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Celebrate Chesterfield Welcomes Two Headline Sponsors

Panellists at a recent Destination Chesterfield Question Time eventLocal businesses are invited to toast the success of Chesterfield’s inward investment campaign, Destination Chesterfield, at a reception later this month.

The free ‘Celebrate Chesterfield’ event, held in association with headline sponsors Markham Vale and the Corrugated Case Company, takes place at the Winding Wheel, on Wednesday 25 March, between 7.30am and 11am.

It will offer local businesses the chance to be the first to hear about the exciting plans for the town in 2015. The event will also celebrate the news that, following a recent independent review, Destination Chesterfield will continue its marketing activities until December 2016.

More than 200 delegates have already registered so businesses are being encouraged to register now to avoid disappointment, after last year’s event was so popular it resulted in standing-room only.

The breakfast event will also look back on the campaigns success during the last 12 months and offers the opportunity to question local leaders and politicians on a Question Time panel.

Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield said: “The annual Celebrate event is so important, all too often we hear about the good news in isolation and it can be overshadowed by the bad which means it can be forgotten in the melee. This will be our third Celebrate Chesterfield event, following the success of last year’s which was standing room only, however the stream of good news delivered by the Destination Chesterfield Team, left us all uplifted.

"This year, Celebrate will be no different. We’ve made a point of building on last year’s success and striving to be even better in 2015.”

The event will also include talks from various local business people. The Corrugated Case Company will be discussing how it secured RGF funding to develop the business, a tenant from Markham Vale will talk about their expansion and the University of Derby will present its much anticipated plans for the St Helena’s site in the town centre.

Destination Chesterfield was established in 2010, during which time it has engaged the business community as Chesterfield Champions in actively supporting the marketing of the town and driving investment and bringing it to the attention of national investors.

Ben Ward, of Henry Boot Developments, said: "Markham Vale has grown successfully to become one of Chesterfield’s prime employment sites over the past 12 months, which is great news for the local economy. During the next 12 months we are hopeful to be able to announce some further significant new investment projects for the site and region.

“We are delighted to sponsor this event and continue our support to promote Chesterfield, which is often overshadowed by its larger neighbours. There is a wealth of good news in the area which needs to be celebrated. This includes the decision by both inspirepac and Gould Alloys to retain their roots in Chesterfield and invest to significantly grow their businesses at Markham.”

Tony Hession, Director of Corrugated Case Company, said: “As a Chesterfield-based company with customers and staff based here, we’re thrilled to be involved with the Celebrate Chesterfield event. It is vital that we promote all that is good about our town; its’ centrally located geographic position, it’s historic (and present day) creative manufacturing and engineering prowess and of course its location on the edge of the magnificent Peak District and all that has to offer! We look forward to meeting friends both old and new at the Destination Chesterfield event.”

Celebrate Chesterfield is free to attend however spaces are limited and places should be confirmed online at www.chesterfield.co.uk/celebrate.