Business Support Service

We guide small to medium-sized business based in West Yorkshire through the complex world of business support.

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Since 2015, the Business Support Service has delivered a range of initiatives, offering expertise and guidance to over 15,000 businesses and has invested over £66 million in over 6,600 projects.

Achieve your business goals with local support

One of the most challenging things to navigate in business can be the support landscape. What help is available? Are you eligible? Will it make a difference? This is where we can help. We provide a single point of access to a wide range of local and national support and funding. From start-ups to established businesses, we make it easy for small and medium-sized business owners to access the help needed to boost productivity, profitability and resilience. 

Business Support

  1. Business Productivity

    An integrated package of free advisory support and grant assistance. Supporting businesses in West Yorkshire to improve their productivity, creating new jobs and upskill existing staff.

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  2. Made Smarter Yorkshire and Humber

    Do you want to grow your manufacturing or engineering business with emerging digital technologies? Go to market faster? Cut costs? Reduce downtime? Made Smarter can help.

    Read more about Made Smarter Yorkshire and Humber
  3. The Creative Catalyst

    Our commitment to the creative industries is demonstrated by The Creative Catalyst programme, a £1.5m scheme designed to support the growth of the creative sector across West Yorkshire.

    Read more about The Creative Catalyst
  4. Innovation

    Could a new idea help your business? Our Business Support team can connect you with advice and opportunities to make the most of being in such an innovative region. Get tailored and impartial support today.

    Read more about Innovation

What support is available?

Business owners can connect with a local Growth Manager to discuss where their business is now and what they would like to achieve in the future. Working with our partner councils, Growth Managers find tailored solutions and identify suitable local or national support and funding available from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and our partners on your behalf. 

We can help you:

  • Plan for the future with new products, processes or services
  • Make your investment go further with grant support to purchase new equipment, plant, and machinery including bespoke support for the creative and digital sectors
  • Expand your workforce by recruiting an apprentice or find suitable candidates through our talent matching service
  • Increase your market share by trading overseas
  • Adopt a greener business model
  • Understand the full range of finance options currently available
  • Help you to identify business growth opportunities
  • Connect with local businesses

Get in touch for advice or support

All services are free to access. To discuss how your business could benefit from working with us, email or call 0113 348 1818 to speak with one of our advisers.

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Learn more about the support available

  1. Growth support

    If you're a business with the ambition and potential for growth, there's a wealth of support available.

    Read more about Growth support
  2. Innovation

    Could a new idea help your business? Our Business Support team can connect you with advice and opportunities to make the most of being in such an innovative region. Get tailored and impartial support today.

    Read more about Innovation
  3. Skills and Training

    Developing your workforce’s skills and expertise is one of the best investments a business can make. It can result in more motivated, engaged staff and increase your businesses’ productivity.

    Read more about Skills and Training
  4. Trade and export support

    Expanding into new markets overseas can help businesses of all sizes to reach new customers, generate additional revenue and mitigate market risks.

    Read more about Trade and export support

Support available from our partners


    Tailored business support for ambitious new businesses based in West Yorkshire. Support includes a dedicated Business Manager, access to AD:VENTURE Growth Grants, business loans, webinars and interactive workshops on a variety of business topics, networking and events.

    Read more about AD:VENTURE
  2. Digital Enterprise

    Support is available for eligible small and medium sized businesses to develop their digital capacity and thereby helping them increase their overall performance (competitiveness, productivity and profitability).

    Read more about Digital Enterprise
  3. Manufacturing Growth Programme

    Providing advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help Identify opportunities, create plans for growth and enhance support with grant opportunities

    Read more about Manufacturing Growth Programme
  4. Cyber security support

    Support is available from the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC) to help businesses addresses cyber security risks and secure their online systems.

    Read more about Cyber security support
  5. 10,000 Small Businesses Programme

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services.

    Read more about 10,000 Small Businesses Programme
  6. Business Enterprise Fund

    Loans of between £500 and £250,000 are available for start-ups and existing businesses that have been turned down by high street banks

    Read more about Business Enterprise Fund