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So, how can Ni help?

Creative & Digital Marketing Support

As part of our social purpose we offer charities, social enterprise and other social purpose organisations 6 hours of marketing consultancy to help you focus and streamline your marketing activities.

MARKETING CONSULTANCY

Friendly, realistic and effective marketing advice based on your organisations aims and resources.

SEO

SEO helps your customers find you. We give you usable tools to make the most of this valuable channel.

Social Media

Key to any marketing strategy is social media, we can help you manage this or give you tools to do this yourselves.

BRAND DESIGN

Creating visually compelling consistency is key for your audience to connect and remember you.

Copywriting

Never underestimate the power of using the right words to convey your message to your audience.

PR

We can support your next fundraising event, promote an awareness raising campaign to simply share some good news! 

Website Development

We build websites that give you control and sustainability. We design with your customers in mind for the best experience.

Video Production

Video is a key way to convey your important messages and connect emotionally to your audiences.        

Workshops & Training

Keep an eye out for our free workshops we run for community organisations or get in touch to request. Watch videos, read guides and complete tasks to improve your knowledge in our dedicated hub.

Starting Up

As part of our social purpose we offer charities, social enterprise

Sales & Marketing

SEO helps your customers find you. We give you usable tools to make the most of this valuable channel.

Finance

Creating visually compelling consistency is key for your audience to connect and remember you.

Personal Development

Never underestimate the power of using the right words to convey your message to your audience.

Web & IT

We build websites that give you control and sustainability. We design with your customers in mind for the best experience.

Business Management

Video is a key way to convey your important messages and connect emotionally to your audiences.        

Business Planning & Start Up Support

Keep an eye out for our free workshops we run for community organisations or get in touch to request. Watch videos, read guides and complete tasks to improve your knowledge in our dedicated hub.

Grant Writing

We can help with research, writing and checking over a grant before you submit. Ask about our no win, no fee model.

Sales & Marketing

SEO helps your customers find you. We give you usable tools to make the most of this valuable channel.

Business Plan & Forecasting

Creating visually compelling consistency is key for your audience to connect and remember you.

Personal Development

Never underestimate the power of using the right words to convey your message to your audience.

Web & IT

We build websites that give you control and sustainability. We design with your customers in mind for the best experience.

Business Management

Video is a key way to convey your important messages and connect emotionally to your audiences.        

"I am a BAME business owner struggling to set up/continue a business due to Covid"

Whether it's your Wedding Day, or your child's 1st Birthday Party, We Are Royal can provide you with entertainment services to capture and enhance your special moments. 

I need Creative & Digital Marketing Services for my business!

Digital Biz Kit delivers a wide range of low cost marketing services, such as website development, graphic design and social media management, to help boost your business.

I need Personal Brand Development & Online Growth for myself!

Wanting to develop your online personal brand as a thought leader? Or are you trying to become Insta Famous and get more followers? Regardless, Ni can help!

 

 

 

History & About Page Where we started

Nijah Paul is a qualified Business Support advisor. He created Ni Can Help in 2019 as an agency, but soon realised that he would like to deliver work to people not just solely for money, but for the love of helping.

 

He wants to help turn interests and skills into long-term, flourishing businesses – not setting out to conquer the world like contestants on The Apprentice or Dragons Den, but, reaching freedom and financial security by delivering traditional services in existing markets.​

 

Nijah genuinely strives to dismiss the myth that you have to ‘start an airline’ or ‘invent the next big thing’ to have a successful business. With 99% of start-ups setting out to start something conventional, based on a hobby or an interest, there is massive scope and encouragement for people who want to do just that.

Erika Watson is a highly experienced mentor and accredited business adviser, with particular strengths in working with women-led businesses and social enterprises. Client feedback for Erika is listed below.

There are oodles of people setting up in business but no recognised, accredited support. 

Who we are for

If you want to launch an airline, then you’ve come to the wrong place. We help the other 99.9% of the start-up community who wish to set up a conventional business in an emerging or traditional market. Our courses provide uncomplicated, useful information and guidance to anyone who is in the process of setting up a business or simply just exploring the idea.

