Smith Cooper scoop SME Deal of the Year 2016

The Corporate Finance team at Bondholder Smith Cooper has won the prestigious SME Deal of the Year accolade for the second year running at Insider’s Dealmaker Awards.

The Insider Dealmaker Awards remain an extremely prestigious and well regarded event in the region’s calendar, bringing together the key corporate finance firms and individuals who have been busy successfully creating deals over the past 12 months.

Smith Cooper were shortlisted for three categories; Advisory Team of the Year, SME Deal of the Year and Deal of the Year at the 2016 Awards which took place on 19th May, and on the night scooped the SME Deal of the Year for the sale of the UK’s largest designer-outlet jewellery chain, Chapelle Jewellery, to Hilco Capital.

John Farnsworth, Corporate Finance Partner at Smith Cooper commented: “We were delighted to be shortlisted for three Awards, but winning SME Deal of the Year two years running last night was the icing on the cake – and a tribute to the hard work of the whole Smith Cooper team”.  

The deal was led by Smith Cooper’s Corporate Finance team members John Farnsworth and David Crump who acted as lead advisers to Paul and Margaret Mortimer, shareholders of the 24-site Chapelle Jewellery business.  Legal advice was provided by Martyn Brierley of Flint Bishop, whilst Natasha Smith, a Partner specialising in transactional tax at Smith Cooper, provided tax advice.

In 2015 Smith Cooper Corporate Finance had a record year, ranking 9th in terms of deal volume in the Midlands. In the last year it has grown through a number of key appointments including two new Partners, Darren Hodson and Dan Bowtell, who head the Corporate finance divisions in Birmingham and Nottingham respectively, and Logan Mantle in Derby. A further appointment is imminent.

The Tap Named as East Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year

Following the finals of The National Pub & Bar Awards in London this week, Bondholder Derby Brewing Co's pub, The Tap, has been named as East Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year, one of 12 regional winners, having narrowly missed out on the award for National Pub of the Year.

Speaking after the awards Director Paris Harris commented “It’s a great honour to win the regional award for East Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year. We were up against 4 other pubs in the East Midlands category and competition was strong. The Tap, one of four Derby Brewing Co venues, the first venue we opened back in 2008 and since then it’s gone from strength to strength so it’s great to have this recognised."

Trevor Harris, Director, commented “It was a special night; to be awarded amongst the best in the country is a great moment. We will certainly be celebrating and hope the rest of Derby will join us, cheers!”

The Tap offers an extensive range of beers, with at least 5 of Derby Brewing Co ales and guest ales. Not to mention over 75 beers from around the world. You’ll also find a fantastic spirit selection, specialising in gin, rum & whisky, there is something for everyone including the legendary racks and tasting boards. 

Bar manager John Moore said about the awards "The award was a huge shock.  The team all work very hard so it's nice to be recognised especially on this scale. Our eyes are now set on being named as the National Winner in next year’s awards. ”

The Awards, organised by Pub & Bar Magazine, saw 94 County Winners entered into and invited to the grand final, which took place at London’s iconic BAFTA theatre on Tuesday 24 May 2016. On the evening, 12 regional winners and one overall National Pub & Bar of the Year were announced.

University makes second biggest jump in UK

The University of Derby has been ranked in the Top 50 in The Guardian University Guide 2017 after climbing 25 places.

Derby has jumped from 73rd to 48th place out of 119 institutions – the second biggest jump in the country – to achieve its highest ever ranking.

The Guardian league tables, published today, rank universities according to a variety of criteria including value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results, how satisfied final-year students are with their courses and the student to staff ratio. Derby showed improved performance across all criteria.

Welcoming the results from today’s The Guardian University Guide 2017, Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “The fact this is our highest ever ranking says a lot about where we are currently at as a University.

“It is particularly pleasing to be recognised in the Top 50 in the country by The Guardian which puts such a heavy focus on student experience and satisfaction which has always been at the heart of our approach.”

In this year’s Guardian University Guide 2017, Derby's figures include:

  • Satisfied with the course - 86.2% (based on annual National Student Survey)
  • Satisfied with teaching - 88.8%
  • Staff to student ratio - 14.8

As well as an overall ranking, The Guardian University Guide 2017 also produces league tables for each subject area which has seen some equally impressive performances for Derby. These include Top 10 rankings for Fashion and Textiles, Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism, Journalism, and Film Production and Photography.

Law at the University of Derby has been ranked in the Top 20, as has Sports Science, long with Education – which, in 2015, was awarded ‘Outstanding’ – the highest accolade from Ofsted – for its teaching training.

