New initiative to help Accelerate early-stage businesses in Leeds
Leeds Beckett University has announced the launch of a new accelerator to support the growth of businesses based across the Leeds City Region.
Accelerate is a new six-month business growth programme for the region’s businesses launching in September 2019.
Delivered as part of the successful ERDF funded programme, AD:VENTURE, Accelerate is specifically designed to help ambitious early stage businesses unlock their full growth potential.
Businesses accessing the support through Accelerate will benefit from a key account manager to provide guidance and support; a diagnostic to help identify strengths and weaknesses and professionally delivered masterclasses covering key topics such as planning for growth and strategic sales and marketing.
The programme also offers individuals up to 12 hours of one to one assistance from Leeds Beckett University and industry experts, as well as opportunities to discuss additional support such as funding and grants.
Leeds Beckett University Business Engagement Manager, Deborah Hetherington, said: “In order for the Leeds City Region to continue to prosper as a result of such a diverse range of start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, we must nurture and guide them through the unpredictable and often difficult early stages.
“Accelerate will not only create structured support services to help businesses grow, create new jobs and attract a wide range of talent to the region, it will also assist in establishing new specialisms and sectors.
“With so many new and exciting organisations coming through, it reinforces our region as one of the best places in the country to do business.”
The Accelerate programme is available to organisations that are aiming to grow and create jobs in the Leeds City Region; deliver products or services to other businesses rather than direct to the consumer; and any organisations looking for a structured programme, with flexible one to one support.
Candle Digital is an example of an organisation that has benefitted from access to the AD:VENTURE programme. Set up by former colleagues Andy Jack and Mark Langdale (pictured), the company helps training providers transform their materials and expertise into digital products.
After starting the businesses Andy and Mark accessed AD:VENTURE Masterclasses and one to one support with Leeds Beckett academic Mark Copsey.
Andy comments: “Working with AD:VENTURE and Leeds Beckett University has given us the space and time to grow faster and in a more sustainable way. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support that we have received.
“We have a stronger understanding of who we are, why we’re doing this and who we should target. Rather than holding us back, the systems and processes that we now have in place have been a real catalyst for growth.”