There are some expert Business Support Organisations (BSOs) across Leicester and Leicestershire who can support those looking to start a new business. Assistance varies from designated workshops and ‘bootcamps’ to support available to registered members.


Business Growth – LCB Depot

We help creative and technology businesses across Leicester that want to start and grow. Do you have or want to start a business in the creative, technology sectors?

So why choose the Business Growth Team?

  • There are no hidden costs, charges or fees, nor do we want an equity share of your business or your profits.
  • Combined, our small team have over 55 years of experience supporting, developing and growing businesses.
  • We have supported and developed 1,000’s of start-ups and established businesses.
  • We have an 88% success rate for new businesses surviving over 1 year (the national average is 50%).
  • We have a proven track-record of helping businesses to increase profits, find new customers, and access new markets.

For start-ups our offer includes;

  • 1-2-1 business coaching
  • Tailored workshops
  • Access to the creative and technology networks and social events across Leicester
  • 6 months’ rent FREE hot-desking for businesses under 12 months old (for more information click the link below)

T: 0116 242 2900


Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CASE)

Case delivers capacity building, advice, training and support to people wanting to set up co-operatives and social enterprises in Leicester, Leicestershire and the East Midlands.

If you are thinking about starting a business, CASE can help you decide if the co-operative or social enterprise business models are right for you. They can help you to develop:

  • Your business plan
  • Your legal structure
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Policies and procedures
  • Employment contracts
  • Management structure

If you have a business idea you can contact CASE for a free one to one meeting where a specialist advisor can explain your options and the support on offer.

NEW – Enterprising Women Leicestershire

CASE has been awarded funds to run Enterprising Women Leicestershire, a project that will bring enterprise skills to women to grow self-confidence and empower them to set up their own businesses. The project will target women who are unemployed or from disadvantaged areas and will include networking and training events, mentoring sessions and one-to-one support to develop confidence, self-belief and assertiveness in the women taking part.

Further information on all services can be found here:  or telephone 0116 2225010


East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire)

As the second largest Chamber in the Country, East Midlands Chamber offers a wide range of services for members and non-members to support business growth in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Businesses can access useful sources of support such as events & seminars, business training, recruitment support and information regarding international trade.  There is a range of cost saving services and benefits for members including free HR and legal advice.

Further information can be found here:  or telephone 0333 320 0333


Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

We support the 99% of business in the UK who are SMEs and who form the backbone of our local and national economy.
Established over 40 years ago to help our members succeed in business, we are a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by our members, for our members.
As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.
FSB offers three types of membership-

  • FSB Connect is a free affiliate membership giving access to online articles, networking events and allowing members to take part in our important national surveys
  • FSB Business Creation is a membership package with benefits designed specifically for startups such as market entry reports, website setup, company formation and startup business advice. from £99 p/a until June 2017
  • FSB Essentials is our original membership package and provides a wealth of benefits to allow small businesses to get on with the business, such as employment protection, health and safety service, cyber helpline, online legal documents and tax investigation protection, and special rates on insurance, vehicles, card processing and much more. From £143 p/a depending on number of staff.

You can find information on membership benefits, business issues and campaigning and key business information at


Loughborough University Space Incubator

Supported by UK Space Agency, the LU Space Incubator provides support for start up businesses across the breadth of the sector including both upstream and downstream (using spaced-enabled data and services).  The companies supported will become part of a local business cluster.

Support package includes:
· Free business review, to include market assessment and business diagnostic
· Signposting and introductions to appropriate sources of support and expertise, local and national
· Support to access local and national networks
· Affordable accommodation or virtual tenancy in the Advanced Technology Innovation Centre (ATIC) on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (LUSEP).

Further information can be found at loughborough-university-space-incubator


Love Loughborough New Business Start Up

If you’re a new business looking for your first premises, Love Loughborough can help.  They are looking for new businesses to fill empty units in the Town Centre and they are offering support packages worth up to £5,000 to help new businesses succeed!

The package of support includes:

  • Help finding premises
  • Access to financial and legal advice
  • Cut through the red tape
  • Jargon busting
  • Training and support packages from retail experts and high street brands
  • Business rates relief and discounts
  • Links to other support networks, including LLEP and local authorities

………….and much more

Further information, criteria and expression of interest form can be found at or call 07584 516344


Medilink East Midlands Limited

Medilink EM provides specialist support to boost the region’s economic output from the life-sciences, healthcare, medical technology and bioscience sectors.  Medilink’s highly knowledgeable team is a proven and trusted source of expert assistance.

• Sector-specific business, innovation and training information
• Sector-specific advice and guidance
• Skills training
• Networking, special interest group events and other sector-focused events
• Access to business and knowledge networks
• Market access support (both domestic and international, inward investors and international trade)
• R&D collaboration opportunities

Medilink can provide grant funding and innovation support, subject to availability.

Further information can be found at

Contact details: 0115 9124330 or email:


NBV Enterprise Solutions

It can be a challenge to get any new business venture off the ground.  NBV Enterprise Solutions business pre-start up and start-up support programmes offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to access invaluable support during their business start-up period through training and one-to-one business advisory support.

Following a diagnostic a tailored programme of support will be developed for the individual incorporating the most relevant elements of the following:

  • Business Advisory Support
  • Start-up Seminars
  • 2 day start-up courses
  • Training & Events
  • Business Promotion
  • Hot Desk Rental
  • Serviced Office Space
  • Virtual Office

Contact details: 0844 887 2568 or email: or by completing a form on our website


Spark Harborough District

Spark provide free support to local business people and entrepreneurs, across the Harborough District.  If you are considering setting up your own business they can help you get off to a flying start. With inspiring business leaders to guide you, tools and tips in the members’ section, as well as workshops, resources, and business coaching, their fully funded work is designed to move you forward.

Areas of support include:

  • Exploring your motivations
  • Testing your idea
  • Calculating running costs
  • Build business models
  • Managing your cash flow
  • Creating demand for your business
  • The Sales Model

Further information can be found at

Contact details: 01858 414260 or email:


St Matthews Big Local Business and Social Enterprise Support

The St Matthews Big Local project is a Lottery funded programme of support to make the area a better place to live, work and do business.  The project offers a package of free support for new and existing small businesses on the St Matthews Estate in Leicester.

The package of support includes monthly business drop-ins,  networking events, business training sessions, access to grant funding and finance and the launch of St Matthews business panels.  St Matthews residents who are thinking of launching a Social Enterprise can also be supported.  The support helps to develop viable and profitable businesses.

If you would like more information please contact or visit the website at



We are a team of experienced entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, academics, software developers and advisors with a passion for business growth and innovation.  We believe in creating high growth, innovative businesses.

Startdoms offers:
Funding for SME’s (including crowd funding)-
Startup weekend (free to attend) –
Pre acceleration programme (this can be fully funded) –
Full accleration programme (linked into private investment) –

Further information can be found at:

Contact details: 07562 722097 or email:



We support ex-forces and their families to start up businesses by providing them with Loans, Mentoring and Support.

Further information can be found at: