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Welcome to the virtual home of business in South Derbyshire. This area contains a whole range of information for businesses operating in the district.

Business Montage - various locations across south Derbyshire

To make a general business enquiry or to suggest further developments to this website, please use the business enquiry form or the contact details at the foot of the page. (Pictures: Christopher Beech Photography)

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New Economic Development Strategy - have your say

The district council is updating the Economic Development Strategy for South Derbyshire. Find out more and give us your views on the area as a place to work or a location for business.

Business events

Swadlincote Farmers’ Market

26 November, 11 December (Friday) 2015 and 31 March 2016, between 9am and 2pm on the last Thursday of the month at Swadlincote Farmers’ Market, farmers and producers are invited to sell products grown, raised, made, brewed, pickled, bottled, baked or caught within 35 miles of The National Forest on The Delph town square. For further information and to book a stall please contact Simon Wardle, market manager, tel: 07879 276243 or email:

Marketing Workshop: Champagne Marketing on a Lemonade Budget

10am to 1pm, Tuesday 24 November 2015

Free places are available at a marketing event for any business wanting to increase their sales and marketing presence in a cost effective way. ‘Champagne Marketing on a Lemonade Budget’ will cover practical and useful techniques to get your business seen by your target audience. The session will be engaging and fun, giving real life examples of some of the pitfalls of marketing and how to avoid them. You will leave with practical marketing tips that can be applied to your business. The event will be held at Oakland Village in Hall Farm Road, Swadlincote, DE11 8LH. To book a place, please email: or go to East Midlands Chamber of Commerce or tel: 0333 320 0333 ext 2106.

Small Business Fortnight – support your High Street!

26 November to 12 December 2015

Please also look out for #SwadOffers via ‘Swadlincote Town Team’ and ‘Swadlincote Markets’ Facebook pages or follow them on Twitter during Small Business Fortnight.

Best decorated Christmas shop window competition

Closing date for entries: 12 Noon Friday 20 November 2015

Swadlincote & District Chamber of Trade and the District Council are organising a ‘Best Decorated Christmas Shop Window Competition’. For further information contact Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre tel: 01283 222 848.

Work Club

November and December 2015

Free, friendly, informal help and support on a drop in basis, no appointment needed. Help with CV writing, covering letters, application forms, searching and applying for work online, and using Universal Jobmatch. For more information contact the Old Post Centre on 01283 552263.

  • The Old Post Centre
    High Street
    DE11 0HX

    9.30am to 11.30am, Tuesdays 10, 17, 24 November and 1, 8 December 2015.

  • South Derbyshire CAB
    114 Church Street
    Church Gresley
    DE11 9NR

    1pm to 3pm, Wednesdays 11 November and 2 December 2015.

  • Oakland Village
    Hall Farm Road
    DE11 8LH

    9.30am to 11.30am, Wednesdays 18 November and 9 December 2015.

Christmas market

9am to 4pm, Friday 11 December 2015

The town will be filled with a Christmas parade of stalls featuring the best of the traditional and farmers’ markets, plus children’s fairground rides, the Rotary’s Santa’s Grotto and carol singing with Sing4Pleasure. For further information and to book a stall please contact Simon Wardle, market manager, tel: 07879 276243 or email:

Upcoming Derbyshire Chamber events

The Chamber offers a comprehensive programme of events throughout the year. These range from networking and social events through to business seminars and management training.

Free HMRC courses

Subjects covered include self assessment, becoming an employer, statutory payments, paying expenses and benefits, construction industry scheme, becoming a director and VAT. For a list of courses email

Support for manufacturers

A range of training courses are offered by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) which is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. MAS is designed to help you, the manufacturer, streamline your processes, reduce waste, become more energy efficient and generally improve and grow your business.

eBusiness programme

The eBusiness Club is your virtual support network created to help you make the best use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to boost your business performance. You'll find information, events, workshops and advice on topics like planning a website, online marketing, social media, e-commerce, security, wireless and mobile working to help take the confusion out of ICT and help you to maximise the benefits of ICT to increase productivity.

Exporting events

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. With a wealth of international trade events taking place across the East Midlands, why not take a closer look at some of the events and overseas visits that could help you to win new business overseas? Each UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) visit comes with support, know how, financial assistance and much more.

Derbyshire business events

Visit the Derbyshire Economic Partnership for a comprehensive listing of business events offered by a range of organisations throughout the county.

Latest information

Invest to Grow

The Invest to Grow programme is designed to support established private sector businesses to innovate, grow and create jobs. £16m of Regional Growth Fund monies is now available to businesses in the East Midlands. Grants or loans - according to the needs of the business - are available for around 30 per cent of the cost of investment to help create long term sustainable job growth. The business has to find around 70 per cent of the project cost. Minimum award size is £15k, so the minimum project cost is likely to be £50k. Maximum award size is £1m. The programme is aimed at growth sectors such as Transport Equipment Manufacturing, Medicine/Bio-science, Construction, Food & Drink Manufacturing, Logistics, Low Carbon.

