At Leeds Beckett University, we work with thousands of businesses, providing a wide range of skills and support to help businesses to grow and thrive. We have a strong history of supporting early stage businesses through our University Business Centres, which are currently home to over 230 small businesses.
We provide a range of tailored support to businesses including access to funding, business advice, mentoring, professional training, networking events, affordable office space, free business lounges, access to academic research expertise, knowledge transfer activities and access to graduate talent.
In the past 15 years Leeds Beckett University Business Centres have successfully supported more than 800 businesses to grow, creating over 1,300 jobs and with collective turnover in excess of £42 million.
Our business centre support is proven to almost double early stage sustainability with more than 95 per cent of businesses trading after two years as opposed to 50 per cent without support.
An ERDF funded Ad:Venture business growth support programme has recently been launched by the university, it’s aim is to help early stage businesses to accelerate their growth and provide free support to high growth businesses less than three years old.
Leeds Beckett University Enterprise and Innovation Manager Katie Rigarlsford said: “Leeds Beckett University operate a network of University Business Centres that are home to over 230 businesses. Businesses based within our centres can benefit from flexible and affordable office services as well as access to a wide range of university support and expertise. Our support to early stage businesses is proven to almost double business survival rates”.
“We operate several University Business Centre in Leeds, including a specialist Creative Hub and the Leeds Digital Hub, which is delivered in partnership with The Yorkshire Post. Leeds Digital Hub provides digital, creative and media businesses with a supportive environment, access to university expertise that facilitates collaborative working and PR for their businesses through The Yorkshire Post”.
DLA Piper offers the breadth and depth of legal support required in today's highly competitive marketplace. We have been providing legal services to the Yorkshire market for over 200 years, advising regional, national and international clients on key business areas including Corporate, Real Estate, Technology, Intellectual Property, Restructuring, Litigation, Regulatory, Finance, Projects, Employment, Pensions and Tax.
We have expertise in all sectors from energy to healthcare, with a particular focus on financial services, food and beverage, retail, manufacturing, mining, technology and transport.
Located in prime city centre locations in two of Yorkshire's key cities, Leeds and Sheffield, our strength across the region cannot be matched.