awards

Bondholders Toast Success at Top Property Awards

Bondholders Derby City Council, Connect Derby, Innes England and Goodman Logistics UK  toasted success last week at the East Midlands Property Dinner.

The East Midlands Property Dinner 2016 celebrated the strength of the region's property sector, and promoted the very best in real estate, construction and design.

Connect Derby and Derby City Council were awarded Regeneration and Restoration Project of the Year for their restoration of the iconic Marble Hall,  a Grade II listed former Rolls-Royce building. The building is now  a vibrant managed workspace facility.

Property Deal of the Year was awarded to property experts Goodman Logistics UK, for their involvement in the pre-let of the Ted Baker distribution centre at Derby Commercial Park, alongside Anglesea Logistics Partnerships and No Ordinary Designer Label.

This recent award reflects the strength of the business and is also a testament to the hard work being put in by the team.
— Tim Garratt, Managing Director at Innes England

Finally, property consultancy Innes England scooped the Agent of the Year award at the ceremony. 

Tim Garratt, Managing Director at Innes England, said: "We are thrilled to have won the award for agent of the year once again as the competition in the category was fierce." 

 

PKF Cooper Parry to create 100 new jobs

CEO of PKF Cooper Parry, Ade Cheatham

Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry is once again hitting the headlines in 2016 with an announcement of 100 new jobs across the Midlands which are to be created after the completion of its merger with Clement Keys earlier this month.

At PKF Cooper Parry we work around an ethos of making sure each and every staff member feels fulfilled
— Ade Cheatham, CEO of PKF Cooper Parry

The firm has also achieved Best Companies 3-Star Accreditation and has been named as one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work for 2016.

CEO of PKF Cooper Parry, Ade Cheatham, said: "We are thrilled to have been singled out by Best Companies and The Sunday Times for our outstanding employee benefits and office atmosphere."

He continues: "At PKF Cooper Parry we work around an ethos of making sure each and every staff member feels fulfilled, inspired and motivated at all times - which has shone through in these accreditations."

PKF Cooper Parry is now the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in the region following its merger with Clement Keys. The workforce is now 350-strong and has a £30 million turnover.

Engineering company listed in Sunday Times Top 100

Civil engineering firm and Bondholder Aspin Group has been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in terms of sales in the UK.

Based on Pride Park, the company placed 82nd in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table and has worked on projects with Network Rail and Balfour Beatty.

This is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of the dedication and hard work from our staff

The league table takes into account companies with the fastest-growing sales over three years and in the case of Aspin Group, the company has managed to triple its sales figures to £38.5 million this year.

A spokesperson for Aspin Group said: "This is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of the dedication and hard work from our staff. Our company ethos of working together 'as solution providers' has contributed to this acknowledgement and we will continue to build on this success to develop and grow the company further."

The company specialises in the design and construction of foundations for the rail sector and across industry. Aspin has benefited recently from continued investment in the rail sector - such as the electrification of parts of the rail network including the Midland Line. The company's growth has also been achieved through the expansion of its range of products and services and the end markets it serves including waterways, highways and energy.

QUAD launches photography competition

Bondholder visual arts provider Derby QUAD has teamed up with BT Infinity Lab Alumni and the FORMAT International Photography Festival to offer the first PixelPin Photo Award.

The award raises awareness of urgent issues that we are facing globally while supporting photographers to be recognised, it also demonstrates our commitment to innovation and entrepreneurial collaboration across sectors
— Louise Clements, Artistic Director at QUAD & FORMAT

The competition is open to everyone and features a grand prize of £2,000 for the winner with £500 for two runners up. The theme is 'Unforgettable' and entries must be submitted by 5pm on 31st January 2016.

Louise Clements, Artistic Director at QUAD & FORMAT, said: "We are very proud to be partnering with a leading cybersecurity company such as PixelPin who are innovating on the frontline of internet security through the use of images in place of passwords. The award raises awareness of urgent issues that we are facing globally while supporting photographers to be recognised, it also demonstrates our commitment to innovation and entrepreneurial collaboration across sectors."

Juhi Gore from PixelPin commented: "PixelPin are excited to partner with FORMAT and QUAD to recognise high quality international photographers and to source three new high-security photographs for the PixelPin Gallery. The biggest single security threat for 2016 remains the password."

