Business support and strategy

  • Advice and Assistance Open or Close

    We are committed to regenerating our towns and villages and by attracting investment such as The Coalite development as it provides much needed job opportunities and helps improve the local economy. We are keen to support any development proposals, whether they are an existing business looking to expand or a company looking to relocate to our district. We also work very closely with developers and local businesses to make sure we maximise any employment, skills and training opportunities for the benefit of local people.

    We have a team of people who will help to ensure developers and individuals receive good, factual advice, information and guidance to make their plans a reality and can also offer a bespoke support package to suit particular needs and will also provide an aftercare management service beyond project inception.

    We also stage regular Business Network events throughout the year, giving businesses in Derbyshire the chance to share ideas and best practice, whilst also finding out about the latest funding streams or training opportunities available. So, if you have a business proposal or just want some help and advice, contact us now.




  • Apprentices Open or Close

    Apprentices must be aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification - from GCSE's or equivalent up to degree level. They are an excellent way to find eager employees who will be trained up to a high level in order to provide them with the skills needed to perform their job. We work with partners to promote and recruit apprenticeships within the District and you may be able to get funding to help employ an apprentice. The Apprentices can be new or current employees and more detail can be found on Gov.uk website.

    Degree Apprenticeships

    Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7 and combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. If you would like to find out more, please visit Gov.uk or Sheffield Hallam University.

    Apprenticeship Levy

    In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.

    Meeting the Public Sector Apprenticeship Target

    As an authority we have always been pro-active in encouraging young people to take up traineeships and apprenticeships to gain the necessary skills, qualifications and experience so they are work-ready.
    The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy April 2017 meant all public bodies with 250 or more staff had to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprenticeship starts.

    We actively consider apprenticeships either for new recruits or as part of career development for our existing staff. For 2017/18 we had a target of 12 apprentices, which we achieved with apprenticeships in Business Administration, ICT, Leisure Management, Activity Leadership, Accountancy, Horticulture, Plumbing, Automotive, Customer Service, Level 2 and Level 3.

  • Broadband Open or Close

    We believe access to super-fast broadband is vital to improve life for residents and it is vital for businesses growth and long term job creation in the District, that's why we are working with Derbyshire County Council (DCC) to try and improve broadband services.

    DCC's Digital Derbyshire programme is looking to improve the broadband infrastructure to allow better connection speeds and is working with BT to manage the rollout of BDUK funds to support greater access to faster connectivity. Digital Derbyshire also have a postcode tracker on their website so you can find out more about your area.

  • Discretionary Grants Fund Open or Close

    Funding Scheme Closed - We have allocated the monies available for this scheme and as a result it is now closed, pending receipt of any additional funds.

    The Government have awarded us £620,000 to provide a Discretionary Grant to local small and micro sized businesses that may have been ineligible for other COVID-19 funding and need support with ongoing fixed property costs. The grant process is open for a limited time period. Please read the applicant guidance and full eligibility criteria before you complete the application form.

    To be eligible to apply for a grant under this scheme, a small or micro business must:

    • Have been the occupier of a property with a trading address in Bolsover District used wholly or mainly for business purposes on 11th March 2020,
    • Be a small or micro business, with fewer than 50 employees,
    • Be able to evidence relatively high on-going fixed building costs,
    • Be able to demonstrate that they have had a significant drop of income due to COVID-19 restriction measures,
    • Be able to demonstrate the business is their sole or primary source of income.

    Small and micro businesses to be prioritised for access to the funding are:

    • Small and micro businesses, as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006.
    • Businesses which occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000.
    • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces,.e.g. units in industrial parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment.
    • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment.
    • Bed and Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates.
    • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

    Ineligible businesses include :

    • On-street and casual market stalls, i.e. without fixed building costs, unless they operate from an official market stall on Shirebrook, Bolsover, South Normanton or Clowne town centres.
    • Care homes.
    • Land based businesses operating on agricultural property.
    • Mobile catering outlets.
    • Festival catering outlets.
    • Car boot sales.
    • Home/office workers not running a trading business in Bolsover District that is their primary income source.
    • Business which have received a local authority discretionary grant in another district.
    • Landlords and property developers.
    • Financial services.
    • Professional services.
    • Medical and veterinary services.
    • Nurseries not qualifying for SBRR.
    • Post Office sorting offices.
    • Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent, or where a striking off notice has been made, are not eligible for this Fund.

    Businesses which have received cash grants from any central government COVID-19 related scheme are ineligible for funding from the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund. Businesses that have utilised the Job Retention Scheme or Self-employed Support Scheme could be eligible for funding from the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.

    Grants will be on a ‘first come, first served basis’, are subject to assessment, and awarded within the financial limitations of the scheme.

    Please read the applicant guidance and full eligibility criteria before you complete the application form.



  • Emergencies Open or Close

    We have business continuity management arrangements in place to help us continue to provide key services in the event of an emergency such as severe weather disruption, loss of premises or power failure.

    The plan identifies critical functions and the steps that need to be taken to ensure continued service delivery. Business continuity advice for businesses can be found on the Derbyshire Prepared website.

  • Employment & Training Open or Close

    Together with our partners we run a variety of schemes that help link local people with local jobs. 

