Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: John Priest, Owner of JP Fire Safety
JP Fire Risk Assessing and Training (JP Fire Safety) is a family run business based in Walton. We offer Fire Risk Assessments, Extinguisher Maintenance, Fire Alarms, Training and Health and Safety Packages. We operate based on good morals and adapting to our customer’s needs. We listen to their requirements instead of using pushy sales or unwanted cold calling.
All four employees (as well as myself) are ex Fire Service, NHS or Prison Fire Safety Specialists and we have been operating for nearly 4 years. Experience, hard work and great customer service have got us where we are today. Our nationwide coverage has gained us customers from Scotland to Portsmouth!
I am 41 year old, a father of a beautiful little girl and husband to a very determined and motivational wife, Bex (diplomatic answer). We moved to Chesterfield in April 2017 in search of an older larger property/project and hopes of business expansion/development. It paid off and we soon realised Chesterfield has more to offer than we thought. From day one we knew it was the right choice, we even received welcome presents from our neighbours who are wonderful and inspiring.
What has been the highlight for your organisation over the past year?
Being able to employ two new members of staff and contract additional associates to cope with our ever-increasing work load. No two days are ever the same which makes the weeks fly by!
We are also proud to have sponsored the Retail Awards this year, people in business deserve to be acknowledged for their local achievements. As an award-winning company back in 2017, we understand the work that goes into building a customer base and retaining good quality relationships.
What are your future plans? (new products/services, growth, taking on apprentices, news etc.)
We can’t give away all of our secrets however, we are currently in the process of expanding our health and safety services which are becoming more and more popular.
We are also developing some very exciting training modules along with expanding our service packages which will offer great value to both new and existing customers. We have been fortunate enough to grow organically without actively advertising and have retained 90% of our customers, the other 10% may have only required one off services. Word of mouth has been our best advertising tool….and it’s free! In 2019 we aim to take on an apprentice too if all goes to plan!
Which local business would you recommend and why?
We love local independent businesses, from the places we eat and drink along to where my daughter goes to nursery (at Clever Crocs). Whenever possible we visit and enjoy the delights of Bottle & Thyme, The Real Ale Corner, The Tap House and the newly refurbished Crafty Dog. As you can see there is a theme here! You can walk into any of these establishments and know it is going to be a good night. They’re always friendly and welcoming and you can tell that they genuinely appreciate the local support from their customers.
How would you describe Chesterfield to a potential investor? (What sets us apart from other towns?)
There are so many things to see and do in Chesterfield. I’d basically show the investors the sites, places of interest and iconic local buildings. I’m sure that way the town will speak for itself. Just driving a mile around the town and its steeped with history. With the HS2 being part of Chesterfields future developments, we have been placed on the map in a big way. Instead of passing through, investors can see it’s a destination with plenty of opportunities. Retail and home building is already on the cards.
Which development do you think will most benefit the town?
The Waterside development. Due to it being located so close to the train station it should bring people in from other towns and cities as well as widening the retail and eatery venues for Chesterfields current residents.
I’d like to see a good mix of independent and national companies investing in this trendy modern up and coming site.
Which national shops and restaurants would you like to see investing here?
Whilst it would be nice to see new comers to the town, it would also be great if existing companies up their game to move in line with how Chesterfield is growing. For an example Boots, Matalan and Dunelm could all do with an update. Bigger and brighter stores offering a wider range of products will encourage more shoppers into the town and surrounding areas. Dare I say Uber? Or could the local taxi firms take onboard the concept of such a great idea, once again modernising a traditional service.
Which high profile events are working well in Chesterfield and what kinds of events would you like to see in the future?
The Chesterfield Fake Festival, may not be the highest profile event in the Chesterfield calendar however, as a seasoned festival goer to this event up and down the country over the past decade I can guarantee a great afternoon and evening with quality entertainment. The whole family will love what is on offer and the pricing is reasonable too.
Where in the town do you spend your leisure time?
With family I love to visit Queens Park which has good facilities as well as being able to watch the cricket during the summer months. It usually includes an ice cream or a coffee from Fredrick’s whatever the weather too!
And with friends you’ll find me socialising on the Brampton Mile which includes good food and local beers. I’m yet to complete it but as the saying goes, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!”