About Build A Business

Have you always wanted to start your own business?

Or are already running one but need help to grow it?

Build A Business is an innovative new project aimed at small businesses, entrepreneurs and anyone thinking of starting their own business.
It’s running in libraries across 8 Greater Manchester authorities, offering tailored help to support new businesses.

From Artisan Baker to Zumba Instructor, Build A Business can help!

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Workshops & Events

Our core programme of workshops to help you plan, develop and grow your business idea.
Learn the basics of running a business, know your market and get ready to launch.
Plus meet other local businesses at regular networking events.

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One to One Help

Our local SME Champions can provide one to one support and create a business information plan specific to you.
They’ll help you research your business and market using industry-standard databases and information.

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Research your market

You’ll find industry-standard business information at each location, including market research to help you prepare your business plan.
Discover the latest trends, research the competition, and even find how many similar businesses are in your area.

Protect your ideas

We’ll help you get insights into protecting your intellectual property (IP), such as copyright and trademarks.
We can also help you make sure you’re not borrowing someone else’s IP.

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Working space

Use the dedicated library space to work on developing your business including desks, wifi, printing, PC access, and business books to borrow.
You can even 3D print your latest prototype!
It’s your free office space.


Build a Business in GM Libraries is part funded by the European Union, with a grant of £1.3 million from ERDF funding, and managed by Manchester City Council. The project will run from January 2021-June 2023.