Judges for the competition include Louise Clements (Artistic Director of QUAD & FORMAT), Will Pryke (Head of BT Infinity Lab), Juhi Gore (PixelPin Founding Team) and Bridget Coaker (Picture editor for the Guardian/Observer).

For more information, please visit https://pixelpinphotoawards.com/

University ranks number one

The International Student Centre at the University of Derby

The International Student Centre at the University of Derby

Whilst huge numbers of students graduate from the University of Derby this week, the institution has also been ranked number one out of 43 for student support in the Autumn 2015 International Student Barometer (ISB) for the second year running.

Gathering feedback from over 2.3 million students worldwide, the ISB is the leading benchmarking tool used to track international student experience and compares the decision-making, expectations, perceptions and intentions of international students from application to graduation.

We work very hard to make all those small improvements every year that add up to something that makes a real tangible difference
— Nick Slade, Director of International Development at the University of Derby

The University of Derby was also ranked number 1 out of 85 in the Global Benchmark for Faith Provision category as well as being ranked in the top four in the UK for Formal Welcome, First Night, Local Orientation and Residential Assistance.

Nick Slade, Director of International Development at the University of Derby said: "We are delighted that we have been recognised for the first class student experience we provide to our international students."

He continues: "We work very hard to make all those small improvements every year that add up to something that makes a real tangible difference. Derby is a very welcoming university and we know that by helping students settle in they can focus on their studies and achieve their potential."

Franklands in Top 100

Based on the Wyvern Business Park Bondholder Franklands retained its position on the Insurance Age Top 100 list of Independent Brokers, which recognises the most progressive independent brokers across the UK.

Maintaining our position alongside the market leaders requires talented people, energy and innovation
— Paul Brown, Director at Franklands

The report celebrates excellence within the UK broking market and is recognised as the benchmark of status within the profession. Franklands is also the only Derby-based Chartered Insurance Broker listed in the report.

Franklands' performance is based upon highly-qualified staff, the quality of advice and recognising the needs of clients rewarded by the support of local businesses.

Paul Brown, Director at Franklands said: "Maintaining our position alongside the market leaders requires talented people, energy and innovation. The growth of the American-owned insurance broker in the UK market is a challenge that we will meet by delivering the same high standard of sound technical advice, expert claims handling and attentive personal service to provide for the insurance and risk management needs of local businesses."

Freeths celebrates diversity

Leading law firm and Bondholder Freeths LLP is celebrating its achievements at the UK Diversity Legal Awards.

The awards dinner took place at the Grand Tower Bridge Hotel in London and the company ranked first place in the diversity league table, resulting in Freeths receiving the award for Best Firm 2015.

Freeths was up against several international law firms and firms with a significant presence in London.

Colin Flanagan, Chairman of Freeths, commented: "This is a real step up the league table for Freeths, and a testament to the work of our diversity and inclusion committee over the past year. We have worked hard on a range of initiatives including launching a new diversity strategy, embedding our equality policies, and delivering unconscious bias training to all staff. This award helps take us closer to achieving our vision of an inclusive workplace where individuality and diversity are celebrated and where fairness is valued as a key strength 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.

Flint Bishop announces double award nomination

Bondholder Flint Bishop Solicitors has received a double nomination at this years' Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) awards.

CICM is Europe's largest professional association for the credit community and was formed over 75 years ago. 

The firm has already been nominated for eight awards this year and has now scooped the nominations in 'Third Party Debt Collection Team of the Year' and 'Legal Team of the Year'.

It’s an exciting time at the firm and these awards evidence our ability to adapt in our national markets
— Qamer Ghafoor, Managing Partner and Head of Litigation at Flint Bishop

Of the nominations at the firm, Debt Recovery and Litigation have taken six of these nominations and have been highly commended at recent ceremonies. This is due to their rapid expansion in which they offer a very bespoke and high profile service. The team has grown considerably in the last twelve months and continue to go from strength to strength as they take on untouched markets and high value, household named clients.

Qamer Ghafoor, Managing Partner of Commercial Services and Head of Litigation said: "The debt recovery department continues to embark on a major growth strategy as we take on new clients. Not only are we growing at an exceptional rate, we are now branching out to new markets which leading debt collection agencies would ordinarily fill."

