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Class of 2018

With over 4,000 nominations received from the public and some intense judging, Marketing Derby was pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards in 2018.

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony, held at The Roundhouse on Monday 8th October 2018.

On the night, Marketing Derby presented the Royal Crown Derby Outstanding Achievement award to The Palfrey who made a significant contribution to Derby's food and drink scene.

The event also saw the launch of a new recipe book called Ten: A recipe for success, produced in collaboration with AVIT' Media and Once Upon a Fork.

The Winner of the 'Restaurant of the Year', Terroir Bistro, won £1,000 worth of Denby tableware.

The 2018 winners & finalists were:

Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Denby Pottery
Terroir Bistro (winner)
The Dovecote
Lorentes

Best café – sponsored by Derby College
Bear (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Milk & Honey Deli

Excellence in customer service – sponsored by the Derby Telegraph
Portobello (winner)
Bear
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
POINTSIX Coffee House
Masala
Milk & Honey

Best bar – sponsored by Irongate Group
Suds & Soda (winner)
Slug & Lettuce
Rowley's

Best pub - sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
The Exeter Arms (winner)
The Dog & Moon
The Last Post

Most family friendly – sponsored by Derby Days Out
Buttermilk (winner)
Masala
POINTSIX Coffee House

Best newcomer – sponsored by the University of Derby
The Squashed Tomato (winner)
Bear
POINTSIX Coffee House
The Yard

Best international – sponsored by Riverlights Derby
Anoki (winner)
Lorentes
Masala

Best Out of Town – sponsored by Smooth Radio
Hackwood Farm (winner)
Fishermans Rest, Belper
The Shed at Hilton

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Smarter than the average BEAR

Bondholder BEAR, the independent brunch and coffee brand, has successfully negotiated a deal with fellow Bondholder intu Derby and announced plans to open its second Derby site in autumn 2019.

BEAR will add to its existing outlets in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, Stone, Uttoxeter and London, creating 20 new jobs in the process. Located in a prime spot between Carluccios and Zizzi at intu Derby, the coffee house will provide customers with speciality coffee, brunch, cocktails and craft beer from morning until evening.

Craig Bunting, co-founder of BEAR, commented: “We love Derby. We firmly believe we have established ourselves as a Derby brand, which is something that we are very proud of."

Adam Tamsett, General Manager at intu Derby, said: “We’re proud to offer a range of independent retailers alongside well-known national brands to give our visitors a rich and varied experience when they shop with us."

BEAR will operate the space in the intu centre as a counter-service coffee house, kitchen and bar, serving the region’s favourite coffee to shoppers and offering an inclusive space to relax over coffee and cake, brunch, or a couple of cocktails before a shopping trip or movie screening.

Adam Tamsett said "Our latest partnership with BEAR will see us boost our independent offering, just weeks after announcing our three Hatch competition winners. It will also allow us to offer extended brunch, cocktails and beer options for our customers."

Craig at BEAR explained "We founded BEAR with the absolute desire to become a UK challenger brand by delivering an exceptional product inside beautiful spaces, served by a team that are passionate about what they do. Our recent partnership with global fashion retailer, Jack Wills, and our offering at intu Derby sees us punching well above our weight! This excites us because we are at the forefront of a growing change in the retail landscape. We are thankful that intu is taking a pro-active approach to support brands of the future, whilst ensuring that it also creates shopping destinations that consumers desire.”

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In the sports day spirit

Twenty teams from businesses across the city will take part in the third annual Derby Business Games this Thursday.

The popular event is organised by Derby-based Choose Sports and the headline sponsors are Bondholder Timms Solicitors with additional support from the fellow Bondholders the University of Derby, BEAR and DNS.

Teams of eight will compete in a wide range of competitions based on the traditional schools sports day from rounders and netball to sack and wheelbarrow races. The afternoon finishes with relays and a tug of war finale before trophies and medals are presented.

Timms Managing Partner Fiona Moffat said: “The two previous Derby Business Games have been hugely successful afternoons and we are delighted with the great response from companies who want to take part this year."

“Everybody enters into the friendly but competitive spirit it is always great to see so many people recapture their youth and hark back to their school sports day.”

Jo Jackson from Choose Sports added: “We are very grateful to the University of Derby for providing the wonderful facilities for Derby Business Games and to our headline sponsors Timms who have been so instrumental to the growing success of this annual event.”

