City Living Boom for Derby

Having identified an opportunity to further fuel the Derby city living boom, Godwin Developments have just struck a deal, brokered by BB&J Commercial, on land at Phoenix Street, Derby, with Phoenix Properties.

Godwin, who have lots of experience in city living across the Midlands, have huge ambitions for this site, which has been left undeveloped for many years.  Godwin plan to create a residential-led tower development.
It is hoped the scheme will be a real coup for Derby as the building can set a benchmark for tall buildings in the area. Initial sketch drawings show an iconic, landmark scheme that is sure to be popular with investors and occupiers who are hungry for new apartments as demonstrated by other, recent sell out schemes. 
Godwin Developments are showing a real commitment to investing in Derby, with a deal for land on Agard St in the University Quarter having been completed earlier this month. 
Stephen Pratt, Godwin Developments, commented “ We see Derby as a great opportunity for city living and now have two live deals with more in the pipeline. We are keen to create some quality apartments for the city and satisfy the demand of the many young professionals who work here.

We are delighted that Godwin Developments are continuing to invest in sites across Derby for city living. Having been in discussions with them for some time, we look forward to the delivery of a landmark, high quality development that helps put Derby Riverside on the map, and will continue to offer our support in bringing the scheme to fruition.
— Tom Erskine, Inward Investment Executive

"We have been working hard as a team to put the right sites together and we are looking forwards to working with Marketing Derby and the City Council to achieve two quality developments. We have similar schemes on across the Midlands and this site adds to our growing portfolio."
Mark Richardson of BB&J Commercial said  “It is refreshing to see a quality developer take hold of key regeneration sites with ambitious plans that the city deserves. As a city we missed the apartment boom last time around and as a result there is a real underlying demand for quality city living.

"I feel Godwin Developments are the right developer with the expertise and clout to deliver this exciting scheme which will firmly put Derby City on the residential map with this stunning new development.”

New Development for Agard Street


Derby's city centre living is booming, with leading regional property development company, Godwin Developments, acquiring land on Agard Street.

The plot at 36 Agard Street is currently home to offices and a development site which is being used for short-term parking.

Stephen Pratt, Land Director of Godwin Developments comments “We are pleased to have secured this site and genuinely excited about developing on the site.

"For 12 months or so we have been working hard to acquire a number of sites in Derby and we are pleased to get this one over the line.”

The site sale was brokered by Bondholder Rigby & Co on behalf of a private investor.

Russell Rigby, MD of Rigby & Co, said  “The sale of this site generated a lot of interest and we are genuinely pleased we were able to complete this project and wish Godwin Developments success with their plans going forward. It was a refreshing change to work with a developer who delivered promptly and in a reliable fashion."



“We have been working closely with people on the ground in Derby and Marketing Derby and we look forward to revealing details shortly of a further strategic acquisition which we are close to completing.
— Stephen Pratt, Land Director of Godwin Developments

YMD Boon Supports Students

Bondholder YMD Boon has become a member of Derby College’s Employment and Skills Academy (ESA), which aims to nurture students as they move from education to employment.

The ESA offers students a mentoring service including access to professionals within an industry they are interested in, specialist career talks, visits to workplaces and access to work experience placements.

Derby College’s ESA is a practical solution to supporting students as they navigate the transition from full-time education to employment which can be a daunting time. I’m already enjoying being involved in the ESA and with the recent appointment of one of the students in our team, I am seeing the tangible benefits it can bring to both students and businesses.
— Shari Setayesh, Director

Through the programme, YMD Boon has recently appointed a student as an architectural technician.
Director Shari Setayesh, said: “Like many firms we raise funds each year for a number of charities, but I wanted to actually get involved in a programme of activity that was close to my heart and I’ve always enjoyed working with and mentoring young people."

April Hayhurst, Deputy Principle, employer and economic affairs at Derby College, said: “Our Employment and Skills Academy is designed to ensure all Derby College learners are prepared to make a smooth transition from education to employment and meet the needs of employers.
“Students will follow a journey of learning at Derby College and take part in an extra programme of employer engagement activities. This unique combination of learning and employer engagement ensures that our learners gain the skills, attitudes and knowledge employers need from young people in the workplace.
“It’s essential we have business support to make this a success and its down to companies like YMD Boon who help to nurture young individuals giving them great start to their career.”

