Derby Accelerator

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Introducing Derby Accelerator

Derby Accelerator is a fully funded business support project, designed to help businesses across the city of Derby to start, sustain, grow and innovate.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)* and East Midlands Chamber. It is worth £1.6m and is being delivered by the Chamber and is managed by Derby City Council.

The project, which runs until 31 March 2025, offers support to all Derby City businesses, regardless of their stage of development.

What support can I access?

Working with a seasoned business adviser, eligible businesses can access a range of support including:

  • 1-2-1 advice, mentoring and diagnostic support on areas of relevance to your business.
  • Training and workshops: providing you with the latest learning and tools in areas such as digital skills.
  • Grant funding: helping you identify and apply for funding to help you grow, increase efficiencies and build a sustainable business for the future.
  • Networking and peer support: for example, through the East Midlands Manufacturing Network
  • Energy audits
  • Growth vouchers: offering up to £2,000 (100% funded) for specialist consultancy and training (linked to the strategic plan developed with your business adviser. Available on a first-come, first-served basis).
  • Help to Grow - Management course: £750 joining fee subsidy for this 12-week executive development leadership and management programme (together with the Government’s 90% support, this covers 100% of the costs).
  • Innovation Support: offering a range of dedicated innovation workshops and grants, including Access to Angel and Investor Networks through the University of Derby's Innovation Accelerator

How do I sign up?

Tapping into the support on offer couldn’t be easier.

If your business is based in the Derby City Council area, simply complete the form below to register your interest, and a Business Adviser will be in touch to learn more about your business and to explore what support is most appropriate for you.

Expression of Interest form




Accelerator Events

Find out more about the programme through our range of events covering the following themes:

Visit our Events Page to find out more about the full programme of Accelerator events


*The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6b of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.





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Free Expert Business Advice and Support

Your business is unique but the challenges that you face aren’t, with our support, we can help get you through them.

Our impartial business support is delivered by experienced, expert business advisers, giving you the right advice at the right time for your business.

Contact us today to access a wealth of support, events, business growth programmes and expert advice.

Catherine Walls
Business Adviser
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