In last summer’s event, Bondholders reigned supreme: FHP Consulting retained the rounders trophy as well as winning the three-legged and wheelbarrow races, Smith Cooper won the netball, HUUB won the sack race, the egg and spoon title was clinched by DNS and Cain Henry from HUUB won the welly wanging competition. Who will scoop the prizes this year?!

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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?

COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Derby College

Winner: Ward

Runners-Up: Gin & Rum Festival, YMD Boon

SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner: Hackwood Farm

Sponsored by University of Derby
Runners-Up: BlocDigital, ThreeGuru

START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner: White Peak Distillery

Sponsored by Wheeldon
Runners-Up: Bear, Gin & Rum Festival

BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Winner: Amanda Strong (Mercia Image Print)

Sponsored by HUUB
Runners-Up: Steve Haseldine (Alerter Group), Leah McLaren (Hotpod Yoga), Robert Carlin (Superior Spas)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AWARD
Winner: Smith Partnership

Sponsored by Cloud Central
Runners-Up: Rhodes Wealth Management, Sibbalds

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Ward

Sponsored by Smith Partnership
Runners-Up: Air IT, Midland Lead

EXCELLENCE IN MANUFACTURING AWARD
Winner: Stirland Paterson

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management
Runners-Up: EPM Composites, HL Plastics, TidyCo

APPRENTICE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Winner: Imperial Commercials

Sponsored by Apprenticeships by Impellum
Runners-Up: Derby Homes, HL Plastics

CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD
Winner: Cosy Direct

Sponsored by Lubrizol
Runners-Up: Gift Wellness, RDS Global

NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION AWARD
Winner: Headway

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership
Runners-Up: Derventio Housing Trust, Treetops Hospice Care

LEADERSHIP TEAM OF THE YEAR
Winner: Silver X Logistics

Sponsored by Thomas International
Runners-Up: Midland Lead, Xpertise Recruitment

CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Winner: Bloc Digital

Sponsored by Derby City Council
Runners-Up: Busy Things, FutureProof Films

CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Winner: Oviso Financial Services

Sponsored by Aspirational Magazine
Runners-Up: Morley Hayes, Silver X Logistics

SALES AND MARKETING AWARD
Winner: Tecquipment

Sponsored by DNS Limited
Runners-Up: Anchor & Crew, Smith Partnership

EDUCATION SECTOR: BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT AND EMPLOYABILITY AWARD
Winner: University of Derby

Sponsored by FurnitureCloud
Runners-Up: Derby College Group, Chameleon School of Construction

EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARDS
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.

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BEAR expands to Stone

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Bondholder BEAR Coffee Co has secured a £230,000 cash injection from HSBC UK to continue its ambitious expansion strategy, which has seen its latest café-bar open in Stone, Staffordshire.

BEAR, which opens its third location this week, has added to its existing outlets in Derby and Uttoxeter, creating 15 new jobs for the local economy in the process. The new café-bar will provide customers with speciality coffee, fresh food, cocktails and craft beer in the former HSBC building.

The finance from HSBC UK has been used to design and fit-out the store, cover BEAR’s marketing budget for the launch and train new team members. The business expects the Stone branch to turnover approximately £500,000 per year. To support this growth, BEAR coffee will add a mezzanine level to the new café-bar and open a roof terrace in Summer 2019.

Craig Bunting, Co-founder of BEAR, commented on its recent expansion: “We opened our first BEAR in 2016, with the aim of serving great coffee in a warm and welcoming environment, but what really sets us apart is our love for coffee products and connecting with the community around us.

“Our HSBC UK Relationship Manager, Daniel Williams, has made the whole process really smooth and we’re delighted that the bank has been able to support us again with our latest branch opening. The growth of BEAR so far has been an incredible and humbling journey and we look forward to delivering our strategy of being a UK Challenger Brand.”

Mark Lupton, HSBC UK’s Area Director for Business Banking in Greater Birmingham, commented: “BEAR has become an established name in the Midlands and this new branch takes them one step closer to expanding further. Supporting entrepreneurs and helping to foster start-ups is a vital objective for HSBC UK – we can’t wait to see what Craig and his team do next.”

BEAR is working to expand throughout the Midlands and beyond, with plans to open up to 30 stores nationwide over the next five years and grow a high quality, responsible brand with positive financial results.