Portixol adds value with Cocoon partnership

Two Marketing Derby Bondholders have spotted an opportunity to help those moving to the UK and make the transition a little easier.

Bondholder Portixol Relocations — which helps companies and employees relocate to towns and cities all over the UK — has partnered with fellow Bondholder Cocoon Vehicles to extend their services to include both short and long-term car hire.

"As Cocoon are able to offer a wide range of vehicle options on flexible terms; this partnership is a perfect fit for us." 

—Mark Averill, Managing Director of Portixol Relocations

Managing Director of Portixol Relocations, Mark Averill, added: “We work across various industries, including aerospace, automotive, healthcare, rail, food and sport, and have clients with many different vehicle needs. As Cocoon are able to offer a wide range of vehicle options on flexible terms; this partnership is a perfect fit for us. Cocoon are a great Derby company who share our values of ensuring customers receive exceptional service.”

Rhys Adams, Marketing Director of Cocoon Vehicles, said: “Working with Portixol makes sense. We have known Carl, Lisa, Mark and their team for a while now and fully understand the relocation service that they provide, their client’s needs and it’s importance for the British economy.” 

With a successful second year under its belt relocating business executives and sports professionals, Portixol is encouraging firms to cast a wider net when searching for new employees.

Mark said: "Our message to businesses is to fish in a larger pool when it comes to recruiting staff. That way you'll end up with the best person and Portixol go the extra mile to ensure they are likely to stay. Providing valued extra services, such as vehicle leasing with Cocoon, allows us to help employees settle in and hit the ground running at work even quicker than ever before.”

Rolls-Royce wins $1.5 billion China deal

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has won a $1.5billion order from China Eastern Airlines for Trent 700 engines to power 15 Airbus A330 aircraft, plus long-term TotalCare® engine support services.

China Airlines — which already has 51 Trent 700 powered A330s from Rolls-Royce — will continue to benefit from the best fuel burn, emissions and noise performance, which makes the Trent 700 the market leader on the aircraft.

Tang Bing, Executive Vice President at China Eastern Airlines, said: “This aircraft and engine combination continues to be key to our expansion and competitiveness. I look forward to the Trent 700 continuing to deliver outstanding performance and efficiency for our operations.”

Paul Freestone, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, said: “China Eastern operates one of the world’s largest A330 fleets, and we are honoured they have selected the Trent 700 again, as it continues to respond to Chinese demand with new levels of service.”

The engine has won 70% of new orders over the last five years and accounts for a similar percentage on future A330 deliveries. Rolls-Royce currently has more than 1,600 installed engines on the A330s worldwide, with a market share of close to 90% in Greater China.

I look forward to the Trent 700 continuing to deliver outstanding performance and efficiency for our operations.
— Tang Bing, Executive Vice President at China Eastern Airlines

Freeths tops Experian ranking

Bondholder Freeths LLP has been named as the most active mergers and acquisitions advisor nationally, which includes a £5.5million takeover deal carried out in its Derby office.

We’re delighted to see that the Experian ranking has recognised the important role that the Freeths team has played in supporting business growth.
— Mike Copestake, Partner at Freeths LLP

The analysis by Experian for July 2016 showed Freeths as joint first with in terms of the number of deals completed, eight, but the firm eclipsed the competition with a total deal value of £33million, compared to runner-up Irwin Mitchell's £15million.

Mike Copestake, Partner at Freeths LLP, commented: "We're delighted to see that the Experian ranking has recognised the important role that the Freeths team has played in supporting business growth."

The July report showed a UK total of 495 transactions, which, although a decline since June, harboured an increase in value — £37billion, up from June's £18billion. This was due, almost entirely, to Japanese investment firm Softbank's £24.3billion acquisition of chip maker ARM Holdings.

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.

Uni invests in Derby graduate

Ed Hollands, in front of one of his innovative lorry adverts

Bondholder University of Derby has invested in innovative truck advertising from fellow Bondholder DrivenMedia — owned by University of Derby graduate, Edward Hollands.

Last year Edward set up his business supplying advertising space on lorries after saving thousands of pounds while working at a supermarket. He came up with the idea to display adverts on the side of HGV trucks in a bid to help struggling logistics companies create additional revenue streams. This service allows companies to take advantage of the UK's densely populated roads and motorways to target commuters.

Edward said: "The University of Derby has been fantastic. Staff were involved and encouraging throughout my studies. Since my graduation, they have kept in touch and continued to provide practical support to me in my venture. To top it off, they saw the potential of my lorry advertising and became my client."

