Derby College's Partnership Approach Praised

We are also committed to working in partnership with employers to ensure that we are providing them and indeed all businesses with the skilled workforce that they need both today and in the future.
— Mandie Stravino, Chief Executive

In his annual report, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has praised Bondholder Derby College.

The College’s work with the local business community, as well as its work with high needs learners, were both deemed as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following their inspection visit to the College.

The Ofsted annual report highlights the College’s successes in bridging the gap between education and employment.

The case study outlines Derby College’s success in forming partnerships with employers to create employment and skills and employer academies.

It describes how these are made up of a group of local employers from specific sectors as well as individual employers who have a dedicated cohort of learners without their academy.

The College has 15 employment and skills academies across as many sectors with 300 active board members who assist with curriculum design and delivery.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino commented: “Our work with employers was particularly singled out for praise by Ofsted and we are delighted that our work has been highlighted as the main case study in Sir Michael Wilshaw’s annual report.

“Our role as a College is to provide learners with the skills, attitudes and employability skills to progress onto the next stage of their lives – whether that is to higher education, work or self employment.

“This work is vital to address potential skills shortages, increase their competitive edge and achieve growth and job creation.”

Mazars Scoop Top Prize

Bondholder Mazars has been awarded the Top 50 Tax Team of the Year award at the 2016 British Accountancy Awards.

The judging panel recognised that the team from Mazars “looks to deal with the major challenges of delivering a modern-day tax service, that of transparency and ethics. Alongside their approach (the team) also illustrated their success with impressive figures.”
Tim Davies, partner and UK Head of Tax at Mazars, commented: “On behalf of the team, we are delighted to have won this award. To be recognised for our thought leadership, commitment to clients, innovation and growth is true testament to our culture and commitment, as well as our expertise.”
Senior Partner of Mazars UK, Phil Verity, continued: “Tax has always been an area that Mazars is known for. Tim and the rest of our UK tax team continuously work hard to deliver our services in a positively different way.

"A way that supports our clients and adds value, considers the specific needs of their businesses and the sectors in which they operate, and is reflective of immediate and long-term changing market conditions. This award is very much deserved.”

intu ranked best in East Midlands

Bondholder intu Derby has been named the East Midlands' number one shopping centre, according to research conducted by Trevor Wood Associates. 

The ‘Going Shopping 2017 – The Definitive Guide to Shopping Centres’ sees the Derby shopping centre ranked highest in the region, and 16th overall in the country. 

Adam Tamsett, General Manager intu Derby, said: "We are delighted to hear that intu Derby has been ranked the best shopping centre in the region.  The last 12 months have been an exciting time for the centre with the opening of a number of new stores including Cath Kidston, New Look Men, Toys R Us and BB’s Bakers and Baristas as well as new restaurants including MEXIco and Carluccios.  As well as this, work is well underway on a fantastic leisure development which will see Hollywood Bowl and Paradise Golf open at intu Derby in Spring 2017.  

"Our aim is to continue to provide the people of the East Midlands with an outstanding place to shop and spend time with their families for many years to come.”

The tables are compiled by looking at shopping centres currently trading and ranking them by overall attractiveness to shoppers, retailers and investors. This was achieved by confirming detailed information for each scheme thought to be larger than 50,000 sq ft in the United Kingdom. The information is then converted into points for selected features shown to be important to those groups, including tenants, lettable area, type of scheme, weekly footfall and facilities available.

TMLA Award Déda

Heather Gunn, Marketing and Audience Development Coordinator at Bondholder Déda, has won The Marketing and Leadership Academy’s (TMLA) competition to gain free tuition for her final studies at the training academy.

Heather is studying towards her Professional Diploma in Marketing for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) at fellow Bondholder TMLA. 

A Déda spokesperson said: "The Déda team is extremely proud of Heather for winning this TMLA competition. We recognise the tremendous effort which Heather is putting into the course and this is a great boost for her, with the finishing post in sight next week when she hands her final assignment in.

