Business support

Business support

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There are a number of organisations that can help your business grow.

Chesterfield Innovation Support Programme

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

The project offers a variety of funded support which includes:

  • one-to-one business review
  • workshops, seminars and networking events
  • access to specialist innovation advisers

The programme has supported hundreds of businesses just like yours; working with people who want to see a change in their enterprise.  The key to its success is that assistance is not prescriptive but rather acts as a catalyst to stimulate decision making and planning for the future.

Here are a couple of comments from businesses who have worked with the programme…

“Adrian has definitely had a big impact on helping me move the business forward, his comprehensive business knowledge and ability to play advocate, has enabled me over the course of regular meetings throughout the last year to improve several key aspects of the business, from suggesting improvements in infrastructure within the business, operating procedures within the office, website and SEO advice through to health and safety policy suggestions.

Adrian has a natural ability to push and probe for answers and through conversation he has an ability to guide you into making decisions that ultimately make sense. I fully appreciate the help he has been to my company and with his guidance I am sure that I have been able to take advice and suggestions on-board that will ultimately help grow my business to a level that I may not have been able to do solely by myself.” Chris Humphries, Valleys of Chesterfield Ltd.

“All of us at Elphius Flux have found meeting with Adrian on a regular basis extremely useful. Due to the fact we are a small family business, we can often become insular regarding our view of the business and where we want to be. However, thanks to the ongoing support we have been able to come up with different approaches to expanding our market and building our business.” - Gwen, company owner at Elphius Flux.

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

Adrian Williamson
Innovation Support Project Manager

Featured support options for Chesterfield businesses

Energy Efficiency for Business

As part of Chesterfield Borough Council’s commitment to both the environment and business we present some of the current programmes which can help you make your business more energy efficient.

University of Derby DE-Carbonise Programme

DE-Carbonise is aimed at reducing SME carbon emissions in their operations, production and supply chain.

The key elements of the programme are…

• A carbon reduction audit and report

• Potential grant funding to implement carbon reduction recommendations

• Technical support, consultancy and process improvements based on recommendations from the carbon reduction report

• There’s also an opportunity for learning and development around smart manufacturing and sustainable supply chain innovation

Find out more about the Derby University de-carbonise programme

University of Nottingham Energy Innovation and Collaboration team

The scheme provides project-oriented support to assist businesses with energy efficiency and growth.  This also includes potential access to a grant scheme. Find out more about this grant scheme

Growth Hub Changes

From the 1 April 2020 there will be a change to the way businesses in the Chesterfield Borough Council area access support. 

Previously, any SME located within the Chesterfield Borough Council area has been able to access support from the Growth Hubs in both the D2N2 Local Economic Partnership (LEP) and Sheffield City Region LEP areas.  However, as a result of the Government’s 2019 LEP Review, whilst the LEPs will continue to work in partnership, from 1 April businesses will only be able to access advice and support from the Growth Hub which covers the geography they are located in.  

So, for Chesterfield Borough Council area businesses this will be the D2N2 Growth Hub.  For those businesses currently receiving support from Sheffield City Region, this will continue through to its natural conclusion.  Businesses will then be referred to the D2N2 Growth Hub  for future support and advice.

D2N2 Growth Hub

Funded by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership 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 find out more about D2N2 Growth Hub.

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. Find out more about Sheffield City region Growth Hub.

Business Events

Enterprises can access support events, workshops and networking to assist them with growth and maintenance of their competitive position.  The subjects can be diverse - recruitment, skills, marketing, lean manufacturing, HS2 and Brexit to mention just a few. The links below should act as a useful starting point.

For forthcoming events, including those offered through Innovation Support, please visit:

Destination Chesterfield events                                                  

D2N2 Growth Hub events

Sheffield City Region Growth Hub events

East Midlands Chamber events

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 on 0800 043 5522, or alternatively businesses can directly submit a fully completed expression of interest. Further information can be found here.

Business Finance Support Finder

Additionally you may also like to visit the Business Finance Support Finder, where you will find a government tool to help you access information about potential wider funding options in your area.

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.  

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

Delivered in D2N2 by Derbyshire Enterprise Agency in partnership with First Enterprise Business Agency and the East Midlands Chamber (EMC), contact business adviser Peter Morgan who co-ordinates the scheme for EMC, on 01246 207207 or email Find out more about First Enterprise business loans.

Within the Sheffield City Region the start up loan is delivered by Finance for Enterprise. In the first instance call 0333 014 3455 to talk to a Finance for Enterprise investment manager, or find out more here.

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-employment 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 Prince's Trust.

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 Seeker's 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. Find out more New Enterprise Allowance.

Find out about contacting Derbyshire 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 Disability Dynamics.

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.

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 Loundsley Green Enterprise Coaching Project 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 Source Derbyshire website.

Derbyshire County Council Trusted Trader Scheme

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 Trusted Trader website.

Voluntary and Community Group Funding

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

Blenheim Court
17 Newbold Road
Chesterfield S41 7PG
01246 274844

Last updated on 20 March 2020