Archive | December, 2013

Small Business Saturday: butchers, bakers, local small traders…

Saturday saw the biggest celebration of small businesses Britain has ever known, as communities across Derbyshire joined the celebrations for the first ever ‘Small Business Saturday’.

Toby Perkins visited traders across Chesterfield on Small Business Saturday

Toby Perkins visited traders across Chesterfield on Small Business Saturday

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins MP’s efforts in recognition of the day, visiting 25 independent retailers, traders  and small businesses the length and breadth of his constituency saw Chesterfield featured in the national newspapers.

Starting out at ‘Best Wishes’ in Staveley at 9:30am and finishing at Hasland Pet Store at 5:00, he visited over 25 different independent retailers.  Toby visited butchers, bakers, candle makers, market traders, gift shops, bike shops, hardware stores, perfume stores and even a nail bar on his whistle-stop tour.

Said Toby: “Independent retailers are based in the heart of our community and form so much of what we have to offer that makes Chesterfield a unique shopping experience.  It really is a question of ‘use them or lose them’ as it is all too easy to get into the habit of using only the big retailers”.

“Independent retailers offer a unique shopping experience with high levels of customer service, a wide variety of unique or unusual goods, and a diversity on our High Streets that means we are not an identikit town”.

Toby added: “I’m calling on every one this Christmas to think small and to shop local to give our town a boost and our independent retailers a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.”

 

To see pictures from all the retailers Toby visited on Saturday, check out his Twitter pictures: www.twitter.com/tobyperkinsmp/media

View Toby’s route around Town on a map: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=213433295875974695238.0004ed1bb6151238af0f3

For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit: http://www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/

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Perkins is mobbed by team mates after making the super save!

What a save!

Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, continued the town’s great legacy of goalkeeping this week, when he was presented with an award from the FA for the UK Parliament’s Football Club “Save of the Season”.

Playing out from the back, Perkins rolls the ball to a team mate

Playing out from the back, Perkins rolls the ball to a team mate

The 6’6” stopper was granted the prize for his save during UKPFC’s 7-5 win against Cystic Fibrosis Trust All Star XI back in May.  The game was played at QPR’s Loftus Road ground and involved the team of MPs and Lords taking on a group of celebrities including DJ Spoony and Omid Djalili to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis.  The charity match also raised £20,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

In his maiden speech to Parliament as a new MP back in 2010, Toby highlighted Chesterfield’s goalkeeping legacy.  He said:

“Football fans will know of the town as the home of goalkeepers, with legends such as Gordon Banks, the England World cup-winning goalkeeper, before him, Samuel Hardy, the England goalkeeper for 14 years at the end of the 19th century, and Bob Wilson, who served Arsenal, Scotland and sports broadcasting with tremendous distinction, all learning their trade in the town.”

Perkins is mobbed by team mates after making the super save!

Perkins is mobbed by team mates after making the super save!

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Toby Perkins MP addressing September's public meeting on the future of Chesterfield Crown Post Office

Post Office bosses to consult on ‘dicey’ move

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins is urging his constituents to attend a public meeting with Post Office bosses to share their views on ‘dicey’ proposals to relocate Chesterfield’s Crown Post Office into the Pavement’s Centre branch of WH Smith’s.

Toby Perkins MP addressing September's public meeting on the future of Chesterfield Crown Post Office

Toby Perkins MP addressing September’s public meeting on the future of Chesterfield Crown Post Office

A Post Office spokesman claimed the move is needed to save costs and is being carried out at 70 of their 373 ‘Crown Branches’ – larger stand-alone outlets, such as the branch in Chesterfield’s New Square. However, Mr Perkins has blasted the plans as ‘dicey’, saying they could “jeopardise the accessibility of the service”.

Mr Perkins continued: “The Crown Post Office in New Square is a vital service and iconic local landmark – I’d hate to see it disappear. I’m very concerned that this proposal would lead to a reduced level of expertise and a lower profile for important Post Office services. It’s hard to see how this service, which is often extremely busy, would function in the smaller space there is at WH Smith.

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the Chesterfield Hotel, opposite the Railway Station, on Wednesday 11th December from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Anyone unable to attend can share their views on the move by emailing comments@postoffice.co.uk or writing to the Post Office, addressing envelopes ‘Freepost – Your Comments, Post Office Ltd.    

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Hady Primary Christmas card competition winners

Creative kids make MP’s Christmas

Budding young artists from a Chesterfield School have risen to a challenge set by their MP – to design his official Christmas card.

Hady Primary School Christmas card winners with Toby Perkins

Hady Primary School Christmas card winners with Toby Perkins

The Hady Primary pupils were asked by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins to produce a festive design to adorn his seasonal greeting, sent to 3,000 people from businesses and constituents in Chesterfield to the Prime Minister and the Queen. The project was backed by sponsors Yeoman’s Outdoors and NAPIT meaning the venture used no public funds.

Mr Perkins visited the school to pick a winner from each year group before unveiling the overall winner at the Square Canvas Art Gallery in New Square in front of parents, teachers and guests on Friday. Judging criteria included inventive use of materials, originality of design and ability to reproduce the image in an electronic format for printing.

Mr Perkins announced that year one pupil Rehman Abdul had produced the winning design, commending his use of different textures and his ‘cheerful’ robins. All the other children’s designs have been included on the reverse of the card and each year group winner was presented with a certificate and gift by the MP.

Rehman Abdul's winning design

Rehman Abdul’s winning design

Commenting on the competition, Mr Perkins said: “I was amazed by the quality of artwork and the originality of design the children presented me with. It was hard to pick a winner but I’m really looking forward to sending my card out.”

“I’d like to thank all the Hady pupils who took part, the teachers who facilitated the competition and our generous sponsors Yeoman’s Outdoors and NAPIT for their support.”

 

 

 

For information about NAPIT, visit: http://www.napit.org.uk/

For information about Yeoman’s, visit: http://www.yeomansoutdoors.co.uk/

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Heron Publications founding members Helen Firth and Liza Justice with Toby Perkins MP

MP and Top Magazine in High Street-Boost Bid

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins visited the offices of the local magazine Twist to champion the importance of small, local businesses in the community.
Heron Publications founding members Helen Firth and Liza Justice with Toby Perkins MP

Heron Publications founding members Helen Firth and Liza Justice with Toby Perkins MP

The Shadow Minister for Small Businesses says we can all help out by supporting our independent traders.

He told staff at the magazine: “If people just head to their local butchers once in a while rather than buying all their meat from a huge supermarket, for example, they can help out a small business while getting a high quality product.”
Toby praised the work of Twist for giving a platform to small businesses to advertise to the people most likely to benefit from their services. The magazine recently won a ‘Highly Commended’ trophy in the 2013 National Magazine Awards for the quality of its front pages.
Coming up on Saturday 7th December is Small Business Saturday, an event designed to promote local enterprises and encourage people to move away from buying products from big businesses once in a while and instead go to their local, independent alternatives.
For more information about Twist Magazine, visit www.heronpublications.co.uk
For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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