68 New Jobs for PKF

Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry has made 68 new appointments, taking the total number of new jobs created over the past 12 months into three figures.

The firm is the fastest growing firm of accountants in the UK and is enjoying an unprecedented number of new client wins.

The biggest area of growth has been in the audit team, where 43 new team members have been recruited.

These latest appointments take the number of new posts created over the past 12 months to 110 and keep the firm on target to exceed its target turnover of £30m for this financial year.

Ade Cheatham, CEO, said: "Our business continues to grow like crazy across all areas and this latest round of appointments now gives us over 400 passionate, dedicated people, who will drive the business forward over the next 12 months.

“Our unique culture and working environment enables us to recruit the highest calibre of people. We have a really talented team around us, which will enable us achieve our long term aim of creating a £45m turnover firm within the next three years, reaching £150m within the next 10 years."

£2.5M Investment for Marina

Plans for a £2.5M extension for Bondholder Mercia Marina have been approved. 

The extension will increase parking capacity, and will bring new shops, restaurants, cafes and offices to the Marina.

The Marina already attracts over 800,000 visitors annually, and Robert Neff, General Manager, hopes this number will increase.

The development is expected to create 150 new jobs. 

Robert said: "Our exciting new development proposal demonstrates just how successful we have become as a destination.

“Since the marina opened in 2008, we have become recognised as a major regional tourist attraction, not only for shopping, eating and drinking, but also boat trips, boat holidays, lodge holidays and much more. 

“We’ve nevertheless always been very careful to ensure our growth complements the beautiful natural environment. It is very important to us that the location remains as attractive to those seeking tranquillity as it does for those who want to shop, dine and work here.”

Mazars' New Recruits

It’s so great to welcome both Louise and Gareth to the team. This year we have already attracted quite a few new recruits, but these latest additions will strengthen our offering here in the region even more, adding further value and support to our clients.

These are very exciting times for our East Midlands team who have gone from strength to strength over the past year and we’re all looking forward to even more great things in the year to come
— Alistair Wesson, East Midlands Managing Partner

Bondholder accountancy and business advisory firm, Mazars has welcomed two new employees to the business. 

VAT Manager, Gareth Jones, and Audit Senior Manager, Louise Garcia, are the latest recruits to join the firm.

Having worked in VAT for over 12 years, including four years with HMRC, Mountsorrel-local Gareth brings a wealth of experience to the role, and will be responsible for supporting clients and providing VAT advice.

Gareth said: “It’s a pleasure to join such a fantastic company. I was initially drawn to Mazars because of its commitment to growing the business in the East Midlands, which is something that is very important to me and I’m really looking forward to seeing the company grow even further.”

With over 25 years’ experience, Louise Garcia will be responsible for the company’s client relationships, client service and will be the first port of call for many of the firm’s clients. She will also help in the continued investment and development of Mazars.

Louise said; “I was first attracted to Mazars because of its international reach and the breadth and depth of the firm’s reputation. The great thing about Mazars is that it has lots of specialisms and is a big company yet it has the capability of both a high quality service and a focused approach for its clients."

Bondholders Appointed to Charity

Nikki Kinsey, Associate Director of Bondholder Sellick Partnership, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of charity The Maria Hanson Foundation.

Nikki has been a strong advocate of the Foundation since 2014 and along with her team at Sellick Partnership has raised almost £5,000 for the cause.

Commenting on the Foundation, Nikki said: “The Maria Hanson Foundation is a cause very close to my heart and I am truly honoured to be asked to join the Board of Trustees. The work the charity does is so important, and I hope my commercial experience can offer a fresh approach to help the charity grow even further.”

The Maria Hanson Foundation arranges holidays for adults and children with life limiting conditions.

Next-Generation Join G Wathall & Son


The sixth generation of family-owned funeral directors G Wathall & Son have joined the Bondholder business in key roles.

