EMBS goes back to the future

Just a mile away from Derby city centre, World Heritage Site Darley Abbey Mills has welcomed Bondholder EMBS as its newest tenant.

EMBS has just signed a lease for its new office after painstaking restoration work started earlier this year, slowly transforming the space into modern offices, last used in the 1960s. The project is due for completion in October and EMBS should be fully operational in its new home before the end of the year.

Simon Bucknell, Director at EMBS, commented: "We are all very excited about moving into this building, it will be a truly unique and inspiring place to work and the whole team cannot wait to move in! Darley Abbey Mills is now home to a number of creative and digital businesses and we all share the same enthusiasm for the history of the site."

He continued: "2016 has already been a record-breaking year for us. Our results for the first two quarters have been particularly strong and we've signed up two large clients to recruitment outsourcing contracts so we feel very confident about the future."

Steering group opportunity at Mills

Strutt's North Mill at Belper

Mark Suggit, Director of Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, has announced an exciting opportunity to join its new steering group.

The World Heritage Site has recently reorganised its management and now has a steering group in place of its old board. The team is looking to recruit one representative from the three areas of the site, namely Cromford, Belper and Derby.

The position is voluntary and more information can be found here.

Two new managing partner appointments

Richard McNeilly

Richard McNeilly

Bondholders Dains and Smith Cooper - both specialists in accountancy and professional services - have appointed new managing partners recently.

Former head of business development at Bondholder Dains, Richard McNeilly, will replace Spencer Wright as managing partner after more than a decade in post.

Spencer commented: "I'd like to wish Richard and the team every success for the future. I have little doubt that the business will continue to flourish and I am delighted that Richard has taken on the role as managing partner."

James Bagley

Meanwhile, across town at Bondholder Smith Cooper, Andrew Delve has announced his stepping down after two decades as managing partner and handing over the reins to James Bagley. James has worked closely with Andrew over a number of years and is regarded as a gifted business advisor and respected leader.

Andrew Delve commented: "I am proud of what this firm has achieved over the last 20 years and supremely confident that further growth and success will follow under James' leadership."

Nelsons doubles investment management team

Bondholder Nelsons Solicitors has doubled the size of its investment management team, with its independent financial advisors now managing more than £120million of investment.

The team, now standing at nine people, comprises of partner and chartered financial planner Andy Hammond, IFAs Phil Terry, Laura Hatton and Simon Thatcher, as well as a paraplanning manager, two paraplanners, a projects administrator and an administration assistant.

Andy Hammond commented: "Our team has grown rapidly over the last two years, in order for us to offer a first class service that is tailored to the requirements of both our existing and new clients."

He continued: "As we are part of a thriving law firm, our work often overlaps with that of the other teams in the firm, such as wills, probate and trusts, personal injury, corporate and family law. This approach has significant benefits for our clients, as we are offering a multi-disciplinary and full-service proposition."


PKF interns receive promotions

Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry's first-ever internship programme has resulted in all eight interns being offered full-time roles at the firm.

The internship programme, launched 12 months ago, allows young people to gain experience in various key areas of the business from audit and corporate finance to IT and marketing. Interns are given an excellent environment to grow, both personally and professionally and can take advantage of personal development training, business projects and national and international networking opportunities.

The award-winning audit team is welcoming Laura McBride, following a four-month internship, along with Lorna Marshall and Lilla Twarowska. Tom Blanchard will be working within the wealth team, Lorna Collyer in business tax, Jack Purkis in personal tax, and Antony Cockerill in IT solutions.

Chloe Ordish will be taking up a 12-month role within the firm's marketing team, whilst Scarlett Rabusin and Benjamin Millar have both been appointed to the internal finance team.

Ade Cheatham, CEO of PKF Cooper Parry, said: "We're incredibly excited about this group of interns. They've demonstrated a real passion for their work and a willingness to learn about what it takes to succeed in their chosen field and we're really pleased to have them as a part of our team."

This year's PKF Cooper Parry internship programme has now been launched, applications can be made at www.pkfcooperparry.com/careers/internships

Purpose Media surpasses 30 staff

Growth continues at full service digital marketing agency and Bondholder Purpose Media as it appoints its 30th employee, doubling the number of employees in just nine months.

