COLUMN: Chesterfield Champion Jayne Dukelow of Derbyshire Pony Trekking talks about her historic home town

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Jayne Dukelow, 48, has lived and worked in the Chesterfield area all her life. She is married and has a daughter Zoe.

Jayne has enjoyed a varied career in management with local companies including National Coal Board, Trebor Bassett, and Franke Sissons Ltd.

After moving to the

countryside in 2011, Jayne realised a gap in the market to establish a riding establishment that could offer the complete off-road aspect combined with beautiful scenery.

So she set up Derbyshire pony trekking, based in Upper Langwith.

Now she and her daughter Zoe work full time for the business to provide horse-riding tuition.

Derbyshire Pony Trekking now has 12 horses on the yard (one of these being a surprise foal which was born last year!) They cater for all riding abilities and ages and also run riding for the

disabled and people with learning disabilities and regularly takes on students for work experience.

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

I love the fact that Chesterfield is a quaint and compact town yet is so close to the countryside has such character and history and.

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

It’s great being out in the open and taking in the wonderful views we are blessed to have, along with enjoying the different seasons as they pass.

3 - Where is your favourite place to eat out locally and why?

Calabria, for its variety of food and customer service to match its fantastic menu!

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

We have a huge positive in running our business here in Derbyshire.

Being right in the heart of the county with a very good road infrastructure means it’s easily accessible, and the county being renowned for its beautiful countryside means it practically sells itself.

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

Chesterfield’s small

businesses need to help

promote each other more to compete with the large

establishments in today’s society, where everything is wanted instantly and easily.

We need to promote that small and friendly is quite

often better in value and quality.

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

Chesterfield’s town

centre needs to make it easier to park your car in the centre so as to tempt shoppers into the

centre of town instead of just opting for the outer

retail parks, where it is mainly the larger retail stores. This would enable the

smaller businesses in the town to showcase their

fantastic services more.

7 - What three words best sum up Chesterfield?

Historic, compact and friendly.