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National award for Hadfield’s TH Plastics

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Hadfied firm, plastics industry ancillary solutions design, installation and support provider, TH Plastics, has won a national award.  The Graphite Way firm this weekend (9th October 2015), won the supplier partnership ancillary machinery award in the annual Plastics Industry Awards.  The award was for the company’s recent work with based precision moulded plastic component manufacture and packaging firm, Maxell Moulding Services.

Maxell appointed TH Plastics to relocate its Telford factory to nearby premises this spring, and to design, test, install and maintain a bespoke ancillary solution that would facilitate an increase in operational efficiency and a reduction in energy consumption.  TH Plastics installed a brand new, energy efficient cooling system with new water pipework feeds throughout the plant.  The new solution integrated existing equipment with new machinery and pipework.  The introduction of the new solution contributed greatly towards a 40% reduction in energy consumption across the entire site.

Rapid growth continues at Hadfield firm

Monday, October 12th, 2015

The rapid growth of plastics industry ancillary solutions design, installation and support provider, TH Plastics, continues this autumn, with the creation of two new positions at the Graphite Way, Hadfield firm.  Rick Collins, formerly the company’s South East sales manager and with over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing, has been promoted to become TH Plastics’ first sales and marketing manager.

Meanwhile, the sales team has expanded, with the appointment of Andy Charlesworth as North West sales manager.  Andy joins TH Plastics from the lifting sector, where he accrued over 25 years’ sales experience.  The creation of the new roles follows TH Plastics’ recruitment earlier this year of five new staff.  The firm’s on-going expansion takes place against a backdrop of growing commercial success, with the company generating a 50% increase in turnover in 2014.

This year has already seen its completion of several projects, including an equipment upgrade for automotive technology manufacturer, Denso Corporation, and a plant relocation for precision moulded plastic component and packaging firm, Maxell Moulding Services.  Said TH Plastics’ managing director, Lee Thomas:  “With over 45 years of experience between them, Rick and Andy will both play a significant role in the continued growth of the business.”

Hadfield firm shortlisted for national award.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Hadfield based TH Plastics has been shortlisted for a national industry award.  The Graphite Way firm is a finalist in the 2015 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) supplier partnership ancillary machinery category, the same category in which it triumphed in three out of the last four years.


TH Plastics supplies, installs and supports ancillary machinery in the plastics industry, and develops UK distribution partnerships with world class manufacturers.

This year’s two shortlisted entries relate to the company’s work for manufacturers BPI Polythene and Maxell Moulding Services, who produce polythene products and moulded plastic components respectively.

TH Plastics created for BPI an upgraded material handling system for its Rhymney plant, and helped Maxell to relocate its operation to new premises in Telford.

Said TH Plastics’ managing director, Lee Thomas:  “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for two partnerships this year.


“2015 is shaping up to be another great year.  Last year, we enjoyed a 50% increase in turnover, and so far in 2015, we’ve recruited five new members of staff to help meet growing demand.”

The winners of the PIAs will be announced at a gala dinner at London’s Hilton on Park Lane on 9th October, and will be hosted by TV comedian and actor, Alan Davies.


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Looking for office space in Glossop?

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Glossop Business Centre on High Street West in Glossop may be able to help.

They currently have a 3 roomed office  to let with its own brew area, toilet and storage space. Avaialbe on a 12 month contract the office is furnished and has high speed internet connectivity.  Glossop Business Centre has CCTV, intruder alarm and a door access system.

If your are intersted in renting an office in Glossop you can contact the business centre directly on 01457 842553 or for more details visit their website for information on Office 1.

office to let in Glossop

Office to rent in Glossop


Apprentice Star Nurtures Next Generation of Talent

Monday, March 16th, 2015

A former contestant on hit TV show The Apprentice has spoken out in support of apprenticeships and said he believes they are ‘the way forward for employers.’

Adam Corbally, who reached the final five of series eight of the show in 2012, made his comments at the close of National Apprenticeship Week, an annual celebration of apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Adam has used his success on the show as a platform to launch a number of ventures.

He started one of them, Corbally Concierge, in 2014. Kiah Allsop joined the company in January as his personal assistant and began her Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship in February.

Adam said: “As an employer, I wanted to bring someone into the business who I could mould into my way of working – a blank canvass if you like.

“The last PA I had was very well qualified and experienced, so it was a bit of a step into the unknown for me, but it’s working out well so far.

“Kiah has been with me since January and she’s taken to it well. She is learning a lot and is starting to come out of her shell, so I’m happy with the progress so far.

“There are lots of young people out there who have never been in paid employment and many have lost their way a bit and it’s not a path I want to see them go down.

“But, speaking as an employer, it’s hard to give a job to someone who’s never been in the workplace before.

“I think apprenticeships are the way forward for many employers, because it gives them the option to take a chance on a young person and equip them with the skills they need to be a good employee.

“For the apprentices themselves, they get to learn how to do a real job, in a real workplace, while earning a real wage.”

Carole Harrison, Kiah’s training adviser at East Midlands Chamber – the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire – said: “We’re really pleased with the progress Kiah has made so far.

“Apprentices play a vital role in helping businesses to develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to grow and prosper – in Kiah’s case, it has certainly helped her to develop the confidence and other soft skills she needs to succeed in the workplace.

“The Chamber is a huge advocate of apprenticeships, which are a great way of equipping young people with the skills, attitudes and attributes they need to have long and successful careers in business.

“Today’s school-leavers are tomorrow’s business leaders, so it is crucial that greater emphasis is placed on apprenticeships to bridge the gap between education and the world of work.”

New Mills Youth Centre to host open night for budding Dragons

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Two of the country’s youngest entrepreneurs will be heading to New Mills on Friday, 27th March 2015. Tommy Rose and Ben Towers have found success through their entrepreneurial work and are now set to inspire the young people of the High Peak.

The pair will be speaking at New Mills Youth Centre as part of a open night to showcase the services on offer within the centre. On the night there will also be an exhibition by local young photographer Alannis Barnes who will be curating a display of local photos she captured during the many community events held within New Mills.

The night provides an opportunity to showcase the talents of young people whilst also providing some inspiration to local youngsters whom have their own business aspirations. The night is being put on by local social enterprise 4 All of Us and the High Peak Youth Team who are working together to support young people in the region through opportunities such as business, music, film and sport. The two organisations hope the open evening will provide an opportunity for local residents and young people to see what services are available in the area.

Speaking about the event, Director of 4 All of us , Scott Buckler said; ” There is a wealth of local talent among the young people of the High Peak and we wanted to drive forward some inspiration from two young men who have been there and done it. Ben is an award winning entrepreneur who is travelling up from London as he has been so inspired by the event.

It also provides a great opportunity for the Centre to showcase its services to the public.”

The open night takes place on Friday, 27th March at 7.30pm -9.30pm at New Mills Youth Centre, Longlands Road, New Mills where there will be complimentary light refreshments and food available as well as the chance to present your business ideas to both Ben and Tommy.

Tickets are FREE, however with limited space they do require a confirmation of attendance which can be made via Scott Buckler at or by calling 01663 746043.

For more information about 4 All of Us, please visit


Fig Creative to host Start-Up Business Surgery

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Glossop-based marketing company Fig Creative is helping to support the success of local start-up businesses by hosting a free business surgery where entrepreneurs can get practical advice to help launch their own businesses.

Taking place on Wednesday 28th January at Fig Creative’s offices on High Street West, the event will see a number of professionals on hand to offer advice and answer any questions from attendees about starting a business, whether it’s about grants, getting a website, bank accounts and HMRC registration or insurance liabilities.

In attendance will be Helen Pakpahan from High Peak Borough Council, Graham Elliott from Ridge Insurance and Becky Marsden from Fig Start, as well as a number of other local professionals from various sectors and organisations.

Helen Duncan, MD from Fig Creative said: “We’ve hosted a ‘starting up in business’ drop in session every January for the past six years and it always gets a good response. It’s not very often you can find all the industry experts you need in one room to answer all your questions so it’s a great opportunity.”