Capital funding for cycle storage and sustainable travel improvements

The Sustainable Travel Team at Derbyshire County Council supports workplaces to encourage sustainable travel, both on the commute to work, and for journeys at work. The team currently has capital funds available to workplaces for sustainable travel improvements. Typical projects could include: cycle storage facilities; staff amenities, including showers, changing rooms and storage lockers; and, enhanced pedestrian access. The funding is strictly limited, and available on a 50/50 basis. To find out more, download the information leaflet from the related documents section, tel: 01629 538156 or email:

Swadlincote & District Chamber of Trade

Swadlincote & District Chamber of Trade, the independent group of businesses that promote the town of Swadlincote and its surrounding district has recently launched their new website. This is packed with news and events, plus a Directory of Member businesses.

Health and safety advice

Free health and safety business advice is available to all businesses across the whole of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The advice service is provided by a qualified health and safety practitioner approved by local authorities in the region. The purpose of the service is to provide free independent advice to help businesses deal with any particular problems they are having with health and safety compliance. Businesses who contact the helpline will be provided with free advice to help them meet their legal duties in the most cost efficient way. The service also intends to help businesses cut through the myths, rumour and guesswork of health and safety law.

Transport iNet grants

Through its LUMINATE project, transport and enabling technology businesses are now able to access Transport iNet grants of up to 30 per cent which can be awarded for activities likely to help businesses grow and create jobs: Innovation projects which involve businesses carrying out a new revenue activity (external costs for new product design, new process, new service, new markets, testing or a development of any of these); and, capital expenditure on new machinery.

The Business Advice website

The Business Advice website funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2) and Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce is designed to help identify local business support information to aid developing a business or starting a new business in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, as well as providing links to key national sources of information and support across the country.

Heritage Enterprise

Heritage Enterprise supports enterprising community organisations across the UK to rescue neglected historic buildings and sites and unlock their economic potential. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million. Historic buildings are known to attract thriving businesses, and yet many of them lie vacant and derelict. With a Heritage Enterprise grant you can breathe new life into historic sites by repairing, adapting and giving them a productive new use. By funding much of the repair costs the Heritage Lottery Fund hope to encourage private developers to work with community organisations to deliver commercially viable schemes.

Derby Enterprise Growth Fund

Derby City Council has secured £20m from the Regional Growth Fund to grow enterprise and jobs in Derby and its travel to work area. There are three strands of support: Supply chain innovation; Enterprise expansion; and, an Enterprise Co-Investment Fund. Applications, particularly from small and medium-sized businesses in the eligible areas are invited to support business growth and job creation.

Digital Derbyshire broadband campaign

Digital Derbyshire needs residents and businesses to register their interest in receiving better broadband to be able to demonstrate demand to potential suppliers and investors. By doing so you'll be under no obligation to buy services when they are launched.

Coalfields Funds for business investment

The Coalfields Funds invest in areas such as Swadlincote in support of new-start companies and established and more mature businesses seeking to expand, as well as mergers and acquisitions, management buy–outs and management buy–ins. The Coalfields Funds were established by the Government to finance growth-orientated companies and encourage entrepreneurship in England’s former coalfield areas. The funds provide equity and equity related funding ranging from a minimum of £40,000 to a maximum of £1m, normally structured as equity with loan or preference share capital, or a combination of both.

Growth Accelerator

Growth Accelerator is the new service that helps ambitious businesses achieve rapid and sustainable growth. If you’re an ambitious business, you’re in a race for growth. You’re already good but you want to be bigger and even better. The service aims to help you double your business within three years. It will help you seize new business opportunities, open doors to the right funding, and match you with expert business coaches close to you and within your sector. It will also suggest ways to boost your innovation, develop your products and grow your markets. You need to be a business registered in England with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than approximately £40m. Just as importantly, you should have the potential for rapid, sustained growth and want to double or better within three years.

Wheels to Work

If you live in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire, and are having difficulty getting to work or learning, Wheels to Work (W2W) could be the answer. If you have an offer of work or training but are worried about getting there, W2W have a range of transport solutions, including: moped loans, training and equipment; bicycles; public transport fares; travel information; and, travel planning.

Start-up loans

The Start Up Loans Company is a Government-funded initiative that provides start up support in the form of a repayable loan together with a business mentor for entrepreneurs across England and Northern Ireland.

Catchment Sensitive Farming grants

Catchment Sensitive Farming delivers practical solutions and targeted support to enable farmers and land managers to take voluntary action to reduce diffuse water pollution from agriculture to protect water bodies and the environment. This is a joint project between the Environment Agency and Natural England, funded by Defra and the Rural Development Programme for England, working in priority catchments including the River Mease.

Rural Economy Grant

The Rural Economy Grant provides grants to enable a significant ‘game-changing', transformational performance in farm, forestry, tourism, agri-food businesses and micro businesses in rural areas in England. Rural businesses can apply for individual grants which could range from £25,000 to more than £1m each. The objective is to support the businesses in increasing competitiveness and profits. Successful applicants will receive up to 40% of the cost of projects and the five areas that it is anticipated that the scheme will support are: farm competitiveness; agri-food; tourism; forestry; and, micro enterprises such as digital media technology and small scale, high value manufacturing.

