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

You don't need to be alone, 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. Registration taking place now.
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

Idea Alive

Accelerator programme to create high growth businesses in the digital and creative sectors (IT, healthcare, science, media / education).
Web: Idea Alive

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) Entrepreneur Exchange

MMU is working as part of a European partnership to help promote innovative small business start-ups, specifically in the food, hospitality and tourism sector. Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (No upper age limit - Open to people with a new business idea and businesses within first 3 years of trading) is a cross-border EU exchange programme, which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other European Union countries.
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

Did you know?

Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of gigabit-capable connection.

Gigabit Broadband voucher scheme


Start up Britain Campaign

Web: Start Up Britain

Business is Great Campaign

This is more 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

Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

Free advice for entrepreneurs. Business owners and entrepreneurs can get free advice on protecting their brands and inventions. 


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

The School for Startups

Business Advice and training for Start up businesses
Web: School for Startups

Creative Industries Finance (CIF)

A programme designed to assist creative enterprises and arts cultural organisations in securing the finance and investment needed to develop and grow into sustainable businesses, delivered and managed by Creative United.  Offers 1:1 tailored business advice, with a focus on supporting enterprises and organisations through the process of applying to one of our lending partners for a business loan. The programme is delivered in partnership with a specially selected group of lenders and a network of expert business advisors.
Web: Creative Industry Finance

Book Your Data

Helpful tips on running an online business.
Web: Book Your Data

Shell LiveWIRE

Shell LiveWIRE is the UK's largest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16 to 30. You can get information about the monthly £1,000 Grand Ideas Award and the annual £10,000 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

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Business Networks

You can access a number of Business Networks across the borough