Leeds Trinity University is proud to be part of AD:​VENTURE, a business support programme aimed at helping businesses with real growth potential to achieve their ambitions.

If you are thinking of starting a business or you've recently launched your own business, it's less than three years old and based in the Leeds City Region, we can offer you support. We are looking to support businesses that have ambitions to grow and create jobs.

If you are starting - or have just started - a business then you probably will need help at some point with the following:

  • keeping up with the market
  • planning ahead
  • managing your own time
  • cash flow and financial management
  • sourcing investment, finance or funding
  • problem-solving
  • technological development
  • skills and staff development
  • harnessing innovation
  • product research and development


For details of workshops please see the events page.

Our Business Advice Café Experts

Liz Cable – Area of expertise: Social Media

Liz Cable is a strategic social business consultant and senior lecturer in Digital and Social Media at Leeds Trinity University. Liz has been teaching social media since the launch of Twitter in 2006. She will help your with solve your social media queries.

Mark Sebright – Area of expertise: Marketing

Mark is a qualified marketing consultant with over 25 years’ experience. He runs his own marketing agency and is a senior lecturer at Leeds Trinity University.

Amy Lund – Area of expertise: Public Relations

Amy offers expertise and consultancy on journalism, feature writing, online content, PR, promotions and Work-Based Learning. She joined LTU as a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and PR and is the Postgraduate Journalism Course Leader. 

Andy Gilliland – Area of expertise: Business and Finance

Andy is an expert in business finance and accounting, with a special interest in Top and Bottom line growth, business development, new business finance, and business incubation. He is currently Academic Group Leader of Trinity Business, based at Leeds Trinity University.

Scott Sellars – Area of expertise: Intellectual Property

Accredited through the UK Intellectual Property Office and Coventry University, Scott helps businesses to identify, evaluate and protect their intellectual property. Scott currently works for the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce delivering one to one and group IP awareness sessions.

Kris Keighley – Area of expertise: General Business Advice and Grant Eligibility

Business Adviser for Ad:Venture Leeds & Bradford – Providing general start-up advice to pre-start and young businesses as well as routes to finance and grant eligibility

Academic and graduate support

Expertise is available from our academics and students, if you have a particular project that needs input, please email Louise Miller (see details below).


Expert coaching for businesses that need guidance to move to the next level – from experts in the field.

One-to-one mentoring

Support and guidance from a team of enterprise advisors.


Opportunities to network and build contacts at events and workshops. Keep checking for the latest workshops and events.

Finance and funding

Grants from £2,500 to £25,000 are available for start-ups and businesses under three years old.


There are some sectors that are not eligible for this project, unfortunately. They are primary agriculture, banking and financial services, activities related to education or social care, and those sectors trading directly with consumers such as retail and hospitality.

Get in touch

If you would like to register or check whether your business is eligible for the AD:VENTURE programme, please email Louise Miller at: adventure@leedstrinity.ac.uk