Manchester City Council

Business & investment Starting a new business

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. - 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, Franchising Works and Bolton Business Ventures 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.

The Business Growth Hub provides the same support as BSUS above but for people that have the ambition to start and grow their business 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 a co-operative. 

Market trading can be a career in its own right but also an affordable and flexible way to start early trading. 

Manchester Youth Market - are you aged 16–21? Trade at Manchester Youth Market for free (no stall charge for the first four weeks). The Youth Market runs on Saturdays in Church Street, Manchester city centre. Find out how you can get started by emailing Dawn Pickering or calling 0161 234 5710.



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