The Proact Stadium's reputation as the area's premier conference & banqueting venue was endorsed at an awards ceremony in midweek.
The Proact won the inaugural Conference Venue of the Year award at the Chesterfield Food & Drink Awards event, held at Chesterfield College on Wednesday night.
The home of Chesterfield FC beat off competition from Peak Edge Hotel and Casa Hotel to claim the gong, which was voted for by the public.
Diane Shirt from the conference & banqueting department at the Proact expressed her delight at the recognition. She said: "We are very proud to have been named as the first winners of this award.
"It is a fantastic achievement which is just reward for the hard work and dedication shown by all the staff. Everyone works hard to ensure that guests are looked after when they come to the stadium and we receive some excellent feedback."
Paul Watts, events manager at the Proact, echoed his colleague's sentiments. He said: "The great thing about this award is that it’s actually voted for by the customers who have visited these establishments. It is very pleasing to hear that our customers have enjoyed the facilities, the food and the hospitality we offer.
"Without the staff, none of this would have been possible, so they deserve great credit because it is a team effort. Whether it is a wedding, funeral, bar mitzvah, conference or pop concert, we have the facilities and staff in place to make it a successful event."
Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner praised the conference & banqueting department. He said: "The changes we made to the management of the department a year ago have proved to be very successful, as this award shows. I'd like to congratulate Diane and Paul, together with head chef Paul Tattersall and their staff."
Anyone interested in booking an event at the Proact should email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01246 269300 (ext 4162).