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Business funding & support

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 D2N2 Growth Hub 

The D2N2 Growth Hub is a key network for growing ambitious businesses across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The Growth Hub team includes dedicated, experienced and expert advisors who give free, impartial advice to help businesses grow.  This support is available to start-ups, growing businesses and companies who are ready to scale up their operations. 

The D2N2 Growth Hub covers all of the Derbyshire Dales. 

Email:  info@d2n2growthhub.co.uk  Website:   www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk 

Tel: 0333 006 9178

From November 2019, the Growth Fund have a new asset to add to the portfolio of support available to D2N2 businesses in the form of an investment fund.

Who can access the fund and what is it for?

The D2N2 Business Investment Fund is available to support small and medium sized enterprises with projects that will directly improve their productivity, efficiency or job creation.  The fund will support projects such as digital developments, specialist consultancy and equipment purchases.

It is important to note that only applications that clearly show a step-change in the business activity will be supported.  This grant will not support 'new for old' replacements.

What value is available?

Grants of between £3,500 and £20,000 are available and will contribute up to a maximum of 35% of project costs.

There are a number of alternative funding options available within D2N2 and the D2N2 Growth Hub will work with you to establish which solution best meets your business needs.

How do businesses apply?

Applicants will need to adhere to a financial assessment, provide quotes for purchases and must defray expenditure before claiming the grant.

For further information, contact the DDDC Business Advisor, Heather Bradford on 01629 761330.


SCR Growth Hub

The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub also covers the whole of the Derbyshire Dales area. It aims to be a single point of contact for all business support across the SCR area. A number of programmes are available supporting access to finance, export, skills, new business and innovation.

Business growth advisors are available to work with a business to understand the issues and provide advice and information. This could include for example, business planning, sales and marketing, suppliers, financial planning and projections, manufacturing support, systems and processes or HR issues.

Visit the SCR Growth Hub website: www.scrgrowthhub.co.uk 
or call the helpline on: 03330 000039
or email: growthhhub@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk 


SCR Skills Bank

This £17m ‘Skills Bank’ offers specialist advice, support and funding of up to two thirds of the cost of skills training. www.sheffieldcityregionskillsbank.co.uk


RISE Graduate Placement Scheme

This scheme, a partnership between the two Sheffield universities and the public and private sectors, helps businesses attract, recruit , train and keep graduates in their business.  If you are experiencing a period of growth or upcoming demand and need some additional talented resource then the RISE programme could help you in every part of the recruitment process, whether it be for an intern or permanent role (plus a £1000 wage subsidy for the first graduate you recruit).  The scheme is open to all businesses in the Derbyshire Dales through the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub. 

For more information see here


Energy for Business

This programme aims to help businesses become more energy efficient  Offered by the University of Nottingham it is available to SME businesses in the Derbyshire Dales. If you want to adopt sustainable and renewable energy technologies this programme can offer 2-3 days of funded consultancy time.

For more information contact: Tim.Saunders1@nottingham.ac.uk or download the brochure.   www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/etri/index.aspx


Unlocking Growth Potential

This business support programme from the University of Nottingham offers a combination training and coaching. It is designed for ambitious owners of small or medium businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, who are committed to growing their business, and want to gain:

  • Clarity over how to create and capture more value
  • Coherence to sustain growth with more effective management techniques
  • Consistency to plan and implement growth more rigorously
  • Confidence to lead others and thrive as a business owner
  • Community benefits from joining a cohort of ambitious and committed growth-oriented business owners

For more details see:  http://ingenuitygateway.com/unlocking-growth-potential/


 The Big House

Business support, events, grants and professional advice for creative and digital businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. For more information see: