East Midlands Chamber is working with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council to deliver the D2 Business Starter Project, a new scheme which has been launched to encourage entrepreneurship in Derby and Derbyshire.

The aim of the programme, which started on 1 November 2016, is to encourage an increase in entrepreneurial activity in the city and across the county and help entrepreneurs develop sustainable businesses.

The Chamber, in partnership with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council, are offering an intense and focussed approach to stimulating enterprise creation, reducing the barriers and inequalities faced by deprived communities across Derby City Centre and the county of Derbyshire.

D2 Business Starter Project will be delivered through workshops and an Enterprise adviser service offering free one-to-one advice. It is hoped the programme will result in the creation of 120 new business before it ends in October 2019.

To engage with would-be entrepreneurs, the Chamber will host a series of informal engagement events in the city and across the county at which they can meet project staff and learn more about how the programme will help them.

These events will be followed by a series of 8 week group workshops beginning in January next year and covering idea generation, local market analysis, ideas assessment and commercialisation possibilities, appraisal and selection and taking a business plan to market.

The programme will also feature a specialist IT adviser to support implementation and exploitation of digital technologies, including setting up websites and making the most of social media platforms.

Paul Stuart, the Chamber’s Head of Enterprise, said:

This is a very exciting scheme which we are confident will create new businesses and encourage entrepreneurship from the more deprived communities in Derby and Derbyshire.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said:

Derby is a great place to start a business and has a history of supporting entrepreneurs to realise their ambitions. Derby City Council is delighted to be supporting this project which will lead to the creation of more sustainable businesses in the city, creating jobs for local people.

For further information about the D2 Business Starter Project, which is funded by the two councils and Derbyshire Economic Partnership, and delivered by East Midlands Chamber please call 01332 851289 or visit www.pushthebuttontoday.com