Do you want to start a business or are you running a business that’s been actively trading for up to three years? Start-Up West Yorkshire is a programme providing business support for people in Bradford and across West Yorkshire.

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Fully funded support on offer—

Working directly with an experienced Business Adviser who will support you through a personalised action plan to launch and build a sustainable business.

  • Access to over 12 hours of webinars – covering topics such as bookkeeping, promoting your business, planning for growth, sustainability and much more
  • 3 hours of intensive 1-2-1 coaching on specialist business topics, such as social media, websites, legal and accounting, delivered by experts in their field.

Support doesn’t stop there; we run networking sessions where you can share and gain experience with others, and we will refer you on to your local Business Start-Up Manager to continue supporting your enterprise journey.

Your local Start-Up Manager will support you further with—

  • Tailored advice on all aspects of business planning, overcoming barriers and practical support on the ‘Cost of Doing Business’
  • Assistance with finding commercial properties across the district as well as support to move or relocate
  • Assistance with recruitment, apprentices and upskilling the workforce
  • Help applying for grants and funding
  • Providing contacts in the council such as planning, licensing or business rates team
  • Signposting to external agencies, such as local and specialist business support organisations, training providers and trading standards
  • Recommending business webinars, local workshops and networking events
  • Simplifying the business support landscape in West Yorkshire

To be eligible for Start Up West Yorkshire, you must be—

  • Aged 18 or over
  • A resident of, or the business is or will be located in West Yorkshire
  • Interested in setting up your own business or have a business less than three-year-old

How do I sign up?

To sign up to Start-Up West Yorkshire Bradford please contact our local Start-Up Manager Katrina on

Find out more about the programme from the businesses who attended our launch event:

Start-Up West Yorkshire is part of the Mayor of West Yorkshire’s region-wide Enterprise West Yorkshire programme to encourage entrepreneurship and help people get the support that they need to build successful businesses. Delivered in partnership by West Yorkshire Combined Authority, AD:VENTURE, PeoplePlus & Local Authorities.

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