Many prospective students rely on annual guides published by national newspapers and elsewhere, to inform their decision as to where they study.

Professor Mitchell added: “A Top 50 overall ranking and an increasing number of subject areas in the Top 20 will have a positive impact on our national profile and I hope will encourage even more students from across the country to take a look at what Derby has to offer.

“We are already heading for a record intake this September and this now builds a solid foundation for further growth over the coming years.”

The fact this is our highest ever ranking says a lot about where we are currently at as a University.
— Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby

Flint Bishop secures hat trick of awards

Bondholder law firm Flint Bishop has now won all of the three nationally-recognised debt recovery awards this year.

The firm was crowned the 'Best Legal Team' by the Credit Today Awards at a glamorous event held at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

These three major awards for legal recoveries have been won by Flint Bishop year-on-year and are the highest recognition for excellence in credit management and debt collection.

Qamer Ghafoor, Managing Partner of Commercial Services and Head of Litigation, commented: "I am pleased that the department has received the recognition it deserves across these three awards. Over the last few years, we have been going from strength to strength and our household name client wins are a testament to the quality and standard of the legal services that we are able to deliver. The firm always goes the extra mile for our clients."

Over the last few years, we have been going from strength to strength and our household name client wins are a testament to the quality and standard of the legal services that we are able to deliver.
— Qamer Ghafoor, Managing Partner of Commercial Services and Head of Litigation at Flint Bishop

Derby Film Festival breaks record

This year's ten-day Derby Film Festival, which took place at Derby QUAD earlier this month, has reported its best year yet.

Compared to last year's festival, ticket sales saw over a 30% increase. The festival presented a programme full of film previews, special events and guests of honour including Simon Callow and Sir Ben Kingsley.

Adam Marsh, Derby Film Festival Co-Director commented: "I have been delighted with the response to this year's Derby Film Festival. It is growing from strength to strength each year and we are already looking forward to Derby Film Festival 2017!"

Exclusive previews this year included: an opening night preview of Florence Foster Jenkins (PG), Green Room (18), Mustang (15), Do You Own The Dancefloor? (15) with a Q&A with the film's director Chris Hughes, The Snarling (Advised 18), The Case of Hana and Alice (12A), Generation Right and Live from New York (12A).

Book Festival artists in finals for South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Two artists who are part of this year's Derby Book Festival have been shortlisted for categories in the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Ben Dole, Artistic Director of dance company, Lost Dog, is nominated in the Dance category for Paradise Lost (Lies Unopened Beside Me), which he will perform at Bondholder Déda on Thursday 9th June at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £12/£10, click here to buy.

Derby-born author Sunjeev Sahota is nominated in the Literature category for his Man Booker-shortlisted second novel The Year of the Runaways. Sunjeev will be joining an event sponsored by Bondholder Freeths at QUAD on 6th June at 6pm. Tickets cost £8/£6, click here to buy.

Winners for the South Bank Sky Arts Awards will be announced during Derby Book Festival on 5th June.

Toyota celebrates 10 million vehicles

Bondholder Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK is celebrating after its 10 millionth vehicle was made in Europe, with its Derby plant in Burnaston having played a major role in producing enough cars to almost circle the globe nose-to-tail.

Over the next two years, we expect our overall production in Europe to increase by a further 20%
— Johan van Zyl, President and Chief Executive of Toyota Motor Europe

Johan van Zyl, President and Chief Executive of Toyota Motor Europe, said: "Our European manufacturing track record includes building the first B-segment hybrid car sold in Europe, assembling hybrid engines and exporting vehicles to North America and Japan. Over the next two years, we expect our overall production in Europe to increase by a further 20%."

Recent years have seen the Burnaston plant go from strength to strength with Auris and Avensis production increasing by 10% alongside a £100 million investment.

Bondholders dominate Business Awards

With the Derby Telegraph Business Awards fast approaching, we're thrilled to announce that many of our Bondholders have placed as finalists for awards.

Congratulations and good luck to:

With the awards ceremony currently in its judging period, the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 9th June at The Roundhouse.

The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2016 is in association with Bondholder Champions (UK) plc and is sponsored by Bondholders CPL Print, Derby College, HSKS Greenhalgh, intu Derby, Marketing Derby, The Roundhouse, Sellick Partnership, Sky Recruitment Solutions and the University of Derby.

BB&J property surveyor wins Deal Maker of the Year

Leading property surveyor from Bondholder BB&J Commercial, Chris Wright, has been awarded the prestigious title of Deal Maker of the Year for the second time thanks to a number of major deals he has secured over the past year.

