Greater Manchester Business Advice

Greater Manchester Business Advice
Greater Manchester Business Advice

Greater Manchester businesses are more likely to succeed if they seek and act upon the advice of a professional business adviser. This page should point you in the right direction.

"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.

See list of local business support organisations below.

Free Friendly Advice

If you would like some free friendly advice from a trusted local partner (without pressure or obligation), please complete and submit this form.

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Free Business Planning Resources

The following items are in our FREE start-up pack and can be download individually or as part of the whole pack.

Step-by-Step Start-Up Guide
Step-by-Step Start-Up Guide

An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.

Business Start-Up Checklist
Business Start-Up Checklist

Make sure that you don't miss anything by plotting your progress with this 125+ point checklist.

Business Start-Up Map
Business Start-Up Map

This infographic provides a colourful but informative visual walk through the start-up process.

Please note that one-time registration is required to unlock all of the free items on this site.

Your Advice Questions Answered

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If you run your own business in Greater Manchester and would like to learn more about business planning and how business support organisations can help you, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.

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Greater Manchester Business Advice

Useful Start-Up Resources

If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Greater Manchester area, we would love to promote you here free of charge (add free listing).

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Prowess is the online hub for women-friendly business support, inspiration and information. Our vision is an environment where women in business can flourish. Be inspired Prowess is full of stories and shared experiences from women who’ve made their own way in business. Everyone has a story to tell. And women who are thinking of starting a business – and those looking to grow – say there aren’t enough stories of real women in business out there. In our recent survey 43% said they wanted to read more experiences and case studies from ‘real’ women in business! Read them here, or submit your own here.
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The GM LEP sits at the heart of Greater Manchesters governance arrangements, ensuring that business leaders are empowered to set the strategic course, determine local priorities and drive growth and job creation within the city region. It is central to the wider partnerships established between local government, businesses and educational institutes, and the public, private, voluntary and community sectors.
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