Business Doncaster
Business Start Up

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 Doncaster Council, 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 Support 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