Wider Support for BusinessesThe 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.
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Provides access through libraries to business information for:
- pre-start and new businesses
- existing business
- 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
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
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
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 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 offers free, impartial legal guidance for businesses. Web: Business Companion