New venture will make the Peak District a place to do business with

New chair: Jim Harrison of Business Peak District.
New chair: Jim Harrison of Business Peak District.

Businesses of all sizes in the Peak District are being given a new voice with the creation of a group to promote the area as a place to do business.

Called Business Peak District the group will be led by a wide range of representatives from the business community and will represent all businesses.

Business bosses are being invited to join to find out about the group and its plans at an event at Thornbridge Hall, near Great Longstone, on Monday, May 16.

The group hopes to create and protect jobs, increase investment in the area, develop more apprenticeship and training opportunities and link with the tourism sector.

Jim Harrison, managing director of Thornbridge Brewery, has been appointed chair of the group. He said; “This group will give a voice to every Peak District business no matter what the size.

“Due to its rural location many Peak District businesses employ less than ten people but when you add them together that creates a significant amount of jobs and the wages of those staff support local communities.”

David James, of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire, said: “This offers opportunities for us to showcase local businesses to visitors from across Britain and abroad.”

To book a place at the launch email belinda.wybrow@peakdistrict.gov.uk.