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Business support

Business support

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

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 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:

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 details at

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 at

Regional Growth Fund: Invest to grow

Funding to support businesses that want to grow is currently available through the University of Derby. The funding (Regional Growth Fund or RGF) is primarily aimed at supporting capital investment schemes that will create new employment. The minimum award size is £15,000, with a maximum grant of £1m. There is a grant intervention rate up to 30 per cent of total project costs.

You can find out more and express your interest at
Alternatively, you can contact the Invest to Grow team on 01332 597 907.

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 See more online here.

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 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 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 at

Contact Derbyshire Jobcentre Plus on 0845 604 3719 or visit the website:

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 website:

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:

Blenheim Court
17 Newbold Road
Chesterfield S41 7PG
01246 274844

Business Finance Support Finder

Visit, where you will find a 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:

Last updated on 21 October 2017