Hi, I’m Melissa, the newest member of the Destination Chesterfield Team. I was really pleased to join the team at the end of September and I’m already getting stuck into things! I was born and raised in Chesterfield before flying the nest at 18 to De Montfort University where I did my Interior Design BA followed by my Cultural Events Management MSc. Now I’m back in my hometown, supporting Local Businesses and shouting about how great the town is.
What was the greatest achievement for your business over the past year?
I haven’t been with the company for long, but the Love Chesterfield Awards this year were a huge highlight for me. It was the first big in-person event after the pandemic for us and it was so great to see everyone come together and celebrate the best of retail and hospitality within the town.
How would you describe Chesterfield and North Derbyshire, using only three words?
Picturesque, varied, and up-and-coming (if I can class the last one as just one word!)
What are your favourite places to visit in Chesterfield and why?
I love to visit all the cafes and restaurants in Chesterfield! There are so many fab independent cafes such as Vintage tea Rooms or No.10 or great little restaurants like Greek restaurant Odyssey, which is the best Gyros you can get without going to Greece! I also really enjoy being right on the doorstep to lots of great walks in the area and tackled a fair few of them last winter!
How is your business becoming more sustainable?
We use local companies whenever we can for suppliers and try to make sure local produce is used by our caterers etc. We have a water filling station in our offices, meaning no single use plastic water bottles, and we often hybrid-work meaning we’re not creating emissions by travelling into office if we don’t need to!
Why do you love working or doing business in Chesterfield or North Derbyshire?
Moving back from the big city made me realise why I love Chesterfield so much. The people are friendly, supportive, and always up for a conversation. What I also love about working in Chesterfield is seeing the town develop, recently so many great development projects have started up and the retail and hospitality sector is growing with local businesses, it’s exciting being amidst all of it.
How are you supporting young people in your business?
As a company, Destination Chesterfield are involved in lots of campaigns to help support young people, for example Made in Chesterfield celebrates STEM related activity in schools, apprenticeships and helps connect businesses with schools. Young people are contributing to our successes by using the resources we’ve helped build and telling others about them.
How are you, your business or your team supporting local people?
Local people and businesses are at the heart of what we do. Chesterfield Champions is our way of connecting with people in local businesses and finding out the best way we can support them.
What support or advice has your business received recently and how has it benefited your business?
The company has received funding from the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) which has been incredibly beneficial and funding such as this has helped elevate the business meaning we can help elevate the town. Also, we’re currently working with East Midlands Chamber to promote the Chesterfield Digital High Street initiative, which helps those reliant on bricks and mortar to transition into an online world by creating highly visible e-commerce websites.
Which upcoming development do you think will have the greatest impact on the town and why?
I believe The Glass Yard development will have the greatest impact on the town. It’s set to be a fantastic retail and office space and The Batch House addition of the development is something that is extremely appealing and is bound to draw foot traffic to that side of town. I can’t wait to see the finished result.
What is your vision for Chesterfield and North Derbyshire in 2030? What do you think the town needs to achieve this?
My vision for Chesterfield in 2030 is a busy high-street with even more great eateries and independent businesses. I think for the town to achieve this it needs the draw of new clientele and foot traffic. With the new home developments arising on the outskirts of town we’re set for an influx of commuters and settlers into the town which will elevate the town’s economy.