Greenwell helps businesses and professionals to become more entrepreneurial. We specialise in engaging a more diverse range of people in entrepreneurial activity, through:

Running your own business means you have to be an expert not only in your own field, but also in marketing, social media, accounting, HR - the list goes on! 

We have created the FSB skills hub to support you with the resources you need to ensure business continuity in the immdiate future and for the longer term.

Find answers to your legal questions, demystify the digital world, build a robust business model and unlock the potential of your FSB membership.

Acceleration and community support

Learn from failures and success of other entrepreneurs, get advice and support from InnMind community.

Learn how to bootstrap and grow your business. Create useful connections, find the tools and resources for your startup development.

We are here to help with business skills.

We understand that business training is essential for knowledge and confidence building for BAMEs in business.

 

Our business training spans across many aspects of business, from social media marketing, to bookkeeping, tax and national insurance rules.


Here at Ni Can Help we understand that the range of skills that a new business owner needs to utilise can be a worry, which is why we have put together a programme of skills-based business training courses that will help BAME business owners to develop new business skills in an interactive way.

 

These courses are open to BAME business owners looking to start a business or developing an existing business.

How InnMind helps startups?

Contacts

An access to network of mentors and prospective investors

Promotion

Your content could be published through our media channels

Professional services

In case you need to hire some service providers, there is a pool of good ones

Knowledge base

Reviews, studies, document templates are available for free

We are providing the right navigation to the new startups & small businesses owners along with essential Business Support Services to create better brand visibility, sales optimisation, revenue generation by bringing them forward in the competitive market.

  • Planning for Success (business planning course)

  • Basic Bookkeeping course

  • Understanding Tax and National Insurance Course (for sole traders or business partnerships)

  • Building a Social Media Strategy (an introduction to social media for business)

  • How to Get Your Business Found by Google - understanding basic SEO Techniques

  • Develop Creative Content - Enhancing blog and social media posts

  • Marketing Strategy Essentials

  • How to Get Media Coverage for Your Business

  • Be a Confident BAME Business Owner

 

  • Free Business awareness advice

  • Free Help in creating a business plan

  • Free Marketing advice and PR ideas

  • Free Access to finding assistance

  • Free Premises and location searches

  • Free Ongoing support and mentoring

  • Free Networking groups: share ideas

  • Free Local regeneration updates

  • Free Employment and recruitment advice

  • Free Business seminars and workshops

  • Free Mini website on http://www.liveworkinvest.com/

 

Bounce Back Boot Camp

We offer free support to help your business rebuild and restart after lockdown. Including 1:1 advice, checklists and online guides. We can help with everything from switching to online platforms, business strategy, HR, flexible working and crisis planning. We also offer free webinars and video tutorials to tackle critical topics from restarting your business, business contingency planning, e-commerce, social media, managing cashflow and more.

Kick-Starting Your Business After COVID-19

Covid-19 Notice – During this time we are extending our free help to directors of limited companies that are sole employees and those who are self employed that have not yet filed a tax return. The reason for this is that this particular group is not covered properly by any of the government schemes and we want to help them where possible. If you would like help please fill out the form below and for the social impact question mark as n/a.

If you are using this time to plan ahead or you want to talk to someone about how you can adapt your current setup we are here to help and listen.

Free Marketing Advice

 

​As a one-stop marketing shop, we’re offering our clients a FREE 30 minute marketing consultation to discuss their marketing needs with a marketing professional at Non Stop Adz . You can ask any questions relating to promoting your business, including different marketing strategies that can be applied to your business to achieve your objectives. We're happy to provide advice or feedback (verbal only) depending on what your needs are. 

 

To request your 30 minute free consultation, you'll need to call or email us to make an appointment. We'll do the rest. To get the most out of the 30 minute free consultation, we ask that you identify the key points you are wanting to discuss and provide these in advance. 

 

You can choose an online Zoom video conference call or a telephone call. To use Zoom is free of charge. Learn more about Zoom.

 

This offer applies until Friday 29 May. Conditions apply.

Free Email Marketing

 

Email and SMS marketing and is a very popular and effective marketing platform designed to help you selectively engage with customers. Your messages could relate to new products and updates, special offers, event registrations, lead generation and much more. It’s database driven so you choose what message you want sent, which group of customers (personalised of course) you want to send to and how often. The email you received which lead you to this page, is an example of email marketing with a personalised greeting.

