Successful year for Markham Vale

Developers are celebrating following an unprecedented year of activity at one of Chesterfield’s most prominent development sites.

Henry Boot Developments appointed six different contractors to build at the Markham Vale business park in 2014 as well as announcing speculative building proposals and five major deals.

The site has now commissioned a total of £30 million in construction projects on the 200 acre business park.

Edward Hutchinson from Henry Boot Developments said:-

“Markham Vale is an attractive location for a variety of occupiers which includes specialist distributors and manufacturers and supporting retail and offices requirements.

“The design and specification requirements for each plot vary greatly and it has proved successful for us to appoint contractors able to deliver the most competitive solution for specific occupier requirements.

In the last year Henry Boot has secured deals with Ready Egg Products for a new 34,700 sq. ft food processing plant, Holdsworth Foods 17,900 sq. ft cold store and Euro Garages complete with Shell petrol station with HGV facilities, a SPAR convenience store, Subway, Greggs and a Starbucks drive-through. It also completed work on site to deliver a new Marstons public house. In the autumn it secured Gould Alloys for a 50,000 sq. ft design and build requirement and agreed terms with inspirepac to build a significant new 100,250 sq ft  production facility

Further deals are in negotiations which could see the East site at full occupation and allow Henry Boot Developments to bring forward plans for development of 80 acres on Markham Vale North.

Source:Henry Boot Developments via frenchpr

Posted in Business, Development

£400m Peak Resort development announced by Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron announced Peak Resort, a £400m leisure development near Chesterfield, which will create 1,300 jobs.

The all-weather leisure, health, sport and education destination will be located on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

The tourism development, which will bring more than 1,300 jobs to Chesterfield has been welcomed as a further sign of the borough’s economic strength.

Chesterfield Borough Council and Destination Chesterfield, the town’s marketing campaign, both say the news that the Peak Resort project will soon get underway shows the private sector’s confidence about investing in the borough.

News about the start of work on the integrated all-weather, year round leisure, health, sport and education destination will be formally announced by the Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to America.

Plans for the project – which is in the Chesterfield borough on the reclaimed opencast mining site, close to the Birchall Estate at Unstone, have been years in the making. It brings together leading hospitality, university, sport and medical expertise and will have 600 holiday apartments, hotel and hostel units with 250 woodland lodges.

Councillor John Burrows, Leader and Executive Member for Regeneration at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “This is a fantastic boost to Chesterfield and its economy and another sign of the confidence the business community has about investing in our borough.

“I congratulate the developer Rupert Carr for his determination and hard work to make this happen. I also thank the council’s planning and economic development teams who have worked closely with him and his company over many years to make this project a reality.

“The development will provide 1,300 jobs when it opens, and hundreds more during the construction phase, so the opportunities for local people to get new jobs will be tremendous.

“And once completed the venue will bring thousands of extra visitors to our borough, improving Chesterfield’s tourism offer, with the knock-on benefits that this gives to our local shops and facilities.”

The move has also received the backing of Destination Chesterfield, the town’s marketing campaign.

Chair, Peter Swallow said: “The benefits of Chesterfield’s proximity to the Peak District National Park will be fully realised with the announcement of Peak Resort.

“The investment by the US firm Grand Heritage Hotel Group will put the town on the international map and I am confident Chesterfield will reap the domino effect of this investment far beyond the construction phase.

“Residents, retailers and developers in the area have an excellent opportunity now to capitalise on Peak Resort ahead of its opening and make Chesterfield the best it can be to ensure a positive lasting impression for all visitors.”

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the East Midlands Chamber, which represents businesses in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, said: “This is fantastic news and will totally transform both the economy and the tourism offer of Chesterfield and the Peak District.

“This scheme has been in development for many years, so it’s great to see it has finally secured the funding to bring it to fruition, along with the green light to make it happen.”

“The visitor economy, particularly in this part of the region, is a key driver of economic growth and this new development will further enhance the offering, draw more visitors to the area and make Chesterfield and the Peak District an even stronger proposition for potential investors.”

A new regeneration investment organisation, bringing together the two investors – Birchall Properties, led by Rupert Carr, and the US owned Grand Heritage Hotel Group – will be created to lead the project.

