for Mineral Products will be hosting an Industry Showcase at  the Dome, Buxton Campus, at 6pm on Wednesday 27th June.  The evening event offers an opportunity to meet industry guests, learn about The Centre for Mineral Products and the range of opportunities for working in partnership with the University.  

The Centre for Mineral Products is the only provider of higher level professional education for people employed within the worldwide mineral products sector. 

Show director Richard Bradbury explained: ‘Growth has come from additional outdoor space created at the top end of the site and the Registration Pavilion, which has doubled in size and will host 90 companies this year. A record number of demonstrations are also being planned and we look forward to opening our doors to the construction and quarrying industry in the last week of June.’

Invest in Derbyshire will be on Stand RC21a at Hillhead.  Why not visit them to find out why businesses and people thrive in Derbyshire.

Bondholders support Leigh Timmis world record attempt

Derby cyclist and adventurer Leigh Timmis has secured sponsorship for his world record cycle ride across Europe from fellow Bondholders Ace Sameday Couriers and Mount Cook Adventure Centre.

Ace Sameday Couriers has stepped forward to support Leigh as the headline sponsor for the challenge.

Leigh said: "It is amazing to have the guys on board as the headline sponsor and I am really looking forward to working with them not just on this project, but into the future.
"The fact that it is a courier firm that has come forward is brilliant as in effect I am going from one place to the other as quickly as possible just like these guys do everyday."

Chris Scothern, business development director for Ace Sameday Couriers, said: "We are really excited to be part of Leigh's challenge, it is going to be really interesting following his progress as he makes his way across Europe.

"We think it is an incredible challenge to take on and we want to support him in any way we can as he is doing it for Derby and Derbyshire.

"The cause he has chosen is something that is very important as well, there needs to be more awareness about mental health and the impact it has on people and we want to get behind it as much as we can."

Leigh, from Oakwood, will set off from the coast of Portugal and aims to cycle 4,000 miles – twice the distance of the Tour de France – in less than 20 days, smashing the current record by at least nine days when he arrives in the Russian city of Ufa.  During the journey he will cross nine countries, the Pyrenees, the foothills of the Alps and the Russian Steppe. 

Bondholder Mount Cook Adventure Centre, a Derbyshire-based not-for-profit dedicated to providing access to the outdoors for all, will also be sponsoring Leigh in his attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

Mount Cook’s joint founder and director, Colin Adams, said: “Here at Mount Cook, we share Leigh’s passion and dedication to push the boundaries of human achievement. That is why we have decided to sponsor him in his attempt to break this ultra-endurance cycling record. We hope that Leigh’s record attempt will inspire and excite the young people who visit Mount Cook, and will prove that with enough determination and motivation, anything is possible.”

Leigh said: "I'm delighted to be partnering with Mount Cook and I look forward to a strong record attempt with their support. Mount Cook's aim of providing opportunities to outdoor activities for young people is inspirational and I hope that this World Record will encourage more young people to challenge themselves and to lead physically and mentally healthier lives."

Leigh is also raising funds for the mental health charity MQ, as the roots for his remarkable cycling feats – including spending seven years cycling around the world – lie in the depression he suffered as a younger man.

Leigh has also been supported by Derby businesses Bondholders HUUB and Archer Hampson, Prima Velo, Accrofab and Bondholder The University of Derby Human Performance Unit.

To learn more about Leigh’s amazing world record attempt and to get involved email him at leigh@leightimmis.com or visit his crowdfunding campaign page at
https://uk.gofundme.com/fastest-cycle-across-europe
 

New Chancellor at University of Derby

Bondholder University of Derby has installed Lord William Burlington as their new Chancellor, an ‘ambassadorial’ role held by his father, the 12th Duke of Devonshire, for the last 10 years.

Lord Burlington was installed as the fourth Chancellor at an official ceremony in the Devonshire Dome, at the University’s Buxton Campus last night (March 15, 2018).

