Jobs boost for Peaks over next few years

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The jobs market in the Peaks could be in for a boost thanks to £6000,000 funding.

Visit Peak District and Derbyshire estimates that around 130 new jobs could be created in the national park thanks to the funding, which has been provided by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

Over the next three years the money will be used by the tourism board to press on with its planned strategy based on the themes The Great Escape and Active Peak, as part of national tourist board VisitEngland’s partnership project ‘Growing Tourism Locally’.

The cash will include match funding from private sector partners and other tourist board investment to ensure that the best possible value is achieved throughout the campaign.

“We’re delighted to receive news that the Peak District is sharing in the latest round of Government RGF funding,” said David Thornton, head of marketing and deputy chief executive at the tourist board.

“We’ve been working hard over the past seven years to establish the area as a world class destination through imaginative and far-reaching marketing initiatives, and this valuable boost will help to ensure that our work can continue.

“Like previous marketing projects, our focus will be firmly on promoting the Peak District as a fabulous place to spend holidays and short breaks, as well as creating real jobs and real benefits for the economy and local businesses along the way.”