New IP Director Joins Swindell & Pearson


Bondholder and patent and trade mark attorney firm Swindell & Pearson has appointed patent attorney Marcus Cavalier as IP director, as part of their continued growth plans.

A qualified European and UK patent attorney as well as a patent litigator; Marcus entered the patent profession in 1994 and has worked in-house at Black and Decker as well as in private practice. 

I’ve found Derby to be a very welcoming and friendly city and I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the professional set up of Swindell & Pearson. This opportunity was exactly the right fit for me and I’m looking forward to helping local businesses protect their valuable inventions.
— Marcus Cavalier, IP Director

Paul Higgin, head of Swindell & Pearson’s hi-tech team, said: “Marcus is a key hire for our firm and brings a great range of skills and experience that will fit in well with our existing team.

"We were looking for someone who had the right blend of commercial acumen and commitment to high-quality that all of our clients have come to expect of us. We’re very pleased that Marcus has joined us”.

Swindell & Pearson have also promoted Patent Advisor Tim Gilbert to associate.

Flint Bishop's Eleven

Bondholder company Flint Bishop has announced several promotions across the business. The law-firm has appointed three solicitors to the partnership, and have welcomed two new Senior Associates and six new Associates to the firm.

New partners include: Andrew Perry, who specialises in construction and engineering; employment lawyer Emma Tice; and Raj Sumal a personal injury lawyer.

New senior associates at the firm are Jo Milward-Hyde, who has caseload of litigation, property, debt recovery and insolvency matters; and Julie Sims who is responsible for Flints Direct, a conveyancing ‘at a distance’ service.

New associates are: schools and commercial employment lawyer – Andrew Nicklin; Ashbourne-based conveyancing lawyer – Jane Pearson; wills, tax, trusts and probate specialist – Jo Robinson; specialist schools employment lawyer – Natalie Spink; defendant personal injury lawyer – Paul Bayliss; and defendant personal injury lawyer – Philip Thompson.

Andrew Cochrane, senior partner, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our three new partners to the firm, as well as two senior associates and six associates."

Each of the applicants showed myself, Ian Beardmore and Qamer Ghafoor their continued commitment and passion to the business and all of them should be incredibly proud.
— Andrew Cochrane, Senior Partner

Historic Law Firm Relocates in Derby

Historic law firm and Bondholder ElliotMather LLP has relocated to new offices, continuing the shift of employees into the city centre.

ElliotMather was formed in 1987 by merging Elliot Smith and Co of Mansfield which started in 1875 and Mathers which set up in Chesterfield in 1905. In 2011 it acquired Taylor Simpson and Mosley which had been practising in Derby since 1778.

It has moved from Taylor Simpson and Mosley’s premises at 44 Friar Gate to a 4,096 sq ft office at 111-113 Friar Gate.

The law firm's move is part of their strategy for growth.

Paul Hollyer, Managing Partner at ElliotMather, said: "We acquired these premises not to stand still but to grow our business and our staff numbers. We hope to employ an extra ten to 15 staff over the next 12 to 15 months."


New Director of Cricket Appointed at Derbyshire

Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club has appointed Kim Barnett as Director of Cricket to implement their new coaching structure.

Barnett, who in his career spanning 24 years has won six Lord’s finals,  will start his new role with immediate effect, and will help implement a new model which will see Derbyshire move from operating a large team of full time coaches, to a more streamlined team, aided by player coaches.

The new model will allow the Club to redirect investment from coaching to player recruitment and place more emphasis on players being responsible for their own performances on the pitch.

Chris Grant, Chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, said: 'We believe Kim is the perfect man to lead this new structure. He has done it all as a player and knows how to win competitions, and his experience, knowledge and tactical awareness will be invaluable as we move forward.'


Irongate celebrates four decades of service

After being founded in 1977 on Irongate in Derby, what was a mere photocopy shop has now grown over four decades to become a booming business supplies provider, known as Bondholder Irongate Group.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Irongate Group has refreshed its brand identity and launched InOne, a revolutionary new procurement solution aimed at saving companies significant time and money when buying their business supplies and services.