Chris was announced winner in the Derbyshire category by leading industry firm, EGi which publishes the Estates Gazette magazine and undertakes extensive research and analysis of the UK property market.

BB&J's Mark Richardson said: "This is fantastic news and truly well deserved. Chris works very hard and has a strong commitment to clients as well as a clear natural aptitude and sense of the market which has helped to make him Derby's top agent."

Chris has been integral in some of Derby's biggest property deals including the most recent announcement that cyber security firm Webroot is doubling its presence in the city thanks to a move brokered by Chris.

Chris commented: "It's an absolute honour to gain the Deal Maker title once again, it's been an incredibly busy year and I've been involved in some very exciting projects which has contributed towards Derby's continued reputation as a major centre for business and innovation."

Castleward builds a good reputation

Phase one of Bondholder Compendium Living's Castleward urban village project has been highly commended in the "New Build" category of the Brighter City of Derby awards by fellow Bondholder Derby Civic Society.

The Mayor of Derby presented a certificate to Compendium Living project manager Ian Woodland. Managing Director Dave Bullock said: "We are delighted that Derby Civic Society has awarded Castleward highly commended in this category. We had a fantastic year in 2015 and have been delighted with the response we've had so far from local people to our high quality homes."

Phase one of the Castleward project, the Boulevard, is nearing completion. It includes 164 homes, coffee shops, retail outlets and a convenience store.

Derby Civic Society secretary David Ling said the Castleward scheme deserved to be recognised: "The development has been constructed with bright modern buildings respecting the 19th century street layout, but including a brand new square, which is the central feature of the site. This is the first phase in the important step towards re-introducing residential development to the city centre."


FHP Recognised for its Outstanding Service

Bondholder FHP has been shortlisted for its Outstanding Customer Service at a prestigious national award ceremony.

We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted. Customer-led awards are obviously very important as it’s a clear indication of how well we’re doing as a business and how we value our service as a top priority.
— Ian Marriott, Associate Director

The ESTAS, sponsored by Zoopla, uses customer feedback to determine the UK’s best estate and letting agents. A shortlist of 22 regional awards has been established using research collected from more than 30,000 customers.

The award ceremony will take place on the 15th April at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.


Huub Scoops National Awards

On Saturday 9th April, the best of the UK’s triathlon talent descended onto London to celebrate the 12th Annual 220 Triathlon Awards. Bondholder Company Huub Design scooped up two of the biggest awards of the night.

Owner Dean Jackson walked away with awards celebrating Huub's innovative range of triathlon wetsuits and tri-suits. The awards included Triathlon Wetsuit Brand of the year, and Tri-Suit Brand of the year.

Sister company Huub Events also scooped a prestigious award at the ceremony. The Jenson Button Trust Triathlon won Event of the Year award for a race with under 500 for the first time after it was relocated to Derby.

These awards are hugely anticipated in the triathlon industry. Our trophy tally shows that Derby is truly a city of sports innovation – for product design, staging a hugely successful high profile sporting event and in developing top triathletes.
— Dean Jackson, Owner

At a Marketing Derby Bondholder Breakfast earlier this year, Dean announced that the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon would be returning to the city. The second triathlon will be held on 17th July.

Dean Jackson, owner and founder of HUUB Design and HUUB Events said: “There was a very strong Derby contingent at the 220 Triathlon Awards this year and we were delighted to come home with three trophies and to be celebrating the recognition for athletes who are part of the HUUB family.

“HUUB Design has won a host of trophies in these annual industry awards over the past few years and I am particularly delighted that the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon won the Best Event award.

“Equal credit needs to go to Jenson Button and his team for their belief and trust in Derby as a city that delivers and to our partners Derby City Council and the businesses who helped make this fantastic event happen."


Claire Duffin, Event Director at HUUB Events collected the trophy for the JBTT.  She said: “We were over the moon to have reached the final of the Event of the Year and ecstatic to have won the trophy.

“This year’s Jenson Button Trust Triathlon will be even bigger than last year – attracting a wide range of novice and elite individual triathletes and teams.
— Claire Duffin, Event Director


“I am sure that this award will attract even more competitors from all over the UK and the world to Derby on July 17 for the event.”

Revenues soar at Clowes Development

Bondholder Clowes Development has reported a huge increase in revenues by more than £36m with pre-tax profits also increasing to £26.6m from £14.7m.

