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A - Z Support from Other Organisations


Here is an A-Z of organisations that may be useful for financial and/or business support and information.

If you have any information that you think may be of use and  would like to see it featured on our website please email for details.

Local Support

Business in the Community

Business in the Community engages professional firms and volunteers to provide mentoring support to community enterprises looking for assistance with strategic development.

They run two different programmes designed to support third sector organisations:

  • ProHelp
  • Business Champions

For more information visit their website

Connect Project

This project will support new entrepreneurs and small businesses in a variety of ways:

  • Provides high quality, affordable office accommodation and co-working space
  • Take advantage of the high speed Wi-Fi
  • Relax and connect in our bespoke cafe environment
  • Access to its mentoring and business support programme.
  • Programme of free events and workshops specifically for start up and growing businesses

For more information visit their website or call 01332 258300.

Derby Enterprise Growth Fund

Will accept funding applications from projects that demonstrate growth and create jobs. Will normally support up to a maximum of 30% of the total project costs.

For more information and to download the application form and guidance notes please visit: or call 01332 641628.

Invest to Grow Programme

This programme is designed to support established businesses to innovate, grow and create jobs through grants or loans. Will normally support 30% of the total project costs.

For more information and to submit an expression of interest please visit

MCF (Midlands Community Finance)

A Community Development Finance Institution and delivery partner for Start Up Loans. A Government backed national initiative aimed at people who want to start their own business or social enterprise. Loans start from £250 up to £20,000 over a 1-3 year term, at a fixed interest rate of 6% on loans over £2500 with no arrangement fees. Also provide business support and mentoring.

For more information call 0845 388 3998.

NEP Energy Services

Assist third sector organisations to become more energy efficient. They have worked with over 100 organisations including sports clubs and community centres. Support could generate cost savings on bills and making your buildings more comfortable for your customers. You will have saved money so you can channel this into service provision for your users

100% of NEP Energy Services profits are reinvested in public health and carbon reduction projects.

For more information visit:

The Business Advice Website

This website is designed to help identify local business support information to aid developing a business or starting a new business in Derby, as well as providing links to key national sources of information and support across the country.

For more information visit their website

National Support

Social Enterprise UK

The national body for social enterprise, membership is made up from social enterprises, private businesses, charities and public sector organisations who support our vision of a world where social enterprise is the usual way of doing business. They can:

Run effective campaigns for our members and to lobby on the sector's behalf. Carry out robust and respected research to help paint a picture of the UK's social enterprise movement Build networks between social enterprisesRaise the profile of people and social enterprises in the sector

For more information visit their website

Community Interest Company Regulator

The Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies decides whether an organisation is eligible to become, or continue to be, a community interest company (CIC). It is responsible for investigating complaints - taking action if necessary - and it provides guidance and assistance to help people set up CICs. They works with the Department of Innovation and Skills.

For more information visit their website

Government support and advice

This is the government portal for advice and guidance about setting up a social enterprise. It also includes templates required.

For more information visit their website