Destination Chesterfield Board and Team

Scott Knowles

Champion of the Week

Scott is Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), a membership, business support and representation organisation located on Dunston Technology Park, Chesterfield. Scott lives in Matlock, Derbyshire and is married to Jo.

Scott has been Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) since September 2015. He has worked for the Chamber since 1999 in various roles including Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations.

With a membership base of over 4,125 businesses and over 3,000 affiliates in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, the Chamber is the second-largest Chamber of Commerce in the country. It is more than 150 years old and employs 150 staff across eleven office locations in the three counties.


What’s your best memory of the town?

My best memory of the town is visiting the old Odeon cinema as a child – it was a majestic building that evoked a different era. While today’s cinema in town is infinitely superior in every way, the experience of visiting the Odeon (including its half time interval!) can’t be replicated.


What development do you think will make the biggest difference to the town?

HS2 creates a significant opportunity for Chesterfield over the coming years. With a planned depot for Staveley and the possibility of this becoming much more than the early plans determine, Chesterfield will benefit significantly in regards to new jobs, supply chain opportunities for the manufacturers located around the town and additional housing solutions to meet the demand HS2 will create.


How would you describe Chesterfield to someone who has never visited?

Chesterfield is a traditional market town that has an offer to all visitors – a thriving retail sector consisting of a mix of independent and global brand stores, a diverse mix of high quality restaurants and café’s and a number of visitor attractions on the doorstep.


What are the positives of running a business here?

Chesterfield is centrally-located, to easily serve the whole of the UK with its links to the M1, the Midlands Mainline service to London and improving East to West links.

Chesterfield has a wealth of manufacturing SME’s located across its network of business parks and industrial estates, its commercial property is diverse to say the least and has a vibrant business support and inward investment landscape provided by Destination Chesterfield, East Midlands Chamber, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Chesterfield College and Chesterfield Borough Council among others.


Who or what do you turn to in Chesterfield for business advice?

Chesterfield has seen significant inward investment over the past few years due to the good work undertaken by Dom Stevens and his team at Destination Chesterfield. The Chamber subsequently provides a platform for engagement and business support for business alongside the borough council and others. We all work together very collegiately, meaning that Chesterfield punches above its weight across the region.


Why did you choose to base your business in Chesterfield?

Local delivery is incredibly important to the Chamber and its members. Locating in the largest town in Derbyshire provides the Chamber with its essential workforce and connectivity it requires to meet the 21st century needs of the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire business community.


What are the aspirations of your business?

The Chamber’s growth plan is to:

  • Develop and deliver a range of evolving demand-led products and services that represent value to all businesses
  • Understand and represent the needs of the East Midlands business community at a local, regional, national and international level
  • Raise the profile and value of the Chamber and its members to wider business and stakeholder communities
  • Attract, retain and reward the best talent to deliver high quality products and services
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