Manchester Met to support SMEs

Manchester Met to support SMEs

Manchester Metropolitan University has launched a new business development programme to boost start-up companies and SMEs across Cheshire and Warrington.

The free fully funded programme is to be delivered with the Northwest Universities European Unit Ltd and partners across Cheshire and will help over 280 companies grow over the next three years.

It will have a heavy focus on strengthening local business communities and is based on peer-to-peer learning informed by expert advice - a format proven to work well in previous programmes run by the university's Centre for Enterprise.

Cheshire has one of the best performing regional economies in the UK, and the programme recognises that with additional support many more businesses will be able to maximise their potential to grow.

Jennie Shorley, head of bids and partnerships in the Centre for Enterprise, said: “We are delighted that we have been successful with this funding bid, which will enable us to develop a network of growing companies and entrepreneurs, who will support each other across Cheshire and Warrington, creating sustainable growth. We are now looking for ambitious businesses and potential entrepreneurs to work with!”

This programme is one of three new European Regional Development Fund supported projects that the Centre for Enterprise is involved in delivering in the coming months, the others being the Greater Manchester High Growth Network (with the Manchester Growth Hub) and SMARTCheshire.

For more information on the programmes or to get in touch please visit the Centre for Enterprise website where you can register your interest in the programme or email them directly, by visiting