Work will start on site between March and April.

Read more about the Peak Resort development

The Peak Resort Masterplan by Stanton Williams (Retina Images)

Posted in About Chesterfield, Business, Celebrate Chesterfield, Development, Leisure, Visiting

Grants awarded to support Chesterfield athletes

Some of the best young talent in the Chesterfield Borough have been handed a share of £2,250 in grants from business network ICON to help them chase their sporting dreams.

The chosen 15 athletes have been selected to receive a grant of up to £250 each, which they can use to help meet costs such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.

All of the athletes are tipped for further success in their respective sports, and are either already competing for England or Great Britain or are part of recognised national development squads or club academy structures.

Chesterfield Borough Council will also provide each with free access to its leisure facilities to further help them with their training.

The selected athletes are ice hockey players: Jake Aspley, Ryan Aspley and Ameliah Such, table tennis players: Isobel Ashley and Liam Pitchford, track and field siblings: Alicia and Ella Barrett, golfers: Jamie Boler and George Woolgar, fencers: Jayne Crook and Hannah Lawrence, tennis player, Bradley Buckland, squash player, Ashley Davies, diver, Bron Jenkinson and swimmer, Imogen Morris.

Cllr Amanda Serjeant, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at Chesterfield Borough Council met 10 of the athletes to congratulate them during a presentation at the cricket pavilion in Queen’s Park, Chesterfield on Tuesday, January 13, along with Hayley Lever, Director of Derbyshire Sport which organises the ICON programme, Mark Tournier of the Chesterfield School Sport Partnership and Cllr Jean Innes of Derbyshire County Council.

“We all took great delight in the success of our sporting stars at London 2012 and again at the Commonwealth Games last year and it’s important that, through initiatives like these, we support those legacies in our communities,” said Cllr Serjeant.

Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council are among 10 local authorities across the county who are members of business network ICON, which was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of the work to create a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Games in Derbyshire.

Other members of the programme include Destination Chesterfield and Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Further details about the selected athletes are available

Source:Derbyshire Sport

Posted in Business, Celebrate Chesterfield

Chatsworth to turn dream weddings into reality

Couples can begin their happy ever after with a helping hand from Chatsworth this February as its annual wedding fair returns, with over 40 new and exciting suppliers showcasing their services.

The fair, which has proven to be a popular choice amongst prospective brides and grooms, promises to be bigger and better than ever before with a wider selection of influential partners and suppliers exhibiting at one of the most romantic venues in the country.

As well as giving couples the chance to talk to Chatsworth’s expert events team, the fair will also be used to launch its new marquee wedding, working in partnership with local company Pemberley Marquees.

Kay Rotchford, Wedding and Event Manager for Chatsworth, said: “We are extremely lucky to work with some really fantastic suppliers and Chatsworth provides the perfect setting for them to show just what they can do.

“The wedding fair is always a really exciting event and gives couples the opportunity to come along, meet the wedding team and chat through all their ideas for a perfect day.”

Chatsworth’s award-winning chefs will be on-hand to discuss a range of catering options and will deliver a selection of mouthwatering dishes from the wedding breakfast for guests to try. The food tasting event will take place in the Burlington Room over three sessions, 11am, 1pm and 3pm but will be ticket entry only.

The wedding Fair runs from 10am to 4pm and guests will receive a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival. For more information about weddings at Chatsworth, visit

Source:Chatsworth via Redbrick Communications Ltd

Posted in Business, Visiting

The hunt is on to find Derbyshire’s most active workplace

Employees across Chesterfield and Derbyshire are being encouraged to log sport and exercise online and compete for prizes in an eight week challenge designed to motivate people to stay fit and healthy in 2015.

Open to everyone, the competition has already attracted nearly 400 participants from over 30 different organisations across Derbyshire.

The ‘My Team 2015’ electronic leaderboards went live on Monday January 5, as workers returned following the festive break, but there’s still time to sign up, back date your activity and continue to battle it out for the top slot.

