BUSINESS: Derbyshire Dales joins business partnership

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DERBYSHIRE Dales District Council is set to become the ninth full member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board.

The decision was given the official go-ahead at a meeting of the Derbyshire Dales District Council Corporate Committee, last month.

Leader of the Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, said: “Economic development is a high priority for the District Council, and Derbyshire Dales is pleased to be officially joining the LEP Board and looks forward to working in collaboration with private and public sector members to further the Sheffield City Region’s economic and employment ambitions.”

Sheffield City Region LEP Chairman James Newman said: “I am pleased to be able to welcome Derbyshire Dales District Council onto the LEP Board. This decision reflects the important economic linkages between the Derbyshire Dales and the Sheffield City Region.

“Derbyshire Dales’ membership will further bolster our economic and employment ambitions - particularly given its multitude of successful small businesses, high quality of life and unrivalled tourism offer.”

Derbyshire Dales District Council covers a large part of the Peak District and includes the towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth.

The District Council will join existing members Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Sheffield City Council.