Buxton is open for business, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce declared as it opened a new support centre in the town.
And it will enable the Chamber to attack the recession with a pincer movement aimed at producing growth: help and advice for business, and support and training for the long-term unemployed looking to get back into work.
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, who jointly with DNCC President Ian Greenaway officially opened the new premises on Fairfield Road, said it was vital to help the High Peak’s economy growing.
“High Peak is at the tip of Derbyshire, and it’s very easy for us to get forgotten,” said the MP, who opened a similar office in Glossop the same day.
“I applaud the Chamber for opening these offices.”
The office will be utilised to support the long-term unemployed in Buxton through the Chamber’s provision of activities under the Government’s Work Programme, said George Cowcher, its Chief Executive.
“It’s a very good project which the Government has devised,” said Mr Cowcher. “It’s also very good for employer because they will get members of staff entirely suited to their needs.”
Three people will be employed at the new office, which will be supported by a local events programme, membership engagement activity and a business start-up offering tailored to the High Peak.
Mr Greenaway said: “The High Peak remains a key area of focus for the Chamber and its activities, given the high concentration of members it has in the constituency and will be enhancing its offering in this area to meet this growing demand for business support, engagement and representation, as well as underpinning the work it is doing to help get the long term unemployed back into sustainable employment, through its delivery of the Government’s Work Programme contract.
“This new office will give businesses and job-seekers alike easy access to the Chamber and its services at this convenient town centre location.”