Information and support for Manchester residents
Ask About Business - Manchester Library resources: finding business ideas, business planning, market research, trade and business directories, intellectual property advice, free credit checks.
Gov.uk - for start ups and businesses: online guides, tutorials, Contracts Finder; Finance and Business Support finder and setting up a business - registering, licensing, banking, VAT, NI and employing people. Tel. 0845 6009006.
Co-operatives UK - 10 step guide to setting up a co-operative.
StartUp Britain - a national campaign of publicity, events and discounted offers.
Business In You - a national campaign aimed at inspiring people to start and grow their business.
Advice and support
Blue Orchid, The Prince's Trust and Franchising Works deliver the Business Start Up Support (BSUS) programme in Manchester. BSUS provides intensive support with developing your business idea, business planning, 1-2-1 advice, workshops, networking and signposting to finance and other support.
Tel. 0161 4854949.
Avanta deliver the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme for claimants of work-related benefits. NEA offers practical advice and training, mentors that help with business planning and support during early years of trading. During the first 26 weeks of trading clients will a weekly allowance of £1,274.
Tel. 0161 8380810.
The Business Growth Hub provides the same support as above but for people that have the ambition to start a growth business meaning likely to turnover £250,000 in the first two years or to employ 5 people in the first three years of trading.
Tel. 0161 3593050.
Business Finance Solutions is the local provider of StartUp Loans UK, a loan and mentoring scheme for people with serious business ideas. Tel. 0161 2374021.
The Co-operative Enterprise Hub provides advice, training and access to small grants or loans to help people or organisations set up and run co-operatives.
Market trading can be a career in its own right but markets are an affordable and flexible way to start early trading.