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Business support organisations

Business Support Local (BSL)

For businesses in the LS28 postcode, the first BSL programme, BSL28, is a locally-run programme led by Ahead Partnership in conjunction with Leeds City Council, Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and Leeds University Business School, to support small businesses across Outer West Leeds, initially across the LS28 postcode area.

Research suggests that those SMEs which use external business support (i.e financial, business development, mentoring etc.) are more likely to succeed. But SMEs find it difficult and time-consuming to find the right kind of support, and use it. BSL makes it easier and quicker for SMEs to identify and access the right business support. To find out more and book on to BSL28 events, go to


Growth Accelerator
Growth Accelerator is a service provided by leading business growth specialists, which delivers tailored advice to growing businesses.  The service is a partnership between private enterprise and government. 

Business Link

The Business Link website provides a vast resource of information for both start ups and established businesses.  You might have a great business idea but how much do you know about your market place? Maybe finding premises, raising finance, sales and marketing and employing staff are areas that you need more information on. Business Link can help you with starting a business.  Here you can explore all the different options available to you and how Business Link can support and advise you.
T: 0845 600 9006 www.businesslink.gov.uk

Are you thinking about exporting, or keen to do business with international buyers but want to know where to start? UKTI can help you rise to the exciting opportunities and challenges that international trade offers. UKTI can work with you to help you grow your business and offer a number of key services which can be tailored to meet the needs of your company. 

Open to Export

Open to Export is a community-based business service aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises with their exporting and international trade needs. The website contains extensive exporting resources from government and specialist organisations. The website includes a popular Q&A section where business owners can ask questions to the wider community and get the answers they need.


Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS)
MAS provides access to practical manufacturing advice and support to help businesses improve their productivity and efficiency levels. Support offered includes:

  • free impartial manufacturing advice from experienced specialists;
  • free on-site manufacturing reviews highlighting actions to improve operational performance;
  • free on-site focused research to address specific issues already identified;
  • low cost factory visits to meet with other successful manufacturers and develop knowledge in best practice tools and techniques; and
  • 50% subsidised manufacturing improvement projects providing longer term on-site, practical support from experienced manufacturing specialists.

T: 08700 111 875 enquiries@mas-yh.co.uk  www.mymas.org

Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber
The Chamber also offers money saving services, events and training, mentoring and support to small and medium sized organisations. An account manager will provide personal contact helping you find what you are looking for.
T: 0113 247 0000 / 01904 567838 E: info@yourchamber.org.uk www.yourchamber.org.uk

Yorkshire Association of Business Angels (YABA)

Yorkshire Association of Business Angels (YABA) is an introduction service that puts private equity investors looking to invest in start-up, growth stage and turnaround opportunities, in touch with entrepreneurs and companies seeking finance. Business angels provide a vital source of funding to fill the equity gap in the high risk, early stages of business.  They may invest sums of up to £300,000 but more usually keep within a range of £10,000 to £100,000.  Importantly, angels are able to offer a wealth of business expertise and advice. YABA is a non-profit making organisation set up in 1995 and has over 100 business angel investors in its network.

T: 01423 810149  E:  www.yaba.org.uk 

Leeds Met Business Enhancement Scheme
The recent recession has had an impact on businesses of every size. In response to this economic downturn, Leeds Metropolitan has started a scheme to help your company move forward by assisting with the introduction of new skills and capabilities in line with your business priorities. The Business Enhancement Scheme will enable you to make use of the resources available at Leeds Metropolitan University.  They will source a recent graduate who, for a specific period of time and whilst employed by the University, will work full-time in your company.  In addition, you will be given support from academics with expertise in your chosen field(s).The Scheme is available to all size of companies in public, private and third sectors operating across all markets.  For more information, contact Janet Mulcrone on 0113 812 8549

University of Leeds Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
The Keyworth Institute at the University of Leeds offers a wide range of business support and links to the research base, including student placements, strategic innovation projects, consultancy and liaison on joint research. Internally the Institute provides enterprise support to staff and students, who wish to apply their research in real applications and collaborate with industry.