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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 th...

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 ...
1 week 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...

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...
2 weeks ago

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

Sometimes, when companies need to grow quickly and diversify their business at pace in order to capture market conditions, traditional funding routes such as the High St banks, can’t accommodate the size and risk that entrepreneurs present. This is when alternative funding streams such as the No...
3 weeks ago

Andrea Zapp has enjoyed a whirlwind year since first starting to work with the Business Growth Hub, with her distinctive fashion designs already destined for international fame.

The German-born designer has recently returned from Paris Fashion Week, where her stunning designs, which feature original and often abstract photographs from around the world printed onto high quality silks and other fabrics, now look set to appear on French catwalks next October. She has also ...
3 weeks ago

Over the last six months, the Business Growth Hub has helped Wigan-based True Colours to launch two new social enterprises, as well as putting it on course to more than double its turnover.

True Colours is a community interest company that supports adults with autism and learning disabilities. They offer a range of activities that help to break down social barriers, as well as giving people the chance to learn new skills and, where appropriate, find paid employment. Directors Maria...
1 month 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...
1 month ago

The Business Growth Hub service has collaborated with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to produce a new energy efficiency guide designed for SMEs with limited resources or experience wit...

The Business Growth Hub service has collaborated with the Department of Energy and Climate Change to produce a new energy efficiency guide designed for SMEs with limited resources or experience with energy management. Launching the guide, Minister Amber Rudd MP explains the benefits of energy ef...
1 month ago

Latest research from the Business Growth Service and the Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University examines how ‘a growth mindset’ plays a crucial role in answering the question: ...

The objective of the award-winning Exploring the High Growth Mindset study, was to understand more about the personal factors associated with the processes of seeking and achieving growth, with six components identified that make up the mindset of a high growth business leader. And now's your ch...
1 month ago

In an interview with LoveEnergySavings.com, Green Growth discusses energy efficiency: best practice for offices, how the mindset of businesses is changing and what the future holds for low ...

1) What are the best practices an office-based business can do to save energy? Heating controls – making sure timers and thermostats are used to their full potential. Thermostats should be set at the recommended temperature of 19°C (remember: heating costs increase by about 8% for every 1°C i...
2 months ago

Marks & Clerk LLP are a group of patent and trademark attorney firms with offices in Europe, Canada and Asia and a trusted partner of the Business Growth Hub. Here are four things every business...

Four things every business should know about Intellectual Property (IP) We were recently approached by an entrepreneur seeking assistance in protecting a new and innovative idea for a piece of furniture. However, he had a published patent application that claimed only his prototype in exhaustive...
2 months ago

Know+Do is a social values business that provides practical, problem solving support to staffing, strategy and systems related issues. Bernard Clarke, from Know+Do Ltd & partner of the Business Gr...

The business community in Greater Manchester continues to deliver optimism and opportunities for growth. All indications are that 2015 is a year when companies can seek to expand and take advantage of an improving economic climate. In business terms we are often told growth is good. For a busine...
2 months ago

So you have done one of two things. You have come up with an ingenious service that your clients have never seen before. It’s a brilliant scheme, profitable and you have a great passion for the i...

Or, you have been keeping a close watch on your competitors and they are shouting about their new added value service, something that you also want to offer but you didn’t move as quickly as they did.  But you want a piece of the pie and you want to offer the market something similar. Either way...

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