Adam Noble, Managing Director of Irongate Group, said: "InOne combines all of Irongate's specialist sub-divisions and industry experts to provide businesses with a powerful single source package for all of their business supplies, with one supplier, one point of contact, one delivery and one invoice, all accessible via one online ordering system."

Debbie Hunt, Marketing Manager at Irongate Group, said: "We're very excited to share our fresh, new identity ahead of our 40th birthday. Quirky illustrations, friendly language and vibrant imagery have been used to show off Irongate's best assets — that we're here to help, that we're a lovely, friendly bunch and we offer everything you need for your business in one place."

Irongate employs more than 100 people from in and around the Derby area and the team is passionate about developing long-term client relationships and simplifying their customers' supply chains in the process.

Mazars welcomes 170+ trainees in the UK

Bondholder Mazars, a leading international tax, accountancy and advisory firm, is pleased to welcome this year’s intake of more than 170 trainees.  

The new joiners, from school leavers to graduates and those on industrial placements, will be working across a range of service lines including audit, tax, outsourcing, financial planning, consulting, forensic and investigation services, employee benefits and actuarial. Trainees will be joining teams in almost every office including the firm’s East Midlands offices.

Trainees began their journey with Mazars last week at the firm's annual Ignite welcome conference, and will receive intensive training as they begin their studies towards their professional qualifications, including AAT, ACA, ACCA, ATT, CFAB, CII, ICAS, AFA and IIA. Trainees enjoy working with a diverse mix of clients at Mazars and have a range of career opportunities, including international secondments. 

Chris Darlington, Partner at Mazars said: “I am delighted to welcome our 2016 intake. We really value our trainees and want their time with us to count. We offer a range of career opportunities including international assignments and the chance to work with a truly diverse mix of clients."

"Delivering outstanding quality to our clients is at the heart of everything we do and our people are key to making this happen. I am sure that our new trainees will be valuable assets to the teams they are joining and to the clients they will be working with.”

Mazars was recently recognised as an outstanding employer for trainees, being ranked 2nd in the list of best accounting and professional services firm for school and college leavers, ahead of the Big Four, including BDO, Grant Thornton and RSM.

Cactus's new roots

Bondholder Cactus Images has said its decision to move to fellow Bondholder Connect Derby's Marble Hall building is already paying off with its clients saying how brilliant the new space is.

Chris Howard, Joint-Founder of Cactus Images, said: "We were worried about leaving Friar Gate Studios because of its proximity to town, which has appeal, but we needed more room, so when Marble Hall became available we went for it.

He continued: "At Friar Gate Studios we had to operate out of two studios. Here we've been able to consolidate everything into one space. We've got a nice environment here and everyone who comes to Marble Hall says it's brilliant."

Marketing Derby reported earlier this month that Connect Derby's Marble Hall development has already attained 55% occupancy within four months of opening and another 8% occupancy in the pipeline.


We’ve got a nice environment here and everyone who comes to Marble Hall says it’s brilliant.
— Chris Howard, Joint-Founder of Cactus Images

maber poised for growth

Managing Director of amber architects, Mark Hobson.

Bondholder maber architects is set for its next phase of growth with a new business plan in place to help steer the practice through to 2025.

The first stages of this plan have already been implemented with a series of new appointments, a refurbished head office and the development of a new website to reflect the company’s creative focus.

Mark Hobson, Managing Director at maber architects, said: “When I took over as MD in 2004, I focused on bringing formal business planning to the practice and overseeing its successful development. This has involved a strategic planning approach, which has helped us navigate the changing economic cycles of our industry to make sure that we remain successful and profitable year on year."

“Key to our ongoing success has been the recruitment of high calibre staff, cross sector expertise, providing a first class service and positioning ourselves as a creative, design-led practice. We have also looked to London as a source of new clients to help sustain our business and this combined with the opening of a London office in 2013 has helped grow our reputation and provide us with a broader national profile."

Looking ahead, the goal is to extend maber’s offer beyond conventional architecture and interior design to a more holistic asset-based design service offer.

Exam success at Swindell & Pearson

Left to right: Natalie Dyer and Simon Foster.

Patent and trade mark attorney firm and Bondholder Swindell & Pearson has announced members of its team have been successful in exams, furthering their development.

