The Start Smart programme is our self-employment programme helping residents of Greater Manchester to start a business.
We offer 1-2-1 business mentoring, workshops, networking opportunities and more.

This programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and run in partnership with the GC Business Growth Hub.

We offer:

– Dedicated Business Advisor

– 1-2-1 Mentoring

– Signposting to business resources near you

– A suite of workshops and seminars to help you get started such as Business Planning, Bookkeeping and Finance & Marketing Masterclasses

– An assessment of your business idea and it’s viability

– Support with applying for finance and loans

– Marketing support to start promoting your business

– Help installing a bookkeeping system

– Continued support through the programme

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If you would like to join the Start Smart programme you MUST meet the following criteria:

1. Be a resident of Greater Manchester.

2. You must be interested in setting up your own business or going self-employed.

3. Be over the age of 18.


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