Free business advice has enabled a family-owned Darley Dale company to expand and create new jobs.
Ashbrook Roofing Supplies, established for more than 30 years and supplying high quality roofing materials throughout the UK, has taken advantage of guidance provided by Derbyshire Dales District Council.
The council’s Derbyshire Dales Business Advice service supported the company through an application for funding from Peak LEADER, a grant scheme part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Defra.
The grant helped the company to extend the firm’s yard area and lay a concrete base, improving storage space and conditions for their range of over 4,500 roofing items. Digital systems have also seen a leap forward with a new website and better online sales capability.
And work has just started on the final part of the project – doubling the warehousing space and creating new areas for office and sales functions.
Operations Manager of Ashbrook Roofing, Bez Walker said:
“Our new facilities are helping us become more efficient and grow the business, particularly through online sales of roofing materials where we offer low prices and free delivery throughout the country.
“The support we received from Derbyshire Dales to access grant funding was invaluable and has helped us stay ahead in the industry.”
Four new jobs have already been created as a result of the company’s expansion and there are more to come when the final stage of the project is completed.
With a workforce of 30 and growing, the company promotes within its existing team and creates openings for new employees. Many other local business are also benefitting from Ashbrook’s growth, including their logistics partners Matlock Transport and Derby Express.
District Council Leader, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:
"It’s great news that our business advice service, delivered in partnership with the D2N2 Growth Hub, continues to help local companies achieve their expansion plans and create new jobs here in the Derbyshire Dales.”
Dales businesses needing help with their growth projects can contact Derbyshire Dales Business Advice online, by phone on 07825 344653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There's also an online contact form. The service is funded by the District Council and European Regional Development Fund.
- Derbyshire Dales Business Advisor Heather Bradford is pictured above (left) with Bez Walker and employees at Ashbrook Roofing Supplies.
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.