Investment News | 18 November 2020

High street expert at Chesterfield Investment Summit

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Town centre expert Ojay McDonald will head the speaker line-up for this year’s Chesterfield Investment Summit.

Now in its fourth year, the free-to-attend event will take place on Wednesday 25th November – and will be held online for the first time.

Ojay McDonald

As chief executive of the Association of Town and City Management, Mr McDonald is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on the high street.

He works with government ministers, parliamentarians, economic development professionals, business leaders and place-makers across the UK and Ireland to support town and city centres.

At the event, which runs from 8.30am to 10am, he will address the challenges the high street faces following its second lockdown, and how it can be helped to survive and thrive in the face of adversity.

Mr McDonald will be joined by a number of other speakers at the virtual event, including Elaine Clark, chief executive of Rail Forum Midlands, who will talk about the post-pandemic opportunities for Chesterfield within the rail sector.

Darren Mansfield, partner at global real estate consultants Knight Frank, will also speak at the event to address Chesterfield’s office proposition.

Knight Frank has recently been appointed to find tenants for office space currently under construction at Chesterfield Waterside.


Other speakers include Dr Huw Bowen, chief executive of Chesterfield Borough Council, Councillor Tony King, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration at Derbyshire County Council and Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield manager.

Peter Swallow, chairman of Destination Chesterfield, which is one of the event’s organisers, said: “The annual investment summit is always a popular event in the business community’s calendar and I’m delighted that we have been able to make it happen again despite the challenging circumstances.

“It’s very easy to feel doom and gloom but the investment summit will show that despite the pandemic, Chesterfield has continued to move forward with developments and plans, opening up investment opportunities which will make a significant difference to the recovery of the area.”

The event is organised by Derbyshire Economic Partnership, Destination Chesterfield and Marketing Derby and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

To find out more about the event and book your free place visit please click here.

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