Patent advisor Simon Foster has passed the European Qualifying Examination and is now a European Patent Attorney whilst trade mark advisor Natalie Dyer was awarded with the Postgraduate Certificate in Trade Marks Law & Practice. 

Natalie's excellent results also led to her being presented with the Best Designs and Copyright Prize award by the Queen Mary University of London's Examinations Board Committee.

In addition, Intellectual Property Administrator James Newton recently passed the IMTA Trade Mark Administrators' Exam.


UTC gets new boss

Bringing 30 years' experience in the education sector to Bondholder Derby Manufacturing UTC, new Executive Principal John Ferguson plans to ensure all students are highly-employable by the time they leave.

It is our aim that students of Derby Manufacturing UTC will be confident, well-rounded and articulate.
— John Ferguson, Executive Principal of Derby Manufacturing UTC

Looking forward to his third UTC Principalship, John commented: "As a committed professional, I am passionate about education and, in particular, that provided by University Technical Colleges, which offer a broad curriculum that combines and academic education with technical and practical learning backed by both the University and local employers."

He continued: "It is our aim that students of Derby Manufacturing UTC will be confident, well-rounded and articulate. Their ability to work both independently and as team members combined with their creative and dynamic attitude towards working and learning, will ensure they are both highly employable and successful in obtaining places at universities or with employers of their choice."

New hire at Marble Hall

Just a few months after Bondholder Koobr moved to Connect Derby's Marble Hall offices, a new digital marketing manager has joined the firm.

Jaide Spencer joins Koobr with seven years' of experience including securing events with Swarovski at her previous employer.

Commenting on the increased demand for digital marketing services, Managing Director of Koobr, Craig Barker, commented: "Digital marketing is now a significant part of what we do, as more businesses want to utilise the benefits of social media and content marketing to promote services and communicate with customers."

He continued: "Our clients also want to see measured results in their marketing. Jaide's appointment as a marketing strategist compliments the creative side of what we do — strengthening Koobr's position as one of Derby's leading brand communication companies."

The expanding firm is also recruiting for another web developer to facilitate the demand for the web design side of the business. Find out more here.

PKF appoints new director

Edward Gray will be bringing 16 years' of experience to Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry in his new role as Director of Transaction Services.

In the last ten years in his previous role, Edward has been giving deal advice to a range of businesses — from small smart-ups and entrepreneurial individuals, through to multi-million pound corporates and private equity firms.

I’m looking forward to supporting a wide range of clients, growing the transaction offering at PKF Cooper Parry and establishing and creating new opportunities to help grow the firm, as well as continuing to provide great service to our current clients.
— Edward Gray, Director of Transaction Services at PKF Cooper Parry

In his new role, he will advise on company acquisitions and disposals, carrying out a range of due diligence work as well as providing wider support for businesses going through the transaction process.

Edward commented: "I'm looking forward to supporting a wide range of clients, growing the transaction offering at PKF Cooper Parry and establishing and creating new opportunities to help grow the firm, as well as continuing to provide great service to our current clients."

PKF Cooper Parry is one of the largest independent firms of business advisors in the Midlands with an established track record of helping local businesses and private clients in the UK and internationally.

The Kedleston recruits Sat Bains chef

Bondholder Derby Brewing Company-owned The Kedleston Country House has announced its new head chef, Joseph Wood, who brings with him a wealth of experience, awards and accolades.

We certainly enjoyed the dishes [Joseph] cooked at his interview and we look forward to sampling his new menus and are sure our diners will be as impressed as we are.
— Paul Harris, Director of Derby Brewing Company

Joseph is highly experienced and brings over 18 years expertise to the role having worked in a number of award-winning establishments. He boasts an impressive CV with his previous experience including Restaurant Sat Bains, AA rosette and Michelin starred Fishers at Baslow Hall, 2 AA rosette East Lodge Horsley and most recently Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club.

Speaking on the appointment director Paul Harris commented: "We are really excited to have Joseph join as our new Head Chef; his extensive experience and culinary knowledge is impressive and he will be a credit to The Kedleston. We were really impressed by his experience and his exciting plans for The Kedleston. We certainly enjoyed the dishes he cooked at his interview and we look forward to sampling his new menus and are sure our diners will be as impressed as we are."

