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The economic case

The economic case

  • Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader has pulled the council’s devolution bid to avoid an unnecessary waste of public money on a referendum called by Derbyshire County Council’s leader Councillor Barry Lewis.

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Due to its geographical position Chesterfield does most of its trade with the other areas that make up north east Derbyshire (Bolsover and North East Derbyshire) and with South Yorkshire. All of that geographical area is within the Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority area.


3,226 commuters travel to Chesterfield from Sheffield daily for work (compared with 253 from Derby and 216 from Nottingham), with 3,137 commuters going in the other direction (compared to 391 for Derby and 319 for Nottingham)


Six industry sectors in Chesterfield and South Yorkshire rely on each other to supply goods and services


Companies looking to re-locate their businesses are attracted to Chesterfield through our close association with the Sheffield City Region 

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Invest in Sheffield City Region generated 83 inward investment enquiries for Chesterfield 

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Compared to 29 enquiries from other sources 

Figures from between April 2013 and August 2015.




16 per cent of Chesterfield shoppers visit Meadowhall in Sheffield and 15 per cent go to Sheffield City Centre for shopping





There are 17 trains between 7am and 10am on weekdays between Chesterfield and Sheffield compared to 13 to Derby and 10 to Nottingham. 



Last updated on 13 June 2017