Gaining this Professional Marketing qualification will of course be a significant achievement for Heather, but will also bring new expertise into Déda allowing us to develop the Marketing function throughout the organisation."

Smith Cooper win top Sage Award

Bondholder Smith Cooper has been recognised by Sage as the Sage’s Midlands Region, Business Partner of the Year.

The award was presented to Directors Richard Brewster and Chris Smith at Sage’s annual awards ceremony, and confirms Smith Cooper’s status as the most active Sage 200 provider in the Midlands region.

Chris Smith, Director, said: “I was genuinely surprised when we won this award last year and really thought it would be tough to repeat the achievement again in 2016.

"The Midlands Region has traditionally been Sage’s strongest, full of excellent, experienced partners with much larger sales teams than ours. It’s also true that some of these companies came back very strongly after our win last year. However, I firmly believe that, once again, our agility, commitment to customer service and being “good guys to deal with” has again set us apart from our competitors. Well done to all our team, I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Rolls-Royce Tops National Rankings

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has been voted Britain's best company to work for. 

In a survey carried out by the world's largest job site, Indeed, the engineering icon was voted the UK’s best employer, compiled from millions of employee reviews.

Rolls-Royce employs over 14,000 people in Derby, and has its Aerospace and Nuclear divisions headquartered in the city.

Daniel Perkins, Global Employer Brand Manager at Rolls-Royce, said: “At Rolls-Royce we recognise that our people are our power. We are therefore extremely proud to be named by Indeed as the best place to work in the UK. 

"We employ over 23,000 people in the UK across a huge variety of roles, functions and business areas. This includes over a thousand apprentices and graduates and we work to create an environment where every employee can reach their full potential, encouraging diversity, engagement and development."

Bill Richards, UK Managing Director at global job site, Indeed, comments: “While the need to earn a salary is the imperative that makes us go to work, it’s far from the only criteria we judge work on.
“Benefits and workplace flexibility play an important role in workplace happiness, but they’re not the key determinants of what makes an organisation great. For most employees, feeling valued, a positive company culture and quality management matter more."

The full listings can be found here.

Gleeds Awarded Construction Consultant of the Year

Bondholder Gleeds has been awarded Construction Consultant of the Year at the Building Awards.

Held in London, and hosted by Building Magazine, the annual awards ceremony is one of the most prestigious in the built environment calendar, and celebrates the best of the UK's construction industry.

The judges looked at Gleeds' projects, the company's commitment to staff training, and sustainable growth. 

Richard Steer, Chairman of Gleeds, said: "I am delighted that the team’s hard work and dedication has been recognised with this award. As one of the few remaining independent consultancies in the UK, we’re committed to achieving sustainable growth and have made significant steps in investing in our internal infrastructure and teams in order to provide our clients with a first class service.”

Radleigh's Double Success at Awards

2016 has been another busy and very successful year for Radleigh Homes, buying land and starting several new developments across the East Midlands. We are opening two new sites in the new year and we are excited about 2017 and the high quality, award-winning products we will have to offer.
— Chris Neve, Joint Managing Director

Bondholder housebuilder Radleigh Homes is celebrating a double success at this year’s prestigious International Property Awards.

The company has scooped the Best Residential Development in Derbyshire award for its scheme on the Broadway in Derby and was highly commended for its new Weavers Point apartments on Lodge Lane.

Speaking of the company’s success at the 2016 International Property Awards, Tom Finnegan, joint managing director at the Radleigh Group, said: “An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence. Receiving recognition at the highest possible level is testament to the hard work that our talented and experienced team has put into the design and construction of these two very diverse schemes, which proved hugely popular with homebuyers.”

On Event's National Success

Bondholder company On Event Production Co. is celebrating after scooping one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry.

The live events company scooped the Production Award at the Event Awards, which took place at London’s iconic Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in the presence of more than 900 of the industry’s key leaders. 

To be shortlisted in the production category at the Event Awards was a massive achievement in itself, but to win the award has blown us all away and we’re absolutely ecstatic.
— Guy Eaton, Managing Director

The award follows a busy 12 months for the company during which it has relocated to a new, purpose-built premise in Castle Donington and expanded its operation with a series key promotions and appointments.

Guy Eaton, Managing Director, said: “We were up against some really stiff competition from some very high profile production companies, so to be recognised by our peers is absolutely fantastic and a reflection of the hard work and dedication that is put in by the whole team here at On day-in and day-out.”

Derby Brewing Drop it Like its Hop

Bondholder Derby Brewing Company has won the gold award for one of its new craft-style beers, ‘Drop It Like It’s Hop’ at the SIBA’s Midlands Independent Beer Awards.

We have always prided ourselves on offering exciting new beers for the city of Derby, taking inspiration from the fantastic world of beer, so to receive recognition for one of our new craft style beers is worth celebrating over a pint or two!
— Trevor Harris, Director

The beer ‘Drop It Like It’s Hop’, a 4.5% American Pale Ale, was entered into the category for Premium Bitters and Pale Ales, and beat out stiff competition. 

Paul Harris, Director of Derby Brewing Company, said: ‘’We’re really pleased that one of our new craft style beers have been recognised by SIBA and to win a Gold award was fantastic. There is a lot of strong competition from other breweries so win gold from all these entries is excellent. SIBA hold regional and national awards every year and they are a great opportunity for breweries to be recognised."

Bondholders' Collaboration Nominated for National Award

Bondholder Purpose Media has been nominated for an award for its work on fellow bondholder Blueprint Interiors’ new website.
Purpose Media was appointed by office design and fit-out firm Blueprint earlier this year to develop its branding and presence online. The project has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Digital: Website’ category in the 2016 Drum Cream Awards.
The awards, organised by marketing industry magazine The Drum, aim to recognise the very best creative advertising and design talent across the Midlands, East, South West and Wales. The winners will be announced at a gala awards evening in Birmingham on 16 November.
 Purpose Media managing director Matt Wheatcroft said: “We’ve had a fantastic year at Purpose Media, after doubling our staff headcount and turnover and winning local and regional Chamber business awards which have put us in the running for a national British Chambers of Commerce award, so to be up for a Cream award as well is just the icing on the cake."
Blueprint Interiors creative director Chloe Vickers added: “2016 has been a fantastic year for Blueprint, we’ve streamlined our company process and brought in seven new staff to increase our offering to our clients. Our website has been critical in showcasing and celebrating our work, our process and our values.
“The team at Purpose Media has done a fantastic job in creating a website that truly represents who we are and what we do at Blueprint, and it’s great to see it receive this sort of recognition.”

It was great to collaborate with the team at Blueprint Interiors on this project to deliver a visually-stunning, easy-to-use new website which will help take their business to the next level.”
— Matt Wheatcroft, Managing Director

Cathedral Quarter Going For Gold

The Cathedral Quarter is an historic and unique area of Derby, full of interesting and creative businesses. There is a great community spirit where businesses work together to promote each other and the Cathedral Quarter. Visitors are always positive about the area and its unique identity which stands out from the rest of the city.
— Martin Langsdale, Chair of Cathedral Quarter Management Group

Derby's Cathedral Quarter has been shortlisted for a national award to find Britain's best high street.  

In recognition of Bondholder Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID)'s, work to revitalise the area, the Cathedral Quarter has been shortlisted in the city location category of the Great British High Street Awards. The competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets.

The public has now been asked to vote for their winner between now and November 18. 

If successful, the Cathedral Quarter will win a share of a cash prize pot, and dedicated support and mentoring from industry leading experts, including Google, who's expert training taskforce will  provide training on how to make the most of their digital skills.

Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter management group, said: “It is a huge honour for the Cathedral Quarter to have made the top three in the city location category in the Great British High Street competition.

“We are delighted to have reached the final but we now need support from everyone in the city and beyond to help us really put Derby and particularly the Cathedral Quarter on the map."

