Move with Smith Partnership

Bondholder Smith Partnership is launching a standalone conveyancing website entitled Move, to help its clients buy and sell property with professional expertise at every step.

Celebrating its 30th year in business in 2017, Smith Partnership has been working to launch the standalone on-line platform for many months alongside its design partner, and fellow Bondholder, Champions UK plc, to provide a more user-friendly experience and clear advice for the public, whether they are buying, selling or re-mortgaging.

Simon Rowley, Partner at Smith Partnership spoke about the launch and the benefits of Move: “Our ultimate goal at Smith Partnership Move is to ensure all our clients’ investments are protected and that the process of buying and/or selling is as stress-free as possible.
“Our new platform Move will tailor updates to suit each client, whether they want to be communicated with by phone, e-mail or in person – they can choose the channel we use, which offers them the best service to suit their lifestyle.
“I am also proud to be celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary this year and the investment in Move is a clear example of how the partners understand the importance of great communication, supported by technology. Over the years we have built an envied reputation for our straight-talking, client focused approach which I believe will continue for many years to come.”

Bondholders' International Advisory

Bondholders Flint Bishop and Smith Cooper have acted together on the sale of Belper-based Arbo, to Carlisle Companies Incorporated, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Julian Miller, Finance Director at Arbo, said “We were keen to find the right succession plan for the Arbo business and Carlisle presented us with a great opportunity. We are excited to become part of their Group, which undoubtedly brings new opportunities for Arbo. We were delighted with the advice and support we received from the teams at Flint Bishop and Smith Cooper.”

Flint Bishop Corporate Partner, Rachel Bennett led the legal advice and commented, “This is an excellent deal for all parties.

"The shareholders have done a fantastic job progressing the business since their acquisition nearly 10 years ago and this deal gives them an excellent platform to develop the business further as part of a global group.”

Janet Morgan, Audit Partner at Smith Cooper added, “We are delighted for the team on the completion of this deal. We have worked with Adshead Ratcliffe (Arbo) since 2007, when we advised on the successful management buyout of the company.

"We have continued to work with the business over the years as both auditors and advisors. We wish the team well in their future ventures.”

Twilight at Derby Cathedral

Dutch conductor Frank Zielhorst will make his concert debut with Bondholder Sinfonia Viva at fellow Bondholder Derby Cathedral on Friday March 3.

The concert, entitled ‘A Little Symphony in F’ is the latest stage of the popular Twilights series of late afternoon and early evening performances at the Cathedral.

Twilights is a partnership between Sinfonia Viva and Derby Cathedral and has been a key element in the Cathedral’s two-year cultural audience development programme supported with a £80,000 Arts Council England grant.  

The concert will feature work by classical music ‘giants’ Haydn, Strauss and Beethoven and Frank Zielhorst explained that this varied programme would appeal to a wide range of classical music fans.

Mr Zielhorst who, for the past two years, has performed extensively as Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, said: “I am so looking forward to returning to Derby to conduct Sinfonia Viva in Derby Cathedral which is a truly magnificent building with wonderful acoustics.

“This will be my second time with the Orchestra in as many months having worked with the musicians and composer James Redwood for the performance of the education residency ‘Mechanical Advantage’ at Derby Theatre in early February."

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The UK's largest photography festival will be returning to Derby this March. 

From the 23rd March FORMAT17 will showcase the work of 200 international artists and photographers, across 30 exhibitions.

The wide range of projects on display at FORMAT17 are connected by the theme Habitat - exploring landscape, environment, mobility, digital worlds, home, conflict and regeneration. 

The exhibition will take place at a number of key venues, including Bondholders Derby QUAD and Derby Museum and Art Gallery

The photography exhibition was first established in 2004, and has welcomed thousands of visitors over the years. 

FORMAT is organised by QUAD and Bondholder the University of Derby. Supported by Arts Council England, Bondholder Derby City Council and multiple partners from the UK and international origins. 

Bondholder Derby Riverlights is also set to play host to the exhibition this year. 

For more information, please click here.

