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Events programme announced for Made in Chesterfield

Engineering and manufacturing businesses in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire are being urged to ensure they have the workforce in place for the town’s investment and development boom.

To support businesses within the sector, Made in Chesterfield - an annual month-long festival of engineering and manufacturing - is returning in November for its fourth consecutive year.

Organised by Destination Chesterfield and sponsored by University of Derby and MSE Hiller, Made in Chesterfield 2017 promises to be the biggest and most successful yet with more young people and businesses in the sector taking part than ever before.

A number of free business events are being held throughout November in order to raise awareness of how companies within the sector can maximise opportunities local, nationally and globally.

Free workshops, seminars and forums will provide information on available grants and finance to enter new markets at home and overseas as well as address solutions for skills shortages within their business.

Made in Chesterfield will be launched on Thursday 2 November at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse - Britain’s only surviving operational railway roundhouse, which has just reopened following a £1.1m refurbishment.

The Made in Chesterfield business events include:

  • 2 November - Made in Chesterfield launch - Barrow Hill Roundhouse - Organised by Destination Chesterfield

  • 14 November - DIT Masterclass: International ecommerce

  • 15 November - D2N2 Support for Innovative Businesses

  • 16 November - Annual Business and Manufacturing Seminar - Organised by Natwest, Shorts and Banner Jones

  • 16 November - Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Manufacturing Forum - Organised by Destination Chesterfield in partnership with United Cast Bar and Natwest Bank

  • 22 November - Digital Trade Advice Clinic


Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield Manager, said: “Businesses in manufacturing and engineering are vital to the ongoing success the local economy, more so now that an HS2 station and maintenance depot has been announced for the area. Although 17 years away, preparations for the arrival of HS2 in Chesterfield must begin now. There are 250 new high-level skill jobs alone that will be provided at the maintenance depot as well as many others that will be generated within the local supply chain.

“Made in Chesterfield plays an important role in not only raising awareness of the job opportunities within the sector among young people and schools, but also in helping businesses get themselves future-proofed and HS2 ready.”

Dr Peter Dewhurst, Head of Strategic Projects at University of Derby, added: “We are very pleased to be sponsoring the Made in Chesterfield festival’s packed calendar of business events. Destination Chesterfield has teamed up with some innovative and high profile companies in the region to provide some really informative and inspiring masterclasses and networking events for businesses. We look forward to celebrating everything that is Made in Chesterfield.”

During the month-long Made in Chesterfield celebration of the sector, the winner of the Manufacturer of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Destination Chesterfield, will be announced at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards on Thursday 9 November.

Made in Chesterfield is coordinated by Destination Chesterfield in partnership with MSE Hiller, United Cast Bar, Natwest, Derbyshire Education Business Partnership and Placing Futures.

Alongside the business event programme during Made in Chesterfield, there is a separate schools' programme, which features events, competitions and tours designed to attract young people to a career in engineering and manufacturing.

Full details of all the Made in Chesterfield business events and how to book can be found at www.chesterfield.co.uk/made/business-events.