£100k funding boost for two Bakewell firms

Robert Evans of Bakewell brewery Peak Ales. Photo contributed.
Robert Evans of Bakewell brewery Peak Ales. Photo contributed.

Two Bakewell firms are expanding thanks to receiving more than £100,000 of funding from the Sheffield City Region and free business advice from Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Peak Ales, a microbrewery based in the Barn Brewery, in Chatsworth, and Holdsworth Chocolates, of Station Road, have been awarded the grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership’s unlocking business investment regional growth fund programme.

Peak Ales, who supply cask and bottled ales to pubs, hotels and retail outlets, plan to invest in an additional premises in Ashford in the Water, as demand is now exceeding production capacity at the company’s existing site.

The brewery’s growth plans will create up to five new jobs and the funding will be used to invest in a 20-barrel brewing facility.

Holdsworth Chocolates, who make handmade chocolates, are moving to a new factory unit at Deepdale Business Park and will spend the funding on new machinery, equipment and adaptations to the new premises.

The business supplies well known high-end outlets and with increased production, Holdsworth hope to ultimately increase their workforce with up to five new staff.