Published: Tuesday, 8th Feb 2022

An innovative new library project will help Bolton’s budding entrepreneurs develop their business ideas.

Bab logo‘Build a Business in GM Libraries’ is a new scheme running across Greater Manchester and part funded by the European Union with £1.3 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The programme will offer advice, tailored support and guidance to local business owners and their teams through a series of workshops delivered at libraries.

The project will also help entrepreneurs to plan, develop and grow their business ideas, whilst also providing the opportunity to network with like-minded people in their area.

In tandem with the workshops and advice available, one-to-one support will be provided in each area by local small business experts known as ‘SME Champions’.

These champions are carefully selected experts who can share a wealth of knowledge to help participants expand their ideas and build their businesses. 

Participants will also have access to their local library’s Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC), where users can access industry-standard business information resources, including powerful market research databases.

Businesses that take part will also benefit from allocated workspaces that have Wi-fi, PCs, printing and 3D printing access. 

More information is available on the Build a Business website.

“Build a Business is a fantastic new project offering practical advice and tailored support, all delivered at a convenient location."

Bolton Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, said:

“Bolton has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and we want to support the next generation as they take the first steps to creating the businesses of the future.

“We are delighted to be part of ‘Build a Business in Greater Manchester Libraries’ and there a plenty of great resources available.

“I urge anyone who is just starting out in business to get involved and find out more.”

Lou Cordwell, Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, said: 

“Build a Business is a fantastic new project offering practical advice and tailored support, all delivered at a convenient location.

“Greater Manchester is full of entrepreneurial people with great ideas and it’s important we offer them support so that they can drive our recovery beyond the pandemic.

“Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re already in business and want to grow, get in touch with Build a Business to learn more.”