Mr & Mrs Smith Pick Kedleston

The Kedleston Country House has been selected by boutique hotel booking service, Mr & Mrs Smith to partner with, joining an exclusive list of only 157 hotels across England, Derby’s first with only one other in Derbyshire.

Run by Bondholder Derby Brewing Company, The Kedleston Country House is a Grade II listed building, which recently celebrated its first anniversary. 

The 250-year-old property, between Allestree and Kedleston village, has undergone a £1.3 million refit and becomes the fourth pub to be opened by the family-run brewery in fewer than eight years.

Paul Harris, Director of Derby Brewing Company, said: ‘We have long wanted to work with Mr & Mrs Smith, a real standard for quality in the Boutique hotel sector, Mr & Mrs Smith as it has an excellent reputation for featuring unique, boutique hotels for those looking for a romantic break away, or something a little different. All their hotels are handpicked and go through an extensive screening process to feature on their website and are anonymously reviewed to ensure they are of the highest quality.

Hotels need to match a range of different criteria to be included and with our relaxed, welcoming and informal style, modern country house feel, combined with all the added extra like our bespoke complimentary Gin in the bedrooms at The Kedleston; we feel it is the perfect fit for us.’

University to Develop New Apprenticeship Degrees

Bondholder the University of Derby has been awarded funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to develop new degree apprenticeships for students starting in September 2017.

Working in partnership with local employers, including Bondholders Rolls-Royce and Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Derby will offer 110 apprenticeships.

The university will be launching five new degree apprenticeships, including: 

  • Nursing;
  • Civil Engineering Site Manager;
  • Digital and Technological Solutions: Cyber Security Analyst;
  • Aerospace Engineer;
  • Chartered Manager.

The degrees will combine full-time paid work with part-time study. 

Professor Margaret Bruce, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: "Being selected by HEFCE to participate in the first phase of their Degree Apprenticeships Development Programme is fantastic news for the University.

"It rewards our hard work to establish ourselves as a leader in work based learning in the higher education sector. This development funding builds on our track record of delivering higher apprenticeships for local employers in the health and mineral products sectors."

Bondholders Join Forces to Help Young People

Bondholders Derby College and Sky Recruitment Solutions have joined forces to provide additional support for young people looking for their first step into the jobs market.

Current College learners will have more opportunities for part time and seasonal work to support them during their study programmes. Learners will then have access to specialist support from Sky Recruitment Solutions team and the College, when looking for job and apprenticeship roles after graduating.

David Torrington, Managing Director of Sky Recruitment Solutions, said: “I was struck by a presentation at a Marketing Derby Event that highlighted the high quality further and higher education available in the city but that there were challenges in retaining skills in the local area.

“As a business committed to working in partnership to support the local economy, I therefore approached Derby College to explore opportunities for us to work together to tackle this issue.

“This partnership is effectively a mutual referral approach.  We often work with employers to support their recruitment needs but would also like to assist in handling their apprenticeship requirements."

April Hayhurst, Derby College Deputy Principal, Employer and Economic Affairs, added: “This partnership provides a single point of entry both for our current learners, local young people looking for jobs and apprenticeships and for employers who are looking for a range of skills and experience.

“We were keen to work with Sky Recruitment Solutions as they are a company who share our values of providing employers with the skills they need to grow, supporting young people into the world of work and matching the right people with the right jobs.

“This is therefore an exciting new venture with a host of opportunities and benefits both for young people and employers and we look forward to developing the service in the coming months.”

By working together, Sky Recruitment Solutions and the College can share resources and expertise to provide young people with a wider range of job opportunities. We will also develop a joined up and easy to access service to employers.
— David Torrington, Managing Director

Record Month for Mercia

Bondholder, Mercia Image Print have recorded their biggest ever monthly sales, since the company began way back in 1989.

Amanda Strong, Managing Director, said: “The presses have been red hot ever since the middle of September, when we had to adopt a 24hour shift programme to cope with the demand.

