Funding, advice and support

We have a package of measures available to support entrepreneurs and business start-ups across Leeds City Region

We have a package of measures available to help newly-formed and young start-ups. See below to find the kind of business support that may be available to you.

Available support and funding for start-ups


    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Business Growth Programme

    Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available to support businesses in the Leeds City Region, looking to grow and create new jobs.

    Read more about Business Growth Programme
  5. Peer Networks

    Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme delivered locally by the University of Leeds on behalf of the LEP to SME leaders based in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

    Read more about Peer Networks
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. West Yorkshire Local Digital Skills Partnership

    This partnership provides a unique and exciting opportunity to influence the digital skills landscape across our region, including a range of digital skills training programmes to boost business productivity.

    Read more about West Yorkshire Local Digital Skills Partnership

Get in touch for advice or support

Get in touch with our Business Support Service and we can help you find the right support for your business needs. You can call us on 0113 348 1818 or email us for more information.