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General Business Advice & Support

Trafford Council Strategic Growth Team

Trafford Council’s first point of contact for all businesses, offering a range of expertise and support to assist you with any questions or issues you may have regarding the future growth of your business. We work closely with business support agencies across Trafford and beyond to give you easy access to any advice and support you may require.

There is also advice on planning requirements, licensing and other Council regulatory functions.

Contact

T: 0161 912 4176

E: business@trafford.gov.uk

Business is Great

Business is Great provides comprehensive free information, advice and support to any type of business, whether you're starting up, already running a business or looking to grow and develop. A free telephone helpline provides a quick response service for when you are unable to access the internet or online business support services.           

Contact

T: 0300 456 3565 (Mon-Fro, 9am-6pm)

Ask About Business

The ‘Ask About Business’ initiative is a partnership of 11 local authorities across Greater Manchester, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen and provides business information across a network of participating libraries, including Altrincham Library. The project is designed to help pre-start and new businesses as well as existing businesses, inventors and business students. In addition, the specially set up website offers a host of practical information and guidance.

Business Growth Hub

The Business Growth Hub is part of the Manchester Growth Company. The Hub was set up in 2011 and since then has helped thousands of businesses across Greater Manchester to grow, develop and reach their full potential.

Its services are open to new start-ups right through to well established companies. It offers a whole range of joined-up business services. The only criteria is that growth and job creation are a key part of the business’s agenda.

Its services are delivered by experienced business advisors, many of whom are sector specialists who have successfully set up and grown their own businesses, before joining the Hub for a new challenge and to pass on their expertise and insider knowledge.

Support covers the following areas so please refer to the separate sections by clicking on the appropriate link on the website.

  • Setting up and starting your business
  • Growing your business
  • Mentoring guidance
  • Digital marketing
  • Growth through innovation
  • Access to Finance (this includes loans)
  • Manufacturing advice and support

Contact

T: 0161 359 3050

E: info@businessgrowthhub.com

Green Growth Service (Part of Business Growth Hub)

The Green Growth Service offers free specialist advice to help you improve resource efficiency, cut bills and become more profitable. Local advisors can help you reduce energy, water and material use, manage waste, review design specifications and improve process efficiency. It is available to all small and medium sized north west businesses.

Contact

T: 0161 359 3050

E: info@businessgrowthhub.com

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