BB's opens shop at intu

A premium coffee shop and café opens today on the ground floor of Bondholder intu Derby, bringing a range of coffees, frappes and smoothies as well as muffins, cakes, sandwiches, wraps and toasties.

BB's Coffee and Muffins is situated opposite Marks & Spencer and claims it is the largest shopping centre coffee shop/café operator in the country.

A spokesperson said: "At BB's we're all about delicious, freshly-made food and a great place to enjoy it in."

Jack Shakespeare, of the retail and leisure team at Bondholder FHP, commented: "It's great to get the corner reactivated with such a great café offer. It keeps the momentum going of the last 12 months, where new leisure arrivals including Joe's Kitchen, Yo! Sushi, Krispy Kreme, Byron Burger, Zizzi and MEXico opened in Eat Central further enhancing the centre's leisure offering."

He continued: "This comes alongside the great news that a Hollywood Bowl and Paradise Island Adventure Golf are due to open in early 2017."

Dan Murphy, General Manager at intu Derby, said: "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."

Student city living success

This month sees the opening of two new student residential schemes adding 475 beds to Derby's city living sector.

A floorplan for one of Roman House's studio apartments.

Collegiate-AC are set to open their 125-studio premium scheme at Roman House in August. The former Derby City Council office building has been converted to provide high quality living space for students with a selection of studios and “twodios”, personal living space with a shared kitchen. In addition, residents will have use of an on-site gym, communal lounge and study areas, and a private cinema room.

In addition to this, Prosperity Capital’s 350-bed Cathedral Court is also set to open, operated by the University of Derby. With Aviva having purchased the scheme for £20 million, the 10-storey building is set to be a key asset for Cathedral Quarter businesses, bringing hundreds of new customers to their doorsteps.

Laid out in traditional clusters, the accommodation provides en-suite facilities, cluster kitchens with communal lounges on ground floor along with substantial cycle parking.

Orange Tree expands into Derby's bar scene

The city's Cathedral Quarter is to welcome its latest upmarket bar, The Orange Tree, next month as the East Midlands brand makes its debut in Derby.

Taking over the former Bar Five building in the city centre's George Street, The Orange Tree will bring its unique mix of cocktails, gins, craft beers, wines and of course, real ales.

We noticed a lot of things had changed in the Cathedral Quarter and that it was coming alive. It ticked all the boxes. We loved that building and knew we could work with it straight away.
— Gareth Smith, Managing Director of The Orange Tree Group

Gareth Smith, Managing Director of The Orange Tree Group, explained: "We have always had Derby on our radar but we got a phone call from Marketing Derby about a year ago now and they spent a lot of time showing us around and offering us various buildings."

He continued: "Despite the fact it is slightly off pitch, tucked in George Street, everybody seems to know it. So, before we actually put an offer in, we went and had food in the restaurants and bars around Friar Gate and we were really encouraged with how busy the foodie places were and the bars even on week nights."

Tom Erskine, Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby, said: "Having worked with The Orange Tree Group for 12 months, we are delighted that they will be opening on George Street. As one of the leading regional operators of venues in the East Midlands, The Orange Tree will be a fantastic addition to the Derby bar scene and we look forward to seeing the success of their venues in Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester replicated in Derby."

The Orange Tree opens its doors in Derby on Friday 23rd September.

Carluccio's invests in Derby

Italian restaurant and food shop Carluccio's will be opening its first new generation store outside of the capital following a pilot in London's Spitalfields.

Opening at Bondholder intu Derby, the new restaurant will bring 32 jobs to the city and a comfortable and stylish dining space. Complete with communal kitchen table, diners will be able to watch the chefs in action creating dishes from scratch using recipes by Antonio Carluccio.

Dan Murphy, General Manager of intu Derby, said: "Marketing Derby played an instrumental role in attracting Carluccio’s to the city of Derby.  They highlighted the city’s many attributes and its ambitions for the future which is meaning more and more brands are wanting to invest in our city.  I am delighted that Carluccio’s chose intu Derby for their new restaurant, they are a great brand to add to the centre and a perfect addition to our current restaurant offering."