Helen added: “There are so many things you need to think about when you are starting up in business, suddenly you have lots of hats to wear and it can be very daunting, so getting the best local advice is critical to the best start.”

The free event takes place on Wednesday 28th January between 9am and 11am and anyone interested can drop in without making an appointment to ask the experts about a variety of subjects from VAT and tax implications to drawing up an effective business plan. Attendees can also pick up Fig Creative’s free High Peak Business Start-up Guide at the event or request a copy by calling 01457 857111 if they can’t make the session.

For more information about Fig Creative, visit or call 01457 857111.


Views sought on plans for a combined Derbyshire authority

Friday, January 9th, 2015

High Peak residents and businesses are being urged to have their say on groundbreaking proposals to create a combined authority for Derby and Derbyshire.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of High Peak Borough Council, explained that a proposed combined authority would allow all ten Derbyshire councils to work together more closely to help create jobs, attract investment, improve transport and speed up decision-making.

It would also allow closer working with neighbouring authorities such as Manchester and Sheffield, especially on transport and economic development projects.

Councillor Bisknell said: “What is being proposed is aimed at supporting economic growth – and making sure that High Peak’s voice is heard. It definitely does not mean the end of High Peak as a borough, in fact I see it as giving the Council and its residents a stronger voice at the table, not just in Derbyshire but with our neighbouring cities too.

“We’re at the stage now where we need to know what residents, businesses, partners and other stakeholders think as we move towards finalising the proposal so please have a look at the website and let us know what you think.

“The consultation runs until Friday 23 January and it’s important that we hear from as many people as possible.”

More information is available on the website – – and internet users can share their opinions by completing an online form. Alternatively, you can visit your local library and ask staff to help you complete a combined authority questionnaire.

Glossop’s Chimney Coming Down

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Glossop’s chimney is finally set to come down as part of a scheme to provide affordable homes on the former Ferro Alloys site.

High Peak Borough Council has announced a deal with Equity Housing Group and housing developer Westleigh Partnerships Ltd to build 44 houses on the Surrey Street site.
It has been a long held ambition of the Council to redevelop this site and it has been working hard behind the scenes with the site owner for a number of years.
Council Leader, Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, said: “This is a very important and welcome development for Glossop and shows the Council’s determination both to bring brownfield land; back into use and to provide affordable homes for local people. Demolishing the chimney will remove a blot on the landscape and an unwelcome hazard from the town.”

Earlier this year the Council supported Equity in an application to the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency for funding for the houses. This was approved in the summer and Equity entered into partnership with Westleigh Partnerships Ltd to build the homes.
An exchange of contracts has now taken place between Ferro Alloys and Westleigh Partnerships Ltd who will purchase the site for development.

Glossop councillor and executive member for regeneration, Councillor Godfrey Claff, said: “This development will mean a great deal to Glossop residents. The smelting plant and the chimney have been an environmental blight on the town for around 80 years and to finally see it go will, I think, be celebrated all over the town.

“And to replace it with affordable homes, which are so badly needed in Glossop, is a great achievement. I am really proud of the role the Council has played in bringing this about. This site has been very problematic and to get this far has taken patience and perseverance.
“Of course it is still early days in the development of this project. Plans have yet to be submitted and they have to go before Development Control Committee. It will be up to them whether or not they are approved.”

Last week Westleigh Partnerships Ltd distributed a leaflet to nearby residents describing the proposed development and asking for their comments.

The Oakwood is sowing the seeds for success

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Publican brothers, Thomas and Rick Lee, have welcomed back customers to The Oakwood in Glossop following a complete refurbishment by Robinsons Brewery.

The local favourite, situated on High Street West, was closed for four weeks whilst Robinsons’ award winning in-house design team transformed the pub from its tired former look into a contemporary meeting place which celebrates cask ale and the emerging craft beer market.

Inside The Oakwood

Inside The Oakwood


Originally called The Surrey Arms Hotel, the pub dates back to 1844 however the current site is from a reconstruction in 1878 when The Oakwood was rebuilt with grander gothic style architecture. Brewery records date back to 1880 when John Gardener Sykes claimed a leasehold of the land from Edward George Lord, the 1st Barron Howard of Glossop. The tavern was purchased by William Robinson in 1920 to become part of the Robinsons estate and renamed The Oakwood in 1991. Since the purchase by the brewery over 4 million pints of ale have been served to its many regulars.

The design, which was sympathetic to the building’s Victorian features, has completely transformed the interior and created a bohemian space that is full of character and intrigue. A new palette of soft creams and light greys mix beautifully with the brand new dark wooden back bar which now towers up to the high ceiling of the grade 2 listed pub. Roaring open fires create a warm and inviting atmosphere whilst quirky furnishings such as grandfather clocks and unique copper top bar are guaranteed to be a popular talking point.

The pub, which often lends its walls to displaying the work of local artists, will continue to be a hub for the arts community with live music, poetry evenings and theatrical performances.

A brand new menu now offers a great range of snacks, created using fresh locally sourced ingredients, including homemade soups, nachos and, of course, The Oakwood’s famous burger menu including the ‘Hot Mother’, a 6oz beef patty doused in fiery homemade hot sauce – certainly not for the faint of heart!

Thomas Lee, tenant of The Oakwood said: “The opening weekend was tremendous success. We were the talk of the town and it was great to welcome back our customers. The comments and remarks from people were amazing and overwhelmingly positive. The changes have given the pub a new lease on life whilst maintaining the original features that drew people to The Oakwood in the first place! Rick and I cannot wait to see what the future will hold.”

Alan Chapman, Business Development Manager for Robinsons Brewery said: “The Oakwood is famous for a being community hub for the arts in Glossop. The pub’s regulars are colourful and creative and we finally have a pub that reflects the diverse community that surrounds it. From the antique grandfather clocks to the towering bar area, this is a pub that Glossop can be proud of. I cannot commend the work of our design and retail marketing team enough. It’s been a real team effort and I know that the Oakwood will flourish for many years to come!”

View the full gallery of the new Oakwood here:

The Oakwood is now open from midday Tuesday to Sunday, serving award-winning Robinsons cask ales, craft beer and delicious bar food. For more information visit: and like the pub on Facebook:


Funding for growth in High Peak

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Creating new jobs and work space are at the heart of a new regeneration initiative being launched in the High Peak.

High Peak Borough Council has approved the principle of creating an investment fund for regeneration projects in the borough and is now looking for suitable projects to support. No financial figure has been allocated but the Council is interested in investing in projects that will promote growth and jobs.

The ‘fund’ can support private or public sector projects which are commercially viable and which will create new jobs or workspace. Funding can be in various forms such as equity investment in the development of start-up employment units, loan funding to help enable a significant expansion or relocation of business, or investment to bring forward mixed use development schemes.

The initiative will be formally launched at business breakfast briefings at the Palace Hotel in Buxton on Thursday, 6th November and at Glossop Cricket Club on Tuesday, 11th November where further details will be available.

Council Leader Councillor Caitlin Bisknell said: “We’re delighted to be launching this initiative to support projects to deliver job opportunities and workspace across the High Peak.

“It’s aimed at projects and schemes which might not otherwise proceed but which will have a real impact on jobs and growth in the borough – a key priority for the Council. With that in mind, we’re making an initial call for projects and we will work with applicants to bring forward suitable schemes as soon as possible.”

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration, added: “The Council already has measures in place to support businesses and to make sure they have information about, and access to, other funding streams and training opportunities.

“The ‘Growth Fund’ complements this. It will provide a real focus to bring forward the best projects to benefit our residents.”

Further details are available on the Council’s website – – and at the business breakfast meetings in Buxton and Glossop in early November.

The breakfast briefings are taking place between 7.30am and 9.30am in both Buxton and Glossop. To book a place at either event visit the website


Opportunity for Local Businesses in the High Peak – £1,500 Grant for Employing an Apprentice

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Derbyshire businesses which employ fewer than 1000 employees and which haven’t employed an apprentice in the last 12 months, may be eligible for an Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) Grant  from the Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service.

Grants are for £1500 per apprentice under the age of 25 and each business may claim the grant for up to ten apprentices.

Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service is the largest provider of training courses for adults across Derbyshire.  Their highly professional team of assessors are able to support local businesses to deliver training to apprentices.

If you’re not ready to employ an apprentice just yet, there are other training opportunities available, including free English and Maths courses, and they can also develop bespoke training to meet your needs.

They are also looking for high quality work placements to support their Traineeship Programmes to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to get on to an apprenticeship or into a job.  If you would be interested in providing work placements for trainees please get in touch with Barbara Foat on 01663 746897 (ext 35) or at

A free seminar will be held on November 13th for local businesses to attend to find out more about the scheme. Click here for details.

Allez Glossop – ready to welcome the Tour de France

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

On Sunday 6 July stage two of the Tour De France Grand Depart sweeps into Derbyshire and the Peak District on the A6024 near Holme Moss before following the A628 Woodhead pass towards Sheffield.

The riders are expected to enter Derbyshire around 3pm with the 150-strong vehicle procession, known as the caravan, running through beforehand at about 1pm.

Some temporary road closures will be put in place to prepare for the race and provide safe access for residents, businesses and visitors to Glossop and Hadfield.

The map below shows the road closures and routes to the race site for spectators and there’s more information about road closures, shuttle bus services and answers to some frequently asked questions below.

You will be able to travel around but the area will be very busy so please think about any journeys you will be making and plan them in advance, as journey times will be slower than usual.

Residents will also be able to access many of the roads that are closed for spectator / through traffic, by having the leaflet below on display on your car dashboard.

We’re expecting up to 40,000 spectators to line the Derbyshire stretch of the route so if you are thinking of watching the race, plan ahead carefully how you are going to get there and give yourself plenty of time.

Car parking will be limited so if you can walk or cycle you are strongly advised to do so.

If you want to enjoy the spectacle and spirit of the race you can watch all the action live at the big screen event in Manor Park. High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council will join Glossop Arts and Leisure Association (GALA) at the Carnival day in the park on Sunday 6 July. Family friendly entertainment will be on offer and you can celebrate the Tour de France in Derbyshire.

There’s also lots more advice about what you’ll see, what to take with you and how to get there here so check it regularly for the latest updates.

Road closures

Yorkshire is hosting Le Grand Depart as part of this year’s Tour de France and a short stretch comes into Derbyshire at Holme Moss and around Woodhead on Sunday 6 July. Because there will be around 40,000 spectators there will be travel disruption in the Glossop area – Glossop, Hadfield, Tintwistle, Charlestown, Padfield, Charlesworth and Simmondley will be extremely busy.

That is why we are putting in a one way system around Glossop, closing certain roads and preventing parking on some roads, to try and keep disruption to a minimum and local and spectator traffic moving – otherwise there would be gridlock.

Roads will be reopened as soon as possible – the one way system is expected to be removed around 2pm. This is a once in a lifetime event and a good opportunity for local people to be part of a world-class race taking place on their doorstep.

New Road, Bank Lane, West Drive and West Street in Tintwistle closed at junctions with the A628 just after midnight, Sunday 6 July. This is to stop Tour de France spectator traffic from parking. Access is for residents, businesses, buses, emergency vehicles and official event traffic only.

A57 closed at Woolley Bridge from 2am to approximately 8am, Sunday 6 July. This is so the one way system and other road closures in and around Glossop can be put in place. The road will reopen at around 8am to allow spectator traffic through. Access during the road closure is for residents, businesses, buses, emergency vehicles and official event traffic only. Remember to display your Allez Glossop/Hadfield newsletter on your dashboard.

There will be no access, including for residents, to High Street East, Norfolk Street and Victoria Street from the A57 High Street West, Glossop, from 2am, Sunday 6 July. Access to High Street West from the east and south of Glossop will be via a diversion along Norfolk Street, Talbot Road, North Road, Fauvel Road, Arundel Street. High Street West will remain open at the west end up to the Norfolk Street, accessible via Primrose Lane. Roads will be reopened and diversions lifted once spectator traffic has cleared, likely to be late evening, Sunday 6 July.

B6105 Woodhead Road closed at junctions with Padfield Main Road and A628, from 6pm, Friday 4 July. Access is only for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles. The road will reopen, northbound, from around 7am, Sunday 6 July, for spectator parking. No access to the B6105 from the A628 between 4 and 6 July. Spectator traffic will leave the B6105 southbound towards Glossop. Roads will reopen once spectator traffic is cleared, roads are cleaned and barriers removed. This could be around midnight. Permits will be issued to residents and businesses affected by these closures.

A57/A628 closed eastbound at Mottram Moor near to junction with A6018 (Stalybridge Road), from 11am, Sunday 6 July. Access is only for residents, businesses, buses and emergency vehicles. Limited spectator traffic will be allowed through for parking, from around 8am. A628 at junction with Old Road closed 1am, Sunday 6 July. Permit system in place for affected residents and official vehicles.

Shuttle Bus

Before the race

A shuttle bus service will run from three pick up points to transport spectators near to the race route.

Tintwistle to Crowden – pick up at Manchester Road and West Drive. Drop off at entrance to campsite and outdoor centre, Crowden.  7am to 12.30pm.

Hadfield to Crowden – pick up at Glossopdale Community College, Newshaw Lane (cricket ground) and Waterside, Woolley Bridge Road. Drop off at entrance to campsite and outdoor centre, Crowden. 9.30am to 2pm.

Hadfield Station to Crowden – pick up at station car park. Drop off at entrance to campsite and outdoor centre. 10.15am to 12.15pm.

After the race

All buses will run from Crowden to Tintwistle and Hadfield, dropping off at the same pick up points, from around 3.45pm, until approximately 6.45pm.

Frequently asked questions

Q. I am very confused about the road closures. I’m not sure where I can or can’t go?

A. Be reassured that if you are a local resident you will be able to get access to your property or business and you will be able to get around the Glossop area. It will be very busy however and it will take you longer to travel about but there will be plenty of signs around the area advising you which routes to take and road closures will be marshalled. Apart from emergency vehicles and buses no traffic will be allowed through the short length of road closure at the east end of High Street West (meaning no access on/off High Street West from Victoria Street, High Street East, or Norfolk Street). Access to High Street West from this point will be via the short diversion route using Talbot Road, North Road and Arundel Street. For high vehicles the diversion is via Dinting Road, Shaw Lane and the A57.

Q. How am I expected to get to and from work/to the shops/to visit with all these road closures?

A. If you live locally and need to travel to and from work, to the shops or to make a visit, you will be able to by displaying a residents’ newsletter on your dashboard. If you live on a road which requires a special permit to gain access please contact Derbyshire County Council on 01629 533190.

Q. I usually park on the street outside my house but a sign has appeared saying I will be towed away if I do. Where am I supposed to park?

A. On-street parking is for anybody, providing there are no parking restrictions. While it is usual for local residents who do not have driveways to park directly outside their house, there is no legal right to be able to do this. Clearway and towaway signs have been put in place to stop Tour de France spectator traffic parking on residential streets and potentially blocking driveways and roads. We appreciate it may be inconvenient but most of these signs apply just to Sunday 6 July. Local residents are advised to park in nearby side roads from the evening of Saturday 5 July. Traffic restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible, once it is safe and roads are reopened.

Q. I have an Allez Glossop/Hadfield residents’ newsletter to put on my dashboard. Can I use it as a parking pass?

A. Your Allez Glossop /Allez Hadfield newsletter is not a parking pass. It enables you to get through some of the road closures to get access to your home, business, work and to other places like the shops or places of worship. If you are a Blue Badge holder, have a family member who has reduced mobility or are a car driver with restricted mobility, then please contact Derbyshire County Council on 01629 533190.You cannot use this newsletter to park where there are clearway/ towaway signs.

These signs need to be enforced otherwise spectator traffic will try and park on residential streets causing greater inconvenience and more congestion to what will already be a very busy area.

Q. I live on the B6105. How am I supposed to get to my house/business if the road is closed?

A. Residents or businesses, including pre-booked customers, on the B6105 Woodhead Road north of Padfield, New Road Tintwistle , Waterside, some areas of the A628 east of Tintwistle and the A6024 will be issued with special permits to enable them to get vehicle access to their properties or businesses. People working in connection with the Tour de France event will also be given permits to enable them to carry out their duties. Permits will be sent out to people affected by these road closures. These permits will allow access through the road closure points up to 10am on Sunday 6 July but they do not permit parking on these roads.

Q. It seems to me that some road closures will be more strictly enforced than others. Why is this?

A. Roads need to be closed to prepare the race route and to manage the huge numbers of spectator traffic that is expected. If we did not close roads and put in a one way system, Glossop would become gridlocked. The way to keep traffic moving is to put traffic controls such as road closures in place to help minimise congestion. ‘Soft’ road closures are those that allow for access to properties, and for people to travel for work or other necessary journeys. They are also closures that may be lifted at certain times to allow for spectator traffic to move and get parked up. They tend to be further away from the actual race route. ‘Hard’ road closures are ones where access is more restricted. They are the ones on the race route and some roads connecting directly to the race route. A special permit is needed to travel beyond key road closure points on these roads.

Painting the town….yellow!

To mark the occasion many shops and businesses will be decorating their windows or having Tour de France themed displays. If you’d like to get involved and dress your business the logos and posters below can be downloaded for use.


application-pdf Information For Residents

application-pdf Information For Businesses

This information has been provided on High Peak Borough Councils website

Top tips for businesses during strike action

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) is urging business across Derbyshire to stay focused on the safety of their staff and premises during periods of strike action announced by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

Strike action has been announced for:

Thursday, 12 June 2014.  24 hour action commencing at 9am.

Saturday, 21 June 2014.  10am until 5pm

Whilst DFRS will still be providing an emergency response service during periods of industrial action, it is important to note that this will be at a reduced level.  It is therefore essential that businesses follow our top tips in relation to fire safety:

  • Review your risk assessment and emergency plan – make sure it’s up to date
  • Make sure your fire detection system is working effectively and everyone in the building(s) understands what they need to do should it activate
  • Practise your emergency evacuation plan to ensure your staff and visitors can escape quickly and easily – don’t forget that people with disabilities may need extra help
  • Ensure fire wardens are trained and their training is up to date
  • If you have a fire, evacuate the building and call 999 – you will get a response
  • Reduce fire hazards – keep sources of ignition well away from flammable materials or substances
  • Ask staff to be vigilant to the risk of fire and report any concerns
  • Keep escape routes free from obstacles and check signage and emergency lighting
  • Keep fire doors shut – they should always be shut anyway
  • Switch off electrical equipment when not in use
  • Make sure any fire fighting equipment you have works and that everyone expected to use it knows how to do so safely
  • Reduce the risk of arson – minimise the build-up of rubbish and store it in a safe place. Keep your building secure
  • Take special care to minimise the possibility of a false alarm

Further advice and information can be accessed via where employers will not only find a wealth of business fire safety advice, but also advice on keeping safe at home and on our roads.

DFRS request the assistance of business leaders to encourage their workforce to access this important information to help safeguard their colleagues, friends and families.

G52 offers food for thought

Monday, March 17th, 2014

G52 is a group of women who do their best to bring the community together by holding low cost events for all ages throughout the year.

One of the many aims of the group is to us fresh fruit and vegetables that would otherwise become part of a landfill. The group collect any unbought food from Smithfield marked every Thursday.

Matt Black, a notes poet and Paula Moss, a professional photographer, were linking a visit to G52 with a collaborative piece of artwork they are undertaking together with Life Lines, a long term project they are both involved in. They spent their time at G52 looking at the meaning of “Diversity” within Derbyshire and how the current economic changes are affecting people.

During their visit they accompanied Pat Javanaud from Derbyshire County Council Adult Education to Smithfield Market, where they were shown how food, which would otherwise be wasted, is brought back to Gamesley and issued to local people.

The fresh food project runs on a Thursday afternoon and is open to all.

In addition to the fresh food, there is always freshly prepared soup or another meal made from the ingredients available to the public.

A recipe is given to people and volunteers explain how simple the sample meal is to prepare, giving tips and advice.

Matt and Paula found the experience of their visit to G52 and their discussions with the volunteers enlightening and they themselves sampled the delicious green bean soup that was on offer during their visit.

Matt intends to use his experience to create a poem around the issue of diversity, economics and food wastage. This, along with the photos taken by Paula on the visit will go towards the piece of collaborative work they are undertaking.

The volunteers at G52 said they had enjoyed the visit and chatting to both Matt and Paula.

Local children & Glossop’s mayor get messy at the opening of Pico Lounge

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Glossop’s newest all-day café/bar, Pico Lounge has thrown open its doors with the help of some very special guests.

A group of children from North View Day Nursery joined Loungers’ Executive Chef Theo Guy in a cookie decorating competition to mark the opening of Pico Lounge, emphasising its family friendly credentials.  Glossop’s Mayor, Councillor Tony Kemp was also in attendance to judge the most beautifully decorated cookie.

The new venue, located at Howard Town Mill, was opened by south west based group Loungers.  Antony Doyle, operations manager of Loungers, said:  “We’ve had great fun with the children this morning.  Glossop is the perfect area for our Lounge concept.  There’s already a thriving and vibrant community and we’re really looking forward to playing our part.”  

Loungers has invested £450k in transforming  the Howard Town Mill unit into a cosy, retro home-from-home, in the eclectic style much loved by Lounge aficionados.  Glossop was chosen as a key location due to its diverse demographic and 25 jobs have been created for local people.

The menu features everything from authentic tapas, spicy peri-peri chicken breast burger to wild boar and apple sausage and mash…and there’s an ever changing specials board.  Children are well catered for with their very own kids’ menu.

Fig Creative to host start-up business surgery

Monday, January 13th, 2014

With over 520,000 new businesses registered in the UK in 2013, Glossop-based marketing agency, Fig Creative, is helping to kick start 2014’s new influx by hosting a free start-up business surgery which aims to help local budding entrepreneurs with their own start-up business plans.

Taking place on 21st January at Fig’s offices on High Street West, the event will see a number of professionals on hand to offer advice and answer any questions from attendees about starting a business.

In attendance will be representatives from High Peak Borough Council, Ridge Insurance, James & Co Accountants and the Royal Bank of Scotland, as well as a number of other local professionals from various sectors and organisations.

“2013 was a fantastic year for start-up businesses in the region and across the UK as a whole,” comments Helen Duncan, managing director at Fig Creative.  “We saw an unusually high number of individuals come through our doors seeking help, and with optimism in the UK at an all-time high since the recession 2014 looks to be a perfect year to kick start your plans and make things happen.”

According to website, 95% of all businesses launched in 2013 were small ventures launched by individuals.  Helen adds: “Starting a business can be daunting at first, but there is so much help available for those ready to take the plunge.

“Our Start-up Business Surgery offers a unique opportunity to get in front of the people that matter, and to ask those questions you need answering to really make a success of yourself.  Whether it’s about VAT and tax implications, to simply how to draw up a business plan and market yourself effectively, everything you could possibly need is here all under one roof!”

The free event takes place between 9am and 11am on 21st January, and local entrepreneurs can drop in without making an appointment.  Alternatively, for those who cannot make it on the day, Fig Creative can provide its free High Peak Business Start-up Guide.

For more information, please contact 01457 857111 or visit

Marks and Spencer support local community through Glossopdale Food Bank

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Bare Necessities Glossopdale Food Bank held a food collection at the Howard Town Mill Marks & Spencer store in the centre of Glossop.

Both the staff at the store and the customers were extremely generous in donating much needed food. Mary Jessop, one of the food bank volunteers, said “We really appreciate the support given by Marks and Spencer and their commitment to local people in crisis.”

The food will be used in providing essential provisions to families and individuals within the Glossopdale area who currently find themselves in a state of hardship.

Since it began in May 2012, the food bank has provided over 8000 meals for Glossopdale residents. This would not be possible without the generosity of local people and businesses and the food collection at Marks & Spencer has given a much needed boost to the stock of food required on a daily basis.

Bare Necessities’ chairperson Maggie Mooney added her thanks to all the staff and customers for their support. She also thanks Paul Pennington of Glossop Screenprint who kindly printed and donated t-shirts worn by the volunteers on the day.

Further information about Bare Necessities and ways in which you could either donate food or support the organisation in other ways can be found at Alternatively, you can call them on 01457 858035 or 07928 786828.


Andrew Bingham MP officially opens Highcon Euclid for commercial operation at Glossop Cartons

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Glossop Cartons, the UK’s leading manufacturer of carton board packaging products, celebrated its recent high profile investment in the innovative Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine today by holding an exclusive open event attended by Andrew Bingham MP, the Mayor of the High Peak and the Chief Executive of the BPIF, Cathy Woodward.

The event, which was held at the company’s manufacturing facility in Glossop, Derbyshire, was also attended by its customers, who were treated to an exclusive first-look at the machine in operation, as Glossop Cartons produced a one-off Packaging Superheroes themed carton to showcase the Euclid’s exceptional capabilities and to serve as a thank you for attending the day.

Andrew Bingham MP, who officially opened the digital studio where the machine is housed, commented: “I was delighted to attend Glossop Cartons today to see the new Highcon Euclid machine. I think it is a great tribute to the management and staff of Glossop Cartons that they are expanding and investing in their site at Padfield.

“I highlighted this with the Prime Minister at Prime Minister Questions a few months ago and he shared my admiration. As a Government we are doing everything we can to show that Britain is open for business, and locally I do all I can to spread the word that the High Peak is a great place for businesses to set up in and flourish.”

Glossop Cartons was the first company in the world to commission the machine, and the first in the UK to install it.  The installation of the Highcon Euclid enables the family-run firm to offer its customers faster speeds to market, greater flexibility and cost savings on shorter runs.

The company has recently enjoyed a plethora of commendations for its innovation, having won the Derbyshire BEST Awards for its Packaging Superheroes marketing campaign, as well as being shortlisted for SME Business of the Year at the PrintWeek Awards and for Business of the Year at the prestigious MEN Business Awards.

Andrew continues: “The investment made by Glossop Cartons isn’t just an investment in a machine, it is an investment in the staff, the business and in the High Peak, for which I am very grateful to them.”

Jacky Sidebottom, director at Glossop Cartons said: “Our customers have played a pivotal role in the success of Glossop Cartons over the years, and we thought this event was the ideal way to say thank you for choosing to work with us, as well as allowing them an intimate first-look at the Highcon Euclid in action.

“We are thrilled that Andrew Bingham MP, The Mayor of the High Peak and Cathy Woodward have all joined us to mark this special occasion and we look forward continuing our next 30 years as one of the industry’s most innovative companies.”

For more information on Glossop Cartons visit

One17 Bakers rolls out a sweet deal with Barclays

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Barclay’s Bank will swap one kind of dough for another this week, as Glossop-based One17 Bakers tempt customers with a selection of tasty treats.

One17’s head baker Frank will be whisking up a mouth-watering selection of goodies to sell to morning traders, with all proceeds going to local charity High Peak Women’s Aid.

With an assortment of breads, cakes and savoury pastries, as well as family favourites such as Gingerbread Men, Chocolate Chip Cookies and – fittingly – Millionaire Slices, One17 Bakers will surely have something to tickle your taste buds.

One17 Bakers’ Jane Cooper will be laden with freshly baked goods at Barclays Bank, 1 High Street, Glossop on Friday, September 20th from 9.30am until they run out, so even if you don’t leave the bank with a full wallet, you’ll leave with a full belly!


Glossop High Street bags a new store

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Glossop High Street’s newest store, Embellish, will open its doors to the public on Bank Holiday Monday.

Embellish – situated at 58 High Street West – is owned by Darren Miles and his partner Sharon Asher and will stock the latest lines of luxury bags, designer fashion jewellery, accessories, gifts, cards and homeware.

Featured brands include Fiorelli, Claudia Canova, Lettuce, Carrie Elspeth, Luna London and fair trade homeware label, Namaste.

Darren, who originally hails from Woodley, has over 20 years’ retail experience, and has spent the last 10 years working as a joiner – something that came in very handy as it meant Darren was able to do most of the refurbishment himself.

Sharon has 30 years’ experience as a housing officer, so it’s quite a change of direction for her, but one that she’s relishing. After 2 years of running a successful side-venture together hosting jewelry parties, the pair decided to bite the bullet and set up their own store. They chose Glossop due to its bustling High Street and independent feel.

The store’s official grand opening takes place on Saturday, September 7th from 9am – 5.30pm, and will include champagne and canapés.

Darren also plans to have three qualified nail technicians in the salon upstairs by the end of the year, offering manicures, gel and acrylic nails, plus Shellac and other treatments.

Smiths of Marple are Top of the League

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Local coach firm Smiths of Marple have scored a starring role to kick off the Barclay’s Premier League’s new advertising campaign.

The family run business were approached by Blink Productions and asked to tackle their transportation needs during the ad campaign, which took several days to shoot.

The advert starred several of Smiths’ drivers, and of course, the star of the show, one of their 48-seat Setra Executive coaches, as well as a number of extras decked out in Manchester City’s colours.

Despite not all of the drivers being City fans, they had a fantastic time. Driver Phillip Gill said it was “a brilliant experience and an amazing opportunity for a small local firm like us”.

You can view the ad, which made its official TV debut, on the opening day of the Barclay’s premier League, on a TV screen near you or visit

Smiths have provided the Glossop area’s school transport for many years and have recently started picking up in and around Glossop for their regular excursions.


Fig gives “outstanding opportunity” to Buxton Opera House youngsters

Monday, August 19th, 2013

For the second year running, Glossop creative design and marketing agency, Fig Creative, has given work experience students from Buxton Opera House the benefit of its expertise, supporting them in the production of marketing material for the venue’s half-term youth festival.

Kaleidoscope’s Octoberfest will take place from Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2013 in venues around Buxton, and will include a range of young people’s workshops, from performing arts to arts and crafts.

The students spent two weeks at the entertainments venue, helping to organise all aspects of the festival, from booking acts to event marketing, gaining invaluable experience in arts event production.

Once again, Buxton Opera House approached Fig Creative to provide the young organisers with help in the design of promotional posters.

Fig invited the team to its offices to experience the creative design process, running a training session on design criteria and a brainstorm, before a designer brought the poster to life.

Said Jo Eltringham of Buxton Opera House:  “Last year’s team got so much out of Fig Creative’s marketing training that we were delighted that the agency agreed to help again this summer.

“Fig is the region’s best creative design and marketing agency, and so the workshop was an outstanding opportunity for our team to learn more about arts promotion.

Added Fig Creative’s Martin Duncan:  “Once again we were impressed with the Kaleidoscope team.  They had some great ideas and achieved a great deal in a short space of time.

“We were also pleased to have been able to contribute to such a wonderful community arts initiative, which looks set to be a great success.

“Fig is enjoying ongoing expansion, so who knows, one day we may be lucky enough to employ one of the Kaleidoscope team!”

Kaleidoscope’s Octoberfest posters will be appearing in the Buxton area from August.

Fig Creative is a RAR recommended, full service creative design and marketing agency.  Servicing clients across both the B2B and B2C markets, from start-ups to corporates, the agency provides a number of marketing solutions including creative design, web development, SEO, social media and PR support.