Joining the team are creative account manager, Georgia Vicars, and assistant office and accounts manager, Hayley Manchester.

Georgia, who is Derby born and bred, is a graduate of Bondholder University of Derby and will collect her first class BSc Honours degree in Information Technology at an awards ceremony at Bondholder Derby Arena in July. Georgia also enjoys horse riding, cycling, indoor rock climbing and supporting Derby County Football Club

Commenting Georgia said, “I am thrilled to be joining a fast-growing digital creative agency that is committed to providing its clients with incredible service.  With its particular skill in delivering ecommerce website design and online marketing solutions, Purpose Media is the perfect fit.”

Hayley lives in Pinxton and joins the team from Yorkshire Bank, where she has spent the last 11 years. She holds several NVQ qualifications in IT, business, customer service, IAB advanced bookkeeping and computerised accounting. She also has a CASHE Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

In her spare time Hayley enjoys spending time with her family, and walking her dog. Hayley is a Forest fan so plenty of office banter is now anticipated!

Absolute Networks expands into Derby city centre

Bondholder Absolute Networks, the business IT support, cloud and IT procurement provider, has moved its Derby based staff into larger more central offices at fellow Bondholder Connect Derby's Friar Gate Studios.

The firm's new office will accommodate the growth of the IT support and cloud services business, it shall also provide a stronger local presence in Derby for meetings and events. Friar Gate Studios is home to some of Derby’s most exciting young creative businesses which represent the ‘creative industries’, one of the fastest growing business sectors in the region.

Talking about the move Matthew Drew, Managing Director of Absolute Networks said: “The new office really meets the demands for our evolving business, it’s a great atmosphere to show customers how we can use IT to really grow and enhance their business”.

Absolute Networks provides managed IT support services, cloud and hosting solutions and is accredited to sell and support the leading IT brands such as HP, Dell, Microsoft, VMware and Cisco.


The new office really meets the demands for our evolving business, it’s a great atmosphere to show customers how we can use IT to really grow and enhance their business
— Matthew Drew, Managing Director of Absolute Networks

Idom doubles housing division

One of the UK's leading multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies and Marketing Derby Bondholder, Idom Merebrook, has reported a phenomenal 100% growth in its housing division since 2010.

Projects undertaken with housing developers now account for approximately 47% of the consultancy's total turnover. Idom's housing turnover has risen to £2.57m from £1.35m since 2010 and is forecast to increase further this year.

The real growth has not come from winning contracts with new clients, but from working more closely and doing more for its existing housing client base. In addition, Idom has been awarded an increasing number of regeneration projects to help redevelop brownfield sites for housing, an area in which the consultancy specialises.

Nigel Huish, Managing Director of Idom Merebrook, commented: "The statistics show two things; firstly as a consultancy we are comfortably in line with the steady growth being experienced by the industry as a whole. Additionally, while we are steadily expanding our client portfolio ,our main area of growth has come through providing a wider range of services to our existing and longer-standing clients on bigger projects."

Bringing brownfield sites back to use is a key part of the government's strategy to promote sustainable development, the UK has over 400,000 hectares of contaminated land much of it a legacy from the industrial revolution and the clean-up of this land has been made a priority.

Planning Design outgrows office as turnover hits more than £600,000

Leading Derby consultancy of planners, architects and urban designers, Planning Design, has taken on new staff and moved to larger premises to cope with increased workload.

The consultancy however didn't move far from its office at Woburn House on Vernon Gate, taking up larger offices on the second floor. The firm said it needed more space but liked its location too much to leave. The new office is about 50% larger and includes a new meeting room as part of the deal.

This move is a great opportunity for us to work closer together as a multi-disciplinary team as we are now all on one floor as opposed to two before
— Jon Millhouse, Director at Planning Design

Planning Design has various offices in the region to deal with local projects, but also carries out work across the country including those based in London. The practice has recently worked on housing schemes at Matlock, Doveridge, Hulland Ward and Stretton, and is currently involved in schemes at Pilsley and North Wingfield. One of the directors, Richard Pigott has just been involved in a public inquiry into plans to build 50 homes off North Avenue at Darley Abbey.

