Take your business to the next level

We are committed to helping your business thrive. Working in partnership with leading business support organisations we provide free and impartial access to the support you need to grow your business in Kirklees.

Whether your challenges are around access to finance and funding, innovation, efficiency savings, digital transformation, exporting, attracting new talent, or expanding your local supply chain and accessing new markets, our team of experts will tailor their approach to you and your business.

We work with you to...

  • Identify and prioritise your business aspirations
  • Explore a range of support options to best suit your needs
  • Develop a bespoke support plan.
  • Help to source and access grants and loans, including the wide range of publicly funded support across the Leeds City Region
  • Build a long-term relationship to assist you and your business in the future.
Grants of up to £5000 available for small business making big changes.

Kirklees Innovation Vouchers

Stay ahead of the competition. Grants of up to £5,000 available for businesses making big changes. Innovate to access new markets, increase your revenue, build knowledge or save costs by becoming more efficient!

Build your team

The Employment & Skills Service provides specialist recruitment and workplace development support. Build a talented workforce with financial support for apprenticeships, skills gaps analysis, vacancy promotion and applicant screening. Access fully funded support to improve your inclusive recruitment practices.

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Rates, regulations, and doing business with Kirklees

Visit the council’s website for information on Planning, Health and safety, Business rates, Licences, Emergency planning, tenders for local authority contracts and to book a trade waste collection.

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Meet the Team

Our experienced and friendly team are waiting to hear from you. If your business is large, foreign-owned or high-growth, get in touch with one of our Key Account Managers for specialist assistance.

Gill Watson

SME Growth Manager

With 40 years’ experience in business and finance, Gill has a comprehensive understanding of the diverse range of support available, working with growing businesses to access bespoke packages of support. 

James Was

SME Growth Manager

James is keen to help businesses navigate the evolving support landscape, and access growth programmes that accelerate strategic priorities and address current or future growth barriers.

Rachael Thurlbeck

SME Growth Manager

Rachael has a background in sales and marketing.  She has also run her own tendering and procurement business, which assisted other businesses in accessing public and private sector contracts. Rachael specialises in marketing, sales, tendering and procurement, and business development. 

Jenny Hill

Key Account Manager

Jenny is a SFEDIqualified business advisor.  She has over 25 years’ experience building trusting relationships with key stakeholders, identifying challenges and opportunities, and facilitating solutions to achieve their growth plans. 

Tracey Scott-Milner

Key Account Manager

Tracey has experience working for a large further education college, focusing on the business and skills arena.  She shares her detailed knowledge with businesses to reduce barriers and assist their growth journey.

Mark Gill

Town Centre Business Support Manager

Having over 16 years’ experience in Business Banking and a recent stint with the University of York PAPI grant programme Mark brings a wealth of experience and connections covering many sectors and sizes.

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