intu Derby

New intu stores to Hatch


A hat-trick of new local brands are due to to be welcomed by intu Derby this summer following a national retail initiative, Hatch.

Derby-based loaded doughnuts maker, Project D and Burton-on-Trent’s Solesmith, which designs personalised socks that have featured on This Morning and EastEnders, will both be opening their first retail stores in intu Derby this summer.

Design 44, which curates a range of quirky UK and Scandinavian gifts and homeware, will be opening its second shop in Derby as part of the scheme.

Hatch is an initiative that has been launched by Revo – a national organisation that helps retail, property and placemaking to thrive. The campaign offers entrepreneurs and budding business owners the opportunity to set up their own shops in popular retail destinations with rent, service charges and business rates covered for the first six weeks.


intu Derby had originally signed up to support one new retailer but following the high quality and diverse range of applicants, it will now be welcoming all three unique brands to the centre, which will also be given access to business and marketing support from the British Independent Retailer’s Association, plus a year’s free BIRA membership.

Adam Tamsett, general manager at intu Derby, said: “The face of retail is changing and we’re seeing that customers want more choice between the nation’s favourite retailers and smaller, independent brands.

“intu Derby welcomes more than 22 million shoppers a year and we’re confident that Project D, Design 44 and Solesmith will be a huge hit once they open their doors to the public later this summer.

Samantha Sen, head of policy and campaigns at Revo, said: “We’d like to wish a huge congratulations to Project D, Design 44 and Solesmith. intu Derby will be the perfect incubating space for them to allow them to take their brands to the next level.”

Skechers steps intu Derby

California footwear brand Skechers is set to open its doors at Bondholder intu Derby's shopping centre this autumn.

Adam Tamsett, General Manager at intu Derby comments: “We are thrilled to welcome Skechers to intu Derby, it’s a fantastic global brand that will complement the rest of our fashion retailers."


Offering men’s, women’s and children’s shoes and everything from trainers to sandals, the store further bolsters intu Derby’s extensive fashion offering, which spans 1.4million sq. ft. of retail space.

To accommodate the new store, Tiger will move from its current location on Level 1 into a new space next to Virgin Media and Skechers will completely refit the 3,500 sq ft space. The new store is set to open in autumn.

Adam Tamsett says "“This is just one of a number of high profile new openings we’re hoping to announce this year. Most recently, Fenty Beauty arrived at intu Derby’s Boots store which has already proved to be incredibly popular with shoppers. We look forward to announcing more new arrivals in the coming months.”

Shopping centre contributes millions to Derby's economy


intu Derby shopping centre contributed £233.4 million to the city’s economy in 2017.

This is according to a study by planning and development consultants Lichfield’s and came through employment, regional investment and business rates paid.

The research was carried out as part of a wider study by Lichfield’s, which aimed to measure the overall contribution intu-owned shopping centres make to the UK economy.

Over the past 12 months, the British retail sector has lost a number of big high street names. During that time, some shops in Intu Derby have shut but the shopping centre operator has been working to fill the vacant units left behind.

David Fischel, chief executive of Intu, which also operates shopping centres in Spain as well as the UK, said: “Our centres are not only great places for customers to shop, eat and enjoy themselves but provide engines for dynamic economic and social value.

“Every year we add billions to the economies of the UK and Spain through local investment, the jobs we generate and the taxes we, our tenants and employees pay.”

The Intu Derby shopping centre opened in October 2007. At the time, the centre was owned and operated by Westfield, which ploughed £340 million into the development.

In 2014, the centre was bought by Intu Properties and was re-branded as Intu Derby.

Today, it is home to a range of shops, including leading retailers such as Next, Debenhams, Sainsbury’s and M&S, a multi-screen cinema, a large food area and leisure attractions, including indoor golf and bowling. Intu Derby itself is also active in the community supporting a number of projects.

Alexander Nicoll, corporate responsibility director at Intu, said: “We are proud to operate centres, which are not just the nation’s favourite shopping destinations, but also the lifeblood of their communities.

“Intu is guided by its culture and values to create better lives for thousands of people living close to our centres by delivering new skills, employment and health and well-being initiatives - and this in turn generates local prosperity.”

New stores for intu

Two new stores are set to open at Bondholder intu Derby.

Chocoholics of Derbyshire are in for a treat, as luxury chocolatier Hotel Chocolat prepares to open a boutique store and café concept in the centre. 

And once you have over-indulged in delicious chocolates head along to the new stylish leisurewear retailer Footasylum to buy some big name brands in sportswear.

Hotel Chocolat is set to open its doors this July, and will offer visitors a space to take a break from shopping and indulge in a choice of chocolate treats, as well as browse the brand’s signature selection of high-end products.

The cocoa-inspired café menu boasts a range of extravagant hot chocolates, brownies, ice-creams, and award-winning infused teas.

One of the world’s few chocolate-makers to grow and farm its own beans, Hotel Chocolat will stock everything from elaborate hampers and gifts, to unique flavour combinations and tasty tipples such as Cocoa Gin and Cocoa Beer.

The store will be located on Level 2 of the centre next to Swarovski.

Adam Tamsett, General Manager at intu Derby, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Hotel Chocolat to the centre, and we are certain many of our visitors with a sweet tooth will be, too.

“The latest opening will bring yet another premium brand to the centre, offering chocolate-lovers of all ages a taste of luxury. The cocoa café concept is an exciting addition to the traditional store, and will provide the perfect place to relax and refuel, as well as browse a wide variety of luxury gifts and treats,” he added.

Footasylum is expected to open its doors later this year and will be located on level 2 opposite Timberland.

Offering a wide variety of big name brands in store, including Adidas, Nike and Vans, shoppers will be able to browse everything from footwear to clothing for men, women and children.

Adam Tamsett, General Manager at intu Derby, said: “Following a series of exciting new openings including Footlocker and Lush, we are delighted to announce that Footasylum will be the latest addition to the centre."

The shoe fits at intu

Popular shoe store Footlocker is set to open an outlet at Bondholder intu Derby, after fellow Bondholder FHP negotiated the letting.

The global firm will open its doors Friday (25 May) on Level 2 of the centre near Timberland, and will span three units.

Carly Salisbury, marketing manager at intu Derby, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Footlocker to the centre. Its opening has been much anticipated, and comes at an exciting time for the centre, with several new store openings lined up this spring.

“Footlocker will make a fabulous addition to our already strong fashion offering, joining the likes of popular retailers including All Saints, Zara, Topshop and JD Sports,” she added.

intu VIP Shopping Night

Date: Thursday 12th April
Time: 5.00-8.00pm
Venue: intu Derby

Marketing Derby Bondholder intu Derby is delighted to invite fellow Bondholders, their friends, family and colleagues to a VIP evening of shopping.

Following on from the success of last year's event which welcomed over 900 people, we would once again like to take the opportunity to thank our Bondholders for their support, and what better way than
to invite all of your teams to join us at this exciting event.

The amazing team at intu has once again pulled out all the stops organising an evening of exclusive store discounts, special demonstrations, live entertainment and a glass of fizz.

It promises to be a fantastic night and we hope you will be able to join us.

* Free parking available to pre-registered guests only.

Click here to book your place at the VIP Shopping night

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Getting an Incite into Derby's Success

Innes England’s annual Market Insite report has revealed that industrial rents in Derby have grown by 26% in the last five years, alongside significant deals in the retail sector.

The report, which monitors trends in the East Midlands property market, highlighted a strong industrial market with Goodman and Ivygrove Developments leading the way.

Nick Hosking, director at Innes England, said, “The industrial sector performed well in 2017 with take-up echoing the previous year. Given the strength of Derby’s manufacturing base we expect to see the industrial sector perform well again this year.”

Innes England, sponsors of Team Derby at MIPIM, also analysed the retail market, noting the success of Intu Derby, whilst the Cathedral Quarter saw lettings to Jack Wills, Bar Soba and Bunk.

The largest deal, billed as the biggest in the city since the opening of Intu Derby, was the letting of 22,000 sq ft in the St Peter’s Quarter to TK Maxx. 

