COLUMN: ‘Chesterfield is very diverse – both city and countryside’

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My name is Kirsty Gascoigne. I am 33 and I have lived in Chesterfield all my life.

I have two gorgeous daughters, a long suffering husband and a lively mongrel dog.

I’m a director at Inspire Resourcing Ltd, I focus on the operations, strategy and compliance.

Inspire Resourcing is a specialist recruitment agency that can provide specific solutions to your permanent, interim and temporary requirements. Inspire is now almost eight years old, we’ve grown from just myself and my co MD Suzanne Lucas to a team of nine.

We have worked from several offices but are now settled at 79 Saltergate, Chesterfield.

Our mission has always been to supply a consistent, compliant and valuable recruitment service in order to meet our clients’ objectives whilst supporting candidates in jobs that they find fulfilling.

Our motto is live for the week not just the weekend.

1. What do you like best about living in Chesterfield and why?

I like living in Chesterfield because of the diversity of our surroundings, ten minutes in the car and you’re either in a bustling city or the beautiful countryside.

I’m also really fond of the town centre, I love the cobbles despite what they do to my heels.

2. What are your favourite ways to spend your free time in Derbyshire?

I generally spend my free time with my family, my girls love Hardwick Hall, Bolsover Castle and Frankie and Benny’s.

3. Where is your favourite place to shop locally and why?

My favourite place to shop locally is probably Debenhams,

I also like The Baby Linen House – but I need younger children to shop for now.

4. What is your favourite hidden gem in Chesterfield and why?

I like the local independent shops such as Alcoco where you can get some lovely gifts such as scarves, candles and chocolates.

Also, as a vegetarian, I like the hidden gem that is Organic Kitchen.

5. What are the positives about running a business here?

The best thing about running a business here is the people, there is a real sense of community amongst the businesses.

We work with some fantastic businesses and candidates, one of the best things about this job is that you get to work with so many different people.

6. What new development excites you most?

I’m excited about the Chesterfield Elder Way development.

I’m hoping for more wine bars and a gym in the town centre as that would be great to nip off to at lunch.

7. What do you believe Chesterfield needs but doesn’t yet have?

I would like another department store, maybe John Lewis and I think it needs more shops in the actual centre, I am not a fan of retail parks.