CHESTERFIELD CHAMPION: ‘The town is littered with wonderful little eateries’

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I am Lee French, general manager of Motorseeker UK.

We are used vehicle specialists in LandRover, 4x4, sports and prestige. 

Originally from Derbyshire, I am 45 years old and live with my wife,two children, cat and three dogs. 

I am passionate about outdoor pursuits and spend my family time horse riding, trials biking, cycling, clay pigeon shooting and exploring. 

Operating from our showroom on Sheffield Road, Whittington Moor, we have been in business since 2007, enjoying year on year growth and commercial success. 

At Motorseeker UK, we have always invested heavily in customer care, this being repaid with referrals and customers returning time and time again to renew their vehicles.  

We’ve built an excellent reputation for our knowledge of the LandRover product, enabling us to provide accurate, timely appraisals of our customers’ vehicles for part exchange, sale or return purposes, as well as sourcing the perfect vehicle and finance for their personal and commercial needs.

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

I am particularly pleased to see the amazing renovation work being carried out on the Chesterfield Canal. The 220-year- old Cuckoo Way towpath provides a wonderful place to explore for walkers and cyclists.  With the canal basin development at Chesterfield Waterside, there are plans to hold canal boating festivals and similar events and will no doubt provide an incredible boost to our local economy.

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

Working in Chesterfield has enabled me to explore the beautiful Peak District.

The town is littered with wonderful little eateries. There is  easy access to restaurants and pubs in and around Chesterfield itself.

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

We benefit from an ideal geographical position, with easy access to Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester and surrounding localities providing an invaluable reach for our business. 

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

I am fortunate to have an MD of the business who is professionally qualified as a chartered secretary.  David has been president of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, and is a great sounding board for business advice.

5. Why did you choose to base your business in Chesterfield?

Our LandRover and 4x4 vehicle profile is ideally suited to people who live and work in the local area and many of our customers are from farming and agricultural backgrounds as well as trade based professions.

6. What are the aspirations of your business?

We want to excel in everything we do but not lose sight of why we enjoy coming to work. We love to welcome everyone and take pleasure in showing them our interesting array of stock.