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Business Support

Business Support

Chesterfield is a great place to grow your business and there are a number of organisations that offer business support and advice on local tendering opportunities, skills and funding opportunities.

We have also created pages for the latest support regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak and preparing for Brexit.


Chesterfield Innovation Support Programme

Chesterfield Innovation Support Programme (Chesterfield Borough Council) is a project which aims to increase the level of support available to businesses in the Chesterfield area.

The project has been set up to offer a variety of funded support which includes:

  • one-to-one business reviews
  • workshops, seminars and networking events
  • access to specialist innovation advisers
  • support to identify potential funding choices

For further information on the Innovation Support Programme, please contact:

Adrian Williamson
Innovation Support Project Manager
adrian.williamson@chesterfield.gov.uk


Chesterfield Digital High Street Project

The online revolution has been a key feature of the pandemic – and now small and microbusinesses in Chesterfield can embrace these digital trends in an innovative new support scheme.

The Chesterfield Digital High Street project helps those reliant on bricks and mortar to transition into an online world by creating highly visible e-commerce websites equipped with the latest forms of payment, such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, and modern shopping concepts like “click and collect”.

Funded by Chesterfield Borough Council and delivered in partnership by East Midlands Chamber, it aims to support small outfits in sectors such as retail, hospitality and leisure, which have been hit hardest by lockdown restrictions, to become more resilient.

Find out if your business is eligible for the support at: https://www.emc-dnl.co.uk/chesterfield-digital-high-street/


Vision Derbyshire business start-up support scheme

In recognition of the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic had across Derbyshire a new scheme has been launched to support those wanting to set up their own business in the county.

The Vision Derbyshire Business Start-Up and Business Support Grant Scheme is open to people who live in Derbyshire who are starting their own business, or have recently set up a business in the last year.

A team of local expert business advisors are in place to offer free advice and support and funding of up to £10,000 per applicant is also available. You’ll need to contact your allocated business adviser to access the grant support.

Networking opportunities and help in securing a wide range of services necessary to help entrepreneurs turn their venture into a success are also part of the support package on offer.

The scheme is particularly interested in helping entrepreneurs based in Derbyshire, as well as those aged between 17 and 30, or who are aged over 50 and who lost their jobs or livelihoods during COVID.

Find out more by visiting: Vision Derbyshire Business Support scheme – Derbyshire County Council


D2N2 Growth Hub

Funded by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and DNLCC, the D2N2 Growth Hub is designed to help identify local business support information to aid developing a business or starting a new business, as well as providing links to key national sources of information and support across the country.

For more information, please call 0333 006 9178 or visit: www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/


University of  Derby

The University of Derby offers support for business growth with access to expert advice and practical solutions.  It currently runs a number of part-funded or fully-funded schemes that are focused on helping SMEs in the East Midlands with research and development (R&D), innovation and growth.

• Enscite – support for SMEs in the transport equipment manufacturing supply chain: https://www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funding-services-and-support/enscite/

• Invest to Grow – funding to support innovation, growth and jobs
https://www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funding-services-and-support/access-to-funding/

• DE-Carbonise Programme– helping SMEs reduce carbon emissions and energy costs https://www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funding-services-and-support/d2ee-low-carbon-project/

• Priority Skills – short courses aligned to SME growth and Brexit support
https://www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funding-services-and-support/priority-skills/

• Productivity through Innovation – improving the performance of businesses
https://www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funding-services-and-support/productivity-through-innovation/

• Innovate4Rail – Innovation support for SMEs working in Rail Sector supply chains
https://www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/funding-services-and-support/innovate-for-rail/ 

• Apprenticeships – Higher and degree level apprenticeships to develop your workforce
https://www.derby.ac.uk/business-services/developing-people/apprenticeships/ 

Contact the University of Derby’s dedicated Business Gateway for more details:
E: businessgateway@derby.ac.uk
T: 0800 001 5500


Skills Support for the Workplace (SSW)

The Skills Support for the Workforce programme (SSW) can support small & medium-sized manufacturing businesses in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire to upskill their employees with funded training courses & qualifications to grow their business.

Find out more here:

SSW – Manufacturing in Derbyshire Nottinghamshire

Other courses currently being offered by the SSW Programme include:


Sheffield Innovation Programme

The Programme is designed to offer support to SMEs by harnessing the skills and resources of the Sheffield Universities.  This page http://sip.ac.uk/what-is-sip/ gives an overview of their offering.


D2 Business Starter Programme

There is free support through the D2 Business Starter Programme provided through East Midlands Chamber.  More information and contact details can be found on their PDF https://www.emc-dnl.co.uk/about-us/initiatives-and-programmes/d2-business-starter-programme/ .


