Chesterfield Retail Awards

Retail and leisure developments approved for Spire Walk

Chesterfield Borough Council have approved plans for a new outdoor and camping store and gym to be developed at Spire Walk in Chesterfield.

The approved proposals include the reconfiguration of the existing units next to Toys’r’us to create a 3700 sq. feet retail unit and a 2,800 sq. feet gym.  The interested occupiers named in the planning application are Go Outdoors and Xercise4less

Once occupied this will fill the remaining retail units available at Spire Walk.

Spire Walk Chesterfield

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New retailer opens on Chatsworth Road

Cockayne’s Gift Emporium has recently opened on Chatsworth Road.

The new shop is all about local, home made, hand made products with 26 stockist in total from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire including items such as clocks, jewellery, art, clothing and furniture.

Opened by local artist Matt Cockayne, who runs Goo Design which creates unique art of local places in and around Sheffield and recently created the Henderson’s Relish Elephant for the Herd of Sheffield which sold for £11,300.

All the  fixtures and fittings were bought from Ashgate Hospice and they donated nearly £1000 in total as they wanted to support a local charity.

Matt said “I’m hoping to get my art recognised in Chesterfield as it has in Sheffield and thought the best way to do this was to open a shop as I have lived here for 7 years now and settled into town life.”

“Cockayne’s is all about making shopping an experience rather than a chore, all our stock is home made by local people and you can enjoy a hot drink and some homemade cake while you browse what’s on offer from a large selection of stockist.”

goo

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Finalists announced in 2016 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards

Cocina at Casa Hotel is hoping to retain its prestigious Restaurant of the Year title for a second year running in the 2016 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards. The 2 Rosette, 4-star restaurant is joined by 27 other eateries, food producers, pubs and bars who have all been shortlisted across 12 categories in the annual awards.

As well as Cocina, three winners from last year’s awards – H&F Vintage Tearooms, The Proact Stadium and the Red Lion Bar and Bistro, are hoping to retain their titles for a second year running.

Two other restaurants – The Manor at Brampton and Delhi 41 – are also hoping to retain their Family Friendly and Best International Restaurant titles respectively for a third year running.

Now in its fourth year, the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards are more popular than ever before. This year, six new establishments have been shortlisted in the competition, including Einstein’s, The Craft Burger Company and The Lilypad, who will fight it out for the Best Newcomer of the Year title.

The Rose & Crown at Brampton, Chandlers and Harry Ramsdens at the Wingerworth are also first time finalists this year.

Organisers Destination Chesterfield, in association with Chesterfield College, had hundreds of nominations from the general public who put forward their favourites across the 12 categories in the popular awards. The nominated restaurants, cafes and bars will be mystery shopped and taste-tested by a panel of judges over the summer and the winner of each category will be revealed later this year.

The winners will be announced by celebrity chef and couture cake maker to royalty and the stars, Mich Turner MBE at a glittering award ceremony which is being held at Chesterfield College’s Heart Space Building on Wednesday 26 October 2016.

Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield Manager said: “This year we’ve had more nominations than previous years and also more businesses put forward for the awards, which is testament to Chesterfield’s food and drink scene.

“Every shortlisted business can count themselves as one of the best in Chesterfield. Everyone has their own favourites, however there can be only one winner. Unfortunately, we can’t reveal that until the award ceremony. It’s going to be a tense few months for the people and businesses that have all been shortlisted.”

The finalists in each category are:

Restaurant of the Year –sponsored by Chesterfield Borough Council
Blu Bistro and Coffee House
Calabria
Cocina at Casa Hotel

Café and Tea Room of the Year – sponsored by Kier
Stephenson’s Coffee Shop
H&F Vintage Tearooms
Northern Tea Merchants

Gastro Pub of the Year – sponsored by Arvato
The Tickled Trout
Red Lion Bar and Bistro
Chandlers

Pub/Bar of the Year – sponsored by Custom Solar
Barca Bar
The Market Pub
Rose and Crown – Brampton

Chesterfield’s Best Newcomer – sponsored by Barber Harrison Platt
Einstein’s
The Craft Burger Company
The Lilypad

Best Customer Service – sponsored by East Midlands Chamber
Chandlers
H&F Vintage Tearooms
Cocina at Casa Hotel

Best Out of Town – presented by Chesterfield College
The Tickled Trout
The Red Lion Bar and Bistro
Stones

