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Impartial Support and Financial Guidance

The Business Growth Hub remains #HereForBusiness offering support and guidance to organisations on the current challenges and market changes relating to COVID-19.

• Businesses located across Greater Manchester and Lancashire can obtain fully-funded support from the Growth Hub’s Access to Finance team.

• If you are based in the North West, GC Business Finance can provide loans and equity investment. For more information on all business loans provided by GC Business Finance please click here.  

• If you are Self-Employed, the Greater Manchester EnterprisingYou programme can offer expertise and advice. Find out more here.

COVID-19 Finance COVID-19 Finance

Our rundown of the latest finance and funding packages for businesses impacted by COVID-19

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COVID-19 Grant support COVID-19 Grant support

Guide to the different grants available for businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Find out the latest information about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for UK employers.

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Self-employed support package Self-employed support package

Support available up to September 2021 for freelancers and the self-employed impacted by COVID-19.

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Additional Resources

Restructuring your finances Restructuring your finances

Our latest blog explores the ways businesses can restructure their finances when planning their COVID-19 recovery

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What is the Recovery Loan Scheme? What is the Recovery Loan Scheme?

Find out how your business can benefit from the new Recovery Loan Scheme.

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How to manage debt during COVID-19 How to manage debt during COVID-19

Practical actions you can take to avoid defaulting on debt payments and to effectively plan to repay any debt incurred

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What’s on the horizon for 2021? What’s on the horizon for 2021?

In our latest blog, Philip Hargreaves, GC Business Growth Hub’s Access to Finance Lead shares four key trends expected to define the investment market in 2021.

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General Export Facility (GEF) General Export Facility (GEF)

New guarantee scheme was launched in December to provide SMEs with export finance up to the value of £25 million and help them recover from COVID-19.

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Innovate to recover Innovate to recover

Explore the synergies between finance and corporate innovation as the foundation of the UK’s COVID-19 recovery

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Green finance in the spotlight Green finance in the spotlight

Our Access to Finance Lead examines what you should include in your business plan to secure investment in the cleantech sector

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Grant Funding

Manufacturing Growth Fund Manufacturing Growth Fund

Manufacturers with a new project valued at around £10-15K can access a grant of 36%

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Innovation Vouchers Innovation Vouchers

Apply for up to £5k funding to accelerate the development of innovative products and services

Access funding
Energy Efficiency Grant Energy Efficiency Grant

Get the funding you need to upgrade your lighting or equipment, slash your energy bills and reduce your environmental impact

Access funding

More information is available on the UK Government’s Coronavirus Business Support website. For more personalised advice call us on: 0161 237 4128 or email us at:


The information provided is meant as a general guide only rather than advice or assurance. GC Business Growth Hub does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information and professional guidance should be sought on all aspects of business planning and responses to the coronavirus. Use of this guide and toolkit are entirely at the risk of the user. Any hyperlinks from this document are to external resources not connected to the GC Business Growth Hub and The Growth Company is not responsible for the content within any hyperlinked site.