Chance for firm to promote Belper’s rural economy

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Business leaders are looking for a local food and drink firm to help champion issues facing Derbyshire’s rural economy.

Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DEP) is currently seeking a firm to join its Rural and Farming Network (RFN)

The group champions Derbyshire’s rural economic issues to local, regional and national audiences.

Usually meeting twice a year, the RFN co-ordinates plans to support the rural economy, oversees rural funding programmes and shares information with like-minded networks.

The network includes a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations that have a range of responsibilities including planning, farming, tourism, business development, training and community engagement.

Councillor Lewis Rose, Chair of the RFN, said: “Derbyshire is renowned for its high quality food and drink industry and we are keen to add this expertise to the RFN to enable us to advocate and develop sustainable economic opportunities in our rural areas.

“Rural Derbyshire accounts for about 77 per cent of the county and it is important that the needs of these communities, businesses, individuals and visitors are met.

“Our priorities include growing micro businesses, developing vibrant market towns as employment and service centres, increasing employment opportunities for young people and improving broadband speed and access, which will help our rural areas flourish.”