Chesterfield Champion Jillian Thomas, MD of Future Life Wealth Management

Future is very rosy for town with thriving small buisnesses

Chesterfield Champion Jillian Thomas, MD of Future Life Wealth Management

I am managing director of Future Life Wealth Management which is based at Renishaw.

In 2012 I was runner-up in the Derbyshire Times Business Personality of the Year and the company won Small Business of the Year.

Next year I am due to become president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry – only the second woman to do so in the Chamber’s 160 year history.

Future Life Wealth Management started trading in February 2010 aiming to offer bespoke financial planning service to generators and receivers of wealth. Originally based in the stable block at Renishaw Hall, but following a recent move, Future Life Wealth Management’s six employees and the office dog Tilly, are now housed in a state-of-the-art office at Ravenshorn Way.

What do you like best about living in Chesterfield?

The people. Chesterfield is not as big as Sheffield and that means people have more time and aren’t rushing around. It means they can find time to discuss their finances properly and invest in themselves. I also love the market place and the refurbished market hall and love to find time to do my veg shopping there.

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

I went out to Tideswell the other day and found myself marvelling at how beautiful the countryside and the dry stone walls are. Some times when you are working in an office all day you do forget. For a day out it has to be Chatsworth. It’s the place I take clients from overseas to.

Where is your favourite place to eat out locally?

I have just discovered Piedaniels in Bakewell. They offer imaginative cooking of a very high standard, combined with beautifully relaxed surroundings. It’s one of many excellent eating places in the area that we don’t shout about enough.

What are the positives about running a business here?

As a financial person I do think about the cost, and it is very competitive when it comes to overheads. But there are also some very qualified people, with a desire to learn and progress, and there is a thriving economy. All of that helps us to help others grow their businesses.

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

Unlike Sheffield and Leeds that have lots of massive conglomerates we have lots of thriving small businesses. So I think the future is very positive. And I think the city region overall will see rapid and sustained growth over the next two or three years. So the future is very rosy.

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

As someone who loves to eat out, I am constantly amazed at the emergence of new eating places. I would love to see that continue and for the Chesterfield area to become known as a gastronomic destination.

What three words best sum up Chesterfield?

Forward-thinking, emerging, inspiring.