 

There are several FREE email marketing platforms which offer good features that allow you to get started. There will be limitations on what you can do which is their way of trying to upgrade you to a paid service with more features. Our favourite free email marketing platform is Mailchimp. It's easy to get started with and the more campaigns you create, the more effective your campaigns will become.

 

You'll need to create an email database as this drives the entire campaign. We recommend you include the customer's first name, last name and email address. If you think you would like to try SMS marketing at some stage, you should include their mobile number as well. If you don't already have this information, for example, you are a cash business, you will need to start collecting it with your customer's permission. 

 

You are now ready to create the content for your email. This will depend on the message you want to send, who you want to send it to and when you want to send it. Writing the email copy (text) along with choosing relevant images to make it more interesting and informative can be time consuming though. You may want to include a special offer (always appealing) to get attention and encourage your customers to read your email.

 

Before sending your email you'll need to test it several times (at least 3 or 4) to make sure it works the way you want it to, including being clearly visible on Apple Mac, PC and Android and Apple smart phones and tablets. Send the email to yourself and a friend to proof read it, check that it makes sense and is not confusing or contradictory and that all the links you included work correctly.

 

When you are satisfied your email is ready to go, simply click on SEND and it will be delivered to all your email addresses within minutes. Mailchimp has a good reporting feature that lets you see how many emails were delivered, how many were opened (read) and how many click throughs (for example to your website) you achieved. You may experience unsubscribes from people who don't want you bothering them.

 

If this all sounds like too much work, or it's not in your skill set, or you don't have the time, we are happy set up your campaign and manage it for you. The price for a Mailchimp email marketing campaign with up to 1000 email addresses is $297 incl GST. During the COVID-19 crisis we have reduced this by 25% so you only pay $222.75. 


Call 1300 85 26 85 to discuss, get a quote, or if you prefer, email us.

Free Facebook Business Page

 

It’s FREE to set up a Facebook business page to promote your business. It allows you to post information about your business, including hours of operation, products, special offers, events, product updates, etc. You can also include photos and videos giving advice or product demonstrations. For a small fee your posts can be boosted to reach a wider audience to promote your business.

 

Facebook also allows you to sell your products on Marketplace free of charge. Signing up is easy and for every product you want to advertise on Marketplace, you have the opportunity to add up 10 photos with generous space for a detailed description. Potential buyers can easily engage with you through the Messenger app on you mobile phone which is owned by Facebook.

 

If the products you sell are visual with many different applications, you should consider setting up a FREE Instagram business page to promote photos of the products you sell. You can attract followers of your page who will be notified of every post you make. Another great feature is you can easily update your page whenever you want with new photos and text.

 

We can help you by preparing images for you to upload to your new page. This may include deep etching product photos, resizing, cropping or creating a special effect. If you don't have a logo, one of our experienced graphic designers can take care of that for you also. We can even write copy for your posts if required.

You may not have the time to create your new Facebook or Instagram business page and add the relevant content. If this is the case, we are happy set up and create your new page for you. We normally charge $99 incl GST to create a business page on Facebook. During the COVID-19 crisis we have reduced this by 50% so you only pay $49.50. 

 

​Call 1300 85 26 85 to discuss, get a quote, or if you prefer, email us.

Free Online Business Listing

 

Now is a good time to sign up for one or more of the FREE online business listings that will increase your exposure when customers are ready to buy again. Google has an excellent offer. It's free to sign up for Google My Business which allows you to effectively build a free mini website without any ongoing costs. Simply decide what content to add, upload it, click publish and you're instantly online allowing locals to find you when they search for products or services you sell.

 

We can help you by preparing images for you to upload to your new listing. This may include deep etching product photos, resizing, cropping or creating a special effect. If you don't have a logo, one of our experienced graphic designers can take care of that for you also. 

We normally charge $129 incl GST to set up a Google My Business listing. During the COVID-19 crisis we have reduced this by 50% so you only pay $64.50. 

