Business Support Service
We guide small to medium-sized business based in the Leeds City Region (Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York) through the complex world of business support.contact us
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 partner councils, Growth Managers find tailored solutions and identify suitable local or national support 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 specific help to respond to economic challenges including Covid-19 and the EU Exit.
Get in touch for advice or support
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.
Business success stories
Leeds entrepreneur targets growth
Since 2019, Bobby has been working with his dedicated LEP Growth Manager to keep informed of the latest advice and funding available to help his business grow.
Haighs Bakery successfully pivots and sees sales soar
After suffering a significant reduction in sales during the first five months of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Guiseley-based family business received support to help pivot its business model.
Business Growth for Regal Foods
The Bradford-based food manufacturer has grown from selling to corner shops to supplying major UK supermarkets chains including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons and exporting to over 40 countries worldwide.
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? Our team of Innovation Growth Managers can help you identify and access the right support to make it a reality.
Support is available for businesses looking to become more resource-efficient and reduce energy and water usage, and waste costs and to adopt sustainable ways for employees to travel to work.
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.
Sources of advice and support for business start-ups.
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.
COVID-19: support for businesses
There is support available for businesses at this difficult time. Scroll down this page for more information.
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).
Rose Review Female Entrepreneurs Mentoring Programme
Tackle your business challenges, achieve your goals, and sign up to this free mentoring programme.
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.