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How will you grow your business?

Project update: The Collaborate project will end on 30 September 2019. A new enhanced Business Gateway Growth Hub service will commence shortly including one-to-one advice, presentations/workshops and a capital grant.

The new Business Growth Grant is for projects from £2,000 to £25,000 at 35% of the project costs. Please speak to a business adviser if you want more information – call 0116 366 8487.

If you want to know how we can help you, view our short film here which includes a number of businesses supported by the Collaborate project. Or you can download the case study brochure here.


If you’re looking to grow your business the Collaborate project is here to help. We support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Leicester and Leicestershire providing 12 hours of free, confidential and specialist business advice as well as workshops and seminars targeted to your sector. 

Complete this simple enquiry form and start the road to growth now: ENQUIRY FORM 

Collaborate is a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and partner organisations. All Collaborate events are on the events section of this website, or you can download the latest Collaborate Events Calendar 2019

Customer satisfaction 

We are pleased to report 87% of businesses that completed our survey found their adviser to be extremely or very helpful. View a short summary of the survey here.

Eligibility and Sectors

To benefit, businesses must be a small or medium business in Leicester and Leicestershire that trades ‘business to business’ in one of the following key economic sectors:

These sectors have been identified as a priority for growth by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

Our team of specialist business advisers will be able to confirm whether your business is eligible for support. They can give you up to 12 hours of free advice on a wide range of areas depending on your business needs. This includes business tips and signposting as well as more in-depth strategic planning.

Sector Business Growth 

One-to-one support providing advice, consultancy and coaching to help you grow your business

Workshops/events covering key topics to enable your business to grow and develop e.g. how to grow your business with social media.

Networking/Forum Events providing business networking opportunities and to showcase specific sectors or initiatives. Download the e-flyer for more.

Inward Investment Support

One-to-one advice and support for businesses seeking to relocate or expand into Leicestershire from outside of the European Union.

Cluster networks and collaborations with trade associations and inward trade missions to provide support and advice on how SME’s need to become investment ready.


Grant Funding

Collaborate grants have been allocated. However, if you wish to inquire about future funding should it become available please check you are eligible here and complete a simple enquiry form.







Please complete an Enquiry Form now to find out how Collaborate can benefit your business.





Connect with us

Keep in touch with Collaborate by following on LinkedIn,  Twitter and Facebook. You can also sign up to the Collaborate/Business Gateway growth hub e-newsletter here.