Smith Partnership Super Bowl prize

Bondholder Smith Partnership has secured a once-in-a-lifetime experience for auction at the 30 Days of Giving Celebration Gala Dinner on Saturday 29 June.

The prize... Two tickets to the NFL Super Bowl LIV, taking place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday 2nd March 2020. Return flights from London to Miami are also included, thanks to the incredible generosity of Last Man Music.

The average ticket to the Super Bowl, if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, costs in excess of £5,000 with flights generally costing over £300 return to Miami.

This unbelievable prize will be available by silent auction only. The highest bid will win.

All bids should be sent to 30days@merciaimage.co.uk or text to 07976632618 with the auction closing at 8pm on Saturday 29th June 2019. The winner will then be announced at the 30 Days of Giving Celebration Gala Dinner the following night at Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

If you would like to purchase tickets for the Celebration Gala Dinner, part of Bondholder Mercia Image's charity campaign, you can do so by visiting the following link by Wednesday 26th June https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/smith-partnership-solicitors-5796134908.

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D2N2 invests in new College lab

Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG) has developed a new £1.75million state-of-the-art Technology Hub, supported by a £1.3m grant from fellow Bondholder D2N2, to further increase the skills of its Engineering and Professional Construction students and apprentices.

Executive Head of the Roundhouse College Liza-Jo Guyatt said "Our new Technology Hub will support the needs of employers and the career aspirations of our students and apprentices and is part of our vision to be a technology centre of excellence in the East Midlands."

The new Mechatronics laboratory – developed within an existing part of DCG’s Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College in Pride Park will be officially opened in early summer, in time for the new intake of students in September 2019.

The Mechatronics equipment mirrors the high-tech artificial intelligence manufacturing equipment that is commonly used in a wide range of industry sectors from confectionary to cars.

Lisa-Jo Guyatt explained: “The engineering environment continues to change rapidly with the increase of robotics and sophisticated intelligent electronic controls that blur the boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines.

“The development of Mechatronics requires significant investment in technology to provide learning environments which will support the application in tomorrow’s employment opportunities."

Tom Goshawk, Capital Projects Manager for Bondholder D2N2 said: “Good skills training puts people on sustainable career paths and enables businesses to employ the right workers in order for them to grow. This is why D2N2 invests heavily in programmes promoting better and advanced skills, and in projects such as the Derby College Group’s new £1.75million Technology Hub.”

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New Rolls-Royce STEM centre

Bondholder Rolls-Royce is to open a new Derby centre aimed at interesting youngsters in science, maths and technology.

The new STEM centre will be opened tomorrow at the company's Heritage centre in Osmaston Road alongside a special exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first flight across the Atlantic by Alcock and Brown powered by the company's famous Eagle engine.

There will also be the first of a series of exhibitions aimed at young people and featuring elements of what are known as STEM subjects at school - science, technology, engineering and maths.

Involved in creating the new displays is engineer Phil Ruffles, who said the exhibition for young people would tell the story of flight.

He said: "The first stage is to set up an exhibition on the story of flight which will feature a replica of the original apparatus used by George Cayley in 1804 to demonstrate the principles of lift and drag using an aerofoil rotating on the end of an arm driven by a falling weight.

Following on from the story of flight, a similar exhibition is set to tell the story of electricity starting with Faraday's wheel, an electrical generator developed by Michael Faraday in 1831.

Mr Ruffles aaid: "Next year, we plan to illustrate future aircraft including hybrids or electric types. We will also illustrate how materials of various types have enabled these developments. Schools already visit the centre, which is laid out for adults, but the new STEM area will present these innovations in a manner that appeals to children. They can also go around the remainder of the centre during a visit."

The centre plans to hold open days for children and host school visits.

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E4E awards night

Enterprise for Education (E4E) - the partnership between Bondholder Derby City Council and local businesses which works to inspire young people to aim higher and achieve more - is holding its first awards event.

The partnership brings employers into city schools to provide inspiration and share real-world careers experience through personal mentoring, mock interviews, career search support, careers events and industry visits.

The first awards event, organised by Derby City Council and sponsored by Copemann Ashby and fellow Bondholder Rolls-Royce will be held at Bondholder the University of Derby's Law Faculty on Tuesday July 2 starting at 4.45pm and finishing at 7pm.

