Small businesses

Small Business Support

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

Small Business on the High Street

What we offer

Running a small business often means operating in a fast-moving and changing environment. This can make growing your organisation a real challenge. Here at Leeds University Business School, we work with owners, leaders and teams like yours to help you not just adapt to change, but recognise and capitalise on the opportunities it presents. Then, as your business grows, we can offer research-intensive and industry-focused expertise to help you find solutions to your evolving landscape – whether that’s developing as a leader, building your business strategy or providing your team with the skills your business needs.

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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As part of our Non-Executive Director (NED) programme, the University of Leeds are looking for SME businesses willing to offer a 3-month placement on their board of directors to a NED delegate.

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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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Small-Business Leaders

Took part in our programmes and courses in 2021

Susanne Marchant
Staff | Head of Small Business Programmes
Whether you want to grow your organisation, encourage innovation or improve leadership, we have dedicated relationship managers who will discuss your requirements and find the right solution for you. Email: