Derbyshire Dales council helps farm machinery firm grow in the Sahara

Bakewell business Shutts Farm Machinery has received  free business advice from Derbyshire Dales District Council on how to expand its premises to meet growing international demand; pictured are business advisor Heather Bradford with Shutts owner Richard Corbridge.
Bakewell business Shutts Farm Machinery has received free business advice from Derbyshire Dales District Council on how to expand its premises to meet growing international demand; pictured are business advisor Heather Bradford with Shutts owner Richard Corbridge.

A Bakewell farming supplier has enlisted free business support from the district council after seeing red hot growth in demand for exports to the Sahara region.

Shutts Farm Machinery, owned by brothers Richard and Jamie Corbridge, are working on what will be the world’s biggest farm in Egypt.

To meet the demands of the project, they needed to construct a new 3,000 sq ft building at their Shutts Lane base, and so turned to Heather Bradford at Derbyshire Dales Business Advice for help with grant applications.

Richard said: “We couldn’t have done it without Heather - her help was absolutely invaluable. I’d recommend any small or medium business in the Dales that wants to grow should try for grant funding.

“The advice service means you are not on your own when completing the forms, and the specialist advice is free.”

The brothers are now planning to take on two new staff thanks to the expansion.

Derbyshire Dales Business Advice is funded by the council and the European Regional Development Fund. See www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/businessadvice for details.