CLOSED: Starting out Supporting Self Employment: Leeds City Region LEP area (OC20S18P1117)

Call to run a project providing support and advice to people considering self-employment.

This call is now closed. Please do not submit an application for this call. The information provided on this page is for reference purposes only.


Participants should benefit from a range of support as detailed below to turn their ideas, skills or expertise into a business or social enterprise;

  • highly tailored provision taking account of participants’ skill levels and experience
  • a mentor to advise and support to help the individual set up their business and start to trade throughout: taking the ideas stage through to proof-of-concept – using a range of support, tools, and guidance to help develop both the individual and the business venture.
  • interactive workshops/training courses on all aspects of the business cycle
  • one to one advice and guidance
  • support with writing a business plan
  • support for essential tools & equipment for example
  • packages including ‘holistic’ support addressing other (non-skill) elements of personal circumstances which may act as barriers, i.e. confidence-building and basic soft skills
  • helping participants to establish realistic expectations about running a business (including chances of success, and likely income levels).
  • Enterprise Awareness events (such as the Enterprise Shows held over weekends)
  • Entrepreneurship ‘Week ‘campaigns, Pop-up shops, challenges and competitions
  • Support should reinforce social and cultural competences.

This Call for ESF investment has been issued with complementary calls under ESF Investment Priority 1.1. Priority will be given to applicants that submit linked proposals across the priorities.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership area.


Approximately £2,000,000 of funding is available.


Outline application deadline: 30 August 2018.

Completion date

The project must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed start date.

How to apply

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and send the Outline Application form to the email address provided in the call document. The guidance provides information to help you complete the form.

You are also advised to read the details in the call documents in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage.

Where to send completed applications

Completed Outline Applications must be submitted to

Failure to send completed applications to this email address by the deadline in the call specification will be ineligible for consideration.

What happens next

If your outline application is successful, we’ll contact you and ask you to make a full application.

Contact details

Contact with queries linked to accessing or using the specification, forms, guidance etc.

No applications are to be sent to this email address. Completed applications must be sent to the email address provided in the ‘Where to send completed applications’ section above / Section 9 of the Call Specification.

Published 7 June 2018
Last updated 3 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Call Closed
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