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:
Innovation Support Project Manager
The Business Advice Website funded by D2N2 LEP and DNCC, 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.
Regional Growth Fund - Funding is currently available via both the Sheffield City Region (SCR) and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnerships 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.
Further details of the SCR scheme 'Unlocking Business Investment' can be found at www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/rgf . In summary grants are potentially available from £25,000 upwards for schemes which create a minimum of five new jobs by March 2016. The deadline for applications is 31st October 2013.
Further details of the D2N2 scheme 'Unlocking Investment for Growth' can be found at www.d2n2lep.org/UI4G . 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.
Young Person Loan Fund - The Fund aims to provide 18–30 year olds with access to business start-up funding and expert personal
support from business mentors to help develop business plans and access training.
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 and
Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC), contact business adviser Paul Stuart who is co-ordinating
the scheme for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, on 01246 207207 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme 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.
Derbyshire Enterprise Agency Ltd (DEA) 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). Contact Paul Stuart on 01246 207207 to arrange an appointment or visit the website.
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.
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.
HM Revenue and Customs HMRC has been working to really understand the needs of our customers. We know there are a significant proportion of SMEs who want to get things right but need help to do so. We also know that many of these SMEs don’t necessarily feel comfortable approaching us as an organisation and some are even completely unaware of what their obligations are. It’s these customers who are unaware of their obligations and those who know what they’re supposed to do but not how to do it that we’re trying to reach with our SME education. We particularly want to help customers as they face key business life events, which include starting in business, registering for VAT, taking on an employee, importing and exporting, incorporation and ceasing to trade. See facing page for more information. For further details please call 03000 535678.
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
Source Derbyshire - The main objective of the 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.
Trusted Trader Scheme (Derbyshire County Council) 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.
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.
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:
17 Newbold Road
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.