Start Smart

The Start Smart programme is our self-employment programme in Greater Manchester, helping people start a business or grow an existing one.

The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the GC Business Growth Hub. It offers practical fully funded advice and guidance to help you start or sustain your business or self-employment; and is open to eligible residents and businesses in Greater Manchester.

What’s Available?

Starting a Business

  • 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

Already Started a Business

  • Dedicated Business Advisor
  • 1-2-1 Mentoring if needed
  • Signposting to business resources near you
  • A suite of workshops and seminars in more advanced topics such as Lead Generation with LinkedIn, Branding for Business & GDPR regulations
  • Reflection on your current business plan for the next year
  • Access to any refresher workshops you may need
  • Networking opportunities with other Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Continued support through the programme

Eligibility

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

1. Be a resident of, or a business operating in one of the following Local Authorities:

2. If you are already a business you MUST have been trading or registered for less than 3 years to be eligible for support.

3. You must have a turnover of less than £250,000 per annum.

Call: 0161 507 6366

Email: start.smart@peopleplus.co.uk

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