Derby Digital launches business awards

Harriet Taylor (middle) presenting the Caralot team with their Derby Digital Business of the Month award

Derby Digital - the brainchild of Bondholder iBox Creative - has launched the first of its Business of the Month Awards.

The Awards are held each month where four local companies are put forward as nominations. Each of the nominees then use social media to try and gather the most votes. The winner is announced at the end of the month and receives a certificate, lots of social media coverage, blog posts and more.

A huge 363 votes were cast for the first award which took place last month and the winner, Spondon-based used car dealership Caralot, beat competition from other nominees including University of Derby graduate The Advert Man, The Kitchen Derby and Young Ideas Fashion.

Harriet Taylor, Digital Marketing Manager at iBox Creative, commented: "The awards are fantastic. We are creating a real buzz within the business community in Derby. There are so many businesses of all sizes who deserve recognition. The awards is a way for us to give back to Derby businesses and help them engage with the public who follow them. Derby is a city that needs to be celebrated and the core strength of the city is its businesses."

Derby Digital is always looking for new businesses to enter. For more information visit Derby Digital's website.

Derby is a city that needs to be celebrated and the core strength of the city is its businesses
— Harriet Taylor, Digital Marketing Manager at iBox Creative

iBox expands onto Friar Gate

Bondholder iBox Security has announced 42 Friar Gate as its new headquarters following an impressive year of growth with a dozen new clients to add to its already impressive client base.

We have experienced major growth in the last year and to meet the needs of our increasing client base we need to invest in our people and our operations
— Sean Price, Managing Director at iBox-Security

The firm, which was previously based at Connect Derby's King's Chambers, has invested in office space totalling 1,900 sq ft and comes part of an ambitious five-year expansion plan.

Managing Director Sean Price said: "We have experienced major growth in the last year and to meet the needs of our increasing client base we need to invest in our people and our operations. This means taking a larger office space that can accommodate our growth, with the opportunity for even greater expansion over the next five years. In 2016 alone we expect to hire at least six new people to join our web, software and digital marketing teams. Strategically, Friar Gate is the perfect location for us, at the heart of Derby."

The new larger office space will enable a greater working environment for employees, as well as the opportunity and space for the company to expand its talent pool.

Schools seek 250 business helpers

This morning Marketing Derby Bondholders gathered at the Council House to learn more about the Enterprise for Education (E4E) scheme.

E4E is a Derby partnership, which links employers with schools and students in a bid to raise young people’s aspirations; improve employability skills amongst the city’s young people; provide a larger pool of home-grown talent for local employers; and create a better understanding of the career opportunities available.

The project board is made up from representatives from Derby City Council and the city’s private sector, including Bondholder companies Rolls-Royce, Freeths and iBox-Security.

Over the past year E4E has helped over 4,000 local children with a programme of mock interviews, CV writing workshops and mentoring.

Chairman of E4E, and Partner at law-firm Freeths, Mike Copestake said: ““E4E’s principal aim is to raise the aspirations and hopefully the attainment of the city’s young people and enable them to go on and achieve something positive in their careers.

By showing youngsters that anything is realistically achievable and giving them a bit of guidance, their aspirations and confidence can grow enormously in a short space of time.
— Mike Copestake, Chairman of E4E

The organisation is looking to recruit another 250 volunteers to help support pupils and schools, and help prepare young people for the world of work.  

To register your interest, please click here.

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.

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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.