D2 Business Starter Programme

The D2 Business Starter Programme has just one purpose; to seek out and assist owners of brilliant ideas across the county.

The D2 Business Starter Programme is an exciting initiative giving all Derbyshire residents the opportunity to explore their business potential and learn how to set up a new business with a series of flexible, fully-funded workshops and one-to-one support. This support is delivered by experienced professionals working with small groups at local venues across the county.

Delivered by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), in partnership with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council, the programme offers an intense and focused approach to stimulating enterprise creation, reducing the barriers and inequalities faced by deprived communities across Derby City Centre and the county of Derbyshire.

And all for free.

The programme offers:

  • Drop-In Sessions
  • Programme of Themed Workshops

These workshops are held in Derby City Centre and across the county, tackling all aspects of working through a new business generation idea.

  • Dedicated One-to-One Counselling

In addition to the workshops, individuals are supported with dedicated one-to-one counselling/mentoring, delivered by experienced Chamber business advisers.

  • IT Support – ICT Adviser/Social Media Specialist

The programme features a Specialist IT adviser to support individuals to implement, adopt and exploit digital technologies.

  • Wider Benefits

Those engaging with the D2 Starter Programme also have access to a wider network of business support and introductions, as a result of the Chamber being the programme’s delivery partner.

Case Studies

This programme has helped more than 1,000 individuals to date. Read more here about some of the programme success stories and how it has helped the individual get their business flourishing. 

NEW - 2020 Workshop Programme 

The first of the new workshop series has been announced.  The workshop sessions will be held at the Chamber's offices in Chesterfield starting on 28 January 2020 and run through to end March 2020. 

Download here full details of the dates, and the different subjects covered in each of the 9 sessions. 




For further information about the D2 Business Starter Project, which is funded by Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and the Derbyshire Economic Partnership and delivered by the Chamber, please call 01332 851289 or visit www.pushthebuttontoday.com.