Business support and advice

Whether you are considering starting a new business or are an established company, there is a range of business support services available to organisations operating in the Amber Valley area.

The Growth and Town Centres team work closely with a wide range of partners to ensure a range of business support is available to businesses in the Amber Valley area. We can help in a number of ways, including access to funding and grants and where we can't, we hope to be able to point you in the direction of those that can. Contact us on 01773 841496 or email

Pre-start and start-up business advice – Vision Derbyshire Business Support Scheme

The Vision Derbyshire Business Start-Up and Business Support Grant Scheme is open to people who live in Derbyshire who are starting their own business or have recently set up a business in the last year.

A team of local expert business advisers are in place to offer free advice and support and funding of up to £10,000 per applicant is also available. You'll need to contact your allocated business adviser to access the grant support.

Networking opportunities and help in securing a wide range of services necessary to help entrepreneurs turn their venture into a success are also part of the support package on offer.

The scheme is particularly interested in helping entrepreneurs based in Derbyshire, as well as those aged between 17 and 30, or who are aged over 50 and who lost their jobs or livelihoods during Covid.

Vision Derbyshire is a collaboration of local authorities across Derbyshire which delivers priority projects which have a positive impact on people's lives and achieve greater council efficiency. 

Contact us on 01773 841496 or email to direct you to the relevant service and advisor.

Amber Valley Accelerator - business support programme for Amber Valley businesses

Amber Valley businesses, through Amber Valley Accelerator can access support to give a significant boost to how they do business. The project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and is delivered by East Midlands Chamber. This is local, place-based support offering support to businesses at any stage of development. 

Working with an experienced business adviser, eligible businesses can access a range of support including:

  • 1-2-1 advice, mentoring and diagnostic support on a range of areas relevant to your business. In addition to this, tailored support will be offered to businesses looking to invest in research and development.
  • Training and action planning workshops: providing you with the latest learning and tools in areas such as digital skills.
  • Growth vouchers: offering up to £2,000 (100% funded) for specialist consultancy and training (linked to the strategic plan developed with your business adviser. Available on a first-come, first-served basis).
  • Help to Grow - Management course: £750 joining fee subsidy for this 12-week executive development leadership and management programme (together with the Government’s 90% support, this covers 100% of the costs).
  • Grant funding: helping you identify and apply for funding to help you grow, increase efficiencies, and build a sustainable business for the future.
  • Networking and peer support: for example, through the East Midlands Manufacturing Network.
  • Energy saving and improvement audits providing you with a full asset register and an action plan on how to save costs.

Key to every well-run business is an effective business plan and strategy but business owners and senior managers often lack the time to dedicate to this area. As part of the new Accelerator project, a business adviser is on hand to assess a business’s needs and offer guidance on where it might learn and grow, improve its processes, develop its customers, and improve its finances. 

As well as one-to-one business adviser support, businesses have the opportunity to sign-up for a series of fully funded training workshops to boost key skills within their teams." 

Businesses wishing to learn more about the Accelerator project in Amber Valley can visit

Business surgeries

Are you thinking of starting a business? Do you need advice? Why not register your interest to attend one of our business surgeries by emailing and we will send you details of upcoming dates and availability.

Be Your Own Boss

Held at Amber Valley Brough Council Town Hall, this free one-day workshop is suitable for anyone aged 19+ seeking to explore the idea of starting their own small business. The course covers the key considerations of planning and starting a business. Hosted by an experienced business advisor, this workshop gives guidance on registering the business, legalities and regulations and will show you how to access the support you need to find and write a business plan and identify grant funding. 

The next workshop is on 14 May 2024, from 9am – 4pm. Light refreshments are provided.

To book, please contact

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It couldn't be easier, simply send an email with your contact details to and ''business mailing list'' in the subject box to be added.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841496 or email