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Our new West Yorkshire programme to boost local economy

With a legacy of three decades of business support, Exemplas has been selected as the partner of choice to deliver a brand-new programme funded by West Yorkshire Combined Authority through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Martin Coats, Operations & Commercial Development Director at Exemplas, said:

“We are honoured to be selected as the partners of choice by West Yorkshire Combined Authority. At Exemplas, we believe in the work we are doing to support. We are confident that, together with our carefully selected consortium of partners, we will be able to deliver meaningful support to West Yorkshire’s SMEs that will be reflected in measurable improvements and a boost in business success in the region.”

Exemplas are delivering West Yorkshire Business Boost with a consortium of industry-leading partners to provide local SMEs with the advice, action plans and knowledge they need to add valuable improvements to their businesses. Our services will utilise market-leading diagnostic tools that are underpinned by academic research.

Leader of Leeds City Council and Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Business Committee, Cllr James Lewis said:

“This is fantastic news for both established and emerging businesses in West Yorkshire and further evidence that the region is an ever growing hub of innovation and ambition. We are determined to continue working with partners across the region, supporting local companies to thrive and ensuring West Yorkshire enhances its already impressive reputation as a place where businesses of all types and sizes can flourish.”

The Export service focusses on delivering Export Action Plans to SMEs that are currently exporting or aspire to export, providing them with the technical, geographical and sector-specific knowledge, advice and plans needed to identify and remove existing barriers to export. The service is poised to position and raise the profiles of West Yorkshire businesses on a global level. Building on our experience and capabilities, delivery is supported by our partners Chamber International, Medilink and Sustainable X who are experts in their fields and have strong international networks.

The Innovation service works to identify and combat challenges and barriers to growth. Initially conducting a comprehensive assessment, which leads to the development of bespoke Growth & Innovation Action Plans. This service empowers businesses to gain a greater strategic focus, advises on elevating growth potential, and provides the tools necessary for sustained success. It is perfect for SMEs who have an ambition to grow through new products, services or the development of processes to improve their productivity and resilience. This service is supported by Leeds Beckett University and Sustainable X.

The Leadership service is available to businesses who have benefitted from the Innovation service and will strengthen the support of innovation through businesses by nurturing leadership capabilities. SME leaders will benefit from EQi assessments, personalised Leadership Action Plans, workshops, an exclusive peer network and a dedicated leadership coach. The service better equips leaders to lead improvements in their businesses and providing access to wider network of business support.

Dr Julia Morgan, Head of The Leadership Centre at Leeds Beckett University, explained:

“We are proud to be partners in the new Business Boost programme and to welcome a new cohort of businesses into our wider community of support. Our work at The Leadership Centre is underpinned by our academic research and industry experience within Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett University. We have extensive experience of working successfully with our regional SMEs to embed the leadership capabilities necessary for their businesses to thrive, become resilient, and drive innovation in their industries.” Eligible SMEs from every West Yorkshire County can benefit from this government-funded support. Learn more about the programme here: