A new programme designed to support local residents who are self-employed or are setting up their own business has been rolled out across Wigan Borough.
Backed by Wigan Council, GC Business Growth Hub recently launched their ‘Start Smart’ programme in the borough, which offers professional guidance through workshops, events and one-to-one advice. GC Business Growth Hub is a community of specialists helping businesses at all stages across Greater Manchester, but their latest venture is dedicated to supporting those who may have minimal experience setting up a business or working for themselves.
Rebecca Heron, director for economy and skills at Wigan Council said: “We’re committed to encouraging local businesses thrive and proudly support the new Start Smart scheme. “Setting up a new business is exciting but can also be daunting, so giving people expert knowledge on the legalities of becoming self-employed, how to access finance and more will be a real help.
“As a council, we know setting up a business can sometimes be costly, which is why we launched our Business Booster scheme, providing eligible start-ups and small independent businesses with financial loans to help with a range of costs including recruitment, upskilling and equipment. “We look forward to seeing how all of the support opportunities across the borough will benefit our local economy and encourage small businesses to develop.”
Janine Richardson, Start Smart Project Manager, GC Business Growth Hub, said: “Start Smart is there to help anyone in Wigan who wants to find out more about becoming self-employed, or seeking support to grow their new business. Through our work in the borough we know that there are lots of entrepreneurial thinkers with great ideas in Wigan – we hope Start Smart will be the helping hand needed to transform Wigan’s great ideas into reality.”
The council also offers support through The Deal for Business, which is an informal contract between the council and business trading across the borough.
In exchange for the council providing advice on a range of topics from recruitment to health and wellbeing, businesses agree to employ apprentices, offer local companies the opportunity to be suppliers, pay business rates on time and volunteer in the local community.
For more information about Start Smart, visit www.businessgrowthhub.com/startup, email [email protected] or call 0161 359 3050.
Or for more information about the council’s Business Booster and The Deal for Business, visit www.wiganworks.com