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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

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.

Janine Smith

Janine Smith, Head of Growth Services

People are looking for a reason to believe in you, a reason to put their trust in your business.

Our team of specialists and partners help local businesses understand what they want or need to grow. You can then concentrate your efforts where you have the best chance of success and confidently expand your business.

Janine is a former business management lecturer who is also an experienced operational and development director. She specialises in managing multi-million-pound contracts and programmes, both in the public and private sector.