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Start Your Own Business in Greater Manchester

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.

Welcome

If you are thinking about starting a business in Greater Manchester or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Greater Manchester contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Greater Manchester since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in Greater Manchester

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There is plenty of help locally but where can it be found? We would love to point you in the right direction.

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Download the 2021 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes links to key contacts such as HMRC, Companies House etc.

Start Your Own Business in 2021
Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.

What do you get in the guide?

Packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Greater Manchester.

Checklist

Easy to follow step by step guide

Business set-up

Choosing the right structure

Getting online

Online marketing, social media

Local support

Where to find help and support

Premises

Work from home or premises?

Employing staff

How to find and recruit

Before you start

The reality of running a business

Finance & funding

Your funding options

Law & insurance

The key considerations

Business planning

Are you ready?

Accountancy & tax

Tax and VAT explained

Business directory

Useful contacts

Market research

Is there a gap in the market?

Business networking

Tips and local groups

Starting a business in Greater Manchester
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Key Contacts in Greater Manchester

Fertile Frog
At Fertile Frog our team has an individual commitment to teamwork and group effort. We love to work together towards a common goal. Fertile Frog are here to support your business growth through means of Internet presence, marketing and corporate branding. Wether you are a start up entrepreneur business idea, a long established corporate company, a group of companies or even a sole trader. We have multiple solutions to help you.
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Davies McLennon
We are chartered accountants based in Stockport We are Chartered Accountants based in Stockport, close to Manchester, offering accountancy, tax planning advice, payroll services and business consultancy to small and mid sized businesses. We have a special package for business startups. If you are looking for an accountant see the Eight Great Reasons why you should talk to us. We are interested in helping our clients grow, and become more successful and profitable. Click here for a free report with ten very practical ideas on how you can grow your business. Our web payroll service is unbeatable value for money at just £1 per employee per month. Its also an easy and convenient way to work.
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AXT Accountants
Based in Cheadle, Cheshire, our dedicated team provides expert solutions to a range of businesses, from individuals to small limited companies, both locally and nationally. We specialise in providing solutions to contractors and those in the property and construction industry. At AXT, we pride ourselves on our modern and forward-looking approach. We understand that your time is precious, which is why we offer a fully digital and online service. So say goodbye to the days of client visits and traditionally long accountancy meetings – we offer convenient and effective online solutions, as and when you need them, saving you time and helping you to succeed.
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Enterprising You
Supporting your self-employment journey Are you self-employed or running your own business and keen to grow? Not sure how to improve client retention? Know the basics but want to take your venture to the next level? Whatever you’re facing, whether financial issues, instability with work, health barriers or not knowing what step to take next; there is support available. EnterprisingYou is a government-funded programme specially designed to support self-employed individuals, including those who work in the gig economy and small business owners in Greater Manchester. You will discover your growth potential and ways to achieve your career goals through this programme. Apart from start-up owners and gig workers, we also support people who receive work from a company or an agency but are registered as self-employed or pay their own taxes. We can help you with free advice in different areas, from personal skills and career development to business finance and mentoring – we’ve got you covered. You’ve done the hard work setting up a business or taking that step into self-employment, now it’s time to go further, but it doesn’t have to be alone. Register below to find out how our programme could help you.
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Black Diamond Accountancy Services Ltd
Established in 2002, Black Diamond is an accredited service provider to the flexible labour market. Offering Umbrella and Accountancy Services, Black Diamond is perfectly placed to handle any contractor accountancy or employment requirement. Black Diamond are currently expanding. We are now able to offer our experience and expertise gained over the last decade not only to the flexible labour market but to business and individuals outside of this sector. Black Diamond are delighted to introduce: Diamond Bureau (managed and bespoke payroll bureau services), Diamond Compliance (ID verification, Anti-Money Laundering and Eligibility to work in the UK checks) and Diamond Employment (Employment law and contract advice via our business partners Peninsula). Our focus is always to work in partnership with our clients and shared business growth and success. Black Diamond continues to value the partnerships it has cultivated with its recruitment clients and are excited to expand its offerings and mirror good service to other businesses across the UK.
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Greater Manchester LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
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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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
We provide first-class business support to companies of all shapes and sizes, through a range of sector-based membership services and networking opportunities. Address: Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WD
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Start-up Steps

We have created a collection of start-up steps articles to help anyone with whatever stage they are on with their business journey. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone before you and we can learn from what they got right and avoid the things that have been proved not to work so well.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: Startup Steps