Business events
Starting a new business
Growing your business
Relocating or expanding your business
Business development opportunities
Business recruitment or training
Self employment

Business events

We provide information on a number of different business related events which can be accessed via the 'Events' tab at the top of this page.

Receive business events by email

Starting a new business

Whatever your idea, from eBay trading to engineering, becoming self-employed and running your own business can be a way to realise your own ambitions, express your creativity and be your own boss.  But it's also a life choice which can take you away from much of the comfort and security which a regular income can offer.
In such a situation it's vital you get the best possible advice.  There are a number of agencies and businesses, both public and private, who can help you through this process, from banks to accountants and via specialist public agencies.  Business Bolton will ensure that you find the right support to make your business idea a reality. 

The following three business support organisations operate across Greater Manchester and can specifically provide you with up-to-date, appropriate and relevant advice and support.  They can help:-

  • assess your own enterprise skills
  • undertake a reality check – what’s really involved in being self-employment
  • you to access local information before you get started
  • provide practical advice as you take your first steps

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 within three years or turnover in excess of £250 000 within three years –  0161 359 3050   http://www.businessgrowthhub.com 

Avanta deliver start up support programmes to people who are unemployed or looking to start a new business for themselves – http://peopleplus.co.uk/pages/start-a-business-with-nea

Bolton Business Ventures provides a bespoke package of services that will guide you in the development of a structured business plan to act as a springboard for your future business success, as well as improve the chances of loan funding being secured.  This includes various local workshops covering the key points people need to know about becoming self-employed – 01204 391400 http://www.bbvonline.net

Links

  • http://www.hmrc.gov.uk - HM Revenues and Customs, for information on registering as self-employed and other tax related issues
  • https://www.gov.uk/  - the government’s government gateway agency to business support
  • http://www.askaboutbusiness.org  - part of the libraries network - you need to have a library card/number to access general information for new and established businesses

For more information, get in touch with Business Bolton via the 'Contacts' tab at the top of this page.

Growing your business

If you are a new or established business, Business Bolton will provide you with the information, advice and guidance you need to grow your business or simply to keep your business going.

Business Bolton provides access to valuable support which will keep you ahead of the competition and in control of your business' growth including:

  • Single point of contact with the council for business-related issues
  • Up to date information on relevant business funding and support agencies
  • Access to a commercial property database 
  • Free staff recruitment, selection and training services 
  • Advice and guidance, including specialist support for tourism businesses 
  • Access to a commercial property database and assistance with premises searches 
  • Details of Bolton's demographics, schools, transport and housing intelligence 
  • Signposting to funding and grant support (where available) 
  • Arrangement and help with pre-planning application meetings for new developments and/or changes to existing uses 
  • Introductions to existing Bolton business networks
  • Business Growth Hub business support

Business Growth Hub
Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub supports growing and ambitious businesses, delivering a wide range of business support services.  The Hub was launched in 2011 and has helped thousands of businesses across Greater Manchester, from established and large companies to startups and SME enterprises. Support available includes one-to-one advice, masterclasses, in-depth growth assessments and access to a range of specialist partner organisations. From raising finance to expand, finding a mentor to support the next stage of development, realising the business benefits of digital technology or connecting with a sector specialist, the Hub helps businesses to access the right support for them in order to reach their growth potential. 

Business Bolton is very much a part of the drive to encourage and support business growth and has demonstrated that commitment by investing in a dedicated Business Growth Advisor Jonathan Crabtree. Jonathan's work will help ensure that even more Bolton businesses can benefit from the full range of growth services available through the Hub.

Relocating or expanding your business

If you are looking to expand and/or relocate your business in Bolton, Business Bolton can provide you with support in the following areas:

If you currently own or rent premises and you wish to dispose of them, Business Bolton will be happy to promote them through the property database.

For more information, get in touch with Business Bolton via the 'Contacts' tab at the top of this page.

Business development opportunities

Take your pick from a number of choice development opportunities in Bolton town centre. The scale and scope of opportunities now available in Bolton now means that it’s one of the best places in the Manchester city region to invest.

Bolton’s regional, national and international profile has never been higher. From the sporting success of Amir Khan to the cultural impact of personalities such as Sara Cox and Vernon Kay, Bolton has a distinctive and unique brand that has well and truly put it on the map.

It is also a major economic force in the region and in the country. A host of top name companies have made Bolton their HQ including RBS, Hitachi and Warburton’s, the UK’s second most important retail brand. Added to this, Bolton has the fastest growing profession-focused University which is playing a significant role in the development of the knowledge economy in the North West.

Bolton is currently ranked one of the best places in the UK to start a new business and is increasingly becoming recognised as a strategic investor destination for key growth sectors.

For more information, get in touch with Business Bolton via the 'Contacts' tab at the top of this page.

Business recruitment or training

The importance of attracting, recruiting and retaining the best staff is imperative for the success of any business, never has this been more true than in today’s business climate. Given a profile of your employment needs, Business Bolton can assist you in identifying the right person to meet your business needs in a quick, efficient and cost effective manner. As an employer you can benefit from the following:

Recruitment support – Matching your profile of employment needs we will screen candidates to your specification. We will ensure that only those referred for interview or assessment are matched to your exact needs.

Reduced Costs - Recruitment costs are generally between 10 - 20% of the annual salary - we offer our service free of charge.

Pre-employment training - We can offer training to suit the employees’ needs to ensure they are ready to start their employment. We can also run sector or company specific training to meet the employer’s exact requirements as well as pre-induction training to ensure your new employee adds value from day one.

Rooms to conduct interviews and induction training – Meeting and training rooms are available for your recruitment and selection activities.

In addition you are supporting the Team Bolton initiative of Bolton Council and helping preserve local services
Business Bolton is also keen to support your business into the future by ensuring you take full advantage of local skills provision to continue the development of those you have recruited.

We can tailor a mix of provision which meets your own corporate development programmes including apprenticeship programmes, short courses or professional development.

Links

For more information, get in touch with Business Bolton via the 'Contacts' tab at the top of this page.

Self employment

Whatever your idea, becoming self employed and running your own business can be a way to realise your ambitions, express your creativity and be your own boss.  But it's also a life choice which can take you away from much of the comfort and security which a regular income can offer.

In such a situation, it's vital you get the best possible support and that's where Business Bolton comes in.

There are a number of agencies and businesses, both public and private, who can help you through this process, from banks to accountants and via specialist public agencies.  Business Bolton will ensure that you find the right support to make your business idea a reality.

For more information, get in touch with Business Bolton via the 'Contacts' tab at the top of this page.

Starting a business and self-employment

Business Bolton

Second Floor

Bolton Town Hall

Victoria Square

Bolton

BL1 1RU

Telephone 01204 336222
View map

Opening times

Times are displayed in a 24 hour format.

Open Close
Monday    
Tuesday    
Wednesday    
Thursday    
Friday    
Saturday    
Sunday    

Upcoming activities

Upcoming events