Starting a business

Trafford Council works closely with our business support partners to offer free, specialist advice to those wanting to start-up their own business.

Business is Great

Business Is Great offers information and a comprehensive guide to where you can find help and advice starting and setting up a business and the steps you will need to take to turn your idea into reality.
A free telephone helpline (0300 456 3565) provides a quick response service for when you are unable to access the internet or online business support services.

GOV.UK - Starting Up A Business

This website provides tools and guidance on how to set up a business.

Virgin Start Up

Virgin Start Up is a not-for-profit organisation that helps entrepreneurs aged 18 and over in England get the funding, resources and advice they’ll need to make their business idea a reality.
You can register your interest online and a Virgin Start Up business advisor will call you to find out the kind of help and advice you need.

Princes Trust

The Princes Trust provides a four-stage enterprise programme for 18-30 year olds which gives you time to learn more about setting up a business, as well as space and time for you to make big decisions that could change your future forever.

Growth Start-up - Business Growth Hub Link to external page/site

Offers a long-term programme for ambitious entrepreneurs who are serious about setting up a business.

They will help you to plan and develop your business, providing invaluable feedback along the way. Alonside regular two-day Start Smart workshops, there is one-to-one mentoring and a series of masterclasses.


T: 0161 359 3050


Starting a new food business

A step by step guide to starting your own food business covering topics such as:

  • Registering your business
  • Food hygiene training
  • Food safety management systems

The Economic Growth Team also offers a wealth of information and support to help get you started. We can help with:

  • Help with finding suitable business premises.
  • Access to finance, grants and loans for your business.
  • A loan scheme for businesses taking up vacant shop units in Altrincham, Stretford, Urmston or Sale Town centres.
  • Where to go for advice on tax, VAT and PAYE.
  • Business rates information.
  • Taking on staff and advertising vacancies.
  • Workforce development and training.
  • Business networking
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