Build It and They Will Come

Earlier this week, Bondholder Innes England held their 10th annual Market Insite event at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

The Derby property market was reported as having performed solidly over the last 12 months with encouraging signs for the year ahead as major sites such as Infinity Park and Derby Triangle start to come forward.

Industrial and office take-up has remained largely in-line with previous years, whilst retail continues to see major growth, not just in Intu but outside as well, with the Cathedral Quarter seeing major new occupiers such as Joules, Dr Martens and Bodega enter the Best City Location in the UK (according to the GB High Street Awards)

However, a key thread running through all sectors in Derby, and regionally is that supply is becoming a barrier to growth. There is significant demand from retailers, office occupiers, distribution and manufacturers looking for good quality space in the city that cannot currently be accommodated.

Nick Hosking of Innes England said he expects to see an office pre-let of 25,000 sq ft for a new building emerge in the city in the next 6 months, whilst Greg Jennings, Acting Director of Regeneration and Housing for Derby City Council, highlighted the need for office stock that can cater for smaller new requirements.

The over-riding message was a positive one to developers and the Derby property industry - the demand is here, occupiers are waiting so no matter what the sector - build it and they will come.

Venturefest Comes to Derby

Venturefest East Midlands is coming to Derby for the first time in March. The region’s premier business event for generating innovation and growth will be held at Bondholder Derby Arena on Wednesday 22 March.
Delegates can look forward to hearing from Gold Medal winning Paralympian, Richard Whitehead, who will be considering how a winning mindset helps business growth and David Robinson, former CEO of sports giant Speedo, discussing innovation in design and sports.
Other sessions at the event will feature aerospace giant and Bondholder Rolls Royce, considering the future of the transportation industry.
As well as the main stage sessions, whilst at the event delegates can enjoy a full day of networking and meet a range of businesses throughout the Innovation Expo, as well as hearing about the very latest innovation funding and support opportunities from Innovate UK, D2N2 Growth Hub and LLEP Business Gateway.
Delegate places at Venturefest East Midlands are free of charge and can be booked now at

Midlands Unites at MIPIM 2017

At this year's MIPIM, Derby will be exhibiting as part of a Midlands-wide delegation – featuring ten Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas and 49 private and public sector partners.

Working collaboratively in a dedicated pavilion, the Midlands Engine delegation is the largest of its kind to represent the UK at this year’s event. The region will showcase more than £14billion worth of projects and investment sites to the annual exhibition’s 23,000 attendees – from potential investors and developers to property agents and the media. Themes will range from the opportunities surrounding the Midlands’ connectivity offer – including the new High Speed 2 rail network – to the region’s Enterprise Zones, housing and commercial schemes.

Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine, said: “The Midlands is coming together on an unprecedented scale at MIPIM to attract even more investment from around the world. The Midlands Engine is working hard to accelerate growth across the whole region and Local Authorities, LEPs and businesses are all collaborating to bring this ambition to fruition.

"MIPIM is always a success for our region and this year we have more exciting investment opportunities than ever before. For the first time, a brand new Midlands Pavilion will showcase the wide range of investment opportunities across the region, demonstrating to investors around the world that the Midlands is open for business and can offer a global proposition.”

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “The Midlands Pavilion is the natural progression in our efforts to showcase the region on a global scale. By working in collaboration we are able to share the Midlands’ compelling narrative with the world; we are a region whose economy is a driving force in the UK, and Derby is at the heart of this.”

MIPIM is the world’s leading global property event. The four-day exhibition takes place annually in Cannes in March. 23,500 delegates attended in 2016 with 4,800 investors and 90 different countries being represented.

The Derby Business Games

Launched at a recent Bondholder event at The Roundhouse, the first-ever Derby Business Games event will be held at the University of Derby Sports Centre in Kedleston Road on Thursday July 6 between 4pm and 6pm.

The brainchild of Bondholder HUUB, local companies and organisations are being invited to recapture their childhoods and compete in a series of fun sporting challenges based on the traditional school sports day.

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Teams of eight will compete in the rounders, dodgeball and touch rugby tournaments. Individuals and pairs will go head to head in mini events from wheelbarrow races to the firm favourite – egg and spoon. The afternoon will then finish with relays and a tug of war finale before crowning the team with the points accrued.

