University of Huddersfield’s business support programme urges final applicants

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Last call for manufacturing SMEs in the Leeds City Region seeking business support for growth as grant funding deadline comes to an end in March 2023.


The Leeds City Region Supply Chain Programme is a business support programme delivered by the University of Huddersfield and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). After three years of supporting manufacturing SMEs across the region through successful journeys of growth and development, the programme is approaching its final stages.


In line with the ERDF funding, the programme will come to an end in March 2023 and is only accepting applications until December this year. With the remaining capacity to support approximately 80 new SMEs, and a remaining grant pot of £240,000, the programme is urging businesses to take action should they be seeking business support or grant funding.


Please note that the programme grant rate is up to 50% and the ability to support 80 new businesses is based on an average grant value of £3,000, although this may vary dependant on the project.


The team is made up of manufacturing and commercial experts that have significant experience gained from working across a wide variety of sectors within the industry. They offer free support and grants to support SMEs and associated services within the manufacturing sector. The advisors are extremely keen to continue their support in the upcoming months and dedicate their time for free.


We gave Senior Advisor, Ian Rhodes, the challenge of telling us what a business can achieve, receive, and expect from the programme in just 100 words.

The programme can help you improve business performance, look at growth and supply chain strategies, enter a new sector, source alternative suppliers, and reduce risk. There are also reshoring opportunities or prospects to move up a tier in a supply chain. Some of the things you can receive from us, as part of this process include business reviews, action plans, a range of diagnostics, introductions to third party specialists, and access to the University’s wide variety of expertise. Some specific project topic examples include: cost reduction, supplier performance, innovation, skills development, strategy, productivity, sustainability, and many more.”


If this sounds like something that could benefit your business, then feel free to get in touch, whether you want to find out more, or have a non-obligatory chat.


You can reach the team for further details here:




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