More free support for Derbyshire’s SMEs

Mitchells has welcomed news of new free business support service for SMEs throughout Chesterfield and Derbyshire.clip board

Help and support is being offered to small businesses in Derbyshire with a free business health check, funded by ERDF and Derbyshire County Council.

The D2 Business Advisory Growth Service programme is available to Derbyshire based businesses outside of Derby City. The business health check will be undertaken by an impartial D2N2 Growth Hub advisor who will:

  • Look at where a business is now and where it wants to be
  • Identify the area(s) where the business would benefit from additional help and support
  • Help find the assistance the business needs to achieve its goals

In addition to the D2 Business Advisory Growth Service, there are a number of other grants and business support available for small businesses in North East Derbyshire, including:

Sheffield City Region Growth Hub
– a single point of contact for all business support across Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield in six themed areas: Access to Finance; Skills and Training; Innovation; Export; Start-Up and Growth Demand.

Enabling Innovation – Enabling Innovation is a collaborative programme involving Nottingham Trent University, the University of Derby and the University of Nottingham. It is for SMEs who want to benefit from university expertise in research and innovation to develop and grow their business.

Knowledge Exchange for Innovation (KEI) – part of the Enabling Innovation programme, KEI enables businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through utilising the knowledge, technology and skills of the University of Derby.

Catalysing Growth – Businesses operating within the manufacturing and/or associated supply chains can access fully-funded access to expertise and co-operation with university research centres and institutes and also grants towards external costs of innovation projects.

ENSCITE – a support organisation for companies in the transport equipment manufacturing supply chain. It is a joint venture between the University of Derby, Derby City Council and Aston University. Offering a range of expert and holistic support services to help SMEs win and grow business in the aerospace, automotive and rail industries.

The Big House Programme – Support for businesses within the creative and digital industries. T support on offer includes grants, one-to-one advice, support and coaching and peer-to-peer learning and networking events.

Invest to Grow – A funding programme designed to support private sector businesses, predominantly in the form of loan funding, to grow and create jobs. The programme is aimed at priority growth sectors such as transport equipment manufacturing, life sciences, construction, food & drink manufacturing, logistics, low carbon and creative industries.

D2EE – SMEs can apply for grants of up to £15,000 towards the cost of energy efficiency measures in their premises (the grant will cover up to 65% of the cost of the work). This could include more efficient lighting, insulation, heating/ cooling systems, compressors, motors, process equipment or renewable energy.


Laura Pain, Small Business Manager and Start-up Specialist at Mitchells Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers commented: “It’s great to see another initiative to support small businesses grow and reach their full potential. However, it can be confusing for start-ups and small businesses to know exactly where to go for funding, support and advice.

“The expert team here at Mitchells can completely take away the headache of having to find the appropriate initiative for your business We can advise you on where to go and how to access pots of funding that you may be eligible for to grow and develop your business.”

To find out more about how Mitchells can help you access grant funding and free business advice, please get in touch on 01246 274 121.

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