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Free workshops for new Dales businesses

Free coaching workshops are on offer in September for would-be entrepreneurs thinking of starting or growing a business in the Derbyshire Dales.

The three-hour sessions in Bakewell, Wirksworth and Sudbury are being delivered by Growing Rural Enterprise Ltd, which gives business support through the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Launchpad project in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council.

To book in, contact business mentor Julie White from Growing Rural Enterprise (GRE) on 07971 666474 or email info@growingruralenterprise.co.uk

The sessions, aimed at start ups and businesses under 24 months old, take place at the District Council's Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell on Thursday 20 September from 10am to 1pm and at Wellspring Church in Wirksworth on the same day from 4-7pm. The third workshop takes place at GRE’s office in Main Road, Sudbury, on Tuesday 25 September from 4-7pm.

With ‘match’ funding provided by the District Council, the project is also supported by the European Regional Development Fund, part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Additional funding also comes from the SCR Combined Authority.

Julie (pictured above with fellow GRE director Nick Platt), said:

“These are free and focused workshops for people thinking of starting a business or working for themselves, delivered by passionate, impartial experts.”

GRE have been working with a range of businesses recently, including a dry stone waller, someone wishing to set up a campsite on the family farm and a woman who recycles adult clothing into baby and toddler clothes.

Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

"These free workshops are a great opportunity for local businesses to grow, but also to network, improve their knowledge and learn about other support available in the area." 

European Structural and Investment Funds

The project is receiving up to £26,700 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund, part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for ERDF funding through the Growth Programme, funds established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. By investing in projects the funds will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

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Free coaching workshops are on offer in September for would-be entrepreneurs thinking of starting or growing a business in the Derbyshire Dales.

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