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Helping Businesses Grow

We offer a comprehensive range of support to help businesses start up, grow and thrive.  

Our Business Growth Hub helps ambitious business people to realise their growth potential by offering access to a range of practical services, from assessing growth options to unlocking finance or accessing experienced business mentors.  

As part of the Government’s Solutions for Business Services, we offer a range of affordable business loans and services delivered on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills by a team of experienced lending professionals.  

We’ve sanctioned over £16 million in business loans to individuals, partnerships and companies across Greater Manchester alone.

The businesses within the group that support this work are:

Business Growth Hub

Since 2011 the Business Growth Hub has been offering expert business support to ambitious companies across Greater Manchester.

Business Finance Solutions

BFS is a Government-backed Community Development Finance Institution providing alternative finance to entrepreneurs.


MIDAS is Manchester’s award winning inward investment agency. Its strategic aim is to secure significant levels of new investment and employment for Greater Manchester.


Organisational development specialists and licensed Investors in People partner, IDG will help you to improve your systems, develop your people and grow your business

Centre For Assessment

Centre for Assessment Ltd provides assessment and certification services to organisations in both the UK and internationally.

Challenge 4 Change

Challenge 4 Change is a unique, indoor urban experiential learning facility, an ‘inward bound’ centre, providing team and personal development.

Aspire Recruitment

Aspire Recruitment is an award-winning, not-for-profit, ethical agency who will both help businesses find the right people and get individuals into the right jobs, the right way.

The Skills Company

The Skills Company is one of the largest providers of apprenticeships, traineeships and courses for young people and adults in the North West.

Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade, with its team of expert advisers located across the globe, can help you fulfill your international ambitions.

The Work Company

The Work Company supports the employment, recruitment and skills needs of employers, people and Government across the north of England.