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. Strategic Business Growth Programme

    The LEP’s Strategic Business Growth Programme provides an integrated package of advisory and financial support to help SMEs with growth potential across Leeds City Region.

    Read more about Strategic Business Growth Programme
  3. 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. The main barriers to innovation


    • 30 September 2020

    Innovation is fundamental for businesses as we adapt and change the way we work. Now more than ever due to the pandemic, businesses in every sector are having to do things differently.

    Read more about The main barriers to innovation
  2. Leeds Digital Festival


    • 10 September 2020

    During this autumn’s festival, we ran three events which focused on promoting the support and funding we offer to digital businesses; exploring the future of tech with global companies and explaining how businesses can become more innovative.

    Read more about Leeds Digital Festival