Reflecting the heritage of the brand, the new look brings with it the deli, stocked with an abundance of fresh produce including salamis and cheeses, and the retail area to the fore. The food shop will be filled with a range of beautifully-packaged gifts from pastas and olive oils through to biscuits and chocolates as well as wine and spirits.

Neil Wickers, CEO of Carluccio's, said: "The Derby restaurant will celebrate and amplify all the small things that have made Carluccio's one of the country's most loved restaurant groups."

Erin Peyman, Property Acquisition Manager at Carluccio's, commented: "We first met Marketing Derby at BCSC and since then they have kept us up to date with the exciting changes and developments within the City Centre – their assistance was a factor in us choosing Derby as a location for a Carluccio’s restaurant. They even gave us a guided tour of the City which really helped with the decision making. Thank you to Marketing Derby for your help in this process, I think every city/town should have a team like this promoting what they have to offer."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby — which has been making the business case for Carluccio's locating to Derby for the past few years — commented: "We've been working for some time to bring this prestigious brand into Derby and are delighted they have chosen the city for their new concept."


Marketing Derby played an instrumental role in attracting Carluccio’s to the city of Derby. They highlighted the city’s many attributes and its ambitions for the future which is meaning more and more brands are wanting to invest in our city.
— Dan Murphy, General Manager of intu Derby
The Derby restaurant will celebrate and amplify all the small things that have made Carluccio’s one of the country’s most loved restaurant groups.
— Neil Wickers, CEO of Carluccio's

Build to Rent revives riverside

The latest potential addition to Derby’s city living resurgence has been submitted for planning approval, and is the first scheme in the city to embrace the Private Rented Sector (PRS) or Build to Rent sector.

The 99-apartment scheme, known as Derby Waterside, is planned to replace an empty office building and adjacent land which have been vacant for 10 years. It is situated a few hundred metres from the Council House on Derby’s North Riverside between the popular Exeter Arms and The Tap pubs.

The ambitious plans, drawn up on behalf of landowners Garibaldi Ltd by Marchini Curran Associates, step down from 10 floors and feature a mix of 1 and 2 bed apartments, each with their own balconies, offering views across the River Derwent and UNESCO World Heritage zone. 

In addition, there will be commercial space and resident car parking on the ground floor. 

Crucially, Derby Waterside is the first scheme to be proposed for the PRS Build to Rent market in Derby. Once completed, the apartments will likely be owned by a major fund who will manage the entire building and offer the apartments on a secure rental-only basis. 

PRS schemes have become extremely popular not just in London but in other regional cities like Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, as they can include associated facilities like social space, gyms and concierge services for the residents - becoming communities in themselves whilst offering tenants the security of longer tenancy periods.

The development is being project-managed by Trevor Lunn of Bridge Bank Properties who said, “All parties, including the planning department and various local residents, have been consulted and through the pre-planning process an exciting development has evolved which takes into account the “Our City Our River” policy of the City Council, creating open space close to the river. On completion the development could have a value of over £12m and it shows the confidence in Derby as a strong regional city from the private sector post Brexit”

Tom Erskine, Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby, who have been supporting the business case for Derby Waterside, said, “It is great to see an ambitious proposal for new apartments in Derby city centre. Derby Waterside makes a statement for the future of North Riverside and will bring much-needed vibrancy to this part of the city centre with new residents, new businesses and greater footfall. The Build to Rent sector will become a major focus for housebuilders in the coming years, so to see developers proposing schemes like this is a fantastic boost to city living in Derby.”

Conference Centre revamp approved

Major overhaul plans at Bondholder Derby Conference Centre have been approved by Derby City Council.

The Grade II-listed building dates back to the 1930s and provides meeting facilities and 50 en-suite rooms. The application included plans to revamp and upgrade the facility's Astel House, Sunken Lounge, Stephenson Restaurant, lecture theatre, Wyvern Bar, Business Centre, reception and toilet facilities.

