Multimillion Pound Investment into epm

Bondholder epm:technology has been acquired by AS.G (Aero Services Global Limited) as part of a multimillion pound buy & build strategy to service the high growth in aerospace, defence & automotive industries.

Graham Mulholland CEO & Founder of epm will continue to spearhead the development of epm:technology.

He said “We have reached a point where epm requires the necessary funds and the executive ability to provide a world class service to our larger OE Aerospace & Automotive customers.

"This strategic acquisition will enable the business to now break the SME glass ceiling. This will also provide a boost for our ongoing commitments to staff development, R&D and process innovations which will continue to see epm pioneering and leading our industry and adding value to our customers."

Amin Amiri, CEO of AS.G, said: “AS.G is building a dynamic engineering group of companies to service and develop  opportunities in Aerospace, Defence & Automotive markets. The acquisition of epm clearly demonstrates our appetite and ability to move and grow quickly. Part of this activated by having the vision to support fantastic innovative companies like epm technology group to grow and add value to its customers”

Fellow Bondholders Smith Partnership and Smith Cooper advised on this deal. 

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."



University Innovation Through Collaboration

Bondholder the University of Derby has launched six exciting new projects to support SMEs to innovate, grow and create jobs having successfully attracted multi-million European funding.

At an event this week, held at the iHub in the city's Enterprise Zone, Infinity Park Derby, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell and Professor Paul Stewart of the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering revealed the support available to SMEs through new projects, with the message that the University of Derby has the key ability to innovate in the UK and globally.

The University sees the local and regional supply chains in advanced manufacturing as equally important as the city's OEMs in contributing to the economic progress of the region, and giving experience from which students can benefit.

Also speaking at the event was Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development at Bondholder Rolls-Royce, who urged SMEs to make use of the facilities at the iHub and access the new support schemes. He was followed on stage by Graham Mulholland, Chief Executive of Bondholder epm: technology group, who told the audience: "world-class is standard at the University of Derby's Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering."


The six projects are: 

1) Enabling innovation - run by the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering and two Nottingham universities, the project will support the development of innovation in SMEs;

2) Enscite - a team of experts that supports transport equipment manufacturing businesses, run in partnership with Aston University and Bondholder Derby City Council;

3) Catalysing growth through research for transport equipment manufacturing - the Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering will join forces with Loughborough University's iNet team to support transport equipment manufacturing;

4) D2 energy efficiency - encouraging businesses to create low-carbon products and production processes, run in conjunction with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council;

5) Creative and digital industries - this project will see that creative and digital industries get the right services for their needs;

6) Invest to Grow - the programme is a combination of loan funding and grants, and projects must create jobs that can be sustained for at least three years.

EPM surprises Bailey with triathlon frame

Derby-based advanced composites manufacturer and Bondholder epm:technology has presented nine-year-old Bailey Matthews with a special frame that he will use when competing in triathlons – including his own Be More Bailey challenge in Markeaton Park on Sunday 17th July.

Bailey shot to fame when he received awards for his courage and determination in the ‘Pride of Britain’ and ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015’ who will start and then compete in the race with his dad Jonathan.

The Doncaster schoolboy, who has Celebral Palsy, first captured the hearts of the nation when a video of him casting aside his walking frame to cross a triathlon race finishing line went viral.

The Jenson Button Trust offered Bailey the chance to spearhead the family challenge, at Markeaton Park on 17th July, organised by Derby-based Bondholder HUUB Events.

Bondholder epm:technology has designed and manufactured the bespoke frame for Bailey using the F1 precision technology that the company is renowned for.

Bailey visited the Derby factory last night with his dad and thought that he was coming to see the medals that the firm has produced for the event.

To his surprise, the Graham's team presented him with the sleek shiny frame and he was lost for words.

Bailey said: “This is amazing.  My current frame is home-made and very heavy but this looks great and is really light.

“The medals and the frame are really cool and I can’t wait to come back to Derby for the Be More Bailey triathlon.

Graham Mulholland continued: “Bailey is an inspiration and I am delighted that we have been able to create this high precision F1-inspired frame that will hopefully make competing in triathlons an even more enjoyable experience.”

More than 50 youngsters have signed up for the free Be More Bailey family triathlon challenge which will take place in Markeaton Park on Sunday 17th July as part of the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon.

During the JBTT lunchtime break – the Be More Bailey family challenge will start with a 50m swim in the lake then head out onto the closed roads for a 2.5km cycle before a 750m run – crossing the same finishing line as the JBTT triathletes. 

