Growing business

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority enables businesses in Leeds City Region to grow, creating jobs for local people, encouraging businesses to locate here and helping our economy to thrive, in partnership with the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) support local small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to find the funding and expertise they need to grow and expand, either from the LEP or its network of partners.

We also attract new investment and jobs by helping companies looking to take advantage of the enormous investment opportunities in our region to locate here.

Business growth is a key component of the Strategic Economic Plan that the Combined Authority and LEP are working on to deliver a strong, vibrant economy in the Leeds City Region area.

Projects in this section

  1. Connecting Innovation

    Connecting Innovation follows on from the successful Access Innovation scheme in the Leeds City Region. It builds upon the successes and challenges of Access Innovation by proposing a dedicated and specialist innovation support and brokerage service that coordinates, simplifies, promotes and communicates the innovation landscape to small-medium enterprises in the City Region.

    Read more about Connecting Innovation
  2. Leeds University Innovation Centre (NEXUS)

    £3 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding is being invested into the NEXUS innovation centre at the University of Leeds to help expand business innovation and ‘incubation’ space in the city.

    Read more about Leeds University Innovation Centre (NEXUS)

Related news

  1. EU Exit Legal Clinic Website Banner

    Free legal clinic launches to support businesses with EU Exit issues

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    • 28 January 2021

    Delivered by Squire Patton Boggs on behalf of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) and York, North Yorkshire LEP, the EU Exit Legal Clinic will provide businesses across West and North Yorkshire with free guidance on legal matters related to the UK’s exit from the EU.

    Read more about Free legal clinic launches to support businesses with EU Exit issues
  2. DE Top 100 Web Banner

    Leeds City Region's top 100 digital tech adopters announced

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    • 27 January 2021

    One hundred of the most digitally transformational, resilient and innovative businesses in the region have been recognised in this year’s Digital Enterprise TOP 100 report, which has been announced today following a highly competitive nominations process.

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  3. Information for businesses that trade with the EU

    Information for businesses that trade with the EU

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    • 22 December 2020

    Businesses in the UK should act immediately to prepare for new trading rules which will be in effect from January 2021. If you have not already made substantial preparations, then you need to act now.

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    Nexus Business Barometer

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    • 19 November 2020

    A new survey commissioned by Nexus Innovation hub at the University of Leeds reveals the impact of the pandemic on future growth plans but says more than two-thirds of start-ups in Yorkshire remain confident about the next 12 months.

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