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Information for start up businesses

Thinking of starting a business?  Got an idea but not sure how to start?  If you are based in the Derbyshire Dales, you can take advantage of business support and training from both the Sheffield City Region and the D2N2 Growth Hub.

Start up business advice and events

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D2N2 Growth Hub - The D2N2 Growth Hub has a wealth of resources on its’ website to help you get your business started and runs regular training courses and workshops across the region. See https://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/

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D2 Business Starter Programme; run a series of pre start sessions across Derbyshire; they also have drop in sessions where you can meet with a business advisor; see the website for more details.

The next set of workshops are in Chesterfield and start on the 28th January. For more information and to register your interest, visit.

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Sheffield City Region Growth Hub - The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub runs a programme called Launchpad which provides business advice and support to start up and early stage businesses.  They run a range of workshops and training events; visit the website above for further information. https://www.scrgrowthhub.co.uk/

They have also produced a series of useful guides on Starting a Business:

Module 1 -   Overview
Module 2 -   Is Starting a Business Right for You?
Module 3 -   Planning your Business
Module 4 -   Finding and Keeping Customers
Module 5 -   Managing Money
Module 5a - Cash Flow
Module 6 -   Your Business Plan

Start up funding opportunities; grants and loans

NBV Grant for New Business supports start up businesses based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire that are registered with Companies House or HMRC and ready to start selling to other businesses. Grants of between £1000 and £2500 are available, up to a maximum of 25% of eligible costs, and can be used to purchase services or equipment to help you launch your new business. Visit https://nbv.co.uk/start-up/grant-new-business/

Loans for new businesses are also available from a scheme backed by government through the British Business Bank.   For more information about eligibility and the application process visit https://www.startuploans.co.uk/

Useful information on the Derbyshire Dales website

Derbyshire Dales District Council can help you find out about other information that you my need to know when thinking about the practicalities of setting up a new business:

  • Business rates and rates relief; information about this can be found here
  • Think you might need planning permission? Click here for more information
  • Is a Licence needed for your proposed business activities? Click here to find out
  • If you’re starting a Food & Drink business, you’ll need to think about Food Safety; there is lots of information via the link.
  • You may also be thinking about looking for premises to run your business from; you can search the Council’s Commercial Land & Property database here 

Other useful information

The Gov.UK website has useful information about setting up a new business




Financial information

Useful help and information about when to inform HMRC that you have started trading can be found on the HMRC website link below.


For any queries or for further help and information, please contact

Derbyshire Dales District Council

Economic Development Team


01629 761103