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Leader case studies 2008 to 2014

Leader, launched in October 2008 was designed to improve economic productivity and quality of life in the Peak District Rural Action Zone. The fund provided financial help to very small rural businesses and social enterprises across the Leader area.

Grant funding supports rural business. The fund closed on 31 March 2014.

Grants from £3,500 upwards were available. This section has examples of projects supported.

Commenting on the work done to date Councillor Lewis Rose, chair of the Local Action Group, said:

Leader was designed to address gaps identified within the Peak District Leader area and complemented existing activities. We supported our key industry sectors, such as land-based businesses, micro-enterprises, tourism and heritage.

The first phase of grant activity was designed to help support organisations most likely to be affected by the slow-down in the economy during 2008 to 2014, including micro-enterprises and agricultural businesses.

10MB rural wireless broadband

The project was used to purchase and install 12 high speed links within the Leader area providing access to high speed wireless broadband.

Ashbourne Canine Hydrotherapy Centre

An Ashbourne-based facility helping with the rehabilitation of dogs wanted to purchase a piece of specialist equipment.

Ashford Artisan employment facility

The grant provided support to convert an under used barn to erect 6 units to provide employment space for local fledgling and start-up businesses.

Bakewell Town and Community Trust

The grant enabled the installation of a catering standard kitchen next to the Assembly Room as part of the refurbishment of Bakewell Town Hall.

Big Fernyford Farm

Big Fernyford Farm Leader case study - project to restore the pig shed into a meat processing room and the cart shed into holiday accommodation.

Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire

Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire case study - the aim of the project was to establish a professional cycle hire business enabling working from home.

Bonsall heritage project

Bonsall heritage project Leader case study - project to restore, maintain and improve the heritage sites within Bonsall Parish.

Boots, bikes and bridles - the no car cafe

The grant has enabled a disused agricultural building to be refurbished to provide a café and dining facility to users of Rushop Hall.

Cantrill Furniture Design

David Cantrill sought funding to convert the building and develop his new business making high quality wooden furniture from his own designs.


Catering4Parwich Leader case study - project to establish a professionally run catering business for the wider Parwich area.

Chapel-en-le-Frith war memorial

The Leader grant funding was used to restore the war memorial sited on the market place in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Coach House Studios

Coach House Studios Leader case study - the project renovated a derelict, historic building in the centre of Wirksworth.

DCS Dynamic IT System

Funding was sought to purchase and install appropriate software, as well as training for the existing 7 employees.

Duke of York Filling Station

The grant was to upgrade and increase the environmental aspects of the station on the forecourt and to replace the existing shop.

Gourmet Express

Leader case study - funding has enabled Gourmet Express to create a fully equipped kitchen in a former garage on the farm.

Gradbach Scout Camp

Leader funding will part-pay for the new building, which will include separate male and female toilets and showers, as well as disabled facilities.

Griffiths Mill

Griffiths Mill asked for help in establishing a mini mill to process fibre and fleeces, constructing a small building and installing specialist machinery.

Griffiths Mill and Griffiths Mill Dehairer

Griffiths' Mill Leader case study - grant funding was provided to assist in purchasing a dehairer enabling further expansion.

Grindleford Community Shop

The grant is for a feasibility study to assist Grindleford Community Shop founder committee in setting up a community shop for the village.

Hartington Cheese Shop

The cheese shop has been in the village of Hartington for 30 years and was bought by the current owners in 2009.

Health academy

Leader funding is to specifically cover the purchase of specialist equipment used to carry out the work, as well as general promotion and marketing.

High Croft Venison

A new venison processing unit which will enable the processing of whole deer carcasses, and pack and sell on as steak, burgers and sausages.

Hoe Grange Holidays

Project to improve the holiday experience for guests with limited mobility, by providing a greater level of access to the outdoor environment.

Hope Valley phase two farm diversification

To make one of the last 2 dairy farms in the Hope Valley economically sustainable by adding value to more of the milk produced.

Innovation piping

Leader case study - Buxoplas Pipe Systems Ltd are looking to manufacture and produce a number of innovative piping systems.

Laser scanner

The grant was used to help purchase a Leica laser scanner to allow the business to compete nationally and internationally for work.

Lunar Lift Off

The idea of a family entertainment centre was to provide a place for young children to play and a meeting place for local community groups and clubs.

