Business support

If you’re a small to medium-sized business based in the Leeds City Region - Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York, we can guide you through the complex world of business support.

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If you are an owner of a small and medium-sized business and looking for support or guidance, we can help. The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Business Support Service provides a single point of access to a wide range of national and local support and funding, so it is easy for you to access the help you need. 

We work with businesses at all stages, from start-ups and early-stage companies to established businesses that are ready to expand and grow.

What support is available?

Businesses can access one-to-one tailored support through the LEP’s team of Growth Managers who will work with you to identify your business needs and ensure you can access the right support. Learn more about our Growth Managers.

We can help you:

  • Plan for the future with new products and processes
  • Make your investment go further with grant support to purchase new equipment, plant, and machinery
  • Expand your workforce by recruiting an apprentice or find suitable candidates through our talent matching service
  • Increase your market share by trading overseas
  • Save money on your energy bills through resource efficiency
  • Understand the full range of finance options currently available

We also have a range of bespoke programmes to provide sector-specific support to the creative and digital sectors, support to help you identify your business growth opportunities, cyber security training, and more. You can learn more about the support available below. For more information on how your business could benefit from working with us, email BusinessSupport@the-lep.com to arrange a call with one of our advisors. 

  1. Growth support

    If you're a business with the ambition and potential for growth, there's a wealth of support available.

    Read more about Growth support
  2. Innovation

    Are you wanting to do something different in your business but not sure how to get there? Our team of Innovation Growth Managers can help you identify and access the right support to make it a reality.

    Read more about Innovation
  3. Sustainability

    Support is available for businesses looking to become more resource-efficient and reduce energy and water usage, and waste costs and to adopt sustainable ways for employees to travel to work.

    Read more about Sustainability
  4. Finance

    Understand the full range of finance options and products most suitable for your business.

    Read more about Finance
  5. Skills and Training

    Developing your workforce’s skills and expertise is one of the best investments a business can make. It can result in more motivated, engaged staff and increase your businesses’ productivity.

    Read more about Skills and Training
  6. EU transition support

    The UK has left the EU and new rules for business with the EU start on 1 January 2021. You must act now to prepare for the changes ahead. The transition period will end on 31 December 2020.

    Read more about EU transition support
  7. Relocate to Leeds City Region

    As a national and international economic powerhouse, find out why so many businesses are choosing to start up, scale up or relocate to Leeds City Region.

    Read more about Relocate to Leeds City Region

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support for businesses

There is help and guidance available for businesses at this difficult time. Contact the LEP for business support, on 0113 348 1818 who can connect you to relevant information.

Partner products

  1. Reduced business membership fees

    The LEP is funding the reduced cost of annual business membership for new members with The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, and the West and North Yorkshire Chamber.

    Read more about Reduced business membership fees
  2. 10,000 Small Businesses Programme

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services.

    Read more about 10,000 Small Businesses Programme
  3. AD:VENTURE

    The programme offers intensive, bespoke guidance to small and medium sized businesses under 3 years old. Support available includes expert mentoring, events and workshops, grants and more.

    Read more about AD:VENTURE
  4. Business Enterprise Fund

    Loans of between £500 and £150,000 are available for start-ups and existing businesses that have been turned down by high street banks

    Read more about Business Enterprise Fund
  5. Business Growth Fund

    If you are a small or medium-sized business, investment of between £2 million and £10 million is available for ambitious entrepreneurs who are running growing UK companies, for a minority stake in your company

    Read more about Business Growth Fund
  6. Digital Enterprise

    Support is available for eligible small and medium sized businesses to develop their digital capacity and thereby helping them increase their overall performance (competitiveness, productivity and profitability).

    Read more about Digital Enterprise
  7. Enterprise Allowance Scheme

    If you have a new idea and you're currently receiving certain benefits, Jobcentre Plus could provide you with the support and funding you need to start your own business

    Read more about Enterprise Allowance Scheme
  8. Key Fund

    Loans of up to £150,000 are available across a range of sectors, for businesses and enterprises that deliver a positive social or environmental impact

    Read more about Key Fund
  9. Manufacturing Growth Programme

    Providing advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help Identify opportunities, create plans for growth and enhance support with grant opportunities

    Read more about Manufacturing Growth Programme
  10. National Physical Laboratory

    The National Physical Laboratory offers support to small and medium sized businesses in the manufacturing sector to reduce waste, optimise processes, instil best practice and raise quality

    Read more about National Physical Laboratory
  11. Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

    If you're a small or medium sized business, or looking to start-up a new business, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund could provide loans and equity finance of between £25,000 to £2 million to help your business realise its potential

    Read more about Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund
  12. Start-up loans

    Start Up Loans provide business loans, as well as advice and mentoring, to start-up businesses of up to 24 months

    Read more about Start-up loans

Get in touch for advice or support

For more information on how your business could benefit from working with the Business Support Service, call 0113 348 1818 or email us.