Entry for the family challenge is free to enter and available to children aged seven and over who compete alongside an adult.

epm celebrates 20 years with a pint

To mark its 20 year anniversary, Bondholder epm:technology is celebrating with its very own beer!

Working with fellow Bondholder, and close neighbour, Derby Brewing Co, a new variety of beer has been brewed and will be unveiled at the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon on 17th July 2016. epm:technology is supporting the triathlon this year where the beer will be available to staff and VIP guests.

Mark Gould, Business Development at epm:technology, said: "I was looking for a way that we could say thank you to our staff for all their work, and also a way to congratulate Graham, our MD, on this landmark. With the amount of hard work that is done at our factory every week, the guys and girls there definitely deserve a pint!"

Industry expert joins epm

Bondholder epm: technology group has expanded its business development team with the appointment of Samantha Littler to join colleagues Mark Gould and Matt Courtnage.

Having experienced market professionals like Mark, Matt and Sam managing our existing relationships as well as sourcing new business, means our customers are in the very best of hands.
— Graham Mulholland, Managing Director of epm: technology

Managing Director Graham Mulholland said: "Having experienced market professionals like Mark, Matt and Sam managing our existing relationships as well as sourcing new business, means our customers are in the very best of hands."

As well as having experience at director level, Samantha has worked for the last eight years within the fast-paced manufacturing industries of aerospace, automotive and motorsport.

Graham added: "The expansion of our business development team reflects our overall policy to increase staff levels to keep pace with demand for our services and to maintain our position as best-in-class when it comes to composite engineering." 

EPM crafts mask for Keogh

Bondholder epm:technology was approached by the Royal Derby Hospital late January with a request for a carbon fibre protective face mask to be used for the Derby County Football Club vs. Manchester United game.

The hospital would require time to ensure the fit of the mask and the footballer would need time to train in it to ensure comfort. epm:technology were supplied the mould of the player’s face and had to create a negative mould from this to be able to make the mask. The hi-tech components firm got right to work making the mould, as there is a time issue with the mould curing. The mask was then made using aerospace-grade carbon fibre.

The mask was completed on Thursday morning and got it to the hospital in time for the footballer to try it Thursday afternoon. All went well and the mask was worn on the Friday evening.

Mark Gould, Business Development Manager, said: “When the call came in, we did all we could to help as both the hospital and the football club are big parts of our community. The guys on the shop floor were also very happy to get involved as the majority of our team are Derby fans!”

A spokesperson from Royal Derby Hospital said: “Just wanted to thank you for helping us out with the mask, we have had nothing but great feedback about it from the player and the club. The only downside was the score but I don't think we had much to do with that! Thanks again to all of you involved in helping us.”

epm:technology secures £4m contract

Bondholder epm:technology has announced it will be finishing the year with the win of its first series production contract to manufacture high-quality, cosmetic components for a leading automotive client.

We’ve now secured substantial new orders in aerospace, motorsport, defence and new automotive market sectors which will see the epm group grow considerably throughout 2016
— Graham Mulholland, CEO of epm:technology group

CEO of epm:technology group Graham Mulholland said: "After a year of all years as we moved and settled into our new 60,000 sq ft technology centre, this order is great news for team epm and a fitting way to sign off the year as we all get ready for Christmas."

"We've now secured substantial new orders in aerospace, motorsport, defence and new automotive market sectors which will see the epm group grow considerably throughout 2016."

"This particular order is for a complex assembly of components which are very high-profile and we're thrilled to now be working closely with our clients as this first vehicle programme goes into production in Q1 2016."

"We now have clear vision of other components which will also go into production at various times throughout 2016. Therefore, we're clearly now on target for our automotive division to grow throughout next year as we continue to invest in our capabilities to be customer-focused and customer-ready."

City Council pledges further support for business growth

Bondholder Derby City Council has announced that a further £12.5 million will be available in 2016 to support business innovation and growth under the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF).           

The £20 million fund, supported by the Regional Growth Fund, has already been administered to over 140 businesses in Derby and the surrounding area through grants and loans, and created 750 new jobs.

With around 65% allocated in loans, there will be £12.5 million due to be repaid to the Council. This will be available next year to local businesses to support innovation, expansion and job creation plans.

One of the fund’s biggest success stories is from Bondholder epm:technology. Through DEGF, the composites manufacturer managed to secure a £4.75 million loan to develop their new, state-of-the-art 60,000 sq. ft. bespoke technical facility. Since the new facility opened the company has gone from strength to strength, becoming leaders in the composites manufacturing industry.