To vote for the Cathedral Quarter, click here



Gravity Flying High

Bondholder company Gravity Digital scooped top prize at the Rural Business Awards - the UK's only dedicated national business awards for the rural community. 

The digital marketing agency were the outright winner in their category for Best Creative Business.

Awards co-founder Anna Price said: “Gravity Digital was, we felt, quite simply a very professional and well established creative business with strong rural roots.

"We were very impressed with its down to earth approach, 100 per cent client retention rate, and structured and proactive programme of community and charity-based initiatives benefiting the local area. Well done Gravity - a clear winner in this category.

Debbie Porter, Director of Gravity Digital, said: “It’s amazing, we really didn’t expect to do so well. To be considered the UK’s Best Rural Creative Media Agency is quite something and this will certainly help boost our business.”

We’re obviously absolutely delighted,
and it means the world to us. This award recognises the hard work that all the team have
put in and also a big thanks to our clients, without them we wouldn’t be here.
— Sharon Stevens-Cash, Director

Toyota Celebrates Four Millionth Car

Bondholder company Toyota Manufacturing UK have celebrated the production of its four millionth vehicle at its plant in Burnaston. 

Reaching this milestone shows our ongoing commitment to investing in UK manufacturing and our highly skilled staff here in Burnaston.
— Shigeru Teramoto, Managing Director

Early Tuesday morning, an Auris Hybrid became the four millionth car to drive off the assembly line, 24 years after the start of UK production in December 1992.

Shigeru Teramoto, Managing Director of Toyota Manufacturing UK, said: 'This is a fantastic achievement for us and we are delighted to celebrate this occasion with some of our loyal and committed members.'

The first vehicle to drive off the Burnaston production line on the 16th December 1992 was a Carina E. 

University goes for Double Gold

This is a team that understands the importance of integrated external and internal communications and they have combined the two to excellent effect. The judges can see this team going from strength to strength.
— Judges of CIPR PRide Awards

The University of Derby's News Team scooped double gold at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards, walking away with awards for Education Communications Campaign and Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team of the Year. 

The Bondholder company competed against more than 250 public relations professionals from across the Midlands, but the judges deemed that it was the team's clear and focused approach that made them the clear winners. 

The team won the gold in the Education Communications Campaign category for their Guide to Expertise. The campaign brings together media-friendly experts from the University, providing comments on everything from zombies to politics. 

Alice Oliver, Head of News at the University of Derby, said:'I'm so proud that the team has been recognised by our industry in this way, We are working really hard to keep up with the needs of journalists in the ever-changing media environments and these awards are confirmation that we are succeeding in our mission.' 

Cathedral Quarter Goes for Gold

Bondholder Derby Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) is in the running for a national award. 

In recognition of the BID's work to revitalise the area, the Cathedral Quarter has been entered into the city location category of the Great British High Street Awards. The competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets.

If successful, the Cathedral Quarter will win a share of a cash prize pot, and dedicated support and mentoring from industry leading experts, including Google, who's expert training taskforce will  provide training on how to make the most of their digital skills.

Martin Langsdale, Chair of the Cathedral Quarter management, said: 'The Great British High Street recognises that city centres are a vital part of our community and make an important contribution to the economy through the billions of pounds they generate and the thousands of jobs they support.  

'Our application for the competition focuses on the successes achieved by the BID over the past eight years, creating what is now a recognisable brand for the area, and working together under a collective vision to support and enable all businesses to benefit from the Cathedral Quarter as an attractive and vibrant environment.'

Finalists in the awards will be announced on October 18, and will be subject to a public vote at  

The Cathedral Quarter is an historic and unique area of Derby, full of interesting and creative businesses. Visitors are always positive about the area and its unique identity which stands out from the rest of the city.
— Martin Langsdale, Chair of the Cathedral Quarter management group

Bondholders Toast Success at Top Property Awards

Bondholders Derby City Council, Connect Derby, Innes England and Goodman Logistics UK  toasted success last week at the East Midlands Property Dinner.