Turnover for the year came in at £76.6m, up from £40.1m a year earlier. The company's chairman, David Clowes, said growth was down to higher development sales and one large sale of £44.4m during the year.

Now headed by one of the region's most successful entrepreneurs, David Clowes, the company was originally founded in 1964 by Charles W Clowes and now owns industrial, office, retail, residential and mixed-use sites across the UK through its 16 subsidiaries.

The company has also confirmed that turnover and profit are likely to reach similar levels in the year to 31st March 2016 due to the company's pipeline and strategy of acquiring and brining sites forward for development.


Top marks this year for Derby College

Bondholder Derby College has been praised by Ofsted as 'a valued resource for the city of Derby and the county of Derbyshire' following a recent inspection.

The college was judged as 'Outstanding' for its work with employers to design and deliver the curriculum as well as the success of its employer academies. Also receiving an 'Outstanding' accolade was the quality of work with high needs learners.

Mandie Stravino, Chief Executive of Derby College, said: "This excellent Ofsted report is good news not just for Derby College as an organisation but for the wider city and county that we support."

Derby College is the 13th largest college in England and served around 25,500 learners of all ages. The college provides a range of courses for all levels through to higher education.

A-level pass rates at Derby College are at an impressive 98% and the success rate of its apprentices is at 76% - above the national average of 70%.

But its amazing provision for students is just one side of the story. The college works with around 2,700 employers in Derby and Derbyshire supporting workforce skills development, including apprenticeships. And, despite the constant funding challenges from central government, Derby College has a good financial position as a result of its diverse and flexible offer. 

Derby College itself employs a staff of 1,362.

Mandie Stravino, Chief Executive of Derby College, said: "We are particularly delighted that this year has seen dramatic progress in our priority area for action: improving the quality of our teaching and learning. Our learners' success is testament to these endeavours, in many cases propelling us above the average results both for national providers and other East Midlands colleges for the first time in our recent history."

This excellent Ofsted report is good news not just for Derby College as an organisation but for the wider city and county that we support,
— Mandie Stravino, Chief Executive of Derby College

Flint Bishop shortlisted for third national award

Bondholder Flint Bishop - the largest independent, top 200, law firm in the region - has been nominated for a third nationally-recognised debt recovery award for its contribution to Debt Recovery at this year's Credit Today awards.

The firm already holds two of the three nationally-recognised awards and so is delighted to be shortlisted for the third and final award.

Qamer Ghafoor, Managing Partner of Commercial Services and Head of Litigation commented: "The Debt Recovery team has grown significantly over the course of the last two years, with the success of many major new contract wins. Although we operate from a Derby base, our clients are very much leading national brands across a number of industries. We are fortunate enough to be seeing expansion across the whole firm, but particularly amongst the Debt Recovery department. I'm looking forward to the awards ceremony, where I hope we will once again be recognised for our ability to deliver a first class debt recovery solution and add value to our clients."

In the last twelve months Flint Bishop has been recognised at the CCR awards where it won the 'Collections' category and was highly commended for its contribution in 'Legal and Enforcement'.

The second major award win was the 'Third Party Debt Collection Team of the Year' at the CICM British Credit Management Awards and Flint Bishop was again highly commended, this time in the 'Legal Team of the Year' category.

University in national top 3

Bondholder the University of Derby's oustanding reputation for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) has been recognised after being listed in the top three for undergraduate teacher training in the prestigious Good Teacher Training Guide 2015.

The guide is produced by Alan Smithers and Mandy-D Coughlan from the University of Buckingham's Centre for Education and Employment Research and compares 174 universities and school-centred and employment-based training programmes in the UK on their entry qualifications, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) grades and take-up of teaching posts.

Dr Lynn Senior, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Derby, said: "Derby has a rich heritage in teacher training and the University's origins can be tracked back as far as 1851, when the Derby Diocesan Institution of the Training of Schoolmistresses was created. Through our teaching offer, more than 600 students study at the University of Derby each year to become newly qualified teachers and go on to fantastic careers working with children and young people."

Ofsted recently awarded 'Outstanding' to Derby's Primary and Further Education (FE) and Skills (post-14) provision and acknowledged that the ITE partnership has an excellent reputation with its trainees, newly qualified teachers (NQTs), employers and partner organisations.

Derby shoots up league tables

Derby's Tourism Team at Discover Derby is celebrating this week after rising up in the English Tourism Social Media Index League Table 2016.

Discover Derby came third in the East Midlands (up from sixth place last year) and 37th out of 129 destinations in the country for its digital engagement.

The league table methodology takes into account factors such as usage of various different social media platforms, community growth and engagement and amount of different types of media used (eg. images, video, official apps and external links). Each destination is also judged by a panel and there are penalties for bad practice such as spelling mistakes and duplicate content.

Stella Birks, Visitor Services and Development Manager at Discover Derby, said: "It's really good to see the improvement made in the tourism social media league table. Particularly as we operate with very little resource compared to some of the other destinations listed. We look forward to building on this success next year."

In real world speak, all marketing activity carried out by Discover Derby affects the visitor economy in the city and surrounding areas. Derby saw a 9.5% increase in visitor numbers between 2009 and 2014 which resulted in a 37.5% increase in direct expenditure. The increased visitor numbers also helped support over 5,000 jobs in the city.

To view the league table, visit the English Tourism Social Media Index website.

We look forward to building on this success next year
— Stella Birks, Visitor Services and Development Manager at Discover Derby

Sinfonia Viva player receives national recognition

Graham Hall, a founding member of Bondholder Sinfonia Viva, has been awarded the prestigious RPS/ABO Salomon Prize by the Royal Philharmonic Society and Association of British Orchestras which celebrates the 'unsung heroes' of orchestra life.

Having started his journey studying at the Royal Academy of Music under James Blades, Graham left London and taught for two years as a peripatetic percussion tutor before going freelance as a player in 1984. He has since then worked with many orchestras throughout the country including Sinfonia Viva.

Graham received his award at a Sinfonia Viva concert at Derby Cathedral on his 56th birthday and commented: "It is important for musicians to have a voice in an orchestra and there are specific challenges for smaller orchestras whose players are freelance and work in many different guises. Although we are not working with each other on a daily basis, we are a tight band of players who share the same work ethos and commitment to Viva."

Supported by fellow Bondholders Rolls-Royce, Derby City Council, Derby LIVE and Derby Cathedral, Sinfonia Viva is also supported with public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Derby Cathedral shines as international awards finalist

Bondholder Derby Cathedral is in a prestigious list of locations shortlisted for the 2016 Lighting Design Awards which also includes the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia; the Sayner Huette Foundry in Bendorf, Germany; and the Saraye Ameriha Boutique Hotel in Kashan, Iran.

Derby Cathedral has been shortlisted for the Heritage Project of the Year category which covers period buildings, churches and places of worship. Previous winners of the award include Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge and King’s Cross Square, London.

The international awards, now celebrating their 40th year, will be decided by an impressive judging panel of esteemed professionals from around the globe including New York-based lighting and design pioneer, Howard Brandston as head judge; Head of School of Design at Victoria University, New Zealand, Professor Margaret Petty; and the Chair of Architecture at Cardiff University, Professor Richard Weston.

A spokesperson from the Lighting Design Awards organisers said: "Winning is the ultimate accolade of achievement."

The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 5 May at the London Hilton Park Lane which will be attended by 1,000 top designers and suppliers.

Winning is the ultimate accolade of achievement
— Spokesperson, Lighting Design Awards

Yvonne named Inspirational Woman in Business 2016

Derby’s self-proclaimed Print Evangelist, Yvonne Gorman, has recently won the accolade of Inspirational Woman in Business 2016 – Derby & Derbyshire at an event to celebrate International Women’s Day, hosted by Vox Feminarum.

Yvonne started Bondholder company Essential Print Services in 2011 in a male-dominated industry, amidst a recession. Her mission; to raise the standards of printed literature for small businesses.

The company has since created jobs and supported a number of charities including the Maria Hanson Foundation where Yvonne is also a Trustee.

Known as Derby's 'networking queen', Yvonne is passionate about growing Derby's economy through collaborations and referrals. She helps to run three non-profit groups including, Derby Hub and Hallmark Business Group.

Derby born and bred, Yvonne is one of twenty Small Business Saturday UK Champions and was the driving force behind 2015's event at the Council House. This same initiative secured her an invitation to Downing Street in 2013 where she represented her city’s small business community.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been recognised for the variety of work I do in the local business community. I never expected to ever win an award with the word, ‘inspirational’ in it – wow! If my work can inspire others along the way, it makes me more determined to continue with my plans.” commented Yvonne.

She added, "I'm feeling very proud to be a business woman in Derby. Never in a million years did I ever imagine running my own company, but since I took the plunge, also 5 years ago now, I've been able to achieve so much and there are tons of ideas I still want to fulfil. Having my own small business means I get the opportunity to meet and work with hundreds of awesome people. Its hard work but truly amazing."