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Businesses called on to enter new Love Chesterfield Awards 2021

Entrepreneurship, sustainability and community contribution from businesses will be recognised in the brand-new Love Chesterfield Awards 2021.

The search is now on to find the businesses and organisations that deserve recognition for their efforts over the last 12 months.

Entries are now being invited for four business categories in the Love Chesterfield Awards 2021.

Businesses, projects and individuals are invited to enter Entrepreneur of the Year (sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors), the Sustainability Award, Community Contribution and Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by DBC Training) categories.

The introduction of the Sustainability Award is part of the combined efforts across Chesterfield to become carbon neutral. It will reward firms that have implemented positive changes over the past two years, which have resulted in significant benefits for the business.

Recognising the importance of helping start-up businesses in the town, the winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award will also receive a package of practical support. Category sponsor Banner Jones Solicitors’ will provide 10 hours of free mentoring with its commercial and employment law specialists and Destination Chesterfield will fund 12 months of marketing support through its Chesterfield Champions scheme.

Launched this month by Destination Chesterfield in association with EntireFM – Complete Facilities Management, the new Love Chesterfield Awards aims to recognise the contribution that all consumer facing businesses and organisations make to the high street – from retailers and food and drink businesses to estate agents, charities and accountants and everything in between.

Entry to the awards is free and businesses can submit an application for any of the categories here: The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 June.

Shortlisted businesses will be evaluated by a mystery panel of judges before the winners are announced on Wednesday 20 October.

Subject to COVID restrictions being lifted, the award organiser, Destination Chesterfield plans to host a black-tie ceremony at the Winding Wheel Theatre in October, bringing together the town’s business, retail and hospitality communities.

Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield commented on the launch of the new awards: “I think we can all agree that every sector and industry has faced its challenges over the last 14 months. It has been, and will continue to be, a joint effort to help the town recover from the pandemic and thrive in a post-lockdown climate. The collaborative approach utilised by many local businesses here in Chesterfield has been a huge part of the inspiration for the awards and we’re urging businesses to tell us their success stories.”

Peter Currey, Managing Director at EntireFM – Complete Facilities Management commented: “The Love Chesterfield Awards are a great opportunity for businesses across a range of different industries to get involved and give recognition to what we have as a town.

“Chesterfield seems to hold its own as a hub for many businesses of all sizes. We have some great names in the retail and hospitality industry in Chesterfield, but it’s great to see other areas being recognised this year including entrepreneurship, which is the driving force behind the growth and sustainability of the business activity we have here.”

In addition to the business categories, there are a further 12 categories in the Love Chesterfield Awards 2021.

Members of the public are invited to nominate retailers and food and drink businesses for an award until midnight on 31 May 2021. Nominations can be made here:

The 2021 Love Chesterfield Awards are supported and made possible by a number of sponsors and partners, including: Banner Jones Solicitors, BHP Accountants, Chesterfield Borough Council, The Chesterfield College Group, DBC Training, Derbyshire Times, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), EntireFM – Complete Facilities Management, Greatest Hits Radio South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, JP Fire Safety Solutions, MSE Hiller, Shorts Chartered Accountants and Spirecross Ltd.

If you’re interested in sponsoring the awards or ceremony, information about the remaining sponsorship packages is available at or by contacting Tara Underhill, Senior Destination Chesterfield Coordinator by emailing or calling 01246 207 207.

Josh Marsh

Destination Chesterfield Coordinator (Investment and Marketing)

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