He said: “It is an honour and privilege to become Chancellor of such an ambitious and forward-looking university and I intend to take on the position with an open mind, not with preconceived ideas. I am curious, I want to listen, and I want to learn.

“What I do know is that good education is the right of everybody, at all stages of life. It has the ability to transform lives and is fundamental to a functioning society. These sentiments are very close to my heart and will no doubt shape the way I approach the role.”

Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Derby, said: “We have been immensely privileged and proud that the Duke of Devonshire has served as Chancellor for 10 years. We are delighted to welcome Lord Burlington to the University of Derby and look forward to working with him to help realise our collective ambitions of providing educational opportunities capable of transforming lives.”

Derby Hosts Aerospace Conference

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has today hosted over 100 of the UK’s aerospace industry experts at the Midlands Aerospace Alliance’s annual conference, with delegates hearing from keynote speakers from Rolls-Royce and Airbus about future manufacturing technologies and supply chain growth.

Opening the event, Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Bondholder Derby City Council, said:"Rolls-Royce was the first targeted inward investment in the UK, and today we are proud of the work we do to support growth and attract inward investment".

The city’s Enterprise Zone, Infinity Park Derby, supported the MAA Conference with Marketing Derby to showcase the city’s aerospace sector credentials and the strength of its location for advanced manufacturing businesses.

Bondholder the University of Derby also sponsored the event through its Enscite programme - a partnership between the University of Derby, Aston University and Derby City Council that supports businesses in aerospace, rail and automotive supply chains.

Angela Tooley, Head of Enscite said: “We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Midlands Aerospace Alliance to support the industry and its wider supply chains across the Midlands. We are committed to supporting a thriving modern economy with the valuable links we offer to research, knowledge, expertise and talent. With a hands-on approach to innovation and skills development we deliver benefits to businesses across the Midlands Engine for Growth.”

Marketing Derby has supported the Midlands Aerospace Alliance conference through its work on 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.

Find out more about the ERDF project here

 
 

University Fund Creates 1,000 Jobs

Bondholder The University of Derby has supported the creation of more than 1,000 jobs in key growth sectors across the East Midlands since launching its Invest to Grow funding scheme in 2014.

More than a quarter of the new jobs have been created in Derbyshire, including roles in transport equipment manufacturing, life sciences, construction, food and drink manufacturing, logistics, engineering and low carbon sectors.

It is a major milestone for the fund, which through a re-circulating finance scheme, provides a combination of loans and grants to SMEs to support specific projects. These are typically related to businesses growing, developing or improving their products and related services, as well as creating new and sustainable jobs.

Mr Hari Punchihewa, Deputy Chief-Executive and Finance Director of the University, said: “I’m delighted that the scheme managed by the University with an independent panel has reached this impressive milestone.

“The funding from Invest to Grow provides much needed financial support to businesses across the East Midlands and has had a significant economic impact over several key growth sectors. Alongside the ongoing Invest to Grow scheme and the additional support to SMEs from the University, we can expect to see further job creation and growth in the wider business community.”

The University was originally awarded a total of £16.35m in funding by the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) for its Invest to Grow scheme. This is not the end of the scheme however. As this is a re-circulating finance scheme, there is still recycled loan funding to be repaid into the scheme and recirculated to new projects.

Bondholder Secures Funding from Dragon

Ed Hollands, owner of Bondholder DrivenMedia, is overwhelmed after securing the support and funding of Dragon Jenny Campbell on the latest episode of the BBC series Dragons’ Den.

On the latest episode Ed pitched to the Dragons and one, Jenny Campbell, was inspired by his ambition and drive. She offered an investment of £30,000 for a 20 per cent share in his business – an offer he was happy to accept.

Ed said: “The whole experience was overwhelming and challenging. The Dragons leave nothing to chance and will grill you over your business idea, your vision and your financials. I’m so humbled by the fact that Jenny Campbell has seen my potential and I’m looking forward to learning from her.”

Jenny Campbell said of the deal: “I am very much looking forward to working with DrivenMedia and Ed, a young entrepreneur brimming with potential. Mentoring bright individuals at the start of their career is something I have been passionate about for a long time and I’m confident with Ed under my wing, both he and his business will achieve success. I am excited to watch DrivenMedia grow from strength to strength and am delighted to be part of the journey ahead.”

Ed came up with the idea soon after finishing a degree at the University of Derby where he achieved a first-class honours in business studies. His tutor is thrilled with his early success.

Bev Crighton, employer engagement lead at Bondholder the University of Derby, said: “Mentoring Ed has been a pleasure. We are so pleased for him, he was always a great student. It’s been an honour to support him and we will continue to do so.

“He always had ambitions to start a business and when he did we took advertising not only to show our support - it is simply a great business idea. We wish him every success and look forward to seeing him develop his business further with his Dragon.”

Derby in Times of India

Yesterday, Derby featured in the Times of India, the country's largest English language newspaper with 2.1million copies sold daily. 

This follows a Derby City Council hosted visit by a delegation of Kolkata-based business investors. Meetings were held with Bondholders East Midlands Chamber, the University of Derby and Marketing Derby, as well as a visit to Bondholder Derby Manufacturing UTC.

Derby City Councillor, Baggy Shankar, who hosted the delegation commented: “We are committed to opening the doors to joint business investors and inward investment.”

The article outlines the city as a hub for rail, aerospace and automotive industries as well as the home of Lara Croft. It describes the similarities between the two cities, in terms of industrial heritage but that Derby’s hi-tech economy puts it a decade ahead of Kolkata.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Derby City Council and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, committing the parties to deepening trade, investment and cultural arrangements.

John Forkin, MD of Marketing Derby, who presented to the delegation, commented:

“Following the links already made with China it seems logical to extend Derby’s reach into India. We hope this can contribute to jobs and investment and Hefei and Kolkata are perfect partners in making this happen."

Bright Future for Riverlights

Derby’s Riverlights complex has been made available for purchase following three years of investment and asset enhancement.

Moorfield Group, a London-based asset management company purchased Riverlights in 2015 for £16.5million. At the time of purchase, the complex had seen a lack of investment since opening, whilst ground floor retail units had continued to lie empty.

Moorfield bought the complex with the intention of improving its value through a scheme of redevelopment and proactive lettings.

After three years of work, that process has finished. The hotels, Premier Inn and Bondholder Holiday Inn, have now taken leases of the ground floor units, leaving only the rear one available, above which a new gym is set to open, a new digital advertising screen is due to be installed and the cladding above the bus station has been cleaned and repaired. Moorfield have also provided greater security, improved public realm and supported pop-up events from Bondholders Derby Quad and University of Derby, in addition to Bustler Market and Feste.

This has led to an increase in value with the scheme being marketed for £21.5million. 

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said, “Following Moorfield’s scheme of improvements, Riverlights is seeing greater footfall. We are pleased to see that the investment has paid off for them and we look forward to welcoming the new owners in due course, and working closely with them to continue the improvement of this part of the city.”

He continued, “Derby City Council has plans for the future of the River Gardens which will have an impact, whilst the Bus Station extension and Riverlights Phase 2 development site offer the opportunity to make this a key location in the St Peter’s Quarter.”
 

City on the Up

Derby has been featured in Natwest’s national “Exciting Cities” series, with input from several
Bondholders.

The series looks at cities across the UK that are in high growth with a thriving business community. With a focus on a strong business culture for start-ups, the research has praised the work of Bondholder University of Derby for their incubation spaces, with a particular focus on Banks Mill.

The health of the economy is mentioned with the recent research conducted by Irwin Mitchell a key point, noting that Derby is the fastest-growing city economy in the region, with GVA increasing by 15.1%, and job creation by 1.1%.