Chesterfield Food Producer of the Year – sponsored by Casa Hotel
Lambs Cupcakes
Liza Bakes
Teresa Lambarelli

Young Chef of the Year – sponsored by The Parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints
Jordan Elliott
Josh Clark
Sophie Warren

International Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by MSE Hiller
Delhi 41
O-Tokuda
Indian Blues

Family Friendly – sponsored by Jumble Design
Chesters
Harry Ramsdens at The Wingerworth
The Manor at Brampton

Conference and Banqueting – sponsored by Mitchells Chartered Accountants and
Business Advisers
Casa Hotel
Peak Edge Hotel
Proact Stadium

A further award Food Hero, which is sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors, will also be announced at the awards ceremony. The Food Hero award is presented to a local business or individual who has made an impact on the local food scene.

Other supporters of the awards include the Derbyshire Times, Peak FM, Holdsworth Foods, Central Technology Ltd, ra Information Systems, Black Eyed Susan and Reflections.

More information about the 2016 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 

Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2015 with Theo Randall.

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Green + Benz scoop coveted Chesterfield Retailer of the Year title

Four retailers retain titles in 2016 awards

Only six months after opening its new flagship store, Green + Benz has scooped the coveted title of Retailer of the Year, Sponsored by East Midlands Chamber at the 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards.

Green + Benz was among 14 Chesterfield retailers to scoop one of 18 prestigious awards, which are organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with The Chesterfield College Group.

The awards which returned for the third year running were the biggest yet and saw four retailers – Adorn Jewellers, R P Davidson Cheese Factor, Libby’s and Debenhams, retain their 2015 titles.

As well as Retailer of the Year, Green + Benz also took the title of Best New Store following the relocation of its Chesterfield store on Glumangate to 120sqm of premium retail space on South Street in December last year.

The increased space means Green + Benz can accommodate an open shop floor, a private viewing room and a workshop for bespoke commissions. Inside, the store boasts luxurious leather and velvet upholstery, glittering chandeliers and individual branded display bays which are framed by polished chrome edge details and numerous mirrors, which all adds to the overall sense of glamour of the store. Figures for Green + Benz showed a 68% overall growth in prior year sales results in December 2015 following the opening of the new store.

Manager of the Chesterfield store, Abi Noakes was presented with both awards at the sell-out award ceremony, which was held at the town’s Winding Wheel venue and hosted by Peak FM breakfast show presenters Cat and Stu.

Abi said: “We’re so overwhelmed and very proud and happy to receive the awards. It means so much that the awards have come from Chesterfield and everybody in Chesterfield. We really try and strive to make our clients ultra-happy and give them the best service that we can.”

Peter Swallow, Chairman of Destination Chesterfield said: “Once again the retail awards were a huge success and highlighted how strong Chesterfield’s retail scene is. The town has an excellent mix of independent and high street retailers as well as an historic market and a key reason why so many people, locally and nationally, visit each year. It’s a winning mix that consistently sees Chesterfield buck the trend for shop vacancy rates, contributing significantly to our growing economy.”

Discover all the winners of the 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards 

Chesterfield Retail Awards 2016

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Celebrity host of 2016 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards confirmed

Professional cake designer to the stars, Mich Turner MBE, has been confirmed as the celebrity host of this year’s Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards.

Founder and director of London-based Little Venice Cake Company, Mich has created cakes for Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Gordon Ramsay, David Beckham and Pierce Brosnan. Her bespoke cakes start from £2500.

As well as her high profile cakes that have been featured in films,  Mich has also presented and judged Britain’s Best Bakery, one of the top five performing daytime TV shows on ITV, as well as her own Mich Turner’s Couture Cakes for Sky. In addition to her TV credits, Mich also has five international best-selling books to her name.

Delighted to be hosting the 2016 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards Mich Turner said: “I am a firm believer in using quality ingredients whether you’re creating indulgent cakes or a memorable meal. A cake, like any food or drink, should be a feast for the eyes and a memory for the palate. 

“Chesterfield has a thriving food and drink sector we all have our own personal favourites. It will be wonderful to see so many businesses and individuals within the sector recognised at the awards.”

Mich will be announcing the winners of 13 awards at a glittering award ceremony which will, once again, be held in Chesterfield College’s Heart Space building.  The popular awards return for the fourth year running and are organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with Chesterfield College.

