Starting a Business

If you have a great idea or have recently set up your own business, you can improve your chances of success with FREE support from RiDO’s advisers.

A bespoke package of support for pre-start and early stage businesses is available through the Sheffield City Region Launchpad programme, including regular workshop sessions and one-to-ones with an adviser, providing expert help and advice covering a wide range of topics:
  • Refining your idea, product or serviceLaunchpad
  • Understanding your customers and competitors
  • Market research
  • Developing routes to market
  • Managing business finance
  • Meeting your legal obligations
  • Understanding book-keeping, taxation and VAT
  • Writing an effective business plan
Contact us to discuss your business idea with an adviser.

RiDO are delivering the start-up Launchpad programme for Rotherham on behalf of the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Business Centres

RiDO's Business Centres provide over 200 small offices and workshops to rent in Rotherham on short term licences. These centres are ideal for people in the early stages of business, providing a secure and supportive environment in which thrive and grow.

Additional assistance

RiDO can help your new business find premises, as well as provide advice on recruitment and trainingFor more established businesses trading over 2 years, RiDO offer a package of advice for growth.


More information on starting your own business can be found here: