Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: Jordan Hartshorne, Director of Social Media & PR at Spire Radio
Hi, I’m Jordan Hartshorne, the Director of Social Media and PR at Spire Radio. I’m very young to be a company director at the age of 16, but so far have been really enjoying my role. I have been volunteering for Spire Radio for over two years, I do it to gain vital experience in the media industry and because I’m passionate about Chesterfield and the local community. During my time at Spire Radio we have started going out to many community events which is something we lacked before and it’s something I really enjoy doing.
Spire Radio exists to serve the local area. We are based in the town centre as we love being close to our listeners. Our slogan is Derbyshire’s Heartbeat, it means a lot more than people think, we keep Derbyshire’s heart beating, toes tapping and ears listening.
What are the main benefits of working or running a business in Chesterfield?
Chesterfield has an immense community spirit. We find businesses support each other a lot more than most other towns. We find it much easier to connect with listeners who already have so much in common with one another, and who’s needs are so similar.
Which local business would you recommend and why?
I’m a massive foodie, I really like eating in The Three Cottages. The food is top class and the service is great. Nicky and the team make you feel at home, they even have a front room with sofas and a fire. My favourite dish is the Sunday Lunch, it must be the best in Chesterfield!
How would you describe Chesterfield to a potential visitor?
I’d describe Chesterfield as the gateway to the beauty of the Peak District, with great historical value, we’ve got some amazing historical monuments, ranging from the Crooked Spire to the Town Hall. We’ve kept some of our medieval history while becoming a modern town with great links to the wider area. I think we’ve got the ratio just right!
Which development do you think will most benefit the town?
I’m really interested in the new enterprise centre set to come to the donut roundabout. I think it’ll be great for the area as existing ones are further away from the town centre, this will be right on the gateway to the town and should bring in some amazing job opportunities for the area. Maybe even Spire Radio might look into moving there.
Which events are working well in Chesterfield and what kinds of events would you like to see in the future?
This year our volunteers really liked being apart of the Street Food and Grooves Festival in New Square. Edge Events always bring the town the best events for foodies and the greatest music from local artists. I like how they could bring the large variety of a food and drink festival and compact it into a smaller area. The atmosphere was great, despite the varied weather.
I’d like to see more events take over the market place when it’s not being used by traders, or even better incorporate them into it, especially over school holidays to keep the children entertained. Chesterfield do well for it, but I’m sure we could do better.
What excites you most about the future of Chesterfield?
I’m really excited to see all the investment in the town pay off. I can’t wait for the new restaurants come to Elder Way and see the Waterside Development come into action. I hope it brings more people to live and work in Chesterfield.
Where in Chesterfield would you recommend for a lunchtime treat?
Whenever I’m in our office at a lunchtime I tend to be quite busy so have to grab something and take it with me. I always go to Davis’ Fresh Bakes on Elder Way, the food is amazing to quickly take away. Not only do they do great savoury food but the most amazing cakes and brownies.
What can we change or develop further within Chesterfield’s town centre to help it thrive?
I think Chesterfield lacks at Christmas, our neighbours in Sheffield have an amazing Christmas market with log cabins as the stalls. It would certainly bring in more money to the local economy, existing shops and Christmas traders. We could also do with better activities for our youth. We’ve seen youth services persistently cut and we need to realise that is not the way forward.