Chesterfield urged to be ready for investment and development boom

Dom Stevens

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 – the annual month-long festival of engineering and manufacturing organised by Destination Chesterfield – is returning for the fourth year next month.

Sponsored by University of Derby and MSE Hiller, this year’s event 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.

The event will be launched on Thursday 2nd 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:

  • 2nd November: Launch at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, organised by Destination Chesterfield
  • 14th November:  DIT Masterclass _ International e-commerce
  • 15th November: D2N2 Support for Innovative Businesses
  • 16th November: Annual Business and Manufacturing Seminar, organised by Natwest, Shorts and Banner Jones
  • 16th November: Manufacturing Forum, by Destination Chesterfield in partnership with United Cast Bar and Natwest Bank
  • 22nd November: Digital Trade Advice Centre

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 amongst young people and schools, but also in helping businesses get themselves future-proofed and HS2 ready.”