Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: Matthew Jones – Owner of Matthew Jones Photography
I am Matthew Jones the owner of Matthew Jones Photography. We are a Commercial Photography business located in Chesterfield and working throughout the UK. Were are a small team comprising of Cindy who looks after the finances and Sarah my assistant and second shooter and also an award winning fine art photographer.
1. What was the greatest achievement for your business over the past year?
Despite or maybe because of covid we’ve increased are reach and picked up clients from much further afield. This has led to some really interesting and challenging projects. The construction and industrial sectors seem to be booming at the moment.
2. How would you describe Chesterfield and North Derbyshire, using only three words?
Friendly, Optimistic, Characterful
3. What are your favourite places to visit in Chesterfield and why?
I love to visit Chesterfield town centre. There are many great places to eat and drink in the evening and in the daytime there are lots of events and markets through the year. One place I haven’t been yet is the Escape rooms, that’s on my to do list.
I’m a keen runner and run many of the paths and trails above Chesterfield and when I’m training for an event I often run the Chesterfield Canal and railway trails to Poolsbrook or Rother Valley Country Park.
4. How is your business becoming more sustainable?
My carbon footprint is quite small being a commercial photographer. Traveling around the country is the most significant impact. At some point I will get an electric vehicle.
5. Why do you love working or doing business in Chesterfield or North Derbyshire?
There is a great feel and atmosphere here. I think this is because the area has a distinct identity based on its location, geography and it’s industrial heritage . It’s also beautiful in places. I guess for me the important things are a large and active business sector; travel and parking is much easier than metropolitan cities; I like being close to the Peak District and countryside.
6. How are you supporting young people in your business through apprenticeships, traineeships or work experience and how are young people contributing to the success of your business?
I don’t have any opportunities right now for apprenticeships, however as my business grows this is something I will look at. Good quality apprenticeships that that lead onto careers are vitally important.
7. How are you, your business or your team supporting local people?
We are a small team and our impact is minimal; however I always take the opportunity to promote the area and hopefully being an optimistic, friendly and supportive fellow I can add to and be part of this great place.
8. What support or advice has your business received recently and how has it benefited your business?
You are only as good as the team around you and to some extent it’s a similar story with the businesses, organisations and community around you. I’ve met some great role models through my job and hopefully I’ve picked up a few things on the way.
My advice for new and maybe even established businesses would be get out there, find out what is going on and look at the successful businesses and learn from what they are doing.
9. Which upcoming development do you think will have the greatest impact on the town and why?
The Staveley Regeneration program is important for a number of reasons. The development of Markaham Vale will have a significant impact on the local economy by bringing in investment, providing jobs and work for local suppliers.
10. What is your vision for Chesterfield and North Derbyshire in 2030? What do you think the town needs to achieve this?
I think the area needs to build on its distinct identity and take control of it own narrative.
Heritage, outstanding natural beauty, modernity, friendliness, community, inclusiveness, liveliness and vibrancy, entertainment choices and a strong economy that provides well paid rewarding jobs and opportunities for young people would be my wish list / vision.