The keynote speaker will be Stuart Garner of Bondholder Norton Motorcycles and awards will be presented by representatives from businesses who have sponsored each category.

E4E Chair Mike Copestake said "Having established excellent relationships with both employers and schools through a number of activities organised by E4E, we were keen to showcase the positive impact that local business people are having on the lives of young people."

“This first awards event will therefore bring everyone together to celebrate the achievements of young people, schools and volunteers who have both supported and benefited from the innovative E4E programme.”

All city secondary schools have been invited to submit nominations for the awards which recognise young people’s engagement and achievements through the E4E programme.

Awards to be presented are:
- Aiming higher (sponsored by the Titan Trust)
- Young Achiever (sponsored by Bondholder Rolls-Royce)
- Good Citizen (sponsored by David Nieper)
- Young Improver (sponsored by Bondholder Bowmer + Kirkland)
- School of the Year (sponsored by Bondholder Freeths)
- Debating competition (sponsored by Derby Law Society)

There is also an award for the Volunteer of the Year from a local employer who has made a particularly outstanding contribution to E4E activities.

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Triple Tripadvisor Success

Bondholder Anoki has reinforced its reputation as one of the UK’s leading fine dining restaurants after all three of its restaurants were inducted into TripAdvisor’s coveted Hall of Fame.

The restaurants in Derby, Nottingham and Burton have received the accolade after being awarded the prestigious Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

Now in its ninth year, The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence celebrates hospitality businesses that are consistently excellent – having earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. This designation is only presented to around 10% of total businesses on TripAdvisor.

Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodation and attractions located all over the world that continually deliver a quality customer experience.

To achieve a Certificate of Excellence, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five and have a minimum number of reviews on TripAdvisor, which attracts 41.6 million users each month and features 760 million reviews of hotels and restaurants.

Commenting on receiving the award, owner Naveed Khaliq said:

“To be awarded a place in the 2019 Hall of Fame is an incredible achievement for Anoki and proves just how much our valued customers enjoy the Anoki experience.

“There is no greater accolade than being recognised by our diners - and as the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is based on guest reviews, this accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence in our continued commitment to excellence.

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Eagle Engine connections

Bondholder Derby Museums is calling for stories on one of the star attractions of its new Museum of Making, due to open in 2020 - the Rolls-Royce Eagle Engine.

One of the stand-out objects is the Eagle Engine, which helped to power the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown 100 years ago on June 14th and 15th 1919.

Do you have any connections to the Rolls-Royce Eagle Engine? Was someone in your family involved on the Eagle production line at Rolls-Royce? If so the Museum of Making wants to hear from you. The flight was also the first air mail plane and carried some interesting correspondence with it – did anyone in your family receive any mail from the flight?

The Eagle Engine is just one of over 50,000 objects that will go on display at the new Museum of Making when it opens its doors.

Tony Butler, Executive Director at Derby Museums said: “The new Museum of Making is being completely designed and put together with the people and industries of Derby. That is why we are issuing this call to find anyone with stories who can paint a wider picture about their involvement in this key milestone of aviation. It is those personal stories that will bring the Museum of Making to life and help inspire the maker in all of us."

Gill Fennell, Community Investment Manager, Rolls-Royce said: “We are incredibly proud of the role the Eagle Engine played in this amazing milestone in aviation history. As well as celebrating this key moment, we are also looking towards the future skills and expertise we need to help us pioneer new technologies."

If you have stories or connections related to Eagle Engines made by Rolls-Royce in Derby, or are interested in volunteering to help make the new Museum of Making please contact info@derbymuseums.org.

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The Knife Angel is coming

Derby has been chosen to be one of the cities across the country to host the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression - the 'Knife Angel'.

The spectacular 27ft sculpture, made from up to 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police amnesties across the country, will be based next to Bondholder Derby Cathedral for 28 days in October.

The Knife Angel is being brought to Derby by a group of agencies and organisations across the city, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

Other Bondholders who have offered their help and expertise include Bowmer and Kirkland, Mercia Image Ltd, Work Wallet and G Wathall and Son Ltd.

Created in collaboration with all 43 police forces, the Home Office, Anti-violence groups and hundreds of families who have been affected by knife crime, the monument is a symbol of the nation’s intolerance to violence and aggression. It was created by the British Ironwork Centre, by sculptor Alfie Bradley to highlight the impact knife crime has on people, families and communities.

Relatives of those killed by knife crime were invited to engrave the blades with names and messages for their loved ones as part of the sculpture. One such relative is local woman, Rachel Webb. Rachel’s son, Tom, was 22-years-old when he was stabbed and killed in St Peter’s Street, Derby in 2016.

Rachel said: “I am thrilled to learn that the Knife Angel is coming to Derby. It’s an emotive thought-provoking monument, which is helping to educate and raise awareness of the increasing knife crime epidemic on Britain’s streets."

They are also keen for other volunteers to be involved in the project, particularly in being able to act as information marshals at the sculpture. Full training will be provided and anyone interested is urged to make contact.

If you are interested in volunteering or represent a group that would like to be interested in the programme of activities please contact the organising group on knifeangel@derbycathedral.org


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In the sports day spirit

Twenty teams from businesses across the city will take part in the third annual Derby Business Games this Thursday.

The popular event is organised by Derby-based Choose Sports and the headline sponsors are Bondholder Timms Solicitors with additional support from the fellow Bondholders the University of Derby, BEAR and DNS.

Teams of eight will compete in a wide range of competitions based on the traditional schools sports day from rounders and netball to sack and wheelbarrow races. The afternoon finishes with relays and a tug of war finale before trophies and medals are presented.

Timms Managing Partner Fiona Moffat said: “The two previous Derby Business Games have been hugely successful afternoons and we are delighted with the great response from companies who want to take part this year."

“Everybody enters into the friendly but competitive spirit it is always great to see so many people recapture their youth and hark back to their school sports day.”

Jo Jackson from Choose Sports added: “We are very grateful to the University of Derby for providing the wonderful facilities for Derby Business Games and to our headline sponsors Timms who have been so instrumental to the growing success of this annual event.”

In last summer’s event, Bondholders reigned supreme: FHP Consulting retained the rounders trophy as well as winning the three-legged and wheelbarrow races, Smith Cooper won the netball, HUUB won the sack race, the egg and spoon title was clinched by DNS and Cain Henry from HUUB won the welly wanging competition. Who will scoop the prizes this year?!

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Lofty living in the city

Bondholder Armsons has been appointed cost consultants on a scheme to create new luxury student accommodation on Lodge Lane in Derby.

The scheme, which will be known as Urban Lofts, is being developed by Urban Sister, which has been working on residential and buy to let refurbishments predominately in the SE and SW areas of London but have now expanded into the Midlands.

They specialise in bringing buildings in urban areas back to life through beautiful design and have expanded their portfolio to incorporate the commercial conversion of the former Majority House on Lodge Lane into luxury student accommodation.

Planning permission was granted in August 2018 for the scheme, which will see the conversion of the previously empty office block in the heart of Derby’s student district into three apartments, each with six en-suite bedrooms.

Work on the scheme has now started on site with completion scheduled for mid-August 2019.

Commenting on the scheme, Sally Walters, Director at Armsons, said “Armsons are excited to have been appointed to work on this project for Urban Sister as they expand their residential and buy to let business in the region."

“The new student accommodation is a great opportunity to make use of the empty office block and create more high-quality accommodation for Derby university students.”

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Lego lands well

Bondholder MX Display has teamed-up with fellow Bondholder Derby Museums on its latest exhibition “Brick History: A World of LEGO Awaits."

Custom graphics, signage and portable displays are helping bring things to life at the exhibition which opened to the public at Derby Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 24 May and runs to Sunday 8 September, guiding visitors through colourful recreations of famous people and events, which have taken place throughout history, and is all brilliantly done using just Lego bricks.

MX Display has produced and installed a number of striking visuals, including a giant Jurassic wall mural in the children’s activity area, a cut-out rocket and astronaut, as well as a bespoke mirror frame and exhibition signage.

David Lister, MX Sales Director, said: “We worked with Derby Museums last year on their Wild exhibition and were thrilled to be asked to support again this year. Our studio and installation teams have had lots of fun with this project, and it’s great to be part of something in the heart of the city that visitors from across the UK can come and enjoy throughout the summer.”

