Derbyshire LIVE: Long queue outside Primark and hair salons as non-essential stores reopen in Chesterfield town centre

Welcome to the Derbyshire Times’ live blog on Monday, April 12.

We’ll be bringing you the latest news from across Chesterfield and north Derbyshire as the next phase of easing lockdown restrictions gets underway.

Our photographer will be out and about today capturing that long-awaited moment as people venture out to shops and enjoy that first meal or drink outside.

Follow the live blog below for updates.

Chesterfield market when it reopened following the first lockdown last year.

Live updates as non-essential shops, pubs and hairdressers reopen in Chesterfield and across north Derbyshire

Last updated: Monday, 12 April, 2021, 13:43

  • PM tells people to ‘behave responsibly’ as pub beer gardens reopen
  • First customers visit Barlow pub to enjoy breakfast in the sun
  • Queues form outside Primark and hair salons as lockdown rules ease in Chesterfield town centre

First customers visit Ashgate Hospicecare’s Chesterfield store

Vanishing Point Records in Theatre Yard reopens for business once again

Hobbycraft on Ravenside Retail Park ‘happy’ to welcome customers back to store

Ashgate Hospice celebrates the reopening of its charity shops

What is the weather in Chesterfield today? Full Met Office forecast as lockdown rules ease

Lockdown rules have eased in Chesterfield today – and the weather forecast is looking hopeful for those hoping to enjoy that first drink or meal outside.

You can view the full forecast for the next 14 days here.

More pictures of Chesterfield town centre as restrictions ease

Ready for that post-lockdown haircut

Queues are forming outside Magnolia Barbering, in Chesterfield town centre, as customers await that first post-lockdown hair cut.

More punters enjoying their first pint at The Portland Hotel Wetherspoons

Chesterfield town centre busy once again as shoppers return

Confidence returns for businesses as next phase of easing restrictions begins, new East Midlands Chamber data finds

Confidence among the region’s businesses is at its highest since before the last general election as thepartial reopening of the economy begins, according to new data compiled by East Midlands Chamber.

The latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) for Q1 2021 showed a net 53 per cent of businesses expect their turnover to improve over the coming year, with a third (net 35 per cent) anticipating a rise in profits.

It was the most comprehensive QES yet – with responses from a record 540 businesses in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire between February 15 and March 8– and is published today (12 April).

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the Chamber, said: “The survey data suggests businesses are ready to grow and support the wider economic recovery the country now needs.

“Sentiment among businesses is as strong as it has been since summer 2019, supported by the successfulvaccine rollout programme, a roadmap for reopening the economy and a broadly positive response to the spring budget.

“As stage two of the roadmap begins today, this research highlights that businesses are ready to take advantage of the opportunities this will bring as we  edge towards a fully open and functioning economy, anchored by an anticipated pent-up consumer demand.”

Investment intentions are also on the up, with a net 7 per cent and 15 per cent respectively, planning increased investment in people and equipment.

Recruitment expectations are also strong – 30 per cent expect their workforce to grow, with the majority of these posts full time and permanent.

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