Last updated 21 September 2020.
For information and support, businesses in Leeds City Region concerned or affected by the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) can contact the LEP Business Support Service by:
New grants announced to boost recovery of small and medium-sized businesses
The government has announced a new fund to support small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to access specialist advice to help further mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 to build in resilience or address potential new opportunities.
Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has received £1.8 million to support businesses across West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) and North Yorkshire (Craven Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby and York).
Grants of between £1,000 - £3,000 will be available to help SMEs access professional support covering, digital, legal, HR, financial, health and safety or other consultancy advice, and to purchase minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology to continue to deliver a business activity or diversify in response to COVID-19.
Under the scheme, after an application is approved, businesses must pay for the support/equipment then claim the grant. Grants cover 100 per cent of costs, excluding VAT.
Applications are not yet open. You can register your interest here to receive further information on the application process when it opens.
If you are a consultant and would like more information about the scheme once it is available, please email us. Please note, there will be no official supplier list, and it will be up to applicant businesses to select a supplier.
The scheme is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
Working safely during COVID-19
The Government has produced guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic. These twelve guides cover a range of different types of work. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen. View COVID-19 Secure guides.
You can obtain a notice to display to show you have made your workplace COVID-secure.
Visit the Metro website for the latest bus and train services updates for West Yorkshire. For cycling and walking information and advice, visit CityConnect.