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Busıness Support

Whatever stage of business you’re at, we have business information database resources that can help support you and can help you find where to go for business support in your area.

Start-up Support

It’s crucial when starting a business to understand your market, competitors and customer trends and to make a plan before you get started. Research shows that people who use the Business & IP Centre services are up to four times more likely to create a sustainable business, with 90% of businesses succeeding after three years.

COBRA, Mintel, Ibis World and Grant Finder are the best databases to help you get started.

With these databases you can;

  • Conduct market and desk research to find insights about your potential customers and competitors
  • Complete a business or marketing plan
  • Look at high quality UK and Global Market intelligence
  • Conduct industry analysis, including looking at trends & forecasts statistics

Find out more about our Business Information Databases.

Local support to start your business


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 5 years old to take the next step and grow their business. Have you ever dreamed of working for yourself? Are you already trading and ready to take the next step? Launchpad can help. It’s a programme of services through which you can get a wide range of free support including access to free workshops and events and one to one support from business advisors.

Business Growth

In order to grow, a company may need to expand its network. So, if you are looking for sales leads, new suppliers or new distributors, we have databases that can help you get a list of companies.

Whether you are preparing for a meeting, going into partnership or wanting to know if you should extend credit to a company, using these business information databases to carry out due diligence could be the difference in making the right decision for your businesses survival.

Fame, Kompass, IBIS World and D&B Hoovers are the best databases to help you grow your business.

With these databases you can; 

  • Find company data of potential suppliers & distributors
  • Compile marketing and sales lists to help you target new customers
  • Discover financial information about a business to help you prepare for partnerships meetings
  • Benchmark businesses and sectors against your own
  • Find the right contact within a company and get past the gatekeeper

Find out more about our Business Information Databases.

Local support to grow your business

Business Sheffield

The Business Sheffield team is made up of a wide array of specialists who you can speak to directly to get support, advice and help.

Enterprising Barnsley

Enterprising Barnsley aims to support Barnsley-based businesses growth plans by offering a wide range of services to businesses that are looking to start up, expand, invest and relocate.


RIDO’s team of knowledgeable and experienced advisors is here to help your business develop and grow. They provide access to free, impartial, expert business advice and support to help your business achieve its goals. 

Business Doncaster

Business Doncaster provides a wide range of targeted support and guidance for businesses of any size  or sector across the borough, whether you’re new to business or you’ve been in business for some time. 

SYMCA Growth Hub
Growth Hub support is practical and designed to help your company grow. So if you are experiencing or planning for growth in your business and are in South Yorkshire, the Growth Hub can support you by advising you where to access suitable support.