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Top Dales businesses gather for 2nd CEOs’ forum

Key local issues including improving broadband connectivity and retaining young talent were on the agenda as some of the biggest companies in the Derbyshire Dales met for a business breakfast on Monday 22 July in Matlock Bath.

The second Derbyshire Dales Chief Executives' Forum, hosted by Derbyshire Dales District Council's CEO Paul Wilson, was designed to continue interaction at a senior level between the council and businesses that are of strategic importance to the Dales economy.

Also discussed was the need to increase productivity in the Dales to drive economic growth, affordable housing and town centres.

Derbyshire Dales MP the Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin, who joined the gathering at the New Bath Hotel said:
"After also attending the first of these forums last year I am encouraged that the private and public sectors are committed to working together to promote opportunities here in the Derbyshire Dales for the benefit of all its residents. I would definitely urge even more local businesses to get involved.”

Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Garry Purdy said:
“It was very helpful to be able to meet face to face with business leaders who help make this area tick and get their feedback on key local issues.”
Business leaders gather for the breakfast meeting with Paul Wilson and Sir Patrick McLoughlin
Senior representatives from the Peak District National Peak Authority, Derbyshire County Council and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership also attended at the invitation of the District Council, and the group debated current issues facing local companies, including the impact of the EU Exit delay and the health of the current business environment.

Paul Wilson said:
"The public sector can more easily support much needed economic growth by hearing at first hand – and understanding - the big issues faced by our local business community.
"We also heard about the emerging D2N2 Local Industrial Strategy and managed to fit in a lot of good work and networking into less than two hours. My thanks go to all who attended and contributed."

Managing Director of William Twigg (Matlock) Ltd, Richard Tarbatt said:
"It was very useful to hear what challenges we all face as business leaders in the Derbyshire Dales. The District Council should be commended for asking local businesses what are the key areas the Council need to focus on from a business perspective and for requesting feedback to make sure their priorities are correctly focussed."

Derbyshire Dales District Council will run a third Chief Executives’ Forum in 2020.
Key local issues including improving broadband connectivity and retaining young talent were on the agenda as some of the biggest companies in the Derbyshire Dales met for a business breakfast on Monday 22 July in Matlock Bath.

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