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Funding & Advice

There are a number of organisations who are readily available to help your business grow:

Chesterfield Innovation Support Programme (Chesterfield Borough Council) is a 3 year ERDF funded project which aims to increase the level of specialist support available to businesses in the CBC area. The project has been set up to offer a variety of funded support which will include -

workshops, seminars & networking events
access to specialist Innovation Advisers

For further information on the Innovation Support Programme please contact:
Paul Stuart
Innovation Support Project Manager

Business Advice Website

Funded by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and DNLCC, The Business Advice Website 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 further information please call 0844 2254089 or visit the website. The Business Advice Website

Regional Growth Fund

Funding is currently available via the Sheffield City Region (SCR), the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and Derbyshire Economic Partnership to support businesses that are looking to grow. The funding (Regional Growth Fund or RGF) is primarily aimed at supporting capital investment schemes that will create new employment.

Global Derbyshire Grants for Small Businesses

Derbyshire Economic Partnership, supported by Derbyshire Councy Council, has £3m available from the Government to help small businesses in Derbyshire to grow and create jobs. We've made it easier to apply through our Global Derbyshire Small Business Support Programme - and we can even help you apply. So if you think your business could be eligible, email us at or call us on 01629 539325.  There's no catch, just a few conditions which we'll need to check to make sure your business is eligible for one of the following four grants:

  • Start Up Support Fund Grant
  • business Innovation and Development Grant
  • Delivering Digital Derbyshire Grant
  • Export Promotion Grant

If you think your business could benefit then please get in touch so we can advise you and help you with your application. Simply email or call us on 01629 539325 or 01629 538245.

Alternatively, you can apply online on the Derbyshire Economic Partnership website. Global Derbyshire Funding

Sheffield City Region

Further details of the SCR scheme 'Unlocking Business Investment' can be found at Unlocking Business Investment. In summary, grants are potentially available from £25,000 upwards for schemes which create a minimum of five new jobs by March 2016. SCR are now accepting enquiries.

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

Further details of the D2N2 scheme 'Unlocking Investment for Growth' can be found at Unlocking Investment for Growth. The minimum grant application is £50,000 and the grant will be a maximum of 25% of the total project costs, again linked to new job creation. There is presently on open call for applications for the D2N2 scheme.
If you wish to discuss your proposal further then please contact Matthew Southgate in the Economic Development Team tel 01246 345272.

The Hive @ Mansfield

Business Start-up Proof-of-Concept Programme helps you access the commercial viability of your business idea and helps turn it into a profitable reality. The programme are looking for people with brilliant new business ideas who live or work in the Districts of Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield or Mansfield. They run 3 programmes per year starting January, April and September. To find out more, contact Michael Huxley on 01623 600829 or visit the website. The Hive @ Mansfield

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. Start-Up Loan Funds 

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 Derbyshire Enterprise Agency in partnership with First Enterprise Business Agency and the Derbyshire,
Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce (DNLCC), contact business adviser Peter Morgan who is co-ordinating
the scheme for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chamber, on 01246 207207

The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust supports unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employmnet 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. The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme

Derbyshire Enterprise Agency (DEA)

Derbyshire Enterprise Agency is a not-for-profit company that offers business advice and support services to start-up and existing business in Chesterfield and Derbyshire. DEA will provide a free half hour meeting with their business advisor (but charge for the service after initial meeting). For further information visit the website. Derbyshire Enterprise Agency Ltd (DEA)

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 Job Seekers Allowance for more than 6 months, then Job Centre Plus can advise you about New Enterprise Allowance which offers financial assistance to help you start a business. Contact Derbyshire Jobcentre Plus on 0845 604 3719. Visit the website
Derbyshire Job Centre 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 further information please call 01329 841814 or visit the website. Visit the website Disability Dynamics

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 further information please call Paul Davies 07753 605272 or visit the website
Loundsley Green Enterprise Coaching Project

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
Source Derbyshire

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
Trusted Trader Scheme

Homes and Communities Agency - Custom Build

In Laying the foundations - a housing strategy for England, funding available to provide short-term project finance to hep unlock group custom build - or self-build-schemes. The aim of the fund is two-fold:
To stimulate the growth of the Custome Build Homes market by enabling more multi-unit custom build home projects and attract more commercial lenders and investors to this market, thereby increasing the number of custom built homes developed annually over the next decade.
To focus exclusively on multi-unit 'group' projects with the objective of bringing forward sufficient numbers of successful schemes to demonstrate to commercial funders that the lending model is a viable and sustainable business which can be taken forward by industry, without public funding support, when the fund closes on 31 March 2015. Visit the website for further information.
Homes and Communities Agency - Custom Build

Voluntary & Community Group Funding

For information on grants available for Voluntary and Community Groups please contact LINKS: The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Ltd. The contact details are:
Blenheim Court
17 Newbold Road
S41 7PG
01246 274844


GRANTnet is the UK's leading free-to-us funding database, it is a user-friendly to use service which has been devised to assist community and voluntary groups, sports and other clubs, schools, social enterprises and small businesses in identifying funding opportunities for specific projects. Visit the website for further information. GRANTnet

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