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.
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.
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 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 website, Doing 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 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 disability dynamics.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about First enterprise business loans.
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.
Find out more about setting up your own business on Gov.uk.