So you want to start a business in Rotherham? No matter the scale of your plans, we're here to help, free of charge.

Our Launchpad business start-up programme provides you with the knowledge, tools and techniques  to enable you to create and build a successful business. Individual coaching and a comprehensive range of expert workshops can help you on your journey from an idea to developing a sustainable and profitable business over those first few crucial years.

The Launchpad is delivered from our Business Hubs located across Rotherham, that provide ideal workspace where entrepreneurs and small businesses thrive.

We are here to help, so don’t hesitate to get in touch!


From an idea to a new business

If you are new to business, we can help you…

  • Create customer focused products and services
  • Develop your branding and marketing to help you stand out from your competitors
  • Build a deliverable sales and marketing strategy, to make the most of online opportunities and traditional sales techniques
  • Understand how to set up a business, including HMRC, tax, National Insurance, company structures, etc.
  • Forecast your cashflow and develop a start-up / growth strategy.

Our advisers will help you develop an action plan and act as an ongoing source of support as your business evolves.

Expert workshops and support

For more established businesses and ideas, a programme of workshops delivered by subject experts provides you with the knowledge to drive your enterprise forward.

Expert workshops including marketing, branding, sales, social media, video, photography, content creation and more provide key knowledge in winning new customers. You can also call on our advisers to help further develop your business model, helping create a marketing strategy to grow sales.

Workshops also include digital accounting delivered by accountants and drop-in sessions with local law firms where you can get your legal questions answered.

A major milestone of any new business is when you need to recruit new staff to grow, but it can be a daunting prospect. Our experts provide advice around how to do it right, attract the best people and stay compliant within employment regulations. 

Check out the workshops listings to find out more.

Finance and bookkeeping

Digital finance

Social media for business

Social media for business

Employing people

Employing People

Marketing and branding

Marketing and branding

How to sell1


Legal clinics

Legal clinics

Who’s involved?

RIDO is delivering the Launchpad Project in the Rotherham area. If you’ve an idea or business that’s in its first few years, the Launchpad project can help.

The Launchpad project is delivered across South Yorkshire, supported and funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and has attracted £2,551,566 investment through UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, click here

Find out more about RiDO’s start-up team >>

See the events page for details of up-coming workshops or contact us for more information and to speak to an advisor.

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Get in touch to discuss your start-up with our advisory team.

Call us on 01709 331133 or simply fill in our form and we will get back to you.