Derby Design Success Story
Creative agency threeguru flung open the doors to their Derby design studio recently to celebrate the completion of their 2nd year in business.
The occasion was marked with a get together at their Derwent Business Centre design studio, formally a Victorian bonded warehouse, close to the City’s Cathedral Quarter and was well attended by local, national and global clients.
The ‘Get Together at Guru Towers’ was an opportunity for the gurus to flex their marketing muscles and build a social media buzz around their big day with the creation of a new font, branded retro sweet shop and the introduction of their new meeting table – a classic 80’s arcade machine.
Creative Guru Chris Reynolds “We love being apart of the Derby design community. The last 2 years have been fun times with good people that have been a pleasure to work with, something which we felt worthy of a celebration.”
Threeguru was conceived after a chance meeting by three ex colleagues who all share the same passion for brands and marketing.
Digital and New Media Guru, Lee Day recaps the story “We’d built a lot of solid friendships with local and national marketers in our previous roles that always extended beyond purely providing a service.”
“The strength of these relationships combined with a healthy mix of new business, most notably from FTSE 250 engineering solutions provider Senior PLC, has helped develop and grow our business from a standing start to a projected turnover in 2016 in excess of £250k”
In just 2 small years threeguru now has six full time and three part time staff and can count on Parson Brinckerhoff, Peugeot and HealthTrust Europe as part of a client base that now stands at 80+ local, national and global companies.
Maggie Welcomes High Flying Apprentices To Parliament
Erewash MP Maggie Throup was delighted to welcomes local apprentices from Sandiacre base firm Sigma Components to Parliament this week during a reception hosted by trade organisation ADS.
More than 70 apprentices from some of Britain’s leading aerospace – including those from Sigma – were joined by Maggie to celebrate the 9,000 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries.
The event highlighted the valuable contribution apprentices are making to important, high-skill manufacturing industries, and the world-leading technologies that many of them are working to develop.
“I was delighted to welcome apprentices from Erewash to the Parliament. It was great to meet so many young engineers working towards highly-skilled and rewarding careers. They are great ambassadors for the UK’s advanced manufacturing industries.
Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group, said:
“Our high-skill sectors are reliant on a new generation of talented and well-trained employees. In return they look set to enjoy rewarding careers within some of the UK’s most successful and exciting industries. This reception is important to showcase the huge talent already working in our sectors and to encourage more young people to consider the opportunities on offer.”
Free One-Hour Parking Extended
Erewash Borough Council’s free one-hour parking scheme in town centre car parks will be extended until October while a full review of its impact on high street regeneration is carried out.
Councillors agreed on Thursday (25th) that the all-party Scrutiny Committee should evaluate all aspects of the trial scheme – particularly its impact on town centre trade and the financial cost to the council.
The Full Council meeting was told that more than 341,000 free one-hour tickets were issued between 5 January and 31 May this year - but councillors were also told that the pilot scheme has had an impact on the council’s income.
Free one hour parking was launched in January as a six month pilot and has cost the council £91,000 so far, with an estimated £60,000 further loss of income between now and October.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“It is right that we extend the scheme for a further three months to give the all-party Scrutiny Committee time to analyse the consultation and survey data gathered and also look at the considerable effect the scheme has had on our income. We can afford it in the short term as a one-off from our contingency budget, but the all-party review will need to look at how it can be sustained in the long term.”
The results of the review will go to the Full Council meeting on 15 October.
Churches Put Their Faith In Architect's Good Works For Congregations And Other Users!
A Long Eaton architect is counting his blessings after carrying out design work on two buildings for different churches.
In each case the work done by chartered architect Alan McGowan enabled the churches to receive grants for the projects.
The Hope Church in Nottingham received a total of £665,000 from the Big Lottery Fund for the scheme to transform the former Roundabout youth and community centre on Southchurch Drive, Clifton.
The building will be open seven days a week because as well as being used by the church, it will be used by Rise as a day club for elderly people, Derby-headquartered Enthusiasm Trust which helps children and young people, and the NG11 foodbank.
Alan helped put together the Lottery bid and secure planning permission for the building, which had been empty for years.
Construction work will begin in the spring ready for the building to be used in the autumn.
It will have a mezzanine floor added to provide more space and offices. The rest of the work will mainly be refurbishment, including new cladding and windows.
“Because of the Lottery funding and the church's desire for sustainability we are aiming to incorporate high standards of insulation and heating to make the building as green as possible,” said Alan.
The other church is Long Eaton United Reformed Church on Nottingham Road, Long Eaton, near The Green. It is only 200 yards from Alan's new offices in Bridge House business centre on Derby Road, created by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership.
The church was awarded a £25,000 grant from Biffa under the landfill tax scheme. The work will include an extension to provide better facilities, including access and toilets for disabled people. The building is also regularly used by other organisations.
Alan secured what had been a previous conditional grant for the work, which will start in the new year..
Alan's work can be seen on buildings in Long Eaton's townscape heritage initiative, funded by English Heritage, to restore old buildings back to their former glory. He has also been involved with sports pavilions as well as residential and commercial work.
But this was the first time he had been involved in work on churches. “Now I'm praying for more,” he added.