Derby Business Games has been sponsored by fellow Bondholder Timms Solicitors.

Timms’ Managing Partner Fiona Moffat said: “Many of our team have entered major Derby sporting events including those organised by HUUB Events and we are delighted to support the first ever Derby Business Games.

“It is a great opportunity to bring colleagues together for an afternoon of competitive fun and to clarify once and for all just who is the sportiest business in the city.”

HUUB Race Director Claire Duffin explained: “A lot of Derby businesses support and enter teams in our other major events in the city and we were keen to organise an event specifically for local companies and organisations to compete against each other.

“The look and feel of this event will be like the old-school sports day with a series of sporting challenges that will have something for everyone.

“We want this to be a fun and relaxed family day with plenty of friendly competitive spirit – cheered on by family, friends and colleagues.”

The cost of the event is £250 per team with free entry for family, friends and colleagues.

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling with 3aaa

Bondholder 3aaa is working in partnership with Tracy Pound, Managing Director of Maximity and 2016 winner of PRC’s Women of the Year award, to deliver a series of masterclasses across the Midlands, encouraging women to consider a career in technology.

The first masterclass, to be held on Thursday 9th February, will be focused around breaking the glass ceiling, encouraging more women to follow their passion and not allow stereotypes to hinder their career opportunities.

For more information, please click here. 

Toyota's Lean Approach

Bondholder Toyota Manufacturing UK will be offering an insight into the world famous Toyota Production System (TPS), by sharing the key principles, the lean manufacturing philosophy with the goal of building in quality.

Toyota UK was Toyota's first manufacturing plant in Europe, the first to implement TPS from scratch and during the plant tour delegates will have the opportunity to see TPS in action on the shopfloor.

The day will outline Toyota's quality philosophy and some of the systems used to ensure superior quality is built into Toyota's vehicles, and the role each member has in the quality process.

For more information on the day, please click here

St Peters Quarter Vote Again

The re-ballot for the St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has officially been unveiled by Bondholder Partnerships for Better Business (pfbb UK).

Since the decision was made to re-ballot businesses for the BID following the 50/50 split vote last summer, a strategic working group involving local business representatives has reviewed plans to breathe new life into the core retail area between the Cathedral Quarter and intu Derby shopping centre. 

The ballot will close on Thursday February 23 at 5pm and the results announced the following day. If successful, the new five-year BID will start on Saturday April 1.

The key objectives of the BID will be funded by a budget of around £1 million paid for by a levy from businesses

Four objectives have been outlined in the plan, which were highlighted as the most important priorities by local businesses:

  1. To provide a safe and inviting environment for visitors, workers and residents to enjoy.
  2. To make the area smart and attractive and encourage a sense of pride in St Peter Quarter.

  3. To create and enjoyable and easily accessible place to explore for visitors workers and residents.

  4. To celebrate and promote the area and build the reputation of St Peters Quarter as a great place to shop, relax and be entertained.

Board Chair Helen Wathall, Managing Director of Bondholder funeral directors G Wathall & Son, said: “When faced with the split vote of last summer’s ballot, many businesses were dismayed at the result and the consequent loss of many of the services and support we had come to value over the last five years.

“The Rangers, who were highly valued and provided a dedicated service to businesses, disappeared, the Christmas Lights in many parts of St Peters Quarter were not erected and the knowledge that we could come together through a collective organisation was no longer a reality.

“As a result of a split vote by number, with only a 40% turnout, and many businesses only realising belatedly the significance of the result, the Board felt it was the right thing to provide businesses across St Peters Quarter an opportunity to have a further vote.

“We all recognise that the area has some deep rooted challenges which were never going to be solved overnight. However, besides the immediate support we gained from Rangers, promotion and events for example, we made considerable in-roads into influencing key decisions which started to address some of the structural challenges of the area.

“A BID acts as a catalyst which brings businesses together. The projects and initiatives in the proposal and business plan aim to address both the immediate challenges we face on a day to day basis and exert real influence on addressing the more deep rooted challenges of the area, such as our experience of walking down the street and the structural issue of Becketwell.

