A Guide To Business Funding Programmes in West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.

Jun 10, 2024

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Boost Your Business Growth With Our Guide to Business Funding Programmes

At Social Progress, we understand the importance of business funding programmes in helping your business to achieve its full potential.

Whether it’s through marketing support, financial support, training, or mentorship, business support programmes can provide valuable resources to help your business thrive in a competitive market.

As active supporters of businesses like yours, we’re here to guide you on your growth journey.

What Funding is Available for Businesses in Yorkshire?

Accessing funding can be the key to unlocking business growth and innovation.

Fortunately, within Yorkshire, there are several funding programmes available to support businesses at every stage of their journey.

In this guide, we explore some of the top funding programmes designed to help businesses thrive and grow in West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.



AD:VENTURE provides ambitious new businesses with a tailored programme of support to help them grow and achieve their full potential. This fully funded business support is available to new businesses in West Yorkshire who are under 3 years old.

New businesses gain access to a dedicated business manager who can assist them in their growth journey. Offering practical support, including suggesting networks and connections, guidance on strategy, managing legislative and statutory requirements, and providing insights into what funding and finance is available locally and nationally.

AD:VENTURE offers a range of events and workshops on key growth topics and skills such as marketing, branding, customer journey, strategy, planning and sales, as well as network building opportunities with peer-to-peer sessions and inspirational events.

The AD:VENTURE Growth Grant can be used to fund costs that support business growth, covering up to 50% of total project costs, with grant awards between £1,500 and £10,000.

Tel: 0113 5351199 | Email:  adventure@leeds.gov.uk | Register | Eligibility Criteria


West Yorkshire Business Boost

West Yorkshire Business Boost is a business support programme aimed at equipping small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with the necessary resources to thrive.

The programme is designed and delivered by Exemplas and key partners, including Chamber International, Leeds Beckett University, Medilink International and Sustainable X.

Through specialist workshops, mentorship, training, and financial grants, this programme enables businesses to enhance productivity, resilience and competitiveness.

Digital Enterprise

Digital Enterprise is a well-established business support programme helping eligible, growth-focussed businesses across West Yorkshire to grow and scale by investing in digital.

Funded by the UK Government through the UKSPF, Digital Enterprise offers match-funded grants and advice from their team of specialist Digital Advisors, to help businesses improve performance, productivity and competitiveness, reduce environmental impact, and ultimately achieve sustainable growth.

The programme offers:

  • Support from a Digital Growth Advisor: To help you make best use of digital solutions within your business.
  • Digital Accelerator Grant: For projects worth between £2,000 – £25,000. This grant can fund up to 50% of the cost of your digital project, with a maximum grant value of £10,000.

Social Progress is acknowledged in the Digital Enterprise TOP 100 digital innovators.

Good Growth Programme

We can provide support to the West Yorkshire Good Growth Programme.

Funded by the UK Government through the UKSPF, it is designed for ambitious businesses in West Yorkshire looking to achieve sustainable growth.

Through personalised coaching, group masterclasses, GROWTHmapper reporting and practical guidance, this programme supports businesses in developing and implementing growth strategies that drive your growth plans.


The programme offers 90% subsidized support with expected 10% contribution from eligible companies.


Contact: Jas Hayre, Client Manager for more details. Email: jhayre@oxin.co.uk or mobile: 07745 119406. Do let him know you’ve found out about the programme through us.

Huddersfield Health Innovation Partnership

HHIP (Huddersfield Health Innovation Programme) has a variety of business support offerings available including a membership network, funding, mentoring of up to 5 hours, soft landing packages for organisations looking for a base in Kirklees, events, workshops, and business support.


Thrive is designed to help you develop your idea, launch and growth your business in Kirklees.

Support includes a collaborative-learning workshop and masterclass programme delivered by subject experts, with cohorts commencing April 2024 and October 2024.  The programme covers business planning, models and management; customer profiling; developing your health and wellbeing product or service; the healthcare landscape; marketing and branding; finance and funding; investment and funding readiness.

Along with these workshops Thrive support provides:

  • Mentoring
  • Workspace
  • Grants
  • Networking, events and talks
  • Knowledge exchange opportunities

*The range of support you receive will be dependent on your joining date

South Yorkshire Skills Bank

Social Progress is part of the Skills Bank network of training providers, offering employer led training through the programme.

The South Yorkshire Skills Bank, offered by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, provides employers with a flexible pot of funding for training to develop workforces and boost business.

With support from Skills Advisors such as us, businesses can access high quality training to meet their specific needs, contributing to economic growth and resilience in the region.


Why Do I Need Business Support and Funding Programmes?

Business support and funding programmes offer access to financial resources, mentorship, and training opportunities that can help businesses to thrive.

By investing in innovation, productivity, and skills development, businesses can unlock new opportunities for growth and expansion.

With support from these programmes, businesses can stay ahead of the competition, adapt to market changes, and remain competitive in their industries.

Here at Social Progress, we can help you access funding programmes and unlock growth opportunities for your business.

Whether you’re looking to outsource your social media marketing, train yourself or your employees in social media management, or explore strategic digital marketing solutions, we’re here to support you on your business journey.

Contact us today.