Derby has a reputation for innovation and is the UK’s engineering powerhouse. We are therefore proud to be continuing the support for the current generation of entrepreneurs through the DEGF as part of the city council’s commitment to sustainable job creation. We welcome expressions of interest at the moment and applications will re-open in early 2016.
— Martin Rawson, deputy leader of Derby City Council and chair of the DEGF Panel

DEGF focuses on stimulating innovation, expansion and investment in Derby businesses with each individual project judged on its own merits. Grants and loans have been used to develop or improve products and related services – leading to job creation.

Sean Price talks digital and skills development

Sean Price, Managing Director of Bondholder digital agency iBox discusses the need for entrepreneurs in Derby and his focus on delivering digital skills development in the city.

Derby is renowned for being a city of innovation, home to some of the greatest companies in the country. When you think of entrepreneurship in Derby, it’s easy to think of the likes of Mel Morris, however there are thousands of names you would never hear about, starting up in business, failing, and starting again.

As Managing Director of Derby based Digital agency iBox, our entrepreneurial spirit couldn’t be stronger. We believe in not only growing a fantastic business with incredible clients and a team of energetic people in-house that are all entrepreneurial in their own right, but developing the next generation of skilled workers for this digital era.

It’s a phrase we have all heard: ‘Fall down 7 times and get up 8’ - a true entrepreneur doesn’t give up, an entrepreneur will fight adversity and figure out solutions to problems that others do not. It’s with this in mind that with our digital creative agency iBox, we are tackling the two biggest problems we see in Derby.

The first being the skills crisis with our iBox Web & Software academy. In partnership with Derby College we give back our time to teach master-classes to students, provide work placements, and eventually jobs within our organisation thus developing the very best web designers, developers & digital marketers whilst discovering their individual talents over the course of the year-long programme.

Our academy operates side by side with others who are not just passionate, but obsessed (because that’s the level it takes) about their businesses such as

These companies launched their academies with Derby College alongside our own - it shows the level of entrepreneurship and dedication that exists in the city.

It doesn’t stop there, we also are incredibly passionate about supporting local entrepreneurs and their businesses through our derby.digital efforts.

Derby Goes Digital

Things are different...we've gone fully digital, and for Derby businesses, it is time to change.

Posted by Derby goes Digital on Friday, 16 October 2015

Our second initiative derby.digital aims to help promote and support the entrepreneurs of the city in developing their digital strategies and promoting local businesses to the world.

A common misconception is that 'going digital’ (web design, marketing, SEO, social media) is a costly investment, or is something that doesn’t need as much attention. This is what we aim to help educate companies with. Our derby.digital campaign is taking over a decade of experience in web and marketing to help companies with smaller budgets tackle the digital world and grow their businesses.

Being an entrepreneur is one of the most difficult and lonely paths to take in life - at iBox we want to help. As a rapidly growing digital agency in Derby, our e-Commerce website design work has been put in front of the likes of Richard Branson - our clients are all entrepreneurs. Working alongside really exciting, energetic people is what really keeps us buzzing every day.

GEW 2015 is another opportunity to look at and focus on those that are building the economy, taking the risks associated with greatness, and every last one should be celebrated.

£6.75m Hi-Tech Hub Opens

Bondholder and producer of parts for high-performance sports and racing cars, epm:technology has now commenced production at its new £6.75m hi-tech factory.

“A world-class factory in a world-class location, with a world-class workforce” is how managing director, Graham Mulholland described the move.

Marketing Derby Bondholders have supported the move - Ivygrove Developments were responsible for constructing the building, legal advice services were provided by Smith Partnership, and Salloway put the property deal together.

In total, epm:technology has moved 103 staff to its state-of-the-art, purposely designed new manufacturing site in Raynesway, the most advanced of its kind in Europe. The investment was made possible by a £4.75 million loan from Derby City Council’s Derby Enterprise Growth Fund, designed to help businesses expand in order to create good-quality employment opportunities.

Graham Mulholland added: “Ensuring the continuation of production throughout our transitional period has been imperative and I am extremely proud to say that that goal has been achieved seamlessly which is a great testament to the entire epm team who have made it all possible.”

Graham Mulholland said “This is how we are going to improve our performance and the factory demonstrates that we really are a world-class operation that is worthy of working with global bluechip companies.”

The firm is recruiting more laminators and engineers to help it expand further to support future growth.