Businesses from across the region are encouraged to take advantage of the support and funding to develop new products and processes available through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
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.
Access Innovation is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Government through the LEP’s £1 billion Growth Deal.
Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said:
“Innovation drives economic growth and even better, it drives the kind of growth that benefits everyone. As the UK looks to new sources of economic growth beyond Brexit, businesses and policymakers are increasingly turning towards innovation to maintain the UK’s global competiveness and create jobs and prosperity at home.”
“We need to continue to build on our strong innovation pedigree and remember that innovation cannot happen in isolation or be led by one particular sector or Government department. I ask all businesses in our region to take advantage of the support and funding available to grow your business.”
Councillor David Carr, leader of City of York Council, said:
“This offer will make York an even better place to start and grow a business.
“We have some really exciting businesses at the cutting edge of sectors like bio-science, software development and railway technology, and the growth service will help them to continue growing and create more quality jobs in York.
“The council and Make it York will continue to work closely with the LEP to make sure that our nearly 9000 businesses know about and take advantage of the support on offer from the LEP growth service.”
Cllr Tim Swift, West Yorkshire Combined Authority lead for Business, Innovation and Growth, said:
“Business innovation is a key element of the Leeds City Region’s Strategic Economic Plan and the Access Innovation programme is part of a wider package of support available to businesses in Leeds City Region through the LEP Growth Service.”
“ A one-stop shop for businesses of all sizes and stages of development, the Growth Service has supported over 3700 businesses across the region to date and this is set to increase over the coming year.”