New Year, new start for young Dales businesses

Young businesses in the Derbyshire Dales can start the New Year by taking advantage of free workshops in Bakewell.

The 19 January events are being delivered at your District Council's Agricultural Business Centre in two sessions - from 10am to 1pm and 2-5pm - by a free-to-use support service.

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Launchpad service - delivered locally by Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd on behalf of the District Council - helps individuals thinking of starting a business, new businesses registered but not yet trading and businesses trading for up to 24 months who need help with their growth plans.

The early session on 19 January is a business development workshop for would-be entrepreneurs with an idea or those who have been trading for less than two years and want to take stock and plan the next steps. The afternoon workshop has a "Going for Growth" theme and is aimed at businesses that want to grow and might be ready to employ additional staff.

The Launchpad service is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund with the remaining funding provided by the District Council.

Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

"These free workshops are part of a continuing series of events that aims to help any of our local businesses that are thinking of expanding or taking on employees. It's a great opportunity also for businesses to network, boost their knowledge and feed back ideas and views direct to the District Council."

Julie White, who runs Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd with fellow director Nick Platt, said:

“Our advice and support service is completely free and provides practical help for ambitious entrepreneurs setting up or just starting new businesses.”

To book a place on the Bakewell workshops, email or phone 07971 666474.

Further workshops will follow in Wirksworth at the end of February and in Matlock and Sudbury in March. More information is available online at

  • The project is receiving up to £26,700 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund, part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for ERDF funding through the Growth Programme, funds established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. By investing in projects the funds will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit
Nick Platt and Julie White of Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd

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