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Business Start Up

Launchpad Business Support

Supporting pre-start and post start-up business

Doncaster’s Start Up Launchpad programme provides fully funded support to pre-start, start up and new businesses (trading up to three years) in the borough. The programme is designed to help ambitious entrepreneurs set up and run successful businesses, and to support SMEs under three years old to take the next step and grow their business.

Launchpad is a 3 year, part-ESIF funded programme, designed to increase support available to businesses in the SCR through the provision of pre-start, start-up and post start-up support.  The programme is being delivered by a consortium led by BMBC with delivery partners – Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, and The Prince’s Trust. 

Launchpad Doncaster provides a dedicated team who will support anyone who is looking to start a business, no matter what stage their idea or business is at. Everyone receives an appointment with a professional Business Advisor to assess their needs and develop a package of support.

Launchpad Doncaster provides the following services

  • Start Up Modules covering all key topics at various days, times and locations allowing participants to access them at times to suit
  • Drop in sessions staffed by business mentors where businesses can obtain one to one bespoke support
  • Networking events to share experiences and obtain peer support
  • Information available that provides answers to frequently asked questions with access to resources and links to key websites and other important information
  • The opportunity to inter-trade between clients

Is Launchpad for you?

  • Have you always wanted to work for yourself but don’t know where to start?
  • Do you have a great idea for a new product or service but don’t know how to get it to market?
  • Have you already started a business part-time whilst working and wondered if you could make it a success full-time?
  • Do you want to know how to grow your business?
  • Have you taken your business as far as you can on your own and now need to employ staff?

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 Irshad Akbar, Business Start-Up Manager, on irshad.akbar@doncaster.gov.uk or telephone 01302 736062.                                                     

"Probably wouldn’t have done anything… it’s the lack of time and focus and the fact that we tend to be busy focusing on our daily business rather than taking time out to strategise and think about different aspects of the business’"