Design Leadership Programme

The Design Leadership Programme is aimed specifically at small and medium-sized businesses. It provides structured, practical support to help you use and manage design more effectively and profitably.


The Design Council’s Design Leadership Programme, alongside its other support services, can help you understand and enjoy the business benefits of investing in quality design. The experienced team there will work closely with you to understand your business’s challenges, goals and ambitions and then identify ways you can achieve them through design.

What's available?

The programme offers clear guidance on how better use of design could help your business to grow:

  • Identifying medium and long-term challenges
  • Identifying the opportunities to address them
  • Defining practical design projects to meet these challenges
  • Helping plan and implement the projects.

Costs for the Design Leadership Programme range from £2,000 to £10,000, depending on the needs and scale of the project. Businesses can access a subsidy of up to 50% in some instances.

Find out more

To find out more and apply, contact Ann Crawley at or visit the Design Council website.

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

LEP Grants

Grants of between £10,000 and £250,000 are available for small and medium-sized businesses in the Leeds City Region, looking to grow their business and create new jobs.

Find out more

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.