Local Enterprise Partnerships

Businesses in the Peak District may fall into one or two of up to six Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) areas, depending on your location.

For example a business based in Derbyshire Dales, may be able to access support through D2N2 and also Sheffield City Region. Whereas a business based in the High Peak can only access support from D2N2.

The main three LEPs for the Peak District are:

D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) – covers all of the counties of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Sheffield City Region – covers some parts of Derbyshire including Derbyshire Dales District Council area, North East Derbyshire District Council, Chesterfield Borough and Bolsover District.

Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire – for Staffordshire based businesses.

Some businesses based on the outlying edge of the Peak District may fall into:

Cheshire & Warrington

Greater Manchester

Leeds City Region

 

What LEPs do

The job of LEPs is to:

  • provide a route for funding
  • respond to the needs of the local area by providing support to businesses through their Growth Hubs – (some of which are still in development)
  • look to drive economic growth to the local area by encouraging investment, and ensuring that funding is directed to help generate economic growth
  • gather information about the needs of business and feed this upwards to the government.

 

How Business Peak District ensures that our businesses are fully represented.

Each LEP covers a large geographic area, with a diverse range of businesses, sizes and sectors. Many of these are larger scale businesses, many are based in the cities.

Business Peak District provides a collective voice for local businesses, mainly small and medium sized businesses, often based in largely rural areas who, by their very nature are unlikely to have a voice.

The board members of Business Peak District regularly engage with the representatives from the LEPs, and feed in issues regarding the rural economy and the needs of the smaller businesses, to try and ensure that our area is adequately represented when policy and schemes are devised.

We cannot guarantee that this will give our area priority in the eyes of the LEPs, but we can ensure that they are aware that the rural economy is a significant contributor to the economic success of their area.

We already represent hundreds of local businesses – join us and make our voice stronger.