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Start a Business

Get going with your great idea

No matter where you access your finance from, be it the bank, start-up loans, crowdfunding or elsewhere, you must have a sound business plan and at least one year’s cash flow projection – which is where we can help.

Your business idea doesn’t need to be original, but you have to offer something new. Whether filling a gap in the market, or building on an existing offering.

Our service is designed to encourage and support entrepreneurs like you and growing businesses, to create prosperity and ultimately create jobs.

What's included

How it works


SME in Greater Manchester

Cost to your business

None - it's free to access


Who's involved

Apply for this service Contact our enquiry team


Start Up Vision is a brand-new initiative, aimed at pre-start or early-stage businesses (less than 1 year old) based in Greater Manchester.

Programme participants will get fully funded access to practical, hands-on advice and support from a designated, experienced business adviser. Together, you will develop a personalised action plan for your new business to enable you to take the next steps to success.

Where relevant, you could also gain access to funded training courses and workshops or practical ‘done for you’ support services.

Whether you want to learn more about business registration; cashflow management and bookkeeping; brand identity and marketing strategy; developing ecommerce capability; improving your social media skills; building a website; getting started with e-marketing; or something else, we want to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to put your ideas into action.

Learn more

This programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the GM Business Growth Hub project, designed to help ambitious SME businesses achieve growth and increase employment in Greater Manchester.

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