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Chesterfield’s visitor economy takes centre stage at key summit

Rupert Carr
Rupert Carr

Chesterfield’s burgeoning visitor economy and how it can be used to further regenerate the area will be the focus of the town’s Investment Summit in September.

The free event at Casa Hotel will feature keynote speeches by Rupert Carr, director of Birchall Properties, the company behind Peak Resort, and James Berresford, chairman of the Derbyshire Culture Heritage and Tourism Board and former chief executive of Visit England.

They will be joined by Adam Hearld of Jomast Developments, which is transforming the former Co-op building, and Huw Bowen, chief executive of Chesterfield Borough Council.

Organised by Destination Chesterfield, Derbyshire Economic Partnership and Marketing Derby and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the annual Investment Summit is designed to update the property industry and the business community on the latest investment opportunities in the area. As well as the keynote speakers, there will be an update on regeneration sites, exhibitors from key regeneration sites and a question and answer panel with speakers and local decision-makers.

Peter Swallow, chairman of Destination Chesterfield and Derbyshire Economic Partnership board member, said: “With Chesterfield’s location and connectivity within the UK, the town has always had a unique appeal to investors.

“The announcement of the HS2 stop in Chesterfield, along with the major hotel and housing developments taking place, have sparked, and continue to spark, a surge of interest in the town from inward investors locally, regionally and nationally.

“It is critical everyone understands the opportunities available both now and in future years and the Investment Summit event is the forum to enable this. It is a very exciting time for the town.”

- The summit takes place from 8.30am-noon on Wednesday, September 19. To book your place, go to chesterfield.co.uk/events/chesterfield-investment-summit/.