Jenny Baldwin, Recruitment and Marketing Manager for the College of Business at the University of Derby, commented: "It's fantastic to see Edward doing so well and it's great that we can now be his client and hopefully help him grow and develop further."

Edward manages more than 300 trailers across the UK, designing adverts and buying curtains for the side of vehicles to help advertise different products and companies.

Rolls-Royce and Microsoft capitalise on smart tech

Bondholder Rolls-Royce is collaborating with digital world-leader Microsoft to transform the aerospace industry with smart technology.

This collaboration brings together best-in-class solutions for aerospace engineering and cloud computing, including advanced analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), to fundamentally change engine-related operations and services. This capability will be incorporated into Rolls-Royce's industry-leading TotalCare services to significantly reduce cost, improve on-time performance and provide better value to customers and the industry as a whole.

Using a range of smart data analysis capabilities and predictive tools, and engineering expertise to add additional insight, the results will help airlines reduce fuel usage, fly routes more efficiently, and ensure the right teams and equipment are in place to service engines more quickly and maintain the highest levels of availability.

Tom Palmer, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Services - Civil Aerospace, was joined by Caglayan, Microsoft, General Manager, Worldwide Manufacturing & Resources, and also Captain KK Goh, Singapore Airlines, Vice President Flight Operations Control and Technical, to affirm that Singapore Airlines is supporting the work of Rolls-Royce as a lead airline development partner, ensuring that data services deliver solutions that really work for airlines.

Tom Palmer said: "We have done much over the last twenty years to reduce costs and improve efficiency, but we want more. We must now exploit digital capability and big data technologies to proactively drive to an even higher level of operational performance."

He concluded: "We are excited to have an industry leader like Microsoft working with us and have Singapore Airlines, a highly-valued, forward-looking organisation, providing their guidance and insight."

Event Foundry win inaugural retailer event

Bondholder The Event Foundry has successfully been chosen to supply event management services to fellow Bondholder intu Derby.

The Event Foundry pitched to deliver an inaugural event for the shopping centre in which intu Derby wants to celebrate and recognise its retailers.  

Delighted to secure the contract, Co-Director Rebekah Ford explains: “We work all over the UK delivering events for some truly amazing clients and intu are no exception. They are an exciting brand with a reputation for delivering spectacular experiences and we are looking forward to being a part of their success.”

“We always want to recognise and celebrate the great retailers we have in our centre so this is such an important event for us.  We only get one chance to get it absolutely right and we felt that The Event Foundry had the energy, creativity and experience to make it happen,” commented Carly Taylor, Marketing Manager for intu Derby.

The Event Foundry was set-up in 2015 as a full event management service. Co-Director, Helen Peden said: “We don’t typically do average and neither do intu! We have over 20 years' experience in creating some truly spectacular events and brand experiences and we’re proud to partner with intu to bring their vision to life”.

$1.8 billion Rolls-Royce deals

Aerospace giant and Bondholder Rolls-Royce has won two deals with Virgin Atlantic and Gulf Air to the value of $1.8billion, at this week's Farnborough Air Show.

Virgin Atlantic chose Trent XWB engines and TotalCare support for 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft and Gulf Air selected Trent 1000 engines to power 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners as well as taking the firm's long-term service support.

Commenting on the Virgin Atlantic deal, Eric Schulz, President - Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce, said: "Virgin Atlantic is a great customer which has shown a continued commitment to our Trent engine family and we look forward to the Trent XWB delivering outstanding economics and performance."

Mr Maher Salman Al Musallam, Gulf Air, Chief Executive Officer, said: "We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Rolls-Royce and we take an important step forward in developing our future fleet."

Virgin Atlantic is a great customer which has shown a continued commitment to our Trent engine family
— Eric Schulz, President - Civil Aerospace at Rolls-Royce

Smith Partnership wins new business

Derby law firm and 2016 Derby Property Summit Partner, Smith Partnership, has announced two new clients including founder of TD Tom Davies Limited, Tom Davies, and Day Night Group.

TD Tom Davies Limited is the only private practice in the UK to have all of the latest ZEISS diagnostic equipment and provides the ultimate in luxury made-to-measure eyewear services, from individually specified and crafted ZEISS lenses to bespoke Tom Davies frames.

Jason Wood, Partner at Smith Partnership spoke about how his Commercial Property team helped develop Tom's business in London: "We are delighted to have assisted Tom with his business growth by providing legal services in relation to the acquisition of his head office in Richmond, also with his expansion in the retail sector with the opening of a prestigious flagship store in Sloane Square and a further store in Knightsbridge, London."

