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.

Get #Back2Business while the kids get #BackToSchool & achieve your business goals.

1-2-1 Mentoring
Financial Advice
Your Own Wellbeing Advisor
Online Resources
Webinars & Training

If you live in Greater Manchester visit:

So this was me today, being filmed for some promo videos for @peopleplusuk about the NEA scheme and how it can help get your business off the ground 😁

Looking forward to seeing the results (well, sort of!)


Right now “getting back to normal” may seem quite far away for many, you may found your general wellbeing has waivered. Our Health & Wellbeing Adviser, @Naomi_Greene, shares some tips on how you can take steps towards improving your wellbeing and do what is right for you. Visit👇

In Greater Manchester we offer 1-2-1 mentoring, webinars, online resources, learning, financial advice and health & wellbeing support, all available to you for free.
Visit: to get #Back2Business while the kids get back to school!


Wellbeing is an essential driver for anyone but particularly for good business performance, and therefore productivity. We can support you to improve your wellbeing, guide you to manage your productivity and maintain a healthy mindset while managing your own business successfully

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