Derbyshire Dales

Derbyshire Dales

Access and setting

With the National Park as its backdrop, high quality of life offer, access to a highly skilled workforce and proximity to surrounding urban markets, the Derbyshire Dales is particularly attractive to smaller scale, knowledge based and creative and digital business investment.

As well as strengths in traditional sectors, the area boasts a number of innovative businesses, some large, many small.

They range from specialist manufacturing and engineering firms to designers, high tech companies and quality food and drink producers.

Many use the Peak District brand to promote their products and increase market share.

The district is home to the lead smelting company H J Enthoven & Sons at Darley Dale, part of ECOBAT Technologies Ltd, the world’s largest producer and recycler of lead.

The centres of Sheffield, Derby and the M1 motorway can be reached within 20 minutes by road. There is also easy access by train to Manchester, Sheffield and Derby.

Tourism’s value to the local economy has grown to approximately £315million, with visitor numbers reaching nearly 5million in 2013.



A range of business and industrial premises and land for new development are available particularly to suit small and medium-sized business operations.

Investment Opportunities

the proposed development of a new business park next to the Ashbourne Airfield Industrial estate (this already has 80 manufacturing businesses on site)

the development of large brownfield sites around Matlock to include modern light industrial and office space



Creative and Digital

Visitor economy


Education and Skills

The district has a high proportion of residents with degree or equivalent qualifications

Nearly 70% of school leavers gain five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and Maths