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Free business workshops for budding entrepreneurs in Derby

An intensive series of free online workshops aimed at helping people in Derby and Derbyshire start their own businesses start next week.

The D2 Business Starter Winter Boot Camp is held over five consecutive days and aims to give aspiring entrepreneurs all the knowledge and skills they need to take a business idea to the next stage. The sessions will take place every day from Monday January 31 to Friday February 4 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Boot Camp is part of the D2 Business Starter program, which was launched to help people gain knowledge and skills to develop their ideas into commercially viable businesses. Workshops include topics such as an introduction to self-employment, marketing, business planning, accounting, and social media.

The scheme is funded by Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council and implemented by the East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire).

So far, it has supported over 1,000 people and helped create over 190 new businesses and 220 new jobs. More than 10,000 hours of free support have been provided to participants.

Cllr Steve Hassall, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Decarbonisation and Strategic Planning and Transport at Derby City Council, said: “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and bring so much variety to a region. We are proud to fund this program which supports and mentors the entrepreneurs of the future and encourages business ideas that will create a legacy of economic growth in Derby and the surrounding area.

Chamber Business Leader Paul Stuart said: “The D2 Business Starter scheme has been a huge success since its launch in 2017 and has helped many people across Derby and Derbyshire make the leap into self-employment and to start their own business.

“We are delighted to be able to continue to offer this free support to help even more people realize their dreams and turn their business ideas into reality. There is no cost to participate. The only eligibility criteria is that people have a Derby or Derbyshire postcode and want to start a business.

CRZyBest, a Derby-based maker of eco-friendly bespoke jewellery, gifts and accessories, was one of the first businesses supported by the scheme.

Its founder, Claire Zwozny-Bestwick, signed up for the program to learn about the fundamentals of starting a business, finance, sales and marketing, as well as setting short and long term goals. long-term and on developing and refining a business plan.

Within a year, she had moved the business full-time to a purpose-built workshop in her garden, developed her website and social media, and diversified her product offering to suit an audience. more online.

Claire said: “The support I received has been invaluable in giving me the confidence and skills to pursue my dream of starting a business. It has also provided me with a vital support network and helped me allowed us to continue to access guidance and support to continue to grow the business.”

Register for the next winter training camp