Janine Derbyshire, Head of Visitor Experience at Derby Museums Trust, said: “MX Display have been so generous, going way above and beyond to support our latest exhibition.

Everything MX have produced and installed is of such high quality and their teams have been so professional from the outset – the giant dinosaur wall graphic is just brilliant and is already proving a big hit in the activity area!”

Details of the free exhibition can be found on Derby Museum’s website.


Your chance to say...

Bondholder the University of Derby has pledged to develop a Civic University Agreement as part of its ongoing commitment to the city and county’s prosperity and wellbeing.

The first phase of this is understanding and establishing the needs and priorities of communities, businesses and organisations across Derby and Derbyshire.

The Agreement will be co-created with local partners and the University would therefore welcome input, thoughts and ideas on this, and on how it may be able to deliver long-term positive impact for Derby and Derbyshire.

Please share your thoughts by visiting derby.ac.uk/civic and completing the online survey.

In addition, the University is holding its first ‘Derby Civic Forum’ event on Thursday 27 June 2019 (9am-12.30pm). If you would like to hear more about the University’s civic ambitions, and would like to input further into its plans, then visit www.derby.ac.uk/civic-forum to find out more and to book your free place.



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University league table success

Bondholder the University of Derby has risen three places in The Guardian University Guide from 29th to 26th place – its highest ever ranking. This puts Derby one place behind Edinburgh and ahead of Manchester (40) and Liverpool (50)

As well as being ranked in the Top 30, Derby has been placed joint third out of 121 institutions for the number of students satisfied with teaching quality (up 18 places) and in the Top 10 for student satisfaction with its courses and feedback.

Welcoming the results, Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell said “This improvement is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students, the support of key partners across the region, and our commitment to delivering excellence in teaching and learning, providing an outstanding student experience, and increasing graduate employability."

Professor Mitchell went on to say “At Derby we have worked to deliver a powerful regional university that addresses the needs of our students, region and beyond. This has established us as a leading institution for social mobility, achieved through our academic and student frameworks, and highlighted by this latest Guardian University Guide position."

“It also demonstrates how our Strategic Framework and our values, which we launched almost a year ago to the day, are driving us forward to where we want our University to be - making a positive impact in our city, county and region, creating the next generation of game-changers, and opening doors of opportunity to anyone wishing to access education, regardless of their background.”

As well as an overall ranking, The Guardian University Guide 2020 also produces league tables for each subject area, which has seen some equally impressive performances for Derby.

These include Top 10 rankings for:

· Accounting and Finance
· Building and Town and Country Planning
· Business, Management & Marketing
· Criminology
· Hospitality and Event Management

The University of Derby has also been ranked in the Top 20 for:

· Art
· Fashion & Textiles
· Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations
· Nursing & Midwifery
· Social Work

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New intu stores to Hatch

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A hat-trick of new local brands are due to to be welcomed by intu Derby this summer following a national retail initiative, Hatch.

Derby-based loaded doughnuts maker, Project D and Burton-on-Trent’s Solesmith, which designs personalised socks that have featured on This Morning and EastEnders, will both be opening their first retail stores in intu Derby this summer.

Design 44, which curates a range of quirky UK and Scandinavian gifts and homeware, will be opening its second shop in Derby as part of the scheme.

Hatch is an initiative that has been launched by Revo – a national organisation that helps retail, property and placemaking to thrive. The campaign offers entrepreneurs and budding business owners the opportunity to set up their own shops in popular retail destinations with rent, service charges and business rates covered for the first six weeks.

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intu Derby had originally signed up to support one new retailer but following the high quality and diverse range of applicants, it will now be welcoming all three unique brands to the centre, which will also be given access to business and marketing support from the British Independent Retailer’s Association, plus a year’s free BIRA membership.

Adam Tamsett, general manager at intu Derby, said: “The face of retail is changing and we’re seeing that customers want more choice between the nation’s favourite retailers and smaller, independent brands.

“intu Derby welcomes more than 22 million shoppers a year and we’re confident that Project D, Design 44 and Solesmith will be a huge hit once they open their doors to the public later this summer.

