This weeks Chesterfield Champion columnist is Adrian Sheehan, Director of BRM Law Limited at BRM Solicitors:
I’m 42, I have two children aged 2 and 3, and I have lived with my wife in Chesterfield and surrounding villages since I qualified as a solicitor in 1998.
As Director of BRM Law Limited, Head of Property, I also specialise in Commercial Property, particularly commercial development.
The Partnership of BRM Solicitors has evolved and grown over 32 years (incorporating as BRM Law Limited in 2013) becoming the leading commercial practice in the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire area.
Despite our national client base we retain our sole office presence in Chesterfield, employing over 50 people.
1 - What do you like best about living in Chesterfield and why?
I like that Chesterfield has all the advantages of a busy town with iconic Spire identity, but is also the gateway to the beautiful scenery and tranquillity of the Peak District. This allows for a work life balance not so easily found in large towns or cities.
2 - What are your favourite ways to spend your free time in Derbyshire?
Having a young family means most spare time is used finding entertainment for our two children.
We particularly enjoy taking them to the farm at Chatsworth House, Little Monkeys at Darwin Forest Country Park and the miniature train at Queens Park.
3 - Where is your favourite place to eat out locally and why?
The Barca Bar at CASA is a great location and regular haunt for lunchtimes with clients and friends.
Further afield the Peacock at Rowsley is a fantastic restaurant - the quality of food is superb and the service is attentive without being oppressive.
4 - What are the positives about running a business here?
Chesterfield offers all the support required to run a Commercial business such as BRM Solicitors.
The town also has a vibrant business community and its excellent transport links allows us to easily attend to our local client’s national needs, as well as to our national clients.
It also allows BRM Solicitors the cost base and flexibility to compete nationally with city based firms.
5 - How do you see the future for Chesterfield and its small businesses?
Chesterfield has a unique location and combined skills set to continue to expand as a business, development and manufacturing centre.
The proximity of both East Midlands and Manchester airports makes it well connected for export.
With the efforts of Destination Chesterfield and ingenuity of local entrepreneurs the future looks bright.
6 - If you had a magic wand, what one thing would you do to improve Chesterfield?
The Market Square (and its stalls) is a wonderful asset, but I would like to see it better used at night as a restaurant, bar and entertainment hub.
Over periods such as Christmas this could be tested with temporary events.
7 - What three words best sum up Chesterfield?
Friendly, progressive and unique.