University launches funded support package for young businesses

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Bradford University

Ambitious young businesses across the region are being encouraged to tap into a new package of support available from the University of Bradford.

The University’s Young Business Pathway offers a wrap-around service which includes specialist advice, one to one support, action learning and workshops on key topics such as sales, finance, marketing and employment law.

Places are available free of charge to eligible pre-start, new and young firms in West Yorkshire and surrounding districts through AD:VENTURE, an ERDF-funded £12.3m programme for businesses with strong potential for growth.

Professor Zahir Irani, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law at the University of Bradford, commented,

“This is an exciting and highly practical package of support, designed to upskill young firms in aspects of business essential for growth.”

“We welcome applications from pre-starts, sole traders, partnerships and businesses with less than three years trading experience from anywhere in West Yorkshire, as well as those based further afield in the Craven, Wharfedale and Harrogate districts.” he added.

The Pathway begins with a diagnostic session to identify the specific requirements of each business, before delivering a tailored package of support.

Regular small group sessions are delivered by a team of business growth specialists at the University’s School of Management on the outskirts of the city.

The programme kicks off on 18th April with a 2 hour workshop entitled “Behaviours of a Successful Entrepreneur”.

To register, email Suzanne Emmett on For more information visit

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