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Last chance to enter the 2018 Business Advantage Awards


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New and early-stage businesses are invited to enter the 2018 Business Advantage Awards, run by Leeds Beckett University and solicitors Lupton Fawcett, for the chance to win up to £5,000 worth of legal support and mentoring.

Dan McCormack and Zainah Kahn

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 27 February and application forms are available here.

Now in their fourth year, the Business Advantage Awards are open to students and graduates of Leeds Beckett (within five years of graduation) and clients of the University’s Business Centres in Leeds, Wakefield and Halifax.

Five Business Advantage Awards are on offer, with each providing up to 50 hours of mentoring and/or legal support. Award winners will also have access to one-on-one mentoring support from a Lupton Fawcett solicitor with expertise in fields such as Intellectual Property, employment law, taxation and premises legal support. 

This year, winners will also be able to access additional support of up to £1,000 of accountancy advice from WGN and a year’s free membership of the Institute of Directors.

For more information, and to submit an application, please email or call  0113 281 6770. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to give a 10-minute presentation on their business to a panel on Tuesday 27 March.

In the last three years, 16 businesses have benefited from the Awards.

Award winner, Zainah Khan, completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Leeds Beckett in May 2016 and launched her private therapy practice and corporate mental strength training programme that summer. Zainah's business, Chakra Corporate Mental Strength Ltd, is designed to increase resilience to stress and destigmatise mental health issues in corporate workplaces using psychotherapy tools.

Zainah Khan
Zainah Khan

Zainah said: “Receiving the Business Advantage Award has been of huge significance in relation to the progress of Chakra Corporate Mental Strength Ltd. The award money has been massively useful in understanding and working through the legal issues involved with the business. Aside from registering the business as a Limited Company, I have been able to gain an understanding of trademarking and completed the terms of business for my clients, including legalities involved with my website. This would have been costly and time-consuming had I done it without the support of Lupton Fawcett.”

Kirstie Frenneaux, University Business Centre Programme Manager at Leeds Beckett, said: “We are delighted that Lupton Fawcett are again able to support our Business Advantage Awards which provide 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.”

Lupton Fawcett has worked in partnership with Leeds Beckett for a number of years with the Business Advantage Awards; and a new agreement will see them offering free legal clinics, workshops and advice to businesses located in the University Business Centres. The Centres provide a space for any business, and access to additional on-site support to help them grow. Services start from £35 per month.

Jonathan Oxley, Director at Lupton Fawcett’s Leeds-based corporate team and Mentor for the scheme, added: “We are delighted to sponsor the awards for a third year, and very much look forward to supporting some more of the great businesses coming out of the University and its Business Centres.”

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