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.

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Since 2015, the Business Support Service has delivered a range of initiatives, offering expertise and guidance to over 15,000 businesses and has invested over £66 million in over 6,600 projects.

The Business Support Service provides 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. 

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.

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Business success stories

  1. XR Games

    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.

    Read more about Leeds entrepreneur targets growth
  2. Regal Foods

    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.

    Read more about Business Growth for Regal Foods

Learn more about the support available

  1. Growth support

    If you're a business with the ambition and potential for growth, there's a wealth of support available.

    Read more about Growth support
  2. Innovation

    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.

    Read more about Innovation
  3. Sustainability

    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.

    Read more about Sustainability
  4. 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.

    Read more about Skills and Training
  5. 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.

    Read more about Trade and export support
  6. 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.

    Read more about Relocate to Leeds City Region

Support available from our partners

  1. AD:VENTURE

    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. Digital Enterprise

    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).

    Read more about Digital Enterprise
  3. Manufacturing Growth Programme

    Providing advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help Identify opportunities, create plans for growth and enhance support with grant opportunities

    Read more about Manufacturing Growth Programme
  4. 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.

    Read more about Cyber security support