Bec and Charlotte Wathall have joined the business - working alongside their mother and company managing director Helen Wathall.

Bec, who has joined as Helen's personal assistant, said: “This is an exciting time to be joining the business and I am particularly enjoying taking the lead on updating our technology to modernise the way we do things and being involved in our expansion and re-branding at the new branches.

“There is an element of pressure and expectation on us as the latest generation to join the business but we are keen to embrace the historical values that G. Wathall & Son are so highly regarded for whilst ensuring that we look to the future.”

Helen concluded: “I am delighted that both Bec and Charlotte have decided to join us at G Wathall & Son to help take the business forward.

“We are extremely proud of our heritage as a family-owned business and it is wonderful that the next generation see their future in this profession.

“I know that my father Bill would have been particularly proud of them both and in seeing that the traditional values, coupled with ambitions to modernise our operations to reflect customers’ wishes, will be developed in future years.”

Expansion for Serjeants

We are delighted to welcome Leanne to Serjeants; she brings valuable expertise in trademarks, copyright and domain names and her appointment strengthens and supports our busy and fast-growing team.
— Darran Thacker, Partner

As part of its regional expansion plans, Bondholder Serjeants has appointed Leanne Hall as its new trademark attorney. 

At the trademark and patent firm, Leanne will be advising on the protection and enforcement of trademarks for the firm’s clients as well as working with the partners to grow the business.

Serjeants expanded into Derby earlier this year, and opened their office in the iHub, part of the Bondholder Connect scheme, in Infinity Park.

Leanne said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of being back in private practice; from previous experience no two days are ever the same!

I am also looking forward to building up client relationships – helping and educating them to ensure that they have the correct protection for their brands and businesses”.

Expansion at Smith Partnership


Bondholder Smith Partnership is expanding its teams with six new members of staff - four Solicitors, one Legal Clerk and one Paralegal.

In 2017, Smith Partnership will be entering its 30th year in business and are continuing to invest in their staff. 

The new legal team members include:

  • Surjeet Bola – Paralegal (Commercial Property);
  • Lauren Sheffield - Legal Clerk (Dispute Resolution);
  • Laura Bentley – Solicitor (Dispute Resolution);
  • Nina Skilton - Solicitor (Childcare);
  • David Smith – Solicitor (Family);
  • Liam Kreibich – Solicitor (Dispute Resolution).

Steve Mann, CEO at Smith Partnership said: “I would like to welcome our six new members of staff. We are pleased we have found some highly experienced people who will fit into our teams. The continued investment in new legal experts is essential to provide the best possible legal care of our clients.”

We pride ourselves in continually investing in and developing our staff and showing clients that our professionals have qualifications in their field of expertise is really important to maintain our high level of service.
— Steve Mann, CEO

New Partnership at BB&J

Bondholder BB&J Commercial has announced two new appointments to its partnership.

Joining existing Partners Rob Jones, Mark Richardson and Chris Birds are Graham Bancroft and Chris Wright.

Mark Richardson, Partner, said of the appointments: “These promotions represent a significant landmark in both BB&J’s heritage and future growth strategy.

"Over recent years we have continued to expand despite a challenging backdrop and all four individuals have played a major role in contributing to this success.

"We are now the top agency in Derby city centre across both residential and commercial property, and plan to grow further as a major player within the East Midlands."

Speaking of his appointment, Graham Bancroft said: “I hope to continue growing the brand in a more structured way in the new role whilst investing in the team to help us move to the next level of regional commercial property consultancy.”

Chris Wright commented: “As partner I’m looking forward to expanding the firm’s success beyond Derby, securing instructions within the wider East Midlands regional market and honing my skills within the office, land and industrial sectors.”

EMBS Moves Into Historic Site

As a recruitment business operating in engineering, advanced manufacturing and technology, we love the idea of working in a world heritage site where these industries were formed, it just seems so right!
— Simon Bucknell, Director

Bondholder firm EMBS have moved offices into the historic Long Mill in world heritage site Darley Abbey Mills.