This year individuals have access to the Workplace Challenge’s online activity logger as well as the new iPhone app, making it even easier to record and monitor their achievements alongside those of friends, colleagues and other workplaces.

A team and social approach to exercise is something Derbyshire Sport will be strongly encouraging throughout 2015 using both social media and events to inspire workers to join up with colleagues to get active.

Andrea Stone, Sport Development Manager from Derbyshire Sport, said:
“With everyone returning to work with great intentions for the year ahead, January is the perfect time to come together with colleagues and introduce some healthy habits into your working week.

“However, our ambitions for ‘My Team 2015’ in Derbyshire go far beyond simply supporting New Year’s resolutions; it’s about introducing lasting healthy habits into the working week.

“The support and social banter of exercising with colleagues is a great way to not only make getting active more enjoyable, but also to push yourself to remain committed to your healthy goals.”

For more information and to register to take part in ‘My Team 2015’ for free, log on to

Source:Derbyshire Sport

Posted in Business

Cathelco supplies corrosion protection for Russian sector

Cathelco is supplying corrosion protection systems for the second stage of the Filanovsky project in the Caspian Sea, where Lukoil is extracting oil and gas in Russia.

The impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) systems have been designed to operate in the extreme conditions of the Filanovsky field, where sea ice is often experienced for more than 150 days of the year.

One of the systems will protect the foundations of an ice-resistant stationary platform No 2 (IRP-2) which will be used to drill 15 directional wells with horizontal borehole completions, comprising nine production wells and six injectors.

The other ICCP system is being supplied for a second accommodation unit No. 2 (LQP-2) which will house 55 people and include a helicopter pad.

The new orders follow the successful installation of ICCP systems on three of the original Filanovsky platforms when Cathelco supplied equipment for a riser platform (RB1), an accommodation unit (PGM-1) and an ice resistant fixed platform (IRFP-1).

“We are delighted to have been awarded further contracts for the Filanovsky project on the strength of our past performance and the ability to design equipment which will operate in the harsh environmental conditions of the Caspian Sea”, said Aneel Mumtaz, a senior corrosion engineer at Cathelco.

The main factors in the design of the system are that the anodes have to be ice resistant, capable of being changed by a diver and easily integrated with the structural arrangement of the platform.

“The ICCP systems have the capability to meet the corrosion protection requirements of the structure for 35 years,” Mr Mumtaz explained.

To achieve the necessary wear resistance, the current-emitting faces of the anodes are made from mixed metal oxide (MMO) and have a thickness three or four times greater than conventional anodes.

Another important consideration is the low salinity of the Caspian Sea, which creates a higher seawater resistivity. This requires a higher driving voltage for the anodes in order to achieve the required level of corrosion protection.

When the ICCP system is in operation, the reference electrodes measure the electrical potential at the hull/seawater interface and send a signal to the control panel which automatically raises or lowers the output to the anodes. In this way, the structure receives the optimum level of corrosion protection at all times.

“Cathelco have amassed a considerable amount of experience in the design of ice class ICCP systems for vessels and platforms operating in Arctic conditions.”

The orders for the ICCP systems have been received via Marine Bridge and Navigation Systems, Cathelco’s well established Russian agent based in St Petersburg.

Source:Cathelco via East Midlands Chamber

Posted in Business

Recognition for Chamber’s efforts to close employability gap

The work East Midlands Chamber does to help create closer links between business and education has been praised by Government.



The Chamber’s Schools Forum, established to promote better engagement between education sector and the private sector, has been highlighted in a report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which looks at the relationship between employers, schools and the National Careers Service (NCS).


The research paper, written by former National Careers Council Chair Dr Deidre Hughes, examines the role of the service in helping employers to work with schools, to the benefit of individuals and businesses.


It holds the Schools Forum up as an example of best practice of schools and businesses working together, stating: “An important element of the forum is to provide information on labour market intelligence relating to area of economic growth and employment opportunities in the region.


“This has been provided by the Local Enterprise Partnership, local authorities, employment and Skills Boards and from research undertaken at local universities.


“The aim of this is to ensure that curriculum development and careers advice is not disjointed and removed from the realities of the needs of local employers.”


