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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 

Deadline now extended to Friday 2 March

Delivered in partnership with Leeds law firm Lupton Fawcett the Business Advantage Awards provide up to 50 hours of free legal support for new and early stage businesses who are looking to grow. 

Five awards in total, valued at over £5000, will be presented. Each winner will benefit from access to a solicitor with expertise in fields such as Intellectual Property, employment law, taxation and premises legal support.  In addition to practical help with issues such business structure, employment matters and terms and conditions, your mentor will also be able to connect you with valuable industry contacts and networks. Lupton Fawcett has worked in partnership with Leeds Beckett for a number of years with the Business Advantage Awards now forming part of a new agreement which will also see them offering free legal clinics, workshops and advice to businesses located in the University Business Centres.

This year winners will also be able to access additional support of up to £1000 accountancy advice from WGN and free membership of the Institute of Directors for a year.

Kirstie Frenneaux, UBC Programme Manager said ‘’We are delighted that Lupton Fawcett are again able to support our Business Advantage Award which provides an invaluable opportunity for some of our young businesses to access crucial legal support in the early stages of their development. We have seen what a difference this support can make to the companies that we have worked with in the past and we are really looking forward to being able to help a new cohort this year’’


• Applications are open to clients of the University Business Centres in Leeds (including the Digital and Creative Hub), Wakefield and Halifax and to students and graduates of Leeds Beckett University (within the last 5 years). One award will be reserved for current students / graduates and one for a business working in the digital sector.  
• Applicants should complete an application form (click here) by the deadline of Friday 2 March 2018 to
• Shortlisted finalists will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on their business to a panel on 27th March 2018.

In the last 3 years, 16 businesses have benefitted from the Awards. Read about the 2017 winners here. 


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.