Getting the right advice and support is essential as your business develops and grows. Business organisations such as Leeds Chamber and the many professional advisory firms based in Leeds can advise on things like employment law, health and safety, marketing and financial advice.
More specific advice and practical help is available through other organisations such as UKTI and Chamber International, which advise on exporting and doing business in overseas markets, for example. Manufacturers can draw on the expertise of the Manufacturing Advisory Service, while the 10,000 Small Businesses programme, run by Leeds University Business School, provides training and development in business management and leadership. These are just a few examples of the support that’s available.
Getting the right staff
Leeds City Council provides a range of support to help your business grow including help with recruitment, workforce development and apprenticeships. Whether you are a large employer or a smaller, growing business, the council’s Employment Leeds team can help you recruit the right staff and develop the skills of your workforce. We can also help with apprenticeships or, through our links with colleges and other training providers, work with your company to develop bespoke training programmes.
Funding to help develop workforce skills is also available through the LEP Skills Service, which offers grants of between £500 and £50,000 to cover up to 50% of the cost of business-related training.
Grants for growing business
Companies across the Leeds City Region that are planning to expand and create new jobs can apply for grants through the Business Growth Programme, administered by Leeds City Council. The programme offers grants from £10,000 up to £250,000 towards the cost of new equipment, relocating your business to new premises or extending and fitting out existing premises. Financial support is also available to help companies from outside the region set up new operations and expand here.
If you are looking for new business premises, you can use our free online property database to search for full details of offices, shop and industrial units available in Leeds. For more information about the council’s business support services, email: email@example.com