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Thinking of starting a business?


Starting a business is both exciting and rewarding, but it is also full of challenges. Don't underestimate the level of commitment and resources required to turn your dream into reality. Getting the right advice is priceless, and help is on hand.

Throughout Salford there is free help available from a range of specialist partners.    For those wishing to start up a new business, read on to find out more on the services available to you:

Ready for Business will provide you with one to one support in getting your ideas and businesses off the ground, developing business plans, connecting you to networks, clients and suppliers.
The Business Growth Hub provide an intensive programme of support and is aimed at those wishing to start their own business who have the potential to employ 5 staff within the first 3 years and/or turnover in excess of £250,000 within 3 years.
If you are unemployed and wish to look at starting up your own business you can apply for support from PeoplePlus.
Taking on staff?
You might have a lot of questions
about PAYE tax, National Insurance
and running a payroll?

If so, the HMRC e-learning course or tutorial is for you.

There are also a number of partners offering start up advice for specific customer groups including:

City West - for people wanting to start a business in the West of the City

Contour Homes - for anyone who wants to take their 'bright idea' forward

University of Salford - for students and graduates wanting to start their own business

Franchising works - for people wishing to set up new franchise businesses

Access to Finance - for individuals requiring finance to help set up in business

Government web based information - impartial free resource for business and self employment

Starting Life Well Service- for individuals wishing to start a day nursery or other type of day care setting

When thinking about starting a business, there are lots of things to consider, a few essentials include:

The Federation of Small Businesses and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce are the main business membership groups you may wish to consider joining as they do offer a range of discounted services.

For further information contact the Business team or telephone 0161 793 2803.