"October’s result is amazing and a testament to the quality of our work and to our sales and production team. But, I must admit, I got a bit of a shock in August when Brexit seemed to have affected our usual business”.

Mercia Image Print offer a full selection of business stationery and communication documentation including flyers, brochures, display stands and advertising material.



Flint Bishop Partners with Children's Charity

Bondholder firm Flint Bishop is working in partnership with a charity, to give young people who have experienced parental separation a platform to promote their views and to equip them with useful support and information.

Kids in the Middle is a charity which seeks to help parents reduce conflict, promote communication and encourage co-parenting to provide their children with safe and loving homes.

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The law-firm is working in conjunction with the charity on their Voices in the Middle project. The project offers a website which gives practical advice to young people, and promotes services for children offered by organisations collaborating with Kids in the Middle, including specialist family lawyers and mediators.

Kirpal Bidmead, Head of Family Law, said: “As a solicitor who has specialised in family law for over 20 years, I have seen the emotional turmoil that couples go through when separating.  I try to remind parents that their children’s needs, wishes and feelings should be the paramount consideration. Children should not be pressured into taking sides, keeping their parents’ secrets or blaming themselves for the separation.  They should not be used as pawns or left feeling isolated.”  

"Separation can have a devastating impact on children. Every effort should be made to help both parents and children through the separation process with access to comprehensive counselling, practical and legal support.

"Voices in the Middle is playing an invaluable role in giving young people a platform, an outlet and a voice. I greatly admire the project’s objectives  and will do all that I can to support them.”

PKF Cooper Parry Deliver on Partnership with Derby County Community Trust

Bondholder firm PKF Cooper Parry have been announced as partners of fellow Bondholder Derby County Community Trust (DCCT).

The accountancy firm has strengthened its relationship with the Trust by becoming the sponsor of the core delivery coaching.

PKF Cooper Parry branding will take pride of place on the kit worn by the Trust’s team as they deliver sporting provision at grassroots level and in schools across Derbyshire.

Brett Critchley, IT Solutions partner at PKF Cooper Parry, said: “Cooper Parry and DCCT have a lot in common - we’re both passionate about supporting our local community and encouraging young people to fulfil their potential.

“The Trust do some really valuable work and support huge numbers of people in the area and we’re very proud to be able to play a small part in their continued development.”

Simon Carnall, Head of Community at the Community Trust, said: “The success of our scheme is built on the foundations of great partnerships and being able to add PKF Cooper Parry to that list is fantastic. We look forward to seeing the positive impact from working together.”

Rolls-Royce's $700M China Deal

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has won a $700m order from China Southern for Trent 700 engines to power ten Airbus A330 aircraft, including TotalCare® long-term engine service support.

The agreement confirms the Trent 700 as the overwhelming engine of customer choice in Greater China, with a market share of close to 90%.

“We are proud to support China’s continued airline growth, creating new connections that link China ever more closely. We are particularly grateful to China Southern, a valued customer that was the first airline in mainland China to operate the A330, for its continued support for our engines.
— Paul Freestone, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President

The order was signed at the Zhuhai Airshow by Li Ming, Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering Department, China Southern, and Paul Hallam, Rolls-Royce, Vice President,Greater China – Civil Aerospace. The signing was witnessed by Li Tongbin, Executive Vice President, China Southern, and Paul Freestone, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, Customers – Civil Aerospace.

Li Tongbin said: “We have been impressed with Rolls-Royce engine performance in service and look forward to further developing our relationship with this latest order. Rolls-Royce has an important role to play in supporting our fleet growth.”

Today representatives from Rolls-Royce are in attendance at the  fourth annual China-Britain Business Council Outbound Conference, held in Shanghai, and have stressed the real investment opportunities offered in Derby.

While addressing the conference, Patrick Horgan, Regional Director North-East Asia for Rolls-Royce, said: "Infinity Park Derby offers real opportunities for inward investment in trains, planes and automobiles."



University to Strengthen Collaborations in China

Delegates from Bondholder the University of Derby are visiting China this week as part of the Midlands Engine initiative to further strengthen collaborations with the country, in particular in Shanghai and Hefei.

