My name is Laura Jo Owen and I live in Chesterfield with my husband Adam.
We also live with our furry family including Gandalf the Cairn terrier (head of security at Adorn) and our two black and white cats Pyclet and Kermit.
I moved to Chesterfield when I was six years old and, although I’ve travelled and lived in different places, I’m extremely proud to call Chesterfield my home.
Adam and I own and run our award-winning business, Adorn Jewellers, in Middle Shambles at the heart of Chesterfield.
We opened Adorn in 2010 and became Chesterfield Champions soon after.
We’re proud to have been named the Derbyshire Times Retailer of the Year in 2016, as well as being awarded Jewellery and Accessories Retailer of the Year and Excellence in Customer Service in the Chesterfield Retail Awards for 2015 and 2016.
1. What’s your best memory of the town?
The award ceremonies last year are my favourite memory of the town, to have so many talented business people in one place was incredible, and it was such an amazing feeling to win.
2. What development do you think will make the biggest difference to the town?
We are looking forward to seeing the Co-op redevelopment start to take shape over the coming months.
There’s a real feeling of change and growth in the air in Chesterfield at the moment and it’s an exciting time to be doing business.
3. How would you describe Chesterfield to someone who has never visited?
We often recommend Chesterfield to people we meet, I describe it as characterful and vibrant.
The town is easy to find your way around but has plenty to explore, hidden lanes and cosy tea shops, historical churches, picturesque architecture and lovely shops.
4. What are the positives of running a business here?
We’re well located so many customers can visit easily and there is a great atmosphere, especially on market days.
We are also fortunate to have amazing customers that support local businesses such as ours.
5. Who or what do you turn to in Chesterfield for business advice?
Mitchell’s Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers run wonderful ladies networking events where I meet many different business women. Also, I have often asked Anna Melton, Chesterfield’s own PR guru, for advice. Running In the Works PR, she is a strong voice locally.
6. Why did you choose to base your business in Chesterfield?
When looking to locate our business, we wanted to be somewhere that we enjoyed living, that was open to our different ideas and was ready for growth. We also like the community spirit.
7. Who do you admire in the community?
Councillor Barry Bingham, who held the position of Mayor during 2015. Barry and his wife June work tirelessly within their community and are always willing to offer help and advice.