Peak businesses unite at annual conference

Peak District business can get stronger together – that was one of the big messages to come out of an annual conference.

More than 100 business people attending the event, hosted by Business Peak District, were urged to spread the word that membership of the organisation is free to any business or organisation in the area.

Chairman Jim Harrison, director of Bakewell’s Thornbridge Brewery, said: “We are delighted by the response to the conference.

“It was hosted by one of our most successful businesses, Hope Construction Materials, and gave all of us an insight into excellent working practices.

“The challenge in the next year is to get more businesses signed up that will stand by our vision of the Peak District as a distinctive, high quality rural environment with an enterprising, growing and sustainable economy.

“We are looking for organisations and individuals with a passion for the Peak District, its unique landscapes, character and experiences, and people who care for this spectacular part of the world and want to celebrate everything Peak District.”

Member benefits include email news updates about funding opportunities and useful business information, invitations to Business Peak District events and workshops, plus advice and support to help grow businesses.

The conference got off to a flying start with a tour of the cement works organised by Ashley Bryan, industrial director of Hope Construction Materials, who presented an inspiring talk on the steps the business has taken to grow and develop.

Business Peak District members get free associate membership of Derbyshire chamber of commerce.

For more, visit www.businesspeakdistrict.com.