Marketing Derby Rising Star Award

Each year, Marketing Derby, the city’s inward investment agency, gives the opportunity for an up-and-coming entrepreneur in the city to receive a complimentary year’s Bondholder membership, along with local publicity and invitations to must-attend events.

In its first year, the accolade was awarded to University of Derby graduate Edward Hollands, Owner of start-up business Driven Media.

Ed says: “Being the first Rising Star in 2016 was a real game-changer for me. The chance to network with the business leaders of Derby and knowing I had their full support was a fantastic opportunity and really set me off on the right foot.”

It was then the turn of The Rested Cocktail Co, who had the opportunity to tell a gathering of 500 Derby business people about their company at the Marketing Derby Annual Business Event and exhibit at the Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards 2017.

In 2018 the winner was Code 56, who provide IT services to local businesses. Owner, Owen Conti, was delighted to receive the award and said: "It’s incredible to be recognised as this year’s Rising Star. Being a Bondholder allows us an opportunity to raise the profile of Code 56 in the Derby business community.  Being awarded the Rising Star allows us to do this in an accelerated fashion that I’m truly grateful for.

2019 saw two Rising Stars being announced at the Marketing Derby Annual Business Event with Sonia Sohal of The Fit and Abbi Burns of Darley Dance Productions receiving free Bondholder Membership for a year.

To qualify for as a Rising Star companies must be in their first year of business and willing to attend at least ten Bondholder events during their year as Rising Star.