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Launchpad Business Support

Supporting pre-start and post start-up business

The Launchpad programme provides free support to pre-start and new businesses in the Sheffield City Region, backed by Doncaster Council. It is a new, fully inclusive programme designed to help ambitious entrepreneurs set up and run successful businesses and support SMEs under 2 years old to take the next step and grow their business.

The £4 million programme is delivered across the Sheffield City Region through a collaboration with the local authorities and Princes Trust. Developed in partnership with the Growth Hub, Launchpad brings together a wide range of start-up support services including access to free workshops and events and one to one support from business advisors and mentors.

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.

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 Jeanne Meggs, Employment Opportunity Officer email or telephone  01302 735555.

Alternatively, please contact the Sheffield City Region on 03330 00 00 39.  

Useful links

Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation offers a supportive community for business owners and would-be entrepreneurs. Some of their key features include their news and guides for small businesses owners and start-ups, blog and eBookshop.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses

The program provides practical education for small business leaders in the UK. Participants will receive 100 hours of teaching delivered through online and residential sessions led by Said Business School, University of Oxford, Aston University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Princes Trust

We believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed. So, we help 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. Our free programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives. 

The Enterprise Foundation

The Enterprise Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation run by seasoned business operators for the advancement of business start-ups with an emphasis on Social Enterprise and particularly for Social Innovation.                                                      

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