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Brand new Love Chesterfield Awards 2021 launched to celebrate business community’s unsung heroes

Recognising the heroes of the business community over the last year, Chesterfield’s annual High Street and Food and Drink awards have been combined to create the brand-new Love Chesterfield Awards 2021.

After what has been a challenging time during the pandemic, the new awards will celebrate the town’s food and drink and retail businesses, entrepreneurs, regeneration projects, contribution to the local community, apprenticeships and sustainability.

And because the high street and hospitality businesses recognised in the Love Chesterfield Awards are all at the heart of the community, Destination Chesterfield is asking people to nominate who they think should win one of these prestigious awards.

Organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with EntireFM – Complete Facilities Management, nominations for the brand new awards are now open. Nominations can be made online at www.chesterfield.co.uk/lovechesterfieldawards/.

Nominated 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 organisers plan to host a black-tie ceremony at the Winding Wheel Theatre in October, bringing together the business community and recognising its heroes.

Commenting on the launch of the brand-new Love Chesterfield awards, Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield said: “It’s been a tough year for everyone, but I think we can all agree that the resilience demonstrated by our local business community has been nothing short of inspiring.

“The new Love Chesterfield Awards recognises all sectors of the business community and the role everyone has played in the town’s economic survival and recovery from the pandemic.

“I urge everyone to get involved and put forward their favourite businesses for the new Love Chesterfield Awards – it’s never been more important to recognise the work of our community’s heroes.”

There are 16 categories in total in the new Love Chesterfield Awards 2021, however people can nominate across 12 categories:

• Regeneration Award – sponsored by BHP Accountants
• Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by headline sponsor EntireFM
• Pub/Bar of the Year
• Café of the Year
• Food Producer of the Year – sponsored by MSE Hiller
• Accessibility Award – sponsored by Spirecross Ltd
• Best New Hospitality Business – sponsored by Shorts Chartered Accountants
• Retailer of the Year – sponsored by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
• Excellence in Customer Service
• Market Trader of the Year
• Best New High Street Business – sponsored by Chesterfield College Group
• Independent High Street Business of the Year

Other categories in the Love Chesterfield Awards 2021 include the Sustainability Award, Community Contribution, Entrepreneur of the Year and Apprentice of the Year.

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.

Peter Currey, Managing Director at EntireFM – Complete Facilities Management commented: “We are delighted to be the headline sponsor for the 2021 Love Chesterfield Awards. Our team is looking forward to the build-up and, indeed, the event itself in October. EntireFM works closely with a number of clients within the retail and hospitality industry and at all levels of the supply chain. It’s been a difficult past year for both of these industries for sure and we’ve seen a lot of businesses have to dig deep to pull through.

“Being part of the Love Chesterfield Awards is, of course, a great opportunity for EntireFM as a local business. It’s an opportunity for us, and other local businesses, to give recognition to the great businesses we have here in Chesterfield and the faces behind them.”
Nominate online at https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/lovechesterfieldawards/ until midnight on 31st May 2021.

Peter Swallow added: “It’s never been more important to show our appreciation of the business community, so we’d love for the awards ceremony to be our biggest and best yet. This can only be made possible with sponsorship.”

If you’re interested in sponsoring the awards or ceremony, information about the remaining sponsorship packages is available at https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/lovechesterfieldawards/sponsors/sponsorshippackages/ or by contacting Tara Underhill, Senior Destination Chesterfield Coordinator by emailing Tara.underhill@chesterfield.co.uk or calling 01246 207 207.

 

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Chesterfield Champions show their support for Mental Health Awareness Week

Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.

The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May. The foundation’s main theme this year is nature, and how connecting with the great outdoors can improve our health both mentally and physically.

Chesterfield Champions have been raising awareness of various mental health initiatives recently, with some carrying out activities to mark the occasion this week.

If your business is hosting any mental health awareness activity throughout this week, remember to let us know by tagging Destination Chesterfield on social media!


Surecare Chesterfield 

Surecare has launched a new  training ‘Hail Yourself’ training package with staff this week. The training will talk about various aspects of mental health. The training is not only designed to help the company’s dedicated care staff to look after the service users, but also help them to look after themselves and each other.

Helen Axup, Registered Manager at Surecare said: “Mobility issues stop a lot of people being able to go out and mixing as they would like to. We as a company want to promote ‘a healthy mind helps a healthy body’.

“I am in the perfect position to see first hand how mental health effects various different people, whether it is the people we care for with SureCare, under-appreciated care staff or the people we know socially. It doesn’t matter who they are, we are a human race and we should offer support and understanding. This gave birth to our ‘Hail Yourself’ training because the person you should start with is yourself.”

Heathcotes Group

The team at Heathcotes Group are sharing a number of resources with colleagues and service users to help raise awareness of mental health and signpost colleages and service users to resources.

Tom Matthews, HR Business Partner at Heathcotes Group has created a blog discussing the impact of the past year and the measures we can take to support good mental health.

You can read Tom’s blog here.

East Midlands Chamber

East Midlands Chamber’s director of resources and mental health first aider Lucy Robinson explains how businesses can help their employees to cope with the huge disruption brought on to their lives over the past 14 months.

Lucy’s blog post takes a look at the data behind mental health epidemic, employee mental health concerns and what employers can be doing to look after staff.

Find out more here.

Spire Radio

Team spire

For Mental Health Week, Spire Radio will be taking part in the Mental Health Minute. It takes place on-air at 10.59am on Friday 14th May,  and will feature celebrities and various other messages relating to the subject of mental health.

Find out more at: https://www.spire-radio.com/

The video below shows last year’s ‘Mental Health Minute’:

Chesterfield Royal Hospital

A brand new VIP lounge has been launched at Chesterfield Royal Hospital to improve the wellbeing offer for staff, with the help of airline or aviation staff who are currently furloughed, grounded or made redundant due to the pandemic.

The crews used their exceptional customer service skills and expertise to provide the hospital staff with a little bit of respite, as well as an opportunity to chat and share experiences.

