I’m 53, married with a son 31 and daughter 27 and have lived and worked in Chesterfield for 20 years. I am a relationship director in the business banking team at NatWest. NatWest through one of its constituent banks was the first bank in Chesterfield opening its doors for the first time on 30th June 1808. The Branch was based in the Shambles but later moved to its current site on the corner of Glumangate and Market Place. The Bank is proud of its long association with Chesterfield and the support and service it has given to the community over the years.
What do you like best about living in Chesterfield and why?
The people, they make this town the honest and friendly place it is. There is also a real sense locally that Chesterfield, despite what challenges it may face, is moving forward and on the up. That sentiment reflects the quiet but real determination of Chesterfield people.
What are your favourite ways to spend your free time in Derbyshire?
A summer’s afternoon in Queens Park watching the cricket takes some beating. I like walking as well and favourite haunts include Chatsworth and Monsal Dale.
Where is your favourite place to eat out locally and why?
This is a tough one. Calabria on Glumangate is great for an evening out but I also enjoy breakfast and lunch there as well, though not on the same day. It has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, good service and great food. In addition the same can be said of Koo on Chatsworth Road. Friday evening, breaded prawns with a sweet chilli dip followed by steak salad and supported by a glass of wine or two-just champion. You can take your pick but don’t take my seat!
What are the positives about running a business here?
Chesterfield is so well placed in terms of the transport network it gives the opportunity for its businesses to trade nationally and internationally. This is reflected in the strength of the manufacturing and logistics businesses based in the area. In addition it is such a great place to live that whatever facilities you need or support tend to be close by. Another plus is the close working together of both Public and Private sectors for the greater good of the Town and area. The success of Destination Chesterfield reflects this.
How do you see the future for Chesterfield and its small businesses?
Exciting. Let me speculate what we might see 10 years from now :
- New sports centre completed and Queens Park facilities improved on old site
- Peak Resort fully operational and successful giving more employment than the originally anticipated 1300 jobs
- Northern Gateway completed with new stores, cinema, hotel and restaurants
- Waterside completed with new housing, canal basin, office facilities with restaurants and shops. Sunday afternoon on the Canal!
- Spire Walk completed with new office space
- The old Robinsons site completely re-developed with a mix of housing and units to support growing local businesses. A legacy site showing how industrial history can be valued and give inspiration to the people of Chesterfield for the future.
- J29A M1 complete with local, national and international businesses all on site
- Midland Mainline electrified-London just 90 minutes away
- University of Derby based in Chesterfield recognised nationally for its work with local business and its success in training and skills and Research and Development. New products, new ideas recognised worldwide as created here in Chesterfield.
- National and International business queueing up to invest in Chesterfield and the surrounding area.
I accept some of the above seems as though my imagination is getting carried away but wouldn’t it be great if possibility became reality. Think of the opportunities for the people of Chesterfield. Wow!
If you had a magic wand, what one thing would you do to improve Chesterfield?
If I had a magic wand I would make all that reality.
What three words best sum up Chesterfield?
Destination Chesterfield Board and team photography by Amanda McConnell Photography and John Bradley Photography.