Get help to start up. innovate. grow.

Rivington Chocolates

Got a great idea for a new business but don’t know where to start?

Then look no further… Whatever your idea, from a new innovative product to providing a service; becoming self-employed and running your own business can be a way to turn your ambitions into reality.

To make sure it’s the right choice for you it's vital you get the best possible advice. In Bolton and across Greater Manchester there’s lots of support available for new business start ups.

The following organisations can provide you with up-to-date, appropriate and relevant advice and support:

  • People Plus
  • Business Growth Hub
  • Learn Direct and
  • Ask Bolton Libraries


They can help you

  • Undertake a reality check – what’s really involved in being self-employed
  • Write your business plan
  • Find out about finance options suitable for your business idea
  • Get relevant tools and access to information to realise your business idea
  • Provide practical business advice
Reality check
Business plan
Finance options
Tools and access
Business advice

People Plus deliver start up support programmes to people who are unemployed, claiming Job Seekers Allowance or looking to start a new business for themselves.

Visit website Call: 0800 681 6628

The Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub has a growth start up programme aimed at those wishing to start a business with the potential to employ five staff or turnover in excess of £250 000 within three years.

Visit website Call: 0161 359 3050

Learndirect’s start-up programme can help new starters gain the skills they need to develop their business ideas into real sustainable business plan.

Visit website Call: 0161 233 4020