 

Call 1300 85 26 85 to discuss, get a quote, or if you prefer, email us.

New Website or Makeover?

 

Having a secure, mobile-ready (optimised for smart phones) website that can be updated anytime is essential for businesses wanting to be found online to attract new customers. It may be a simple one page site or have multiple pages depending on how much information you want to share and your budget. While free website templates are available, you'll have to design it, build it and pay to have it hosted on the internet.

 

Non Stop Adz websites are designed and built to meet your requirements and start from just $792 incl GST for a secure, professionally designed, one page site (with unlimited length). This is what you'll get:

  • A professionally designed, secure, mobile-ready website with the flexibility to add pages and/or functionality as your business grows.

  • A unique look and feel consistent with your business brand and designed to your satisfaction by our experienced web design team.

  • Your business information (text and photos) uploaded to your site, or we can write material for a small fee.

  • Initial search engine optimisation (SEO).

  • Hosting your website 24/7 with a reputable host provider*.

  • A domain name registered in your business name for one year to support your website, eg yourbusinessname.com.au (subject to availability).

  • Launching your new website “live” on the internet.

  • Ongoing telephone support.

  • No contract to lock you in.

  • Everyday value price just $720+GST = $792.00*.

  • Payment plan with 3 easy monthly payments of just $264.00. Conditions apply.

 

​In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have reduced the regular price of our secure, one page, mobile-ready website by 25% to help struggling small businesses. You'll now pay only $594 incl GST. That's $198 per month for 3 months. This offer is available for a limited time.

​​If you already have a website, perhaps now is a good time to give it a makeover to freshen it up ready for when customers start buying again. You'll be able to add some of the new web based features that have become available recently.  

If you would like to discuss the opportunity to promote your business with a new custom designed, secure, mobile-ready website, or you would like a quotation for a more complex website, or perhaps a makeover of your current website, please call 1300 85 26 85 or email us.

View our resources

Get support for your business

Rebuild, adapt your business & upskill with 1:1 digital consultancy, training webinars, online support and a free health check. Support is available on digital marketing strategy, social media, e-commerce and more.

Businesses can access free digital consultants, online training and a wide range of support to help their business adapt and change.

1:1 Digital Consultancy

Let an expert help you rebuild your business beyond the Coronavirus with free 1:1 support to help you build platforms, communicate, set strategies and find more customers

 

Free Training Webinars

Workshops and Seminars

Awaring Startups about the new developments and advancements in the field and helping them overcome their problems through our workshops and seminars.

Covering a wide range of topics such as switching to online sales, digital strategy, using video for business, social media, Facebook, SEO and more.

We deliver “practical and inspiring” enterprise and creative thinking workshops. Engaging information, examples and ideas are combined with group and individual exercises, enabling powerful insights and direct application to your own venture or idea.

Start-ups and Social Enterprise

Enterprise – could I, would I, should I?   Is enterprise an option you’re considering?  This interactive workshop will help you to think it through, sharpen focus and assess how close to ‘enterprise ready’ you are and what you need to do to close the gaps.

The Big Idea   In this highly-interactive workshop you’ll be introduced to a range of creative thinking techniques to generate and/or improve ideas and create a compelling business vision.

Market research   You may have a great idea, but it’s not a business until you have customers.  By the end of this session you’ll be able to carry out your own customer and competitor research as well as analyse your industry and market trends. With those tools your business will start with a huge advantage.

Getting and managing money  Does money drive you or is it just a way of keeping score? This session will help you put it in its place. We’ll explore sources of funding and the lean start-up approach. You’ll also be introduced to the fundamental financial aspects of running a business.

Making it Happen In this creative and focused session you’ll bring it all together in an effective and concise business model. You’ll also learn how to present your business, get on-going support and make the connections you’ll need to start and grow a successful business.

The Small Business Funding Maze This workshop will help you to navigate and engage with small business funding options. By the end of the session you’ll be able to: better understand and deal with your own financial psychology; Assess options for financing your business start-up or growth; Deliver more effective proposals and presentations to funders; Understand funders’ requirements and how to meet them. The session may include a panel of funders.