Find out more about  the hospital’s ‘Project Wingman’ initiative here

Chesterfield Borough Council

A selection of ‘Mindful May’ events taking place this month, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council as part of the Year of Outdoors.

Residents are invited to book onto a number of different outdoor activities aimed at getting people out amongst nature in the town’s excellent green spaces.

Find out more about the events here.

University of Derby

St Helena's Chesterfield

Businesses across Chesterfield and the Midlands region are being offered the chance to boost productivity by working with the University of Derby to provide better mental health support for employees.

The Mental Health and Productivity Pilot will see the implementation of new workplace interventions at pilot organisations and the rollout of existing approaches in small, medium and large businesses across the Midlands Engine region. Find out more about the pilot here.

Derbyshire Institute of Sport

Derbyshire Institute of Sport project to put health and wellbeing at the heart of its support for the business community has proved a winner, with more than 100 people joining a mental health webinar about the importance of switching off from work and de-stressing.

The webinar, by DIS sports psychology lead Dr Phil Clarke, was the latest in a series of monthly, 30-minute ‘lunch and learn’ webinars available exclusively to businesses who sponsor the Community Interest Company.

Find out more.

360 wellbeing

 

360 Wellbeing Centre says their professional team are available to help with any psychological, physical or social symptoms of poor mental health.

The centre has also launched ‘The Hub Spot,’ a serene and tranquil work space available to hire by the hour. The space is designed for people to professionally meet with clients, get work done in a stress-free environment, take video conferencing calls or simply just to relax and unwind. Unlimited tea and coffee is also available to suit individual tastes. For more information, email info@360wellbeingcentre.co.uk

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Businesses back Love Chesterfield campaign by telling us their favourite things about the town

With Covid-19 restrictions lifting and our high-streets, markets and visitor attractions beginning to re-open, now is the time to shout about all the things that are great about Chesterfield!

Businesses across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire are backing the newly-launched Love Chesterfield campaign, launched in partnership between Chesterfield Borough Council and Destination Chesterfield,  by telling us the reasons they enjoy living and working in the town.

To find out more about the Love Chesterfield campaign and how you can get involved in supporting the town, go to: https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/lovechesterfield/

You can also support your favourite local businesses in the town by nominating them at the newly-launched Love Chesterfield Awards 2021. Find out more about the event here: https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/lovechesterfieldawards/


“I would describe Chesterfield as a friendly, welcoming and historic town. It has some great independent restaurant offerings and has an expanding accommodation offer. It truly is the gateway to the peak district.”

Lee Barnes, Managing Director of Inspire Design and Development Ltd.


“There is so much change and development for Chesterfield at the moment, which is sure to make a lot of impact. Due to the nature of our business, I’m looking forward to seeing what will become of the Town Centre Redevelopment.”

Natalia Marchetta: Co-owner, Salute Prosecco


“My vision of the future of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire is a happy one but it does depend on people continuing to use the town and our fabulous collection of shops, bars, restaurants and salons. Together we can ensure that Chesterfield continues to thrive and takes its rightful place as an excellent tourist destination and a wonderful place to live, work and play”

Laura Jo Owen, Adorn Jewellers


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“The area has a powerful sense of community, always rallying together in times of crisis. Because of this, I have no doubt that Chesterfield and North Derbyshire as a whole will bounce back from Covid-19 and be stronger than ever.”

Ryan Cancellara, Business Development Manager, Essential Site Skills.


“I was born and raised in Chesterfield and am proud to work and live in the area. I love living so close to the Peak District and enjoying all the town has to offer. I always love going to the Chesterfield Artisan Market. It is a great way to support small, local businesses and find unique gifts for people (or myself!)”

Phoebe Sellars, Business Development and Loan Manager at Bridge Help.


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“There’s a fantastic community spirit amongst Chesterfield businesses and a wide range of business support available. This has led to some fantastic collaborations between local businesses and a great range of local events.”

Joby Parsons, Events & Sales Coordinator for West Studios


steve perez honorary degree

The people in Chesterfield make the area a great place in which to run a business. Chesterfield has its roots as an industrial town, which you can see in people’s hard working ethic. People are the most important part of running a successful business, and without them our businesses would not be where they are today.

Steve Perez, Chairman of Global Brands, Owner of Casa Hotel and The Peak Edge Hotel.


“Chesterfield has a great business community, and I have found everyone is so welcoming. The location is perfect being so close to so many things. I am pleased I chose Chesterfield for our training school the easy access, by bus, train, and car was a real selling point for us.”

Jane Manfredi, ProMUA & Beauty Training


“The growth of the food and drink scene over the last decade has been amazing, seeing an eclectic mix of new restaurants open over the last decade has been great.”

Tom Currey, Sales Director at Dales & Peaks.


 

“Everyone I speak with, whether it’s an individual or business, has a genuine affinity to help and support local people and businesses. It doesn’t matter how much the town grows, we all still retain the community spirit and prefer to support the local independent businesses.”

David Armé, Cheetham Jackson Ltd


It’s a town that continues to evolve and grow as at any one time there are always a number of exciting developments taking place.

Jon Stones, managing Director of Mortgage 1st


“The camaraderie of the local businesses is what makes Chesterfield so different. We all want to help develop the town, provide quality workspaces for growing teams and support one another. The town is so close to the peak district and provides quality hotels and B&Bs for people who are visiting.”

Jessica Risorto, Chesterfield Area Manager at Redbrik Estate Agents


 

“The best thing about working in Chesterfield is the lovely characters who are our loyal customers and they keep small businesses like the one I work for going. Their show of support for the community in difficult and challenging times has been fantastic.”

Georgina Page, R.P Davidson The Cheese Factor


“Chesterfield is really going places and I think with projects like the Northern Gateway it will help transform the town into an innovative, sustainable and above all enjoyable place to live and work.”

Matt Bust, Business Support Manager at Woodhead Construction


“I think the next ten years look very promising and there is huge potential for Chesterfield and the developments we are seeing. I hope that these developments prove successful and that businesses are encouraged and incentivised to take up these fantastic new premises and turn them into thriving hubs of activity and entertainment.”

