AD:VENTURE scheme awarded extension to continue support for region’s start-ups
AD:VENTURE, the ERDF part-funded programme supporting start-ups and scale-ups with practical support and match-funded grants, has been awarded an extension by the Ministry of Housing,Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Testament to the success of the programme, which has actively worked with over 1,513 businesses and 1,019 individuals, AD:VENTURE will now run to 2022,making it a six year programme with a value of £18.2m.
Engaging with 710 young people to explore enterprise or self-employment and delivering a schedule of more than 200 events, resulting in 287 additional jobs, the balance of both practical and grant assisted support delivered by professionals has provided significant benefits to business.96 organisations have received match-funded grants since the programme launched in late 2016,with 125 approved projects representing a total combined worth of £2.3m, securing £665,849 from the AD:VENTURE programme.
Delivered by a consortium of public and privates ector organisations, the programme offers tailored packages of support to start-up businesses throughout the Leeds City Region.
Access to workshops, seminars and specialist sessions is complemented by one-to-one assistance from professional Business Advisors, enabling personalised support tailored to the needs of each organisation and the challenges they are facing to growth and future success.
Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and NP11, Roger Marsh OBE, said:“The success of the AD:VENTURE programme really does tell its own story. The business community throughout the Leeds City Region is vibrant, diverse and growing. Having ongoing access to the support, advice and guidance from experts, as well as funding provision, can only enhance this further.
“Knowing that start-ups and young organisations are attending workshops and accessing the bespoke help that they need is reassuring. It shows that we have in place the provision we need to nurture entrepreneurship across our region and to become an example of best practice for others.”