For more information, visit or call 01457 857111.

#GlossopHour launched by Glossop Life magazine

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Glossop Life, the quarterly lifestyle magazine for Glossop and the High Peak, has launched a brand new online networking event exclusively on Twitter.

#GlossopHour, which takes place each and every Friday at 4pm, invites users of the platform to get together online and discover new people and businesses to build relationships and offer support.

Helen Duncan, editor of Glossop Life says: “Glossop is full of fabulous people and brilliant businesses.  The idea behind #GlossopHour is simple – we want to connect people in a simple way that doesn’t necessarily impact on the busy lives we lead.

“You can easily get involved by sending a tweet from your phone, at your desk or even from the garden at home.”

Each week, #GlossopHour will set the topic for conversation and users are invited to participate on that topic using the hashtag.

The first #GlossopHour takes place this Friday 9 August at 4pm.  Users can find out more information on this week’s topic by visiting the Twitter page

World’s first for Derbyshire manufacturer

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

A Derbyshire manufacturer of carton board packaging products has captured the attention of the prime minister after becoming the world’s first to commission, and the UK’s first to install, a state-of-the-art cutting and creasing machine that is set to transform the packaging industry.

Padfield-based Glossop Cartons installed the Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine early in July, enabling it to offer its customers faster speeds to market, greater flexibility and cost savings on shorter runs.

The significance of the investment by the thriving SME was announced to David Cameron during prime minister’s question time by Andrew Bingham MP, who described it as testament to the government helping to make Britain well equipped to win the global race to economic stability.

The machine, which was designed and manufactured by Highcon with input from Glossop Cartons, has the technology to create digital cutting and creasing lines with a unique high speed and high quality laser cutting solution.  Unlike traditional cutting and creasing machines, the Euclid does not require a conventional die, thus removing the many hours or days associated with die production and additional set-up time.

“Over the last four years, we have invested over £4million in new machines to ensure that we remain one of the leading quality suppliers in the industry,” comments Glossop Cartons director Jacky Sidebottom.  “The investment in the Highcon Euclid fully supports the ethos of Glossop Cartons to look to technological innovations within the industry to benefit our customers and to strengthen our offer in the market.”

The installation of the Highcon Euclid follows Glossop Cartons’ 30th anniversary.  Beginning life as a humble start-up in 1982 with only a handful of second-hand machines and a small customer base, the company now stands as one of the UK’s leading carton board packaging manufacturers with a turnover of £4.6million.

Jacky concludes: “We remain a family-run business that relies primarily on the loyalty and dedication of our team to continue to thrive in the current financial climate.

“We’re committed to investing in new technology going forward to ensure that our customers are working with not just a leading manufacturer, but one that is at the forefront of the packaging industry in terms of quality, value and service.”

One-17 Bakers sweeten up Glossop High Street

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Glossop High Street has welcomed its newest business today as One-17 Bakers opened their doors for the first time.

Although the official opening was planned for August 3, new owners Jane and Frank Cooper found there was so much interest from residents that they had to open earlier than planned to satisfy demand – and appetites.

“As far as appearances go, it is a shop in progress,” says Jane, “but it is spanking clean and welcoming so come on down whenever”.

Shop hours are planned for 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays, and will supply a range of delicious home cooked cakes and pastries, aiming to bring a mix of sweet and savoury direct to Glossop.

The ‘official’ opening day is still planned for August 3, from 9am to 4pm. Samples will be given out from 2pm to 4pm and (weather permitting) there will be live music from bluegrass band Walton’s Mountain Sniffle Group.

Jane – originally from Philadelphia – is new to Glossop and keen to meet as many friendly faces as possible. The new bakery – located at 117 High Street West – was previously Alice Rose, so is perfectly kitted out for creating tasty treats and will surely be whetting the appetites of Glossop for years to come.

Three in a row for Hadfield firm

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Hadfield based TH Plastics is hoping it will be three wins in a row in a national industry award which it won in both 2011 and 2012.

The Graphite Way firm is a finalist in the 2013 Plastics Industry Awards (PIAs) supplier partnership ancillary machinery category, the same category in which it twice previously triumphed.


TH Plastics supplies, installs and supports ancillary machinery in the plastics industry, and develops UK distribution partnerships with world class manufacturers.

This year’s shortlisted entry relates to the company’s work for global packaging company, Kobusch, which selected TH Plastics to provide a system for its County Durham site.

Said TH Plastics’ managing director, Lee Thomas:  “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for our partnership with Kobusch, and are keeping our fingers crossed that it will be a case of three wins in a row.

“We are tremendously proud of the partnerships we develop with our customers, and are always pleased when these achieve recognition.”

The winners of the PIAs will be announced at a gala dinner at London’s Hilton on Park Lane on 27th September, and will be hosted by TV presenter, comedian and actor, Tim Vine.

Once upon a time in Glossop…

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Staff and pupils at Padfield Community Primary School had cause for celebration recently as local retail packaging solutions manufacturer, Glossop Cartons, donated a bespoke story chair for pupils of the school.

Manufactured by Crofter Construction Ltd based in Glossop, the chair was donated as part of an on-going commitment by Glossop Cartons to support Padfield Community Primary School each year.

Commenting on the donation, Vicky Every from Glossop Cartons says: “Supporting our local community is very important to us and we’re delighted to be able to donate this very special reading chair to the school.

“I’m sure that the chair will form an integral part of the children’s educational development as they spend many hours engrossed in fascinating stories that are sure to both engage and inspire.”

As part of the celebrations, Sarah Woolley, of Bay Tree Books and Gifts in Glossop, read a number of inspiring and educational stories to the infant classes throughout the morning, which included tales of space and growing, both key themes the pupils are currently learning about.

Mrs Fran Winterbottom, deputy headteacher at Padfield Community Primary School comments: “We are all absolutely delighted with the story chair and would like to thank Glossop Cartons for this very kind donation.

“The children already love it and it marks the beginning of the work we will be doing to create a new garden of imagination and discovery, of which the story chair will be the centrepiece for many years to come.”

Hadfield Firm Shortlisted for National Award

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Hadfield based TH Plastics has been shortlisted in no fewer than three categories in a national industry award.

The Graphite Way firm is a finalist in the 2013 Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) awards polymer machinery manufacturer and distributor, customer service and partnership categories.

TH Plastics supplies, installs and supports ancillary machinery in the plastics industry, and develops UK distribution partnerships with world class manufacturers such as Italian Moretto Plastics Automation.  The company is dedicated to the provision of an unrivalled level of service, developing bespoke solutions and offering customers 24/7 support.

Said TH Plastics’ managing director, Lee Thomas:  “We are delighted to be shortlisted for the awards.  The PPMA is a leading industry association, so the nominations are a real accolade.

“We’re tremendously proud of our work, and are hopeful that we will emerge victorious at the awards ceremony.

“Last year, we won the Plastics Industry Supplier Partnership Ancillary Machinery award, which we also achieved the previous year.  We’d love to maintain this winning streak into 2013.”

The winners of the PPMA awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on 4th June.

KERPOW! Superheroes Glossop Cartons and Fig Creative join forces

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Glossop Cartons has proved its superhero credentials, returning home triumphant from a national industry event with a spectacular haul of new business opportunities, with thanks to a secret marketing weapon in the form of fellow Glossop firm, Fig Creative.

Not only did the Padfield based packaging firm win almost 300 “excellent” leads by the end of the Packaging Innovations Show at Birmingham’s NEC, but it also secured a sale on day two.  The show’s organisers claimed “never to have seen anything like it” at an event before, and customers congratulated Glossop Cartons on its strong show presence.

Glossop Cartons had just become the world’s first to confirm a production order for an industry-transforming Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine, enabling it to slash costs and offer customers faster speeds to market and greater flexibility.  The show was its opportunity to launch this pioneering new product, and it needed to succeed.  So it commissioned its long-standing partner, Fig Creative, on whom it knew it could rely.