Planning Design was also involved in a major regeneration and redevelopment of the former Ashbourne airfield, and recently received planning approval for a new link road between the A52 and Blenheim Road which will make access easier and reduce traffic congestion..

Director Jon Millhouse said: "This move is a great opportunity for us to work closer together as a multi-disciplinary team as we are now all on one floor as opposed to two before."

Armsons hires new associate director

Bondholder Armsons is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chartered Building Surveyor, Sally Lewis who joins the team as an Associate Director providing building surveying services, including asset management advice, condition surveys and reports, defects analysis, statutory compliance, feasibility studies, design and specification, contract administration and Landlord and Tenant services.

Sally has over 13 years working for a large multi-national consultancy and brings with her to Armsons a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors. On joining Armsons Sally commented: “I am very pleased and excited to be joining a well-established local consultancy with a great reputation for the professional services that they provide both locally and nationally”.

Sally was RICS Matrics UK Chairman and RICS Governing Council member for 2014 – 2015 and has been active at a local and national level for over ten years. She has also acted as an RICS Awards judge for the East Midlands region ‘residential category’ in 2014 and 2016.

On a personal level Sally is a keen cyclist, having become a member of Derby Mercury Riding Club, partaking in the local Derby Cycle Sportives, completing the infamous Sa Calobra climb in Mallorca and is now cycling on the track at Derby Arena, with her next challenge being to complete the ‘Prudential London 100’ sportive at the end of July.

Flint Bishop hires new partner

Nationally recognised, award winning law firm and Marketing Derby Bondholder, Flint Bishop Solicitors, has this month welcomed Rachel Bennett as a new partner to the business. 

Rachel advises on a full range of corporate matters including acquisitions and disposals, shareholder and joint venture arrangements and private equity. Rachel has a strong reputation throughout the region and is recognised by Chambers and Partners for her “strength in the M&A and private equity sphere.” 

Rachel will be working alongside Partner and Head of Corporate, Martyn Brierley, and her appointment further strengthens the Corporate department’s highly regarded reputation for advising clients on high value and complex corporate transactions. This was reflected by the department’s involvement as legal advisors on three deals which were nominated for awards at the latest East Midlands Insiders Dealmaker Awards, including advisors on the East Midlands SME Deal of the year, being the sale of the national jewellery retailer, Chapelle Jewellery to Hilco Capital, the owners of the HMV entertainment group. 

Managing Partner for Commercial Services, Qamer Ghafoor comments “We are delighted to welcome Rachel Bennett to the firm. She has a fantastic reputation for delivering excellent legal advice to the clients she services. I am sure Rachel will settle into the department and wider business in no time and on behalf of the partnership, we wish her all the very best.”

Essential Print's 'Awesome Foursome'

After celebrating five years in business, Bondholder Essential Print Services has appointed two new Print Angels and a Creative Artworker.

Lindsey Greasley and Katie Fitzpatrick join the company as Print Angels, whilst Lee Johnson is joining the team as the Creative Artworker.

Entrepreneur Yvonne Gorman started her business on 1st April 2011 and immediately signed up as a Marketing Derby Bondholder.

Yvonne commented: "I'm proud to be Derby born and bred so it was a no-brainer for me to want to shout about my city and get to know its local businesses and industries."

"We're like a print consultancy. We talk to businesses not only about printing but also about how they plan to distribute promotional items such as business cards, leaflets and brochures. Having hundreds left over in a cupboard doesn't help anyone."

"I love running a business in an incredible city. It's onwards and upwards for me, the team and for Derby", Yvonne concluded.

Koobr lays new roots in historic surroundings

Fast-growing Bondholder Koobr has moved to Marble Hall, the newly renovated and iconic former Rolls-Royce building owned and managed by Connect Derby.

Managing Director Craig Barker said: “We’ve enjoyed a wonderful time at our old studios but it feels like we’ve outgrown them now. After a successful few years since we first moved in, we want to continue pushing things to the next level. We’ve more than doubled in size, acquiring some very talented team members along the way; and that’s really enabled us to bolster and broaden our expertise as a brand communications company.”

