The Team

The Strategic Growth Programme is delivered by experienced Growth Managers.

The Team

Strategic Growth Programme is delivered by experienced Growth Managers who have a wealth of experience supporting SME businesses and understanding of the Leeds City region landscape.

James Smith

James has significant business experience through being a director and shareholder of a £5m SME manufacturing business, giving huge insight into the day to day challenges, frustrations, stresses, opportunities and responsibilities of doing so. James is a huge advocate of business support programmes and has detailed knowledge of the business support landscape and key barriers SMEs are faced with on a day-to-day basis.

“The Leeds City Region is home to a wide range of different and exciting SME businesses. It is a privilege to support so many growing businesses in the region and help them to develop and grow.”

Contact James today on 07790 358 525 or email

Connect with James Smith on LinkedIn here

Nick Elliott

Nick is an experienced Business Development Manager within the tech sector alongside supporting a broad range of businesses from SME to global entities. Growing up in a family of SME’s, it has given Nick the drive and passion towards the importance of SME businesses. Nick is now excited to be working with companies across the region who are the lifeblood of the economy and will be an ever-important factor as it becomes more identifiable as part of the Northern Powerhouse.

"I’ve spent the last 27 years in Leeds and it’s now a privilege to be supporting such a broad spectrum of ambitious businesses which cut across so many sectors, demonstrating the diversity and potential for the region." 

Contact Nick Elliott today on 07546 416 469 or email

Connect with Nick Elliott on LinkedIn here

Nick Palmer

Nick has 25 years of business experience across a range of industries with first-hand experience of the requirements, trials and tribulations of a business owner. Nick has been closely involved in SME business support in Yorkshire since 2016. The companies he has worked with span across different stages of their growth journey from start-up to scale-up to successful growth aspirations. Nick is a LEAN six sigma black belt practitioner, which helps when operating across industry sectors.

“This is a great programme to support the many innovative and ambitious businesses in the Leeds City Region.”

Contact Nick Palmer today on 07546 416 470 or email

Connect with Nick Palmer on LinkedIn here

Contact and Apply

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