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Ramathon Returns to iPro

Entries for Ramathon 2017 are now open. Organised by Bondholder RunDerby, the Ramathon is returning to the city of Derby for a fourth year and will again be based at the iPro Stadium

At 2016’s Ramathon, Lindsy James set a new world record as fastest female to complete a half marathon pushing a baby in a pram. This year, RunDerby are hoping to smash even more records.

Race Director, Richard Kay said, “After just three years, Ramathon has firmly established itself as one of the leading regional running events. It is fantastic to be back at the iPro Stadium for 2017 and we’re thrilled to have the support of Derby County Football Club again for the fourth Derby Ramathon.”

Bondholder Derby County Football Club will be official race partner for a third year.

Faye Nixon, Marketing Manager at Derby County Football Club said, “We’re thrilled that the Ramathon runners will be returning to the iPro Stadium in 2017, we’re sure it will be another fantastic day for all involved”.

To enter online and for further information visit www.ramathon.co.uk

East Midlands Chamber - State of the Economy Conference 2016

Tomorrow at the iPro Stadium, Bondholder East Midlands Chamber will be holding their annual State of the Economy Conference. 

The conference will bring together business leaders across the East Midlands, focusing on the economic performance and prospects for the region.

Through a series of keynotes and expert panels, the conference examines the latest research and projections for the regional and national economy following the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

In addition to looking at ways uncertainty can be overcome, it will consider the key opportunities that exist for East Midlands businesses and the policy levers that will help support them being realised.

With an audience of business leaders from across the region, key speakers and panellists at the event will include Nicky Morgan - MP for Loughborough and Lilian Greenwood - MP for Nottingham South, who will offer a political perspective.

The economic landscape will be discussed by Patrick McGee - Chief Operating Officer at the British Business Bank, Ryan Bourne - Head of Public Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs, Emma Titmus – of Primary Markets at the London Stock Exchange Group, Jochen Schnadt - Chief Commercial Officer at bmi regional and Mark Williams - Business Development Director at Van Elle.

A second discussion group under the heading of Shaping a Great Future - Envisaging a Successful East Midlands Economy Post-Brexit, will include Garry Mowbray - Director of Finance at Bombardier Transportation, Nick Freeman – Assistant General Manager of Corporate Planning and External Affairs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK), John Bowater - Chief Finance Officer & Deputy Chief Executive at Aggregate Industries and Bill McElroy - UK MD Advisory at Turner & Townsend.

For more information, and to book your place, click here.

EMT propose £300m investment

A new report from Bondholder East Midlands Trains sets out £300m of proposals for faster and more frequent services between Derby and London, additional carriages for greater capacity, and improved Wi-Fi facilities.

The report East Midlands: A Railway for Growth was launched by East Midlands Trains Managing Director, Jake Kelly, at Bondholder Rail Forum East Midlands’ annual conference, held at Bondholder the iPro Stadium.  Whilst he described the plans as “ambitious”, he stressed the ongoing commitment of East Midlands Trains to investment in its rolling stock, people and services.  He said “If we are to build on the big progress made in recent years, we need to take action to ensure communities and the economy in the East Midlands benefit from further improvements and we don’t lose out to other regions.”

“We need to be loud and proud about the improvements that we would like to see and that our customers deserve.”

Jake Kelly, Managing Director, East Midlands Trains

The key priorities require approval by the Department for Transport and in attendance at the conference was the UK’s new rail minister, Paul Maynard, who said the Government would take on board the report’s recommendations and was already developing plans for the next East Midlands franchise due to start in 2018.

Sir John Peace, chairman of the Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect, helped launch the report at the conference, highlighting the importance of investment in transport infrastructure in the East Midlands to help the broader Midlands region realise its economic potential. He said “There is clearly a need now for more and faster trains for the East Midlands and the proposals contained in this report take a sensible and pragmatic approach to achieving that.”

A copy of the report can be found at www.arailwayforgrowth.co.uk.

Derby Monopoly to launch at Mill

The company behind iconic board game Monopoly has announced it will be launching the Derby edition later this year at Derby Silk Mill.

City retailers have been demanding stock of the new edition ahead of launch with pre-orders secured already from Argos, Debenhams, HMV, Ryman, Sainsbury's, Smyths, Toys R Us, Waterstones and WH Smith.

Ben Thompson, Development Executive at Winning Moves, said: "Pre-orders by retailers have been huge. Interest in the board for Christmas has been beyond our expectations. We have had to print a lot more boards than we first anticipated."

Ben also said after a huge response from the public regarding which landmarks should be featured, the board could have been filled "30 times over".

Derby landmarks set to appear on the board include Bondholders: Derby Cathedral, the iPro Stadium and Derby Silk Mill.

