Business Support

The information on this page directs businesses to services that can support and advise new and existing businesses. There are also links to organisations that can help with a range of business issues.

The SHU Internship Scheme 2017

The SHU Internship Scheme offers companies a cost-effective method of employing motivated, enthusiastic and professional individuals that are ready to help you achieve your goals. It also provides students and new graduates with the chance to gain valuable, quality work experience to expand their CV and develop their skills, as well as the opportunity to gain valuable contacts with an organisation relevant to their chosen career.

Funding for this work experience will be provided by SHU to the student via a bursary of £1000.

Employers can opt for a funding model which best suits their requirements.

Funding for the SHU Internship scheme is available to local and national (large and small) businesses, charities and social enterprises. For more information please contact the Employer Partnerships team on 0114 225 3433 or email:

SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme

The SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme offers Vouchers to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take-up faster digital connectivity and to further support SMEs to introduce transformational innovations that can improve business performance through faster digital connections. Further information and application form here

Sheffield City Region – Growth Hub

The Growth Hub helps businesses access the best possible support for growth.

It acts as a ‘gateway’ to access specialists in any field of business development such as innovation, exporting, finance or training.

The services you will be signposted to are provided by experts including successful companies and consultancies, universities and local authorities, Chambers of Commerce, Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade.

In addition, you can access direct support and guidance from one of the Growth Hub’s own highly experienced business growth advisors.

More information can be found here

Sheffield City Region – Skills Bank

The Skills Bank is a service which invests in skills and expertise to drive business growth. It allows employers to choose and invest in the skills that they need. It is a £17 million fund, comprising of funding from the European Social Fund and Growth Funding.

Businesses can access:

  • Specialist support via a dedicated helpline
  • A bespoke economic impact model to assess the growth potential of Skills Deals and determine employer contribution and matched funding up to two thirds the cost of training
  • A network of brokers and a skills assessment tool to support businesses in defining their skills needs
  • An approved list of providers that guarantees quality and value for money
  • An online community with relevant feedback to explore the best training in an area

Sign up here

Creative Sheffield

Creative Sheffield is a business support service provided by Sheffield City Council. The agency offers a multitude of services and expert advice to help businesses grow and thrive. The services include:

  • Free networking events, workshops and training
  • Start up support
  • Business growth advisers
  • Access to finance
  • Research Support
  • Networks and Contacts

Visit the Creative Sheffield website here

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber employs a dedicated team who have the knowledge and expertise to assist you with your business needs.

It provides support in all areas of business development, marketing, international trade and at a senior level in terms of policy and representation.

Being part of the Chamber network allows you to access a range of member benefits which are aimed at providing support, raising your profile and reducing your business costs.

Click Here to find out more about the Sheffield Chamber.