Latest News

22 Nov

Our Future Derby

A new and exciting initiative which engages primary school children and introduces them to the changing world of work is being rolled-out across 37 primary schools in Derby. Find out how you can get involved.

21 Nov

New EAFRD to help create new jobs for Rural Businesses

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has opened a new call under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) worth £35 million.

18 Nov

Enterprise and Innovation Centre at Nottingham Trent University

The new home for local businesses, start-ups, students, graduates and local entrepreneurs. Nottingham Trent University are opening a dynamic and innovative centre for both entrepreneurs and growing enterprises that want to work and co-locate with them.

New Business Opportunities and Tenders

Seeking new business opportunities can require different routes for different companies. To some it is about finding local opportunities, to others national or international opportunities.

This section provides access to a range of tools and services that could lead to business opportunities dropping into your inbox or bringing you face to face with new customers.


Sources of Local and National Opportunities

Please note that many of the services listed below may require a fee or membership whilst some are freely available online to search.


Sources of International Opportunities


Useful Information

  • Many Local Authorities offer guidance to businesses wishing to sell to them, for example the High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council How to do business with..guide. If you need assistance finding guidance from your area please call us on 0333 006 9178.
  • Doing business with government: a guide for SMEs provides guidance on bidding for Government contracts
  • Winning public procurement contracts tools and resources to help your business compete more effectively
  • The Mystery Shopper Service is an anonymous service that businesses can use to raise concerns and obstacles they encounter when bidding for, or working on, public sector contracts, e.g. late payment and unfair criteria. The Mystery Shopper team contact the contracting authority and work to resolve the issues. Issues or queries can be reported anonymously to the Mystery Shopper team by sending an email to mseyhpe@aie-fiegigvuytrsoprcbntofc.s.o.k or by telephoning the Service Desk on 01603 704999.
  • Sources of advice and support to increase trade overseas.
  • Events and exhibitions where you can meet new business contacts and promote your business are listed here.