Company behind Chesterfield Hotel has new Spanish boss

Chesterfield Hotel.
Chesterfield Hotel.

The company behind Chesterfield Hotel has a new boss.

According to Companies House, 67-year-old Malcolm Aw, of Adeje, Tenerife, is now director of GS Trading VI (Chesterfield) Ltd.

He takes over from Daniel James O’Doherty, who resigned on February 1.

GS Trading VI (Chesterfield) Ltd operated the former hotel, which closed on January 31 after almost 140 years in the town.

The firm is still active, according to Companies House, but the future of the Malkin Street site is not currently known.

Mr Aw is also executive chairman of Waterleau Plc, a London-based company which aims to provide an “inexhaustible supply of fresh and pure drinking water”.

Chesterfield Hotel opened in 1877.

Over the years, it was the venue for thousands of social occasions – including weddings, birthday celebrations and Christmas parties – and was a major employer.

When it closed, town leaders and residents expressed their sadness at the demise of the well-known institution, one of Chesterfield’s longest-running businesses.

Forty-five members of staff lost their jobs.

At the time, George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire chamber of commerce, said: “The loss of any business is never good news, particularly for the people who will lose their jobs.

“The fact that Chesterfield Hotel is such a prominent building, a landmark for the town for nearly 140 years, makes the potential impact of the closure even more significant.

“With so much regeneration planned for that side of the town, we hope the owners will be successful in finding a future use for the building.”

The exact reason for its closure has not been revealed – but former Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins held urgent talks with representatives from the hotel in January to discuss money problems.

Since its closure, criminals have targeted the building on two separate occasions, stealing property and smashing windows.