Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: Marcus Leverton, Director at Leverton UK Limited
I’m Marcus Leverton, Director at Leverton UK Limited. I’m still in the early part of my 40’s (just) and live with my wife Laura and our two sons Harry and Samuel in Walton.
I work within our Family Organisation, we undertake internal refurbishment and fit-out projects on commercial premises such as offices, shops, industrial units and schools and universities, along with our other business interest which is the development of 87 New Square in Chesterfield Town Centre into luxury apartments – read more here.
I love spending time watching my two sons play football, anything James Bond related and volunteer fundraising for my chosen Charity the Sick Children’s Trust, oh and the odd date night meal out with my wife Laura.
What are the main benefits of working or running a business in Chesterfield?
With our line of work being able to react to projects nationwide is essential and geographically we are perfectly located to do so in Chesterfield.
Which local business would you recommend and why?
I love to see new local quirky businesses flourish and my current guilty pleasure is Chocoberry Boxes. They make delicious handcrafted chocolate covered strawberries, available for next day delivery local to Chesterfield. They are a fantastic gift idea and absolutely delicious!
How would you describe Chesterfield to a potential visitor?
I think the people who live in Chesterfield make it, they are so down to earth and friendly.
I spend a lot of my time fundraising for the Sick Children’s Trust in Chesterfield and the generosity of the local people, and businesses, always amazes me. I’m proud to call it my hometown.
Which development do you think will most benefit the town?
87 New Square. Mainly because it’s our development but also because its breathing life back into the town centre. This residential regeneration process will hopefully encourage others to follow and reignite a need and desire for new shops, restaurants and the larger chain stores to return. I am really excited to see this evolve over the next few years.
Which events are working well in Chesterfield and what kinds of events would you like to see in the future?
I love the town centre events, the artisan markets, the live music. I love the big acts that the Proact manage to secure, who would have thought Chesterfield would attract Tom Jones, Lionel Richie and Elton John? Let’s hope this all continues and we see some more big names here soon.
What excites you most about the future of Chesterfield?
There is so much on the horizon for Chesterfield; the Waterside development, PEAK: Gateway, Resort, Campus, the Town Centre regeneration as part of the Northern Gateway development, Chatsworth Road is still being developed and we have 1000’s of new homes being built in the area. All of this will bring positive change in my opinion driving the local economy. It’s a great place to live and it is full of opportunity.
Where in Chesterfield would you recommend for a lunchtime treat?
I love the Peak Edge Hotel for a lunch time treat, closely followed by the Bulls Head in Holymoorside or Fischers in Baslow if it’s a special occasion.
What can we change or develop further within Chesterfield’s town centre to help it thrive?
I think we need to try and help the market stalls flourish again. It is starting to look a little run down and I think we could perhaps look to invest in this area to attract a new clientele. I love to buy local produce and I am sure I am not alone. I would love to see this part of the town centre developed.
How does working in Chesterfield differ from where you’ve worked before?
Leverton UK is a Commercial Interiors Fit Out business and as such we work nationwide, compared to recent projects in the larger cities it’s a lot less hectic working in Chesterfield! Our offices are in Wingerworth and the views are simply stunning, there are few places with an outlook that can beat the Peak District National Park!
What advice would you give to someone establishing a business or beginning work in Chesterfield?
I would look to make connections with the Chesterfield Champions, it is incredible how a business can thrive just by word of mouth! The range and variety of people that you meet there and the varying services that they offer will ultimately help any new business develop and move forward.