The Midlands Engine initiative aims to boost economic growth across the Midlands through enhanced trade and investment with China, which has the world’s second biggest economy and largest population.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs, Professor Judith Lamie, Professor of Distributed Computing, Lu Liu and Professor Paul Stewart, Director of Innovation are among the representatives taking part in the initiative.

Professor Lamie said: “We are strongly committed to developing mutually beneficial collaborations and working closely with businesses and universities in China.

“The higher education sector is becoming increasingly internationalised, which is why trips like this are integral to support our international strategy.  

Earlier this year, representatives from the University visited China as part of a ministerial delegation led by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. During this visit the University developed agreements with Anhui University and Hefei University. Delegates from these universities have since visited Derbyshire resulting in agreements being signed between the institutions.

The focus of the visit for the University will be to continue to develop relationships with Anhui and Hefei Universities and local businesses.

We hold a unique position in the UK, supporting research, innovation and enterprise in a city which is home to global giants such as Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier, and lays claim to the title UK Capital of Innovation.”
— Professor Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor

China Hosts Investment Mission

A delegation of Derby and Derbyshire businesses, and civic leaders, has travelled to China this week, as part of a wider Midlands Engine trade and investment mission.

The delegation has travelled to China with aims to further civic and economic partnerships with the city of Hefei in the Anhui province, which could potentially boost trade and tourism. They will also explore university to university partnerships, which could bring Chinese students to Derby.

Ranjit Banwait, Leader of Derby City Council, said: “This is a big opportunity for the city, China is a superpower and we've got the opportunity to do business with them. This is our opportunity to be part of the world stage and to sit alongside the greatest cities in the world.”

We are keen to see Derbyshire as being central to Government’s plans to promote the Midlands Engine
— Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council

Martin Rawson, Deputy-Leader, said: "Both cities have similarities, be that the passion and friendliness of our people as well as the highly successful industries both cities are home to. This partnership will open doors to so many opportunities for business, investment, culture and tourism.

The visit is a very strong statement of intent and the synergies between the Derby and Derbyshire offer. The opportunities in Hefei and Anhui are very clear
— Nick Low, British Embassy Beijing

"It's a fantastic time to be making such connections and will, I hope, lead to new jobs and opportunities for people in Derby."

Derby’s strong public – private partnership team includes representatives from the Bondholder community, including East Midlands Chamber, Smith of Derby, Geldards, University of Derby, and Derby City Council.

The delegation will also be joined by Marketing Derby Managing Director, John Forkin.

John Forkin said: “This is no quick hit, we will come back with contacts, not contracts, however, if we don't make the effort and show commitment, the investment will go elsewhere.”


Greendog Focus on Fujifilm

Digital marketing company, Greendog has recently launched a new website for international photography and imaging company, Fujifilm. 

The Bondholder company has been working in conjunction with Fujifilm in updating their product showcase website for the Instax Camera range.

With the launch of Fujifilm's national ‘1 of 1’ campaign, where instant camera users are invited to send their unique '1 of 1' moment to be viewed online in a special gallery, Greendog were tasked with redesigning Fujifilm's website. 

Laura Perry, Creative Director, said: "It’s been a fantastic experience for us here at Greendog to work with FujiFilm on relaunching their Instax website. This project has allowed us to be really creative with design and the use of web technologies, producing an engaging and exciting experience online, that has all been aligned with FujiFilm’s 1 of 1 national campaign for the product. 

"We are looking forward to continuing and progressing the website further as their campaign develops in the coming months”

HUUB to Support Next-Gen of Olympic Stars


Building on this year's Olympic legacy, Bondholder HUUB Design has agreed to sponsor the City of Derby swimming club, of which Olympic gold medal winner Adam Peaty is a member. 

The wetsuit manufacturer has agreed to support the club with a £15,000 annual commitment made up of kit incentives and financial support. As part of the deal, HUUB's swimsuits will be available to club members.

The company's sponsorship will help foster the next generation of swimming superstars. 

We should all, however, recognise that the city as a whole benefits from such a sporting accolade and I hope that more businesses around the city will follow suit.
— Dean Jackson, Founder and Owner of HUUB Designs

Dean Jackson, founder and owner of HUUB Designs, said: "The media spotlight that focused on the fantastic work of Adam Peaty and the City of Derby swimming club also highlighted the club's need for financial and kit support. Everyone in Derby is so proud of what Adam has achieved thanks to the fantastic training that he has received at the club.

