Startups, entrepreneurs & SMEs

Business Sheffield

Business Sheffield offer a free and comprehensive service designed to help businesses thrive and grow, whether they be start-up or established. From a series of start-up sessions aimed at those thinking of going into business, through to a suite of workshops covering topics as diverse as digital marketing, selling on Amazon, terms and conditions, employing people for the first time, selling face-to-face, telephone selling and more, our sole aim is to help you develop a successful business.

We have several business advisors helping established businesses with growth and critical intervention during difficult times, a sales and marketing expert, a solicitor and accountant, and three specialist advisors working with Sheffield manufacturing businesses for growth, support and productivity; linking businesses to innovation in the two universities and the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

Third best in the world for tech

In 2018 a comprehensive study by Sellics (full data breakdown here) showed that Sheffield is the third best city in the world, and best city in the UK, to start up a tech business.

Due to the burgeoning demand in the city and the scale at which our technology businesses are growing, Business Sheffield has recruited specific tech scale up advisors to help you transition from small to medium and beyond.

They have incredible facilities in the city, such as the Kollider Incubator powered by Barclays Eagle Lab, TwinklHive and the Cooper Project - not to mention all the co-working spaces and collaborative projects going on between many businesses here.

Business Sheffield also host a whole load of networking, workshops and training sessions, including the largest business networking event in the city for all business types.

Best city in the UK to start a business

Don't just take our word for it... Sheffield was ranked top in a Paymentsense report in 2019. So not only can you take advantage of great free resources, but you're in a network recognised as one that is absolutely ripe for starting up.

To help with this, the Business Sheffield Team have several specific startup advisors who are on hand to help with all the challenging demands of setting up on your own. Below are a couple of examples of the businesses they have helped.

Mak Tok

Will Chew was a contestant on Dragon's Den, successfully receiving funds to start up his new chilli paste idea, Mak Tok, based on authentic flavours. Fast forward a short while, and he has worked extensively with the Business Sheffield team to get things off the ground, and given loads back to the business community here along the way. A great success story for the city.

Bare Alternative

Sheffield is a fiercely independent place with many residents concerned about climate change and embracing of a shift towards more sustainable ways of buying goods. Another start up the Business Sheffield team have worked with is Bare Alternative, owned by Matthew Reynolds, who wanted to contribute to tackle the problem by setting up a zero waste shop to serve communities along and around Abbeydale Road. They are part of a thrilling independent community of shops now firmly cementing Abbeydale Road's place as a destination in the city in it's own right, with beer shops, bakeries, cafes, curios and pubs galore to choose from... all with your own bags and jars, of course.

Bare Alternative Sheffield

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