Manchester City Council

Some services may be unavailable

Between 8pm and midnight on Thursday 26 May, some services may not be available because of essential maintenance.

Services that may be affected.


Business & investment Starting a new business

Information and support for Manchester residents

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

GOV.UK - online guides and tutorials covering key business topics; 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 agencies that offer free, mainstream advice and support in Manchester.

Avanta deliver the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme for people on work-related benefits. NEA offers workshops, practical advice, mentors that help with business planning and support during early years of trading. During the first 26 weeks of trading clients keep their benefits. Also possibility to apply for an NEA loan. 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 (likely to turnover £250,000 in the first two years or employ 5 people in the first three years of trading). The Business Growth Hub also refers clients to start up incubation and accelerator programmes in Manchester. 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 opportunity to test trade their business ideas in real-life situations and to apply for a small trading readiness grant.

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 run grant schemes to support social entrepreneurs and enterprises. Also, test trading opportunities for young people.

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