Nick Evans, Director of Milestone Financial Planning


“I moved to Chesterfield 28 years ago and from the very beginning people were always so friendly to me but I’ve felt the most benefit since working in the voluntary sector. On the whole people are so kind and supportive of each other but where there are problems or people in need there is such a fantastic network of people and organisations out there and always someone willing to help.”

Debbie Fennell, Derbyshire Voluntary Action


 

“I see Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire in a good place at the moment. There seems to be lots happening and there are some really passionate and driven individuals”

Paul Ryan, Partnership Development Manager for Shape Learning Partnership



“There’s so much talent out there locally and lots of small businesses with great ideas and products.”

Lesley Winnard, Workpays


Love Chesterfield is a campaign from Chesterfield Borough Council in partnership with Destination Chesterfield with support from the reopening the high street safely fund and welcome back fund provided by HM Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

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Special edition Gin launched by Derbyshire Distillery to raise money for Ashgate Hospicecare

Derbyshire Distillery have teamed up with the Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council to launch a special edition pink gin to help raise vital funds for Ashgate Hospicecare.

Derbyshire Distillery was established in early 2018, using only the finest local and international ingredients. Demand has continued to grow across Derbyshire and the Peak District and beyond.

This collaboration with the Chair of the Council will see a cherry flavoured gin and glitter, it is sure to be a big hit amongst gin lovers and will be available for sale via the Derbyshire Distillery website, by visiting their premises in Markham Vale or from Chesterfield Football Club.

All of the proceeds will go towards helping raise money to support Ashgate Hospicecare in the work they do to provide palliative care to patients and support they provide to many families across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

Richard Aspinall, sales manager at Derbyshire Distillery said: “We wanted to see how we could help raise money for a local charity and Martin approached us to ask if we could produce a gin in aid of Ashgate Hospicecare.

“We set to work by producing a nice, pink and glittery gin, thanks to the brilliant work of our head distiller, Oliver Meakin. I would also like to thank Paul Truscott, who designed the label for the bottles.

“We think it is a nice way to raise funds for Ashgate Hospicecare, whereby people can have a good time and enjoy a gin and tonic (responsibly of course!)”

Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council, Councillor Martin Thacker MBE, said, “It has been a fantastic experience working with Derbyshire Distillery to produce this incredible special edition gin. It is sure to be a big hit with gin lovers and as a special edition – make sure you get your hands on a bottle before they run out!”

“Of course, the main reason for producing this limited edition gin is to help support my charity this year in office – Ashgate Hospicecare. All profits from the sales of the gin will be donated to the charity. The work they do to help families in their tough and distressing times is incredible and I would like to do everything possible to help support them in continuing their fantastic work and care they provide”.

The gin comes in 50cl bottles at £25 and is available to purchase from: https://www.derbyshiredistillery.com/ and Chesterfield Football Club.

Derbyshire Distillery, Ashgate Hospicecare and Chesterfield FC support the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 180 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Chesterfield is awarded ‘Plastic Free Communities’ Status as it Takes Action on Single-Use Plastic.

Chesterfield has joined a network of communities across the UK who are leading the way to tackle throw away plastic at source.

The town has been awarded Plastic Free Community status by marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), in recognition of the work it has done to start reducing the impact of single-use plastic on the environment.

Local Tapton resident, Greg Hewitt, started the campaign in summer 2019 after watching a number of documentaries such as Blue Planet 2 and A Plastic Ocean.

Registering with the SAS Plastic Free Communities movement, Greg and a number of volunteers have pulled together key organisations and businesses in the town to put in place a five-point plan. The objectives include; setting up a community led steering group, instigating the SAS Plastic Free Schools education programme, getting local council commitment and working with local businesses, organisations and community groups to spread the word and minimise the amount of disposable plastics they use.

Greg said: “The campaign has been challenging, especially with Covid, but most business and community organisations we have spoken to have been supportive of the campaign and have signed up. Having support from major partners such as the council, Destination Chesterfield, Derbyshire Voluntary Action, and Chesterfield FC feels amazing.

So far 50 local independent businesses have signed up to the campaign, each making at least three swaps away from single use plastic. These include the award-winning Steph’s Sustainable Stuff, The Cheese Factor, El Cafe Verde and No10.

Plastic Free Chesterfield rose above the challenges of the Covid pandemic in 2020 by organising monthly webinars featuring speakers from Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and Ethical Consumer.

And whilst businesses were joining in, 40 community organisations have signed a Plastic Free Pledge showing their support for the campaign. These include Chesterfield Garland Dancers, Our Vision Our Future, and the newly formed Chesterfield Litter Picking Group.

Greg continued: “To finally reach Plastic Free Community status after a year and a half feels incredible. It is the culmination of many hours given by volunteers who all want Chesterfield to reduce single-use plastics. Just because we now have the status, doesn’t mean Chesterfield is completely plastic free. This is an ongoing journey and we will continue our work to gain the support for our campaign in the community.”

The Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Community network aims to free the places where we live from single-use. Using the five point plan the aim is to empower communities to kick start local grassroots action, which can then be built upon.

The marine conservation charity, based in St Agnes in Cornwall, says it wants to unite communities to tackle avoidable plastic from the beach all the way back to the brands and businesses who create it. It says it is not about removing all plastic from our lives, but kicking our addiction to throwaway plastic and changing the system that produces it.

Rachel Yates, SAS Plastic Free Communities Project Manager, said: “It’s great to see the work that Chesterfield has done to reduce the availability of avoidable plastics, raise awareness and encourage people to refill and reuse.”

“We have over seven hundred communities across the UK working to reduce single use plastic and the impact it has on our environment. Every step those communities and the individuals in them take is a step towards tackling the problem at source, challenging our throwaway culture and encouraging the habit and system changes we need to see.”

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Jones & Co Team named amongst UK’s top rated financial advisors

Four independent financial advisors at Chesterfield-based independent financial advice firm, Jones & Co, have been named amongst some of the UK’s top-rated financial advisors with VouchedFor.

