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Our Partners

Our Partners

Lupton Fawcett LLP logo
EXA Networks logo

At Lupton Fawcett we encourage and work very closely with many start-ups. We know how tough it can be in the early stages and we are keen to support the next generation of high-flying entrepreneurs and stars of the future.                                                        Testament to this is the fact we are a long-term partner of Leeds Beckett University and sponsors of its Business Advantage Awards; an annual competition giving five winners the chance to win free legal advice. We are also supporters and partners with the University in developing its Business Centres in Leeds, Halifax, Wakefield and beyond.

Jonathan Oxley, Chairman at Lupton Fawcett

Our University Business Centres are supported by our key partners and trusted advisors.

We understand that all of our client businesses need to find legal, accountancy, and digital solutions when they are starting and growing their businesses. Our partners in these sectors provide regular free advice clinics and workshops on topics that are relevant to client businesses, including digital skills, legal issues, access to finance, growth and strategic business planning. They can help offer experienced advice in niche areas of business, allowing you to focus on running your business. 

Our partners also support our events and the annual Business Advantage Awards, which have proved a hugely successful tool for providing tailored support to aid businesses based within our University Business Centres with their growth. The award runs annually with five winners receiving up to £6,000 worth of legal and accountancy support specific to their requirements. In the last five years over 25 businesses have benefited from the awards with many continuing to be supported by our partners.

Read about the 2020 Business Advantage Award winners

The Pitching day for the 2020 Business Advantage Awards was held in March, the winners have been selected and will be announced shortly. Details for next years awards will be publicised here

Lupton Fawcett – Jonathan Oxley, Chairman

"Lupton Fawcett are a well-established commercial law firm with offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York. They have particular expertise in advising spin-outs, start-ups and scale-ups through all their growth stages and to eventual exit. Jonathan became the firm ’s Managing Partner in April 2018. As well as managing the firm, he continues to practice as a corporate lawyer. He has a particular focus on SME businesses where the benefit of his experience, as the manager of a business, is a great asset to clients.

The team can provide expert advice on all aspects of commercial law including intellectual property, contracts, employment law and HR, data protection and property law covering many different business sectors."

Jonathan Oxley

Exa Networks – Simon Eagles, Business Development Manager

Exa Networks was founded in 2003 and is one of the only Internet Service Providers to specialise in creating bespoke solutions - meeting the needs of industries ranging from the education sector and retail outlets to hotels, business parks, wind farms and more.

Exa Networks are particularly delighted to be locating a data centre in our Halifax Business Centre which will see the installation of DarkLight, a super-fast internet connection capable of achieving speeds of up to 100,000Mbps (100Gbps) making the city one of the best connected locations in the UK.

Simon Eagles

Murray Harcourt – Colin Glass, Director

Colin has always been passionately interested in assisting and advising small businesses develop to their full potential, in many cases as a non-executive director. His contribution to the growth of SMEs in Yorkshire has been recognised by Colin being granted the OBE in The Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours list.

Colin has won many awards for his work with SMEs over four decades and in 2014 was appointed to the Board of the Government’s British Business Bank, a development bank dedicated to increasing the availability of funding for SMEs, where he has served as a non-executive for the designated three year period since the commencement of the Bank.

Colin Glass

Finance Yorkshire – Alex McWhirter, Chief Executive

Finance Yorkshire provides seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, specifically to help small and medium sized businesses meet the gaps in the market for the funding they need for growth and development.

Almost all sectors are eligible (some restrictions apply) and we will look at capital expenditure, working capital, start-ups and expansions.

Alex McWhirter

Bluesmith Information Systems – Neil Warnock, Founder and successful entrepreneur

Neil has built three IT companies from scratch into multi-million pound businesses. He launched Apertus Systems some 20 years ago, followed by Luminary Solutions in 2003 and his current company Bluesmith Information Systems in 2011. Both Apertus and Luminary were sold to U.S. multinationals for substantial sums. Bluesmith’s principal offer is bespoke software development services, and Business Intelligence in the retail sector. A former IoD Director of the Year Award winner and previous client of University Business Centres, Neil is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for early growth businesses, having invested in a further six Yorkshire-based start-ups.

Neil Warnock

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