• Business Support and Advice

    Starting a business can be both exciting and challenging. Whether you are already a fledgling business or on the cusp of going it alone we will share key sources of advice and support

Starting a business can be daunting. You might have a great idea, a passion to deliver a service or an exciting new product. Make the most of the free advice and guidance that is available to help you turn your ideas into a business.

Bury Means Business works closely with local, regional and national support services to make sure you access free, specialist advice to make your start-up ambitions become a reality.

To speak with us about the support available to help you start, sustain or grow your Bury business, call 0161 253 6535 or emailinvestin@bury.gov.uk.

The following organisations can provide you with up-to-date, appropriate and relevant advice and support:

Growth Company Business Growth Hub

GC Business Growth Hub

The Growth Company Business Growth Hub support businesses at all stages of their growth journey with a broad range of services. They offer expert one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, events, specialist programmes, funding and much more Business Growth Hub.

Your Bury Account Manager, Loide Costa, is happy to help you with your enquiries. You can contact her by email: loide.costa@growthco.uk

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PeoplePlus Enterprise

People Plus logo

People Plus Enterprise offers business support for those looking to start a business, or to grow an existing one. From 1-2-1 meetings, workshops and online learning, to further training and expert advice, PeoplePlus Enterprise can help your business not only survive, but thrive too. PeoplePlus Enterprise.


Business Growth Hub

GC Business Growth Hub

#HereForBusiness - If you're concerned about the impact that COVID-19 might have on your business, we are here to help you navigate the latest government information and provide specialist advice. Business Growth Hub


Ask about business

Provides access through libraries to business information for:

  • pre-start and new businesses
  • existing business
  • jobseekers
  • consumers
  • inventors
  • business students

Natwest Entrepreneurial Spark (ESpark)

The world's largest free business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures.
Web: Entrepreneurial Spark.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Provide business support to companies of all shapes and sizes, through a range of sector-based membership services and networking opportunities. Web: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

School for Social Entrepreneur

Providing training, networking and ongoing opportunities for social entrepreneurs in the North West. Web: The SSE - School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Centre for Enterprise

Combines expert research and knowledge in growing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The Centre provides a wealth of business support services, including training and development specifically for SMEs based in the North West of England. Web: MMU - Centre for Enterprise.


Business is Great Campaign

For established businesses. Web: Gov.uk - Business and self-employed.

Princes Trust

A National charity supporting young people to start a business. Web: Princes Trust.

Virgin Start up

Help businesses get funding, get a mentor and get ahead. Web: Virgin Startup.

Enterprise Nation

Help people start and grow their businesses by putting them in touch with other business owners, by providing access to the best tools and resources, and by sharing their own knowledge Web: Enterprise Nation.


HM Revenue & Customs offers a free e-learning tool that advises on the tax and National Insurance issues involved in starting your own business. The package includes learning checks and videos as well as links to further advice on YouTube and the Gov.uk web sites. Web: Gov.uk - HM Revenues and Customs.


A Government website matching businesses with mentors. Web: Mentors Me.


Step by step guide to Starting and Finance a New Business. Web: ICAS - The professional body of CAs.


Government exporting site. Web: Gov.uk - UK Trade Investment

Business in the Community

Responsible Business Network, businesses coming together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future. Web: Business in the Community.

Goldman Sachs Programme

The 10,000 Small Businesses programme, for a business or commercially-focused social enterprise that has been trading for at least 12 months, employs between 5 - 40 staff and is scalable and poised for growth. Web: Goldman Sachs - 10,000 Small Businesses.

Shell LiveWIRE

Shell LiveWIRE is the UK's largest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16 to 30. You can get information about the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, plus a wide range of free articles, tools and resources that will get you started. Web: Live Wire Shell.


X-Forces support service leavers and their families to start up businesses across the UK with Government backed Start up Loans, mentoring and support. Web: X Forces.

Business Companion

Business Companion offers free, impartial legal guidance for businesses. Web: Business Companion.