In VouchedFor’s 2021 Guide to the UK’s top-rated Financial Advisors distributed with The Times newspaper, Suzanne Jeakins, Pauline Fernandes, Kirk Yeomans and Mark Jones were identified as a select number of professional IFAs in Derbyshire to achieve this significant accolade. The guide aims to help people understand how advice could benefit them and celebrates financial and mortgage advisors who are delivering excellent outcomes for their clients.

Each of the financial and mortgage advisors listed within the guide have received the highest volume of positive client reviews since the start of 2020 on VouchedFor.co.uk, the UK’s leading ratings site for financial and legal advisers.

As well as being endorsed by at least ten clients, each advisor is a fully verified member of VouchedFor, which means the company has checked that they have the necessary permissions to practice, in line with the latest Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) rules.

Commenting on the news, managing director of Jones & Co, Mark Jones said: “Gaining nationwide recognition as being amongst some of the UK’s top-rated financial advisors is testament to the outstanding team we have here at Jones & Co.

“Working with people to help them to accumulate and preserve their wealth and security is such a rewarding job. Everyone has bespoke financial objectives which is why we are committed to creating tailored portfolios for each of our clients. It’s a real pleasure to support people achieve, and often exceed, their goals and that shows in the excellent five-star reviews we continually receive.”

The company aims to deliver a financial strategy that helps each client to achieve their own personal retirement or financial goals. That includes helping people make the right decisions and assisting them to gain maximum capital or income possible from hard-earned savings made.

Jones & Co. supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 180 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

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Free Chesterfield cancer treatment transport service launched

A new transport service has been launched to provide people from Chesterfield with free, safe travel to Sheffield hospitals for cancer treatment.

The service has been launched by regional charity Weston Park Cancer Charity and will operate twice daily from Monday to Friday, between The University of Derby’s St Helena Campus in Chesterfield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

The Weston Park Cancer Charity Transport Service could save hundreds of pounds in travel costs each week for people in Chesterfield and the surrounding areas who are living with cancer.

Around 20 per cent of patients at Weston Park Cancer Centre – one of the four hospitals to which the transport service will provide free travel – are from Chesterfield, the equivalent of more than 3,000 patients at any one time and more than 1,300 each year.

The service will follow strict safety measures to keep volunteer drivers and passengers safe at all times. Drivers will all be tested for Covid-19 twice weekly, with buses cleaned thoroughly before every journey.

The launch of the new Transport Service follows Weston Park Cancer Charity’s takeover of Chesterfield cancer charity, Nenna Kind, in 2020. It marks a ’major step forward’ for Weston Park Cancer Charity in its ‘commitment to care in every sense’ for cancer patients and their families in Chesterfield.

Emma Clarke, director of services and grant-giving at Weston Park Cancer Charity said: “Our Transport Service will ensure that people facing cancer will not also have to worry about accessing treatment at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals – and will be able to focus on what’s important.

“A cancer diagnosis is a difficult thing for anyone to hear. But imagine that the recommended treatment is miles away from your home and you have no ability to make that journey. We don’t want anyone to ever have to face the decision to decline treatment because travel to and from their appointments is the barrier.

“The backing of our wonderful supporters enables us to fund this service in its entirety, meaning it’s free of charge for patients.

“It marks a major step forward for us as we look to build on Nenna Kind’s legacy, and to continue our commitment to care in every sense for cancer patients and their families in Chesterfield and the surrounding areas.”

Sheree Hall, Macmillan lead cancer nurse at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, said: “There is enough stress as there is with cancer – going through diagnosis and treatment is one thing, but somebody shouldn’t have to worry about how to get to their treatment in the first place.

“It may appear strange that somebody simply wouldn’t have treatment just because of transport issues, but that does happen. During lockdown, we’ve had a few cases in which individuals have had to contact us because they have no other means of getting to their appointment and simply no money to pay for taxis – and due to Covid-19 there wasn’t even the facility to travel how they might have done before.

“The new Transport Service means a lot and for some people it can be the difference between whether they could have their treatment or not.”

Alison Gibson, community development worker at Community Chesterfield who helped facilitate the scheme, said: “At Community Chesterfield we pride ourselves on connecting the region’s voluntary, community and charitable sectors both with the University of Derby and with one another, opening up opportunities for them to work together to create positive impact in the area.

“After a discussion with one of Weston Park Cancer Charity’s volunteers about the benefits that a transport service of this nature would bring, we are absolutely delighted to help facilitate this vital scheme from our offices at the St Helena Campus. It will without doubt be a huge help to residents of Chesterfield who need to travel to Weston Park to undergo cancer treatment and will hopefully go some way to making their lives during an incredibly challenging time that bit easier.”

Dr Paula Holt MBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor Dean of the College of Health, Psychology and Social Care at the University of Derby, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Weston Park Cancer Charity and, in particular, residents of the Chesterfield area who depend upon this vital service.

“This once again demonstrates the value of our partnership with CommUNIty Chesterfield, who have connected us with the hospital charity.

“The University of Derby is proud to engage with the voluntary sector in the town to deliver projects and services which can make such an important and positive difference to people’s lives.

“In this instance, being able to utilise the current capacity at the St Helena Campus provides a solution to the needs of patients who are travelling to Sheffield to receive treatment.”

For more information or for bookings, call Weston Park Cancer Charity’s helpline 0114 553 3330 (option two) or email transport@wpcancercharity.org.uk.

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Chatsworth Farmyard Awarded Rare Breeds Accreditation 

Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) has awarded RBST accreditation to Chatsworth Farmyard, recognising its important contribution to the conservation of some the rarest livestock and equine breeds native to the UK.

Chatsworth Farmyard is home to a number of the country’s rarest breeds of livestock and equines, including Suffolk Punch horses, Shire horses, Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, Bagot goats and Cream Legbar chickens, with British Landrace pigs and Eriskay ponies due to join them soon.

The award comes as the family-friendly farmyard and children’s adventure playground reopened (13 April) to visitors after several months closed in line with Covid restrictions. The garden is also open and the house will reopen on 18 May.