The American retail giant has announced the store will open on Thursday 22nd February and is expected to drive footfall and further lettings to the area. Derby City Council is offering support to the regeneration of the St Peter’s Quarter, with public realm works across the area, including a Walk of Fame, celebrating noteworthy achievements of some of Derby’s most deserving residents.

intu Reduces Charges

Bondholder intu Derby has announced its new evening parking tariff, allowing visitors to use the carpark for just £2 from the earlier time of 5pm instead of 6pm. 

The change comes off the back of a series of focus groups, organised by Marketing Derby, where Bondholders suggested a £2 tariff from 5pm would make it easier for them to visit straight from work. 

The updated tariff gives shoppers the opportunity to spend the evening utilising all of the shopping, leisure and dining experiences intu Derby has to offer.

Carly Salisbury, Marketing Manager at intu Derby, said: “We’re pleased to be able to adapt our parking tariff to allow visitors to get more shopping, leisure and dining time here at intu Derby.

“The tariff now allows people to park for £2 from 5pm, meaning shoppers can head here earlier, park for longer and wind down while enjoying precious time with family and friends. Whether that’s with dinner and drinks, late night shopping and a film, or a game of bowling or adventure golf after a quick bite to eat, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at intu Derby!”

Five Guys Sets Sights on Derby

Bondholder intu Derby has revealed the opening date of its latest addition to the centre, Five Guys. 

The burger chain will officially open its doors in Derby on Monday 27th November.

The restaurant will sit alongside intu's leisure offer, close to Hollywood Bowl and Paradise Island Adventure Golf, which launched earlier this year.

Neville Maling, Head of Property at Five Guys, said: “Securing a prominent space alongside the city’s best new leisure extension is an important part of our expansion plans.

"With this exciting leisure offer, 23 million visits each year and 2.2m catchment population, intu Derby is the perfect fit for Five Guys’s newest restaurant.”

Nick Round, Regional Managing Director of intu, said: “We’ve been well placed to support Five Guy’s UK expansion in recent years, with new openings across our national portfolio of shopping centres.

"The restaurant is set to be a sizzling success at intu Derby as it will perfectly complement the centre’s rapidly growing leisure offer which is driving even more customers to the centre from day to evening, which in turn is helping all our retailers flourish.”

intu Contributes Millions to City Economy

intu Derby contributes more than £300 million and over 7,000 jobs to the city's economy, a recent study reveals.

Planning consultants Lichfield’s found that in 2016 the shopping centre contributed £311 million to the local economy through employment, regional investment and business rates paid, and supported 7,139 jobs. 

Adam Tamsett, general manager at Intu Derby, said: “Creating and managing retail and leisure destinations that customers want to visit helps businesses flourish across the country, drives up investment in towns and cities and establishes real local prosperity.

“The jobs they create cater for a wide range of skills and abilities and deliver more entry-level and flexible routes into employment.”

Alexander Nicoll, corporate responsibility director at intu, added: “We invest millions in our centres and their local communities every year. This allows us to create long-lasting and positive change by delivering skills, employment and health and wellbeing.”

New Stores for intu

Bondholder intu has announced a string of new investments into its Derby shopping centre. 

American burger Chain Five Guys is set to open its doors this December, close to Hollywood Bowl and Paradise Island Adventure Golf.

Nick Round, regional managing director of intu, said: "We've been well placed to support Five Guy's UK expansion in recent years, with new openings across our national portfolio of shopping centres.

"The restaurant is set to be a sizzling success at intu Derby as it will perfectly complement the centre's rapidly growing leisure offer which is driving even more customers to the centre from day to evening, which in turn is helping all our retailers flourish."

The centre will also be welcoming clothing and footwear brand Timberland later this year. Starbucks has also relocated to the ground floor of the centre.

intu is on Trend

Derbyshire locals are set to turn heads this autumn, as Bondholder intu Derby returns with another fashion campaign with real people at its forefront.

The campaign is designed to showcase how key Autumn Winter17 fashion trends are accessible for everyone, no matter what age, gender or body type.

The intu Derby fashion team will once again be embarking on a roadshow around the county with stops at Ashbourne, Burton, and intu Derby itself, to find real people to get involved.

Everyone will be invited to have a spin of the “Trend Wheel”, which will showcase both the women’s and menswear key trends for the season, and give shoppers an opportunity to be styled by intu in the chosen trend.