Manifold Craft Barn and Learning Centre

The Manifold Craft Barn and Learning Centre will be dedicated to introducing and enhancing the creative and artistic skills of the local and wider community.

Manor Farm Hydro Scheme

Grant funding enabled Geoff to complete development of a 30-year if not lifelong ambition to install a hydro scheme on the farm.

Monsal Trail Cycle Hire at Hassop Station

Monsal Trail Cycle Hire Leader case study- the grant was used to help fund the setting up of a new cycle hire centre and function room.

Paper Chase

Following 3 years of growth the business recognised the need to maximise storage space in the building to enable further growth.

Pikehall Farm rural buildings

Hartington Creamery Ltd agreed to move into two converted barns at Pikehall Farm and commence cheese production.

Pikehall Farm rural buildings farm diversification

The dairy farmer had an underused barn that would enable the family to diversify and add a stable rental income to the farm.

Queens Arms village shop

Jane and Steve Allen came forward with plans to open a general-purpose shop in the pool room of their newly-purchased village pub.

Ravenscliffe Farm Holidays

The grant was used towards renovating one holiday cottage, extending another and a utility vehicle to ferry anyone around the farm with walking difficulties.

Ravenscliffe Farm Nature Holidays

Leader funding was requested to part-fund the development of 2 disabled access holiday cottages at Ravenscliffe Farm Nature Holidays.

Restoration of Ilam Cross

The Mary Watts-Russell Memorial Cross was erected in 1840 by Jesse Watts-Russell of Ilam, Staffordshire in memory of this wife, Mary.

Retrogenix laboratory expansion

The project was to convert an office unit in the Peak District (Whaley Bridge) into a fully functional and operational laboratory facility.

Roebuck Old Foundry

The renovation and restoration of a former foundry in the heart of Chapel-en-le-Frith Conservation Area to create offices and storage and a workshop.

Rosie's Tea and Coffee Room

The grant contributed towards the shop refurbishment and purchase of coffee shop equipment included flooring, serving counter and espresso machine.

Rosie's Tea Room

Proposal for a new establishment serving eat-in food and beverages looked to provide Hayfield with a new service for residents and visitors.

Rowson House Farm accessible tourism unit

Rowson House Farm Leader case study - the project aimed to convert a derelict barn into accessible self-catering holiday accommodation.

Salt block plant

Leader funding was required to help purchase the manufacturing equipment and get the operation up and running.

Secret Cloud House Holidays

Grant funding allowed the business to start up and invest in green technologies like solar panels, sheep's wool insulation and a wood fired hot tub.

Shuker Bass

Shuker Bass Leader case study - the aim of the project was to enable the existing business to expand and recruit further employees.

Speedwell Mill Conservations

An existing woodworking business proposed to further renovate an historic mill building to allow it to expand its operations.

Sustainable food communities

The project aims to set up 9 farmers' markets in village schools throughout the Peak District Rural Action Zone.

The Cordwainer

The project was to establish the business by helping to fund capital outlay on machinery and storage systems, and helping to fund employment of 2 trainees.

The cutting edge of stone working

The cutting edge of stone working Leader case study - the grant was used to assist with the purchase of a CNC work-centre from Italy.

The Hartington Creamery

Funding provided support to start a new business producing cheese following renovation of a redundant farm building at Pike Hall.

The Osteopathy Centre

Funding allowed the renovation of the Old Smithy to meet exacting environmental standards, including insulation, lighting and a low flush toilet.

The Royal Oak

A traditional Derbyshire pub sought to provide a low-cost, high-quality experience for visitors to the Peak District.

TUM TUM children's range

The business applied to Leader for funding to develop its TUMTUM range, specifically to cover ongoing set-up costs.

Youlgrave Well taps conservation and interpretation

The project was to restore 12 historic communal taps from which residents would have drawn water before homes were connected to the mains.

Upper Booth Campsite

Upper Booth Campsite Leader case study - grant funding has helped to fund new facilities at Upper Booth Campsite.

Vending machine

The grant was used to buy machinery and protection cages to house local produce for vending machines in villages where there is no local shop.

Watson's Farm Shop

The grant was used to refurbish an agricultural store and garage allowing the relocation of the existing farm shop from a small adjacent building.

Wirksworth Swimming Pool Trust

The Leader grant will be used to create a reception facility and develop plans for the construction of a permanent purpose built staffed reception.