Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: Jenni Catton, Marketing Co-ordinator at ra Information Systems
I’m Jenni, I’m 32 and I live near Chesterfield town centre with my husband and 3 year old son. We moved here from London last April so we are quite new to the area but have settled in quickly and have been made very welcome!
I work for ra Information Systems, which is an IT and Telecoms Company based in Chesterfield that specialises in a number of areas including Business Centre and Tree Management Software. ra started in 1988 as a small family run business and has grown to a successful company employing over 30 people and its been great to join the team!
What’s your best memory of the town?
When we had just moved in we spent our first weekend just driving around to get to know the area, and it was exciting to see just how much the town offers – we visited the Artisan Market, did some shopping on the high street and then went down to the Canal which was so lovely.
What development do you think will make the biggest difference to the town?
The Peak Resort sounds like its going to be amazing once its finished, and will definitely be a great attraction for Chesterfield.
How would you describe Chesterfield to someone who has never visited?
Chesterfield is a beautiful Market Town, with lots of culture and history. There is everything you could need here, from shops, pubs and theatres to walks out in the gorgeous local countryside.
What are the positives of running a business here?
There are great transport links in Chesterfield, easy access to the motorway and train links to all of the major cities and surrounding areas.
Who or what do you turn to in Chesterfield for business advice?
I would turn to the Directors of ra Information Systems – Annette, Rob and Jon for business advice as they have run a successful company for 30 years so have a lot of experience to learn from!
Why did you choose to base your business in Chesterfield?
The company moved to Chesterfield from Sheffield as part of an expansion, as the new office space here was great and the transport links made it an easy move for everyone.
Who do you admire in the community?
As a relative newcomer to the area I constantly notice how friendly and welcoming everyone is, and I really admire the feeling of community spirit here!
What are the aspirations of your business?
The aspirations of our business are to continue to deliver excellent IT and Telephony services to our clients and to carry on expanding our client base as we have done for the last 30 years.
What advice would you give to someone establishing a business here?
My advice would be to go ahead and do it! This is a great area to base a business, its an easy location for everyone to get to and there are a lot of developments in the pipeline and so lots of opportunities coming up in the town.