If you have an idea for a new business or want to find out more about being self-employed, Business Start-up, part of the Enterprise Academy, is here to help. Whatever stage you're at, from idea generation through to trading, we can offer valuable support and resources to help you along the way.
In the last five years we have supported over 150 students and graduates start up in business. Our University has over ten years of enterprise support experience in Leeds through its business incubator and Business Start-up services.
The University’s Enterprise Academy offers two business support services: Business Start-Up which supports students and graduates of Leeds Metropolitan who want to become self-employed or start up in business; and QU2 (Queen Square Business Quarter), which offers business support and office space to any business in the region, particularly suiting start-up and early stage businesses with limited budgets.
Our University is committed to supporting the development of the SME sector, a key driver of growth in the local and regional economy. Through our business support services like QU2 and Business Start-Up we demonstrate that commitment which ensures we keep connected and relevant to a diverse and dynamic regional economy. QU2 and Business Start-Up both provide training and advice on the main aspects of starting and growing a small business including: sales, marketing, legal concerns, accountancy and finance, online marketing and human resources. Clients can also access one-to-one advice from in-house business advisors.
Business Incubator Manager, Katie Rigarlsford says: “Statistically 50% of start-up businesses will fail in year one of trading. QU2 increases sustainability levels to 95%. This is done through intensive support including finance, legal, sales, marketing and one-to-one expert business advice.”
Additional financial help is available for students and graduates to help with the initial set-up costs in the form of proof-of-concept grants worth up to £1,000, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The University is also a founder member of the Leeds Enterprise Network. For further information, please click here.
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