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Doing business in Chesterfield

If you are already an established business, new to Chesterfield or thinking about locating your business in Chesterfield, it is a great place to be.

Why Chesterfield?

We’re a centrally located, cost-effective town that is brilliantly connected, we’ve new buildings and businesses, enthusiastic and skilled people and, most importantly we offer a great lifestyle.  We are a place that is ‘on the up’ with something to offer everyone.

You can read success stories, and find more information about investing and relocating to Chesterfield on our Destination Chesterfield website. 

Over the next few years Chesterfield will see over £1 billion worth of development.  There are currently many major regeneration schemes in Chesterfield including Chesterfield Waterside, Northern Gateway, Peak Resort and Markham Vale.

Chesterfield Borough Council is here to help with your business venture, find out more below:

Here in Economic Development, we have a team of dedicated professionals to support and encourage your business to grow.  We welcome contact from local businesses seeking advice.  

We can offer assistance such as signposting to our range of partners for funding support, finding a new business premises and providing information on skills and employment.  Call us on 01246 345255, we are always happy to listen and help where possible. 

There are a number of organisations that can help support you on a new business venture, or help your business grow. 

The council also has a specialist Innovation Support Program with an appointed project manager on hand. 

Whether you need office, retail, or industrial premises for your business, we can help you find your perfect base to run your business from.  Your specific requirements can be discussed with the Economic Development Unit on 01246 345255, we can also arrange to keep you informed of future sites and premises availability. 

You can view a comprehensive sites and premises guide where there is also the option to use our online business premises search tool

Whether your business is expanding or diversifying, it is likely that the development of your workforce will be forefront in your mind.  We can offer dedicated guidance and support in this area including Apprenticeships, Recruitment, Skills Development and Redundancy Support and where appropriate, signpost you to relevant specialist advice and funding to support this activity.

Please see the jobs, skills, training and apprenticeship pages for more information or call Emily Williams on 01246 345254.

Are you passionate about Chesterfield and want to support the growth of the town?  The Chesterfield Champions are a network of businesses that support the activity of Destination Chesterfield to promote the town and grow the local economy. 

In return for their support, Champions receive access to exclusive events, marketing opportunities and a voice in the development of Chesterfield. 

We welcome interest from external suppliers and contractors to do business with.  Although we cannot discriminate in favour of local suppliers, we encourage local companies to compete for council contracts.  

Current contracts are advertised on the Source Derbyshire Website.

Are you hosting a meeting or event and need a quality location?  Chesterfield Borough Council owns many prestigious venues in the area that are available for hire such as the Winding Wheel theatre, the Market Hall Assembly Rooms, Hasland Village Hall or the Pomegranate Theatre. 

You can also find excellent conference facilities at our two innovation centres in Tapton and Dunston, where catering can also be arranged if required.

Chesterfield market has been trading for over 800 years and we are always happy to welcome new traders. 

We run a variety of markets throughout the year from regular weekly general markets to the medieval fun day each summer, with stalls from less than £10!

Our modern, purpose-built sports and leisure centres are the perfect locations for fun, physical activity and relaxation.  The Healthy Living Centre and Queen's Park Sports Centre have a wide range of facilities and activities on offer. 

Corporate membership is available when five or more people sign up for active leisure membership from the same company. 

Contact one of the sports centres to find out if your workplace is already on our list, or to enquire about corporate membership for your business. 

Does your business need car parking in Chesterfield?  We own and operate a range of quality car parking facilities and as well as discounted car parking for local residents and staff if they choose to pay in advance we can provide corporate rates to businesses.  

Please contact contact our parking services team on 01246 345593 or email

Chesterfield is brilliantly located in the centre of the UK with superb road, rail and air links, the town is famous for its 800 year-old open air market and the unique and unusual ‘Crooked Spire‘ church. 

There is an abundance of food and drink outlets throughout the town centre and surrounding areas, theatres, Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, a cinema, many parks, and much more.

Find out more on these, and details of local events.

If you are seeking to build or expand your premises but need some guidance, we have a supportive and proactive planning team who offer pre-application advice and can be contacted on 01246 345811. 

Use classes are given to commercial sites and premises. To change from one use class to another you may need to submit a planning application for change of use. To check out your use class please contact our planning technicians on 01246 345351.  

Please see the planning and development control section for more information. 

Building regulations are set of legal standards that must be applied to all construction work or alterations to buildings.  Building control ensure that buildings and works comply with the regulations. 

Building control services for Chesterfield are provided by Derbyshire Building Control Partnership and they can be contacted on 0333 880 200.

Are you looking to renovate and improve your commercial business premises?  As a ‘Derbyshire Trusted Trader’, we can carry out repairs and improvements to domestic and commercial properties at a competitive price.    

Call us free on 0800 587 5659 for a no obligation quote. 

Business Rates (or Non-domestic Rates) collected by local authorities are the way that those who are liable for non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services. 

If you have any questions regarding Business Rates, please call us on 01246 345171 and have either your account number or post code to hand.

Our licensing team deals with the licensing and regulation of a wide range of areas from taxis to sales of alcohol.  Please visit the licensing section on our website, or call us on 01246 345230 for more information. 

We can collect and dispose of your unavoidable business waste. 

Our trade waste service provides a regular collection from your premises, tailored to meet your needs - whether your business is large or small. 

As a business you must make sure that your waste is disposed of by a licensed waste carrier - let us take care of that for you. 

Contact us to discuss your options and get a free, no obligation quote. Call our trade waste team on 01246 345736 or email

Our pest control service can help with a variety of pest problems and are members of the Derbyshire Trusted Trader scheme

As well as issues with rats, mice, bats, grey squirrels and feral pigeons, our experienced pest control team can offer advice on a range of insect infestations including ants, bees, bedbugs, biscuit beetles, carpet beetles, cockroaches, fleas, mites, silverfish and wasps.

To store, prepare, distribute or sell food on business premises you need to be registered with the local authority.  Premise examples include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans. 

Some manufacturers handling products of animal origin may need to be approved by the local authority or the Food Standards Agency (meat hygiene), rather than registered. 

If you are uncertain whether your business needs to be approved or registered, please call us on 01246 345345.

All business owners, including self-employed persons, have a duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all their staff, and to not expose others who are not in their employment to risks associated with their business, such as customers. 

The health and safety team provides advice for the businesses we enforce. You can call us on 01246 345 749 or 01246 345 756.

Last updated on 01 August 2019