He continues: "It's an exciting time at the firm and these awards evidence our ability to adapt in our national markets, continue to deliver in the excellent customer service we offer and we are making serious inroads into taking market share. These two nominations are an excellent close to a very successful year." 

 

Geoff Cox highly commended


Anyone in the motor trade knows that the Used Car Awards has for many years been considered an unmissable occasion which brings together small and large dealerships from across the UK to claim their coveted awards.

Sean Cantillon, General Manager at Bondholder Geoff Cox Car Sales was Highly Commended for the Dealers Dealer after he was nominated earlier in the year. Being shortlisted was a great achievement as there is a lengthy and guarded judging process preceding the award ceremony which included independent research, fair pricing and mystery shopping.

Being shortlisted just spurred us on to keep building relationships with our customers and maybe next year, who knows?
— Sean Cantillon, General Manager at Geoff Cox Car Sales

Sean commented: “The whole event was great to be part of and I am proud of my team and what we have achieved to get this far. Being shortlisted just spurred us on to keep building relationships with our customers and maybe next year, who knows?"

The awards ceremony which was held last week at The Brewery, a prestigious venue in London’s business district, received more nominations than ever before and the winners of each award were announced on the night along with the two highly commended firms announced in each category. 

Adam Peaty nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Derby swimmer and world record-holder of the 50m and 100m breaststroke, Adam Peaty, is doing Derby proud as he - for the second year in a row - has been named as one of twelve contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The nomination comes after another successful year where he claimed three golds at the World Championships in Russia. Adam also took the local Derby Telegraph Sportsman of the Year award.

As one of Britain's major hopes for next year's Olympic Games, Adam joins other contenders for the award including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Lucy Bronze, Tyson Fury, Chris Froome, Lizzie Armitstead, Max Whitlock and Kevin Sinfield.

The winner will be decided by a public vote on the night of Sunday 20th December.

Boardwalk in architectural hall of fame

Bondholder Mercia Marina's beautiful Boardwalk development has received significant recognition in the LABC Building Excellence Awards.

Named as the Best Small Commercial Building, the Boardwalk complex was recognised for its team having gone to impressive lengths including the production of a brand new type of timber cladding to achieve the rough and time-worn appearance which was required.

We are truly overwhelmed to not only have won the regional award but to have gone up against some hugely iconic competition to take the national award too
— Robert Neff, General Manager at Mercia Marina

The £1.7 million development which consists of boutique shops and offices with a two-storey bar and restaurant beat the likes of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London which was designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

Robert Neff, General Manager at Mercia Marina, commented: 'We are truly overwhelmed to not only have won the regional award but to have gone up against some hugely iconic competition to take the national award too. It's a stunning achievement. This is great recognition for all the careful thought and hard work that went into constructing a building that, first and foremost, needed to sit comfortably within the natural environment of the marina.'

Chief Executive of LABC Paul Everall said: 'This project is an excellent example of how a building can reflect the environmental context in which it is located. The result is a beautiful building that encompasses sympathetic and innovative design in addition to providing excellent facilities to the area.'

Triple victory for Bondholder architect

Architects, interior designers and landscape designers at Bondholder Maber are celebrating following a wave of victories for a number of awards.

The expansion into the West Midlands has been an exciting time for Maber. It has added another layer to our unique position within the education sector
— Steve Basran, Associate Director at Maber

First up, Steve Basran and Lee Smith collected the coveted Practice of the Year Award at the Insider West Midlands Property Awards 2015. Insider's Editor Kurt Jacobs praised all finalists saying the property market was 'back with a vengeance'. Maber has worked on some of the most important new educational projects in the region and this award recognises both the quality and quantity for these projects.

Maber's Andrew Purvis and Simon Graham also took home the BIM Project of 2015 runners up award from the Construction Computing Awards ceremony held in London. This award was presented for the collaborative work which saw the replacement of three large secondary schools as part of the Education Funding Agency school rebuilding programme.

Earlier this month, Maber also attended the ProCon Awards where the architecture and landscape design of a new £9.1 million college became a finalist for the Large Non-Residential Scheme of the Year Award. Maber's David Brooks, Joe Boyce and Ben Slipper attended the awards with Steve Fernie, from fellow Bondholder company Armsons, of whom has been involved in the scheme since the beginning.