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Supporting the self-employed in Greater Manchester

EnterprisingYou is a free programme to support you in your self-employment journey, delivered by GC Business Growth Hub and commissioned by GMCA. From March 2020 to July 2023, EnterprisingYou provided fully funded, 1:1 business support, personal financial advice, personal development courses, employment support and more.

More than 3000 participants took part in the programme adding over £13.6m in business revenue to self-employed workers across Greater Manchester.



EnterprisingYou is part of wider support delivered by expert advisors and coaches from GC Business Growth Hub’s Enterprise Team. They’ve helped a wide range of businesses, from opening a brewery in Salford to helping to advocate for Black students and Graduates.

Due to the success of the EnterprisingYou programme, we will be evolving the programme to incorporate supporting Greater Manchester individuals who are looking to start their own business as well as those who are already self-employed. To find out more, please contact our team.


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Case studies

Grounded MCR Grounded MCR

Serving the community with coffee and conversation, we had the chance to talk to Natalie Lobel, one of the founders of the Grounded MCR, on her journey to set up a social enterprise.

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Gwafuvegan Gwafuvegan

Owner and entrepreneur Ngwafu Tansie, joined the EnterprisingYou programme to help take her business, Gwafuvegan, to the next level. We decided to catch up with the culinary chef to hear about her journey on our programme.

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Manchester Taxi Tours Manchester Taxi Tours

With over 30 years' experience, EnterprisingYou client John Consterdine offers unique discovery tours of the city. We decided to catch up with the man himself and find out what drives him and his business.

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Nina D - Scandi Homeware Nina D - Scandi Homeware

Founding her homeware business NINA D in 2020, Nina designs and produces her unique tableware inspired by her Swedish upbringing and family tradition. We recently caught up with Nina to learn more about her journey and her plans for the future.

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Keep this Cracker Keep this Cracker

Keep this Cracker founder, Bea Thackeray, created the cracker company after being dismayed by the amount of waste being produced, not only by the crackers, but also by the little ‘gifts’ that come in them, that are, invariably, thrown out with the cracker itself.