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Knowing what support is available and how to access it is time consuming. This page aims to connect you to organisations with services designed for your business. If you'd like a personal introduction to any of the below, join us and we'll do the legwork for you.

If you know of, or are, an organisation that has support services for digital, creative or tech businesses that is not listed here, please get in touch via greaterconnected@growthco.uk

GC Business Growth Hub offer a range of joined-up business services, from digital support, access to finance, workforce development, executive development, innovation and mentoring, all designed to provide tailored support for companies in niche sectors.

Services are delivered by experienced business advisors, many of whom are sector specialists who have successfully set up and grown their own businesses, before joining the Hub to pass on their expertise.

Working with businesses to help them succeed in international markets, whilst also encouraging overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice, DIT offers a range of unique services. Advisors help companies trade successfully in foreign markets and become familiar with overseas business practices to see the export side of their business keep growing. 

Creative England support creative talent & businesses to be the most successful & innovative in the world. They help digital and tech companies with the investment and support to create groundbreaking technology and have recently launched a fully funded support programme for SMEs in GM within the Film and TV production industry.

With a mandate to promote and support the Tech & Digital Industries across the North of England, Tech North has flagship programmes including Founders Network, Northern Stars and the Tech Nation visa scheme to help bring talent into the North in as little as 18 days. 

The MPA is a not for profit memebership organisation for the Creative, Digital and Media industry within GM. Members range from larger corporates to independent SMEs, freelancers and students. 

They provide a range of events including business development, social, training and CPD.  

The board is made up of volunteers from the sector and they continue to invite other volunteers to get involved.

The largest business support organisation in the North West specialising in delivering practical regulatory, business, management and professional training.

Offers guidance and support on the apprenticeship levy.

The Growth Company’s two Angel services, Co-Angel Investment Service and  North West Business Angels have recently merged creating a more cohesive offer, enabling increased access to early stage equity funding. The service now known as GC Angels, supports businesses seeking access to angel investment, ranging from £25,000 up to £2m.

Having loaned nearly £100m of capital to companies across the North, BFS offers a range of finance options for companies looking to grow, including start-up and micro loans right through to equity investments and export finance. 

Creative pro-manchester runs a programme of initiatives designed to help their financial services members engage with the Creative, Digital and Media Sector.

The group is made up of individuals who work in, or have an interest in, the Creative, Digital and Media Sector.

Promoting Manchester as a leading European business location, MIDAS helps with introductions and visits for companies interested in locating in Manchester.

If you don't currently have a base in Manchester and would like to know more about the benefits (including access to Greater Connected!), then MIDAS can help.

With a thriving membership scheme, Manchester Digital run events and share information to help digital businesses to find all they need to do their best work. Members can also be considered for Big Chip Awards, the largest digital awards event in the country outside of London. 

Tech North Advocates is a private sector led coalition of expert individuals from the tech sector and broader community who will be committed to championing the North of England’s potential as a world-class hub for tech and digital businesses.