Tasteful development for popular Matlock café

Another upgrade is on the menu at Matlock’s popular Café in the Park thanks to free business advice from your District Council.

The business was nothing more than a takeaway kiosk with a storage area and ticket office when owner Kate Lane took it over 17 years ago.

Now the District Council’s Derbyshire Dales Business Advice Service, run by professional business advisor Heather Bradford, has helped Kate access funding to finance the next phase in the development of a growing operation.

Already this year, with the help of LEADER funding, the picturesque building in our award winning Hall Leys Park has benefited from a refitted kitchen, new double glazed windows and doors, an expanded indoor seating area and a toilet suitable for people with disabilities.

Removing a wall to open up the building and create an open-plan layout has vastly improved the café experience for customers.

The next phase of the refurbishment - starting next month –will now see the café’s low plasterboard ceiling removed to open up the building to the rafters, with restoration of the original beams.

Kate, originally from South Africa, said:

“I’m really looking forward to this next phase as it will make the café so much more light and airy. Plus we will have an outdoor courtyard area adjacent to the café with rustic seating and views across the park. Heather has helped every step of the way and her knowledge of local funding streams and the application process has been invaluable.”

Home baking and themed bistro nights are now integral parts of the café’s success story. Local ingredients are used as much as possible, with meats from two local butchers and baked goods from two local bakers.

Kate’s own baking skills are concentrated on producing savoury products, while her manager Mel Cronje concentrates on delicious cakes and other sweet products.

In addition to advice on sources of funding the District Council works with local partners to offer a range of business courses. Coming up in the next few weeks are free workshops on ‘Cyber Resilience for businesses’ (7 November, Bakewell), ‘Exporting - A Beginner’s Guide’ (21 November, Bakewell) and ‘Getting Ready for the General Data Protection Regulation’ (8 December, Buxton). Business Startup workshops are on 16 November (Hathersage) and 24 November (Matlock).

Dales businesses needing help with their growth projects can contact Derbyshire Dales Business Advice, part of the D2N2 LEP Growth Hub on 01629 761330 or email heather.bradford@derbyshiredales.gov.uk. There's also an online contact form at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/businessform. The service is part funded by the District Council and European Regional Development Fund.

Business advisor Heather Bradford (left) with cafe owner Kate Lane

The picturesque Cafe in the Park

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. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

Another upgrade is on the menu at Matlock’s popular Café in the Park thanks to free business advice from your District Council.

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