Virgin Start Up is delivered by Airedale Enterprise Services across West & North Yorkshire.


Airedale Enterprise Services (AES) is a non-profit making organisation and a member of the National Enterprise Network; we are the local provider of a number of business support services across West & North Yorkshire.

Since its inception the organisation has developed and delivered a range of funded and non-funded projects designed to encourage and support new & existing enterprise. Over 17,000 individuals and businesses have accessed their business support services.


Ready to apply for a Virgin StartUp Loan?

To get the ball rolling with your application, we need to a few details about you and your proposed business, but before you get started there are a few things to check:


Are you eligible?

  • Are you at least 18 years old?
  • Have you developed a business idea?
  • Will your business be based in the UK?
  • Are you a UK resident?
  • Has your business been trading for less than 2 years?


Have you got the following information to hand?

  • National insurance number
  • Bank details (sort code and account number)
  • Address details (if you have lived at your current address for less than 3 years, you will need your previous address too)


All set?



Virgin StartUp / AES Success Stories


Reeves Flooring Solutions  -

Support and a Start Up Loan enabled Jonathan Reeves to turn 15 years of commercial flooring experience in his own business. Jonathan has already grown the business sufficiently to take a full-time employee.


What support do AES provide?

AES currently employs 3 Business Advisers/coaches plus 2 additional admin staff who support the advisers. The business advisers offer an intensive one to one business support service; they assist clients on a whole range of business related subjects e.g. business planning, marketing, finance, strategic planning etc. The advisers offer face to face meetings, telephone appointments and /or email support to ensure the best form of contact for the client is provided.

AES has recently formed a partnership with Virgin Start Up Loans and is now one of the main providers of Virgin SUL across Yorkshire & Humber with our main delivery area covering Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale & Kirklees. We offer loan applicants one to one business advice assisting with the development of a robust business plan and cash flow forecast, ongoing support & mentoring once the loan had been drawn down. Start-up loan applicants will also be invited to join our business club giving them the chance to network and inter-trade with other new & existing businesses in the district.

AES also offers a wide range of Business development training to existing SME’s together with consultancy on ISO standards.

Low cost incubator office space, rent a desk, virtual office, conference and meeting rooms are also available at our premises in Keighley.


How can I get in touch with AES?

Telephone: 01535 607775



Twitter: @airedaleES