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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for businesses


As we react, readjust and recover from the changes the COVID-19 has pandemic has brought to the business climate, we recognise that our business support has never been more important.

In August this year, Kim Yallop joined the University as our new SME Engagement Manager. Kim brings with her 15 years of experience in a range of business engagement roles – including, most recently, Growth Manager for Wakefield and Kirklees Councils.

Kim joins a dedicated and highly motivated team here at Leeds Beckett, focused on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), helping them to recover and build resilience during the pandemic. We are committed to the success of the businesses we work with.

Plus Icon What business support can you offer during this time?
  • Mentoring
    • Please email if you would like to book an appointment with our business mentor, qualified accountant, Steve Baker.
  • Legal
    • University Business Centre partners, Lupton Fawcett, have legal advice on their blog pages.
Plus Icon Is there any wider support available for businesses?

The Government has announced a business support campaign and published guidance for employers and businesses, support for businesses and for those affected by coronavirus (Covid-19).

Guidance on reducing the risks from coronavirus (Covid-19) is also available from the National Federation of Self-Employed and Small Businesses (FSB).

Additional advice is available from the Government’s Business Support website.

Plus Icon What support is available to the self-employed?

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) introduced by the Government will support self-employed individuals whose income has been negatively impacted by coronavirus (Covid-19). You can find more information on eligibility and how to access the scheme on the Government website.

Plus Icon How can I stay up to date with the Coronavirus national situation?

Refer to for the latest information from the Government on the coronavirus (Covid-19). The Government has also set up an email alert system which you can sign up to here.

Plus Icon Are the centres now open?
The University Business Centres in Leeds, Wakefield and Halifax reopened on 15 June, 6 July and 13 July respectively. For access times for your Centre please contact your Centre Coordinator.
Plus Icon Are we able to collect post and/or will post be forwarded to my home address?

Normal postal services have resumed at all of our centres.

Plus Icon Are you offering a rental holiday/period during this time?

Please see letters sent to you via email on 31 March 2020 and 12 June 2020 (Leeds), 3 July 2020 (Wakefield) and 10 July 2020 (Halifax). 

Plus Icon We have no income at present, do we still have to provide the notice period to relinquish the office/desk?
If you are struggling financially and need to give notice, please contact your Centre Coordinator to discuss your individual circumstances. 
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