CHESTERFIELD CHAMPION: David Penk of Penk Insurance says the town is a gateway to the glorious peaks

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I am David Penk, 53, and I co-own Penk Insurance with my wife Jenny Penk.

We have two daughters Samantha, 24, and Gina, 21.

I was born in Brimington and have lived and worked in Chesterfield all my life. We have an insurance brokerage business providing quality cover, expert advice and personal service in the arranging of private motor, home, travel, let property and pets as well as specialist insurance arrangements for business including commercial motor, property and asset protection and public and employers’ liability. 
The business has been established since 1988, we moved to 49-53 Chatsworth Road 13 years ago. 
We currently employ 11 staff and we are a big supporter of apprenticeship schemes.

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

Chesterfield has some great landmarks including the Spire, Market Place, Queens Park and it is the gateway to the glorious Peak District. We are also home to one of the oldest football clubs and a splendid new ground and hospitality venue.

Chesterfield is great for its leisure facilities including the Winding Wheel, Pomegranate Theatre and the soon to be opened Queens Park leisure complex and Peak leisure resort.

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

We try to support local family businesses wherever possible.

There are some fantastic specialist shops, numerous restaurants, cafes and takeaways and of course the many traditional pubs that make up the famous Brampton Mile.

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

There are many but I have just recently visited the Monkey Park Community Café & Bakery on Chester Street which is brilliant. Well worth a visit and they also have a bike repair shop.

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

Chatsworth Road is easily accessible, we have free parking and we know the area inside out, vital when looking to arrange your insurance.

We understand the issues regarding mining subsidence and landslip, local flood and weather risks.

5. What new development in the area excites you most?

I went to a meeting at the Zion Church a few years ago where they explained the proposed development of the former Robinsons disused land that runs adjacent to Chatsworth Road and it would be fantastic if this was to be realised one day.

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

Chesterfield town centre desperately needs a more ‘upmarket’ recreational area and the former co-op building could be the ideal solution if done properly. The thought of a quality town centre hotel, eateries, bars etc would be a great way to bring in couples, friends and family groups who are looking for a quiet and more laidback scene than the usual town centre boozing culture it is unfortunately renowned for.