The Kedleston Country House which recently celebrated its first anniversary, combines a stunning Georgian building with a modern country house where you are assured of a warm welcome every time.

PKF welcomes latest wave of young talent

Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry's new wave of interns.

You may remember reading about the wildly successful internship programme at Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry last month where all eight newcomers were promoted to full-time staff following their internship year. The company continues to nurture young talent in the region and welcomes ten interns across the Midlands.

We have been some strong talent coming through the assessment stages and look forward to working with our new recruits to help develop their potential.
— Ade Cheatham, CEO of PKF Cooper Parry

Designed to give each intern a broad range of experience throughout the company during their time there, PKF's internship programme focuses on personal development and professional training.

Ade Cheatham, CEO of PKF Cooper Parry, said: "There has been an unprecedented level of interest in this year's scheme, with a lot of competition from across the region. We have been some strong talent coming through the assessment stages and look forward to working with our new recruits to help develop their potential."

Best wishes from Marketing Derby to the East Midlands internship team: Samantha Galligan, Charlotte Taylor, Matthew Holmes, Kassim Yasin, Rachael McQuaid, Amardeep Atwal and Revekka Katsounotou.

Purpose Media launches specialist PR arm

A new PR team has joined the Derby business community and comes in the form of Bondholder Purpose Media's new PR division.

The specialist PR division was set up in response to an increased demand from Purpose Media's clients. This marks the final step in the firm's transition to becoming a full-service digital agency.

Over the past six years, Purpose Media has grown from being a website developer into a full-service digital agency.
— Matt Wheatcroft, Managing Director of Purpose Media

The new division comprises Jon Smart, who joins Purpose Media as PR and marketing director, and marketing manager Jonny Stringer. Jon becomes the firm's tenth new recruit of the year and its 31st employee. The agency has doubled its staff in the past nine months.

Matt Wheatcroft, Managing Director of Purpose Media, said: "We've seen an increase in demand from clients for additional PR, content and marketing support and we're delighted that Jon has joined us to develop and deliver this new service."

"Over the past six years, Purpose Media has grown from being a website developer into a full-service digital agency and Jon's appointment completes the menu of core services we can now offer to existing and potential clients."

Following Jon's appointment, marketing consultant Bev Cook will be moving into a non-executive position. Bev has worked with Purpose Media for five years and has played an important part in the growth and development of the business by offering PR and marketing advice and support.

Purpose Media is also teaming up with Google to deliver an event aimed at helping local businesses to boost their online sales.  

The event, which takes place at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, between 9am and 11.30am on 14 September, aims to give local companies a better understanding of why having a digital marketing strategy is key and how to keep up with the latest search engine optimisation  trends. It will also offer tips to attendees on the best ways of measuring how effective their websites are.


Knights hails Derby office as sales hit £21m

Bondholder professional services firm Knights has hailed its Derby office, launched a year ago, as an "integral" part of the business as it eyes revenues of £40million.

The firm's £40million turnover ambitions come after revenues of £21million were reported for its 2016 financial year.

We’re supporting more businesses in the East Midlands and nationwide, thanks to our full service offering.
— David Beech, Chief Executive of Knights

David Beech, Chief Executive of Knights, explained: "We're supporting more businesses in the East Midlands and nationwide, thanks to our full service offering which includes non-law specialist services, alongside our legal expertise."

He continued: "Denby Pottery, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Greenthumb, Servicemaster and Snappy Snaps, part of the Timpson Group, are just some of the businesses we are now working with. The Derby office is establishing itself well both in the city and across the wider East Midlands."

Andrew Pilkington, Office Leader at the Pride Park brand, said: "It's been a fantastic year for everyone based here. We have significantly grown our specialist services to include experts in franchising, data protection, banking and tax and estates, as well as strengthening our existing real estate, corporate and commercial, employment and private client teams."

intu reports strong financial results

After intu Properties bought Derby's Westfield shopping centre in 2014 — now known as Bondholder intu Derby — the parent company has reported strong financial results for the centre.