Samantha Sen, head of policy and campaigns at Revo, said: “We’d like to wish a huge congratulations to Project D, Design 44 and Solesmith. intu Derby will be the perfect incubating space for them to allow them to take their brands to the next level.”

Award for orchestra lead

Peter Helps, the Chief Executive of Derby-based orchestra and Bondholder Sinfonia Viva, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to arts and culture.

Over the past 20 years Sinfonia Viva has gained national recognition for high quality classical music in diverse settings from major venues to village halls and for its innovative education and community work.

Key achievements have included developing a long-standing relationship with Rolls-Royce plc and securing funding for the Orchestra’s mobile venue to enable performances and community outreach creative projects in both inner city and rural parts of the region. The Orchestra is best known locally for its performances at the annual Darley Park concert which attracts audiences of around 35,000 every year.

Peter said “I regard this honour as an accolade for everyone at Sinfonia Viva – the trustees, management team and players alike.

“So many people past and present have played an important part in making this Orchestra a success and their commitment will ensure that we continue to navigate the challenges that face us as an Arts organisation.”

Mr Helps has also been recognised for his voluntary work to support the Arts both locally and nationally including involvement in the Association of British Orchestras, the Family Friendly Arts Campaign, Derby Arts Forum and Cultivate East Midlands.

Peter Knott, Area Director for Arts Council England said: “Under Peter’s leadership, Sinfonia Viva has developed significantly over the years and it is very much an orchestra in the community, working with thousands of children and young people every year and more recently with older people in care homes and community settings. This is a well-deserved achievement for Peter and Viva - many congratulations.”

Foremarke Hall gala concert

Pupils from Bondholder Foremarke Hall performed in the historic setting of Lichfield Cathedral alongside a celebrated Conservatoire ensemble.

Foremarke Hall joined with multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Joe Broughton and his Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, made up of dozens of students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

With an emphasis on performance and communication, the energetic ensemble captivated all children with their spirited folk music of driving rhythms and up-beat melodic lines.

The Folk Ensemble opened the evening programme with Foremarke’s Concert Band, Chamber Choir, Wind Band and Orchestra playing a part, performing works which had been prepared for this occasion and other summer concerts.

Following the concert, Sue Bloor, Director of Music at Foremarke, said: “This was a great concert for all ages and one that has given our younger children ideas about which instrument they would like to try and for others it provided a little more insight into what can be achieved on the instrument they already play.”

Joe Broughton has his own internationally renowned band The Urban Folk Quartet and has also played with everyone from Joss Stone to Fairport Convention. His compositions have been performed at The Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre in London and his workshops in performance and ensemble playing are legendary within the teaching community.

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New HUUB track event

Bondholder HUUB has been announced as official sponsor of a brand new endurance events series, Track Attaque.

HUUB and Attaque Cycling Events are offering a series of cycling endurance challenges with events taking place across Britain’s leading indoor and outdoor velodromes and race circuits. Each event is team based, and either 12 or 24 hours in duration - a real test of endurance.

The series is aimed at all levels of cyclist, from the triathlete in training to those considering an introduction into the sport or who have never had the opportunity to ride a velodrome track before. For businesses and groups, Track Attaque offers a completely unique corporate challenge and provides the perfect platform for fundraising and csr activities.

Dean Jackson, owner of HUUB Design, said “Having recently moved into cycling, all eyes have been on track, thanks to the HUUB Wattbike team shaking up the world of elite track cycling. It is great to now be able to enter a partnership with an endurance cycling series that offers such a unique velodrome experience, not just for the cyclist or triathlete, but also for those that have never ridden a track before.”

The event series kicks off on the 28th September with a 12-hour challenge at Darley Moor Race Circuit, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, where teams can be made up of 2, 3 or 4 riders.

Entry for this event is already open and you can enter via the web site. http://attaquecyclingevents.com/

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Bombardier's Great British bid

Bondholder Bombardier has submitted, with Hitachi Rail, its ‘Great British’ train proposal to High Speed Two (HS2) that would be the most advanced, customer-oriented train ever to run in the UK.

The contract, worth £2.75billion, is to design, build and maintain at least 54 trains for Phase One of HS2.