Grants available to innovative East Midlands food and drink manufacturers

Food and drink businesses in the East Midlands with bright ideas for innovation are being urged to come forward to apply for a share of a £100,000 pot of funding available via The Food and Drink iNet. The iNet has been helping companies in the food and drink sector to introduce new products and new ways of working since 2008. Now it has announced that around £100,000 is available over the coming financial year to provide grants of 40 per cent towards innovation projects to eligible small and medium-sized companies. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the iNet is now looking for suitable projects to support and is appealing for manufacturing companies to come forward with their ideas.

Marketing grant for Derbyshire artists

Derbyshire Arts Partnership provides marketing grants to new and emerging artists to help boost the county’s creative economy and promote Derbyshire’s local artistic talent. Individual professional artists and small arts based businesses based in Derbyshire and working in any art form are eligible to apply. The grant supports visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers and performers and can contribute towards a wide range of marketing including new publicity material, photography, advertising and website development.

Default Retirement Age online toolkit

The Government has removed the Default Retirement Age so that people can choose to work for longer. The online toolkit will explain what this means for your business and workers, including information about how the law has changed, factsheets, case studies, help and support.

Business Angel Co Investment Fund

The Business Angel Co Investment Fund is able to make initial equity investments of between £100,000 and £1m into small and medium-sized enterprises alongside syndicates of business angels, subject to certain geographical restrictions and an upper limit of 49 per cent of any investment round. Investment decisions will be made by the independent Investment Committee of the fund based on the detailed proposals put forward by business angel syndicates. The fund is not open to direct approaches from individual businesses and those seeking investment should first secure the interest of the business angel syndicate or network. Businesses seeking investment can find more information on business angels, syndicates and networks from the UK Association of Business Angels.

Research funding

The Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). Under Eurostars, funding is available to SMEs to undertake research and development in any technological area, but must have a civilian purpose and be aimed at the development of a new product, process or service. Eurostars supports collaborative projects involving at least two participants (legal entities) from two different Eurostars participating countries. In addition, the main participant must be a research-performing SME. Eurostars will support projects that are market-driven and that have a maximum duration of three years. In addition projects must be within two years of completion and ready for launch onto the market. The exception to this rule applies to biomedical or medical projects, where clinical trials must be started within two years of project completion.

Funding for apprenticeships

Derbyshire County Council is to help fund 200 apprenticeships in local firms by offering grants of £2,500 to small and medium-sized enterprises. The recruitment process will start in January 2012.

Business Growth Fund

The Business Growth Fund is a major new £2.5b equity investment fund backed by five of the largest banks in the UK. The Fund will invest around £2m to £10m in return for an equity stake in businesses with sales of approximately £10m up to £100m per annum, offering longer-term funding over five to seven years or more.

Forestry Micro-enterprise Grant

The Forestry Micro-enterprise grant is aimed at forestry and woodland related businesses, or businesses wanting to invest in wood fuel technology. Grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 are available towards buying new machinery or equipment, building handling or storage facilities or installing wood fuel systems. It is funded by the Rural Development Programme for England and is administered jointly by the Forestry Commission and the East Midlands Development Agency. A micro-enterprise is defined as an enterprise which employs fewer than 10 persons and whose annual turnover and/or annual balance sheet total does not exceed €2m.

Do you qualify for rate relief?

Businesses with a rateable value of less than £18,000 in the 2010 list may be able to get rate relief which will reduce their business rates.

Getting British Business Online

Create a website for your business in 20 minutes, for free with Getting British Business Online. Businesses of every type and size need to be found online. Use the simple online tool to create your first website - no technical knowledge needed. Update your site from any computer, for free. GBBO is a joint initiative by Google, Enterprise UK, BT, e-skills UK and many other partners to help small businesses create their first website and help them understand the opportunities offered by the Internet.

Helping smaller firms win Government contracts

Winning the contract, a free online public procurement course designed to help smaller firms bid for the £220 billion of public supplier contracts awarded each year.

Rural retailer

Advice and support for rural retailers from the Rural Shops Alliance.

Workplace health

NHS choices workplace health Improve your health at work, with tips on dealing with stress, repetitive strain injury, back pain, exercise and healthy eating.

Rural Development Programme for England

Grants mainly targeted at land-based businesses including farmers, foresters, horticulturists and equine businesses. The programme aims to:

  • add value to agricultural, horticultural or forestry products - including the development of new products, processes and technologies
  • improve co-operation and collaboration between businesses to improve efficiency - including infrastructure and equipment investments
  • promote diversification in the rural economy.

Derbyshire Against Business Crime

Free security advice is available from local business crime advisers, tailored to the needs of individual companies. Visit Derbyshire Constabulary business and retail security.

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Economic Development Service
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595755
Fax: 01283 595760
Online: contact form

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