Support for Start Ups

Start your AD:VENTURE

Delivering across the Leeds City Region, the AD:VENTURE programme offers a comprehensive and innovative mix of tailored business support to boost growth and develop businesses in their early years. Support includes:

  • A full business start-up programme, with assistance in those early set up stages and business planning
  • One-to-one support – you can access a dedicated business advisor to guide your growth journey and to help you develop your business plan
  • Workshops targeted to develop skills that will help drive business growth - in topics such as HR, Strategy, Cash flow forecasting, Branding, Marketing, Innovation and Research and Development
  • Entrepreneur Knowledge Exchange (EKE) - expert University partners will support you to solve business problems using the shared experiences and insight of a small group
  • Business incubation space and services              
  • Support to find out more about sources of finance including start up and growth grants

Am I eligible?

  • Your business can have been trading for up to 3 years.
  • Your business must be within the local authority areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.
  • Your business must have strong growth ambitions.
  • Your business must trade in an eligible sector (this generally excludes primary agriculture, banking and financial services, activities related to education or social care, and those sectors trading directly with consumers e.g. retail and hospitality).

Offering a tailored mix of practical advice, coaching, outcome focussed events, academic support, incubation workspace and finance brokerage AD: VENTURE supports ambitious and aspirational businesses to reach the peak of their growth potential.


Thinking about setting up a new business or have a business idea and want help to make it a reality? 

If you have a business idea, plan or have been actively trading for less than 12 months, Start Up West Yorkshire will help you achieve your business goals. The service is FREE for you to access, as it is fully funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. Support delivered in partnership with AD:VENTURE
More information here.

If you are looking for support with starting up your own business please contact Shabana Yousaf-Mcintyre on

We have dedicated advisors from AD:VENTURE to support you:

If you’re in Professional Services then please contact Kate Gledhill on

If you’re in Creative & Digital industry then please contact Keith Evans

For more information on AD:VENTURE visit or call the team on 0845 524 0210