Start and grow

The Start and Grow programme is available to people looking to start a business which expects to employ people from its early stages and where start-up finance will be required to get the venture off the ground. 


Start and Grow is designed to accelerate business growth ambitions and lead to increased turnover, profitability, job creation, and business expansion.

The support provided through Start and Grow is tailored to the individual needs of the owner and the business idea, and could include:

  • One-to-one assessment with an experienced, independent business adviser who will review your business ideas and formulate the next steps
  • An intensive personalised support programme, including guidance, advice and peer learning, leading to the development of a robust business plan
  • Dedicated support in an application for external funding
  • Ongoing support after business start-up

The support and advice that can be accessed by Start and Grow clients has been valued at approximately £5,000.

There is a small joining and administration fee for entrance onto the Start and Grow programme of £100 (+VAT). 

Am I eligible? 

You are eligible for the Start and Grow programme if:

  • The main trading address or home address of one of the owners falls within an approved local authority area
  • The business owner will be fully engaged in the business
  • The business owner expects to be trading three years after the business starts to trade
  • The business will create at least one additional job within three months of start trading date
  • The business is expected to benefit from investment, either personal equity or a loan/grant or capital equipment totaling  £5k or more

The programme is funded through the Regional Growth Fund and delivered by the partners in Cavendish Enterprise (the trading name of Cavendish Consortium Ltd), within the local authority areas across England identified as those areas requiring additional investment in economic growth.

Airedale Enterprise Services and the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce are the delivery partners in the Leeds City Region area.


How to apply

If you are about to launch a business in Leeds City Region then contact one of the local Start and Grow delivery partners:

Alternatively, you can contact our business growth team here at the LEP on 0113 3481818 or to find out more. 

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