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Business support information

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

 

Find out about:

 

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 at adrian.williamson@chesterfield.gov.uk.

 

Town Centre Engagement Officer

In addition to the Innovation Support programme, the borough council has also added the new Engagement Officer role. Rebecca Bland provides valuable access to help and tailored support for businesses located in the Chesterfield town centre. To establish contact, please email Rebecca rebecca.bland@chesterfield.gov.uk.

 

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

• 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 University of Nottingham grant scheme.

 

Green entrepreneurs fund

This scheme provides funding for businesses keen to build solutions through investment in green energy and committed to reducing carbon in their operations. Further information about this scheme can be found here Green entrepreneurs fund - Derbyshire County Council.

 

Wellbeing 

As businesses across Chesterfield build back as the country begins to pull out of the deeper effects of the pandemic, there is rightly and increased focus on wellbeing in the workplace. Wellbeing helps you, your staff and your business to grow. These featured programmes can assist your business to build back stronger.

 

Thrive at work

This is a structured, workplace wellbeing programme that supports businesses and their employees.

 

Mental Health & Productivity Pilot (MHPP)

The programme is focused on building understanding and providing resources to employers to help them to help their team through the mental wellbeing agenda. Find out more about helping employers improve workplace mental health.

 

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. 

 

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.

D2N2 growth hub events

East Midlands chamber events

 

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.

  

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
  • 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.

 

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.

 

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 Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for voluntary service and action Ltd website. Their contact details are:

Links
Blenheim Court
17 Newbold Road
Chesterfield S41 7PG
01246 274844


Last updated on 22 October 2021