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Peak District Leader 2008 to March 2014

Leader in the Peak District closed in March 2014. In 2008 Derbyshire Economic Partnership was awarded RDPE funding provided by the EU and Defra totalling £2.4 million for projects completed by December 2013.

The funding has been delivered via the 'Leader' method, a bottom-up approach to rural development, applied across the 'rural' areas of Staffordshire Moorlands, High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

The initiative was designed to deliver Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) measures aimed at enhancing rural productivity and improving the quality of life in the Peak District with a particular focus on grant assistance to projects from farm diversification, to micro rural businesses (one to 10 employees) and social enterprises.

Implementation, delivery and monitoring of the funding programme has been overseen by the Peak District Local Action Group, chaired by Councillor Lewis Rose, with the programme administered by the Derbyshire Economic Partnership with Derbyshire County Council as the accountable body.

Main outputs from Leader in the Peak District:

  • 247.5 new jobs being created
  • 14 new start businesses supported and thriving
  • 22,611 additional overnight stays reported
  • 16,877 additional day visitors to new attractions

A wide range of additional benefits have also been achieved, such as restoration of community heritage infrastructure, improved supply chains and networks across the area.

Commenting on the success of the work Councillor Lewis Rose, chairman of the Local Action Group said:

"Leader has been designed to address the gaps identified in current provision within the Peak District Leader area and to complement existing activities. Leader has enabled us to support our key industry sectors, such as land-based businesses, micro-enterprises, tourism, and heritage. While the previous programme was hugely successful there is still work to be done."

For further information contact Amanda Brown, email:

The allocation of £2.4 million has now been fully delivered.

The outcome of the new funding round for the 2014 to 2020 Rural Development Programme for England is due shortly.

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