Achieve your business goals with local support
One of the most challenging things to navigate in business can be the support landscape. What help is available? Are you eligible? Will it make a difference? This where the LEP can help. We provide a single point of access to a wide range of local and national support and funding. From start-ups to established businesses, we make it easy for small and medium-sized business owners to access the help needed to boost productivity, profitability and resilience.
Made Smarter Yorkshire and Humber
Do you want to grow your manufacturing or engineering business with emerging digital technologies? Go to market faster? Cut costs? Reduce downtime? Made Smarter can help.
Business Growth Programme
Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to support businesses in West Yorkshire, looking to grow and create new jobs.
Strategic Growth Programme
Supporting the most ambitious businesses in the Leeds City Region to drive economic growth
The Creative Catalyst
Our commitment to the creative industries is demonstrated by The Creative Catalyst programme, a £1.5m scheme designed to support the growth of the creative sector across Leeds City Region.
Business Connect is an online support hub that connects small businesses from the region to trusted advisers, business events and programmes in West Yorkshire.
If you’re a creative, digital/tech, MedTech or FinTech business looking to expand and grow in West Yorkshire, then you could qualify for grant funding of between £10,000 to £50,000 through the Digital Investment Fund.
What support is available?
Business owners can connect with a local Growth Manager to discuss where their business is now and what they would like to achieve in the future. Working with our partner councils, Growth Managers find tailored solutions and identify suitable local or national support and funding available from the LEP and our partners on your behalf. Learn more about our Growth Managers.
We can help you:
- Plan for the future with new products, processes or services
- Make your investment go further with grant support to purchase new equipment, plant, and machinery including bespoke support for the creative and digital sectors
- Expand your workforce by recruiting an apprentice or find suitable candidates through our talent matching service
- Increase your market share by trading overseas
- Adopt a greener business model
- Understand the full range of finance options currently available
- Help you to identify business growth opportunities
- Connect with local businesses
Get in touch for advice or support
All services are free to access. To discuss how your business could benefit from working with us, email BusinessSupport@the-lep.com or call 0113 348 1818 to speak with one of our advisers.
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Learn more about the support available
If you're a business with the ambition and potential for growth, there's a wealth of support available.
Are you wanting to do something different in your business but not sure how to get there? With 12 hours of specialist advice and support, our team can help you make a real impact on your business, and get your innovative project moving. This support is coming to an end on 31st March 2023.
Support is available for businesses on their journey to net zero carbon emissions. We offer free consultancy advice, audits and access to funding to help your business become more resource-efficient, reduce waste and adopt sustainable ways for employees to travel to work.
Sources of advice, support and funding for business start-ups.
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.
Business leadership and improvement
Developing leadership and management skills within your business can support business growth, strategy and help to overcome business challenges.
Trade and export support
Expanding into new markets overseas can help businesses of all sizes to reach new customers, generate additional revenue and mitigate market risks.
EU Exit: support for businesses
The transition period has ended and new rules are here. Act now to keep your business moving.
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.
Support available from our partners
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.
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).
Manufacturing Growth Programme
Providing advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help Identify opportunities, create plans for growth and enhance support with grant opportunities
Leeds City Region Supply Chain Programme
Providing Strategic Supply Chain Support to companies in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Supply Chain sector with grant funding available.
Cyber security support
Support is available from the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC) to help businesses addresses cyber security risks and secure their online systems.
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.