Sheffield launches start-up support service

Sheffield launches start-up support service

A free support service worth £4m has been launched to help entrepreneurs setting up new businesses in the Sheffield City Region.

Sheffield City Region Launchpad aims to help in the creation of hundreds of new businesses across the region over the next three years, offering access to business advice, workshops, seminars, one-to-one coaching and mentoring services.

The programme is being delivered through the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Growth Hub, launched by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership last month, and works with a range of local authorities in the region, as well as the Princes Trust.

SCR Launchpad programme manager Anna Smith said: “Launchpad has been set up to ensure that wherever entrepreneurs are based in our region, whether in the city of Sheffield, in our growing towns or in rural communities, everyone has equal access to the best quality business development support.

“Wherever they are based they can contact Launchpad and a start-up business advisor will talk through their business aims, discuss their needs and signpost them to the most appropriate support.”

The initiative is backed financially by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and has attracted £2,359,613 investment from the European Regional Development Fund.

Chair of the Sheffield City Region European Structural Investment Funds Sub-Committee James Newman said: “Our ultimate aim is to increase economic growth and create jobs through fostering the development of new businesses across the whole region.

“The simple message is that if you want to set up and grow a business in the City Region you should contact Launchpad and its team of advisors can help you access a region-wide network of support.”

Launchpad is open to new businesses in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster and North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.