Simon Bucknell, Director, said: "We’ve been looking for a new site for the business for many years but didn’t want a modern office. We were keen to find somewhere with a soul, with history with a story. We also wanted to find a place that we could connect to our brand and would allow for hyper growth.

"Our office in the Long Mill can house up to 50 people, giving us huge potential for growth. In 2017 we will continue our Graduate Academy and look to hire the next cohort of Recruiters and continue the development of our four main divisions IT, Engineering, Operations and Property."

Ian Stevens, Director, added: "We’ve come a long way since our first tiny office off Duffield Road.  Our turnover has doubled in the last 3 years and we now have plans to increase our headcount to 40 over the next 36 months. Our growth over the last few years has been restricted by space, so they’ll be no holding us back now!”

Newman to Chair Professional Construction Employment & Skills Academy

Associate Director at Bondholder firm Morrison Design, Peter Newman has taken over the helm of fellow Bondholder Derby College’s Professional Construction Employment & Skills Academy.

Newman will chair an Advisory Board of representatives from ten other local and regional companies specialising in all aspects of professional construction, and has taken over from Rebecca Hartshorn, Design and Sustainability Manager at Bowmer & Kirkland.

The employers will provide a wide range of work placements, visits, projects, mock interviews and specialist lectures for learners and apprentices on the full and part time Professional Construction study programmes.

Peter Newman said: "Many aspects of professional construction suffer from skills shortages so, by raising the profile of the industry amongst young people and supporting them into the workplace, we can tackle this growing issue.

“It is vital that employers work closely with education providers to bridge the gap between the skills provided and the reality of what is required in the workplace.

“By bringing together professionals from across the industry, we are able to share the broader view on skills requirements and offer the learners a wide range of experience as part of their study programmes.

“Morrison Design has a long relationship with Derby College and have recruited a number of young people in apprenticeship roles here.

“We have a number of long standing clients in specialist industries ranging from hotel and leisure to nuclear and science facilities.

“These require specialist skills and knowledge and, by recruiting young people at the start of their careers, we can mould and train them at an early age with the skills to be a vital part of the team.”

April Hayhurst, Derby College Deputy Principal – Employer and Economic Affairs, added: “Employers consistently tell us that they want young people who are work ready and have the employability skills that will help them to grow their business.

“The Employment and Skills Academies are designed to do just that by bringing together employers and their staff together with students to bridge the skills gap and provides young people with a springboard into employment.

New Chair for Derby Museums Trust

Bondholder Derby Museums Trust has appointed a new Chair.  

Pat Coleman, vice-chair of Derby Museums Trust for four years, has taken over after Peter Smith stepped down.

Pat's role will include leading the future direction of the museums, including a £18m redevelopment of the Silk Mill due to start in 2018. And with a variety of historic and priceless exhibits, including the world-renowned Joseph Wright Collection, all looked after by around 50 staff Pat is keen to develop something special and lasting in her home city.

Pat said: “As a child I used to come to the museum and art gallery to see the Egyptian mummies and model railway among other things.

“I want to make sure that the opportunities to visit Derby's museums and be amazed at the exhibits will be available to current and future generations."

Exceptional Start for YMD Boon

Since expanding into Derby a year ago, Bondholder company YMD Boon is continuing to grow. 

The architecture firm is currently working on a number of local and regional projects, including a substantial office complex on Kedleston Road, after being appointed by fellow Bondholder Derby City Council. The £1m project will see the major remodeling and refurbishment of two existing buildings plus an extension.

We have found Derby and in particular Pride Park, an excellent location and have thrown ourselves into the vibrant and progressive business community by joining associations, supporting good causes and responding to community needs.
— Shari Setayesh, Director

Shari Setayesh, Director of the firm and Derby office lead, said: “With our existing client base in Derby, its excellent central location and road network, a Derby office was an obvious choice and in line with the practice’s growth plans.

