CHESTERFIELD CHAMPION: ‘The town is full of friendly and welcoming people’

Andy Dukelow with his winners award for Lifetime Achievement at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2016. Picture: Andrew Roe
Andy Dukelow with his winners award for Lifetime Achievement at the Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2016. Picture: Andrew Roe

I am Andy Dukelow, the director of The Sanitaryware Supplies Company Ltd.

I’m 51 years old and married to Jayne, who owns the successful equestrian business Derbyshire Pony Trekking.

I was born in Chesterfield and have worked here the majority of my adult life.

The Sanitaryware Supplies Company is a start-up business with personal service, integrity and reliability at its core.

As well as selling market-leading brands we also use local fabrication companies to manufacture our specialist products for bespoke projects.  

Although based in Chesterfield, we distribute throughout the UK.

1. What’s your best memory of the town?

My best memory of the town is of the Aquarius. It was a fantastic place to meet all your friends at the end of a working week and a great place to see some of the star acts touring the club circuits.

2. What development do you think will make the biggest difference to the town?

I think the redevelopment of the old Co-op and surrounding area would breathe life back into the top end of town.

It would bring along with it increased footfall and revenue to the town centre and an opportunity to have a vibrant area seven days a week.

Chesterfield Waterside is another development that will help to establish Chesterfield as a go-to place for living and business.

3. How would you describe Chesterfield to someone who has never visited?

For anyone visiting, I would say that Chesterfield is a historic town sat on the edge of the Peak District, with an iconic land mark and friendly, welcoming people.

4. What are the positives of running a business here?

Chesterfield is home to many small and medium size enterprises that not only offer opportunities for business locally, but also a wealth of skills and support bound together in a real community feel. There always seems to be support available close by.

5. Who or what do you turn to in Chesterfield for business advice?

After many years of being involved in business, I have a great network of contacts for support, all of who are always ready to give advice. Given that a number of them are Chesterfield Champions too shows how great the network built up by Destination Chesterfield is to be a part of.

6. Who do you admire in the community?

A cause close to my heart, as a trustee, Ashgate Hospice Care’s volunteers and staff. The work they do is truly remarkable, they always have a smile on their face whilst providing unrivalled care.

7. What are the aspirations of your business?

The aspirations for the business are to grow over the next few years into an established company that can punch above its weight in the market and become a leading supplier in its field.

8. What advice would you give to someone establishing a business here?

Become a Chesterfield Champion!