Bondholder Derby Conference Centre said the decision to carry out the work was commercial and would provide rentable space.

The Derby Conference Centre originally opened its doors as a training college for railway staff in 1938 and was designed by William H Hamlyn, London Midland and Scottish Railway's Principal Architect. The construction originally cost just £50,000.

Carnero Lounge ready to go

Restaurant and café bar, Carnero Lounge, is set to open in Derby's St Peter's Street tomorrow (Wednesday 27th July) following support from Marketing Derby.

Carnero Lounge describes itself as catering for all tastes and providing a setting for breakfast, a business lunch or a lazy all-day brunch.

Parent company Loungers — which opened Cosy Club in Derby back in April — invested £650,000 transforming the site into a retro and eclectic environment with dramatic artwork, vintage sofas and statement light fittings.

Jenny Arnot, Operations Manager at Loungers, said: "Derby is the perfect location for our Lounge concept. There's already a thriving and vibrant community and we're really looking forward to playing our part. Residents will be served by the very best — our new team is passionate about hospitality."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "Our investment team has been working to convince Loungers of the business case for Derby. Their last investment in the city, Cosy Club, is thriving and we wish Carnero every success."

Carnero's extensive drinks menu includes teas, coffees, fresh juices, milkshakes, wine, draught and bottled beers and ciders. There is also an exciting cocktail menu.

There’s already a thriving and vibrant community and we’re really looking forward to playing our part.
— Jenny Arnot, Operations Manager at Loungers

HUUB brings top brands to Park Bikeworks

Leading designer and manufacturer of wetsuits, HUUB, has taken a leasehold agreement with Derby City Council to move its design team of ten staff into Park Bikeworks on Full Street in Derby city centre, along with start-up business, Full Street Design creative agency.

Top international cycling brands will also join HUUB at its new base.

Boardman Bikes, the British bicycle manufacturer founded by the professional cyclist Chris Boardman, will open its third UK showroom at Park Bikeworks in the coming weeks. This will be closely followed by the opening of the top French sunglasses and helmet manufacturer Ekoi's first UK showroom.

Campbell Wigley, Director of Park Bikeworks Ltd, said: "We are delighted to be working with Derby City Council and HUUB Design. Bringing Boardman Bikes and Ekoi into the premises is a real coup for the city and will be welcomed by cyclists across the region who will now be able to see, feel and try the products first hand in the showroom."

Dean Jackson, Founder and Owner of HUUB, said: "As a growing company, Park Bikeworks fits with our aims of promoting fitness and participation in sport - particularly the triathlon disciplines of swim, bike and run."

Derby delivers tax boost

Research from Centre for Cities has shown that Derby has the UK's fastest-rising tax base outside London alongside Aberdeen, making it one of the key drivers of the UK economy.

Tax income is an indicator of how an economy is faring. Centre for Cities discovered that many British cities are generating less tax than they were ten years ago, whilst Derby has seen economy tax rise by £250 million since 2004. This suggests the Derby economy is very resillient and in growth.

Derby also stands out from most other locations by level of tax generated per job. This shows Derby is the seventh highest in the country at 5.04% over the last ten years, generating £17,397 in economy taxes per job.

This means Derby is one of the few cities in the UK which continues to create more highly-paid, high-quality jobs on a regular basis.

Top UK dining destination

Research by Savills UK has named Derby as one of the top 30 UK locations for casual dining growth opportunity. 

The publication of Savills’ Casual Dining in the UK 2016 report reinforces Derby’s position as a high-value growth location for casual dining brands. Powered mainly by a mixture of new entrants, growing and established brands, Derby has seen a number of new openings in the last five years. Alongside the growth of high-quality independent operators, casual dining brands such as Iberico, Byron, Prezzo, Yo Sushi, Turtle Bay and Cosy Club, amongst many others, have chosen to open in Derby. This momentum shows no signs of stopping with Carluccio’s and Loungers set to open in the city in the next few months.

