Business Peak District Annual Report
16 November 2015
Over the last year the Board has continued to oversee implementation of the Enterprise Peak District package, agreed in March 2014, and lobby on key issues on behalf of Peak District businesses.
Progress with priority actions includes:
Access to Finance
Working with local authority partners to increase take-up of Global Derbyshire funding within the area. Partnering with local authorities to run jointly branded events promoting funding opportunities available to small and micro businesses, including the new EAFRD and LEADER rural development programmes.
Continuing to provide business representation on the PEAK LEADER Local Action Group to support the development and delivery of the new programme.
Growth Hubs & Spokes
Lobbying LEPs to enhance the capacity of local business advice services as part of the Growth Hub network. Local authority partners have secured D2N2 funding to increase support available to businesses in the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak during 2015/16.
Partners are also part of an EU funding bid, led by Nottingham City Council, to develop the D2N2 Growth Hub for a further three years and retain these enhanced local services.
Inspired by the Peak District Branding project Initiating a marketing campaign to step up promotion of the Inspired by the Peak District brand comprising: regular press releases and case studies featuring businesses using the brand; attendance at local business networking, food and drink and creative industry events; and embedding live links for Inspired by businesses onto the Business Peak District website. At the end of October 2015, 260 businesses had signed up to use the Inspired by the Peak District brand. A survey of early adopters has also been undertaken to inform the evaluation of the project.
Again as part of an EU bid, funding is being sought to develop and expand the Inspired by the Peak District branding project. The project forms part of a programme of initiatives aimed at Growing the Visitor Economy, led by Visit Peak District & Derbyshire. Contributions from Business Peak District Board Members, Visit Peak District and Local Authority partners will provide the match funding for the project should the bid prove successful.
Pedal Peak Business Initiative
Helping to shape proposals to encourage cycle tourism. Aimed at developing a series of cycle friendly business clusters along key cycling routes, this project has also been included within the EU Visitor Economy funding bid. If successful, the programme will commence in February 2016.
Premises and Infrastructure
Backing infrastructure projects submitted by local authority partners – Growth Deal Round 2 allocations have been made to support the expansion of Ashbourne Airfield Industrial Estate (new link road), Buxton Crescent and London Road Mill in Leek.
Continuing to press for full rollout of high speed internet access across the Peak District and promoting the Broadband Connection Voucher scheme to local businesses.
Skills and Supply Chain Events
Delivering key events, including ‘Learn to Pitch’ in Bakewell, targeted at food and drink manufacturing businesses and a Manufacturing and Engineering Showcase in Hope, involving a range of partners including the Manufacturing Advisory Service and East Midlands Chamber. Several Board members gave their time to support these events and the showcase was hosted by Hope Construction Materials. Together the events attracted 75 attendees.