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Greater Manchester’s Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure Business Support Service

This page was last updated on 27 April 2022.

If you are a business owner operating in the tourism, hospitality and leisure sector or its supply chain, we understand how challenging the current situation is for you and your business. You are not alone in tackling the financial, business planning and personal issues you are having to face at this current time. The team at GC Business Growth Hub and Marketing Manchester are here to help you navigate through the challenges of running a business at the moment.


All businesses across Greater Manchester impacted by the current restrictions will be eligible for support.

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The support on offer to you

Clinics for businesses

1-2-1 business diagnostics

Business support programme

EnterprisingYou programme

The Talent Hub and EmployGM

Mental health and wellbeing advice

Helping you access the right finance

Government Support

Covid Secure Workplaces

Peer Networks

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Your dedicated advisors

Marc Appleton

Before starting his role as a Food & Drink Specialist, Marc worked in the operations management of large retail and hospitality chains across the UK, as well as providing restaurant consultancy for start-ups and new builds. He has a broad knowledge of the hospitality sector and an extensive network    of contacts within the industry. Due to his previous role as a Chef, Marc believes the most important element of a F&D business is the ingredients.

Columb O'Shea

Following a successful 40-year career in high street business banking, Columb has brought his experience and skills to assist growing businesses requiring funding. His knowledge base now extends to all forms of business finance, including equity, business angel, invoice finance, asset finance, trade, government loan schemes, in addition to traditional bank lending.

Nicola Staley

As a fervent ambassador for Greater Manchester, Nikki has over 20 years of experience with some of the world’s leading brands within the hospitality sector. Her experience includes account management, new openings, rebranding and relaunching hotels, restaurants and their aligned services.   As a specialist in her field, she has been involved in various projects across the UKMEA region, supporting underperforming hotels to increase productivity and save costs. As a seasoned mentor, she is passionate about making a difference and supporting others to achieve their goals.

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Further Support Available