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 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 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.

This years winner is 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.

To apply to be the Marketing Derby Rising Star for 2019, please email: by the 6th January and outline your business idea, a brief background of your story so far and why you would like to become the next Rising Star.

The applications will be shortlisted and successful applicants invited for a short interview and a winner announced at the Annual Business Event on 18th January 2019.

Applicants must be in their first year of business and willing to attend at least ten Bondholder events during their year as Rising Star.