These brands have been attracted to Derby due to the expanding market, high disposable spend in the city and reasonable property costs. Raj Manek, Property Manager at Loungers said "[Marketing Derby's] understanding of how the various retail and leisure pitches worked helped to convince me that Derby presented a fantastic opportunity for our restaurants."

The last decade has seen a resurgence nationally in the amount people are spending on eating out with branded restaurants increasing their presence on the British high street by 55%. With drinking-led venues finding times much harder, it has been branded restaurants that have seen the market grow with average household spend in the East Midlands reaching £2,750 per annum.

If you would like to find out more about this story, or are considering options for the growth of your dining brand, please contact Tom Erskine at

Exclusive - New future for Audley Centre

Marketing Derby can reveal that plans have been submitted to revitalise a key building at the heart of Derby’s city centre. 

Having bought the Audley Centre on St Peter’s Street, in the St Peters Quarter, in December 2014, London-based Steamrock Capital has been working with Derby City Council and Marketing Derby to determine the best future for the building. 

As the site of the former Midland Drapery, it is appropriate that the planned new building will restore the building to its original height and include new shopfronts at ground floor, whilst the upper floors will consist of new apartments, creating more vibrancy in the area.

Tom Erskine, Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby, said, “We are delighted that Steamrock Capital has submitted these plans. The current building has been in need of significant attention for some time, and these plans should provide the regeneration this site has needed.”

Graeme Jones, Head of Asset Management at Steamrock Capital, said “We are looking forward to restoring an important former historical building back to its prime that will provide it with a sustainable future in the heart of Derby City centre”.

Plans should be available to view on Derby City Council’s planning portal in the coming weeks. 

Midlands unite at MIPIM

It has been confirmed that all of the inward investment agencies for the Midlands will come together as one team under the Midlands Engine banner at MIPIM, the world's largest commercial property fair, to be held in Cannes in 2017.

The government has announced £375,000 as a contribution to a Midlands Pavilion for the next three years, matching the £750,000 being committed by the agencies.

Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine, said: "I believe we are now ready to very clearly and very loudly speak with one united voice on the world's stage."

We believe it’s important to show a united front on the international stage and collaboration between inward investment agencies is increasing.
— John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "Last year, for the first time, all the inward investment agencies from the Midlands met in Derby. We believe it's important to show a united front on the international stage and collaboration between inward investment agencies is increasing."

A new Midlands Engine foreign investment hub based in Birmingham will help deliver more high value investments into the Midlands Engine. The hub will bring together a range of partners including the eleven local enterprise partnerships and UKTI. When established, the new Midlands Engine foreign investment hub will be tasked with creating 1,400 jobs and bringing £15 million of foreign direct investment into the region over the next three years. It will also manage a £2 million Challenge Fund.

The Midlands Engine's vision is to bring 300,000 jobs and £34 billion to the UK economy.

American firm chooses Derby

International mechanical engineering firm Atlantic Projects Company has expanded into Derby, making the city its UK base.

Headquartered in Dublin, Atlantic Projects Company is a leading provider of construction and technical services for power generation, oil and gas, process and industrial customers worldwide.

We needed a place with a good base of engineering industries, to ensure there would be a pool of talent to support our business, and Derby has that.
— Brian Sherras, Director of Atlantic Projects Company

Formed in 1973 by General Electric, Atlantic Projects is now a subsidiary of Argan Inc, and has offices in New York and Hong Kong.

Derby’s central location, and its pool of engineering talent were the main factors for the company expanding into the city.

Brian Sherras, Director of Atlantic Projects Company, said: “We needed a place with a good base of engineering industries, to ensure there would be a pool of talent to support our business, and Derby has that."

He continued: "The other reason we came here is because of the geography. Derby is a great location if you’re working all over the United Kingdom because it’s easy to get anywhere.”  

