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University partnership to help stimulate business growth


Leeds Beckett University has announced a corporate partnership with Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett, which will offer expert advice and support to early-stage and growing businesses in the region.

Lupton Fawcett has worked closely with Leeds Beckett for a number of years and this new partnership will allow them to offer bespoke support to businesses based within the University Business Centres. The University Business Centres operate across West Yorkshire and support hundreds of early stage and growth businesses to set up and grow, stimulating prosperity in the region and beyond.

Pictured right to left: Richard Mansell, Managing Director at Lupton Fawcett LLP, Professor Cathy Barnes, Director of Research and Enterprise at Leeds Beckett, Simon Baldwin, Head of Enterprise Services and Operations at Leeds Beckett and Jonathan Oxley Director at Lupton Fawcett LLP.

Speaking about the partnership, Katie Rigarlsford, University Business Centre and Regional Business Development Manager at Leeds Beckett, said: “All businesses have key requirements in terms of legal, accountancy, access to finance and digital solutions and we are excited to work with key partners within these sectors to help support the success and growth of our University Business Centres and to help those businesses based within them to set up, survive and flourish. We are delighted to be able to do this with Lupton Fawcett as our trusted partner for the provision of legal advice and services to our business clients.”

Through the University Businesses Centres Lupton Fawcett will be providing regular free advice clinics to business clients as well as workshops and advice relating to topics that are relevant to client businesses, including areas such as partnership agreements, terms and conditions, intellectual property and contracts of employment.

Leeds Beckett has worked with Lupton Fawcett to deliver the Business Advantage Awards for the past three years. In this time 16 businesses, including business centre clients and the University’s students and graduates have received an award worth £5,000 giving them funded access to Lupton Fawcett’s legal expertise, mentoring and valuable business networks. This competition will continue and will now be open to clients based across all University Business Centres. Previous award winners include Achille Traore of Top Screen Media, who with support from Lupton Fawcett was able to secure a six figure investment to help grow his business.

Leeds Beckett operates a network of University Business Centres that have been operating for more than 15 years. Over 240 businesses across the region are currently located in Leeds Beckett’s private offices and co-working spaces which to date have supported over 800 businesses to accelerate their growth. Support from Leeds Beckett has been proven to almost double business sustainability, with a 95% business survival rate in the first year of trading.

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