Tony was recently chosen as Chesterfield Champions, Champion of the Week. Read his article below and follow other Chesterfield Champions news on http://www.chesterfield.co.uk/destination-chesterfield/champions/
“I’m 58 and have lived and worked in Chesterfield all my life. I live with my partner, Emma and three ‘inherited’ children, Lucia, William and Josh.
I am the Chairman and Founder of Corrugated Case Company Ltd a designer, manufacturer and stockist of bespoke corrugated packaging and items of interest. Since establishment in 1996, originally as a green field start up in Danesmoor near Clay Cross with 6 employees, the company has grown and premises have more than trebled in size. We now employ over 40 people have a turnover of over £5,000,000 per annum. We supply to many market sectors including, mail order and internet shopping providers, kitchens and bathrooms, pharmaceuticals, food and many others.”
1 – What do you like best about living in Chesterfield and why?
I really like the wide contrast between our lovely market town, beautiful countryside and city life being so close to Derby, Sheffield and Nottingham. We really do have the best of all worlds living in the hidden gem that is Derbyshire.
2 – What are your favourite ways to spend your free time in Derbyshire?
My favourite way to spend time is definitely walking my dog, Murphy, in Chatsworth Park and Linacre Reservoirs.
3 – Where is your favourite place to eat out locally and why?
Being a near-vegetarian I’m not sure how valid my recommendations are, but, Rowley’s Restaurant and Bar in Baslow and Maison Mes Amis in Brampton are worth a visit. They both serve lovely, locally-sourced food with smiley, welcoming staff and both are prepared to rustle up a vegetarian off-menu option at short notice.
4 – What are the positives about running a business here?
There’s a good support network here in Chesterfield; a very proactive Chamber of Commerce, D2N2, Destination Chesterfield and the Chesterfield Champions, all of whom are working hard to bring new business to the area and to support existing enterprises.
In addition we have also found it relatively easy to recruit all types and levels of staff from the local area including Engineers, Graduates, Factory Floor and Designers.
5 – How do you see the future for Chesterfield and its small businesses?
I am very positive about the future of the town for all the reasons I have already mentioned. Chesterfield is a great place to do business, to visit and to live.
6 – If you had a magic wand, what one thing would you do to improve Chesterfield?
I would love to attract a major high street department store to our town centre.
Our town centre has great character and has remained well occupied and vibrant compared to many similar sized towns throughout the country during recent difficult years.
However, a quality department store would help bring in more footfall, which other shop keepers would have the opportunity to benefit from.
7 – What three words best sum up Chesterfield?
Home, Variety, Spireites.