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Business Support Providers

On this page you will find a number of Business Support Organisations (BSOs) and membership bodies who can support your business to grow and expand. There is a wide-ranging offer from training and workshops to innovation support, strategic planning, access to grant funding and financial advice.

Business Support Organisations

Click on the arrows to scroll through the summary details of organisations and help available. The links take you directly to their websites where you will find further information and the latest updates. There is lots of support available and we can't list it all here! If you can't see something that meets your needs, please contact us to find out about specific support available to you.

Energy for Business

Support and funding for energy innovators and SMEs that want to become more energy efficient. Includes capital grant for growth and specialist consultancy from world-class academics.

Digital Growth Programme

Organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire can benefit from a range of fully-funded workshops, the opportunity to receive financial help and free one to one business advice to help introduce new digital technology with the support from the Digital Growth Programme.

Digital Upscaler Service

Digital Upscaler is available to high growth businesses who are looking to scale and see the benefits of developing a digital transformation plan to achieve their growth aspirations.

University of Nottingham

Aerospace Unlocking Potential (Aerospace UP) is a £20M three-year project (2020 to 2022) which aims to support the aerospace supply chain in the Midlands by helping to unlock its innovation potential. Includes expert support, events and grants from £1,000 to £100,000.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

This programme, funded by ERDF, supports manufacturing companies to access industry experts and grants to tackle immediate business issues and support improvement plans.

The iNET

The iNet supports several sectors including: Advanced manufacturing & engineering, Creative Industries, Food & drink manufacturing,
Life Sciences – Health and Medical Technologies and others. Visit the website for details

Tech Nation

Peer-to-peer networking, coaching and support for technology companies at all stages of the business lifecycle to support their growth and development.

Natwest Entrepreneur Pre-Accelerator

Pre-Accelerator is designed to give entrepreneurs the power to start, scale and succeed. It is a fully-funded, quick-fire, intensive eight-week course for early-stage entrepreneurs.

Be The Business

Be The Business aims to inform, educate and collaborate with the businesses of Britain to restore us to the forefront of business performance worldwide.

StartUp Britain

StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading business people to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to pre- start ups, start ups and growing businesses.

East Midlands Chamber

East Midlands Chamber offers a wide range of services for members and non-members to support business growth in Leicester and Leicestershire.

FSB

FSB offers a membership benefits, including services for business growth.

Elite

ELITE, part of London Stock Exchange Group, is an international business support and capital raising programme designed to help the most ambitious
companies to structure for further growth, raise capital and access a network of peers, advisers and investors.

Leicester Creative Business

Leicester Creative Business help creative and technology businesses across Leicester & Leicestershire that want to grow.

Pioneer

Pioneer 10 offers a free ½ day business strategy and growth planning session to any small business.

NBV

NBV’s Grow Your Business clients can access: mentoring and coaching from an NBV Business Adviser, Business Master Classes, peer to peer networking opportunities.

UK Space Agency

Supported by UK Space Agency, the LU Space Incubator provides support for start up businesses across the breadth of the sector including both upstream and downstream.

Medilink East Midlands

Medilink EM provides specialist support to boost the region’s economic output from the life-sciences, healthcare, medical technology and bioscience sectors.

Leicestershire Textiles Hub

The Leicestershire Textiles Hub is working to support local textile manufacturers and to identify the needs of the sector.

MentorsMe.co.uk

This free site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK are there to drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

Sector Support from the Growth Hub

The Growth Hub delivers tailored support for key sectors in Leicester and Leicestershire including Food and Drink Manufacturing, Fashion and Textiles and the Local Visitor Economy. Explore the help available if your business is in one of these sectors.

Growth Hub Sector Support

The Growth Hub is developing a range of Sector Specific support to help businesses in key sectors across Leicester and Leicestershire. Click the link to find out what help is available.

Coronavirus Support Toolkit

Coronavirus Support

We have developed a dedicated section on Coronavirus support for businesses. We are reviewing the latest information daily and updating these pages as information changes.