The farmyard at Chatsworth in Derbyshire has provided agricultural education and entertainment for almost half a century, and the estate has a longstanding connection with RBST. Duchess Deborah, mother of the current Duke of Devonshire, served as RBST President and the Cavendish family are valued ambassadors for native breed conservation.

RBST is the national charity that works to secure the future of rare breeds of native livestock and equines. Chatsworth Farmyard now becomes part of the 25-strong network of RBST accredited farm parks which take part in crucial conservation programmes, manage special breeding groups, and support education about rare breeds and why they matter.

RBST Chief Executive Christopher Price: “Native breeds have an important place in a future for farming where sustainable production goes hand in hand with the natural environment, but they are also an irreplaceable part of our rural heritage. For centuries these animals ploughed our fields, took our soldiers to war and powered our wool industry, it would be devastating if they disappeared, and Chatsworth Farmyard has been doing crucial work to support the survival of some of our rarest native breeds. I am thrilled to welcome them to the network of RBST-accredited farm parks and I look forward to working with the team.”

Melissa Underwood, Chatsworth Farmyard Manager: “Since joining Chatsworth Farmyard in September 2020 we have been increasing the numbers of rare breeds kept here. One of my best moments has been to discover that the Albion breed of cattle originated here in Bakewell. They were an obvious choice for us to have here and we hope to use them in our milking demonstrations later in the year. We were lucky to be able to source our two females and look forward to welcoming their calves in the summer. I am passionate about rare breeds and their conservation and look forward to sharing our journey and exciting new breeding programmes with our visitors.”

Visit www.chatsworth.org/farmyard-playground to find out more about the Farmyard’s reopening and how to book tickets.

Chatsworth supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 180 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

Images provided by Chatsworth House Trust

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50 Chesterfield retailers you should follow on social media

There are so many great retail businesses in Chesterfield town centre and across the borough.  All you have to do is look at social media to the see the diversity.  There is inspiring unique content and great items to buy for yourself, your loved ones or friends.

We have selected 50 Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages that showcase this diversity.

What we are asking you to do, if you don’t already, is like and follow them. A like, a share or a comment for these, or any retailers can help spread the word and support their businesses and showcase the vibrancy of the Chesterfield retail scene.

We are also sure you will find some unique items that you didn’t know you could get in Chesterfield!


Food an Drink Heaven in Chesterfield

1. Cheese Factor

A family business that has been trading for 50 years, stocking 150 different cheeses from around the world in their town centre shop.

Don’t miss their range of Cheese Wedding Cakes for a celebration cake with a difference. Made to your specification which can be delivered anywhere in the UK.

On their Facebook page you can find out more about the 150 cheeses they stock and more.


2. Derbyshire Distillery

Derbyshire Distillery is an estate of spirit brands handcrafted in small batches in Chesterfield.  Discover their latest flavours, events and offers on their Instagram feed.


3. Brampton Brewery

Brampton is an award-winning brewery with a number of local pubs. Keep up-to-date on the latest ales available in the shop via their Facebook page.

 

How exciting – washing casks once more ready to fill with beer for Pub deliveries 👍👍😁😁🍻#12thapril #realale #chesterfield #bramptonbrewery #sunshine🌞

Posted by Brampton Brewery on Tuesday, 30 March 2021


4. Northern Tea Merchants

A tea and coffee lover’s dream, their social media pages highlight the best blends, gifts and behind the scenes activity.

 

James will be live speaking to Becky Measures on BBC Radio Sheffield just after midday today, as she takes a trip down…

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5. Love Brewing

Love Brewing have been helping people make excellent home brews for many years. They stock a diverse range of wine, beer, and spirit making ingredients, equipment and accessories. Their social media showcases products and updates on their latest events.


6.  Chocolatellie

Unique chocolate gifts and treats from the retailer based in Packers Row, Chesterfield.  Their Facebook page also shares details of events they deliver.

Chocolate Scotch eggs

– if you like our cake bites you will love these
Made with the same ingredients and contain…

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7. Lisa Bakes

Award-winning cakes for every occasion. Follow their Instagram for tasty choices.

 

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Marvelous Markets in Chesterfield

8. Chesterfield Markets

The Chesterfield Markets Facebook page will keep you up-to-date about the great traders and their products on the outdoor and indoor markets. You will be surprised what you can buy!

They also keep you updated on specialist markets and events happening in the town.

 

Show your loved ones how much you care and say it with flowers!💐

Thanks A Bunch – Chesterfield are taking orders for…

Posted by Chesterfield Market Traders on Sunday, 28 March 2021


9. Steph’s Sustainable Stuff

Chesterfields first zero-waste shop based on our historic outdoor market.  Meeting all your low and zero-waste needs.

Another happy customer 😁
We have a great selection of herbs and spices at competitive prices. Buy as much or as little as you need ~ and yes, someone did buy a single bay leaf 😊

Posted by Steph’s Sustainable Stuff on Tuesday, 30 March 2021


10. The Market Co

Organiser of the Chesterfield Artisan Market and champion of artisan sellers.

 

 

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11. Charles Hedley

Award-winning retailer of pre-owned luxury fashion and watches located in Chesterfield Market Hall.


12.  Ginspired

Ginspired’s Instagram page highlights the amazing and unique range of gin, spirits and beer that they stock in their market hall store.

 

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Finding the latest fashions in Chesterfield

13. Dotique

Chesterfield’s Retailer of the Year Dotique’s Facebook page will keep you up-to-date with the latest fashions they have available in their Chatsworth Road store.

We are very excited to have opened our diary for Mother of the Bride and Groom appointments… Appointments are…

Posted by Dotique on Sunday, 28 February 2021


14. Blanc

We love the social media posts about their window changes – what fashions will they be showing off next? Blanc is located on Chatsworth Road.

 

It’s Good Friday and it’s window change day at Blanc. Sand and Blue. Occasional wear by ‘Diva’, Prom dress by ‘Ellie…

Posted by Blanc & Blanc Occasions on Friday, 2 April 2021


15. M’s Gallery

Clothing boutique located in The Yards in Chesterfield.  Quirky posts talking about how their products link to what’s going on in the world.

 

Mad March weather!!!
It’s one extreme to the other.
Yesterday I showed you lovely summery top. Think today might be…

Posted by M’s accessories on Sunday, 28 March 2021


16. Little White Dress

Stunning Instagram feed of dresses for the special day. Little White Dress is a wedding boutique located on Chatsworth Road.


17.  Dava

Clothing boutique located on Chatsworth Road. Their Instagram feed keeps you up-to-date with the latest fashions they have on offer.

 

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18. Love Too True

North Derbyshire-based online clothes retailer. Check out their Instagram feed.

 

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Clothing for Him

19. Zebra

Well established men’s retailer located near the Winding Wheel Theatre.  Their Instagram feed keeps you up-to-date with the latest fashions they have in store.

 

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20. Gorilla Garms

Vintage and branded clothes retailer located in Vicar Lane.  Check out their Instagram feed for the latest stock, giveaways and more.


21. Ingmans

Head behind the scenes of the business on their Instagram page. Clothing retailer and cobbler based in Chesterfield Town Centre.

 

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22. Master Debonair

A recent addition to the clothing scene on Chatsworth Road.  Check out the latest styles they have in stock and more on their Facebook page.

Launching in our Boldon & Chesterfield shops on 12th April are Coupland Leather handmade leather products. Locally made…

Posted by Master Debonair on Thursday, 1 April 2021

 


Find that perfect gift in Chesterfield

23. Shop Indie

Quirky, unique and independent gifts from the Vicar Lane based store.  Check out their Instagram to get inspiration for that something special.

 

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24. Fairplay Gift Emporium

The Emporium gives young people with learning disabilities the opportunity to learn valuable employment skills in a safe, supportive environment.  They also have some great unique gifts which you can check out on their Instagram.


25. Libby’s Gift Shop

Libby’s is all about simple pleasures – enjoyable shopping with lots of unusual treasures in their gift shop. Located on Chatsworth Road, their Instagram showcases the ever changing range of gifts they have on offer.

All the creativity happening today 🤍

We’ve decided spring is definitely here… it’s window change day, so all things…

Posted by Libby’s Gift Shop on Thursday, 18 March 2021


26. Bee Orchid

Quirky and country-style home accessories and gift shop located in the Shambles in Chesterfield.


27.  Huckleberry Willow

An emporium of design-led products, unusual gifts & home accessories. Huckleberry Willow was winner of the Home and Gift category in the Chesterfield High Street Awards 2020.

New shop window – looking forward to welcoming everyone back from 12th April

Posted by Huckleberry Willow on Monday, 29 March 2021

 


28. West Studios

West Studios is located on Sheffield Road and their shop has a range of unique gifts and cards from independent creative businesses.  Their Instagram feed also keeps you up-to-date on the exhibitions, workshops and courses that they run.

 

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Something sparkly for yourself or that someone special

29. Adorn Jewellers

Located in the Shambles, Adorn provides a range of unique jewellery and unusual wedding rings. There is a range of great content across all their social media channels, including ‘Friday night live’ where they will talk you through the latest trends and products.


30. John Stevenson Jewellers

John Stevenson Jewellers of Chesterfield was established over 45 years ago, and is still one of the most prestigious family jewellery businesses in Derbyshire.

The limited edition T-Race in store now £625

Posted by John Stevenson Jewellers on Wednesday, 29 July 2020


31. C. W. Sellors

Located on Low Pavement in Chesterfield, C.W. Sellors is one of the UK’s leading independent fine jewellery and luxury watch retailers.

Explore our stunning range of diamond gift-sets today, lovingly hand-crafted by our in-house designers and specialists….

Posted by C W Sellors Jewellers on Saturday, 19 December 2020


32. Stuart Bradley

Family owned and run jewellers and gift shop situated right next to the Crooked Spire in the heart of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. We love how they support and promote the town through their social media activity.


High street names supporting local

33.Vicar Lane Shopping Centre

The team at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre has won awards for their digital activity. Follow them on Instagram for the latest from their stores, competitions and polls to help shape the future of the centre.


34. Waterstones Chesterfield

The national book chain has its own Twitter account for the Chesterfield shop.  This includes updates on new products and local books and signing events.


35.Marks and Spencer Chesterfield

Marks and Spencer have a Chesterfield Facebook page highlighting when new products arrive in store.

JUST LANDED: Colin the Caterpillar cake jars! Try this on-trend treat, with layers of chocolatey Colin goodness, topped with a mini white chocolate Colin face, in store now.

Posted by Marks and Spencer on Tuesday, 6 April 2021

 


Time to relax – Music, bikes, games and more!

36. Geeks Headquarters

The perfect place to play Trading card games, Board games, Roleplaying games and miniature games! They sell Magic the Gathering, Yu-gi Oh!, Pokemon and much much more! Keep up-to-date on their latest products, gaming competitions and more.

Digimon TCG back in stock.
We have both Ver 1.0 and Ver 1.5 booster back in stock now.
£4 a booster, 3 for £11, whole…

Posted by Geeks Headquarters on Wednesday, 31 March 2021


37. Lumberjack Games

Lumberjack Games Ltd is a family run, independent business based in Chesterfield.  Lots of games, jigsaws and family fun to choose from.

The puzzles are back in stock! Both our Haytor and Crooked Spire puzzles sold out over Christmas. Now available from our…

Posted by Lumberjack Games on Friday, 5 February 2021


38. Tall Bird Records

Chesterfield’s longest established record shop.  They sell new and old vinyl, second-hand CDs, record players, merchandise, artwork, books & other stuff! Check out the latest releases on their twitter feed.


39. Vanishing Point Records

Independent vinyl store located in the Yards in Chesterfield. Follow them on Instagram for details of the latest stock and their regular radio show which they host on Radio Free Matlock.

40.  J.E. James Chesterfield

Located just off the Whittington Moor roundabout J.E. James has been supporting people in Chesterfield to find the perfect bike for over 20 years.  Their social media not only includes the latest products, but brings the cycling community together with details of the rides that they organise.

