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Business on the Go: building an iconic brand online

Business on the Go is a tailored programme of support for Greater Manchester based SME online retail businesses. Previous cohorts have helped to support fashion and homeware businesses, as well as other e-commerce businesses.

This exciting programme of support will be delivered face-to-face in the brand new Bruntwood Bloc building, offering the chance to be one of the first businesses through the door.

Our workshops and action learning sessions strongly encourage collaborative working; this is a great opportunity to learn from other budding entrepreneurs who are building their online empire! In addition, our advisors will be on hand to offer intensive one-to-one tailored support, helping you to hone your skills and build your business the right way.

This programme of support is for Greater Manchester-based SME online retail businesses that have been trading for up to three years. Register using the form at the foot of this page by 11 June 2021.

The benefits

Register below for Business on the Go, which starts on 16 June 2021. As well as covering the basics of business, this fully-funded* programme will equip you to:

• Create an actionable marketing strategy, tailored to your business: covering digital and other forms of promotion

• Carry out a deep-dive of your business model, allowing you to create a bespoke growth strategy

• Focus on your brand, and develop the right 'image' for you and your business

Be quick – the closing date for registrations is 11 June 2021.

* This means there's no cost to you

What participants have said

“It was a great experience learning from some great people who are experts in their industries. It was amazing to see they share their ideas and the workshops certainly over delivered for me especially having been disappointed with other paid courses in the past. This workshop far exceeded my expectations. Thank you for letting me be a part of them”.

Tahir – Passive Income Entrepreneurs

“Really enjoyed the sessions. Appreciate this is the first time the course has been run and am really grateful to have had the chance to be involved - found it very useful”.

Andrew – Atlas Four Ltd

A venue that boosts productivity

Bloc - Ground Floor

Bloc is Bruntwood Works latest Pioneer building with a focus on wellness, work-life-balance, and productivity.

Bloc has a renewed focus on the work environment to help boost productivity. Technology will monitor and optimise air quality, a state-of-the-art wellness suite, a sleep pod, wellness room, and a cascading garden in the foyer will all be featured to help bring balance to business. Bloc features a cinema room, spaces for community pop-up events, and co-working spaces to help foster collaboration. The future of work is wellbeing. Bruntwood Bloc is fully accredited by the British COVID Safety Council, offering you peace of mind that your safety is our top priority. 

Learn from the best

 This is an opportunity to learn from the best: our team of advisors includes Chris Bate who has more than 30+ years of senior level, global corporate and consultancy experience within highly competitive sports, fashion, footwear and apparel markets for brands like Nike, Wolverine, French Connection and Under Armour.


Chris has lived and worked in Canada, Holland and UK. He is entrepreneurial, innovative executive with more than 30+ years of senior level, Global/Pan-European Corporate and Consultancy experience within highly competitive sports, fashion, footwear and apparel markets with brands such as Nike, Wolverine, French Connection and Under Armour. Analytical professionally skilled in formulating and delivering exceptional growth and brand development strategies and leading, motivating and developing high performance teams to deliver success. Collaborative communicator and enthusiastic influencer continually focused on building relationships and promoting synergy across business lines and units to drive positive change, cohesive, comprehensive business approaches and enhanced profitability.

Chris Bate, GC Business Growth Hub


Best of all, Business on the Go is fully funded for eligible businesses*!

Due to COVID restrictions, we have limited capacity, so please apply early and only do so if you are able to attend all sessions.

*This programme of support is for Greater Manchester-based SME online retail businesses that have been trading for up to three years. We particularly encourage applications from fashion and homeware businesses.    

The programme starts in June:

Workshop 1

Paint Your Canvas - Strategy for Scaling: (6 hours) 16 June

Workshop 2

“All things Money:” Finance (3 hours) 23 June

Workshop 3

Unique Selling Points (3 hours) 30 June

Workshop 4

Introduction to Department for International Trade (1 hour)

Workshop 5

Building an Empire: (6 hours) 14 July

Workshop 6

Edit & Amplify (3 hours) 21 July

Fireside Chats

Meet the Founders (2 hours) 4 August

Note: attendance at all sessions is mandatory for completion of the programme

Register your interest – closing date 11 June 2021

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