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Do you want to set up your own business, go self-employed, or have you been trading for less than three years? Bury Council and GC Business Growth Hub have launched the Start Smart programme, providing support through workshops, events and one-to-one specialist advice. This help is fully funded, and support is tailored to individuals; examples could include analysing your business idea, advice about your personal circumstances, legalities, financial advice and management.

Councillor Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, said: “Helping to create a thriving local economy is one of our top priorities, doing whatever we can to support our business community to grow and prosper. “Setting up a new business can be both exciting and daunting but there is a strong entrepreneurial spirit here. Bury means business, and I’m certain that Bury residents and companies will benefit from the programme’s expertise, advice and guidance.” Janine Richardson, Start Smart Project Manager, GC Business Growth Hub, said: “Start Smart is there to help anyone in Bury who wants to find out more about becoming self-employed or seeking support to grow their new business. Through our work across Greater Manchester, we know that there are lots of entrepreneurial thinkers with great ideas in the region – we hope Start Smart will be the helping hand needed to transform Bury’s great ideas into reality.” For more information or to get involved with Start Smart, contact the GC Business Growth Hub on 0161 359 3050 or email For information about the wider support Bury Council and partners can provide, contact Bury Means Business on 0161 253 6535 or



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