Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: Nick Dow, Bid Writer at Heathcotes Group
Heathcotes Group is based in Chesterfield and is one of the UK’s most experienced providers of specialist residential care for adults with learning disabilities, mental illness and associated challenging behaviours.
I work in the Commissioning Team for the Heathcotes Group at our Head Office in Chesterfield. The team works with local authority & CCG commissioners to find suitable accommodation within our services for people who require specialist care and support. My role in the team as a Bid Writer is to secure funding and new contracts for our homes through competitive tendering to support the long term growth strategy of the company.
What are the main benefits of working or running a business in Chesterfield?
Personally, the main benefits are the easy access to the M1 and rail networks for business meetings and my daily commute to and from work. Chesterfield is a vibrant market town with a heathy local economy and businesses who able to provide the services our company needs to run its operations.
Which local business would you recommend and why?
We support local businesses as much as possible and work with a number of local suppliers. I would recommend Computer Response for IT needs, Mitchells Chartered Accountants, and Take a Break for corporate buffets, Premier Inn, and Chesterfield College for apprenticeships placements.
How would you describe Chesterfield to a potential visitor?
A small market town with lots to offer such as quirky shops, bars and restaurants, and live entertainment at the Winding Wheel and the Theatre. The Peak District is on the doorstep which has something for everyone, such as walking, mountain biking, hand gliding, camping, and many places of interest including Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. The cities of Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham are also within easy reach.
Which development do you think will most benefit the town?
The completion of the Waterside and Elder Way developments will attract visitors from all over the region and further afield benefiting the local economy and the people who live in Chesterfield.
Which events are working well in Chesterfield and what kinds of events would you like to see in the future?
The Chesterfield Beer Festival and the Chesterfield Food and Drink festival are a great way for local producers to celebrate and promote their products. It would be good to see more events in the town, for example open air cinema screenings and perhaps a music festival promoting local musicians as well as well-known bands.
What excites you most about the future of Chesterfield?
Chesterfield has a great support network for local business and the planned long term developments in the town will bring new investment that will add to the vibrancy and diversity the town has to offer.
What can we change or develop further within Chesterfield’s town centre to help it thrive?
Travelling in and out of town during rush hour usually involves getting stuck in traffic, especially at the roundabouts on the A61,and towards the M1. So any improvement in this area would be good for commuters who need to travel by car to work and back.
How does working in Chesterfield differ from where you’ve worked before?
I’ve usually worked in offices that are out of town or the city centre, so for me personally it great to have everything on the doorstep, and being able to walk into town during my lunchbreak to the shops saves me time at the weekends.
What advice would you give to someone establishing a business or beginning work in Chesterfield?
I would suggest tapping into the local business support networks and get us much free advice as possible, and consider appointing an accountant from the outset. Getting the right advice from the start is essential to avoid any pitfalls that may be detriment to your business.