Welcome to Start-Up West Yorkshire

Do you want to start a business?

Or, are you running a business that’s been actively trading for up to three years and want to improve and grow your business?

Start-Up West Yorkshire is a new programme of hands-on business support for people in West Yorkshire.

Start-Up West Yorkshire will help you grow your new business with:

The one-to-one specialist support will provide personal tailored support to help you to identify and tackle issues that might be holding you back.

This could be helping you to review your business activities and operations, such as your business plans and finances. You might need some support with your marketing strategy or help with developing your website and improving your SEO. Have you got questions about GDPR, legal issues, HR or intellectual property? Your advisor will be able to offer help and support on these aspects, and much more.


In addition to the one-to-one support, the programme will also offer a variety of seminars and practical support, covering different aspects of planning, launching, and building a business.

Here are some examples of the webinars and workshops available to you through Start-Up West Yorkshire.

Jumpstart Your Planning
Have a business idea or recently started your own business? This session will help show you what to focus on, to achieve both short and long-term goals.

Basic Bookkeeping
Keeping a track of the cash coming in and out is critical to running a successful business. Improve your confidence, knowledge and skills in bookkeeping with this easy-to-understand webinar. We’ll take a look at different bookkeeping systems and show you how to complete your tax returns and self-assessments.

Promoting Your Business Online
Find out how to leverage social media to ensure you’re reaching the right people at the right time, and getting your message out there. We’ll show you how to use both organic and paid social media campaigns to grow your audience and see real results.

Sales and Negotiation
Good negotiation skills will help your business grow. Whether securing a new partnership, making a sale, or working with a new supplier, the art of selling is just that, an art, and we’re going to teach you how to perfect it.

Also, Planning your Finances, How to plan a Website, Confidence in Business, Marketing Strategy & Planning, Planning for Growth & Profitability, SEO Session and LinkedIn.

You’ll also be told about networking opportunities you can attend, where you can share and gain experience with others who are on a similar journey or meet new customers and contacts.

The service is absolutely free for you to access, as it is fully funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

How to sign up!

To be eligible for Start-Up West Yorkshire, you must be: 

  • A resident of West Yorkshire
  • Interested in setting up your own business or have a business that has been actively trading for up to 3 years
  • Aged 18 or over

To register onto the programme, just complete the simple form below, and we'll contact you to arrange a chat.
Or you can give us a call on 03301 755 759.

Start-Up West Yorkshire is delivered by the West Yorkshire Local Authorities through Start Up Manager support, and webinars and one to one specialist support delivered by People Plus on behalf of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.


Hear from some of the businesses who have received support: