10 years ago Steve and Paul set up Dolomite Training as an outdoor adventure company. They are based in Derbyshire and what a 10 years it has been!
First of all, many schools supported us from the very beginning which was a huge boost to our business. Especially whilst the country was in the middle of a recession. Many people thought we were foolhardy to start a business in this sort of economic uncertainty. However, so far we are proving them wrong.
Learning Outside the Classroom
With many years’ experience in teaching and the outdoor industry we were able to use outdoor activities as a learning medium. With this approach we could help raise attainment levels for many students. Learning outside the classroom, allowed individuals to develop life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and personal development. This is turn helped to build students confidence and self-esteem. Many of our students went on to gain better results than expected. These results helped our business and our reputation for a quality service grow quickly.
You would think a hard day’s work was enough. However in order to provide a better service we both felt the need to improve our learning too. Consequently I (Steve) gained a master’s degree in business management MBA, Paul gained a master’s degree in education. Our new business plan created more opportunities to work in the outdoor sector and we quickly expanded.
Our ethos was to provide a quality experience for people across all the activities we provided. We also only employed staff with similar views and standards to ourselves and with expert knowledge of the Peak district.
Settling in Bakewell – Derbyshire Peak District
By 2012, Dolomite Training became a limited company. We had moved offices several times, until finally settling in Bakewell in the Heart of the peak district. Bakewell is a picturesque town with booming tourism, which has only helped to increase our business.
We use many venues within 20 minutes of Bakewell. These include Hathersage for climbing, Castleton for caving, Millersdale for abseiling and all over the Peak district for mountain biking.
As the first national park in the country, it attracts over 13 million visitors every year. Above all it also has many treasures including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and well-known breweries such as Thornbridge or Peak Ales. Walking here is a mix between high moorland or lowland river walks amongst the peaks and dales.
Cafes are in abundance, as I well know, and we stop at many of our favourites with our groups. Here’s to name but a few: Café Adventure, High Nellies or Café Village Green. You know that life on the trail would just not be the same without a big slice of homemade cake and a hot brew.
Along the years Dolomite Training had always worked with businesses on staff development and team building days. Even more than that, our main work, was offering a much wider recipe of activities in the peak district. Consequently, we now work with numerous youth groups including scouts, cadets and school groups of all ages. The number of Stag and Hen groups grows yearly and always proves to be a fun experience. Our family multi activities are always popular, providing an exciting day out for all age ranges.
Many clients come for personal skills development such as learning to lead climb, SRT skills or rigging for climbing and caving. While we also provide Mountain biking skills development or guided riding in small groups or on a one to one basis. We wouldn’t have been able to offer any of this without the support of our two trusted vehicles ‘Bertie Berlingo’ and ‘VeeDub Billy’ pictured below. Surely many of you will have seen them out and about in the Peaks and beyond?
Charity Events & Fundraising
About 6 or 7 years ago we started working with charities, helping them out with different fundraising ideas. This area has grown immensely, and we are now established as a ‘provider of choice’ for many charities. We run charity abseil events nationally, underground challenges, we have run 3 Peaks charity events in Yorkshire and Derbyshire and even met the sunrise on Snowdon.
Most noteworthy for us has been the variety of people through charity abseils who are so inspirational. So many people overcome fear of heights, and personal issues whilst boosting their confidence and raising money at the same time. Also, Batman and Robin keep making appearances in lots of different locations!!
Please feel free to contact us if you are a charity fundraiser and want help organising an event!
Reviews on Trip Advisor or Facebook reflect what Dolomite Training set out to achieve ten years ago. All of our clients, have had a positive experience and they have left wanting more. Having taken our clients on a journey of discovery and teaching them the skills they need; many can now seek out adventure independently.
Looking to the future, we will always aim to give the best experience to each and every one of our clients. We appreciate all our loyal customers and look forward to working with many more over the next 10 years.
Finally, we also believe that our success is attributable to the dedication and quality service that our staff provide. We would like to thank anyone who has worked alongside us as part of our journey now and into the future.