Thursday Evening Road rides are back. Led by Neil Offler.1st April for the first of the year. 6.15pm from the Chesterfield store. Lights and waterproof needed.

Posted by jejamescycles.co.uk on Thursday, 11 March 2021


Children’s Clothes and Shoes

41. Nanna B Baby and Childrens Wear

Baby and Childrens wear retailer located on Steeplegate at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre.


42. The Baby Linen House

Located on Packers Row in the heart of Chesterfield, this family run store specialises in baby and children’s wear. Check out the latest styles on their Facebook page.

Perfect for spring days like today ☀️
Available on our website
www.thebabylinenhouse.co.uk
#timberlandboysclothing #kidswear #smallbusiness #familybusiness

Posted by The Baby Linen House on Sunday, 4 April 2021


43. Giraffe Nursery Store

Giraffe is contemporary nursery store, located on Chatsworth Road. Their Facebook page contains updates on the latest products available.

Spring is in the air at Giraffe!!! Literally can’t wait to reopen, our appointment bookings will be going live soon 😊

Posted by Giraffe Nursery Store on Wednesday, 24 February 2021


Home and Furnishings

44. H&F

Family run furniture and kitchen business based in Chesterfield, creating beautiful hand crafted products and bespoke items. Check out their Instagram feed for inspiration.

 

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45. Etienne Blinds

Located close to Chesterfield Market Hall, Etienne provides a vast range of made to measure blinds, curtains and accessories to suit every need. Get some inspiration from their facebook page.

Its more important than ever to enjoy fresh air, so make the most of your patio by adding a stylish Luxaflex® Awning to…

Posted by Etienne Curtains & Blinds on Sunday, 28 March 2021


46. Floor Depot

Get inspiration from Chesterfield’s leading suppliers of carpet, laminate, Karndean, vinyl, real wood flooring and roll ends.


47. Clarissa’s Interiors

Find those finishing touches for your home at Clarissa’s Interiors, located on Vicar Lane.

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These new zebra ginger jars are a piece of art and look stunning on their own or sat together

Originally,…

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The best of the rest

48. Fred’s Haberdashery

Fred’s Haberdashery stocks a wide range of haberdashery and craft items such Trimmings, Ribbons, Felts etc.  Plenty of humor in their social media and a keen ambassador for Chesterfield.


49. Hoods Florists

Florist based on Sheffield Road in Chesterfield. You can find stunning imagery of their products on their Facebook page.

**This weekend**
We’re open until 4 today and 10-2 tomorrow 🎄🎄🎄

Posted by Hoods Florist Chesterfield on Saturday, 19 December 2020


50.  Seeker UK

Seeker UK offers quality, affordable vehicle styling, specialising in 4×4 off-road vehicles, customised to your specific needs.

Land Rover Defender 110 Hi Capacity PickUp TDCi [2.2] stunning 1 owner example for £21,950.00

Posted by Seeker UK on Friday, 26 March 2021


Keep up to date with the latest news, events and ideas for things to do in Chesterfield at:

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Chesterfield non-essential retailers gear up for re-opening

With April 12 on the horizon, Chesterfield’s non-essential retailers are gearing up for the reopening of their stores as we enter step two of the easing of lockdown.

While the town’s retailers have shown resilience and adapted in the face of adversity, adapting to lockdown with social media promotion, click and collect and online sales, both essential and non-essential retail business owners and shoppers are looking forward to heading back into physical stores once more. To find out more about shopping in Chesterfield and how you can support local independent businesses, please visit: www.chesterfield.co.uk/wereback

Steph Mannion, owner of Steph’s Sustainable Stuff who was named Market Trader of the Year in the 2020 Chesterfield High Street Awards, explained: “As an essential trader on Chesterfield market, I’ve stood throughout the latest lockdown. The market hasn’t been the same without my fellow traders and I’m eager to see them back and feel the market buzzing again.

“It’s more important than ever that we all support our independent retailers, whether that be in shops or on the market, to make sure that our lovely town bounces out of covid restrictions and moves forward into a better future.”

Steph's Sustainable Stuff

Looking forward to re-opening Laura Jo, Owner of Adorn Jewellers in The Shambles commented: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming our customers back to Adorn when we can. At the moment, we see our lovely shop as the sleeping beauty and we are hoping that when she awakes, people will enjoy visiting again.

“We are very fortunate in Chesterfield to have a fabulous mix of independent shops, bars and restaurants along with some of the bigger familiar high street names. There is no doubt that the world looks different after the pandemic, however the people of Chesterfield are a wonderful community and I have no doubt that our lovely town will continue to thrive with their support.”

Adorn Jewellers

Luke Shah, Director of Huckleberry Willow agreed with Laura Jo saying: “I believe the best thing about independent businesses is that they are run by individual people, which gives us and the other great independent businesses in Chesterfield more character and personality. We have had regular customers for over 40 years, which I hope means our customers have a great shopping experience at Huckleberry Willow.”

Mr Shah, who was the winner of last year’s Home, Gifts and Leisure Retailer of the Year category in the Chesterfield High Street Awards, added: “We are looking forward to welcoming our regular, new and old customers back to the shop.”

Huckleberry Willow

Theresa Goldsmith of The Goldsmith Clinic is also looking forward to welcoming clients back. She said: “Clients have missed us as much as we have missed them. As a business specialising in wellbeing and health we have had to close at a time when, arguably, people needed our services the most. Within minutes of Boris Johnson announcing the road map out of lockdown, my inbox was full of people requesting appointments. The diary is already full and we have everything crossed that the roadmap for the 12th April goes to plan.”

Goldsmith Group

Like many businesses, social media has been used extensively by The Goldsmith Clinic to keep customers engaged and informed during lockdown.

Laura Jo explained how Adorn has been using social media to remain connected with its customers during lockdown: “We’ve been keeping in touch with our sparkly community online through our YouTube channel and with our Friday night live each week on Facebook. We’ve been so happy with the love and support that our customers have shown us throughout this difficult time but we’re very much looking forward to seeing them in person again.”

Emily Lord, owner of Fred’s Haberdashery agreed, adding: “We are looking forward to welcoming customers back into the shop again and hope people will continue to make use of all the shops and services in the town centre.”

