Isn’t it good – Norwegians would like to try Peak ideas

Small scale, family businesses from three countries have met in the Peak District to share ideas in a multinational rural business networking event.

The three-day business exchange saw businesses from the Peak District, Norway and Sweden learn from each others’ experiences and inspire new business ideas.

Peak District businesses showcased their work including a phone-app linking food and Peak District farms, landscape and business developments at Rivendale caravan site near Biggin, new displays at the costume museum in Alstonefield, and the new product range at Rookes’ pottery in Hartington.

Tor Bolstad Jensen, who runs a mountain farm with holiday accommodation in Fyresdal, Norway, said he’d like to try some of the Peak’s ideas: “I was very interested in how Peak District businesses cater for holiday makers with mobility issues. I saw what special arrangements they have made, such as wet rooms and special lifting equipment, and how they make it look attractive and not too clinical.”

Felicity Brown, who has four award-winning holiday cabins at Hoe Grange Farm near Brassington, said: “By taking time out to talk about what you do in detail and see your business through another person’s eyes, you find out what you’re doing well and get ideas of things to improve.”

The visit was paid for by the participating businesses and supported by grants from the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund and the Live & Work Rural Programme. Peak District businesses have been invited to visit Norway for a reciprocal visit in September next year.