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Your District Council’s support to a Tideswell haulier carried a lot of weight – 30 tonnes to be precise!

That’s the payload of the new tractor unit and tipping trailer purchased by RLT Ltd with part funding from Peak LEADER, a grant scheme part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Defra.

Owned and run by husband and wife team Barrie and and Louise Handley, RLT Ltd (Richard Lane Transport) has been in business since 1999 and currently employs 15 people.

It’s one of 20 local businesses to secure grants worth over £675,000 towards up to 40% of capital costs for new equipment where projects lead to new job creation.

In RLT’s case, the support provided by the District Council and LEADER has helped the business create two jobs thanks to the purchase of the latest Euro 6 lorry, which has enabled the Handleys to expand their business to meet the demand for haulage of bulk loose products for the construction and agricultural industries.

Advising the firm throughout the funding process was the District Council’s Business Advisor Heather Bradford, and Barrie said:

“The help we received from Derbyshire Dales Business Advice Service was invaluable in our funding application and has helped our business grow to meet demand.”

RLT’s trucks – all of which proudly feature a drawing of Tidewell’s ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ – operate throughout the north-west of England and, to the east as far as Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.

District Council Chief Executive Dorcas Bunton said:

"Growing the economy of the Dales is important to us and we are delighted that our business advice service, delivered in partnership with the D2N2 Growth Hub, continues to guide local companies through their expansion plans, helping to create new jobs.”

Dales businesses needing help with their growth projects can contact Derbyshire Dales Business Advice online, by phoen on 07825 344653 or email heather.bradford@derbyshiredales.gov.uk. There's also an online contact form. The service is part funded by the District Council and European Regional Development Fund.

  • Derbyshire Dales Business Advisor Hather Bradford is pictured above (left) with RLT Ltd owners Louise and Barrie Handley and the new Euro 6 lorry

European Regional Development Fund

The European Regional Development Fund is 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 help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. More information online.

Your District Council’s support to a Tideswell haulier carried a lot of weight – 30 tonnes to be precise!

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