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TWO MORE PEAK DISTRICT BUSINESSES SCOOP GRANTS

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Monday 12 January 2004

12 January 2004

TWO MORE PEAK DISTRICT BUSINESSES SCOOP GRANTS

Two innovative Peak District businesses are the latest to receive funding from the New Environmental Economy Programme, a scheme that boosts environmentally-friendly enterprises. The businesses – an acupuncture clinic at Quarnford in Staffordshire and a food hamper service at Bakewell - share £35,000.

New Environmental Economy (NEE) is co-ordinated by the Peak District National Park Authority. It was set up in 2002 with nine local partners and the European Regional Development Fund. It offers grant aid to help new and existing businesses make the most of their biggest asset – the internationally renowned landscape and special environment of the Peak District. The latest awards are to:

Anroach Clinic - Karen Glancey’s businesses, at Anroach Farm at Quarnford, is an acupuncture clinic which prescribes local foods as part of its therapies. The enterprise has received £20,000 to help create and equip a new clinic in an existing dilapidated traditional farm building. Karen can be contacted by phone on 01298 25004 or e-mail at karenglancey@aol.com

Peak District Fine Foods – Ruth Dennett's business, which is based at offices on Bagshaw Hill, Bakewell, supplies food hampers containing Peak District produce and operates a food distribution service. The enterprise has received a £14,700 grant towards a refrigerated van and marketing costs. Ruth can be contacted on 01332 780397 and her website can be viewed at www.peakdistrictfinefoods.co.uk

The NEE programme operates throughout the National Park and wider Peak District and grants vary from 30% to 80% of total costs. There are three qualifying criteria: the venture must be a new product or service; it must have an environmental benefit and must bring an economic benefit to the business and the area.

Tony Hams, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: "The Peak District economy is characterised by a large number of small, very innovative businesses. The idea of the NEE programme is to help these entrepreneurs develop their products and services in a sustainable way that benefits both the local economy and the environment."

So far 25 grants have been awarded totalling £250,000. A further £450,000 is available up to 2008. In addition to the grants the NEE programme runs seven special projects:
· Peak District Food & Tourism – linking local food and tourism to give visitors a taste of the Peak District.
· Making the Most of Your Milk – adding value to local milk by making and selling dairy products.
· Produce Markets – new and improved outlets for local producers to sell direct to the customer.
· Great Peak District Fair – a combined local produce market, trade fair and cultural festival.
· Peak District Cuisine – creating new menus and recipes using local ingredients.
· Environmental Quality Mark – awards for products & services achieving high environmental standards.
· Youth Hostels local food procurement - developing menus in hostels with locally sourced foods.

Businesses seeking further information can visit www.peakdistrict.org/nee or contact NEE programme manager Hayley O'Neill by phone on 01629 816257 or by e-mail at
hon@peakdistrict-npa.gov.uk

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