RiDO Rotherham Investment & Development Office

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About Us

Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO) are the regeneration arm of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. RiDO has over 30 years' experience of providing business incubation services in the Rotherham area, since the opening of its first dedicated business centre in 1986. RiDO now operate four modern business incubation centres across the borough offering support and assistance to local and international businesses.

The Centres are targeted at small and new start business, and offer over 100,000 sq. ft. (10,000 sq. m.) of incubation space, consisting of 208 offices and workshop units ranging from 100 – 900 sq. ft. (9 - 83 sq. m.) in size.

Creating the right environment for small businesses to grow

The incubation centres are run by knowledgeable staff with a wide range of experience. Amanda Parris, the business centre manager, is a holder of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. The team currently work on a daily basis with approximately 140 businesses across the incubation centres. Their aim is to help the occupant companies grow to become successful and create wealth and provide employment in Rotherham.

Each incubation centre has access to its own dedicated business adviser, who works with individual client companies, offering advice, guidance, mentoring and links to other partners. The team are constantly seeking to deliver best practice in business support, having adopted new business support and modelling tools including Business Model Canvas (Strategyzer). These modern advisory methods are used to help guide entrepreneurs to achieve a better understanding of their business, focus on what’s important and make decisions to help drive success and growth.

Further support can be called upon from RiDO and the wider Council team when required, and working relationships have been developed with partners across a wide range of areas ensuring clients receive the best advice and guidance relative to their specific requirements. RiDO's network of support includes Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, financial institutions, industry organisations, international trade organisations and many more.


rido_logo_150As well as providing business incubation, RiDO offer a range of services to benefit all Rotherham businesses and investors. These include business advice, free property searches & marketing, recruitment & training advice and help starting your company. Visit www.rido.org.uk for more information.


soft_landings_logo_smallRiDO became an NBIA designated Soft Landing Zone in 2009, reinforcing Rotherham's position as having a great track record of helping nondomestic companies enter the UK market. This support has been enhanced due to finance secured from the European Regional Development Fund, with SLZ status renewed in 2012. www.nbia.org


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