Marble Hall boasts over 40 offices, super-fast broadband, car parking, and meeting facilities amongst other benefits. “Banks Mill was a perfect environment to help us get to the level we are at now” says Craig. “We’ve benefitted so much as a growing company with their support. Moving to a building with such a rich, respectable heritage and diverse business community as this, feels like a natural progression for Koobr.”

Koobr is actively recruiting to fill several roles over the next few months and is currently on the lookout for a talented business development manager. 

Sean Price joins RDS as director

Sean Price (left) and Andrew Flinn, CEO of RDS Global

Sean Price, former owner of iBox Security, has joined Bondholder RDS Global as Director of Software Development.

RDS Global was established in 1997, originating from the IT Department of Derby-based automotive dealer group, Pentagon. The company went through a MBO in November 2013 and merged with Future Technologies last year. It now has over 4,000 customers and employs around 40 people at its Derby head office and out of a satellite office in Filey, North Yorkshire and offers consultancy, hosting services, software and networks, as well as CCTV and telephony.

Sean said: "As the newly appointed director of software development and communications, I will be working closely with a fantastic and experienced team of technical support staff and developers. I join at an exciting time for RDS, a company whose ambitions and ethos matched that of my own. I very much look forward to being part of the board, delivering a higher quality of service and product as we progress into the future."

Price will re-start his Coding Club - an after school session for children run with Derby City Council - through his new position.

Four senior promotions in Nelsons real estate team

Three team members have been promoted to Associates and one to Partner in the expanding real estate team at Bondholder law firm Nelsons Solicitors.

Chris Huntingford is taking on the role of Partner while colleagues Rachel Bushell, Trevor Scott and Mary Gharmount have been promoted to associates. Chris specialises in providing advice on properties over £500,000 and technical conveyancing matters. He commented: "I'm very grateful for the confidence the firm has shown in me since I joined. The property market in Derby continues to expand and we have positioned our conveyancing department to take full advantage of the improving market conditions."

Rachel joined the firm in 2013 and is keen to grow the residential conveyancing offering following her promotion. She said: "The team is very busy at the moment, which is indicative of how the property market in Derby is flourishing. Our goal is to maintain our exceptional services which we offer to clients and to capitalise on new business leads as the market continues to thrive."

Trevor has over 13 years' experience working in the property sector across the East Midlands and joined Nelsons in 2013. Commenting on his promotion he said: "My aim for the next year is to focus on developing more strong local business relationships and to establish Nelsons' residential property department as the number one choice for clients in the East Midlands."

Mary also joined the team in 2013 and specialises in real estate with a particular focus on commercial property and residential development. She said: "Stand out projects in my career to date at Nelsons have included working alongside a developer on a 7-year project to build over 250 houses in the Derby area. Over the next few years I would like to attract new developer clients so that we can further develop the plot sales within the team in the Derby office and provide an exceptional service for developers."

GCI assembles new leadership team

Bondholder GCI has announced two senior appointments to complete its leadership team including a new Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Mike Ayres will be joining the firm as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) after previously working as Managing Director Business Markets (UK) at Easynet and later Senior Vice President Strategic Channel at Interoute.

Phil Smith joins GCI as Chief Operating Officer (COO) after previously working at CGI and Capgemini and comments: "I believe the team at GCI is primed and ready to take things to the next level. I also believe that in a progressively commoditised sector, GCI will serve our customer better by developing an increasingly proactive and consultative approach."

Adrian Thirkill, CEO at GCI, said: "We now have a full exec team from CEO to CMO and it's a capable blend of experienced new joiners and proven GCI seniors. Collectively, the leadership team shares the single vision of realising GCI's full potential and supporting our people, customers, partners and alliances to the absolute best of our ability. More simply, we now have the right people on the bus and we'll now pull together to keep GCI not only pointing in the right direction... but together we will accelerate its growth."

Balls2Marketing secures DEGF funding

Bondholder marketing agency Balls2Marketing has increased business income by one-third in just six months after a successful bid to the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF) allowed them to build their business.

The part loan, part grant funding of £33,000 enabled the agency to purchase equipment, expand its premises and take on more staff. The funding has allowed Balls2Marketing to launch affordable social media and search engine optimisation packages for SMEs and a total of five full-time posts have been created.

