Vicky, Max, Julian and Jimi

A new owner for successful franchise

Julian Smith, one of the most well- known faces on the Derbyshire business scene, has sold his The Alternative Board franchise. Over the past ten years, Julian

has built the Derby business to be the most successful TAB franchise in the UK, mentoring scores of company owners. Now he has handed over the

reins to Max Crosby-Browne who is expanding the organisation to take in parts of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. Max said: “I joined TAB three

months ago when I set up TAB East Midlands Central and the logical step was to amalgamate it with the highly successful TAB Derby. “Over the years, Julian has

helped many business leaders fulfil their personal visions and now he has successfully moved towards his

own by selling the franchise.” Julian will remain in the

expanded business by continuing his role as facilitator of two of its peer boards. He and colleague Jimi Ball will be joined by a new facilitator, Vicky Blissett, with plans to add two further partners in the next six months. Julian said: “I am very proud of

what we have achieved at TAB Derby but wanted to practise what I preached by securing a better work-life balance. “I am delighted that Max has

taken over because he has a genuine passion for helping business owners and has the knowledge to back it up. “I am also very pleased to be

continuing with TAB so I can pass on the experience I have gleaned over the years.”

Prime location for RDC

Aviation data and analytics expertise provider RDC Aviation has secured a new site in Nottingham city centre, as it expands to accommodate an increase in global demand for the company’s services. The firm is enhancing its

operations, taking on addition staff to bring the size of its team to more than 30, with the new and recently refurbished building enabling this growth. Peter Hind, RDC Aviation’s Chief

Executive, said: “We are delighted to have agreed terms on such an iconic building in a great location. We are excited about making it into a vibrant new home for the business.” Mark Tomlinson, Director at FHP

Property Consultants, which acted on behalf of the landlord, added: “There is an increasing shortage of good quality space of this type in

14 business network November 2019 RDC Aviation’s city centre office

Nottingham city centre and a good depth of demand, with an increasing trend for companies to be located in city centre buildings. “We received good levels of

interest in this space and plan to refurbish further accommodation within the building in due course. “RDC Aviation is an excellent

quality tenant for my client, and we are delighted to have secured them within this building.”

Mark Wilcockson

Koobr’s creative revolution continues

Substantial growth across its entire service offering has meant that Derby-based creative agency Koobr is once again on the lookout for new talent to join its team of marketing specialists. 2019 has seen the agency continue the accelerated growth it achieved

last year and it is currently on a recruitment drive as a result. It also recently moved to new, larger premises on Friar Gate to

facilitate its rapidly-expanding team and mark the latest chapter in the growth of the business. This followed three new recruits joining the agency in 2018, all three of

whom have settled in, built strong client relationships and become vital members of the Koobr team. Koobr, founded by Craig Barker, was originally set up as a branding

and graphic design company. Over the years, it has evolved to meet the needs of customers and the ever-changing demands of the industry, taking on new specialists to become a full-service creative agency. Its services now include branding, graphic design, web design, digital

marketing, content marketing and PR. Craig said: “2018 was an amazing year for Koobr and things have

continued to rocket ever since. Last year’s turnover increased by 70%, and we’re already up by 31% on that year-to-date. Key growth areas in recent times have been content marketing and web development.” Koobr works across a wide range of sectors from finance, construction,

manufacturing, healthcare and not-for-profits, with client satisfaction always being a driving force behind its business strategy. Client retention levels remain high, and Koobr has seen a noticeable

shift in project work evolving into retained clients benefitting from ongoing marketing support from its team. Craig added: “The increased demand for websites and web apps has

recently allowed us to recruit for another talented web developer, alongside which we are also currently looking for a specialist to help us further strengthen the flourishing content marketing and PR side of the business.”

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