Ten finalists will be picked to represent the true diversity of Derbyshire, and will be given a makeover by top stylists, styled in an outfit provided by centre retailers to represent the trend picked by the Trend Wheel.

The ten finalists will take part in a photo shoot, with their makeover images forming part of intu Derby’s in-centre autumn winter fashion exhibition.

The womenswear trends the centre is focusing on this season are: Space Age, Forties Blue, Soft Leather, Seeing Red, Rave On, That Seventies Show, Textures, Business Class.

Menswear trends are: Sports Luxe, Check Mate, Earth Tones, Brights, Strike a Cord, Dressed Down Tailoring.

For the chance to get involved, shoppers are being urged to join the intu Derby fashion team on Friday 8th September - 10:00am - 4:00pm.

New TK Maxx Store for Albion Street

US clothing retailer TK Maxx is set to open a new store on Albion Street, Derby

Operating across a total of 407 stores throughout Europe, TK Maxx offers clothing, homeware and giftware, as well as designer labels at affordable prices.

In addition to their premises at the Kingsway Retail Park, the new Albion Street store will see three existing units merged to provide a retail experience across both ground and first floors, totalling 22,000 sq ft.  

Following planning approval, refurbishment works will commence in late Spring 2017, with TK Maxx expected to undertake their fit out works in late 2017/early 2018.  The store, which will create 35 jobs in the city, is likely to be trading by late 2018. 

Albion Street is a key street in the city centre’s retail offer, with significant footfall between intu Derby and the St Peters Quarter.

Redefine International, a FTSE 250 UK REIT, purchased the east side of Albion Street in 2016 with plans to create a space suitable for an anchor fashion retailer, and was supported by Marketing Derby and Derby City Council in securing TK Maxx.

Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said:

“We welcome the news of TK Maxx opening an additional store on Albion Street. The St Peters Quarter, of which Albion Street is part, was identified in the Derby City Centre Masterplan as a key site for regeneration.

"The addition of TK Maxx will be the first new investment to help reinvigorate this area announced since businesses voted to reinstate the Business Improvement District. The City Council will soon be investing in the public realm in and around the area as part of those improvements. 

“Our officers worked closely with Redefine International and Marketing Derby to help secure this investment for the city.”

Sarah Jones, Senior Asset Manager UK Commercial at Redefine International, said:“We are delighted to be bringing such a sought-after retail brand to the city centre.             

"TK Maxx will act as an anchor tenant for the area and will be a significant attraction for shoppers.” 

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said:

‘The arrival of a second TK Maxx store is a welcome investment, and will act as a magnet for other retailers, enhancing Albion Street as a destination for retail in the heart of the city.

“With the intu centre attracting 23 million visitors a year, and the Cathedral Quarter receiving the 2016 Great British High Street Award, Derby’s retail offering is proving resilient strong. It’s great to see more investment coming helping to lift the St Peters Quarter.”

intu Exchanges Contracts on Eagle Market

Bondholder intu Derby has exchanged contracts with fellow Bondholder Derby City Council for the Eagle Market.

Over the course of an ambitious three year plan intu aims to revitalise the much loved market and restore it to its rightful place as one of the UK’s most successful indoor markets. The three year plan will maintain the heart and character of Derby’s celebrated market whilst improving on the traditional features customers have come to love about the local space.
Once the transaction completes, the management team at intu Derby will work alongside market management company, WMC to lead this new chapter.  
WMC brings a wealth of experience and expertise from its work operating a number of markets around the country, including London's Spitalfields, Watford and Luton, and through working together, intu and WMC will revitalise Eagle Market for the people of Derby to enjoy and spend time in.

Adam Tamsett, General Manager at intu Derby, said, “We’re looking forward to injecting new life into the market, creating a place for people to shop, eat and relax in whilst supporting existing traders and attracting new ones."


Businesses Back St Peters Quarter BID

Businesses in Derby’s St Peters Quarter have voted to re-establish the area as a Business Improvement District (BID).

The ballot saw 67.4% of rateable value votes backing the return of the BID.  

St Peters Quarter BID will commence operations on April 1 with a budget of £1 million over its five year term to assist in the achievement of its key objectives:

  • To provide a safe and inviting environment for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy;

  • To make the area smart and attractive;

  • To create an enjoyable and easily accessible place to explore for visitors, workers and residents;

  • To celebrate and promote the area and build the reputation of St Peters Quarter as a great place to shop, relax and be entertained.

