Business and investment Starting a business

Advice and support:

  • If you're thinking of starting up or running a new business you could be eligible to join Manchester Central Library's 'Build A Business' support programme, which takes place in eight of the Greater Manchester authorities. Whatever your trade, Build A Business can help - find out more at:
  • The Council hosts a live chat business advice service for people that want to start a business and for existing businesses.
  • The GM Business Growth Hub delivers Enterprising You, to help those with a budding business idea or established self-employed individuals, freelancers and gig economy workers in Greater Manchester. Call 0161 359 3050 or email
  • 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.
  • The Prince's Trust helps people aged 18 to 30 start their own business. Call 0800 842 842.
  • UnLtd offers advice and grants for social entrepreneurs and enterprises. Call 0845 850 1122.

Background information: 

  • Manchester Central Library's Ask about business and Business and Intellectual Property Centre can help you develop your business ideas and plans, with access to professional market research, business directories, intellectual property advice and a range of workshops and networking events. Email to receive the monthly News and Events updates.
  • GOV.UK provides online guides and tutorials, a contracts finder, finance and business support finder, practical steps to setting up a business - such as registering, licensing, banking, VAT, National Insurance (NI) and employing people. Call 0845 600 9006. 
  • HMRC has online guides and tutorials including how to determine if you are employed or self-employed for tax purposes.
  • Purposely - a free tool to help founders build 'purpose beyond profit' into their business.
  • Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network provides a directory of social enterprises and online resources.


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