At short notice, Fig Creative developed the “Packaging Superheroes – set to transform the packaging industry” theme.  It incorporated the comic-book theme into everything from stand design and leaflets, to the superhero costumes it sourced and cartons for popcorn from an on-stand machine.  Boasting its own team of PR specialists, the consultancy also made sure that visitors to the show arrived eager to visit Glossop Cartons’ stand, by launching a gravity defying pre-show press campaign, achieving blanket editorial coverage across the packaging trade press.

Said Glossop Cartons’ director, Jacky Sidebottom:  “We were absolutely thrilled by the results we achieved at the show and we could not have done it without Fig Creative.  At extremely short notice, they created our theme and artwork and then transformed their ideas into reality, and the pre-show PR campaign was phenomenally successful.  Shows like this are crucial to our business, and it is vital that we fully exploit their marketing potential.  Fig Creative enabled us to do that.  We look forward to working with them again on our next event in London in October.”

Added Fig Creative’s managing director, Helen Duncan:  “The importance of strong, original show marketing can never be underestimated.  The Fig team worked around the clock to deliver a successful solution for Glossop Cartons, and we enjoyed it enormously.  We look forward to working with  them on their next show.”

Free business advice from Glossop firm

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

A Glossop marketing company is to help small businesses improve at getting their message out there.

FIG Creative, based on High Street West, are holding a free breakfast meeting at their offices which they say will help traders get their products and services noticed.

The event takes place on Tuesday 19th March between 9am-11am and will focus on showing how small businesses can:

- Write their own, effective press releases

- Create pieces that will get editors interested in what you are sending them

- How to spot PR opportunities within your business.

Anyone with a business, who wishes to attend the free event, can book by emailing




Free employers event planned for Glossop

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

An acclaimed business mentor is due to speak at an employers  lunch planned for High Peak businesses  in Glossop next month.

Graham Dobbin, Business Growth Mentor for Perception and former director of Business Network International (BNI) will give a presentation on business potential in 2013 at the event being hosted by High Peak Borough Council on Friday March 1.

The free event, to take place at the Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club, is for small to large employers in the north of the borough and will include opportunities to meet informally with both the council’s executive member and service manager for regeneration as well as key training and apprenticeship providers and business support organisations.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, High Peak Borough Council’s executive councillor for regeneration, said: “We hope that the event will be a chance for a range of business sectors to meet with us and our partners to talk about their recruitment and training aspirations, learn more about services and wage incentives on offer and to share their experiences of doing business in the area.

“I am really pleased that we have managed to get such an acclaimed business speaker to come along as we think he will prove illuminating and thought provoking.”

Guest speaker Graham Dobbin said: “We all know these are challenging economic times but, taking time to consider how we approach what we do every day and spot the opportunities that surround us in business is an important part of survival and growth. I am looking forward to sharing my experience in Glossop next month.”

High Peak Borough Council is working with Fig Creative to manage event bookings and marketing. Booking is essential. Please request a place by emailing

Free business start-up advice session

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

A local marketing agency is holding a free business surgery aimed at those thinking about setting up their own companies.

Organised by Fig Creative the drop in will take place on Tuesday 15th January between 10am and 12 noon at Glossop Business Centre.

The start of a New Year is often a popular time for people to launch new businesses and so Fig Creative are holding the surgery to allow people the chance to pick the brains of professionals who can answer questions and pass on advice. Experts will be on hands to discuss topics such as VAT, tax, insurance, IT, marketing, banking, accountancy – helping to make sure new business have all the bases covered.

Helen Duncan, MD from Fig Creative, believes that attending an event such as this is an encouraging statement of intent from a new business:

“If you’ve got an idea for a business then this is a real positive step in bringing that idea to life. It can often be a daunting prospect thinking about starting a business, with so many things to think about, so this event could give you that boost and encourage you to make it happen in 2013.”

She also said that she believes 2013 could well be the year of the new business:

“We organise the start up surgery every January because it is typically a time when people think of starting anew but in truth we’ve helped a lot of new businesses get off the ground in the past few months of 2012 so I think there is a definite increase in the trend.”

The session is a drop-in so no booking is required. Those who can’t attend can contact Fig Creative on 01457 857111 and get their free High Peak business start up guide.




Health & Safety award win for local business

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

A company based in Padfield has won a Health & Safety award at an industry event.

Glossop Cartons picked up a prize at the BPIF awards ceremony held at the Tower of London on friday eveing in front of over 300 other companies.

The BPIF awards showcase the most creative and innovative companies that work in the print media sector and Glossop Cartons, who have been operating as a family run firm since 1982 were nominated in and won the “best Health & Safety for a business with an annual turnover of up to £5m” category.

Company director, Jacky Sidebottom said of the result:

“The BPIF Excellence Awards are always fiercely competitive, so we are delighted to have won this accolade. It is testament to the efforts of the whole team, who have worked extremely hard to ensure our health and safety policies, procedures, training and risk management are constantly being updated and improved. It demonstrates to our customers and to our peers in the industry, our commitment to health and safety, achieving best practice and quality procedures.”

A full list of winners in available on the BPIF website and you can find out more about Glossop Cartons on their website.



Council offers course on how to start a business

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

High Peak Borough Council is offering anyone on unemployment related benefit the chance to learn how to earn a living as a self-employed worker, for free.

The “Being Your Own Boss” course is a step by step guide to starting up a business, taught and run by nationally accredited business advisors who also have their own successful businesses.

The first stage of the course is a 1 day workshop which takes attendees through each step of starting up a business and leads to a nationally accredited qualification.

Taking place at New Mills Adult Education Centre on Thursday the 25th October between 9:30am and 4:00pm, the course covers the following:

•How to assess the viability of a business idea.

•How to spot a business opportunity:

•Help accessing free support available to new start businesses

•Help assessing their ability to run a successful business

•Information on identifying the right business structure

•Advise on setting goals for a new business venture

•Help understanding tax legislation affecting new start businesses

•Help considering the financial implications of self-employment

•Help to decide if self-employment is for them

Those who complete the workshop will then be given free advice on how to compile a business plan.

Anyone who is on unemployment related benefit gets to attend the course for free. To book a place on the event visit the Business Link website.

Buxton’s favourite building launches stylish new website

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Buxton’s much loved Dome is celebrating its successful rejuvenation with the launch of – a website every bit as fresh and welcoming as the building itself. Created by leading design agency FIG Creative, the new, easy-access portal is colourful and informative, giving a taste of the experience visitors to this fabulous building can expect.

The Dome past and present

Built in the late 18th Century, the Grade II* Listed Devonshire Dome has always moved with the times. Used originally to stable the Duke of Devonshire’s horses before becoming a hospital throughout wartime, a £20 million restoration completed in 2005 transformed it into its current incarnation – the Buxton Campus of the University of Derby.

It is now home to the University, Buxton College of Further Education, and a vibrant commercial enterprise of Spa, Hair and Beauty Salons, a Fine Dining Restaurant, Café, and Events At The Dome.

The Duke could barely have imagined the range of businesses now housed under the Dome’s majestic roof and neither, perhaps, could visitors to the Dome’s old website…

At The Dome’s Business Development Manager, Christine Sweetmore recalls: “We’d evolved so much our website was no longer doing justice to the diverse interests we represent. We needed to showcase the services we offer, generate traffic to the site and above all inspire people to find out more by coming to the Dome to see for themselves.”

The team had already worked with FIG Creative on a rebranding project for Buxton College and were confident they understood their requirements. Christine wasn’t disappointed: “The design is outstanding – much stronger than we’d imagined. It’s crisp, bright, friendly and informative and faithfully reflects what the Dome of today has to offer its visitors.”

Everything under one roof

So what exactly goes on under that iconic Domed roof…well, it’s one of the premier banqueting venues in Derbyshire with its hugely popular fine dining restaurant, an indulgent spa, health and beauty salons and a fashionable café.

