Business growth and support

Newark and Sherwood District Council's Economic Growth team offer a range of fully funded support for businesses in the district both in-house and through partners, including:

  • 1-2-1 tailored advice from specialist Nottinghamshire County Council business advisors for established businesses aged 3 years + - for more information, please contact
  • access to the Start-up, Scale-up programme delivered by NBV Enterprise Solutions, offering themed workshops and 1-2-1 tailored support from specialist business advisors, for both aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage businesses up to 3 years of age - for more information please contact
  • access to the Boosting programme, delivered by Lincoln College to support local businesses to upskill their workforce through access to training as well as team-building and organisational development opportunities - for more information, please visit:
  • access to the Accelerator programme, delivered by East Midlands Chamber providing specialist innovation solutions and de-carbonisation support for business looking to improve the sustainability of their operations or bring new processes, products or services to market - for more information, please visit the D2N2 Growth Hub website
  • the opportunity to attend a variety of themed business support workshops, events and networking opportunities.
  • access to grant schemes subject to funding availability, as well as grant finder searches.

For any other queries on the above, please email

Other support for local businesses available from the council includes:

Contact us for more information about any of the schemes and support on this page.

Employment and Skills Support

We offer a range of support for local residents in relation to employment and skills. The following two programmes are fully funded and delivered across Newark and Sherwood to support residents that are not currently in employment:

  • Re-New Programme - delivered by Inspire Culture and Libraries across the District, residents can access  support including job clubs as well as a variety of short-courses, taster courses and confidence building sessions. This programme is aimed at individuals who are not currently in employment, looking to either progress to employment or gain further confidence and explore hobbies and interests
  • Grow Programme - delivered by Framework HA at the Exchange Centre in Newark, residents not currently in employment can access support including CV writing, interview skills, access to volunteering, health and benefits related advice and more

For any other queries, please contact our employment and skills support team as well as for information regarding pre-interview training, interview advice and job fairs.

Local health initiatives

Health is important for both businesses and the community. Nottinghamshire has a number of initiatives that could benefit your business.


This free, countywide scheme aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the working population in Nottinghamshire, encouraging and maximising health and wellbeing opportunities for employers and their staff. Find out more about Wellbeing@work.

Breastfeeding friendly 

We’re encouraging businesses and venues within Nottinghamshire to sign up to being breastfeeding friendly as part of action to provide more welcoming and positive environments for breastfeeding mothers. This follows feedback from local Mums that one of the main reasons they stopped breastfeeding was 'fear of negative comments and confrontation in public’.

Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT)

We’re increasing the accessibility and awareness of healthier options in takeaway outlets and workplace canteens through our HOT scheme. We’re also working with and encouraging local food businesses to provide healthier food options on their menus. Find out more about Healthier Options Takeaway accreditation