The East Midlands Property Dinner 2016 celebrated the strength of the region's property sector, and promoted the very best in real estate, construction and design.

Connect Derby and Derby City Council were awarded Regeneration and Restoration Project of the Year for their restoration of the iconic Marble Hall,  a Grade II listed former Rolls-Royce building. The building is now  a vibrant managed workspace facility.

Property Deal of the Year was awarded to property experts Goodman Logistics UK, for their involvement in the pre-let of the Ted Baker distribution centre at Derby Commercial Park, alongside Anglesea Logistics Partnerships and No Ordinary Designer Label.

This recent award reflects the strength of the business and is also a testament to the hard work being put in by the team.
— Tim Garratt, Managing Director at Innes England

Finally, property consultancy Innes England scooped the Agent of the Year award at the ceremony. 

Tim Garratt, Managing Director at Innes England, said: "We are thrilled to have won the award for agent of the year once again as the competition in the category was fierce." 


City Scheme Shortlisted for Top Award

Our criteria for the nominated projects focused on sustainability, good design, and interaction and engagement with the local community.
— Jef Todd, Regional Chairman of the East Midlands Forum for the Built Environment

A student accommodation scheme, delivered by Bondholder Prosperity Capital Partners, has been shortlisted for a regional award.

Cathedral Court has been named as a finalist in the East Midlands Forum for the Built Environment Awards, which recognises the teams behind the region's best construction projects. 

Situated on Cathedral Road, the accommodation offers the latest in premium student living for more than 350 students and has been nominated in the residential category. 

Jef Todd, Regional Chairman of the East Midlands Forum for the Built Environment, and Director at Bondholder BSP Consulting, said:  'We had an excellent array of nominations from across the region and across a range of sectors, illustrating the high standard of developments that are being completed in the East Midlands.' 

The winners will be announced this Thursday.

The Boot wins AA Pub of the Year

Combining everything you could hope to find as both a local and a travelling guest, The Boot Inn — part of Bondholder Bespoke Inns — has been recognised for its excellence all-round as it scoops the AA Pub of the Year award.

This is an amazing accolade for all the hard work and effort we have put in to make The Boot what it is today.
— Heidi Taylor, owner of The Boot Inn

Heidi Taylor, owner of The Boot Inn, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to win this superbly prestigious award. The AA has a fabulous standing within our industry so to be recognised like this is an amazing accolade for all the hard work and effort we have put in to make The Boot what it is today. The team have been brilliant from day one and this award rubber stamps everything we have tried to do and achieve."

The Boot is a 17th Century coaching inn found in Derbyshire's historic village of Repton. It was extensively and sympathetically renovated to a high standard before reopening in February 2015.

The Boot now offers luxurious accommodation, classic and contemporary dishes and Boot Beer, which is brewed in The Boot's own micro-brewery. Head Chef, Rob Taylor, has curated a menu of dishes that ensures taste and flavours are the driving force when suiting every palate — from worldwide influences to British classics.

SME growth amongst UK's best

A £4.7 billion boost to Derby’s economy is set to come from the growing number of small and medium-sized businesses in the city, according to research for Npower Business by Capital Economics which sees the city as a Top-15 rated city for SME growth.

Derby has seen significant growth over the last six years with the number of SMEs increasing by 19% with the creation of 5,600 jobs and £4.1 billion to the city’s economy. The next four years will see an additional 5,000 created and an additional £4.7 billion a year by 2020, according to the research.

The city is attractive to SMEs due to a low cost of living, good broadband connectivity, Enterprise Zone and low business rates all of which has already seen Derby voted the best place to open a business in the UK in research done by Quality Formations earlier this year.

Derby is recognised as a hub for some of the fastest-growing SME sectors including architecture, engineering, health, education and machinery repair. Growth is supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership for the area, D2N2, which provides specialist advice on training, growth and funding.

Philip Scholes, head of Npower Business, said, “SMEs have been the backbone of the UK economy, and as this research shows, there is significant opportunity for them to grow further in the coming years ahead.”