Starting your own business

Starting your own business

If you are thinking about starting your own business, there are a number of organisations and online resources available to help you get started.

It is common for people to feel worried when they consider starting their own business, and many people begin to question how to get started, whether they will make enough money and how they can prevent their business from failing.

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Programmes and online resources

A great way to help with this uncertainty is to begin exploring the programmes and online resources that have been specifically designed to help you through the early processes of starting a business.

These programmes will carefully walk you through every step, so that you do not become overrun with information and are in the best position to make the decision whether to go ahead with launching your own business. If you do decide to launch, support will also be available to help you to grow your new enterprise.

Support available

Here are some of the organisations and programmes that may be able to support you:


D2 Business Starter programme

The D2 Business Starter Programme is delivered by the East Midlands Chamber and gives all Derbyshire residents the opportunity to explore their business potential and learn how to set up a new business with a series of flexible, fully-funded workshops and one-to-one support


NBV Enterprise Solutions

NBV run a ‘Starting in Business’ programme, which is designed to help you investigate what would be involved in setting up a new enterprise.


Prince’s Trust

If you’re aged between 18 and 30, you could consider approaching the Prince’s Trust for training and mentoring support. The Prince’s Trust have already helped over 86,000 young people to start their own business.


Clowne Enterprise

Clowne Enterprise provide one-one coaching and support for individuals looking to start-up their own business. 

A range of start up support is available including for individuals who are not currently working through the Doing Good Business Programme.

You can also access a range of useful learning resources about starting up your own business.

For more information visit the Doing Good Business websiteDoing Good Business Facebook or contact Paul Davies on 07973 522772.


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 605272 or visit the Loundsley Green Community Trust Facebook page.


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.


The New Enterprise Allowance scheme

If you are registered as unemployed, this scheme may be available to you. Enquire with Jobcentre Plus and they will be able to discuss this further with you.


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.


Vision Derbyshire Support Scheme

In recognition of the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic had across Derbyshire a new scheme has been launched to support those wanting to set up their own business in the county.

The Vision Derbyshire Business Start-Up and Business Support Grant Scheme’ is open to people who live in Derbyshire who are starting their own business, or have recently set up a business in the last year.

A team of local expert business advisors are in place to offer free advice and support and funding of up to £10,000 per applicant is also available.

Networking opportunities and help in securing a wide range of services necessary to help entrepreneurs turn their venture into a success are also part of the support package on offer.

The scheme is particularly interested in helping entrepreneurs and those aged between 17 and 30, or who are aged over 50 and who lost their jobs or livelihoods during COVID.

To find out more about the Vision Derbyshire scheme and request support please email with:

  • a brief description of your business venture
  • its current status
  • your contact details - name, address of your business, email, preferred telephone number

These details will enable you to be allocates a business advisor who will contact you and outline the support available. Access to grant support will be discussed with you by your allocated adviser. 

Your personal information will only be used for the purposes of providing advice and support through the Business Start-Up and Business Support Grant Scheme.

More information

In most instances, the providers listed above will be able be able to give you the support and guidance that you need. They can all work with you at your own pace and will direct you to available online content and other programmes which can be valuable in secure funding amongst other things when starting a new business.

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Last updated on 14 October 2022