THE new year is set to bring new hope to Dales businesses as a free advice service is launched.
Derbyshire Dales District Council has set up a scheme to help the area’s firms grow and recover from the recession.
Council leader Lewis Rose said: “We feel strongly that local businesses, particularly those with growth plans, need this support.
“Economic development is now one of the top two priorities for Derbyshire Dales District Council.
“While some businesses get the help they need from websites, many need 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, which is being funded by the district council initially for six months, is being run by professional business adviser Heather Bradford.
Heather will be providing face-to-face support for businesses wanting to grow and take on more employees.
A series of events to help develop existing businesses and for people starting out in the Dales will also be run.
Heather said: “I’m delighted to be continuing the face-to-face advice provided previously by organisations such as Business Link.
“Business advice often works best by talking through ideas and problems.
“It’s great to be 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 Dales to benefit from the free advice service and priority will be given to those with growth potential.
Bookings will be taken through an enquiry form at derbyshiredales.gov.uk/businessadvice
The new advice service – available two days a week – is designed to complement online information at www.businesslink.gov.uk and events organised by the Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce.