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Venturefest takes place at The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club on September 22
3 days ago

With Venturefest fast approaching, Richard Jeffery, director of the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub, discusses why Greater Manchester continues to be a hub for innovation.

Innovation is a key ingredient in the mix that drives any great business, generating forward-thinking ideas and identifying new methods which will give companies that cutting edge in increasingly competitive markets. In the 21st Century, where technology is constantly changing and price and quali...
5 days ago

For many businesses, a common barrier to growth can be accessing finance. Whether it’s for investing in stock and equipment, recruiting more employees or buying new premises, the way in which you pitc…

The first question you need to address is “who am I pitching to?” and “how am I going to do this?” Start with a snappy elevator pitch. This describes your business in two to three brief sentences. In the high pressure world of finance grabbing someone’s attention is paramount. Follow this with a ...
Chris Greenhalgh
3 weeks ago

Chris Greenhalgh, programme development and delivery manager and head of the innovation service at Business Growth Hub, highlights the need for Greater Manchester to better connect our innovation asse…

Innovation needs a spark of inspiration. This can come from your family, colleagues at work, customers or suppliers – whether they are dealing with a problem, spotting an opportunity or just sharing their thoughts and ideas. This just goes to show that our personal and professional network is a v...
Janine Smith, growth services manager at Business Growth Hub
1 month ago

Janine Smith, growth services manager at Business Growth Hub, discusses the issue of diversity in the workplace, and the ways that North West companies can create opportunities for women.

Diversity in the workplace is an issue that has only grown in importance over the last few years, as companies continue to recognise the advantages of a representative workforce. Adopting this policy has been proven to have benefits both in the workplace and beyond. When looking at your own busi...
1 month ago

The Green Growth team uses high-tech equipment to identify efficiency savings for businesses, helping to highlight costly problems that often go unnoticed.

With the state-of-the-art technologies Green Growth advisors have access to, businesses that use a lot of energy can often identify significant savings that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. Depending on the needs of each business, Green Growth advisors use a number of different technologies ...
2 months ago

With LinkedIn set to create more jobs in Greater Manchester we wanted to give you our top 10 tips for using LinkedIn.

With LinkedIn set to create more jobs in Greater Manchester following its partnership with Greater Manchester Combined Authority, called #ProjectManchester, we wanted to give you our top 10 tips for using LinkedIn. Put a face to a name. The latest statistics on LinkedIn show that you are 11 ti...
2 months ago

Greater Manchester startups celebrate successes at first-ever Start Smart Awards.

Startups from across Greater Manchester are celebrating after the winners of the inaugural Start Smart Awards were announced. The awards, organised by the Business Growth Hub, celebrate and showcase the exciting and diverse range of businesses launched through the Hub’s Growth Startup programme. ...
3 months ago

Mike Shaw, Partner and Registered Trade Mark Attorney based at the Manchester office of intellectual property specialists Marks & Clerk, outlines his top five tips to avoid possible pitfalls when comm…

Mike Shaw, Partner and Registered Trade Mark Attorney based at the Manchester office of intellectual property specialists Marks & Clerk, outlines his top five tips to avoid possible pitfalls when commissioning work from independent agencies and consultancies. The recent case involving Fresh ...
3 months ago

David Price’s property development and design company 10ACIA saw the benefit of working with the Business Growth Hub’s Access to Finance team after it helped him secure a £500,000 injection from the N…

I formed 10ACIA in 2013, operating across Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. Initially, we recruited staff on a job-by-job basis – mainly as a risk mitigation tool – and now we have a team of seven core staff, along with a number of other skilled workers to handle bespoke and technical ...
4 months ago

Revised charges for surface water drainage provide a great incentive to explore rainwater harvesting and sustainable urban drainage systems, says Growth Hub environmental business advisor, Alasdair Da…

From April 2015, United Utilities is changing the way surface water drainage is charged as part of site area charges for North West businesses. The site area method of charging for drainage bases the amount you pay on the size of the ‘chargeable area’ of your premises, which excludes areas where...
4 months ago

Access to Finance specialist Jonathan Nelson believes that the traditional banking route is always the best one for businesses looking for investment.

However, when companies need to grow quickly and diversify their business at pace in order to take advantage of market conditions, traditional funding routes such as the high st banks, can’t always accommodate the size of funding request and risk that entrepreneurs present. This is when alternat...
4 months ago

Are you a small or medium sized business in Stockport with a great opportunity to improve your operational efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint?

The Stockport Sustainable Business Challenge – a new business grant competition led by Stockport Economic Alliance, funded by Stockport Council and supported by the Business Growth Hub's Green Growth team – is inviting local SMEs to compete for a share of £50,000 to reduce their impact on the env...

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