For the six months ending in June 2016, revenues grew to £285.5million — an increase of £3.6million on the same period last year.

Occupancy at intu Derby is strong at near 100% and the centre has increased its value by 17% in its two years under new ownership.

David Fischel, Chief Executive of intu Properties, said: "We continue to focus on strengthening and improving our prime regional shopping centres, introducing new leisure concepts and increasing the dwell time of our 400 million customer visits per year."

intu Derby's strategy of encouraging shoppers to stay for longer is already paying off with new unit lets for the centre including Joe's Kitchen, Yo! Sushi, Krispy Kreme, Byron Hamburgers, MEXico, and BB's Coffee & Muffins.

DCFC Communities Trust's new HQ

Bondholder BB&J Commercial has closed a deal for fellow Bondholder DCFC Communities Trust to move its HQ to a stunning 5,215 sq ft office on Pride Park.

The two-storey building, located at 14 Pride Point, is the perfect location for the growing communities arm of Derby County Football Club which is dedicated to serving the community and supporting local projects and charities as part of the Football Club’s long-term commitment to the city.

As a major employer and occupier within the city, we’re thrilled to have now completed two deals with Derby County FC in the past 6 months. We have been able to quickly and successfully match the specific requirements of the football club on both occasions and, with this latest deal, accommodating the Trust so close to the stadium was particularly important.
— Chris Wright, BB&J Commercial

In the short time since the deal, the firm has begun the move into its new head office.

Lauren relocates to Portixol

Bondholder Portixol Relocations — which specialises in home-finding and relocation services to companies and individuals across the country — has appointed Lauren Docksey as its new Business Relationship Manager.

We’ve known Lauren for a while and I have always been impressed with her professional, calm and personable manner.
— Carl Bridge, owner of Portixol Relocations

In recent months, the firm has attracted new clients in Cheshire, Wiltshire, East Anglia and the East and West Midlands — as well as from Derby itself. The growth has been overseen by Managing Director Mark Averill, who himself joined the business in May 2015. Mark said: "We have received glowing recommendations from companies including Derby-based Ford and Stanley and this has given other businesses the confidence to work with us. By finding new employees a home and helping them quickly settle into the area, they hit the ground running in their new job straight away. Employers have found a winning formula when we work closely with their recruitment teams and Lauren's remit will be to enhance this benefit for employers."

Lauren was previously the wedding and events co-ordinator at a local employer and Carl Bridge — owner of Portixol Relocations — is ebullient about the new recruit: "We've known Lauren for a while and I have always been impressed with her professional, calm and personable manner. Lauren is tailor-made for this role and I've been hugely impressed during the two relocations that we worked together on in Milton Keynes last week. Our sister company The Birchover Residences will also benefit from Lauren's experience when we open our apartment-hotel at the Bridgford Hall wedding venue next Spring."

HSKS announces new MD & CEO

HSKS Greenhalgh's new Managing Director Colin Peacock.

John Eardley will be supporting Colin as CEO.

Bondholder HSKS Greenhalgh Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors has announced that Colin Peacock is to take over the role of Managing Director of the firm whilst Jon Eardley will support him as CEO.

Colin replaces Kultaran Singh, who has been managing director of the firm since its merger of HSKS and Greenhalgh in 2011. Colin joined Greenhalgh & Co 32 years ago and has been heavily involved in the growth and development of the business, including opening the firm's Nottingham and Uttoxeter offices. Colin also culminated the merger of HSKS and Greenhalgh.

Former Managing Director of HSKS Greenhalgh, Kultaran Singh, said: "Colin is the right person to take on the role, having been with the firm for over 30 years. He is a gifted business advisor and a well-respected leader. This is a positive step forward for the business.

Jon Eardley joined HSKS Greenhalgh last year as Practice Manager, having previously spent over 30 years at NatWest/RBS in various roles, including Senior Relationship Manager and Business Development Director.

In taking over the Managing Director role, Colin commented: "This year has already seen the implementation of a number of key elements of our strategy, with the appointment of two new Directors and a Business Development Manager, and we look forward to continuing to implement both our short and long-term plans, which I'm confident will take the business forward to new levels."