Business and Professional Development

Creative Business Booster Review, refresh and plot the future of your business. By the end of the session you will have: updated your vision and brand values; put together a practical business model; developed tactics to improve strategic focus and efficiency; set goals and a plan of action

Becoming a Consultant  This highly interactive workshop will introduce you to what’s involved in running your own consultancy business: understanding the industry, standing out, getting clients and making money.

Effective Networking  Most people hate networking, but know it’s important for professional development. This session will help you to develop a more effective and strategic approach to both face to face and online networking, which benefits your business or career and keeps your values intact!

Creativity Bites  Dip into creative thinking over breakfast or lunch!  Each snappy session immerses you in a different technique including: creative visioning, random links, art, metaphor and many more.

Knowing me, knowing you This practical session aims to introduce some of the leading inventories (Learning Styles, Belbin and MBTI) and help you to understand how to use them to improve your personal effectiveness, working relationships and employability.

Blogging for Business/ Researchers  This practical workshop introduces blogging as a means to build your business or to establish reputation and authority and to enable greater professional impact and engagement.  It introduces the benefits of blogging; how to set-up your own blog and contribute to others; techniques for a more engaging writing style; ideas about what to write about, how to promote your blog and measure impact. Click here for further details and feedback on a recent session for researchers.

Strategy Day  This session can focus on either business or career strategy. It will help you to take a step back, prioritise strategic choices and competing pressures, reflect on and review your direction and develop a coherent and authentic strategy to get there.

 Other topics include: 

  • Marketing & Sales

  • Social Enterprise

  • Social Media Marketing – an overview workshop or focused sessions on: Blogging, LinkedIn and Twitter.

  • Winning the Bid or Tender

Online Support

We have online guides, articles and video tutorials focussed on key issues that businesses are facing during the coronavirus crisis. Including e-commerce, search, communications and more.

Need help getting an investor?

We help startups to become "investor-ready“, find a suitable investor, or invest themselves.

If you're looking for investor - you can request for InnMind support in this challenge. We make independent startup expertise, support startups in fundraising and help to prepare the package of investment documents, such as business plan, financial plan, presentation for investor, etc. If you're interested to learn more - click here.

 

Often, a startup project does not fulfil its plans to reach potential customers.

Where do I start?  Who can help me?  How do I organise a team, and how do I find an investor? 

Startups have much to consider right at the beginning. We assist founders in keeping track of their progress during this phase.

Starting a charity or social enterprise?

Are you not sure where to start or who to trust? Get in touch for a friendly and impartial chat for good advice. Let us help you help the cause that matters to you.

Want to increase your donations and income?

Do you want to improve your marketing while making your hard earned income and donations go further? Keep on reading

Do you want to improve your image?

If you need some outside help to improve your overall image our amazing team works with you to make this a reality with your budgets

Free Marketing Consultancy

As part of our social purpose we offer charities, social enterprise and other social purpose organisations 6 hours of marketing consultancy to help you focus and streamline your marketing activities.

Marketing Consultancy

Friendly, realistic and effective marketing advice based on your organisations aims and resources.

Brand Design

Creating visually compelling consistency is key for your audience to connect and remember you.

Website Development

We build websites that give you control and sustainability. We design with your customers in mind for the best experience.

SEO

SEO helps your customers find you. We give you usable tools to make the most of this valuable channel.

Copywriting

Never underestimate the power of using the right words to convey your message to your audience.

Video Production

Video is a key way to convey your important messages and connect emotionally to your audiences.        

Social Media

Key to any marketing strategy is social media, we can help you manage this or give you tools to do this yourselves.

Workshops

Keep an eye out for our free workshops we run for community organisations or get in touch to request.

Help with Grants

We can help with research, writing and checking over a grant before you submit. Ask about our no win, no fee model.

PR / Events

We can support your next fundraising event, promote an awareness raising campaign to simply share some good news! 

Learn new skills

Watch videos, read guides and complete tasks to improve your knowledge in our dedicated hub.

Business Plan
The guide for every startup

We help to create a business plan suitable for submission to banks and investors but which also offers real, direct information and sets goals for the founders themselves.

Wherever you are going for financial help writing a Business Plan is essential but it is not as difficult as it may sound - it is simply a way of putting your ideas on paper.

