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Self Employment

Self Employment

Are you interested in starting your own business or becoming self-employed? If the answer is YES to either of these questions, then the Work, Skills and Enterprise team, who are part of Business Doncaster, are committed to helping individuals like you!

We offer a business start-up programme called Launchpad, which is part of the wider Sheffield City Region (SCR) business start-up programme and delivered by Doncaster Chamber. Individuals can access a fully inclusive range of business advice and resources, including 1:1 sessions, workshops and an Accelerator Programme for businesses wanting to grow.

The SCR mentoring programme also supports start-up businesses and individuals by offering access to a bank of experienced business professionals who are either running their own successful business or are key business professionals in the region. They have significant knowledge and experience in a wide range of business sectors and provide tailored support focusing on your needs and requirements when you and your business need it most.


We are also looking for handcrafters in the Doncaster area who make goods and products. Through our Handmade in Doncaster initiative, we are offering free support in kick-starting or growing your business, information about free local workshops, seminars, 1:1 coaching and mentoring (via the Launchpad and the mentoring programmes), support in selling your goods online (Etsy, Amazon), support to supply local businesses and an opportunity to promote what you do on our Handmade page.


If you are looking for finance to support your business venture or to grow your existing business, we can point you in the right direction to the support available. Take a look at the useful links below:

Contact the team on 01302 735556 or email on doncasterworks@doncaster.gov.uk

Finance for Enterprise – start-up loans

Sheffield City Region Growth Hub – Access to Finance