Enterprise West Yorkshire

Free to access mentoring, webinars and workshops to support people considering self-employment as a career option, those with a business idea and recently launched start-ups.

Free support to start a business in West Yorkshire

Have you been working on a business plan or would like to explore an idea? Or maybe you’ve got a talent or passion but not sure if or how you could make it a business, or whether self-employment is the right option for you. If you answered yes, keep on reading.

From workshops and seminars to one-to-one support and resources, we can help you grow your ideas and set up a business. Our free Enterprise West Yorkshire programme is open to everyone, no matter where you are on your start-up journey. 

Working in partnership with local service providers, we have designed two bespoke support packages to help you plan, launch and grow a business. Learn more about the support available below and apply by completing a short application form on our partner sites.

Enterprise West Yorkshire is funded through the £38 million per year secured by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority through the Mayoral Devolution Deal in 2020.

Considering starting a business?

If you're thinking of starting your own business but don't know where to begin or whether it's the right option for you, this route is for you. We have created a series of on-demand videos, live workshops and resources to help you decide and tell you everything you need to know to get started on your start-up journey.

You will learn:

  • How to find support to start a business
  • How to identify and engage your customers
  • Practical considerations such as insurance and finance

And much more.

No business experience or plan is required.

Apply now

Have a business idea or new start-up?

If you have a business idea, plan or have been actively trading for less than 12 months, this is the route for you. Our interactive seminars, one-to-one support and networking opportunities with like-minded people will give you the skills and confidence to grow your ideas, launch a start-up and take your business to the next level. 

We can help you:

  • Identify and tackle issues or barriers
  • Create business and marketing plans
  • Find and apply for business finance

And much more.

Support delivered in partnership with AD:VENTURE.

Apply now

Coming soon: support for innovative businesses

The final phase of the programme, launching in early 2022, will provide intensive and targeted support for people with the potential to become successful innovative entrepreneurs. Sign up to our mailing list to receive updates on the latest business support offers, news and events.

Enterprise West Yorkshire: Stakeholder launch event

In November 2021, we held a virtual launch event with stakeholders and partners from across the region. Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire and Sir Roger Marsh OBE, DL Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and NPII, discuss how the support will benefit West Yorkshire residents. Joining them on the panel is a line-up of local entrepreneurs who share experiences of launching a start-up business.