Who’s Involved?

Launchpad is the Growth Hub’s key business support programme for new businesses. The programme began in April 2016 as a £4m initiative across the Sheffield City Region. Due to the success of Launchpad between April 2016 to March 2019, further funding of £3.5m has been secured to continue delivering Launchpad until the 31st March 2022. Launchpad is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and led by the award winning team at Enterprising Barnsley in partnership with the Prince’s Trust, Doncaster MBC, Sheffield CC, Rotherham MBC and Bassetlaw District Council. Launchpad receives up to £2,073,681 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which support innovation and business, create jobs and regenerate local communities. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

Sheffield City Region is located at the strategic heart of the country and covers the local authority areas of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales and Bassetlaw.

If you are based anywhere across our region and are looking to start a business, or you are an SME (Small and Medium sized enterprise) under 3 years old, our partners are waiting to help you. Contact us today



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 businesses have been helped through Launchpad by watching this video


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://www.doncaster-chamber.co.uk/launchpad.asp


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


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


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


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 Prince’s Trust, further details available at  https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business