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Free summit to unlock investment in Chesterfield

With £1bn of developments underway and an HS2 stop and maintenance depot set to be built in Chesterfield by 2033, businesses across the region that want to capitalise on the town’s growth are being invited to attend the Chesterfield Investment Summit.

The free to attend event, which is being supported by Marketing Derby, will be held on Thursday 30 November, at Casa Hotel, Chesterfield, from 8.30am to noon. It aims to give delegates a detailed overview of investment opportunities in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.

Speakers at the conference include Richard Brown - a Board Member of HS2 and a non-executive member of the Department for Transport Board, Huw Bowen - Chief Executive at Chesterfield Borough Council and Simon Quin - Director of the Institute of Place Management.

Although 17 years away, delegates will hear at the summit how the town is preparing now for the opportunities that HS2 will bring to Chesterfield, including 250 new high-level skilled jobs at the maintenance depot at Staveley and others in the local supply chain.

Alongside HS2, representatives from the town’s key developments – Chesterfield Waterside and Markham Vale - will also be attending the summit, which is being organised by Destination Chesterfield, Derbyshire Economic Partnership and Marketing Derby - joint partners in the EU-funded “Invest in D2N2” project, with a focus on promoting Derbyshire both nationally and globally as the place to invest for growth and quality of life.

As well as the keynote speakers, there will be a networking breakfast, exhibition and a questions and answers panel with speakers and local decision makers.

Commenting on the Summit, Peter Swallow, Chair of Destination Chesterfield and Derbyshire Economic Partnership Board Member, said: “Chesterfield’s location and connectivity within the UK gives the town a unique appeal and this has already been recognised by many of those looking to invest.

"The announcement of an HS2 stop in Chesterfield and nearby maintenance depot have sparked a surge of interest in the town from all types of inward investor, including commercial developers and house-builders both locally, regionally and nationally already.

“There are myriad investment opportunities at a local level and the Chesterfield Investment Summit is the ideal opportunity for potential investors to learn first-hand what these are.

"HS2 may be 17 years away, but now is the time to tap into the opportunities the railway line will bring. HS2 isn’t just a railway line, it’s a catalyst for growth across the region.”

John Forkin, Managing director of Marketing Derby, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Chesterfield Investment Summit. Chesterfield and the surrounding area have a strong offer and a range of attractive investment opportunities for which the event will provide a useful spotlight.”

To reserve a ticket at the Chesterfield Investment Summit click here.