Start your own business

If you’re thinking about starting up your own business (also called ‘enterprise’), we want to encourage you. We're committed to improving the opportunities and prosperity of the people in Yorkshire & Humber by supporting them in enterprise, because this is how we will also help to grow the region’s economy overall.

We work closely with our partners at local, regional, and national levels to make Yorkshire & Humber the best UK region in which to start up and grow a business. Throughout the region, and in all sections of society, Yorkshire Forward therefore

  • Promotes enterprise
  • Helps to embed an enterprising culture.

We support new and existing businesses through the professional advice and guidance provided through Business Link Yorkshire.  We can also signpost you to possible sources of start-up funding.

Support for starting up your own business

Support for starting up your own business

We work with a wide range of partners, including Business Link, on enterprise support initiatives which provide the advice and guidance you need to start your own business. More

Finding the space for your new business to flourish

Finding the space for your new business to flourish

If you’re a new business in advanced engineering and materials, digital and new media or environmental technologies, you could benefit from business space in one of our incubation centres. More

Training to help you get started in business

Training to help you get started in business

Thinking of starting your own business? Take advantage of free training, workshops, seminars and exhibitions to help develop the skills you need to succeed. More

Women and enterprise

Yorkshire Forward has helped a group of women entrepreneurs to launch Forward Ladies, now a major regional network for women in business which in turn helps to encourage start-ups and growth. More

Young people and enterprise

Young people and enterprise

Our graduates, students and schoolchildren are the entrepreneurs of the future—and sometimes even of today. Yorkshire Forward and our partners offer a wide range of initiatives to encourage young people to start their own business one day. More

Accessing funding for enterprise

Accessing funding for enterprise

Got a great idea for a new business? Need financing to get you on your feet? Find out about the different types of start-up funding available to encourage entrepreneurs and university researchers. More

Business village

Business village

Take a look around our interactive business village which gives you easy access to the wide range of FREE business advice and help. More

People's stories

People's stories

Find out about the real people who have benefitted from Yorkshire Forward's support and are helping to transform our region. More

Business village
Take a look around our interactive business village which gives you easy access to the wide range of FREE business advice and help. GO!
Funding for business
Find out how to access funding for your new business…’ GO!
Need to fund a new business?
Find out about sources of finance which could help you become your own boss. GO!
Priority sectors
We’re investing in the region’s strongest sectors. Could your business benefit? GO!
Starting a rural business?
The Rural Business Start-Up Programme could provide you with essential match-funding! GO!
Supporting existing businesses
Find the impartial, independent business support you need at Business Link Yorkshire. GO!