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Business Growth & Innovation Project


Business Growth & Innovation projects give you the opportunity to embed a graduate within your organisation. Backed by the support and consultancy of an experienced academic from Leeds Beckett University, our graduate will deliver a bespoke programme or project to help your business innovate and grow.

Funding streams are available to support project costs, and the options available vary according to the business size and project. Leeds Beckett can help you to access different funding streams, including Access Innovation, a new package of support available for businesses to develop new products and processes.

Your business wants to grow/innovate:

business growth and innovation flow chart

Benefits include:

  • A chance to access academic expertise with the support & experience of Leeds Beckett University
  • Our academics spend dedicated time at your business working with your staff and the graduate employed to implement the project
  • The university recruits and employs the graduate for the life of the project, providing you with cost-effective and time-efficient recruitment
  • Opportunities to link to other businesses through the university networks
  • Regular project reviews and impact assessments
  • Access to free and / or discounted training and development through the university

Projects can last anywhere from 12 weeks to 2 years and the university recruits and employs the graduate on your behalf to complete the work. Projects range from bespoke marketing and process improvement strategies to the implementation of the latest digital technologies and could include project management and event management capabilities.

Our partners range from large multi-nationals to local SMEs with the university bringing the latest academic thinking and solutions direct to your business. Our programmes particularly benefit SMEs who might otherwise lack the expertise or experience to make a significant step change in their business.


Contact Us:

To register your interest, or to find out if your business is eligible for support, please contact us:

“We are impressed with the ease of dealing with the university on the graduate placement into YPO.  It was a simple and smooth process, and we are fully confident we gained the best candidate for the role.

Having the support of the university staff for our graduate, Charlotte, was a valuable resource, and this ensured a seamless transition into her new role at YPO.

Charlotte has been a breath of fresh air to the business with new ideas and has settled into the team environment with no fuss at all.”

David O'Brien
IT E-Commerce Manager, YPO

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