ENTREPRENEURS based in Bolt who are ready to start a business or who may already be in the early stages of setting up a micro-business are invited to apply for a new, fully-funded support program designed to unlock their full business potential.
Start Up Vision is a brand new initiative, aimed at people in Greater Manchester who are looking to start their self-employment journey and those who are in the very early stages of setting up a business.
They could include, but are not limited to, gardeners, dog groomers, carpenters, physiotherapists, beauticians and property maintenance managers.
The program is open to all trades and sectors and offers support to people who are currently unemployed or economically inactive, as well as micro-enterprises less than a year old and based in the region.
It is implemented in Greater Manchester by GC Business Growth Hub, funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.
Throughout the program, which runs until the end of June 2022, successful participants will receive personalized advice and coaching from an experienced business advisor.
Together, they will develop a personalized action plan and, if necessary, have access to additional funded training courses and workshops or practical support services provided by specialist providers.
The program has been designed to test a new approach to supporting start-ups and very young companies, to see if, by providing them with very personalized and specialized support, they can become able to grow much faster and more efficiently. more sustainable.
Hilary Centeleghe, Head of Startup and Growth at GC Business Growth Hub, said: “This is a commendable new initiative to help empower individual entrepreneurs and start-ups during this critical first phase of the life cycle of a business, when a strong business idea is both on the verge of reaching its full potential and is also at its most vulnerable.
“Startups and small businesses are the lifeblood of our regional and national economies, so providing them with the most comprehensive support possible is crucial to success, especially during these crucial first months of operation.”
The program is for anyone who can demonstrate a strong business or freelance idea and entrepreneurial vision; from people who are currently unemployed or economically inactive, to those who are employed but looking to become self-employed, or to self-employed people who have been running a small business for less than a year.
The program is open to anyone who meets these criteria and people from generally underrepresented communities such as people from ethnic minorities, people over 50 and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All program participants will gain the knowledge and skills they need to turn their ideas into reality or take their start-up business to the next level.
The program will aim to improve the skills of 200 self-employed/new start-ups.
Its aim is to enable more people to turn to self-employment and to help more micro-enterprises grow faster and more efficiently.
The program will include peer-to-peer networking opportunities and additional mentorship, with support provided to help participants identify knowledge and skills gaps.
Progress reviews will be conducted mid-term and at the end of the program, with access to training and workshops to help overcome obstacles and enable the implementation of each action plan.
For more details or to apply, visit www.businessgrowthhub.com/start-up-vision