“This time last year we had a clear strategy of what we wanted to achieve in terms of projects and team growth. We have exceeded expectations and are currently looking for a further senior architect.

“The YMD Boon team and I look forward to many more successful years in Derby”.

Swindell & Pearson to Expand

Given our own historic roots here in Derby, we were pleased to be able to commit to the city and its professional quarter with the purchase of this property.
— Martin Terry, Director

Bondholder Swindell & Pearson is expanding its headquarters by purchasing Number 49 Friar Gate, located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. The three storey Grade II* Listed building (built around 1841) provides Swindell & Pearson with the perfect opportunity to continue its expansion plans.
Martin Terry, Director, said: “We’re seeing increased demand in our intellectual property services with some impressive growth and new client acquisitions.  It was most fortuitous that 49 Friar Gate, located right next door to our current premises, came on the market just at the right time as we were starting to look for additional office space.
“It’s great to have a property with character and quite a lot of history – much like our firm!  We are now undertaking extensive refurbishment of the property, which has seen some unique uses over the years having variously served as premises to: a school of music, a laser skin clinic and a hotel - it even has a basement bar. Though unfortunately our refurbishment plans don’t include keeping the bar!”

Frogspark Leaping Ahead

Bondholder Frogspark has moved into new premises, reflecting its ambition for growth.

After doubling the business’ turnover in just 12 months, the digital marketing company have moved into the Derwent Business Centre and want to ensure the team is growing at the same rate as the business. The Derby-based agency are recruiting for three new members to join the team.

Rob Twells, Managing Director, said: “We want to be able to take on new clients and maintain the high standards of work we currently produce for all of the great businesses we work with.”

The new space at Derwent Business Centre is a great fit for us. It’s unique, it looks great and most importantly it is a good enough size to allow us to grow the team. The new office is the first part of a comprehensive plan we have in place for the next 12 months which will allow us to grow the business further and improve upon the service we give to our clients
— Rob Twells, Managing Director

Frogspark directors, Liam and Rob, started building websites for businesses whilst they were full-time students at University. Once they left, Frogspark grew into other areas of digital marketing including SEO.

Lorna Burrows, Digital Marketer, said: “It’s great to work for a young business which is growing rapidly. Every time I see good results from the work I’ve been doing, I can see the positive impact it’s having on the business; it’s extremely rewarding!”

East Midlands Airport Soaring High

We’re pleased with the predicted figures for winter and they clearly demonstrate that East Midlands Airport is progressing and growing sustainably. We have a significant infrastructure project taking place throughout the winter, that has been years on the planning, so we’re looking forward to seeing this realised and complete.
— Andy Cliffe, Managing Director

According to new figures, Bondholder East Midlands Airport has experienced its busiest summer since 2008. 

Over 3,121,900 people travelled to and from the region’s airport - an increase of 5.72% on the previous year. September saw the end to the busy season with 538,049 people travelling an increase of 6.4% on the previous year.

Cargo has also increased by 3.9% compared to last year, with over 30,000 tonnes carried by the airport. 

Andy Cliffe, managing director at East Midlands Airport, said: “We have seen month on month increases since December last year and for this to have continued throughout the summer season, is very encouraging. It is testament to our colleagues who provide an excellent and safe service for our customers.

“We have had an incredibly busy summer at East Midlands Airport, not least with the increase in passenger numbers, but also planning for our runway refurbishment that begins in November for seven consecutive 48 hour closures.”

Representatives from East Midlands Airport have also travelled to China this week, as part of the Midlands Engine trade mission, and have signed Memorandum of Understanding with Ningbo Airport Group.

Wathall Appointed as Chair of St Peters Quarter


Marketing Derby are proud to welcome G Wathall and Son to the Bondholder community. 

Managing Director of Bondholder G Wathall and Son Helen Wathall, has recently been appointed as the new Chair of the the St Peters Quarter Derby board. 

