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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In February we launched the EnterprisingYou programme.
We are now delivering this wonderful and innovative programme remotely. Same great advice, same great programme... just remote for now.

Get in touch or pass on to a friend who might find it useful >


The Federation of Small Businesses have gathered some useful support at this time for small businesses and the self-employed.

Taking your business online?
See some great tips for hosting virtual events for your customers here:

We want to give you the best information to help you through this time and remind you that we're still here to help when you need us.

If you're self-employed or considering it - get in touch.

Handy article about financial support >

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