Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: Richard Sherwood, Director at Roy Peters Estates
I am Richard Sherwood, a 48 year old father of one fabulous daughter, just turning seven and live in Two Dales with her and her mum Michelle. I have worked in Chesterfield at Roy Peters Estates since 1999, so coming up for 20 years. But it seems like yesterday I was sitting with Roy Cutt our Principal, discussing taking on the residential letting side of his business, as my predecessor David Bratt was retiring after many happy years. Thankfully he said yes and we have had a productive and enjoyable working relationship ever since.
Roy Peters Estates are a Property Management Company Established by Roy Cutt and Peter Bown in 1974, only ever based in Chesterfield we specialise in both Residential and Commercial Property Management matters. We have qualified and trained members of staff to look after your clients best interests and protect them in this rapidly changing climate. I hope we know what to do and when to do it. A little like insurance, you don’t know how good your property management team are until something bad happens.
We are situated at 54 Knifesmithgate and currently employ four full time and four part time colleagues including myself, Roy and Roy’s daughter Emma. I have a background in commercial and licensed property, am member of Propertymark via the National Association of Estate Agents and the National Association of Letting Agents. I have a Masters Degree in Marketing Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing both achieved part time at Sheffield Hallam University with the support of the Chamber of Commerce during 1999/ 2000.
- What has been the highlight for your organisation over the past year?
The highlight of this year will be all my female colleagues completing the Sparkle Night Walk for Ashgate Hospice and raising much needed funds for this wonderful facility, right on our doorstep. I was elsewhere enjoying the aftermath of Bakewell Carnival.
- What are your future plans?
We are about to re launch our web site and hopefully move with the times whilst retaining what client’s value about us, personal service. We know our clients and tenants, many for years and in that time build up good relationships with both. We share their good and bad news and try to react with tact and common sense to any circumstances.
- Which local business would you recommend and why?
I like small independent business as that’s what we are. It’s not easy, but very fulfilling when things work. You do as a result spend more time dealing with the folk who grind the organ rather than dance next to it and at least can make a decision. Risk and potential reward. I love Granny Mary’s and the back story and think Meringue on Chatsworth Road is superb. I really enjoyed Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer at Maison Mes Amis last year and am disappointed that when he is back in September I will be demonstrating an old Go Kart in Sywell as part of Props and Pistons.
- How would you describe Chesterfield to a potential investor?
Batting above its weight, I have huge admiration for what Destination Chesterfield has achieved and thought John Burrows and Huw Bowen made a formidable Tag Team. Dom and his team along with Peter Swallow have really helped emphasize what we have and where we are. “Just there look, in the middle of the country with all these skilled people and near all these other people” “HS2 did you say? very good”. “Chatsworth and the Peaks on the doorstep……” “What’s not to like”
- Which development do you think will most benefit the town?
From a personal point of view I hope the new Premier Inn at Elder Way and the works to Knifesmithgate and the Northern Gateway will benefit our portion of the town centre. I do feel though that all the projects have to work together and the whole will be so much greater than the sum of the constituent parts.
- Which national shops and restaurants would you like to see investing here
Whoever wants to be part of a vibrant and forward thinking community. I think in the current climate it should be more about focused local offerings with support and reduced business rates. Bakewell was a thriving market town full of independent businesses, now it’s awash with Charity Shops and Outdoor Stores. I hope Litton Property’s plans for The Riverside will redress this and Chesterfield needs to be vigilant. Not a sleepy market town but a proper regional force. Keep up the good work.
- Which high profile events are working well in Chesterfield and what kinds of events would you like to see in the future?
I enjoyed the Women’s Tour last year. The 15th to 17th of June saw Eroica Britannia in the Peaks for the 5th year in a row, showcasing the very best of what Derbyshire has to offer. Visitors came from all over the world with a passion for cycling and money to enjoy that passion. A fabulous event thanks to Nick Cotton and his fellow organisers. No back stop, no big backers, just passionate individuals prepared to take huge personal risks to put on an excellent show. Sadly I missed Jools Holland at the Roundhouse, as was away, but would have loved to hear Ruby Turner belting out “This Train”.
- Where in the town do you spend your leisure time?
Rather ashamed to say I spend most of my leisure time closer to home entertaining a giddy seven year old but have enjoyed many performances at the Pomegranate, particularly the Live Link to the ROH and Alice in Wonderland. Lovely lunch beforehand at Bottle and Thyme made for a proper birthday treat for with my mum. To relax on a Sunday afternoon, the Lathkil in Over Haddon takes some beating. If you don’t want to relax pop up for the Half Gallathon next year and try running and drinking for Charity. They have raised thousands of pounds over the years with this / other events and the annual fun day in November.
I also enjoy Historic Motorsport and have my Kart, older than me to be part of events I would be going to anyway. In fact I have just met the lovely Les Cranston from North East Scotland who built my Kart in 1966. May even bring it to the Motor Fest in the market square on the 19th of August.