The winners of the Chesterfield Food and Drink awards are decided following a public nomination. People can nominate cafes, bars, restaurants, pubs and food producers online across 10 categories in the awards until midnight on Monday 13 June at www.chesterfield.co.uk/foodanddrinkawards

The 10 categories in which you can nominate in the 2016 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards include:

  • Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Chesterfield Borough Council
  • Café/Tea Room of the Year – sponsored by Kier
  • Gastro Pub of the Year – sponsored by arvato
  • Pub / Bar of the Year – sponsored by Custom Solar
  • Best Newcomer – sponsored by BHP Accountants
  • Best Customer Service – sponsored by East Midlands Chamber
  • Best Out of Town (within 10 miles of Chesterfield) – presented by Chesterfield College
  • Chesterfield Food Producer – sponsored by Casa Hotel
  • International Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by MSE Hiller
  • Family Friendly Award – sponsored by Jumble Design

Other supporters of the awards include the Derbyshire Times, Peak FM, Holdsworth Foods, Banner Jones, the Crooked Spire Church, Mitchells Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Central Technology Ltd, ra Information Systems, Black Eyed Susan and Reflections.

Food and Drink A6 Card 16

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Chesterfield Retail Awards 2016 Finalists Revealed

Eight retailers are set to defend nine titles at this year’s 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards. They join a total of 36 of the town’s retailers who have been shortlisted across 17 categories in the prestigious awards organised by Destination Chesterfield.

Last year’s winner of the coveted Retailer of the Year title, Ibbotson’s Fresh Quality Produce, has been shortlisted for the second year running in the Market Trader of the Year category, which it also won last year. Fellow double award winner last year, Adorn Jewellers, which is based in The Shambles, is also hoping to retain its titles of Jewellery and Accessories Retailer of the Year and Excellence in Customer Service in 2016.

As well as the eight returning finalists, 18  retailers have been shortlisted for the first time ever in their Retail Awards categories. The Awards return for the third year running and recognise the very best independent and high street retailers and market traders in Chesterfield. Three businesses have been shortlisted in each category but only one can win.

Organised in association with Chesterfield College, the winners will be announced on Wednesday 25 May by the new Peak FM breakfast duo Stu and Cat at a special award ceremony held at Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel.

The breakfast duo commented: “It’s a real honour for us to present the awards. We love the fact that all the shortlisted businesses have been nominated by shoppers. We’re both really new to the area and are working and living in Chesterfield so have seen for ourselves what a great retail scene the town has and a supportive community behind it.”

The winners of each category will also fight it out for the prestigious Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by East Midlands Chamber. A further two award winners will also be announced at the ceremony; winners of The Pavements Shopping Centre and Vicar Lane Shopping Centre Retailer of the Year Awards.

Discover the full list of finalists for the Chesterfield Retail Awards 2016

Chesterfield Retail Awards Ceremony

 

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Hosts for Chesterfield Retail Awards 2016 Announced

Peak FM breakfast show presenters, Stu Haycock and Catherine Kilvington have been confirmed as the hosts of the 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards.

The  pair will host the glittering award ceremony, which will honour the town’s very best jewellers, independent stores, food and drink retailers, and multiple retailers at Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel on Wednesday 25th May 2016.

The awards are organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with the Chesterfield College Group.

More than 170 businesses have been nominated across 14 award categories, and the shortlist will be announced by the pair on the Peak FM Breakfast Show on Wednesday 20th April 2016.

Destination Chesterfield Manager Dominic Stevens said: “We’re delighted Stu and Cat have agreed to host the awards ceremony and I’m sure they will make the 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards ceremony a memorable event.”

For more information about the 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards visit http://www.chesterfield.co.uk/retailawards or follow on Twitter using the hashtag #retailawards16.

peak fm

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Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre scoops bronze

The team at Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre is celebrating after bringing home a bronze award from the prestigious England for Excellence Awards 2016 held in Blackpool earlier this month.

Run by Chesterfield Borough Council, it is the second time in two years that the centre has been shortlisted in the Visitor Information Provider of the Year category.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: “Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre provides an efficient and friendly service to the thousands of people who visit the town centre each year and for our residents.

“Whether it’s giving information about attractions and events in the borough or the wider area of Derbyshire and the Peak District or selling tickets to our theatres, our staff go the extra mile.

“We have lots of positive feedback from people who use the service and I’m proud that we have received bronze in the England for Excellence Awards this year.”

Commenting on the Award, Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and VisitEngland said “We received hundreds of applications this year of an extremely high standard.

