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Business support

As we react, readjust and recover from the changes the COVID-19 has pandemic has brought to the business climate, we recognise that our business support has never been more important. 

We are a dedicated and highly motivated team here at Leeds Beckett, focused on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), helping them to recover and build resilience during the pandemic.  

We are committed to the success of the businesses we work with and, during the pandemic, we have continued to offer our business support through a range of structured and semi-structured learning.   

This has included supporting 100+ businesses through our fully-funded business support programmes - including the Small Business Leadership Programme for established SMEs -and through our start-up programmes - Accelerate and Founder’s Forge. We continue to engage with businesses across a range of sectors – please get in touch to find out how we can support you. 

Throughout the pandemic, our team continues to offer our well-established programmes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), degree apprenticeships, and consultancy projects with academics and students. Additionally, we have developed new and adapted support programmes for SMEs including:

  • Accelerate – a free support programme for start-ups and young businesses. Now running online with a renewed focus on helping early stage businesses to embrace the new business landscape.
  • The Small Business Leadership Programme (SBLP) – Run by the Small Business Charter, the SBLP is part of a £20 million government fund to support the recovery, growth, and long-term productivity of SMEs following the pandemic. The programme is free and is delivered online by Leeds Beckett academics through eight 90-minute webinars. You can register your interest on the Small Business Charter website.
  • University Business Centres – Our Centres - located in Leeds, Halifax and Wakefield – are currently more in demand than ever, as new businesses start up as a result of COVID. We offer flexible office services – both physical and virtual offices - as well as business advice, mentoring, and professional training. Please visit our University Business Centre COVID-19 information page for more information about our support available during the pandemic.
  • The new Management Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (mKTPS) – Despite working through the pandemic, we have successfully applied for, and won, three mKTP project bids in 2020 – which will see three small businesses in Yorkshire work with a skilled graduate and team of academic experts work together to achieve a specific goal relating to their leadership and management.
  • The new Calderdale B2B Business Recovery Programme, run in partnership with Calderdale Council. This programme provides online masterclasses, interactive webinars and growth support to SMEs which are over three years old and provide products or services to other businesses (not directly to consumers).
  • Founders Forge – a free support programme for people who have an idea and passion for a new business, and want guidance to set them on their way. 

If you are already working with our University on a specific project, please continue to liaise with your university contact via email or telephone. If you are unable to access support this way, please email and we will support you and put you in touch with the correct team at the university.

Our existing business partnerships continue to thrive as we work together throughout the pandemic.

One example is MoreLife – a provider of NHS and Local Authority funded healthy lifestyle programmes across the country, working in partnership with academics and PhD students within our University’s Centre for Applied Obesity Research.

From the start of lockdown, MoreLife reacted quickly to adapt their services. This included moving face-to-face programmes to Zoom, making wellbeing phone calls to high risk clients, and creating a COVID-19 information resource hub on their website, including information sheets, podcasts, videos and webinars. A survey of 100 clients showed that 98% had no difficulty in accessing their services online and 98% felt that the level of service was good or outstanding when first accessing MoreLife’s services.

Dr Neesha Patel, Clinical Lead and Health Psychologist for MoreLife in Greater Manchester, spoke on BBC News about the Government’s new Obesity Strategy, alongside two MoreLife clients who shared how the programme has been helping to change their lives.

We’re continuing to work with businesses to connect you to the Leeds Beckett student and graduate talent. Whether you are recruiting for a graduate, placement or part-time position, have a project opportunity or would like to raise your company profile, our experienced team can help.  You can find out more about our services to business on our services for employers website and contact our team to start a conversation by emailing

General business enquiries

If you would like to discuss how our university may be able to support your business please email and we will direct your enquiry appropriately.