Bombardier’s President, UK, Phil Hufton said “HS2 is this generation's chance to transform our country. Our Great British train will connect our great cities and improve the journeys of every passenger. HS2’s vision is to be a catalyst for growth across Britain – we are ready to make that happen.”

Hitachi has pioneered Japan’s world-renowned Shinkansen ‘bullet trains’ while Bombardier offers a depth of international experience from its high speed trains operating in Europe and on the world’s largest network in China.

In 2015, the two companies together delivered the Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) ETR1000 for Trenitalia, which is the fastest yet quietest in-service high speed train in Europe. Operating at speeds up to 225 mph, it has transformed passenger experience and connectivity across Italy.

Its success has been recognised by Trenitalia placing a further order in June 2019 for 14 new trains, increasing Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) high speed services across Italy.

Hitachi Rail’s Managing Director, Karen Boswell OBE, said “Hitachi-Bombardier’s Great British train for HS2 would be a shining example of British ingenuity. Our bid, if successful, would bring significant benefits for economies and communities, while truly transforming connectivity and passengers’ experience.”

Alongside London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, HS2 services will also serve destinations beyond the core HS2 network, including York, Newcastle, Liverpool, the North West, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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Walk on the Wildside

Bondholder MX Display is delighted to be supporting this year’s Wildside Festival with a range of eco-friendly wayfinding and signage.

The Festival offers a full day of live music, art, wild activities, and food and drink on Saturday 15 June 201 at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Woodside Farm, Shipley, – all in support of local wildlife.

David Lister, MX Sales Director, said: “We approached Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to see how we could get involved with this year’s Wildside Festival, as it brings something unique and exciting to the local area – and all for such an important cause."

"After discussing the plans for the day, and how we might be able to support the Trust’s wider vision, we knew that our range of eco-friendly and sustainable signage and wayfinding products would offer an ideal solution for the festival.”

"With social accountability and sustainability high on the MX agenda, and as part of our ongoing commitment to CSR, we’re always seeking out and testing new technologies and techniques to help reduce our impact on the environment."

For more information and to book your tickets, visit their website mxdisplay.co.uk/mx-goes-wild-with-derbyshire-wildlife-trusts-annual-festival/

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I heard a rumour...

Local videography and photography company Bondholder 'AV IT Media has produced the official music video for Bananarama’s latest single.

'AV IT Media who create visual content for a variety of different sectors was asked by the musical duo to produce the video after they put together a lyric animation that went down a storm for the first single on their new album, Stuff Like That.

As fans of the singers and their music, they were keen to get involved and create a video to make the launch of their second single in May a success. The finished product has already attracted more than 2.5 thousand views on YouTube in just 48 hours and landing the ‘AV IT team an invite to hang out with the band at their concert later in the year.

Ash Stanley of ‘AV IT Media, said: “I’ve been a massive fan of Bananarama since the '80s so this project has been a real highlight of my videography career. The girls have been amazing to work with and we’re all looking forward to catching up with them at their upcoming concert.”

Check out the video here


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Silver medal success

Volunteer gardeners at Bondholder Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall have been awarded a silver medal at this year's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chatsworth Flower Show.

As well as volunteering their time to support Head Gardener Samantha Harvey with the 25 acres of gardens at the Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college in Morley, the volunteers have also planned and created a garden for the show.

This is the second silver medal for the 40-strong Broomfield Hall volunteers having been recognised in the Long Border category last year. This year the volunteers created a much larger show garden entitled ‘Find Yourself...Lost in the Moment', to celebrate volunteering in gardens and the physical and mental health benefits that it brings.

The garden captured the senses with a series of spiral sculptures emerging from soft planting. Random-height sleepers and characterful doors represent the diverse backgrounds and future possibilities that volunteering in gardens brings.

Samantha Harvey explained: “I am absolutely delighted with the silver medal for our first show garden. It is such a prestigious award and will hopefully lead inspire to creating a bigger garden at RHS Chatsworth in the future.

“This would not have happened without the hard work of the volunteers and the support from Derby College Group. Everyone has been amazing.”

One of the volunteers and show garden project manager Carl Johnson added: “It is amazing that we are now two-time silver medal winners. This is the best project that we have been involved with and is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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