New self-employment drop-in sessions

The GC Business Growth Hub has launched a new ‘Start Smart’ programme, designed to support Stockport residents who want to find out if self-employment is right for them.

In partnership with People Plus, the programme is also open to those who have recently started their own business and are looking for advice to help them to succeed and grow.

Free support will be delivered at accessible locations across Stockport, starting with fortnightly drop-in sessions on Fridays at Stockport Central Library, Wellington Road South, SK1 3RS and on Mondays from 10am – 2pm at Brinnington Library, First House, SK5 8EN.

The full programme of support will include drop-ins, workshops, events and one-to-one specialist advice covering:

  • Developing a viable business idea
  • What to look out for when self employed
  • Legalities of starting a business
  • Business and cash flow planning
  • Advice on where to raise finance, or secure investments
  • Marketing your business
  • Recruiting and managing staff
  • New product or service development

From the part-time gardener through to starting and growing a limited business, Start Smart is open to all.

The programme is funded by Stockport Council, Stockport Homes and the European Regional Development Fund, and is free to access.

For more information, contact the Start Smart team at: ; ; 0161 359 3050.

Caroline Simpson, Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council, said: “The Start Smart scheme offers useful support to anyone considering self-employment, as well as those looking for a new direction in their existing small business, so I’d encourage Stockport residents to take up this opportunity.

“Stockport is an entrepreneurial borough, with 85% of businesses employing less than 10 people and historically high business start-up and survival rates. Small businesses are highly important to the local economy and through this support we hope to encourage those that wish to start up on their own.”

Robin Burman, Chair of the Board at Stockport Homes, said: “We are proud to be part of this initiative which will make such a difference, not only to our customers and local residents but by helping businesses to be part of Stockport’s exciting growth. Self-employment can be a great way into work and also can help achieve a work life balance that’s right for you.”