Waitrose eyes up Derby

Premium supermarket chain Waitrose (part of the John Lewis Partnership) has expressed continued interest in Derby as the brand confrims it is reviewing site options for a new store in Derby.

We have wanted to open in Derby for some time and we are currently reviewing our options
— Waitrose

A spokesperson for Waitrose commented: "We have wanted to open in Derby for some time and we are currently reviewing our options."

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: "We have been working with Waitrose for some time selling the concept of a major store in Derby and feel confident this will progress once the appropriate site is found."

Whilst Waitrose is typically regarded as being an upmarket brand, the company has made strides in recent years to remain competitive with the likes of Tesco by price-matching 7,000 items back in 2012.

A move into the city would bring a number of jobs and broaden the range of supermarket choices available to Derby residents.

Mercia Marina heads for further expansion

Plans have been approved by South Derbyshire District Council for Bondholder Mercia Marina to further expand its premises to include more than double the number of luxury holiday lodges on its site, as well as additional facilities for boaters and holiday makers.

The Marina has acquired permission to build 32 more lodges and provide an all-weather tennis court, sports pitch, gym, péntaque court, golf putting area and playground for those staying at the Marina.

A new wildlife pond, almost the size of a football pitch, would also be created as part of extensive landscaping plans around the new lodges.

Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina, said: "Even though it would see a significant growth in our holiday lodge provision, the impact will be surprisingly minimal - partly due to the amount of land here, and also because they would be built gradually, perhaps over a period of several years."

He continued: "The sports facilities will be a phenomenal addition to what we already have here, and I predict that they will see a huge amount of use."

Mercia Marina, already the largest inland marina in Europe, has overseen steady and successful growth since it opened in 2008, particularly since the opening of The Boardwalk leisure, shopping and office development in 2014.

The sports facilities will be a phenomenal addition to what we already have here, and I predict that they will see a huge amount of use.
— Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina

Unilever invests in Derby

Bondholder Webhelp, which is headquartered in Paris and employs 2,000 at its Pride Park complex, has today announced it has been selected by global giant Unilever to deliver customer contact services across Europe.

Unilever owns 400 brands including Marmite, Ben & Jerry’s and Persil. Webhelp invested in Derby in 2011, after an intense campaign, led by Bondholder Derby City Council and Marketing Derby, following Citibank’s sale of Egg. The Unilever deal extends Webhelp’s existing Derby contracts with Sky and EE/BT.

Olivier Duha, Co-Founder of Webhelp commented: "This is a terrific contract and a real coup”.

Webhelp’s ability to offer a consistently high quality customer experience across a wide range of geographies and languages has been a key factor in our ability to secure this contract with Unilever
— Oliver Duha, Co-Founder of Webhelp

The firm has seen revenues grow by 250% and turnover will soon hit $1billion. Olivier continues: “Webhelp’s ability to offer a consistently high quality customer experience across a wide range of geographies and languages has been a key factor in our ability to secure this contract with Unilever"

John Forkin Managing Director of Marketing Derby commented: "This is fantastic news for Webhelp and Derby. Back in 2011 the City Council and ourselves put a lot of work into attracting what was then HeroTSC and the legacy today is employment for over 2,000 people and growing."  

UK data analytics firm chooses Derby

Chris Dobson, Director of Consultancy at Aquila Insight

The UK's fastest growing data analytics company, Bondholder Aquila Insight, has chosen Bondholder Connect Derby's Sadler Gate Studios as its newest UK base thanks to the city's excellent connectivity and commitment to innovation. 

The firm was founded in 2012 and now brings in a massive £4.2million turnover after capitalising on the modern business need for data. Bondholder Aquila Insight now employs more than 75 staff in its UK offices and is continuing to grow rapidly.

Chris Dobson, formerly a global director with Sony Mobile, will head up the Derby office. He commented: "We have been really impressed by Derby's focus on bringing new industry to the city and investing in infrastructure to build a connected hub. Our office at Sadler Bridge Studios has one of the fastest internet speeds in the country so it's a brilliant place to be based."

