Help provided to haulage firm carried weight

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A Tideswell haulier has successfully expanded with the purchase of a the latest Euro 6 lorry.

RLT Ltd was able to access funding for the new machinery through funding from Peak LEADER, a grant scheme part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Defra.

The new vehicle has enabled owners Barrie and Louise Handley to expand their business to meet the demand for haulage of bulk loose products for the construction and agricultural industries.

Derbyshire Dales District Council gave the business essential advice throughout the funding process.

Richard said: “The help we received from Derbyshire Dales Business Advice Service was invaluable in our funding application and has helped our business grow to meet demand.”

RLT’s trucks – all of which proudly feature a drawing of Tidewell’s Cathedral of the Peak – operate throughout the north-west of England and to the east as far as Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.

District council chief executive Dorcas Bunton said: “Growing the economy of the Dales is important to us and we are delighted that our business advice service continues to guide local companies through their expansion plans, helping to create new jobs.”

Dales businesses needing help with their growth projects can contact Derbyshire Dales Business Advice on 07825 344653 or email

There is also an online contact form at The service is part-funded by the district council and European Regional Development Fund.