Chesterfield Champions: James Pgson, Northern Tea Merchants

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People, location, atmosphere - it’s a good feeling to be part of this

Chesterfield Champions: James Pogson, Northern Tea Merchants

I live and works in Chesterfield and am the director of Northern Tea Merchants.

Northern Tea Merchants has a long history in Chesterfield, established by James’ Grandfather in 1936 as The Spire Tea Company at 322 Chatsworth Road, not far from where they are located now.

James’ father took over the business in 1959, and built the first unit on Whitting Valley Road in 1968, moving to Northern Tea Merchants existing premises at 193 Chatsworth Road in 1978.

Today Northern Tea Merchants employs 26 people, and produces more than 100 million tea bags, and roasts approximately 200 tonnes of coffee per year, which is supplies to a wide variety of customers, from cafes to pubs and restaurants, to stately homes and supermarkets worldwide.

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

I like the people, the location and the atmosphere. There are a lot of characters in Chesterfield and they all contribute to the vibrancy and uniqueness of this wonderful borough.

The location is second-to none, less than two hours on a main railway line to London, easy access to three M1 junctions, quick access to the beautiful Peak District.

It’s a good feeling to be part of this.

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

I love walking and riding my motorbike in the Peak District, eating out, and cooking. Otherwise, I’m at work!

Where is your favourite place to eat out locally?

There’s so many: Calabria, The Cavendish, Peak Edge Hotel and Hodgkinson’s Hotel in Matlock Bath. Each of these venues has its own character, and is successful for many different reasons. The thing that binds them all together is the excellent quality of what they do.

What are the positives about running a business here?

Its location: easy access to road and mainline rail networks, and the people: enthusiastic, warm and friendly. We’re also greatly benefitted by the range of products and services that are all local.

We have some world class artisans, skilled engineers, excellent designers, and other business gems that are all local, that offer second-to-none services that are difficult to find in other parts of the country.

How do you see the future for Chesterfield and its small businesses?

Continuing to improve the area will attract more skilled and higher earning people to move here, providing jobs for residents and opportunities for small businesses to supply their products and services.

If you had a magic wand, what one thing would you do to improve Chesterfield?

I would improve the gateways to Chesterfield so that people visiting or passing through on their way to the Peak District get a good impression instantly.

The artwork on the Hornsbridge Island is a step in the right direction.

What three words best sum up Chesterfield?

Energetic, Enthusiastic, Erudite.