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Free business advice in your local area

One Manchester provides free business advice to local tenants, residents and existing businesses located in our area. We can provide advice and guidance on the following key business topics:

  • How to start a business
  • Business plans
  • Market research
  • Marketing
  • Cash flow 
  • Access to business legal advice for businesses located in these Manchester postcodes (M11 - M16, M18 - M19)
  • Information about sources of finance
  • Regular free business advice drop-in sessions in various libraries and community venues (phone for details)

We also provide free business skills workshops to help develop business knowledge:

  • An introduction to business planning
  • Social media for business
  • Facebook for business
  • LinkedIn to drive business sales
  • Marketing and sales
  • Bookkeeping

To find out more, to book a meeting in your local area, or reserve a place on a workshop call Wayne on 07471 142875 / 0161 274 2150 or email



Are you looking to start up a business or become self employed? A comprehensive range of business start-up support organisations can help you to explore your business idea. Further help can be found here or contact Wayne on 07471 142875 / 0161 274 2150 or email


Looking for finance to kick start your new business? Find out how. For more information contact Wayne on 07471 142875 / 0161 274 2150 or email


If you’ve set up your own business or are thinking of doing so, getting the legalities right is really important, but often confusing. Take advantage of the FREE business legal advice available to residents living in the postcodes M11-M16 and M18-M19. One Manchester will refer your enquiry to a local solicitor. Call Wayne on 07471 142875 / 0161 274 2150 or email

If you’re thinking of starting your own business, you’ll need a business plan. A business plan will help you to work out if the business is potentially viable. It will help you to understand if there will be enough demand for your service or product, how much money you’ll need to start the business, and if it can be potentially profitable. To discuss your business plan call call Wayne on 07471 142875 / 0161 274 2150 or email


This document supports the business plan. It will include your predicted start-up costs, monthly outgoings and a sales forecast. It will identify potential peaks and troughs in sales and help to understand how cash comes into and out of the business, helping you to manage your cash flow. To discuss your cash flow forecast, call Wayne on 07471 142875 / 0161 274 2150 or email

Join us and become part of the growth and development of the South Manchester business and enterprise community


To build a creative and imaginative network of local businesses in South Manchester, working in a flexible way for the benefit of member businesses as well as the wider community.


  • To help businesses develop and grow by promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise, arranging a programme of expert speakers and by signposting to support services
  • To work in the context of the city’s regeneration priorities, delivering projects that have clear benefits for local residents, community groups, aspiring entrepreneurs, start up and existing businesses
  • To promote the principles of local benefit among the wider business community
  • To be a source of creative ideas connecting learning and resources from the community, voluntary, private and public sectors
  • To represent a positive, enterprising and inclusive image of South Manchester

Sign up to join the network here.

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