Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: Lynne Dawson, Director at Q2 Creative
Hello, I’m Lynne Dawson, a Director at Q2 Creative. We are, (as the name suggests!) a creative company – specialising in design, marketing and website solutions that deliver results for our clients. I have lived in Chesterfield for most of my life, with comings and goings for University, early career moves etc, but have only recently based our business closer to home.
For many years, my business partner, Phil Swain, and I had based the business in Rotherham but our clients are nationwide so, when the opportunity came to relocate – and in a great location near to the motorway – we jumped at it.
Phil lives in Nottingham so the move was clearly very welcome to him! We have worked together as a team since 1995; during that time the company has grown, contracted, and grown again, with the economy – today we have a compact but very skilled team of five people, combining design, marketing and website expertise.
What’s your best memory of the town?
Well, I’ll be giving may age away here, but nostalgic things really stick in my memory. Like going into MacFisheries with my Mum to buy cream cheese, getting new school shoes from Stead & Simpson and the money went off in a cylinder in a ‘Heath Robinson’ tube to the accounts department – and came back with the change! Having a Saturday job and then spending my wages on the market at break time, in the days when the market was packed and there was a fabulous dress stall and someone selling wonderful shoes! Loved the market in those days. Going to St. Helena’s School and having to wear a beret and long grey socks! (Very stylish).
What development do you think will make the biggest difference to the town?
There is such a lot of exciting activity at the moment; it’s hard to single one thing out -I think it all will combine to bring new energy and impetus – and jobs – to the town, from the Waterside development, the transformation of Elder Way, to the Peak Resort.
How would you describe Chesterfield to someone who has never visited?
As a historic market town in the process of evolution to meet employment challenges and take advantage of opportunities such as HS2. Plenty of character, lots of potential – and friendly people.
And a wonderful location at the edge of the stunning Peak District and rural Derbyshire; from excellent town amenities to country life and dramatic landscapes in minutes.
What are the positives of running a business here?
There’s a great infrastructure, which makes it very easy to visit clients out of the area. I have also found that local companies are much more open to seeing us on an exploratory basis; they are willing to meet and get to know us even if they have no immediate need for our services. That is very refreshing because it wasn’t quite so often the case in South Yorkshire.
Who or what do you turn to in Chesterfield for business advice?
I find that Chesterfield Champions is the best source for keeping us up to date with developments – and for providing excellent events with networking opportunities.
After that, it’s up to us to make the most of the opportunities out there.
Why did you choose to base your business in Chesterfield?
We’re based at Prospect House, Staveley – minutes from Junction 29A. It’s an excellent location for all our team to travel to work, and also for clients visiting. When we made our decision to relocate from Rotherham in 2016 we were also influenced, and encouraged by, the number of exciting plans and new developments in the pipeline for the area – which should open up opportunities for design and marketing support. And we can certainly deliver that!
Who do you admire in the community?
I admire the people who are working so hard to bring new developments and opportunities to fruition, from the individual entrepreneurs to the teams that support them, and the commitment from the local Council to help make the vision a reality.
No single person – it’s a team effort.
What are the aspirations of your business?
We already have a core of established clients who are mainly out of the area. So we hope to build a new base of local and regional clients with whom we can work as part of the team. Our aim is always to build long term relationships and be regarded as much more than a supplier; we are committed to delivering great results and expect to be judged by them too.
What advice would you give to someone establishing a business here?
Get involved in local organisations and take advantage of networking opportunities; the local business community is open and friendly – so introduce yourself!