Small businesses

Small Business Hub

Small businesses are at the heart of our community. We forge meaningful, enduring partnerships with small businesses in the region and support their growth.

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What we offer

If you are running a small business then you are likely to be in a fast-moving and changing business environment. As your team and business grow you will find you face new challenges, and that advice from people who have been there before can be invaluable.

You are the expert when it comes to your business, but let us help with developing you as a leader, building your business strategy or identifying the capabilities you require to grow. At Leeds University Business School you can access an unparalleled range of local business expertise to ensure you get exactly what you need to build your business for success.

We would encourage you to contact our small business team to discuss which programmes and projects would be right for you. Email to arrange a discussion with our team.

This 6 week programme in fully funded by the government and brings together diverse groups of business leaders to collaboratively work through common business issues.

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The 12-week programme is 90% funded by the Government and supports senior managers to boost their business’s performance, resilience, and long-term growth.

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Access knowledge, technology or skills within the University in order to resolve an organisational challenge you may be facing.

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The forum is free to attend and is open to local small business owners and senior leaders. We run the events 3 times a year and they are a great opportunity to learn and network.

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This level-7 programme, which is 95% funded by the UK apprenticeship levy, is ideal for small-business owners and is designed to develop you as a strategic leader.

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Collaborating with our students can be highly beneficial for small businesses. Through work placements or one-off projects, students can assist with resource challenges or specific business problems.

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