“This is a realistic plan with realistic targets at a realistic cost. It is our last chance to come together and really tackle the issues which impact upon our businesses.”

Sinfonia Celebrates 35 Years

“We will be bringing together people of all ages and our professional musicians to create exceptional music that stirs the emotions.
— Peter Helps, Chief Executive

Bondholder Sinfonia Viva is celebrating its 35th birthday with a packed concert programme across the region and beyond.

The East Midlands’ only professional orchestra is aiming to work directly with 3,500 people over the next 12 months through a series of education and community creative projects.

These will include young people aged one to 21, older people with dementia, carers, hospitals and hospices as well as young people and adults with learning difficulties.

Sinfonia Viva Chief Executive Peter Helps explained: “Our vision for the Orchestra is to make orchestral music accessible to all.

“We therefore want to mark our 35th year by reaching more people than ever both through our concert programme and our nationally acclaimed education and community outreach programmes.

“The programme of work is broad and diverse with all sorts of exciting new projects in the pipeline which will take us across the city, county and East Midlands region."

Sinfonia Viva was established in 1982, originally as the East of England Orchestra because of the need for a professional orchestra for the East Midlands.

Peter continued: “We have come a long way in the past 35 years particularly in terms of the breadth of our artistic reputation and outreach work.

“Our size and make-up enable us to be flexible to the needs of the region and respond to new ideas and opportunities quickly while still fitting with our artistic vision.

“This flexibility is achieved through the vision and adaptability of musicians, management team and partners to explore new work and initiatives to widen participation and stretch the artistic boundaries.

Inventory Genius Officially Launched

Property professionals from across the region attended the official launch of Bondholder Inventory Genius at the University of Derby.

David Cox, managing director of The Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA), was guest speaker at the event and delivered a presentation which outlined what guests could expect from the upcoming changes in the property market.

Created by Rachel Hudson, Inventory Genius provides a simple, easy and effective way for property professionals to complete their own inventories.

Speaking at the launch, Rachel said: “An inventory is just as important as the original tenancy agreement in its own right, as it catalogues the condition of the property and the contents that were provided originally. It is vital that it is filled out correctly with the right contents and I have designed something that meets these requirements.”

Clowes' Multi-Million Pound Investment

Bondholder Clowes Development is leading the charge on regeneration of Derby's old tram-sheds, with two new bars.

The £2m project would see two new bars created in St James' Yard, and could create up to 70 new jobs in the city. 

The multi-million pound investment will not only include the redevelopment of the high-ceilinged buildings, but would also see the creation of a new pedestrian link to the bars. The scheme will also pave the way for further regeneration of the area, including the construction of possible retail and leisure space. 

Get Involved in the ICC Women’s World Cup

As part of the ICC Women’s World Cup, Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club are looking for a number of volunteers. 

Known as the Cricketeers, volunteers will work in a number of key areas and will be the face of the tournaments, helping to deliver a showcase event in women’s sport.

This is the chance for Bondholders to be part of the global event taking place right here in Derby, while using the opportunity to get out of the office and learn new skills within a fun environment. 

From spectator services to accreditation, there are a range of roles that suit all types of people with different skills, as well as providing with an opportunity to be part of a big sporting event. The Cricketeers will also support with event and sponsors activation, hospitality, media and transport; appropriate training will be provided for all these roles.

This is a key role in helping to deliver two months of exciting cricket next summer. The tournament needs over 1,500 people across all five venues that are hardworking, dedicated and enthusiastic to work across both tournaments.

The application process is now open and you have until Monday 16 January to apply.

For details of how to apply, please visit or email

All Cricketeers must be over the age of 18 by March 31, 2017.

Marketing Derby Welcome New Bondholder

Bondholder Absolute Networks has helped welcome on board new Bondholder the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, by sponsoring their membership. 

It is our pleasure to help the Trust. We have long been supporters of The Wildlife Trusts and to support our local organisation, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, in this way is an excellent method of helping the work of this charity.
— Matt Drew, Absolute Networks Managing Director

The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust promote and protect wildlife across Derbyshire. They work with schools, local communities, local authorities, landowners and others to promote and protect the natural environment.