New recruits include Simon Kinnear, Director of Communications; Callum Alton, Apprentice; and Lynsey Bowen, Marketing Manager, who brings with her a Master's degree from the University of Derby to her extensive marketing expertise.

Additional office space was provided by restoring rooms within Balls2Marketing's existing base; a converted chapel with lots of period features.

Owners and directors, Sarah and Andy Ball, believe the job creation stimulated by the DEGF does not stop at Balls2Marketing: "We want to help businesses to realise their own growth potential. It's particularly exciting when we can help them to benefit each other. One of the businesses we work with grew from a standing start to 39 employees in just one year. Even our smallest client has been able to create two new posts."

Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said: "It's great to see the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund supporting this local business with an international client base. What a great example of how the fund has brought extended benefits, putting other companies in a position to grow or diversify."

Justin Smith Architects makes new home

Bondholder Justin Smith Architects has announced its new commercial premises at No. 5 Queen Street.

The building is in the heart of Derby's Cathedral Quarter, in fact, just four doors down from Derby Cathedral itself and next door to Ye Olde Dolphin Inne (dated 1530).

The 4,000 sq ft premises is set over four floors and will form the firm's new headquarters. The new space will include a retail reception, consultation spaces, meeting rooms, design studios, a team café and its own gym.

EMBS becomes a teenager

Established in a tiny attic back in 2003, Bondholder East Midlands Business Services Ltd (EMBS) now, 13 years later, employs a staff of 22 and boasts an impressive £3.5million turnover.

The firm works with some of the region's largest employers and many well-known web, digital and IT companies, together with advanced manufacturers in the rail and aerospace sectors.

Founded by Simon Bucknell, Ian Stevens and Jamie Elliss, EMBS provides a means of reducing recruitment costs and improving efficiency. Simon puts the company's success down to the strength, friendship and determination of the leadership team. He comments: "Ian, Jamie and I are all very different. We see things in very different ways and we've learned how to use this to our advantage."

Jamie Elliss said: "Becoming a teenager is a real milestone for us. I'd be lying if I said it had been easy. Trading in the worst economy in living memory has been challenging, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and we have certainly seen real growth in turnover since the end of the recession."

Ian Stevens said: "2016 has already been a record-breaking year for us, our results for Q1 have been particularly strong and we've signed up two large clients to recruitment outsourcing contracts, that will see our revenues grow significantly."

With a move planned later this year to a 4,000 sq ft office in Darley Abbey Mills, the team at EMBS will be looking to add to the seven hires already made in 2016.

New appointments at Derby law firms

Three appointments have been made between Derby law firms and Bondholders Geldards and Flint Bishop in the last month.

Ben Lawson was snapped up by Geldards' Derby office as an associate solicitor in the firm's family law team and brings with him specialism in the resolution of financial matters for medium to high net worth individuals. Fiona Apthorpe, Family Law Partner and Head of Geldards' family team, said: "The family law market remains increasingly competitive and our clients expect a comprehensive level of service. Adding Ben's experience considerably boosts the strength of our team and enables the firm to continue to deliver innovative and cost-effective legal solutions to our wide range of clients."

Flint Bishop has also made two appointments. Martyn Brierley is now Parter and Head of Corporate. He has worked on some of the largest corporate deals in the region and boasts a strong reputation within corporate law. Martyn is a sought-after solicitor who can advise on mergers, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, finance transactions and more.

Lucy Carter also joins the partnership as one of only a handful of Notaries Public in Derbyshire. Flint Bishop is now able to offer support for authenticating and certifying signatures for documents abroad, such as overseas powers of attorney, purchase or sale and land and property, to name a few.

Andrew Cochrane, Senior Partner at Flint Bishop, said: "I have great delight in welcoming two new additions to the partnership at Flint Bishop. Martyn has been with the business for many years and is an outstanding Corporate Lawyer. He is leading a strong team and I have no doubt he will continue to build on the success of the department over the coming years."

"Lucy Carter is a new hire to Flint Bishop, a fantastic addition to our Commercial Property department. Lucy is one of only a few Notaries Public throughout the region and this service offering will enable overseas transactions to occur, with Lucy's support."