Business support information

Business support information

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


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Chestefield Borough Council Business Support 

The Chesterfield Innovation Support Programme is a project designed to provide meaningful assistance to businesses in the Chesterfield area.

The project offers funded opportunities which include one-to-one business support and an annual series of workshops.

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 some comments from businesses who have worked with the programme: 

“I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Adrian for several years, and his guidance and support have made a substantial impact on our business as well as on a personal level. His expertise has played a crucial role in enhancing our operations and successfully securing grants. Adrian is also a personable and professional individual, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.”

Dr Gavin Smith - Phoenix Sealing 

"Adrian has been pivotal in guiding our start-up business back in 2016 to where we are today. His professional approach and wealth of business acumen has been invaluable in our decision making and risk taking giving us the confidence and support to move forward. 

Adrian always offers constructive advice in an effective and non-assertive manner allowing us to ultimately make final decisions. His feedback following our meetings is prompt and concise, an accurate summary of our discussion.

Being a partnership it is easy to become tunnelled and fail to view the business from the outside. Adrian provides that third party vision which is so importent in maintaining stability.

We fully appreciate Adrian's support over the past six years which has helped drive our business forward and look forward to continuing our excellent relationship"

Brian Quinney - Quinney's Pet Supplies. 

“I set up my business in 2017. Right at the beginning, someone recommended that I got in touch with Adrian for business support.

It’s hard to put into words just how brilliant that support has been.

More than anyone else, Adrian has really taken the time to understand my business. He’s listened to my hopes for the future as well as the frustrations (and odd disasters).

He’s brilliant at suggesting ways forward and helping me to form a manageable plan that works for me.

I look forward to every session and always leave feeling energised, with a plan of action for the next quarter.

There’s no doubt that the path to business success would not have been this smooth without his support.

Eternally grateful!” 

Helen Rowan - Helen Rowan Photography 

For further information on the innovation support programme, please contact Adrian Williamson, innovation support project manager at

This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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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.


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.



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 and 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 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


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.


Chesterfield Borough Council Procurement

The council (alongside others across the East Midlands) now uses Proactis for tenders.  Find out more about the E-procurement portal (Proactis).


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:

Blenheim Court
17 Newbold Road
Chesterfield S41 7PG
01246 274844


Support to find commercial premises 

We have a wide range of business premises available to rent, including office space, retail and industrial units.

Stalls are also available on our open air market and Market Hall.

We offer a free, efficient service to help you find the right premises for your business.

See our business premises to rent or buy page to help with searching for your ideal commercial property. You can do your own property search using our free and easy to use online business property search.

Last updated on 21 September 2023