Derbyshire Dales firms were given sound advice on how to get bigger and better at a series of free business forums.
Sixty-five local business representatives attended the evening events organised this month in Ashbourne, Bakewell and Matlock by your District Council on the theme of 'Promoting business growth – and there were many positive comments.
Part of the District Council's business engagement programme, the events were designed to increase awareness of the help and funding available to local firms.
John Cowings, of Matlock-based handcrafted chocolate maker Cacoa Elora, said: "It was a really helpful forum, thank you."
Kniveton Cider Company's representative agreed, commenting: "I attended a very useful business forum in Ashbourne - thanks to all."
The District Council's Chief Executive Dorcas Bunton chaired the business forum in Ashbourne. She said:
"It was tremendous to hear from local companies with growth aspirations. As a District Council we are committed to continuing to support them as one of our top priorities.
"Derbyshire Dales companies have secured growth grants totalling £571,000 recently, many helped with business plans and application forms by our business advisor. From the feedback we received the events have definitely been a big success."
- Since launching its free Derbyshire Dales Business Advice service three years ago, the District Council has assisted over 450 established and new start businesses, helping to create 275 new jobs.