“Winning a Bronze Award is a considerable achievement, especially against such tough competition.

“Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre is now ranked as one of the top three businesses in their category for excellence in England and I warmly congratulate them on this achievement”.

Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 6pm.

The team at Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre is celebrating after bringing home a bronze award from the prestigious England for Excellence Awards

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Successful Opening for new Designer Menswear Store

Local lads from Chesterfield have secured a place in UK fashion history this month when they opened their new designer store doors last weekend on Chesterfields high street, becoming the only stockist outside of London to sell famous fashion designer Joshua Kane tailoring.

The Chesterfield-born brothers, George and Joe Ward, have been rubbing shoulders with some of the most famous fashion brands to secure this exclusive contract, as well as several other fashion designers including Hackett, 7 for all Mankind and local clothing manufacturers Smedley’s, who will be providing their excellent range of casual t-shirts, cardigans and jumpers – all made just down the road.

Our little medieval town has a lot going for it, from our famous spire attracting tourists to our booming nightlife and shopping – being ‘born and bred’ here, there was no better location for our new store than the town centre. We named the store ‘Weekend Menswear’, after all it has everything a guy needs, ready for the weekend or night on the town” says George.

Our opening last weekend was a fantastic success, we met hundreds of local people and some even travelling from further afield to come celebrate with us and take a look at our ranges; we were surprised how much we sold just on opening weekend – this clearly shows a desire for men of Chesterfield and surrounding areas to look good, which reiterates we’ve pitched the business at the right point and market

London is well renowned as the most fashionable city in the world – yet, with the launch of Weekend Menswear in Chesterfield, that title could be up for the taking…

JK Display

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New Designer Store to Open In Chesterfield

Local lads from Chesterfield have secured a place in UK fashion history this month, as they launch a unique men’s designer shop in Chesterfield town centre – securing an exclusive stockist, the only store outside of London.

The Chesterfield-born brothers, George and Joe Ward, have always had a passion for business, having worked for their dad’s retail company since childhood. George studied business at local Chesterfield College and both have always had a passion for fashion, so when the opportunity arose they jumped at the opportunity to start their own venture.

The boys’ local work ethic has secured them some of the UK’s most recognised fashion designer contracts, with none other than upcoming tailored suit designer, Joshua Kane.

Joshua Kane is well-known throughout Europe for his unique tailored styles, famously popular within sportsmen such as footballers and fashion conscious celebrities, with the likes of Dougie Poynter, model Oxford Neilsen and Portuguese football pro Raul Meireles. Shoppers have known to travel as far as Paris and Spain to his London store to shop!

Other stockists include Hackett, 7 for all Mankind and local clothing manufacturers Smedley’s, who will be providing their excellent range of casual t-shirts, cardigans and jumpers – all made just down the road.

The shop, appropriately named ‘Weekend Menswear’ after all it has everything a guy can need ready for the weekend – will open on the 18th March with a fun-packed weekend launch – at Stephenson Place, Town Centre in Chesterfield. To celebrate the opening, Weekend Menswear are offering  10% discount off all casual wear over the opening weekend.

Weekend Menswear

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Last chance to nominate in the Chesterfield Retail Awards

Don’t let your favourite retailer go unnoticed. Time is running out to nominate your favourite shop or store in the town in the third annual Chesterfield Retail Awards.

Nominations for the popular awards, which are organised by Destination Chesterfield, close on Sunday 6 March 2016.

Retailers, including the best national high street stores and owner managed shops can be nominated across 14 different categories, with the winners being announced at an award ceremony held on 25 May 2016 at the town’s Winding Wheel.

Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield Manager, is urging shoppers to vote now. He said: “The closing date for nominations ties in brilliantly with the run up to Mother’s Day, the same date nominations close – 6th March. While you’re out shopping for your mum, if a Chesterfield retailer gives you outstanding service, has a fantastic choice of gifts, or even both, then make sure you nominate.

“The Retail Awards are great for business recognition, but also an opportunity for us to say thank you to the many people who work in the sector and help keep retail thriving in Chesterfield.”

Last year’s winner of the coveted Retail of the Year Award and Market Trader of the Year, Nick Ibbotson, owner of Ibbotson’s Fresh Quality Produce, added: “It was amazing to win two awards and particularly special to get overall Retailer of the Year Award.”

To nominate your favourite retailer before Sunday 6 March 2016, visit www.chesterfield.co.uk/retailawards/nominate/

Chesterfield Retail Awards Winners 2015

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