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Starting a business

Launchpad Business Support

Supporting pre-start and post start-up business

Launchpad provides a free and comprehensive business support service for ambitious entrepreneurs across the borough. The programme, backed by DMBC, offers a fully inclusive range of business advice and resources to help create and support hundreds of new and young businesses and jobs across the borough.

The programme supports people in the Doncaster area to develop their business idea and ultimately start trading. It also supports new recently formed businesses who have been trading for under 24-months and are looking to grow.

Doncaster Chamber’s team of business advisers help participants talk through their business aims, discuss their needs and signpost them to the most appropriate support provided by Doncaster Chamber and the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub including workshops, seminars, one-to-one coaching and mentoring services.

General skills
The Launchpad’s pre-start business support provides people with an understanding of the skills required to run a business and whether it’s right for them to pursue.

These include:

  • Financial awareness and skills
  • Marketing and sales
  • Legal
  • Business planning
  • Growth support
  • Networking
  • Supply chain development and support

Business Start Up Workshops
Receive support with:

  • Business planning
  • Book keeping & VAT
  • Cash forecasting
  • Business registration
  • Sales analysis and cash flow forecasting

Post Start-Up Business Support
Firms who have already been trading for less than 24-months can access post-start-up support for managing their business including one-to-one advice, peer mentoring, and workshops.

Receive support with:

  • Leadership and management
  • Time management
  • Prioritisation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Project management
  • Work energy efficiency
  • Access to Chamber networks, services and products

Accelerator Programme
Businesses still in their early stages who are keen to grow and create jobs can also be moved onto the Accelerator Programme for further support.

Receive support with: 

  • Awareness raising and marketing
  • Coaching support
  • Mentoring and advice
  • Business diagnostic

To register with Launchpad, please contact Tina Slater, Business & Education Manager, Doncaster Chamber. Tel. 01302 640123

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Finance For Enterprise provides loans and advice to new and established businesses across South Yorkshire. Established in Doncaster in 1985 Finance for Enterprise has a long and successful history or working in partnership with public and private sector support agencies to help businesses access finance.

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Doncaster College is a large provider of further education in South Yorkshire. It offers numerous training routes from entry level through to master qualifications, apprenticeships undergraduate and post graduate qualifications, professional and work based vocational qualifications and bespoke training.

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Doncaster Chamber of Commerce is an independent membership organisation that provides support and representation for businesses operating in and around Doncaster. The Chamber is passionate about making Doncaster a better place to do business and serves as the eyes, ears and voice of Doncaster business at a local, regional, national and international level

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Jobcentre Plus forms part of the Department of Work and Pensions. As a public employment service, Jobcentre Plus provides a range of practical support to help employers find people with the right skills to apply for vacancies. This support includes advice on the jobs market, vacancy recruitment, training and help with managing redundancies.

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