''A recent cycling event created quite the buzz in town''
What politically turbulent times we live in. June’s general election has left us with another hung parliament and talk of yet another general election on the horizon within the next 12 months.
Life still goes on however, particularly here in Chesterfield. We cannot stand still when there is so much to do, whether that is regeneration, attracting investment or welcoming major events to the town.
I was delighted to see Chesterfield put under the national spotlight once again when the OVO Energy Women’s Tour arrived last month. What was more pleasing to see was the community involvement. The bikes, decorated by local schools, that were placed in and around the town, have certainly been a talking point and worked brilliantly well welcoming the cyclists and the many people who visited from outside the area.
At the event Chesterfield people did what they do best – gave a warm and friendly welcome. I am sure this will contribute to the many visitors who came to Chesterfield for the first time for the Tour returning to spend money in our shops and try out some of the great places to eat and drink that we have on offer.
We have the opportunity in July to once again show visitors what a wonderful town Chesterfield is when Queen’s Park stages the week-long cricket festival, playing host to teams from Durham and Yorkshire. Events like the Women’s Tour and the Festival of Cricket give us all the opportunity to play an important role in the continuing growth and success of Chesterfield.
Every visitor to our town could be a potential investor, new resident or employee and it’s important that they receive the very best first impression. We want them to return, spend money and recommend Chesterfield to their friends, relatives and colleagues. With this in mind, let’s all make sure we extend that warm and Chesterfield welcome that we pride ourselves on to every visitor.
Let’s make it a summer of success for the town.