• Wider Support for Businesses

    The practicalities of starting and growing you business doesn't need be a solitary pursuit

Navigating through all the practicalities of starting and growing you business doesn't need be a solitary pursuit. We will do our best to make sure we keep the information up to date so you know where to go at the click of the mouse. 


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

MedTECH Centre Incubator

A joint venture between NHS and Manchester Science Parks for fostering small healthcare ventures.
Web: MedTECH Centre

interesting fact

Bury is ranked the 3rd happiest place, across the North West (Rightmove)


Start up Britain Campaign

For new businesses. Web: Start Up Britain

Business is Great Campaign

For established businesses. Web: Great Business

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

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: Shell Live Wire


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

BMB Networking Business Groups in Bury
Business Groups in Bury

Business networks promote the needs of local businesses