Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: Melanie Ulyatt MBE, Managing Director of One to One Support Services
Since founding One to One Support Services in 2006, Managing Director Melanie Ulyatt has been on a remarkable journey in business. From an optimistic start-up in Chesterfield – commencing with her background in Health & Social Care services, a strong desire to improve sector conditions locally and the will to influence others along the way – to where she is today – an established, successful and inspirational business woman.
In 2006, Melanie established One to One Support Services as a Domiciliary Care services provider in Chesterfield. Eventually, growth and success led to relocation to premises in Hasland, Chesterfield where after identifying a need to provide highly trained staff, with a wide variety of skills, qualifications and experience, Melanie created her own Health & Social Care sector training company – the One to One Training Academy. With the business expanding in Derbyshire and Yorkshire, One To One Support Services moved their Head office to premises in Holmewood on the outskirts of Chesterfield.
Melanie is also an inspirational business figure in the region and after volunteering as the Chair of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and also volunteering in the local business community supporting different boards; Melanie was elected National Vice Chair of the FSB in 2018 where she continues to support SME’s across the country.
Numerous awards and accolades that Melanie and One To One Support Services have received over the years include Entrepreneur of the Year, Inspirational Business Woman of the Year, Employer of the Year, Disability Inclusion Award to mention a few with Melanie receiving an MBE for Services to Business and Entrepreneurship in 2017.
What are the main benefits of running a business in Chesterfield?
Chesterfield is a mixture of town and rural, as well as being close to the M1 for good transport links, which altogether build a successful business community.
Which local business would you recommend and why?
The Galleon Steakhouse in Chesterfield town centre. It has great food, is good value and the staff go above and beyond to accommodate customer needs with a pleasant environment.
How would you describe Chesterfield to a potential visitor?
Chesterfield is a friendly town with a lot of history and tourist attractions with something for everyone. It is an ideal base to explore the area further into the Peak District which is on our doorstep.
What excites you most about the future of Chesterfield?
Business and community engagement is working well and could grow in the future to secure a great partnership working together and good for the economy.
Where in Chesterfield would you recommend for a lunchtime treat?
Odyssey Greek Restaurant!
What can we change or develop further within Chesterfield’s town centre to help it thrive?
Transport network as congestion needs addressing, especially routes into Chesterfield such as the A61.
How does working in Chesterfield differ from where you’ve worked before?
Having worked in many places across the country, I think it’s always good to come home to Chesterfield known for its Crooked Spire, market town and general mix of retail outlets, places to eat, entertainment and countryside close by.
What advice would you give to someone establishing a business or beginning work in Chesterfield?
Join a Business organisation such as the FSB and network with other small business owners for advice, guidance and peer support/mentoring.