The Rising Star Award

Each year, Marketing Derby gives the opportunity for an up-and-coming entrepreneur in the city or county, to receive a complimentary year’s Bondholder membership, along with local publicity and invitations to events.
To qualify for as a Rising Star companies must be in their first 18 months of business and willing to attend at least ten Bondholder events either online or face to face when guidelines allow during their year as Rising Star.

The Marketing Derby Rising Star 2022

A business that creates and sells a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks has been named the Marketing Derby Rising Star 2022.

So Good Kombucha, which was founded by Lesley So, has been chosen by the city and county’s inward investment agency as the winner of this year’s competition, which aims to give entrepreneurs and new businesses a helping hand.

“I am very grateful for this amazing honour and opportunity.
I have been welcomed with open arms by the Derby business community and am so thankful for the support”, said Lesley So, founder of So Good Kombucha.

Rising Star 2021

Collaboration, innovation, resilience and bravery remain our cornerstones, inspired through the membership we have enjoyed.

The Swap Shop co-founder Rachel Hayward, from Ask the Chameleon

The Swap Shop, a company that came from an idea floated during a Marketing Derby live webinar has been chosen by the city and county’s inward investment agency as the winner of this year’s competition, which aims to give entrepreneurs and new businesses a helping hand.

The firm is to receive a year’s free Bondholder membership and a year of free PR and communications support from Nielsen McAllister.

“Being Marketing Derby’s Rising Star in 2021 confirmed Derby Swap Shop’s place among the supportive community of Bondholders and cemented its place in the city that inspired its creation”, said The Swap Shop co-founder Rachel Hayward.

Previous winners

2021

Rising Star: The Swap Shop
The Rising Star Galaxy: Crafty You Crafty Me, Divine Box, GoldBox Productions, MiniAperture Photography, Parry Creative, The Crinkle Project

2020

Katie Lavis, Little Starts Gift Cards

2019

Abbi Burns, Darley Dance Productions and Sonia Sohal, The Fit

2018

Owen Conti, Code 56

2017

Michael McBride, Rested Cocktails

2016

Edward Hollands, Driven Media

Winning the Marketing Derby Rising Star award, particularly in recognition of our innovation, was a huge privilege.

Receiving the award initially enabled us to raise our profile locally among the local business community, both through the events we initially attended and the press coverage that followed.

Katie Lavis, owner of Little Starts Gift Cards and winner of the Rising Star Award 2020

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more information about the next Rising Star Award, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly by completing the form below or email Lindsey at lindsey.hatfield@marketingderby.co.uk.

Katie Wells

Lindsey Hatfield

Commercial Development Manager