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Business Advantage Awards


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I have set up and run a business myself” said Russell Davidson, Director at Lupton Fawcett, “So I know how tough it can be in the early stages. Through our award scheme we would like to support the next generation of high flying entrepreneurs, to do our part in creating the stars of the future and supporting job creation and growth within the local economy

Russell Davidson, Director at Lupton Fawcett 

Leeds Beckett University have partnered with Solicitors Lupton Fawcett to establish the Business Advantage Awards, a package offering legal and mentoring support to businesses worth up to £5,000.

The Enterprise & Innovation Hub at Leeds Beckett University would like to invite applications for the Business Advantage Awards 2017.

Five Business Advantage Awards will be presented and each award provides up to 50 hours of mentoring and/ or legal support. The support given through each award is worth up to £5,000.

Winners have access to one-to-one enterprise mentoring support from a solicitor with expertise in the relevant field, including:

  • IP Protection
  • Terms and conditions review
  • Business structure and taxation advice
  • Partnership agreement
  • HR conditions and employment terms
  • Valuable industry introductions and specialist expertise
  • Premises legal support

Lupton Fawcett’s specialist knowledge relates to, but is not limited to the following field:

  • IP
  • Property
  • Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Charities and Social Enterprises

Students and graduates of Leeds Beckett University (within five years of graduation) are welcome to apply. Applications are also open to clients of the University’s Enterprise and Innovation Hub, as well as Digital Hub and Creative, Fashion & Textile Hub tenants.

Please note the competition is closed for 2017. Details of this year's winners can be found below.

If you have any queries or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on:

Award Winners 2017

Plus Icon James Harrison 

James Harrison founded Truly Creative in 2014, a Leeds based design company passionate about creating beautiful designs. Working closely with small to medium sized businesses, Truly Creative provides both product and graphic design as well as helping businesses with brand identity and engagement. 

Plus Icon Rhian Millar

Rhian is the founder of Kempadoo Millar which produce traditional Yorkshire style hats with a twist. Specialising in Flat caps, Baker Boys, Newsboy and Ivy caps for both men and women. KM hats even have a few celebrity admirers. Kempadoo Millar is based at our Creative, Fashion and Textile Hub.

Plus Icon Sophie Guy

Former Leeds Beckett University student Sophie Guy is the owner of GoGuy Clothing. A small independent clothing brand, reworking 100 percent authentic brands into something new and exciting for innovative fashion followers. The brand began in 2015 and has built an impressive fan base primarily through social media. 

Plus Icon Nigel Scott

Nigel Scott co-launched digital marketing company Bula Marketer in 2017 with the vision of helping small to medium sizes businesses compete with the big brands, through their innovative approach to marketing.  

Plus Icon Ben Hodds

Leeds Beckett graduate Ben Hodds founded YourNest Properties in 2016 and is currently based at our Enterprise & Innovation Hub. After working in the property industry for a number of years, Ben became frustrated at the out of date systems in place. So set up on his own with a focus on customer service and modern processes. 

To read about winners from 2016 please visit our news web pages, and for an update on two of the winners from 2016 please visit here.