Emily bought the long-established business last year and moved to new, larger premises in the town centre just weeks before lockdown. Despite the setback, the business continued to trade using the click and collect service and has since added a new service.

She explained: “There has been one significant change for us during lockdown and we are thrilled to be reopening with the addition of Fred’s Frames, a bespoke picture framing service. I would like to thank all of our customers that have used the Click and Collect service and extend my warm wishes to all of the other town centre businesses as they reopen.”

Fred’s Haberdashery is just one of a number of non-essential retailers that added a Click and Collect service to their offering during the pandemic.

To support non-essential retail and hospitality businesses during lockdown, Destination Chesterfield dedicated a full page on its website to supporting businesses in the sectors by listing details of how shopper could access online shopping, click and collect and delivery services.

A new web page has since been launched to Destination Chesterfield’s website supporting the partial reopening of the hospitality sector. The page – https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/2021/03/top-tips-for-outdoor-dining-and-activities-in-chesterfield/ – gives details of business in the sector who are providing outdoor dining and activities from 12 April.

Junction Bar

Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield commented: “We’re all incredibly excited to welcome shoppers back to the high street and see our town centre thriving once more. Seeing our favourite businesses adapt with online shopping and click and collect services has been inspiring, but shopping in Chesterfield is an experience you just can’t replicate at home.

“We’re encouraging everyone to #LoveChesterfield and support our local high street in what’s such a crucial time for small, local independent businesses – your purchase could make a real difference.”

Neil Johnson, Director – Economic Growth at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “Our local shops and retailers really need our support at the town centre opens again. Spending a few pounds a week with local businesses will make a massive difference to them. Chesterfield is a fantastic place to shop. We pride ourselves on being a friendly town, with many great independent businesses who are ready to welcome everyone back.”

To find out more about shopping in Chesterfield and how you can support local independent businesses, please visit: www.chesterfield.co.uk/wereback

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Conference hears how Chesterfield’s resilience has set the town on a path of swift pandemic recovery

Chesterfield’s resilience in the face of adversity has been borne out by figures shared at today’s (31 March) Celebrate Chesterfield event organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with Addooco IT.

At the virtual conference it was revealed that SMEs are reporting growth in turnover and staff numbers during the pandemic, while estate agents in the borough are achieving up to 103 per cent on asking price with up to eight buyers per property.

Despite the pandemic, more than £1bn of regeneration projects are currently underway in the borough, including the multi-million pound Chesterfield Waterside, Glass Yard, Northern Gateway and PEAK schemes.

Speaking at the conference Dr Huw Bowen, Chief Executive of Chesterfield Borough Council praised the sector’s can-do attitude during the pandemic.

He said: “There is a fantastic landscape of development happening in the town in the middle of the pandemic. I think it says everything about Chesterfield in terms of the ambition of the place and the fact we are not going to just bunker down but actually get on and invest in quality developments right across the town and borough.”

Work has also begun on a McDonalds restaurant and drive-thru on the site of a long-derelict former multi-storey car park at West Bars. Sixty-five jobs will be created when the fast-food giant opens at the location later this year.

Most recently, Staveley received £25.2million from the Government’s Town Deal programme. It is being billed as one of the largest economic programmes in the borough in recent history.

Speaking at the conference Ivan Fomin, Chair of Staveley Town Deal Board, said: “We want Staveley to become a place to start, to stay and grow to deliver inclusive growth opportunities for the people of Staveley over the next five years.”

While 1,100 Chesterfield businesses temporarily closed during the latest lockdown, Dr Bowen is optimistic they will re-open and access the support and grants the Council has put in place to enable them to re-start. Nearly £60million in business rates relief and grants has been distributed by Chesterfield Borough Council to businesses during the pandemic.

“Our first priority is to support existing businesses to survive and restart,” added Dr Bowen.

Marketing the town, he said, was critical to the council’s Economic Recovery Plan post pandemic and praised the work of Destination Chesterfield in its work to attract inward investment.

He added: “We want people to relocate and start up in business here, so we are working closely with other Derbyshire councils and the East Midlands Chamber to make available start-up funding to encourage entrepreneurs to the town and borough.”

Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield welcomed Dr Bowen’s comments saying: “Chesterfield has proved time and time again that it is a resilient and strong town which consistently performs well in the face of adversity.

“During the pandemic we have seen major projects start to come out of the ground which is testimony to our forward-thinking council and a key reason why investors from outside the area are keen to do business with us on major projects like PEAK, Waterside and HS2.

“Twelve months ago our annual Celebrate Chesterfield event looked to be anything but a celebration. However, we have attracted investment, jobs have been created and a plan is in place to ensure not only that we recover quickly from the pandemic but that we are stronger because of it. There is much to celebrate now and for the future of Chesterfield.”

In addition to Dr Bowen, speakers at the annual free event also included Andy Dabbs and Jillian Mitchell the Chair and Vice Chair respectively of the newly formed Property and Construction Group, which is organised by Destination Chesterfield and was launched at Celebrate Chesterfield 21

The group brings together leaders from the area’s property and construction sectors to shape and drive forward collaboration, investment, sustainability and skills within Chesterfield.

Celebrate Chesterfield 2021 was sponsored by University of Derby, Whittam Cox Architects and Markham Vale – Derbyshire’s flagship regeneration scheme, who joined headline sponsor Addooco IT.

Richard Walters, owner of Chesterfield technology specialist Addooco IT Ltd, commented: “The concept of ‘Celebrating Chesterfield’ really resonates with me as there is such a rich history of innovation here. Having identified early in 2020 how challenging the next 12 months and beyond would likely become we accelerated our investment plans to help minimise the impact of the situation, whilst creating four new job roles to help cope with demand. This ensured ample capacity and performance for our existing clients and those who we’ve welcomed to Addooco over the last year.”

If you were unable to attend the live Celebrate Chesterfield 2021 event, the presentations are available to watch via the online platform until 14 April. For free access to the platform please contact mollie.brown@chesterfield.co.uk.

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