Grants and funding for businesses

Grants and funding for businesses

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, funding 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 (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership. This means that local businesses also have access to another growth hub.

You will find further details at

Chesterfield Innovation Support Programme

Chesterfield Borough Council's innovation support programme 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

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

SCR AFCOE is an important part of the SCR growth hub.

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

D2N2 Access to Finance 

The D2N2 access to finance programme offers a range of options to access finance to support your business including, searching for finance, funding for new business, financing skills and employment and national funding and grants.

More details can be found at

Financing Skills and Employment

Businesses can access financial support to employ people or to develop their existing staff.

Details of local and national support and incentives for employing people are available on the D2N2 website.  

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 business start-up loans 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.

Last updated on 03/04/2024