The University and College’s hospitality and culinary arts, hair and beauty therapy and spa management students put their first class training into practise each day in these world class facilities. This emphasis on students’ experiential learning gives visitors the unique opportunity to experience the very latest in beauty treatments using Elemis products and sample the food of some of the country’s most promising young chefs at reasonable prices.

The Dome’s outstanding architecture, unique setting and considerable capacity mean its events business is blossoming too. From conferences and corporate events through to traditional weddings and civil ceremonies, it offers gravitas that few venues can compete with.

Buxton pushes for progress

The launch of the Dome’s new website is just part of a growing local desire to revitalise Buxton as was recently demonstrated by the Buxton Crescent project, which is expected to start this summer.

Martin Duncan, FIG Creative’s Business Development Director, works with SME businesses across the region. He has high hopes for both the Dome and Buxton: “The Dome represents a genuine local success story that combines education with business to provide a unique facility for the local community. This among other projects in Buxton can only add to its attraction. ”

Local business works with Barclays to support local businesses

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

FIG Creative, the leading Glossop-based design and marketing specialists have announced plans to work with Barclays as part of the financial services provider’s integrated approach to help local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) thrive and survive in today’s challenging economic conditions.

New clients to Barclays, throughout Glossop and Buxton, will be entitled to a free 45 minute consultation with FIG Creative. Designed to give small business owners useful, practical advice these interactive sessions are an opportunity to ask questions and draw on the experience of FIG Creative’s marketing professionals.
Helen Duncan, Managing Director of FIG Creative has long been an advocate of local start-up and SME businesses and says:

“It’s really tough out there and marketing activity shouldn’t be considered a luxury – it’s essential for survival and growth. I’m delighted we’ve been chosen to support Barclays in this local initiative and I look forward to getting local businesses moving in the right direction. As well as a free 45 minute consultation for Barclays clients, we have start up and small business packages and a free starting up in business guide dedicated to the High Peak.”
As part of their drive to stimulate growth at a local level, Barclays offer a suite of advisory services including additional 45 minute accountancy and legal consultations, access to legal and tax help lines and an online data backup service. In partnering with reputable, local providers like FIG Creative they’re also helping create relationships that underpin the local business community.

Ian Shenton, Barclays Business Manager says:
“We want to stand shoulder to shoulder with local businesses and believe that initiatives like these go a long way to giving them the best chance of success. We’re delighted to work with FIG Creative across the High Peak because they have a wealth of experience and knowledge that our customers can really benefit from.”

Following the demise of Business Link, local enterprises will look to this type of initiative with some anticipation.

Sweet 16 and a makeover for local marketing company

Friday, January 13th, 2012

012 marks sixteen successful years for Glossop marketing company First Impression, who are celebrating their coming of age with an exciting new look and the launch of their Marketing Partners Programme for local businesses.  Piloted with a handful of clients, the newly formed Fig Creative’s innovative partnership-based approach has already reaped serious rewards with one client experiencing a tenfold increase in income in under 12 months.

So what’s their secret? Fig Creative works in partnership with their clients, agreeing marketing objectives and spend over an annual period but spreading that cost on a monthly basis. In effect they become your retained virtual marketing department delivering agreed activities on   time and to budget, ensuring they have maximum impact on your bottom line.

In challenging trading conditions the benefits of the programme outweigh the investment involved:  it allows easy and accurate management of marketing spend, provides access to a team of marketing professionals with broad experience across a range of disciplines, gives focus and momentum to marketing activity and delivers tangible financial results.

On Tuesday 17th January from 11.00am to 3.00pm the team at Fig Creative invite businesses from around the region to an open day, where they can find out how the Marketing Partners Programme could move their business forward in 2012.

Helen Duncan, MD of the newly branded Fig Creative explains “We work with many local  companies, providing design, print and web services and we will continue to offer great quality for great value. But we know that no one marketing activity will transform a business, particularly in a challenging economic climate. Our new Marketing Partner Programme blends a variety of targeted marketing activities to give local companies the support they need to grow their businesses – without breaking the bank. And it really works, come and see our customer videos at our open day.”

The friendly Fig Creative team is now 7 strong and offers a full range of marketing services including branding consultancy, PR, design & print, copy writing and internet and social media strategy.

For further information including details about the open day contact the team at Fig Creative on 01457 857 111 or just drop in on the day between 11 – 3pm at 174 High Street West, Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 8ER.

Getting your business on track in 2012

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Help is at hand for budding entrepreneurs whose New Year resolution is to start their own business or get their tax return in on time.

High Peak Borough Council has lined up a string of free workshops for people considering self employment. The series starts in Glossop Municipal Buildings on Thursday, January 26 with a half-day session led by HM Customs and Revenues (HMRC).

Focusing on registering as self employed, setting up business records and paying tax, the event will be repeated in Buxton Town Hall on Thursday, February 2.


The series for start ups continues in Municipal Buildings on Wednesday, February 8 when HMRC delivers a popular “eligible expenses” workshop pinpointing expenditure that can be claimed as tax-deductible expenses.

For people who are already self employed and have to submit their tax return by the end of January, the council has squeezed in an event on Thursday week (January 19) to explain how to complete the return online. The practical session will include a step-by-step guide to the online pages.

 All events run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, and places can be booked by calling customer services on 0845 129 7777.

Glossop Cartons spread a little festive cheer

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Press Release: 14th December 2011

Glossop Cartons have made a donation to their local school, Padfield Community Primary School just in time for Christmas.

The school was chosen as part of Glossop Cartons community support programme.

Head teacher, Anne Harper explained

“We have had a library extension built this year and we intend to use most of the money on resources for the library including maintaining the library computer system and books. We are going to use the rest of the money to pay for the food and drinks for the children’s Christmas parties”.

Anne went on to say “Glossop Cartons regularly provide card to school which we use for making props for the Nativity and party hats”

Vicky Every from Glossop Cartons said. “We are delighted to support the school and to be able to provide books for the children to enjoy. I’m also pleased that our cardboard is being “recycled” for the enjoyment of the children”

Established in 1982 and based in Padfield, Glossop Cartons is now one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging products for blue-chip organisations across the UK. Producing quality litho printed cartons, wallets, blister cards, skin pack cards and packaging, the family owned and run firm employs around 50 people locally.

Hadfield Firm Scoops National Plastics Award

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Hadfield-based plastics ancillary firm TH Plastics, which provides solutions to help plastics manufacturers increase profits and become more environmentally friendly, won a national Plastics Industry Award at a gala event at Hilton Park Lane in London on Friday evening.

Known as the Oscars of the plastics industry, TH Plastics fought off stiff competition to win the coveted ‘Supplier Partnership: Ancillary Machinery’ award. The news comes just two weeks after neighbouring firm Pressure Tech was singled out by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham as a world-class manufacturing business.

TH Plastics won the award for designing a cost-effective solution to enable one of its customers to recycle in-house, meaning it significantly reduced overheads while improving its environmental credentials.

Lee Thomas, Managing Director, TH Plastics, says: “The plastics industry is increasingly competitive, so we are really pleased to have won a Plastic Industry Award. We have recruited a lot of talent in this area and pride ourselves in providing innovative, bespoke solutions to save businesses money and help them become more environmentally friendly – this award is testament to the talent and hard work of the whole team.”

The Plastics Industry Awards offer an insight into current developments in materials usage, product design and innovative manufacturing as well as identifying excellence in training and environmental performance. Almost 800 plastic professionals and their guests attended this year’s glittering awards ceremony.

For further information about TH Plastics please visit:

Local business woman Julia Hallsworth has launched a new crafting website

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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Local business woman Julia Hallsworth has launched a new crafting website.

A keen crafter Julia was keen to become involved in the current trend for scrapbooking and craftmaking.

She launched her website earlier this month to sell scrap booking, card making, rubber stamping and
general crafts.

If you would like to know more about Julia and her products you can visit her website or read her blog .