No matter where you access your finance from, be it the bank, start-up loans, crowdfunding or elsewhere, you must have a sound business plan and at least one year’s cash flow projection – which is where we can help.
Your business idea doesn’t need to be original, but you have to offer something new. Whether filling a gap in the market, or building on an existing offering.
Our service is designed to encourage and support entrepreneurs like you and growing businesses, to create prosperity and ultimately create jobs.
How it works
Expert Advice: You’ll be working closely with your own dedicated specialist advisor to ensure your business is on-track for success.
Masterclasses: We run a number of masterclasses throughout the year.
Workshops: Get hands-on by attending one of our workshops built specifically for your business area, including our regular Start Smart workshops.
Networking Events: Meeting people is essential to growing your business. Become part of our business community and join us at networking events across Greater Manchester.
SME in Greater Manchester
Eligibility criteria applies to some support and we can help you check. If you’re unsure whether you're eligible, please contact our enquiry team.Contact our enquiry team
Cost to your business
None - it's free to access
We work closely with all Greater Manchester Local Authorities to help businesses at all stages of your start-up journey.See our full list of partners
Start Up Vision is a brand-new initiative, aimed at pre-start or early-stage businesses (less than 1 year old) based in Greater Manchester.
Programme participants will get fully funded access to practical, hands-on advice and support from a designated, experienced business adviser. Together, you will develop a personalised action plan for your new business to enable you to take the next steps to success.
Where relevant, you could also gain access to funded training courses and workshops or practical ‘done for you’ support services.
Whether you want to learn more about business registration; cashflow management and bookkeeping; brand identity and marketing strategy; developing ecommerce capability; improving your social media skills; building a website; getting started with e-marketing; or something else, we want to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to put your ideas into action.
This programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the GM Business Growth Hub project, designed to help ambitious SME businesses achieve growth and increase employment in Greater Manchester.