why work with us

Plug in to more than office space

Much more than a desk or address to put your name to, our growing network will open up your business to new possibilities of innovation, collaboration, co-creation, funding and training.

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Get support

Access support and advice to help your business thrive

We know that small and medium-size businesses (SMEs) are the lifeblood of the region and we are committed to helping you succeed in every way we can. As a member of a university business centre, you'll receive unique advice and support from our team and our trusted partners, including:

  • Monthly mentoring appointments
  • Access to funded programmes to help you develop and grow your business
  • Access to support, advice and events from the LEP and local Councils
  • Free membership to the Leeds, West and North Yorkshire or Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

We also know that great businesses thrive with creative people and ideas and we can link you to access a whole range of people and opportunities across the university to help push your business forward.

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    Grow

    Tap in to funding opportunities and programmes

    Our university offers a number of funding streams and business development programmes aimed at SMEs in the region. We can help you to access new opportunities offering awards of up to £90k*, helping your business to recover, grow or innovate.

    *Eligibility criteria apply

    Funding options
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      Connect

      Join a creative, inclusive business community

      Become a member of a university business centre and you’ll join a network of diverse business professionals helping to foster a creative working environment with an entrepreneurial culture. We also offer a calendar of networking events connecting you with the local business community, including networking lunches and expert speaker events focused on sustainability, inclusivity and disruptive solutions and innovations across industries.

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        Develop

        Access quality training and mentoring

        As well as the one-to-one advice and support you'll receive from your mentor in the business centre, you'll also have access to top quality leadership and management training and CPD. Our members also receive discounted rates on technology courses through our New Technology Institute (NTI).

        Short courses and CPD

          Innovate

          Benefit from valuable research and expertise

          Working with a university gives you unique connections to independent academic research and expert consultancy services, providing you with the latest insights for your business to succeed. Our members also have to the opportunity to take part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership*, giving you access to new talent and skills, delivering innovation and applying academic knowledge to challenges you may be facing.

          Research consultancy and expertise

          Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

          *Eligibility criteria apply

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