University Business Centres
Business Advantage Awards
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 economyRussell Davidson, Director at Lupton Fawcett
Access £5000 of free legal advice and support
The Business Advantage Awards is an annual competition delivered in partnership with Leeds law firm Lupton Fawcett which provides advice and support to early stage businesses who are looking to grow.
The awards are presented to 5 businesses giving them up to £5,000 each worth of legal support and mentoring. This year, winners also benefit from £1,000 of accountancy advice from partners WGN and a year’s free membership of the Institute of Directors. In the last 4 years, 21 businesses have benefitted from the Awards.
This years winners are:
• Eat Fish Design – a design consultancy based in the Leeds Digital Hub who specialise in translating technically complex products into visually engaging media
• Love Bomb Cushions – a manufacturer of licensed novelty cushions which successfully received 3 offers of investment as a result of being on the BBC’s in Dragons Den
• FluidIT Consulting – an IT consultancy based in the Leeds Digital Hub which provides bespoke IT Solutions for companies undergoing business change initiatives
• Butterfly Tree Bags – a company who create handcrafted bags using Yorkshire wool and leather and are based in the Leeds Creative Hub.
• City Cleaner 2 U – a group of 4 Leeds Beckett graduates who have created a domestic cleaning platform connecting customers to cleaners through a website or app.
“With the help of Lupton Fawcett, we are now going to form our contracts and start recruiting cleaners. We will then test the market and hope to launch the website in Manchester in September and the app around October. Once the concept has been proven, we will expand into the northern market – Leeds next then Sheffield.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.