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NEW PROJECT WILL PROVIDE A BOOST FOR PEAK BUSINESSES

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Monday 5 July 2004

5 July 2004

NEW PROJECT WILL PROVIDE A BOOST FOR PEAK BUSINESSES

How could your organisation cut pollution? How could your staff learn new "green" ways of working or build links with the local community?

A new Skills for Sustainable Business project is launched by the Peak District National Park Authority this week and it promises to provide answers to these questions - and the courses to fulfil them. The launch takes place on Thursday - during National Parks Week - at the Losehill Hall Study Centre, Castleton. The event will show businesses how the project can help raise skills in a host of ways, including:

* reducing energy consumption or recycling
* developing community enterprises
* making customer services more environmentally aware
* interpreting the natural, cultural or historical background of the business
* improving teamwork, management, presentation and negotiation.

Run by the Losehill Hall Training Team and funded through the European Social Fund over the next two years, the £280,000 project aims to provide support and advice to 150 organisations and training & development opportunities for 300 individuals.

Project officer Pete Spriggs said: "Whether it's advice on how organisations can reduce their environmental impact or training on how to work more effectively with staff, if it's going to result in a more sustainable way of doing things then we want to get involved."

The scheme will also provide a forum to enable businesses to link up with other organisations to swap ideas and strategies.

Over the next two years the project will be holding around 40 events including training courses, focus groups, action learning sets and skills market-places, together with job-shadowing opportunities, mentoring and coaching sessions.

The project comes within the Derbyshire Dales and Staffordshire Moorlands European Social Fund Objective 2 area.

The launch takes place between 10.30am and 3pm (registration at 10am) with lunch provided. Businesses wanting to attend should contact contact Pete Spriggs on 01433 620373 or e-mail pete.spriggs@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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