St Peters Quarter Board Chair Helen Wathall is Managing Director of Bondholder G Wathall & Son. She said: "We now have the mandate to work together as businesses and with our partners to tackle the issues that we in St Peters Quarter and visitors to the area all face.

“Businesses have engaged enthusiastically in the consultation and planning for the next five years and we are grateful for the time that individuals have devoted and particularly to our project management company Partnerships for Better Business who have coordinated this process.

“Business confidence for the future in the St Peters Quarter BID is strong and this plan provides us with a clear direction and a new exciting era for this important part of the city centre.”

Ian Ferguson, Director of Bondholder Partnerships for Better Business (pfbb UK), said: “BIDs are the fastest growing partnership framework we have seen for decades in the UK and the success of the neighbouring Cathedral Quarter shows just what can be achieved."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "We are delighted that businesses have backed the St Peters Quarter BID. We work with many investors who want to be part of developing that area - better connecting the Cathedral Quarter and intu Derby."

intu's £3.5 Million Investment

Bondholder intu Derby has invested £3.5 million into their new leisure schemes. 

The shopping centre will play host to an indoor golf facility, and an American-themed bowling alley. 

Paradise Island Adventure Golf will allow players to choose from two 18-hole golf course, set amid a tropical Island.

Craig Nichol, Marketing Manager at Paradise Island Adventure Golf, said: “We’re really looking forward to introducing our indoor adventure golf concept to Derby this year. Adventure golf is fast becoming one of the most popular attractions on the UK leisure scene and there is currently nothing like this available in the area, so to be able to bring a new leisure experience is really exciting.

Hollywood Bowl offers patrons an American-themed bowling experience, as well a Hollywood diner featuring gourmet burgers. 

The 18 lane bowling complex will create up to 30 new jobs. 

Steve Burns, CEO at The Hollywood Bowl Group, said: "As the UK's largest bowling company, we're delighted to be opening a brand new centre in Derby.

"We are very excited to be bringing our new, state-of-the-art entertainment venue to Derby."

St Peters Quarter Vote Again

The re-ballot for the St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has officially been unveiled by Bondholder Partnerships for Better Business (pfbb UK).

Since the decision was made to re-ballot businesses for the BID following the 50/50 split vote last summer, a strategic working group involving local business representatives has reviewed plans to breathe new life into the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and intu Derby shopping centre. 

The ballot will close on Thursday February 23 at 5pm and the results announced the following day. If successful, the new five-year BID will start on Saturday April 1.

The key objectives of the BID will be funded by a budget of around £1 million paid for by a levy from businesses

Four objectives have been outlined in the plan, which were highlighted as the most important priorities by local businesses:

  1. To provide a safe and inviting environment for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy.
  2. To make the area smart and attractive and encourage a sense of pride in St Peter Quarter.

  3. To create and enjoyable and easily accessible place to explore for visitors workers and residents.

  4. To celebrate and promote the area and build the reputation of St Peters Quarter as a great place to shop, relax and be entertained.

Board Chair Helen Wathall, Managing Director of Bondholder funeral directors G Wathall & Son, said: “When faced with the split vote of last summer’s ballot, many businesses were dismayed at the result and the consequent loss of many of the services and support we had come to value over the last five years.

“The Rangers, who were highly valued and provided a dedicated service to businesses, disappeared, the Christmas Lights in many parts of St Peters Quarter were not erected and the knowledge that we could come together through a collective organisation was no longer a reality.

“As a result of a split vote by number, with only a 40% turnout, and many businesses only realising belatedly the significance of the result, the Board felt it was the right thing to provide businesses across St Peters Quarter an opportunity to have a further vote.

“We all recognise that the area has some deep rooted challenges which were never going to be solved overnight. However, besides the immediate support we gained from Rangers, promotion and events for example, we made considerable in-roads into influencing key decisions which started to address some of the structural challenges of the area.

“A BID acts as a catalyst which brings businesses together. The projects and initiatives in the proposal and business plan aim to address both the immediate challenges we face on a day to day basis and exert real influence on addressing the more deep rooted challenges of the area, such as our experience of walking down the street and the structural issue of Becketwell.

