LEP Chairman welcomes Derbyshire Dales

Published 5th March 2013 at 8:57am

On Monday this week, LEP Chairman James Newman met with Councillor Lewis Rose OBE in Matlock. His meeting follows the announcement, in January this year, that Derbyshire Dales District Council has become the ninth full member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board.

The meeting included a visit to William Twigg Matlock Ltd – a successful steel holders and fabricators based in the Derbyshire Dales. Twigg recently made the headlines as the supplier of special steel sledges to Sir Ranulph Fiennes winter crossing of Antarctica. Although Sir Ranulph’s part in the expedition was ultimately cut short due to frostbite, the 14 special steel sledges, built by Twigg’s steel specialists, are continuing to brave minus 90 degrees centigrade temperatures as they progress on their 2000-mile epic journey.

Twigg Director Richard Tarbatt, said, “Twigg has been building extensive relationships across the Sheffield City Region for many years, with suppliers and customers stretching right across the City Region – including Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

“As a local business person, I have been hearing more and more about the work of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. I’m pleased that Derbyshire Dales District Council has established this important relationship and I look forward to the economic and employment benefits it will bring to the area.”

 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.”

 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 officially join the LEP Board and looks forward to working in collaboration with private and public sector members to further the Dales and Sheffield City Region’s economic and employment ambitions.”

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.

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