Mohammed Suleman, Director of Resources at Derby Museums, said: "We're delighted to be staging this launch event at the iconic Derby Silk Mill — site of the world's first factory. We're so proud of Derby's heritage and excited to see it represented on the official Derby Monopoly board."

RDS becomes DCFC's latest club partner

Bondholder RDS Global has signed up as fellow Bondholder Derby County Football Club's latest club partner until the end of the 2017/18 season.

The partnership includes the display of RDS Global's branding across digital assets at the iPro Stadium, as well as throughout its corporate hospitality assets.

We’re pleased to welcome RDS Global to Derby County. We’re looking forward to working with them over the next two years to develop a relationship which we hope will last for years to come.
— Sam Rush, President and Chief Executive of Derby County Football Club

RDS Global, established in 1997, now supports over 4,000 users in 200 locations across the UK, serving customers in sectors which include automotive retail, builders' merchants, care homes, hotel and hospitality and professional services.

Derby hosts its major Summit

Tomorrow at Derby's iPro Stadium, over 360 UK property professionals will hear from guest speakers and our Q&A panel about the latest developments and investment opportunities in Derby.

This year's theme is Thinking Global, Acting Local and host Declan Curry will welcome special guest speaker Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief of Financial Times' fDi Magazine who will speak about the timely topic Brexit: Be Careful What You Wish For? Christine Durrant, Strategic Director of Derby City Council, will talk about how the city's masterplan is being delivered.

A guest panel, which will answer questions from the audience, includes Gavin Barry from Bondholder Prosperity Capital Partners (the investors behind the new student development, Cathedral Court), David Joy, Chief Executive of Bondholder LCR, David Ralph, Chief Executive of D2N2, Alexandra Notay of the ULI (and independent consultant) and Russell Davies from Bondholder legal firm Smith Partnership.

In anticipation of this year's Derby Property Summit, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, Martin Rawson, said: "We are moving full steam ahead on delivering our Masterplan with the aim of levering billions of pounds of investment, creating new jobs and delivering new homes.  We want to develop a vibrant city centre which will be a City of Choice, a Business City, a Living City and a Connected City. Investors and businesses have been integral partners in the progress so far and we will need constructive and mutually-beneficial partnerships to drive forward the next wave of regeneration successes."

Sponsors of this year’s event include Smith PartnershipJustin Smith ArchitectsProsperity Capital PartnersLCRCompendium Living and Harrington Land.

OfficeCare takes lead role at Derby Theatre

Bondholder Derby Theatre is set for a long run after agreeing a three-year extension of its deal with fellow Bondholder cleaning company, OfficeCare.

OfficeCare has already cleaned the theatre for seven years, so the end of this extension will mark a decade in business together.

I am delighted that the Theatre has asked us to do an encore and continue keeping this prestigious set of Derby’s cultural life in tip top condition
— Martin Booth, Managing Director of OfficeCare

A team of staff have a starring role in keeping the premises smart, tidy and freshly clean for both staff and theatre-goers. Daily, they clean the auditorium, behind the main stage, the studio, actors' dressing rooms, box office, bistro and bar area. They usually do an extra job after matinee performances before the curtains go up again in the evening.

Martin Booth, Managing Director of OfficeCare, said: "I am delighted that the Theatre has asked us to do an encore and continue keeping this prestigious set of Derby's cultural life in tip top condition."

As part of the deal OfficeCare has given £12,000 in sponsorship to the theatre that allows it to take corporate guests to shows. 

Derby Theatre joins OfficeCare's portfolio of venues in the sport and leisure sector including Bondholders iPro Stadium, 3aaa County Ground and Déda.

Radleigh Homes links up with DCFC

Bondholder Derby County Football Club has welcomed fellow Bondholder Radleigh Homes onboard as a new club partner.

This partnership will allow Radleigh Homes to advertise its brand on both internal and external assets at the iPro Stadium, as well as on social media.

With more than three decades of housebuilding experience in the East Midlands, Radleigh Homes has established itself a reputation for combining stunning design with highly sought-after locations to create vibrant and exciting communities.

Sam Rush, President and Chief Executive of DCFC, said: "Radleigh Homes has an excellent reputation in their industry - and across the East Midlands - so we are delighted to be welcoming them on board as a partner."

Chris Neve, Joint Managing Director of Radleigh Homes, added: "We're delighted to be embarking on this new partnership with Derby County. Being associated with such a strong brand will reinforce our position as one of the region's leading housebuilders."

Radleigh Homes has an excellent reputation in their industry - and across the East Midlands - so we are delighted to be welcoming them on board as a partner
— Sam Rush, President and Chief Executive of Derby County Football Club