LEP loans

We offer loans of between £500,000 and £1 million for businesses based or investing in the Leeds City Region, to support capital projects, focusing particularly on infrastructure.


We offer loans for businesses to invest in capital projects, which means the funds can be used by companies to acquire or upgrade physical assets such as property, industrial buildings or equipment.

These loans are designed for projects that are ready to proceed but have been delayed, and now need support to kick-start the development.

The funding is available to support infrastructure projects that will help to accelerate economic growth, deliver new jobs, remove barriers to development and use resources more efficiently.

Am I eligible?

In order to receive funding:

  • Your project must create permanent new jobs in the Leeds City Region.
  • You must have private finance available: either your own, from a bank, or other commercial finance to invest alongside.
  • For every £1 of LEP funding sought, you must be able to provide at least £3 of private sector investment.

To enable the fund to revolve, you must be able to repay the loan within five years. There is no closing date, however the round will close when fully allocated, so we advise applying as soon as possible.

Projects are more likely to succeed if they have a clear business plan, with all relevant planning permissions and legal consents in place, and any major issues and risks identified and managed.

Other requirements

If you have a ready to go project that requires a loan of over £1m, please contact the LEP on BusinessGrowth@the-lep.com to discuss alternative funding options.

How to apply

Please complete our enquiry form to register your interest in a LEP loan. Alternatively, you can contact our business growth team here at the LEP on 0113 3481818 or BusinessGrowth@the-lep.com to find out more. 

Our team will then contact you to discuss the next steps. 

Case Study

Loan enables Halifax manufacturer to make £1m investment
25th May 2015

Loan enables Halifax manufacturer to make £1m investment

A loan from the LEP has helped a world renowned industrial fan designer and manufacturer, experience growth and create 20 new jobs.

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