"I hope that our support for City of Derby will contribute to the next generation of Olympic swimming stars. As a Derby business that is involved in the triathlon elements of swim, cycle and run I felt honour-bound to respond to that plea.

Mandy Bell, City of Derby assistant head coach, said: "We are very excited to work with HUUB Design and represent the brand through continued swimming excellence. As we enter the new four-year Olympic cycle our swimmers will look professional and identifiable in competition."

New Boutique for Cathedral Quarter


A new boutique has joined the likes of Dr. Martens, White Stuff and Joules, in the bustling Cathedral Quarter. Let by Bondholder company Raybould & Sons, Nero e Bianco has opened a new store in The Strand. 

The boutique specialises in clothing and brands that have not been seen in the UK before. The Derby store will be its first to sell menswear. 

Within 24 hours of the property being put on the market, a deal had been reached by Raybould & Sons, and Nero e Bianco, reflecting the popularity of the area for retailers. 

City's Most Expensive Apartment has Been Let

Within 48 hours of coming onto the market, and after more than half-a-dozen viewings, Derby's most expensive apartment has been let.

Sister company of Bondholder  The Birchover Residences, Birchover Sales and Lettings have let a penthouse on the corner of the Cornmarket and St James' Street for an excess of £2,000 per month.  

The apartment comes fully-furnished with two bedrooms, a family bathroom and an open-plan living area with kitchen, lounge and 70" TV. The piece de resistance of the apartment is its 13ft x 8ft resistance swimming pool, with jets that you can swim against. 

The letting of the apartment marks the latest wave of city living in Derby. Phase 1 of Compendium Living's Castleward Urban Village has been of equal success, with their four new luxury city centre penthouse apartments set to continue that momentum.  Combined with Radleigh Homes' latest development, Weaver's Point, city living in Derby is taking off. 

Bombardier's Billion Pound Week

Rail technology leader and Bondholder Bombardier has signed two deals totaling over £1 billion.

In August Bombardier was selected to build 665 carriages for new the East Anglia rail franchise, Abellio. Now Angel Trains, a train leasing firm with offices in Derby and London, have signed a deal worth £900 million to buy the carriages, which will then be leased to Abellio. 

The work has secured about 1,000 jobs at its Litchurch Lane site

This comes hot on the heels of another deal for a three-year extension worth £232 million to its current train service agreement with Arriva CrossCountry Trains.

We’re delighted that our industry partners CrossCounty Trains chose Bombardier for the continued provision of fleet maintenance services that form such a core part of their franchise service.
— Matt Byrne, Head of Services at Bombardier Transportation

Extending service until October 2019, the contract covers full maintenance services for XC's fleet of 57 Voyager and Super Voyager trainsets, based out of Bombardier's Central Rivers maintenance facility. The scope also includes the transfer and conversion of two Super Voyager cars. Previously operated by Virgin Trains, these cars will be reconfigured to create an additional 58th unit for CrossCountry.

Matt Byrne, Head of Services at Bombardier Transportation, said: "We're delighted that our industry partners CrossCounty Trains chose Bombardier for the continued provision of fleet maintenance services that form such a core part of their franchise service. We've worked hard to enhance the performance of the Voyager fleet and we look forward to continuing those improvements in the future through our ongoing collaborative relationship with XC."

Bombardier has provided maintenance support for the Voyager trains (which were manufactured by Bombardier) for over 15 years, since they first entered passenger operation on CrossCountry service.

PKF's successful summer of dealmaking

Ben Rookes, Corporate Finance Director at PKF Cooper Parry

The Corporate Finance team at Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry has reported a busy and incredibly successful last quarter, during which it completed four deals – three of which were made post-Brexit.

Earlier in the summer, the team advised the shareholders of Tier 1 aerospace supplier North West Precision on a sale to US Private Equity firm Cartesian Capital-backed Arlington Industries Group.

