Advice service brings 23 jobs

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Derbyshire Dales District Council’s free independent business advice service has been extended after helping 60 businesses and helping to create 23 jobs since its launch four months ago.

Derbyshire Dales Business Advice was funded by the district council initially for six months, but the contract for professional business adviser Heather Bradford has now been extended to the end of March next year.

Heather has been providing face-to-face support for Dales businesses wanting to grow and take on more employees.

Bookings are taken on a priority basis through a simple online enquiry form at derbyshiredales.gov.uk/businessadvice.

The district council has also set up a series of local events to help develop existing businesses and people considering starting a business in the Dales.

The new advice service – which has been available two days a week since December – is designed to complement useful online information at www.businesslink.gov.uk and events organised by Business Peak District.

Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, said: “Economic development is now one of the top two priorities for the district council and it is clear that our new business advice service is fulfilling a need in the Dales, particularly for local businesses with growth plans.

“We know from feedback that many businesses really appreciate the free support we are providing and they especially welcome the opportunity to talk through their ideas, problems and plans face to face.”

By establishing this new service, the district council has recognised this need and feedback tells us such a service is very welcome.”

Derbyshire Dales Business Advice is based at the district council’s Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre, which is well established as the rural business hub for the Peak District.

Businesses must be based in the Derbyshire Dales to benefit from the free advice service and priority will be given to those with growth potential. Businesses are urged to use the web enquiry method as a first option, or call 01629 810903.

Details of future business events are publicised online at derbyshiredales.gov.uk website and in local press.