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Ever thought about starting your own business or working for yourself? Got a business idea that you want to get off the ground? Or do you just want to develop your enterprise skills to help you get that graduate job?

Information and advice is available to those interested in self employment or in setting up a new business.

• General information about how to work for yourself.
• Specialist help from Business mentors
• Information about funding a new business

For an initial discussion please contact Phil Williams in Careers on 0113 283 7151, or


Funding to start a new business or to work on a self employed basis

The Leeds Trinity University Proof of Concept fund can provide financial assistance to help students and graduates of Leeds Trinity to establish the feasibility of their business ideas and to develop their ideas. It supports the early stage development of projects that can show commercial potential with awards between £250 and £1000.
Further information and details of how to apply from Phil Williams in Careers, Tel 0113 283 7151


Business Start up Grants – JUNE 2013

The Business Start-up Grant programme is open to applications from Leeds Trinity University 2013 graduates who have viable business or self-employment propositions. The applicants must evidence the skills needed to develop their business ideas. The programme is funded within the Graduate Entrepreneurship programme. This programme is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund.

The Business Start up Grant provides:
  •  6 months’ intensive support from Business Advisors;
  • a grant of £2,400 (£400 per month from September 2013 to February 2013);
  • special group events and mentoring. 
Initial closing date for applications 1 July 2013. 
NB. Shortlisted Applicants will present their case to a selection panel on Wednesday 10th July 2013.
Please contact Phil Williams for further information Tel 0113 283 7151 Email

Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme

The Business Start up services to students and graduates are organised within the Graduate Entrepreneurship programme. This programme supports and promotes Business Start up in Universities across Yorkshire and Humberside.  The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


Useful Organisations


Business Link – Practical help, advice and information to businesses in West Yorkshire, including start ups.

Graduate Prospects – information on self employment specifically for graduates.

Graduates Yorkshire - Online Careers Guidance Service for graduates and postgraduates of Yorkshire Universities and for any graduate wishing develop their career in the region.

Flying Start - Online resources and community together with access to training. 

HMRC – An elearning course introducing Income Tax, National Insurance, business records





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