Ben Clulee, Senior Associate of our Derbyshire office has been featured as a Chesterfield Champion in the Derbyshire Times today.
I’m 34 years of age and recently a married man as of November 2014. I've worked in Chesterfield since September last year. although our office has been based in Chesterfield for the last 3 years now. I am a senior associate of Derbyshire Family Law based on New Square. Derbyshire Family Law has been in Chesterfield for three years and now employs eight members of staff that specialise solely in family law.
Our Chesterfield office is part of a large East Midlands based firm; Family Law Group, which has offices across the region and Milton Keynes.
What do you like best about living in Chesterfield and why?
Chesterfield itself is a lively town with a really friendly, community feel about it. It also has easy access to, in my opinion, the most beautiful countryside this country has to offer. This provides ample opportunity to spend weekends doing all sorts of outdoor activities.
What are your favourite ways to spend your free time in Derbyshire?
Free time in Derbyshire often means getting out and about with my springer spaniel Jasper, who’s going through gun-dog training at the moment. During the season I like to shoot, particularly at Kedleston Hall, but I also enjoy hiking across various areas of the High Peak and occasionally kayaking at places like Carsington Water.
Where is your favourite place to eat out locally and why?
My favourite place to eat in Chesterfield is definitely Calabria, as I love Italian food. This is why I also like to go to Café Aroma on the Chatsworth Road if I’m after something lighter before picking up sometghing from their deli to take home. Cocina at the Casa Hotel is also a very pleasant place to spend an evening for dinner.
What are the positives about running a business here?
The positives are that everybody in the town wants your business to succeed as they are all so passionate about the town doing well. There is a real buzz about Chesterfield at the moment with the investment that is taking place and I can see our business growing as the town grows, which is very exciting for the future.
How do you see the future for Chesterfield and its small businesses?
Chesterfield is undoubtedly a town that’s moving forward with the creation of more jobs and investment in leisure facilities and modern accommodation, which offers an improvement in lifestyle and attracts more people into the town. This means that any small business has the opportunity to benefit from that and offer its products and services to a developing market.
If you had a magic wand, what would you do to improve Chesterfield?
If I had a magic wand I would wave it over the beautiful old Co-op building to turn it into something community based like a bowling alley for young people, a meeting place for the elderly or even an ‘art-house’ cinema with a bookshop café.
What three words best sum up Chesterfield?
Friendly, lively, varied.