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.”

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.

Abbi, owner of Darley Dance Productions said “Winning the Rising Star award has been truly transformational both for my business and for myself as a business owner. When you have your head down and work constantly on your business you sometimes get lost trying to work out how to make your business work. Winning the Rising Star award made me lift my head from my laptop and get out there.”

Sonia, owner of The Fit adds "When I got the phone call to say I had won the Rising Star award, I couldn't believe it! It was the most amazing feeling and the best way to start the year. A lot of my clients are Bondholders, and I can see the positive impact this has on their businesses. I feel very lucky to now be a part of that!”

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.

Nominations Open: November 2019