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

Access Innovation 

Access Innovation is a package of support available to businesses to develop new products and processes. We can help you to access one to one advice, specialist workshops, funding and specialist expertise. 


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

There are two strands of the programme: 


Collaboration projects - We can fund up to 30% of the cost of accessing specialist expertise, equipment or facilities. There are different types of research organisation and innovation specialists we can put you in touch with to help you to develop your project.

We can typically support projects of between £10,000 and £100,000 – i.e maximum grant value to £30,000

Equipment purchases - We can also fund up to 20% of the cost of purchasing equipment to bring new products or processes to market. Equipment purchases may be between £10,000 and £100,000 – i.e maximum grant of £20,000.

How to apply: 

Please contact our business growth team on 0113 348 1818 or email to discuss your project or innovation needs further.

2. Specialist innovation workshops and advice

Together, we will agree on an effective, sustainable and achievable action plan for your business.

Your business will receive support and coaching relevant to your company to help you tackle identified barriers and develop your approach to innovation. Activities and workshops include:

  • A dedicated Innovation Specialist to understand your challenges and guide you through our programme
  • Sectoral emerging technology insights to inform and inspire your future innovation activity
  • Networking events with peer interaction, inspiring stories and innovation expertise on-hand
  • Bootcamp workshops to address specific practical innovation challenges.
  • 1:1 in-depth innovation management coaching drawing on a pool of innovation experts and consultancy resources

How to apply: 

This support is delivered by our partner, RTC North. More information on the programme, workshop listing and details of how to register are available here.


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 those trading directly with consumers – e.g. retail and hospitality.



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Case Study

Shafiq Khan Partner at BHP
22nd March 2019

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