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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 fields: 

  • 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 submit your application to eiahub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk by 14th February 2017.

Shortlisted applicants will then be asked to give a 10 minute presentation on their business to a panel on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

After awards have been presented, support will commence for a period of 12 months from March 2017.

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Award Winners 2016

Phil Netherton
Phil is the co-founder of Euro Venture which puts together set routes or customised packages for European rail holidays with rail and accommodation for young people aged 18-24 as well as catering for more experienced travellers up to retirement age.
Zainah Khan
Studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as working in Financial Services at Leeds Beckett, is planning to launch Chakra, a Corporate Mental Strength Training Programme, which focuses on increasing the stress-resilience and motivation of managerial staff in the finance and legal industries.
Paul Kaye
Paul Kaye founded IntelliQA in 2011. The company provides Application Delivery Management and Process Integration Solutions that enable IT teams to deliver and transform their business.
Chris Hassall
Chris Hassall founded uComply Risk Management in 2014 to assist businesses in complying with food hygiene and health and safety requirements. Equipped with a range of tailored services, uComply Risk Management helps companies in the hospitality, catering, retail and leisure industries abide by government legislation, minimise risk, and protect both employees and guests from potential food hygiene and health and safety dangers.
David Turner

Dave Turner co-launched software company Codera in 2014 with three other directors with the vision of the company becoming a quality-driven software development house.

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