Contacts – Patrick Loye; e: ; Marianne Hawksworth; e:


Business Growth Fund (LEP Capital Grant)

  • For capital investment projects (building alterations, new machinery and equipment) that help SMEs based in the Leeds City Region, or plan to invest here, grow and create jobs.

  • Projects need to create full time permanent jobs.

  • Grants of between £10k-£250k with an intervention rate of 10% or 20%.

Strategic Business Growth (Delivered by Winning Pitch)

  • Package of support for high-growth firms to develop and deliver strategic business plans. Includes one-to-one coaching, specialist workshops and peer-to-peer learning.

  • Capital grants of between £10k-£40k for SMEs on the programme to invest in plant, equipment and fit-out.

Access Innovation

  • Support for SMEs to develop new products or processes.

  • Connecting SMEs with the relevant research organisations, such as universities and Catapult Centres.

  • Revenue grants to support the cost of accessing R&D expertise and facilities. Grants between £5k-£100k and up to 50% intervention.

Resource Efficiency Fund

  • Provides support and advice for SMEs on how to save money through more efficient use of energy, water and waste.
  • Eligible businesses receive a free resource efficiency assessment.

  • Grants of up to £10k with a 50% intervention rate. (*25% on lighting projects*)

Apprenticeship Grant

  •  For SMEs with <50 employees offering apprenticeships in key priority sectors to 19-24yr olds, who have never offered apprenticeships before.
  • Core Grant - £1500, with potential of a £500 top-up.

Travel Plan Network

  • Supports businesses of all sizes to adopt more sustainable and cost effective travel.
  • Discounted travel for staff and business journeys, including the corporate M-Card to reduce public transport costs.
  • Specific advice on travel-planning for firms moving within –or to- the region.




Local Contact - Mindir Paul; e:

  • High-growth programme for pre-starts, start-ups and early stage businesses (up to 3 yrs old).

  • Intensive support including mentoring, workshops, peer-to-peer learning and grants.

  • Grants up to £25k available dependent on stage of business. Intervention rate up to 50%.

Digital Enterprise Programme

Supports SMEs investing in digital technology

  • Digital Growth Voucher – Phase 4 due to launch October 2018
  • £1000 Connectivity Voucher
  • Digital Knowledge Exchange (one-to-one advice, workshops)

Exporting for Growth

  • Package of support from the Department for International Trade on how to start or increase exporting.

  • Grants between £2k-£5k are available (50% intervention rate) for businesses on the programme.

 Manufacturing Growth Programme

  • Package of support tailored to SME-manufacturers

  • Grants of between £1k-£3.5k (35% intervention) to access industry experts and deliver improvement projects (e.g. lean manufacturing).

Skills Service

  • Help to develop the skills and expertise of staff through a bespoke training plan.

  • Advisors on hand to identify the right training solutions.

  • Funding up to 40% of training costs available.