Other recent deal highlights include acting for the shareholders on the sale of Nottingham-based training provider Mind Click to Carlyle Cardinal-backed Learning Pool and the sale of established East Midlands-based pharmacy chain K.M. Brennan to PCT Healthcare. Last month the team also acted as lead advisers on a private equity sponsored growth capital deal in the recycling sector.

The Corporate Finance team is continuing to experience significant growth on the back of a record year last year. They have recently boosted the senior team with the appointment of experienced deal-maker Phil Hinson, who joins the firm as a director, having previously worked for PwC and Sovereign Capital.

Speaking about the firm’s successful summer of deal-making, Ben Rookes, Corporate Finance Director, said: “Despite the uncertainty and turmoil surrounding Brexit, we are seeing no slow-down in activity and are continuing to get deals over the line. 

“Many private equity firms are keen to deploy capital and invest through the cycle and we are also noticing increased activity from overseas purchasers, particularly US trade, who are interested in good quality UK assets and are keen to take advantage of the weak pound post-Brexit."

“We expect to complete a number of deals with overseas trade and PE in the next few months and will continue to invest in our team in order to meet the demands of our client and support our continued growth,” added Ben.

The Corporate Finance team at Cooper Parry advises privately owned businesses, business owners, management teams and private equity firms on a range of services including company sales, acquisitions, buy-outs and development capital.

Cooper Parry Corporate Finance is a UK representative of Global M&A, one of the leading independent partnerships of corporate finance advisers in the world, providing clients with the benefits of global reach and sector knowledge.  

Derby's Thriving Food & Drinks Scene

There's no question that Derby's food and drink offering has thrived in last two years — from the fantastic array of restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars across the city to Bondholder intu Derby's recent drive to establish itself as a destination for dining.

One of the forces behind the regeneration of Derby's food and drinks scene is Bondholder FHP, which has recently announced its 16th bar/restaurant to be secured by the firm in the city. 

Carluccio's will be joining other deals closed by FHP such as MEXico, Yo! Sushi, and Byron Hamburgers amongst others. The commercial property agent has also brought established brands to the city centre including Las Iguanas and Prezzo on Friar Gate and Turtle Bay on the Wardwick.

David Hargreaves, Director of FHP, commented: "Derby has been under-served for far too long, which is surprising given the wealth of investment and its strong catchment. It is now finally getting the quality of operators you would expect to see in a city of its size."

Alan Pearson, Director of FHP, added: "This is far from the end of catering and leisure interest, with further lettings to be announced. The city is now being recognised for its untapped potential, which is clearly shown by the wealth of brands we have been able to attract to the city."

Derby has been under-served for far too long, which is surprising given the wealth of investment and its strong catchment.
— David Hargreaves, Director of FHP
This is far from the end of catering and leisure interest, with further lettings to be announced.
— Alan Pearson, Director of FHP

Purpose & Rams share Premier League ambition

Purpose Media's Matt Wheatcroft pictured with Head of Ticketing, Analytics and Data at Derby County, Brandon Furse.

Bondholder Derby County Football Club has appointed full-service marketing agency and Bondholder, Purpose Media, to create a new-look official website and mobile platform.

As well as making the website a go-to destination for Rams news, features, interviews and tickets, the club is determined to provide a whole new online experience for fans.

"We are delighted to be able to partner with Purpose Media for this ground-breaking project."

— Sam Rush, President and Chief Executive of Derby County Football Club

President and Chief Executive of Derby County Football Club, Sam Rush, commented: "The club website has been outside the club’s control for over 16 years, in which time digital technologies have transformed the way we all live our lives. By creating a brand new up-to-date digital platform, we will not only be able to take advantage of some of these technologies, we will also be able to provide our supporters with a much improved online experience."

He concluded: "We are delighted to be able to partner with Purpose Media for this ground-breaking project."

Managing Director of Purpose Media, Matt Wheatcroft, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be working with Derby County Football Club on the new website. We’ve seen some fantastic results with the WeAreDerby site and have a great relationship with the club, so the next step is to build on that and create something truly special.

The club wants its supporters to be involved in the process of building the new official website and other digital platforms from the word go, in order to provide feedback over the coming months. Fans can register their interest to participate here.