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Business support and advice

We are here to help local business with all of its support and development needs.

Bison concrete plant

(Photograph: Christopher Beech Photography)

Whether you are starting a business or you have been running a business for many years, chances are you will need some help on specific or general issues.

Free, independent business advice is available from the South Derbyshire Business Advice Service.

Our partner agencies that can provide advice to businesses, on a whole range of subjects including:

Adult Education Centres

Burton & South Derbyshire College Business Development Unit provides customised training solutions for all types of organisations. Rates are competitive – subsidies may be available – and times and locations are flexible. The College have a range of training options accredited to national standards. It can also develop courses specifically for individual business needs. The wide range of subjects offered includes health and safety, information technology, first aid, management, quality, CIPD qualifications, NVQs, basic skills, training and development, food hygiene, sales and marketing, customer care, engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, manufacturing, electronics, motor vehicle, retail and distribution and languages. The college offers standard training packages and also has the flexibility to customise a training package to meet specific needs, by offering a detailed training needs analysis. It can also advise on accessing Government training incentives.

Business Link and GOV.UK aims to provide everything you need to support your business or business idea. The site contains a wealth of advice and information on all aspects of running a business – from starting a new business to workforce development.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Derby College offers every sort of course for every sort of student, from a route into university to preparing for the world of work. Derby College has three Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) focusing on construction, engineering and information technology. CoVEs are specialist areas of vocational training which incorporate partnerships between colleges, other training providers, businesses, unions and communities. They aim to produce appropriately qualified and skilled workers with excellent employment and career prospects, which meet the needs of the economy. CoVEs work closely with business and industry to deliver relevant training of the highest standard.

Derby University Business Development Unit aims to provide a single point of access to the range of help for business and employers at the University of Derby. We work flexibly to match company needs with a wide range of solutions, expertise and knowledge. The Business Development Unit was established in 2002 as the gateway to business development, consultancy, research and training solution at the University of Derby. It is an operational brand that delivers a full range of services on a commercial basis through it's operating company DUEL (Derby University Enterprise Limited). Its priority is to understand and effectively service the needs of business and the community, in order to develop, strengthen and achieve a sustainable regional economy.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce delivers a wide range of services across the county to both its members and the wider business community, and to individuals seeking to gain employment through learning. Chamber members can access a wide range of discounted services, sources of business information and networking opportunities. Working in close partnership with many partner organisations across the East Midlands, it has a mission to create a better future for businesses and individuals.

Prince’s Trust

Skills Funding Agency

Staffordshire University

Stephenson College

South Staffordshire College

The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) is a national organisation dedicated to providing everyone over 50, who is unemployed or under threat of redundancy, with the support to achieve financial, social and personal fulfilment through sustainable self-employment.

Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) is an organisation for rural women in business, offering a dynamic member package of practical and specific business services and support for women in rural enterprise including: WiRE Local Network Groups (70 across the UK) offering rural women in business the chance to network and do business with like-minded women, a quarterly glossy magazine, monthly e-newsletter and countless marketing opportunities. WiRE is unique in its approach to business help, invaluable to all rural women in business at any stage, from the established or growing business, to new or potential businesses.

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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