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Business support organisations



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Access to Finance

The NW Access to Finance Service provide an impartial, confidential and professional service to clients and is free of charge to eligible small to medium size businesses based in the North West. 
Business Finance Solutions

Business Finance Solutions

Business Finance Solutions is a Government backed Community Development Finance Institution Group and service of Economic Solutions Group. It has a strong history in providing technical support and alternative business finance across the North West to entrepreneurs who wish to start and grown their business.



Business Growth Hub

Business Growth Hub

The Business Growth Hub is a community for growing businesses. It is the major centre for businesses that have the potential, ambition and commitment to grow, from small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to established and large organisations.


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Enterprise Europe Network 

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is a Free of Charge service run and funded by the European Commission targeted at helping SMEs and entrepreneurs to expand their trade with Europe - be it commercial and technology partnerships or the exchange of practices and knowledge. EEN is a consortium of close to 600 partner organisations in more than 51 countries across the EU and beyond, promoting competitiveness and innovation at local level.

Federation of Small Business

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. logo


Gov.UK is the new place to find out about government services and information. The new website replaces Directgov logo  Business Link logo


Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 

Greater Manchester Chamber is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK with over 5,000 members, providing first-class business support to companies of all shapes and sizes through a range of sector-based membership services and networking opportunities, specifically tailored to meet the needs of your business.


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Groundwork is a group of charities helping people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, to build skills and job prospects, and to live and work in a greener way.


Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is an executive agency of the Department for Work and Pensions. It provides services that support people of working age from welfare into work, and helps employers to fill their vacancies.



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MIDAS, the Greater Manchester Inward Investment Agency, leads on attracting inward investment to the city and provides aftercare support to foreign direct investors.




pro.manchester is a corporate membership organisation representing the 240,000 employed in the financial and professional service community in and around Greater Manchester.


Salford City College

Salford City College

Salford City College is one of the largest and most successful colleges in the North West. A Beacon Status college, awarded for delivering outstanding teaching and learning, whose mission is "to inspire and empower people to create and take opportunities to enrich lives through learning".




Salford Employment and Recruitment City Hub (SEARCH) provides a brokered 'one stop' bespoke service on behalf of Salford City Council's Employer Engagement Partnership.


The Business Group

The Business Group was formed in 1999 by local business owners and managers to create a much-needed business network and community voice. Its diverse membership base represents a wide range of sectors and includes every size of business from sole traders to PLCs.The support provided to local businesses mainly within the centre of Salford and the surrounding areas ranges from sign-posting and face to face advice to providing information (via newsletters) and networking opportunities, through meetings, seminars and events which focus on the key aspects of running a business.

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UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)

UKTI helps Salford-based businesses access opportunities in international markets.


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University of Salford

Business Services at the University of Salford have a range of specialist staff who are able to assess your current situation, identify what areas the university can help your business with and then work in partnership with you to develop the most appropriate solutions.


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Urban Vision

Urban Vision is a ground breaking multi-disciplinary organisation, delivering an extensive range of property development and regeneration services, from pre-application planning advice through to comprehensive project management and scheme delivery.