This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020

Access Innovation 

Access Innovation is a new package of support available for businesses to develop new products and processes. We can help you to access the specialist expertise needed by teaming up with the relevant research organisation.



The package of support available for your business includes one to one advice, funding and specialist workshops.

To start with we will sit down and work out the support you need and the specialist expertise that will benefit your business.  You will then be able to access one or more of the following:

Funding for collaboration projects -  to access specialist expertise you need to complete your project. We can typically fund up to 50% of the cost of accessing the expertise, equipment or facilities available through research organisations. There are different types of research organisations we can put you in touch with, and we can discuss this with you based on the support you need.  We can support projects of between £10,000 and £200,000 – i.e. maximum grant of £100,000

Funding for equipment purchases - There is also a small equipment grant pot. Equipment purchases may be between £10,000 and £100,000 and we will fund up to 20% of the eligible costs. i.e. maximum grant of £20,000

Specialist workshops – on a wide range of topics 

Practical advice and support from other businesses   -  we can connect you to a pool of other businesses and expertise to collaborate around your opportunities.


In order to be eligible for support, your business must be:

- A small or medium sized enterprise (SME), defined as:

  • having fewer than 250 employees AND
  • a turnover of under c£40m OR a balance sheet of under c£35m
  • not being part of a larger group of companies that takes it over this threshold

- Based in the Leeds City Region excluding Barnsley, i.e. a trading address in the Leeds City Region.

- In an eligible sector - this generally excludes primary agriculture, banking and financial services, and (for grants in particular) those trading directly with consumers- e.g. retail and hospitality

How to apply

Please contact our business growth team on 0113 3481818 or email to discuss your project or innovation needs further. 


Find out about the latest live opportunties available.  

You can also complete our contact form and we will email you with the latest live opportunities. 


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