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Business funding & support

Download 'DDDC Funding for Growth factsheet' here


European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

Grant funding for projects in England which create jobs and growth in the rural economy  - 40% grant funding (minimum £35k) available for large capital projects (costing over £87.5k)


D2N2 Growth Hub 

d2n2growthHubLogo 225 wideThe D2N2 Growth Hub covers all of the Derbyshire Dales and links businesses with an ambition to grow with available support and information.   

For example, for many businesses there are difficulties in finding a good supplier, a better deal, or even to decide what their strategy should be and what assistance might help them to realise their potential

The overarching aim of the D2N2 Growth Hub is to help businesses value and engage appropriately with business service providers (be they public or private), and to help business service providers to improve their offer.

Visit the D2N2 Growth Hub website www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk or call the helpline on 0333 006 9178


D2N2 Digital Growth Programme 2016 -2019

This grant funding 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.



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

SCR logoThe 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


SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers  

This voucher scheme can help small and medium size businesses  achieve a faster, more reliable broadband service.  It also supports SMEs to introduce innovations to the business that can improve performance through faster digital connections.  Vouchers will have a maximum value up to 50% of the actual cost. 
Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

www.superfastsouthyorkshire.co.uk/vouchers or T:  017083343334 or E:  vouchers@superfastsouthyorkshire.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

Univeristy of Nottingham 250 wideThis 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



LEADER 150 pxls wideLEADER is a locally run scheme providing grant support to small and microbusinesses to encourage rural economic growth. Grants are available to businesses and community groups within the eligible area to fund projects that support an increase in farm productivity or diversification, micro and small business growth, rural services, small scale culture and heritage developments, rural tourism and forestry.
Grants size: £2.5k - £35k, but will consider higher. Up to 40% of total project costs.
Derbyshire Economic Partnership: 01629 538475 or Peakleader@derbyshire.gov.uk


Derby Enterprise Growth Fund (DEGF)

Businesses throughout Derbyshire 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 Erupean 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

Univeristy of Nottingham 250 wideThis 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/