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

Free self-employment support for those wanting to start a business.

A government funded mentoring programme connecting aspiring entrepreneurs to expert business advisors.



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.

Self-employment Support Webinars

We’re bringing you the same great content via our virtual webinars. From Sales & Marketing, to Business Planning, Finance and Adapting your Business.

*Free to residents of Greater Manchester.

See what’s on below:

We're hosting 1-2-1 business advice sessions over the phone with our expert business advisors and you can join in too.
Visit our Facebook events page > Find a day & time that suits > Book your ticket - and we'll be in touch!

Self-employment Advice Appointments.
Book yours online here:

Apply today to round 2 of our Discretionary Grant Fund, which is available to different categories of small local businesses.

Application process closes 5pm 9 July 🗓️

Please check eligibility before completing the form 👇

Did you know that having a Mentor can expose you to new ways of thinking about the obstacles you are facing with your business? They can also offer a wealth of inspiration and reassurance.

✅ Sign up now!
📞 0161 667 6900

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