Greater Manchester is home to a thriving digital, creative and tech (DCT) scene, and the sector is growing faster than ever.
With this rapid acceleration and the growing opportunities in our region, specialist support is critical – especially for businesses looking to effectively scale-up and bring new products or services to market.
What do we do?
We know that in order to grow and support the sector, we need to encourage collaborate across the city. Our network is made up of a unique blend of specialists, including Creative England and The Landing, who work with us to deliver targeted support to businesses in the sector.
Our fully-funded support includes a combination of direct one to one business growth support, peer-to-peer collaboration, and access to cutting-edge information, strategies and techniques.
Over and above, we recognise the power that peer to peer learning has on success in the sector, which is why we are keen to encourage collaboration wherever it can be identified – which will benefit Greater Manchester’s digital, creative and tech community as a whole.
GC Business Growth Hub's DCT team supports both commercial and individual development by educating, empowering and skilling individuals, and by refining and improving processes and efficiencies at all levels within organisations.
Complementing this, the service brings to bear state-of-the-art clarity of thinking around focussed implementation, application of emerging technology and leadership style, helping to position GM’s sector powerfully its future in the technological revolution.
Young DCT business support
Emerging tech and creative individuals and very young businesses can access this exciting help, aiming to promote best practice and principles right from the off. It is envisaged that this becomes a springboard for the highest performing young businesses into Greater Connected (more on which below) or bespoke one-to-one support.
Investment readiness for creative businesses
A new and exciting ’multiple module’ cohort programme designed to identify and guide suitable businesses to the most refined and investment ready state, over a wide range of relevant topics across a six-month period.
Greater Connected is an intensive growth programme for digital, creative and tech SMEs to support growing their businesses in a new way. Learnings from industry experts and practitioners and creative and engaging workshops with specific application to the businesses’ circumstances, all wrapped up around developing networks and connections and partnerships that last. Find out more at the Greater Connected website.
Greater Connected Amplify
Amplify is a programme specifically for digital, creative and tech businesses with the highest potential to generate growth and sustain it. Only 45 of the highest performing businesses from the Greater Connected Core programme and wider get an opportunity to participate in this ‘match funded’ intensive programme, with one cohort running every 12 months. Over a nine-month period, the companies participating in Amplify receive a mix of facilitated planning, industry leading input, leadership training and support for implementing change and driving growth and success. Find out more at the Greater Connected Amplify website.
How it works
Expert Advice: We offer direct one-to-one support to businesses who are looking scale up. Starting with a review and provide support with sector-focused business strategy, commercialisation, positioning, routes to market and product and service development.
Programmes & Events: Exciting and powerful programmes for invited eligible business looking to scale and collaborate.
SME in Greater Manchester
Eligibility criteria applies to some support and we can help you check. If you’re unsure whether you're eligible, please contact our enquiry team.Contact our enquiry team
Cost to your business
None - it's free to access
We’ve partnered with The Landing due to their outstanding track record in delivering high quality, informative events which are calibrated to help support and nurture fast-growing SMEs and ambitious entrepreneurs.
They’ll work with us to help tackle a range of business-critical issues through one-to-one mentoring, advice sessions and hands-on practical workshops.
Explore The Landing
Creative England has an extensive media network with major brands such as the BBC, Microsoft and Disney among them. They’re working with us through ProConnect, a three-year partnership funded by ERDF and the British Film Institute, to support the growth of Greater Manchester’s creative industries.Explore Creative England ProConnect
Greater Connected is a fully-funded intensive scale-up programme for creative, digital & technology SMEs in the Greater Manchester area to grow your business in a new way.
The programme aims to connect you with business that will help you mutually prosper, not compete, through learning days, small coaching sessions and an ongoing alumni community.
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