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Business funding & support

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Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

This scheme supports the cost of installing full fibre broadband connections direct to businesses for the fastest and most reliable gigabit-capable broadband speeds available.

Through the scheme SMEs can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of full fibre connection, either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can also benefit from the scheme as part of a group project and can claim for a voucher of £500.

For more information see Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme


 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


D2N2 Digital Growth Programme 2016 -2019

This scheme aims to support businesses in exploiting their existing technology solutions or with the introduction of new systems and software to assist with the implementation of new digital resources, in order to improve business performance and productivity.  Businesses can register their interest should further funding become available. 



D2N2 Invest to Grow

This £16m programme offers grants or loans – according to the needs of the business – towards the cost of a project which will create long term sustainable job growth. It is designed to support established private sector businesses to innovate and grow and the business has to provide around 70% of the project costs.
Grant/loan size: 30% of total project cost. Minimum grant/loan: £15k (minimum project cost £50k)
T: 01332 597907 E: investtogrow@derby.ac.uk www.derby.ac.uk/investtogrow



A grant funding scheme (from 2.5k up to £80k) for food and drink producers to support business growth and create jobs. Eligible businesses can benefit from technical support, events, business mentoring and technical apprentices as well as grant funding.


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 Business Investment Fund

The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub includes a £22m Business Investment Fund to support business growth in the region. Funding is available through the Access to Finance Centre of Expertise, a free service created to help businesses with growth plans.
T: 03330 000039 or Email: finance@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


Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF)

Businesses in the Ashbourne/Wirksworth areas may be eligible for loans or grants from this fund which offers support for growth and job creation. Two strands are available - supply chain innovation (in the transport engineering sectors) and enterprise expansion (for general business expansion and diversification). The fund is managed by Derby City Council on behalf of partners. 

Grants size: minimum £15k up to 30% of total project cost.
T: 01332 641628 or E: degf@derby.gov.uk www.derby.gov.uk/business/business-support-advice/degf


NBV Grant for Enterprise

A grant scheme for Derbyshire micro, small and medium sized businesses which only trade business-to-business. Capital and revenue projects are eligible, including the purchase of capital equipment or consultancy services (where they support business expansion or diversification).
Grants size: min £1k and max £2.5k, 25% of eligible costs with minimum project spend £4k.  Funded by the European Regional development Fund



NBV Grant for New Business

The NBV Grant for New Business supports start-up businesses ready to start business to business.  ( NOT Business to Customer/Retail)  The business must be registered with Companies House or HMRC.  Once approved, grant funding can be used to purchase services or equipment to help launch the new business.


Enabling Innovation

This programme involving the universities at Derby and Nottingham helps local small and medium sized businesses by stimulating interest and investment in research and innovation. It offers in-depth support in sectors such as manufacturing, engineering, computing and data, aerospace, food and drink and brewing – with access to university expertise and graduate talent. Most support is free. (due to EU funding) For more details see:  www.enablinginnovation.org.uk



This programme run by Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network helps manufacturers to harness the power of digital data and technologies to improve their productivity, competitiveness and sustainability. The programme can help manufacturers understand better how to use data to improve:

  • Business Integration (internal systems)
  • Supply Chain Integration
  • Customer Integration (eg order tracking)
  • Product Innovation

The service includes a free diagnostic session to scope out what might be possible and assistance with identifying funding opportunities for any implementation work. This programme is open to all whose business involves the manufacture of products. For more information email:  4manufacturing@ktn-uk.org


Midlands Community Finance for small and start-up businesses...

Through responsible lending the loans company Midlands Community Finance offer support to small and start-up businesses. Business loans tailored to your needs can be provided quickly and decisions are made quickly, even to businesses who have been declined finance by their bank. For more details see here.


 Power to Change community business fund

Power to Change, a community enterprise support organisation, can provide grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 to community enterprises in England.

The funding is intended to increase the social impact of community enterprises and support them to increase trading income, secure assets or reduce costs. Any grants awarded must be used for either capital costs (including building, vehicle and equipment costs) or project-specific revenue costs:  For more details see:



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: