If you want to grow your business in Leeds City Region, we can help. We support local small and medium-sized business to find the funding and expertise they need to grow and expand, either from the LEP or our network of partners. We also attract new investment and jobs by helping companies looking to take advantage of the enormous investment opportunities in our region to locate here.
LEP growth service
Our new growth service is a one-stop-shop, helping small and medium-sized businesses in the region to find the right support and funding to realise their growth ambitions. Businesses can find information online quickly and easily about the support available from the LEP and our partners. You can also speak directly to our business growth team who can connect you with the right support for your business’s needs. Find out more.
Grant and loan funding
We provide grant and loan funding to help companies based within the Leeds City Region or looking to locate here grow and create jobs. Grants from £10,000 to £500,000 are available for companies in our key growth sectors. Loans of £500,000 to £1 million, or more in certain circumstances, are available for infrastructure or development projects. Over 350 companies have benefitted from our funding so far, creating an expected 3,500 jobs in the region. Find out more.
Inward investment service
As well as enabling companies within the region to grow, we also work to attract new investment by supporting international and national businesses looking to locate here. Offering a highly skilled workforce, renowned value for money and outstanding business opportunities, our region has all the ingredients for business success. Our specialist inward investment team can help with finding premises, access to finance and grants, soft landing facilities, recruitment and aftercare. To find out more click here or call 0113 378 1555.
Our export network aims to encourage and support more companies to trade internationally. It offers regular events where businesses looking to start exporting or break into new markets can get advice and assistance from experienced exporters across the region. We also work with partners including UKTI, Chambers of Commerce, Enterprise Europe Network and Yorkshire Universities to offer events and support helping companies do more business overseas. Find out more.
Broadband and digital skills
We support businesses in the region to grow and become more productive by making better use of the internet. Grants are available to help companies and residents upgrade to faster broadband, and a programme of digital skills training and masterclasses is also available. This support is currently delivered through the Superfast West Yorkshire programme – find out more here.