    These include:

    • Ambition - The employment part of the Ambition scheme supports young people aged 18-24 into securing and sustaining apprenticeships, work experience and employment opportunities.
    • Apprenticeships - We work with partners and educational establishments to provide apprenticeships and traineeships for local young people.
    • Employer Engagement Programme - We support developers and employers with recruiting local people, the provision of local companies within the supply chain and connecting them with schools, colleges and universities.
    • Women Who Do - The Women Who Do networking event that will provide you with the all-important opportunity to meet up with valued contacts and colleagues, as well as a chance to listen to a well-regarded speaker and seminar presenter with brilliant advice and ideas to take away. You’ll also find out about useful social media tools which can make creating content and scheduling updates a lot easier. 
    • Working Communities Project - This scheme is available to people, whether they are facing redundancy or are out of work, the opportunity to get one-to-one support, help and assistance with finding suitable employment. Please contact our Community Employment Advisor, 01246 217534 for more information.


  • Funding Open or Close

    To help businesses grow, we can provide access to or information on a variety of funding streams. The main ones for our District are:

    • RDPE Growth Programme – The Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure grants are now open to new applications. Expressions of Interest (EOI) forms have to be received by the RDPE before midnight on 16 February 2020. Information about the programme - which businesses and organisations and the type of projects are eligible and theme guidance handbooks, is on the GOV.UK website.
    • D2N2 Growth Hub - Support for businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire focussed around key themes of business growth, access to finance, skills and employability, innovation, and export.


    • The D2N2 Business Investment Fund - The fund is available to support small and medium sized enterprises with projects that will directly improve their productivity, efficiency or job creation. The fund will support projects such as digital developments, specialist consultancy and equipment purchases. For further information please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or telephone 0333 006 9178.


    • LEADER - Funding of rural projects in the local area. 
    • SCR Growth Hub - Support across six themed areas: Access to Finance; Skills and Training; Innovation; Export; Start-Up and Growth Demand.

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  • Land and Property Open or Close

    If you are looking for the ideal site or premises for your business, The Bolsover District has an abundance of commercial/business space and development sites.

    We continue to identify employment land, commercial space and social infrastructure to help our business base continue to grow. For more information on business premises or new business spaces becoming available please contact us on the number on this page.

  • Networking Open or Close

     Bolsover Business Networking Events

    We host a number of networking events throughout the year aimed at local businesses and enterprises who can liaise with other businesses and help them grow. Our events are free and offer opportunities to get advice from leaders in the industry.

    Business support and funding programme advisors will be available to chat at the event. 

    Spaces are limited – for a full list of events coming up and how to register see the Eventbrite website here.

    For more information or questions about the events please call 01246 242512 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    Clowne Business Forum

    This Forum hosts networking for businesses in Clowne, Creswell, Bolsover and surrounding areas through regular lunchtime meetings at local venues. Small annual membership charge, or pay as you go. Visit their website or telephone 07973 522 772

    Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce (DNLCC)

    The DNLCC offers a comprehensive programme of events, seminars and workshops throughout the year. These range from networking and social events through to business seminars and management training. Annual charge payable, or for individual events/training sessions. Visit their website or telephone 01332 851280

    Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

    Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire branch offers a range of services from lobbying on behalf of small businesses through to training and events. For further information please visit the website or call 0115 960 8997

    Derby Hub

    Please visit their website or telephone 0844 770 5462

    East Midlands Incubation Network

    Please visit their website or telephone 01332 231 875

    Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CaSE-da)

    CaSE-da holds events for prestart and established social enterprises. Telephone 0116 222 5010.

  • Regulatory Advice & Guidance Open or Close

     Starting your own business can be a daunting prospect, with a number of requirements, many of them legal, needing to be met. This discourages many potential business owners from even beginning.

    However, there is support available from a number of different agencies, who can help you to navigate through this, to give your fledgling business every chance of success.  This section can link you through to those agencies.

    In the first instance, it is recommended that everybody who is interested in starting a business, contacts the National Business Support Helpline, who can provide advice and guidance on a local and national level. 

    If you would also like some new premises for your business, please contact a member of the Economic Development team using the contact details on this page.

    If you would help on completing your self assessment tax returns, please see the guidance issued from HMRC here.

  • Small Business Saturday Open or Close


    It was estimated that shoppers spent around £748 million in local businesses on the day, so isn’t it time YOUR business benefitted from the Campaign? According to an American Express survey conducted in the 48 hours following the 2017 campaign spend jumped 4% that year. Furthermore, 56% of customers who were surveyed said they spent more than usual on the day.

    Free campaign toolkit and logos can be downloaded from the Small Business Saturday web site and why not join in the social media campaign – last year #smallbizsatuk was the number one trend on Twitter on the day in the UK – that’s a lot of coverage, and it’s all free! This year there’s even a Small Business Saturday App – why not download it and join the campaign?

    Bolsover District Council has put economic growth at the heart of its ambition and priorities, as seen in our Growth Strategy – ‘Unlocking our Growth Potential’. We are keen to work with businesses of all sizes and sectors across the District. For further information, or to speak to the Economic Development Team, please call 01246 242512 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Business Support & Advice contacts

  • Tel: 01246 242512
  • Email: 
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  • Alt. tel: National Business Support Helpline 0300 456 3565
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