East Midlands Chamber, which represents businesses across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, has worked closely with the Department for Education, Ofsted and the Local Enterprise Partnerships for the three counties on a host of skills-related initiatives over the past two years.


And in its recently launched 2015 election business manifesto, it has called for measures to incorporate employment outcomes in secondary school assessments, ensure work experience is embedded into education, champion vocational options in education and ensure there is a clear link between the curriculum and the demands of the local labour market.


Chris Hobson, the Chamber’s Head of Information and Representation, said: “Members frequently tell us that skills shortages are among the biggest problems they face when it comes to recruitment, which is why the Chamber has been working hard to improve the employability skills of school-leavers and young people.


“The work that has been done is an important part of correcting the skills shortages both in the short and longer term. In the short term, it’s vital the Chamber works with others to ensure people in work and those looking for jobs are equipped with the skills to succeed.



“It is gratifying that the hard work has been recognised but while progress has been made there is still more to do on this agenda to help ensure that all young people have the skills, attributes and attitudes employers demand.”

Source:East Midlands Chamber

Posted in About Chesterfield, Business

One-of-a-kind bike arrives at Autoworld

Autoworld in Chesterfield has this week taken delivery of a unique Triumph motorcycle.   As well as sporting the very distinct vin 666666, the Rocker111 Roadster also boasts custom paint execution across the tank and body work and a series of red demon images under the lacquer.

The exclusive opportunity to host this very special machine was won by the dedicated team at Autoworld after their marketing plan was declared the best in the country by senior managers at Triumph Motorbikes in Leicester.

Tony Cordin, Director at Autoworld said “I am proud of the marketing staff and their achievement; it’s down to their hard work that we now have this very special bike in our showroom.”

Bruno Tagliaferri, Sales Manager at Triumph Motorcycles said:-

“Triumphworld Chesterfield were without question the undisputed winners for the quality and depth of their presentation, including launch activity, media coverage, You Tube, and some excellent display positioning in the region. We look forward to seeing their local campaign materialising.

“The Rocket has not only been  the Triumph factory’s flagship model since its launch 10 years ago, but still remains the world’s largest production motorcycle. As a result we were keen to send it to the dealer with the most comprehensive marketing campaign.”

The bike is now available to view in the Triumphworld showroom on Brimington Road North at Autoworld and a teaser video is also available to view below.


Posted in Business

Mayor opens new home for three of Chesterfield’s small businesses

The Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf, took time out of his busy schedule on Small Business Saturday (6 December) to officially open the new home of three small businesses – StraightCurves, In the Works PR and eBusiness Works – who have all relocated to 104 Saltergate.

The four storey building, situated opposite the former home of Chesterfield Football Club, was purchased by StraightCurves earlier this year after the business outgrew its previous home in the Market Hall.

Following a Global Derbyshire Grant, the building was completely refurbished to be fully accessible and to create office space for two other small businesses – In the Works PR and eBusiness Works – who have moved into the top floor of the building.

The move into larger premises has also enabled StraightCurves, a small business delivering art and craft courses and workshops to both children and adults, to create a new full-time job.

During the opening the Mayor and Mayoress were given a tour of the building which includes three large studios dedicated to crafts, including a special space for children’s parties, kids crafting workshops and after school clubs, a brand new kitchen and disabled toilet facilities across two floors. They also met with a number of local artists, designers and craftspeople who use the space at StraightCurves to deliver craft workshops to the public.

Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Alexis Diouf said: “It has been great to visit on the opening day. We wish you all success, and hope to visit again soon.”

Karen Rogers, owner of StraightCurves said: “We were thrilled that the Mayor was able to officially open our new home on Saltergate. It was so fitting that our official opening was on Small Business Saturday, which is all about supporting, inspiring and promoting small businesses, as it just embodies the spirit of the companies based in our new home.  We’re all thrilled with the new premises and excited about the opportunities that it offers.”

Anna Melton, Director of In the Works PR said: “We’re delighted with our new home, the building’s lovely to work in and a great place to welcome clients too. Having just won Business Idea of the Year for eBusiness Works at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards, our plans for expansion are moving forward quickly and our new office space allows us to do that.”