The data firm has an impressive and growing portfolio of recognisable brands including Sony, Tesco Bank and RBS.

John Brodie and Warwick Beresford-Jones launched the company with the determination to create a new kind of analytics consultancy whose commercially-intelligent analysts would translate data into actionable insights.

Warwick said: "Big data is forecast to add over £241billion to the economy by 2020 and the UK has the opportunity to be a world leader in big data and analytics. Ultimately, all organisations want to know what's happening with their customers, what is going to change and what they need to do to be successful in future. We do that quickly and effectively.

Aquila Insight stands apart from competitors thanks to its combination of commercial data scientists and in-house analytically-developed technology solutions. It has built its own data analytics platform, Discovery, making it possible to process large volumes of data securely and at speed.

FHP secures third city centre deal this month

Bondholder FHP Property Consultants recently completed a deal for a new ice cream café to open in Derby's Central Hall this July - just in time for summer.

The deal with Diletto adds to previous city centre deals outside of intu Derby this month including national homeware retailer Pondon Homes and gym franchise Xercise4less.

Diletto takes a twist on the American style diner concept seen spreading across many UK cities, offering an alternative to after dinner drinks and acting as a daytime social hub, serving up delights such as ice cream, sundaes and milkshakes.

This signals wider activity happening in the city as vacant units are reducing in central Derby, and more retailers are signing up, including Dr Martens on Sadler Gate.

Darran Severn from FHP commented: "It's great to see new businesses coming to Derby and East Street has proved popular due to the high footfall between intu Derby and the bus station. With less opportunities around, it's only a matter of time until rents begin to increase."

Bondholder FHP is also highlighting modern two story offices in an excellent location in Derby - 61 Canal Street - which are in close proximity of the railway station, bus station and intu Derby shopping centre as well as the inner ring road.

Tim Richardson from FHP said: "This is a rare opportunity to acquire good modern space in a very convenient location being just outside of Pride Park, at a competitive rent. We already have an offer on the ground floor suite which will leave just the first floor suite of 1,444 sq ft available."

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Cathedral Court ready to go

Derby Property Summit sponsor Prosperity Capital Partners is set to deliver the 350-bed Cathedral Court on Cathedral Road in Derby's city centre to the University of Derby in August 2016.

Student development funding specialists, Prosperity, secured £20 million from Aviva Investors REaLM funds in June 2015. This followed planning consent being granted in March 2015, after a lengthy collaboration between developer London & UK Property, Marketing Derby and the Local Planning Authority.

As part of this agreement, the University of Derby will operate the building on a lease period of 30 years under their Derby Student Living brand.

Designed by GT Architects, the development consists of 350 units arranged in cluster flats with communal living areas, laundry and on-site management.

With the building nearing completion, Gavin Barry, CEO of Prosperity, confirmed that following the success of working in Derby on this project, his company is keen to follow it up with further city living developments in the student and Build to Rent sectors.

Prosperity Capital Partners is a Parter for the 2016 Derby Property Summit.

Compendium Living launches Castleward Court

As part of Bondholder Compendium Living's £100 million Castleward regeneration scheme, the block of 36 apartments, known as Castleward Court, was launched earlier this month.

Breathing new life into the space which connects Derby's railway station to intu Derby, each of the new apartments has two bedrooms, with some featuring a terrace or balcony.

Michelle Barnsley, Field Sales Manager at Compendium Living, commented: "This development is a fantastic location and is perfect for commuters, young professionals and families alike."

The development has recently received a highly commended award in the New Build category in the George Larkin Brighter City of Derby Awards by Bondholder Derby Civic Society, thanks to its "bright and modern buildings which reflect the 19th century street layout."

Dave Bullock, Managing Director of Compendium Living, said: "We're delighted with the response we've had so far with the amount of interest that has been shown in the new homes and I'm sure that this will continue long into the future."

Compendium Living is a Sponsor of the 2016 Derby Property Summit.