Chocolates and cask ales share a £100k boost

Robert Evans of Peak Ales
Robert Evans of Peak Ales

A microbrewery near Chatsworth and a posh chocolate manufacturer in Bakewell are expanding into new premises thanks to funding from Sheffield City Region LEP and free business advice from Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Peak Ales and Holdsworth Chocolates are celebrating after sharing more than £100,000 funding – and both have benefited from free guidance from the council’s business advice service to help them with expansion plans and grant applications.

Peak Ales supplies cask and bottled ales to pubs, hotels and retail outlets. With demand now exceeding production capacity at the company’s existing premises near Pilsley, the firm is set to invest in additional premises, plant and equipment at Ashford in the Water.

Peak Ales’ growth plans will create up to five jobs and the funding will be used to invest in a 20-barrel brewing facility.

Heather Bradford of Derbyshire Dales Business Advice praised the efforts of both businesses and said: “This funding is great news for two local businesses that have worked tremendously hard to expand. Both businesses should be congratulated on successful applications.”