The Start Smart programme is our self-employment programme in Greater Manchester, helping people start a business.

The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the GC Business Growth Hub.

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

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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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