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.

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

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:

D2N2 Business Investment Fund

The Growth Hub have an exciting new asset to add to the portfolio of support available to D2N2 businesses in the form of an investment fund.

Who can access the fund and what is it for?

The D2N2 Business Investment Fund is available to support small and medium sized enterprises with projects that will directly improve their productivity, efficiency or job creation. The fund will support projects such as digital developments, specialist consultancy and equipment purchases.

It is important to note that only applications that clearly show a step-change in the business activity will be supported. This grant will not support ‘new-for-old’ replacements.

What value is available?

Grants of between £3,500 and £20,000 are available and will contribute up to a maximum of 35% of the project costs.

There are a number of alternative funding options available within D2N2 and the D2N2 Growth Hub will work with you to establish which solution best meets your business needs.

How do businesses apply?

Applicants will need to adhere to a financial assessment, provide quotes for purchases and must defray expenditure before claiming the grant.

For further information and to apply for a grant please contact the D2N2 Growth Hub on 0333 006 9178 or email  where you will be allocated to a Business Adviser to discuss your project.



Sheffield City Region Growth Hub

Chesterfield falls into both the D2N2 LEP, as mentioned above, and the Sheffield City Region LEP (SCR).  This means that businesses also have access to another  Growth Hub.  You will find further detail on the website

Sheffield City Region Skills Bank

Skills Bank provides employers across the Sheffield City Region access to high-quality training and funding to support skills training that will enable them to develop their business.

Skills Bank is part of the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, a service which exists to help businesses find the best possible support to grow, whethee that is in investment in Skills & Training, access to finance options, support with innovation or export, or event helping new businesses to get off the ground.

The SCR Growth Hub supports the aims of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to create new jobs and drive economic growth by providing local businesses with the tools they need to succeed.

Visit or call 03330 00 00 39 for more information.

The Sheffield City Region Access to Finance Centre of Expertise (SCR AFCOE)

SCR AFCOE is an important part of the SCR Growth Hub offering.  The approach adopted by the SCR is to provide one point of contact for all funding enquiries – this can either initially be through the hub enquiry line 0800 043 5522 or alternatively businesses can directly submit a fully completed Expression of Interest.  Further information can be found here

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:

• Invest to Grow – funding to support innovation, growth and jobs

• Low Carbon Project – helping SMEs reduce carbon emissions and energy costs

• Priority Skills – short courses aligned to SME growth and Brexit support

• Productivity through Innovation – improving the performance of businesses

• DRIVEN – helping SMEs recruit and retain students and graduates

Contact the University of Derby’s dedicated Business Gateway for more details:
T: 0800 001 5500

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:

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

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:

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

Contact Derbyshire Jobcentre Plus on 0845 604 3719 or visit the

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:

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:

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:

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

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:

Voluntary and Community Group Funding

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

Links CVS
No.1 Rose Hill East
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

D2 Energy Efficiency surveys and grants

Free energy audits are available for businesses in Derby and Derbyshire to help to reduce business costs, carbon emissions and increase the comfort of employees. Following an audit, project officers will work with you to implement the best options for your business.

Grants of up to £15,000 (and up to 65% of the cost) are available to eligible businesses to carry out energy efficiency improvements. Measures could include improved lighting, insulation, more efficient process equipment and renewable energy.

For more information see

To arrange your audit, contact Gemma Sylva, Carbon Smart Team Leader  e:  t: 01332 642029

Eligibility: Micro, small and medium sized businesses which are not more than 25% owned by a business which is not an SME. For grants: businesses trading over 90% business to business.

Support is also available to SMEs via the Low Carbon Business Network, who want to grow their low carbon business,  with fully funded business support and technical consultancy, from the University of Derby: SME’s that offer low carbon products and services or are interested in moving their business in this direction, can access this fully funded (free) programme of support to help them access new markets and the region’s largest supply chains.

Support is based on a business needs review, with workshops and 1-2-1 support, addressing:

  • Finance and funding for low carbon businesses
  • Environmental management systems & green accreditation
  • Leadership & entrepreneurial skills
  • Building a low carbon business case
  • Low carbon procurement and purchasing
  • Greening supply chains
  • LEAN green logistics
  • Sustainable marketing and brand integrity
  • Carbon accounting
  • Principles of circular economy
  • Growth Accelerator club and ‘meet the buyer’ events.

The D2 Energy Efficiency Project is run by a partnership between the University of Derby, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

ActionCOACH Chesterfield

ActionCOACH Chesterfield provide a variety of business coaching programs to help the businesses of Chesterfield flourish. For more information visit the website:

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