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Start a new business

​​Business advice with MiVentures

Business advice with MiVentures​​​ as a Rochdale resident or business owner you can​ access FREE instant business advice online through the MiVentures live chat portal. MiVentures allows you to chat with professional business advisors in real-time enabling you get an immediate response to your questions no matter how big or small the issue.

​​​​​Growth Start-Up Support Programme

Growth Start-Up Support Programme is for individuals with the ambition and drive to start and grow their own business. The programme will take you from an initial concept/idea to a successful business. We'll work with you to develop your business and introduce you to additional support needed such as accessing finance. We'll also provide you with an objective point of view – and provide feedback on your business plans and ideas. 

Other support for new businesses

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Service providerService offeredContact details
​Ask About Business​Business ideas, funding, running your business and more. Ask About Business
Co-operatives UKIf you want to start your own co-operative, Co-operatives UK provides a handy guide to the process. Co-opera​tives​ UK
0161 214 1750
FranchisingWorksFree support, advice and funding to those who are interested in supported self-employment but are open minded to the type of business they would like to operate or manage. Work from home, work from a van or even run your very own management style business. FranchisingWorks0161 408 1313
info@franchisingworks.org
​​GOV.UK​A range of advice on business and self-employedGOV.UK
​HM Revenue & Customs tutorialThis free online tutorial is aimed at anyone starting their own business and covers all the basic tax and National Insurance information needed. HM Revenue & Customs tutorial
How to Start a Business in RochdaleThis website will help you find local firms and business support organisations that will give you advice as well as provide the services you may need when setting up a business. Look for the useful step-by-step guides that are free to download. How to Start a Business in Rochdale
Learn DirectLearn Direct offer personalised self-employment or business start-up support if you are:
  • Aged 16 or over
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Not currently in education or employment
Learn Direct
0170 651 6616
startup@learndirect.com
Prince's Trust Enterprise ProgrammeThe Prince's Trust provides specialist support for unemployed people aged between 18-30 who have a business idea. The programme will help work out if the business idea is viable and if self-employment is right for them. Prince's Trust
0128 271 4161
webinfonw@princes-trust.org.uk
Rochdale Development Agency (RDA)The RDA offers a comprehensive package of support to businesses looking to set up, expand or invest in the borough. Services provided include locating property and land, identifying available business support services and help with recruitment and training needs. Rochdale Development Age​ncy
01706 927000
info@investinrochdale.co.uk
Shell LiveWIREShell LiveWIRE is the UK's largest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30. Get information about the monthly £1,000 Grand Ideas Awards and the annual £10,000 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, plus a wide range of free articles, tools and resources that will help you get started. Shell LiveWIRE
0191 423 6229
enquiries@shell-livewire.org
StartUp BritainStartUp Britain is a national campaign promoting entrepreneurship by highlighting the support available to those wanting to start a business. The website features discounted offers on business services and promotes enterprise events and initiatives. StartUp Britain

Contact

​01706 925605

Economic Affairs Team
Economy and Environment
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU

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