“This is a realistic plan with realistic targets at a realistic cost. It is our last chance to come together and really tackle the issues which impact upon our businesses.”

The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2017


The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2017 have officially been launched.

Organised by Bondholders Derby Telegraph and Champions, the awards celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies in Derbyshire who are putting our region on the map by boosting the economy while making a positive contribution to the local community. 

The awards are sponsored by a number of Bondholders, including Derby College, University of Derby, intu Derby, and Sellick Partnership. 

Categories include:


For a business that has achieved an overall exceptional standard of excellence this year.


This award puts a spotlight on the most successful small businesses in the region with more than six and fewer than 75 employees.


This award is about recognising tomorrow's brightest business today.


This award celebrates the entrepreneurs behind some of the most successful businesses in Derbyshire.


This award rewards and recognises professional service organisations that have demonstrable strengths in service excellence, business growth, innovation, technology, training and personal development.


This award honours excellence in sales and marketing in Derbyshire businesses.


This award pays tribute to the business that is continuing Derbyshire's tradition for scientific and technological excellence.


This award recognises some of the finest and most successful retail businesses in Derbyshire.


Derbyshire is one of the country's most creative regions and this award recognises the achievement of businesses within all the creative industries.


This award goes to a company that demonstrated excellence in trading internationally this year.


This award pays tribute to the businesses that are continuing that tradition through excellent manufacturing today.


This award goes to the business that has made the biggest contribution to the Derbyshire community this year.


Derbyshire boasts many successful not-for-profit organisations that make a huge contribution to the community. This award celebrates the best of them

To enter the awards, please click here


intu's Leisurely Investment

New leisure facilities at Bondholder intu are set to open in the next few months. 

The shopping centre will play host to an indoor golf facility, and an American-themed bowling alley. 

Paradise Island Adventure Golf will allow players to choose from two 18-hole golf course, set amid a tropical Island.

We’re really excited to be undertaking such an ingenious project where we’re converting a deck of the multi-storey car park into further leisure facilities.

We believe these additions will perfectly complement Showcase Cinema de Lux and all our great stores and restaurants, to give even more reasons for people to visit intu Derby.
— intu Spokesperson

Craig Nichol, Marketing Manager at Paradise Island Adventure Golf, said: "We're really looking forward to introducing our indoor golf concept to Derby.

"Adventure Golf is fast becoming one of the most popular attractions on the UK leisure scene, and we're excited to open our sixth location in Derby."

Hollywood Bowl offers patrons an American-themed bowling experience, as well a Hollywood diner featuring gourmet burgers. 

Steve Burns, CEO at The Hollywood Bowl Group, said: "As the UK's largest bowling company, we're delighted to be opening a brand new centre in Derby.

"We are very excited to be bringing our new, state-of-the-art entertainment venue to Derby."

intu ranked best in East Midlands

Bondholder intu Derby has been named the East Midlands' number one shopping centre, according to research conducted by Trevor Wood Associates. 

The ‘Going Shopping 2017 – The Definitive Guide to Shopping Centres’ sees the Derby shopping centre ranked highest in the region, and 16th overall in the country. 

Adam Tamsett, General Manager intu Derby, said: "We are delighted to hear that intu Derby has been ranked the best shopping centre in the region.  The last 12 months have been an exciting time for the centre with the opening of a number of new stores including Cath Kidston, New Look Men, Toys R Us and BB’s Bakers and Baristas as well as new restaurants including MEXIco and Carluccios.  As well as this, work is well underway on a fantastic leisure development which will see Hollywood Bowl and Paradise Golf open at intu Derby in Spring 2017.  

"Our aim is to continue to provide the people of the East Midlands with an outstanding place to shop and spend time with their families for many years to come.”

The tables are compiled by looking at shopping centres currently trading and ranking them by overall attractiveness to shoppers, retailers and investors. This was achieved by confirming detailed information for each scheme thought to be larger than 50,000 sq ft in the United Kingdom. The information is then converted into points for selected features shown to be important to those groups, including tenants, lettable area, type of scheme, weekly footfall and facilities available.