Smith Partnership represented Day Night Group to help purchase property in the region, including its recent purchase of the iconic Northcliffe House on Meadow Road. Day Night Group has interests in a number of pharmacies, nursing homes and general commercial real estate in the region, operating three busy pharmacies in Derby.

Rashid Ali, Commercial Property Partner at Smith Partnership, said: "I have acted on a number of pharmacy, nursing home and commercial property transactions for Day Night Group and was delighted to have acted in the purchase of the iconic Derby Telegraph building Northcliffe House."

Bombardier secures multi-million pound deal

Bondholder Bombardier has received an order worth an estimated £100million from Pride Park-based Porterbrook Leasing.

Porterbrook is buying 92 Class 387 Electrostar vehicles from Bombardier which are in addition to a previous order placed for a similar value back in October last year.

In a statement, the company said: "With this investment, Porterbrook demonstrates its support to the aspirations of the rail industry and the Department for Transport to alleviate the capacity pinch points in the network and provide Britain with a sustainable, world-class transport system. This latest acquisition reaffirms Porterbrook's investment strategy in commuter multiple units and its longterm confidence in Bombardier's Electrostar platform."

With the latest order, it means that Great Western will receive 148 new carriages. In addition to this, 32 carriages are already being built by Bombardier, bringing the total number destined for the train operator to 180.

The order is yet another welcome boost for Litchurch Lane, which recently opened its £12.5million testing and commissioning facility, called V Shop, which will initially be used to test trains destined for Crossrail, in London, which has been renamed the Elizabeth Line.

Rolls-Royce despatches first set of engines for largest Emirates order

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has despatched the first ‘shipset’ of four engines as part of its largest ever order, for Emirates. The Trent 900 engines left the Rolls-Royce site at Derby, UK, where they were assembled, for Airbus in Toulouse, France, where they will be fitted to an A380 aircraft.

Rolls-Royce is providing Trent 900 engines and TotalCare® service for 50 Emirates A380s, the first of which will enter service later this year.

Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This is an important milestone in delivering the largest order in our history for a highly-respected customer. We look forward to celebrating Emirates’ first Rolls-Royce powered A380 flight and ensuring the entire fleet has a smooth entry into service.”

The order from Emirates was announced last year and confirmed the Trent 900 as the engine of choice on the four-engine A380. It has now secured more than 50 per cent market share on the aircraft, in addition to being selected by the majority of A380 customers. Emirates recently confirmed that it will operate an additional two A380s that will be powered by the same engine with TotalCare service support.

The launch of the Trent 900 received UK Government support and components for the Trent 900 are manufactured by Rolls-Royce facilities across the UK including Sunderland, Bristol, Ansty, Barnoldswick and Inchinnan, Scotland. The Trent 900 is assembled in both Derby and Singapore.

The Trent 900 powered the first commercial A380 in 2007 and is now used by eight operators on more than 70 aircraft, having logged nearly five million in-service flight hours. The engine offers the lowest lifetime fuel burn, with the latest version including technology developed for the Trent XWB and Trent 1000 engines. 

This is an important milestone in delivering the largest order in our history for a highly-respected customer. We look forward to celebrating Emirates’ first Rolls-Royce powered A380 flight and ensuring the entire fleet has a smooth entry into service.
— Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace

Rolls-Royce welcomes £2bn China Eastern deal

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has announced a deal with China Eastern - China's second largest airline - where it has selected 20 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft which are powered by the Trent XWB engine.

As the world's most efficient large civil aero engine, 1,500 Trent XWB engines have already been sold to 40 customers. Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce's Director of Customers and Services - Civil Aerospace, said: "We welcome this decision by China Eastern to select the A350 XWB. We now look forward to powering the aircraft with our Trent XWB engine."

This is China Eastern's first selection of the Airbus A350 XWB. Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines already power 51 China Eastern Airbus A330 aircraft in service.

We welcome this decision by China Eastern to select the A350 XWB. We now look forward to powering the aircraft with our Trent XWB engine
— Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce's Director of Customers and Services - Civil Aerospace

Choices swims the extra mile

Bondholder Choices Health Club has offered a solution to regular swimmers who are unable to swim at Queen's Leisure Centre.

Choices will be offering short-term memberships throughout the closure so that Derby swimmers will be able to continue swimming for a reasonable price, as opposed to using the club's pay-as-you-go prices. 

Duncan Foster, Manager of Choices Health Club Derby, said: "We want to provide an affordable and non-committal solution for people wanting to use the gym and swimming pool facilities while Queen's is closed. We will be offering people the chance to sign up for a period of one, two or three months - it will be the same price as our other memberships."

