What is Launchpad?

The Launchpad programme provides free support to pre-start and new businesses in the Sheffield City Region. It is a fully inclusive programme designed to help ambitious entrepreneurs set up and run successful businesses and support SMEs under 3 years old to take the next step and grow their business.

The £3.5 million programme is delivered across the Sheffield City Region through a collaboration with the local authorities and Princes Trust. Initially developed in partnership with the Growth Hub, Launchpad brings together a wide range of start-up support services including access to free workshops and events and one to one support from business advisors.

Is Launchpad for you?

  • Have you always wanted to work for yourself but don’t know where to start?
  • Do you have a great idea for a new product or service but don’t know how to get it to market?
  • Have you already started a business part-time whilst working and wondered if you could make it a success full-time?
  • Do you want to know how to grow your business?
  • Have you taken your business as far as you can on your own and now need to employ staff?

If you answered yes to any of the above then Launchpad is for you. Wherever you are on the journey to being a successful entrepreneur, we can help. Contact us for information now on 03330 00 00 39

For information on Start up events see our Start Up Calendar



Launchpad Mentoring is a free service that can be accessed alongside the support you receive from your Launchpad business advisor or you can choose to work solely with a mentor for now and still access other Launchpad services in the future.  Mentoring is an opportunity for you to gain insights and support from an experienced entrepreneur who knows what it is like to start and grow a successful business.  Whether you are considering starting your own business, have a business that is experiencing problems, are ready to expand, or need a person who can be used as a sounding board, the Mentoring programme can help.  Find out about the Mentoring Service here..

If you would like to know more about how you can benefit from the Mentoring programme please contact the Mentoring Team on:

Telephone 01302 736062   Email: launchpadmentoring@doncaster.gov.uk


Who’s Involved

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Launchpad programme is delivered across Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield. Businesses and pre-start businesses located in Derbyshire Dales can also benefit from Launchpad support from their neighbouring localities. The Launchpad is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £2,073,682 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the regions economic development.

The programme is led by the award winning team at Enterprising Barnsley within Barnsley MBC and delivered in partnership with Princes Trust, Doncaster MBC, Sheffield CC, Rotherham MBC and Bassetlaw DC.

Support is free to those based anywhere across our region who are looking to start a business and SME’s (Small and Medium sized enterprises) under 3 years old.  For more information contact the Growth Hub on:  03330 00 00 39 or email:  growthhub@southyorkshire-ca.gov.uk


Enterprising Barnsley, Barnsley MBC


Based at the Digital Media Centre on County Way in Barnsley, the Launchpad team will support you to develop your business idea and help grow your business. During the initial diagnostic appointment with an experienced Business Advisor you can discuss your needs and together you will develop a package of support tailored to suit you and your business.

The assistance available includes a selection of workshops and events, together with associate support from recognised experts in key business disciplines such as; Information Technology, Retail, Accountancy, Social Media, Financial Analysis, Innovation, HR, Procurement, Legal Services and many others.

For more information on the support available in Barnsley further details are available at http://www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk/start-up/

See how some of the business have been helped through Launchpad by watching this video.



Business Doncaster, Doncaster MBC


The Launchpad programme is delivered by Doncaster Chamber on behalf of Doncaster MBC. You can access a range of business advice and resources to help start your business or if you are an SME under 3 years old we can help your business to grow. Our team of advisors are here to talk through your business aims and needs and develop a package of support tailored to suit you.

We can provide you with an understanding of the skills required to run a business including Financial Awareness, Legal, Marketing and Sales and we deliver workshops on topics such as Business Planning, Book Keeping, VAT, business registration etc.

If you are already in business we can support you with one to one advice and workshops in areas such as Strategic Thinking, Project Management, Leadership etc. You will also have access to the Chamber networks, services and products.

For more information on the support available in Doncaster, further details are available at  http://wearedoncaster.co.uk/business/business-support/business-start-up/


Business Sheffield, Sheffield CC


If you are looking to start a business or you’re an SME under 3 years old then we are here to help you. All of the business support we offer is free and includes workshops and training events covering everything you need to know about running a business, one to one advice from our team of Business Advisors and support to help your business grow.

For more information on the support available in Sheffield, further details are available at  http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/business/starting-and-growing-a-business/Launchpad


Rotherham MBC


If you have a great idea or have recently set up your own business, you can improve your chances of success with free support from Launchpad in Rotherham. A bespoke package of support is available to provide expert help and advice covering a wide range of topics. We deliver regular workshops for those wanting to refine their business idea, understand customers and competitors, develop routes to market, write a business plan etc. and we also provide advice and support with market research, managing business finances, legal obligations, VAT and Tax. In addition to the workshops you can also sit down for one to one with a Business Advisor to discuss your individual needs.

For more information on the support available in Rotherham, further details available at http://www.rido.org.uk/business-advice/start-up-a-business-rotherham


Bassetlaw DC


Setting up a new business can be daunting as there are many things to consider. You may have a good idea but don’t know where to begin to turn that idea into a successful business. Our Business Advisor can help you take those first steps! We can support you with business planning, accounts and cash flow, finding premises and in some cases, financial assistance. We also support SME’s that are under 3 years old to develop and grow.

For more information on the support available in Bassetlaw, further details are available at  https://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/everything-else/business-advice/business-advice-support.aspx


Princes Trust


We work with 18 to 30 year olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through our Enterprise programme. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, we’re with you every step of the way. Why not come along to a free information session in your local area to find out about the support available or book on to our four-day interactive workshop? You will have the chance to tap into a business expert covering everything from business planning and marketing to sales, budgeting and tax. We will continue to support you through your journey and be on hand to share advice every step of the way.

For more information on the support available from Princes Trust, further details available at  https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business