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Small Business Support in Derby
Small Business Support From Ascentant

If you are an SME in Derby or Derbyshire, are you aware of the support available for your business? Here we take a look at some of the options available.

Apprenticeship Grant

If considering employing an apprentice, employing a 16-18 year old makes you eligible for a £1,000.00 grant. Employing an apprentice allows you to train an employee from scratch and you pay the apprentice the apprenticeship wage for the first year of employment which currently stands at £3.90 per hour.
If considering employing an apprentice in Derby, we recommend contacting the 3AAA Academy.


NBV offer grants and startup loans to small businesses in the Derby area. Grants can be used for IT equipment, Tools and machinery, consultancy services, marketing services or IT services.
NBV grants are match funded, meaning that the small business will need to put in some of its own funds to be eligible for grant funding.

BigHouse/ Mainframe

BigHouse offers support to small and startup businesses in the creative industries in Derby. From networking events and training to funding and financial support, Bighouse specialise in working with creative, artistic and digital businesses.
A number of grants are available including grants to hire freelancers or graduates through the elevator programme.
Mainframe runs at the Quad in Derby and runs a number of workshops and networking events including the Digital Drop in on the first Friday of the month.

Digital Growth Club

The digital growth club offers small businesses access to high quality and free or low cost training and workshops covering areas from social media and SEO to web design and other digital growth support.
The digital growth club also offers grant and funding support.


For businesses looking to grow or invest in large projects, Derby University run the Invest To Grow scheme which is loan and grant funded.
The minimum award is currently £15,000.00 with the minimum project cost being £50,000.00.
The programme is particularly aimed at sectors including creative, transport, engineering and logistics.

D2N2 Growth Hub

The D2N2 growth hub is the local Derby and Nottingham Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which supports start up and growing businesses through training, mentoring and grant funding.

Internship funding

Derby University offer funding programs for small businesses to take on interns during term time. Interns must be paid the minimum wage and can last upto 5 months.
A £500.00 grant is currently available to contribute towards the cost of employing an intern.

Ascentant are Accountants and Business Consultants with offices in Derby, Nottingham and London. Contact or 01332 897356 further information on small business support in the Derby area.