Dales Businesses gather for CEO Forum

Some of the Derbyshire Dales' biggest companies discussed current issues and the outlook for local enterprise at a business breakfast yesterday (Wednesday 27 July).


The Derbyshire Dales Chief Executives' Breakfast Forum, hosted by Derbyshire Dales District Council's CEO Paul Wilson, continued interaction at a senior level between the council and businesses of strategic importance to the Dales economy.

Meeting at The Gallery at Darley Dale's Whitworth Centre, attendees shared updates on key initiatives and Levelling Up and discussed the current business environment, including costs, net zero, exporting and staff recruitment and retention.

Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Garry Purdy said: “This useful series of meetings was disrupted by Covid but it was really good to be able to meet face to face again with business leaders who help to shape the success of the Dales and get their feedback on key local issues.”

Senior representatives from the Peak District National Peak Authority, East Midlands Chamber and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership also attended at the invitation of the District Council.

Paul Wilson said: "The District Council is passionate about supporting businesses in the Derbyshire Dales because it helps grow our local economy, provides good jobs for our residents, and helps our communities thrive. I find it invaluable to speak face-to-face with local employers, so the District Council can tailor our support to their needs."

The Derbyshire Dales Chief Executives' Forum, run by the District Council, is designed to build strong board-level relationships between the council and the largest employers in the Derbyshire Dales. The manufacturing sector employs most people in the district, with advanced manufacturing and food and drink being particular strengths.

The Forum heard about the need for new workspace for Dales businesses to grow into, together with a need for starter homes for local employees to buy. Supporting homes and jobs are key priorities in the District Council’s Corporate Plan.

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