Funding available to grow businesses in the district

11/01/2018, PR8726

Businesses from across the district, and the wider region, are being encouraged to take advantage of the support and funding to develop new products and processes available through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and their network of partners.

The LEP’s multi-million pound Access Innovation programme, supports businesses looking to develop new products and processes and to access the specialist expertise needed to achieve this. Through the programme, businesses have access to the extensive knowledge base that exists in the region, including the largest concentration of universities outside of London. Businesses can also connect to other research intensive organisations, such as Catapult Centres which provide access to expert technical support, equipment, and other resources needed to turn innovative ideas into a reality.

Launched last year, this programme is part of the wider landscape of support aimed at creating an environment that nurtures innovation across the City Region. The LEP partners with other key providers of support - Innovate UK, Enterprise Europe Network and the UK wide Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – to ensure businesses receive support tailored to their needs and growth ambitions.

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “Growing and investing in our businesses is vitally important to support economic growth, promote further investment and boost diversity and prosperity in our district. I encourage any businesses looking to expand or diversify to find out more about the programme.”

Access Innovation is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Government through the LEP’s £1 billion Growth Deal.

To find out more about this new support, please call the LEP Growth Service on 0113 348 1818 or email

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