D2 Business Starter Programme - 10 workshops

Host: D2 Business Starter Programme

Location: Online

Cost: FREE


Wednesday, 20th October 2021 at 10:00am - 2:00pm Book Now
Wednesday, 27th October 2021 at 10:00am - 2:00pm Book Now
Wednesday, 3rd November 2021 at 10:00am - 2:00pm Book Now

The D2 Business Starter Programme is ready to take the next steps by building on the success of our support programme over the last three years, where we have successfully supported over 190 businesses to start and thrive in Derbyshire. We have just one purpose; to seek out and assist owners of brilliant ideas across Derbyshire.

The D2 Business Starter Programme is a dynamic project helping people in communities throughout Derby and Derbyshire to start their own business through a programme of themed workshops and one-to-one support.

It is funded by Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council and delivered by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), the leading business organisation in the region. There are no costs to you - the only eligibility criteria is that people wishing to access the programme are a resident of Derby City or Derbyshire and have the desire to start a business.

With the changes happening across Derbyshire due to the economic impact of the pandemic, we have designed a new innovative programme of support to ensure our budding business owners receive the support needed now to make a better future.

Our new programme will allow you to share and learn from our online interactive series of workshops. Each four hour workshop incudes a lunch break from 12.00 – 12.45pm and time to carry out individual work.

  • 8th Sept 2021 - Taster Session - 16:00 - 17:00

Find out more about the programme

  • 10th Sept 2021 - Engagement session - 16:00 - 17:00

Tell us about your business idea and plans

  • 15th Sept 2021 - Business goals, vision and values - 10:00 - 14:00

Plan what you want to achieve from your business

Assess your skills, ambitions and goals

Start to design your brand

Next steps/goal setting and action planning

  • 22nd Sept 2021 - Business basics - 10:00 - 14:00

Learn different business models

Basic business structures and legal structures

Develop a networking circle

  • 29th Sept 2021 - Customers & competitors - 10:00 - 14:00

Who are your customers

What does your competition look like

Tools to assess your marketplace and find your target market

  • 6th Oct 2021 - Sales and marketing - 10:00 - 14:00

Understanding your customers and clients

Consider your sales, marketing and advertising plans

Customer engagement and valuable connections

  • 13th Oct 2021 - Financial planning - 10:00 - 14:00

Consider the start-up costs and business expenses

Record keeping

Pricing structures and models

Profit forecasting

  • 20th Oct 2021 - Laws & legislation - 10:00 - 14:00

Intellectual Property

Practical day to day

Legal considerations

  • 27th Oct 2021 - Business planning - 10:00 - 14:00

Unique selling point

National Insurance, tax and when to register

Showcase your ideas through your business plan

  • 3rd Nov 2021 - Enterprise graduation - 10:00 - 14:00

Finalise and plan your next steps

Discuss further support


  • Enterprise Adviser

If required, participants will receive one-to-one support with an experienced Enterprise Adviser. This will enable you to create and develop realistic and innovative business ideas and motivate you to focus on achieving your business goals.

  • ICT Support

We are offering participants the opportunity of receiving support to understand, implement, adopt and exploit digital technology to ensure your new business is reaching the widest possible markets.

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