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An economic blueprint for Buxton, which could help the town access multi-million pound opportunities to create new jobs, attract new businesses and support existing businesses, is being prepared.

The document is being brought together by a small group of local volunteers through the Transition Buxton group, after economic blueprints for Totnes, Brixton and Herefordshire revealed a wealth of opportunities.

The process will involve collecting a variety of data and information, and two surveys, one for the public and one for local businesses, have been created to collect people’s views.

Transition Buxton said: “We want to draw together a comprehensive economic blueprint for the Buxton area. This will help to provide a picture of the potential for healthy and sustainable economic development in our area and inform investment decisions for a positive future.”

The aim of the project is to use existing data and additional research to measure the scale and nature of economic activity in the area. The next step is to see the value that might be generated by making some changes.

Jean Ball, of Transition Buxton, said: “It’s not just about being green, it’s about being clever. The world we live in now is totally different to the one ten years ago and in ten years from now, it will be different again.

“We need to be agile and look for what the opportunities are going to be so that we can grab them and make sure that Buxton continues to be a great place.

“Being one of only eight places in the UK to do this might put Buxton on the map as well.”

Transition Buxton are now looking to collect as much data as possible and a short eight question survey for businesses to complete is available online at https://www.surveymon key.com/s/Q67F6H5 until June 7, while members of the group will be out and about in the town asking the public to complete a ten question survey.

The aim is to publish the blueprint in September.

Anyone who would like to help in any way, or any businesses who cannot access the online survey, should contact Jean Ball via email at jean@tbld.co.uk.

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