Anyone interested in temporary membership at Choices Health Club can contact the club by calling (01332) 66 88 66.

£5 Million Deal

“There are now just four remaining building plots available at Westside Park.
The quality of building product provided by Ivygrove is there for all to see with Derby manufacturers EPM Technology, Quality Control Technology and SGS Engineering all taking advantage of the excellent benefits of the site.”
— Stephen Salloway, Managing Director

A landmark deal has been finalised for a warehouse for one of the largest manufacturer of NitroLift gas struts in the UK.

The deal, worth a reported £5 million, is the result of complex negotiations taking place over a year, with the 65,000 sq ft warehouse providing space for SGS Engineering.

SGS have once again been a pleasure to deal with and I am delight that we have
been able to accommodate their requirements at Westside Park and retain such a
well-known and well-run manufacturer
— John Blout, Managing Director of Ivygrove Developments

Stephen Salloway, Managing Director of Salloway Property Consultants, said: “This has been an extremely complicated deal to put together, requiring patience and tenacity by all involved. The new building straddles two parcels of land we previously acquired for Ivygrove. However, the latter parcel was subject to a number of covenants that impose demands on the timing, use and structure of the development project. Working through these to enable the 65,000 sq.ft deal to SGS has taken a colossal effort.” 

Justin Smith Commissions Bondholder on Branding Refresh

Justin Smith Architects has commissioned fellow Bondholder Alt Design to refresh the company’s branding.

The graphic design agency will be working on new styling, fonts, colour standards, brochures business card and responsive website.

Fellow Bondholder Cactus Images has also been commissioned to provide their professional photography services to both the company website and brochures.

We are delighted with the work Alt Design and Cactus Images have crafted for us and feel it displays our work in a fresh and exciting way.
— Justin Smith, Signature Architect

BEC bowls over competition for DCCC contract

Pictured above, Carl Ackers, Director at Built Environment Consulting

Bondholder Built Environment Consulting (BEC) is celebrating after bowling over the competition to win a £3.2m construction value contract to carry out mechanical, electrical and plumbing work at fellow Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club's new media centre.

The firm has been retained to undertake client side duties such as checking on contractor's proposals, site inspection and witness testing on the brand new four-story centre.

Carl Ackers, Director at Built Environment Consulting, said: "We are delighted to be involved in such a landmark development, not only for the club but also for the city, as it has helped the club achieve their ambition to be a host city for the 2017 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup."

The overall development will include the Media Centre, an extended Conference, Events and Business Centre and upgraded facilities for members, spectators and players, in a project that the club hopes will produce a venue capable of hosting international cricket, concerts and community events.

DerbyDaysOut.co.uk works with intu Derby

After joining Marketing Derby Bondholders earlier this year, DerbyDaysOut.co.uk has announced it will once again be working with fellow Bondholder intu Derby to promote its free events lined up throughout every school holiday in 2016.

Family website DerbyDaysOut.co.uk has already promoted the huge range of activities that took place in the February half-term which were all Kung Fu Panda-themed to coincide with the release of the film. Activities included Chinese lantern making, food workshops with YO! Sushi and a martial arts lesson. All activities took place at intu Derby and were free of charge.

Natalie Bamford, Director of DerbyDaysOut.co.uk said: "The purpose of our website is to help families with children aged 6-16 years old find out what's on for them in Derby and Derbyshire. We want to be a one stop site so you don't have to look at several sites or publications to get a full picture of what's on. As a family we have attended many of intu Derby's free family events and thoroughly enjoyed them so we're happy that we can tell other families about them through our website!"

To find out about intu Derby's events plus many more, check out DerbyDaysOut.co.uk/events

Rock Fall UK forges partnership with Academy

Bondholder Rock Fall UK has forged a partnership with Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy (a joint venture between Bondholders Hodgkinson Brickwork and Derby College) to ensure all students are learning safely and comfortably.

The Academy, which sets out to bridge the construction skills gap, will now be able to provide all its students with a pair of Rock Fall Flint Safety Boots.

Last week, Ian Hodgkinson, Managing Director of Hodgkinson Brickwork, sent three of his apprentices to Rock Fall's head office just outside of Derby to learn more about making the right choice in safety footwear.

Paul Wilson, Partnership Manager at Rock Fall UK, said: "We were so impressed by the drive of these young men that we've committed to issuing every trainee with a pair of Rock Fall Flint Safety Boots in a colour of their choice - a style widely used by major UK construction companies."

To learn more about the Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy, visit the website.

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