David Torrington, Managing Director of Bondholder Sky Recruitment Solutions, is quoted as saying: “The transport links are good and that matters. I like that Derby has a certain intimacy because of its size. The relationships you can form in the city are strong and lasting and not just purely commercial.”

Maria Hanson MBE, founder of Mee & Dee said the business community mentioned low rents and supportive businesses such as Bondholders Franklands Insurance and Sellick Partnership.

She said, “We’re also a member of Marketing Derby, which is a thriving hub, and are plugged into [Bondholder] Connect Derby too, which provides connectivity and facilities for small business and not-for- profits like us.”

To read the full article, go to http://natwest.contentlive.co.uk/content/28f422b6-a892- be8a-b0ae-a2575de44625.

Dared to Dream

Bondholder Leigh Timmis took the Dare to Dream spot at this year's Marketing Derby Annual Business Event inspiring the audience to break social convention.

Round the world cyclist, Leigh engrossed the audience with stories of his round the world trip, and peaked their interest in his next challenge - a Guinness World Record attempt.

Leigh is aiming to break the record for the fastest cycle across Europe. He is working with a team at Bondholder the University of Derby to develop a thorough training and testing schedule. 

Speaking after the event Leigh said: "It was a privilege to present the keynote speech in front of Derby’s business leaders at the Marketing Derby Annual Business Event. In celebration of the city’s 2017 achievements, I’m honoured that my accomplishment was chosen to represent what happens when you "Dare to Dream".

"Drawing on the experience of stepping out of my comfort zone to cycle around the world, my story demonstrates that it’s only by taking the more difficult path and overcoming the challenges along the way, that we will discover our greatest potential."

Overall, Leigh delivered an inspiring message to the business community, encouraging them to be brave and to step outside their comfort zone.

To find out more from Leigh visit his website, twitter, or see him at the Guild Hall on March 1. 

Round the World Cyclist Sets Sights on World Record

Bondholder Leigh Timmis, a key note speaker at tomorrow's Marketing Derby Annual Business Event, is raising the bar for 2018, taking everything he learnt from cycling around the world and applying it to breaking significantly a Guinness World Record.

The record for The Fastest Cycle Across Europe covers a distance of 4000 miles (6500km) - twice the distance of the Tour de France - starting from the coast of Portugal and finishing in the Russian city of Ufa, traversing 7 countries, the Pyrenees, the foothills of the Alps and the Russian Steppe. The record currently stands at 29 days, 18 hours and 25 minutes. Fully supported by a team of professionals, his estimation is that he can push a huge leap in performance, breaking the 20 day barrier.

Leigh has been working in partnership with Bondholder the University of Derby's Human Performance Unit, to develop a thorough training and testing schedule. The programme is based on an optimal training plan to improve performance, obtained by exercising at the appropriate levels, determined by testing and pinpointing specific intensity zones. This base data is used to prescribe training volumes and intensities, that will be used to deliver physical adaptation by experts in physiology, psychology and nutrition. This team will join Leigh on the road, complimented by specialists in mechanics and logistics, to ensure the finish line is reached as quickly and safely as possible with all risks mitigated.

Speaking about his motivation, Leigh states “Attempting this record not only presents an opportunity for me to push the limits of human endurance but to raise awareness of mental health issues close to my heart. Through the world record attempt, I will be raising awareness and much needed funds for Mind, the mental health charity, in the hope that others won’t find themselves suffering with depression alone, as I did as a young man.

“For me, this is going to be a fascinating journey into the development of a game-changing project, understanding new depths of physical and psychological advancement, and I’ll be documenting it every step of the way!”

This Guinness World Record attempt opens major sponsorship opportunities, therefore, the team are looking for a small number of key partners who share a passion to push the boundaries of human achievement. In return it will be ensured that these partners are promoted throughout the duration of the project including the preparation and build up, during and after the attempt. Their partnering PR agency already has strategies and tactics in place to guarantee the best possible publicity for the Guinness World Record attempt.