Following the official opening by the Mayor, StraightCurves continued their celebration of Small Business Saturday by hosting an Open Day which featured a craft fair with stalls from lots of small crafty Chesterfield-based businesses selling everything from cards, to original artworks, jewellery and ceramics.


Posted in About Chesterfield, Business

Local manufacturer breaks another world record

United Cast Bar has once again taken the lead in the manufacturing industry by increasing its already large portfolio of sizes.

On Wednesday 3rd December the Chesterfield-based firm broke yet another world record by successfully producing a 680mm diameter bar using the continous casting method.  Much of the bar, which weighs more than 150 tonne, has already been preordered.

James Brand, Managing Director of the United Cast Bar (UK) facility said,

“Once again we have continued to push the boundaries of achievement and what is capable within continuous cast iron bar production. The team has worked very hard, making great quality bar with incredible dimensional control and quality. We are very proud of this ground breaking achievement.”

United Cast Bar (UK) is the only company in its global market place to attempt this scale of production. The bar will be used in many industrial applications, particularly hydraulic and fluid power.

A European producer of continuously cast iron bar, the firm has production sites in the UK and Spain, a wholly-owned distribution network across Europe and a site in South Korea.

Source:United Cast Bar

Posted in Business, Made in Chesterfield

Town’s top firms rewarded at Derbyshire Times Business Awards

Chesterfield’s best firms were in the spotlight at last week’s Derbyshire Times’ Business Awards in association with Destination Chesterfield.

An impressive 15 categories were claimed locally at the glittering black tie event, hosted at the Proact Stadium by BBC Look North presenter, Claire Frisby.

The ultimate Business of the Year accolade went to United Cast Bar, a manufacturer based on Spital Lane, which also received the award for Excellence in Manufacturing.

James Brand, Director at the firm said: “It’s an absolute honour to have won.  I’d like to say a massive thank you to our dedicated team for all of their hard work over the years. Of course I’d like to thank our loyal clients. It’s humbling to be recognised for our achievements locally, and when up against such great businesses the accolade is even more rewarding.”

The New Business of the Year award went to innovative firm, NuWorld Energy, which specialises in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.  Describing the win as a privilege, Director, Mark Pymm said:-

“It just shows that the blood, sweat and tears endured during the first year of a new business is all worth it in the end. If it wasn’t for the support of the local business community, colleagues, friends and family, we would not be in this position and I look forward to building on this achievement with our growing team and being there again next year.”

Also honoured on the night was Casa Hotel which received the Customer Service award and Northern Tea Merchants which claimed Retailer of the Year.

Taking home the Community Contribution award for the second year running was Franke Sissons and both the Lifetime Achievement and Apprentice of the Year awards were won by Central Technology.

Organiser and Derbyshire Times Editor Graeme Huston said:-

“It’s fantastic to have everyone from our proud business community come together to celebrate their achievements in 2014.

“All the many entries were worthy of praise and our judging panel deliberated long and hard to find this year’s winners and we wish them and everyone else the best of luck for 2015.”


The full list of winners include:-

  • Business of the year: United Cast Bar
  • Small business of the year: Creativity Sells
  • New business of the year: NuWorld Energy
  • Apprentice of the year: Jamie Ridgeway, Central Technology
  • Young business person of the year: Hayley Gillbard
  • Business personality of the year: Mark Lord, Aztec Oils
  • Entrepreneur of the year: Robert Carlin
  • Team of the year: Auto Windscreens
  • Business idea of the year: In The Works PR
  • Retailer of the year: Northern Tea Merchants
  • Community contribution of the year: Franke Sissons
  • Employer of the year award: Auto Windscreens
  • Lifetime achievement award: Ian Snow, Central Technology
  • Customer service award: Casa Hotel
  • Creative innovation award: VHS Group
  • Environment Award: Carbon Low
  • Excellence in professional services: Barber Harrison and Platt
  • Excellence in Manufacturing: United Cast Bar

Photographs from the event can be seen in this week’s Derbyshire Times.

Source:Derbyshire Times

Posted in Business, Celebrate Chesterfield

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