The Trust will be holding its first Business Partners Breakfast at the prestigious Horsley Lodge on Thursday 26th January 2017 from 8.30 – 10.30am. The event will address how businesses can help to create a living landscape, rich in wildlife and valued by everyone.

For more information, please click here.

Bondholders' Collaboration

Bondholders Customer Plus and Status Social have teamed up in a series of national customer service conferences.

Directors of the two business met at a recent Marketing Derby Bondholder event.

Customer Plus organises customer service and contact centre events for HouseMark, the social housing sector's leading benchmarking and advisory service.

Managing Director of Customer Plus Richard Beevers invited Status Social to address HouseMark events across the UK to advise housing associations on using social media more effectively.

Richard said: "Social media is an integral part of customer service in the 21st century so it made sense to encourage housing associations to use it more. It made sense to team up with the experts from  Status Social."

Status Social director Mark Saxby says the collaboration shows the value of Marketing Derby Bondholder events. "After hearing Richard speak about customer service at Customer Plus's event at the University of Derby I knew a strong partnership could be formed.

"Richard's amazing customer service knowledge teamed with our social media expertise is a strong combination and is already starting to open up strong opportunities for both of us."

Customer Plus and Status Social also have plans for 2017. Representatives from the two companies are speaking at a conference in Cheshire in January and will be talking to a national train company about improving its social media activity.

Radleigh Welcomes University Students

Bondholder Radleigh Group has offered students from fellow Bondholder the University of Derby real-world experience of the building process.

18 students from the university’s BSC Quantity Surveying and Construction Management courses spent a morning at a new Radleigh development.

They were there to take a look at the progress of the building process, see the types of  foundations used and practical examples of the health and safety measures that are put in place on a building site.

This sort of real-life experience is invaluable to our first year students, who only embarked on their degree courses a couple of months ago and will stand them in good stead as they progress through their studies.
— Philip Hunt, Programme leader, BSc Hons Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

Tom Finnegan, joint managing director at Radleigh Homes, said: “Here at Radleigh we’re always keen to support the development of the construction talent of the future – so we were delighted when the University of Derby asked us if a group of their first year students could see the work being carried out at Oaklands Park.

“We’ve a very good relationship with the university and a number of our employees studied there, so it’s good to give something back when we can. We hope the students found the visit helpful as they prepare to embark on the second term of their degree course in the new year.”

Idom to Supply Rolls-Royce

Bondholder Idom Merebrook has been granted approved supplier status with fellow Bondholder Rolls-Royce.

Idom’s UK Nuclear Services division will provide design and verification services to Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear New Build & Nuclear Projects.

Robin Carter, UK Business Director for Nuclear Services said: “Being located on Rolls-Royce’s doorstep in Derby it has long been an aspiration of ours to achieve a place on the Rolls-Royce approved supplier list.  

"The achievement of this accreditation represents the culmination of many months of hard work and is indicative of Idom’s commitment to the provision of high quality engineering services to the UK nuclear sector.  
"We look forward to a fruitful relationship with Rolls-Royce as the nuclear new build programme gathers momentum.”

Surescreen's Innovation in Health

Bondholder bio-tech company Surescreen has launched a new innovative supplement, which is far more effective than traditional remedies, and can deliver an abundance of health benefits. 

Nutrivitality was recently unveiled at a Bondholder event, and has an absorption rate of 80%, far greater than traditional vitamin C products, which an absorption rate of 7%.

Alex Campbell, Director of the Surescreen Group, asserts that Nutrivitality can help to prevent and fight colds, as well as fighting stress and cure skin problems. 

Alex said: "There are lots of vitamin products available on the shelves of supermarkets but typically they deliver less than 10% of their content.

'After extensive research and clinical trials, we have developed a technique for coating each particle in a protective layer of phospholipids, a process of liposoming.

"Once delivered into the bloodstream, the phospholipids are stripped away by the body and used to build new cells. This process delivers the vitamin C in perfect condition."