NBV Starting In Business Programme

This programme run by NBV, in the form of workshops designed around setting up a new enterprise.  More information on the Starting In Business Programme can be found here http://nbv.co.uk/start-up/starting-in-business-programme/


Start-Up Loan Fund

The fund aims to provide individuals with access to business start-up funding and expert personal support from business mentors to help develop business plans and access training. Find out more here: www.first-enterprise.co.uk/small-loans

Once a viable business plan is approved, applicants will be able to access financial support in the form of a loan of up to £10,000 with a repayment period of up to five years.

Delivered in Derbyshire by First Enterprise Business Agency working in partnership with the East Midlands Chamber (EMC), contact business adviser Peter Morgan who co-ordinates the scheme for EMC, on 01246 207207 or email peter.morgan@emc-dnl.co.uk.


The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust supports unemployed young people aged 18 to 30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employent is right for them. Depending on the outcome of this process, the programme can then offer mentoring support and for those that really need it, financial support to start a business or mentoring support to secure goals in employment, education or training.

For further information call 0800 842842 or visit the website: http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/need_help/enterprise_programme.aspx


Derbyshire Job Centre Plus

Derbyshire Job Centre Plus can help with recruitment or information about local labour availability, wage rates, employment subsidies or training. A package of assistance can be tailor-made to meet your needs. This may include; pre-employment courses to prepare people for specific entry criteria; Work Trials which allow job seekers and the business to test out a job for a couple of weeks before making a commitment; and help for applicants with tools, clothes etc.

In addition if you are registered unemployed and have been in receipt of either Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance, then Job Centre Plus can advise you about New Enterprise Allowance which offers financial assistance to help you start a business.

More information can be found here www.gov.uk/new-enterprise-allowance

Contact Derbyshire Jobcentre Plus on 0845 604 3719 or visit the website:www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus


Disability Dynamics

Disability Dynamics provide one-to-one support for people with disabilities who wish to start their own business or become self-employed. For more information, please call 01329 841814 or visit the website:http://www.disabilitydynamics.co.uk/


HM Revenues and Customs

HM Revenue and Customs offer on-line guidance and support to help people in business get their tax affairs right. HMRC’s aim is to build confidence on tax matters by providing accessible support in a variety of different formats. Click here to find one that suits you: www.hmrc.gov.uk/


Loundsley Green Enterprise Coaching Project

Loundsley Green Enterprise Coaching Project can provide support to start-ups for people living in or close to Loundsley Green. For more information, please call Paul Davies 07753 605 272 or visit the website: http://www.lgct.org.uk/


Source Derbyshire

The main objective of the Source Derbyshire website is to advertise potential new contracts that businesses can bid for and to make it easier for businesses to find out about new sources of potential revenue.

As well as new contract opportunities, you will also find a list of recurring contracts which you may also be able to bid for in the future. Visit the website:www.sourcederbyshire.co.uk/


Trusted Trader Scheme (Derbyshire County Council)

Trusted Trader Scheme can help individuals find honest and reliable traders who commit to doing a good job for a fair price. It includes plumbers, builders, roofers, decorators, joiners, electricians, gardeners, retailers and many more.

Businesses can use the Trusted Trader website to find out more about the benefits of being a Derbyshire Trusted Trader and learn how to sign up. Visit the website:http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/trusted_trader/


Voluntary and Community Group Funding

For information on grants available for Voluntary and Community Groups, visit the website: http://www.linkscvs.org.uk. The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Ltd. The contact details are:

Links CVS
No.1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield
S40 1NU

01246 274844


Business Finance Support Finder

The Business Finance Support Finder is an HM Government tool to help you access information about funding options in your area.  You may also find the D2N2 website useful in identifying  further potential routes to finance for your enterprise  www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/access-to-finance


ActionCOACH Chesterfield

ActionCOACH Chesterfield provide a variety of business coaching programs to help the businesses of Chesterfield flourish. For more information visit the website: https://chesterfield.actioncoach.co.uk/programmes/


Business Doctors Chesterfield

Business Doctors Chesterfield provides advice, coaching and mentoring to business owners in Chesterfield and the North Derbyshire area. Dedicated to helping small and medium sized businesses achieve their goals.  https://www.businessdoctors.co.uk/business_doctors/emily-coy/

Funding and Grants

Funding and Grants

There is a range of funding and grants available for businesses in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire. Find out more!

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Chesterfield Digital High Street

Chesterfield Digital High Street aims to support small outfits in sectors such as retail, hospitality and leisure, which have been hit hardest by lockdown restrictions, to become more resilient.

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Skills and Training

There are a number of programmes to support businesses with skills and training in Chesterfield.

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