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Melanie Ulyatt, One to One Support Services.

Care service business grew out of a spare room in my house

My name is Melanie Ulyatt MBE and I am the managing director of One to One Support Services. I’m 47 and I was born in Chesterfield and have never left!
One to One Support Services was founded in 2006, starting life from a spare room in my house in Wingerworth. and provides health and social care services to vulnerable people in need.
However, what many people don’t know is that we also cover children’s services, older persons, disabled, mental health and we are also one of the few care companies to specialise in communications services.
Another string in the One to One Support bow is that we have our very own industry specific, and Signature and City & Guilds accredited, training academy based in Hasland.
1. What has been the highlight for your organisation over the past year?
Well, we are now in our new head office building in Holmewood. It’s much bigger than our old premises and has allowed us to expand and grow the business significantly, giving us the resources to realign infrastructure in preparation to develop the business and expand our reach into new areas. Currently, we are looking at expanding our presence in Leeds and Derby.
2. Which development do you think will most benefit the town?
I think the Northern Gateway development will greatly benefit the town. I am also looking forward to the development of Chesterfield Waterside which will also create hundreds of jobs and boost the local economy by bringing in tourism from surrounding cities and beyond. 
3. Which high profile events are working well in Chesterfield?
All the awards ceremonies, like the Derbyshire Times Business Awards, are always great, as you see a local business supporting and acknowledging the achievements of other businesses in the area. Then, there’s the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards celebrating the great places to visit and enjoy great food locally. Also, the Chesterfield Retail Awards, championing the best places to shop around Chesterfield.

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