Business finance

Bank finance and commercial borrowing are one way to finance the growth of your business, however grants, loans and other types of business funding are also available from the LEP. We also work with other partners for even more finance options for your business. In this section, you'll find information about some of the main types of funding available to help you grow.

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF)

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund could provide loans and equity finance of between £25,000 - £2 million to help your business realise its potential.

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Business Enterprise Fund

Loans of between £500 and £150,000 are available for start-ups and existing businesses that have been turned down by high street banks.

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Business Growth Fund

Investment of between £2 million and £10 million is available for ambitious entrepreneurs who are running growing UK companies, for a minority stake in your company.

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Start-Up Loans

Advice, business loans and mentoring are available for start-ups and businesses that have been operating for less than 12 months. Loan size will be determined by your business plan.

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Key Fund

Loans of up to £150,000 are available across a range of sectors, for businesses and enterprises that deliver a positive social or environmental impact.

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Social Impact Accelerator

Flexibly structured loan finance between £200,000 and £1 million is available to support ambitious social enterprises across the UK.

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Can't find what you're looking for?

Please contact our business growth team to find out more about support and funding in the Leeds City Region - call 0113 3481818 or email

Business support and finance

Not sure where to start? Don't worry. Just get in touch with our business growth team and we can help you find the right support for your business needs.