The St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District will be going for re-ballot in February next year. 

As the proprietor of one of the area’s longest standing businesses, I believe it vital that we work together to re-establish the Business Improvement District. We have levered in millions of pound of investment to the area, which now has a clear identity, and worked very hard with key partners to ensure that the business community’s priorities are addressed.
— Helen Wathall, Managing Director of G Wathall and Son

Helen said: “I am delighted to be chairing the re-ballot for the SPQ BID.  Over the last five years, the additional improvements  the BID has made to our area have been greatly appreciated.

Through a business-led programme of investment, the SPQ BID'S vision is to establish the area as a destination by providing an alternative and complementary shopping, leisure and commercial area to intu and the Cathedral Quarter.  

Elastacloud Expand into Derby

After eight years in London, a prominent Advanced Data Analytics Solutions company has opened its new offices in Derby. 

Elastacloud specialise in preparing, provisioning, and optimising organisations data, enabling them to deliver data insight. The Bondholder firm has taken office space at fellow Bondholder Connect Derby's iHub building on Infinity Park.

Andy Cross, Director and co-founder of Elastacloud, said:  "The growing talent pool in Derby and the Midlands allows us to take individuals that have core skills and nurture them to become accomplished Data Scientists.

"Derby’s pedigree in high-tech manufacturing was a significant factor in our decision to base our new office in the location.

"Infinity Park is at the heart of the Midlands technology drive with cutting edge businesses driving economic growth in the region making it the ideal location for Elastacloud."

PKF Flying High


Bondholder PKF Cooper Parry has just reported its strongest ever financial year, showcasing the company as the fastest growing firm of accountants in the UK.

In the financial year up to the end of June 2016, PKF Cooper Parry generated revenues of over £22m– a 29% increase in growth on the previous year’s turnover of £17.2m.

The accountancy firm isn't planning on resting on its laurels, and has set a £30m target for this financial year. 

PKF Cooper Parry is currently the No. 1 accountancy firm in the East Midlands amongst privately owned £5m to £50m businesses.

Ade Cheatham, CEO, said: "What is really remarkable is the size and speed of our growth. Our headline figures are very impressive and represent growth across the board, but we have broadened our proposition in several key areas and introduced a number of new service lines, which have contributed to our success."

We play to our strengths and are working hard to create the right infrastructure. We have
the right team around us, which will enable us achieve our long term aim of creating a £45m
turnover firm within the next three years, reaching £150m within the next 10 years
— Ade Cheatham, CEO

DCFC Wins Permission to Extend Moor Farm


The extension to Bondholder Derby County Football Club's Moor Farm training complex has been given approval.

The extension will include a new building with an indoor pitch, futsol pitch, changing rooms and café,

The new development will also see a link bridge between the existing indoor pitch building and the proposed building, plus 208 new car parking spaces.

Sam Rush, Chief Executive of Derby County, said: "The training centre will be constructed to the highest possible standards and will be a legacy for both the local community and for the football club."


Tioga's Twenty Year of Electronic Excellence

From a humble handful of people in 1996 to our current 100 plus employees, I am very proud of our achievements and would like to extend my appreciation to our loyal staff, customers and supply chain for their continued support.
— Professor Warwick Adams, Managing Director

Bondholder Tioga is celebrating twenty years of excellence in contract electronic manufacturing (CEM). 

Founded in 1996, Tioga's 47,000 sq ft plant manufactures electronics for telecommunications, security, medical, lighting and Ministry of Defence. 

The CEM company is looking towards the future and has recently unveiled its plans for expansion. 

Professor Warwick Adams, Managing Director, said: "I am delighted with the progress we have made over the last twenty years.

"With our focus firmly on the expansion and improvements at Tioga, the business can move forward with solid partnerships and continue to provide an excellent, quality service. 

"It has been a true rollercoaster, but I have enjoyed every minute."