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Start up information and support


Manchester Library Ask About Business and Business and Intellectual Property Centre: finding business ideas, business planning, market research, trade and business directories, intellectual property advice, free credit checks, technology demonstrator events.
Email to receive the monthly News and Events Updates.

GOV.UK - online guides and tutorials; Contracts Finder; Finance and Business Support finder. Also practical steps to setting up a business - registering, licensing, banking, VAT, NI and employing people. 
Phone 0845 6009006.

StartUp Britain - a national campaign of publicity, events and discounted offers.

Business Is Great - a national campaign aimed at inspiring people to start and grow their business.

Advice and support

These are some of the free advice and support services in Manchester. 

An online start up and business support service delivered for us by MiVentures. Live chat with qualified business advisors at a time that suits you; download business guides; receive HMRC and Companies House documents directly; search for news and events; join virtual networks or create your own. Advisors will signpost to the face to face services below.

Manchester Central Library hosts drop in sessions, business events, patent and IP clinics and is home to the Manchester Inventors Group. Check details here.

PeoplePlus deliver the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme, an eight week start up programme for people on work-related benefits. During the first 26 weeks of trading clients keep their benefits.
Phone 0161 8380810.

The Prince's Trust helps people aged 18 - 30 (unemployed or working less than 16 hours) with workshops, test trading, financial support and a mentor.
Phone 0800 842842.

The Business Growth Hub supports people that have the ambition to start a growth business that is likely to turnover £250,000 in the first two years or employ 5 people in the first three years of trading.
Phone 0161 3593050. 

Business Finance Solutions is the local provider of StartUp Loans UK, a loan and mentor scheme for anyone with well developed business plans.
Phone 0161 2374021.

Manchester Youth Market gives 16 - 30 year olds living/studying/working in the City of Manchester the chance to try out their business ideas in real-life trading opportunities and to apply for a small grant.
Phone Stephanie Banks on 0161 2341513.

Market trading can be a career in its own right but many market traders used it as a first step to running successful businesses online or in their own premises.

UnLtd offer free advice and grants for social entrepreneurs and enterprises.
Phone 0845 8501122.

Franchising Works gives free advice and support to help people consider franchising and to introduce them to vetted franchise opportunities.
Phone: 0161 4081313

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