Pitch decks & sales pitches"

The business cards of the founders and their startups

We collaborate in the preparation of individual sales pitches and coach those who present them to investors and customers or to groups at conventions and meetings.

 

Business models:

The foundation of every startup

Who is the customer?  How much is the added value?  How are profits generated?  We support in the development and analysis of any business model to make it practical and market-oriented.

 

Coaching the founder team:

The development of a powerful team

We coach the startup team by analyzing their existent competencies and future needs and by accompanying the treanformation processes.

 

Starting the business

First the business model, then the formal foundation

We help the startup find the right time for taking the steps to begin doing business, and we provide competent persons from our network.

 

Investors‘ network

Every investor is different and has to be convinced individually

We make the startup „investor ready“ and recommend it to suitable investors from our network.

Get ready to launch

Find our which social media platform suits your business best and how to set one up with our full guide.

Take it further

Learn how to turn a negative into a positive with our seven strategies to help you manage negative comments like a pro.

Be proactive

Learn how to get the groundwork done with our best practices guide to avoid late payments

Take control

Learn how to set boundaries around payment terms and keep on top of your invoices to avoid late payments

Take it further

Learn about the legal action you can take and the FSB resources available to help you recover debts if all else fails

ake control of your late payments

It doesn’t matter if you are an employee, a small business owner or self-employed, everyone deserves to be paid on time. Our award winning Fair Pay, Fair Play campaign highlighted the issues poor payment practice caused buisnessses across the UK and called onthe Government to implement a three point plan to help protect small businesses from the scourge of late payments. 

Although changes need to be made to payment practices, there are steps you can take to proactivley manage your invoices and recover money owed to you. Get started with our resources below before visiting our Legal Hub to find free tools including a late payment calculator and your DIY legal documents. 

Brand Communication

To provide the new startups with low-cost PR and promotional services, to help them build their brand and ensure a positive two-way communication between the brand and the public.

Web & IT Support

Creating their website, Mobile apps and providing them will all the Morden digital support to achieve their goals and develop their business over the Internet.

 

Digital Marketing Support

Providing low-cost Digital Marketing and Promotional services for the new startups to ensure their efficient functioning and development to bring them forward in the competitive market.

MAKE MORE IMPACT WITH YOUR MARKETING, ETHICALLY AND FOR LESS

Apply for free marketing help

6 hours of free marketing help to be used to help you help more people.

No catches, just good, honest and impartial advice.

To date we have helped around 120 Third Sector organisations giving over 500 hours completely free.

Get to grips with Digital Marketing

The challenge is on to sustain productivity despite unforeseen restrictions. Together with social media experts Be More Social we have worked to create a series of resources allowing small business owners and the self-employed to take control and discover how to choose the best social channel for their business, get started with digital marketing and manage it like a pro. 

Business Growth Strategy

We assist you to achieve growth by carefully planning

a dynamic business strategy plan.

 

Financial Management

The burden of managing finances can stop a small

business in its tracks – that’s where OFS comes in.

 

Funding opportunities and contacts

Discuss this with us

To determine which individual sources of support are sensible for you can be determined through a personal discussion with us.  It is free and without obligation.

We have been accredited in many ways and can provide you with access to both federal and state funding, which can provide you with a maximum of 90% of your costs through grants.

Common areas that we help with are:

 

– Impactful Messaging

 

– Brand Communications

 

– Social Media Strategy / Training

 

– Marketing Strategy and Tactics

 

– Website Advice

 

– SEO advice

 

– Content Strategies

 

– Commercial Planning

 

– Creative Marketing Ideas

We then set a first meeting face to face (currently this will be done via Zoom) to detail out any plans or help based on our conversation.

 

We aim to give you tools and skills to make you as sustainable as possible.

Live, Work, Invest is a group of local businesses, large and small, working with the Council and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, to make access to business support services easier and more approachable.

If you are thinking of starting a Business or Social Enterprise, Live, Work, Invest is here to help you succeed. We provide free business support for new and existing businesses and Social Enterprises in Tameside.

If you are considering starting a social enterprise, community business or Co-operative, advice is available from the Council's Social Enterprise Project Team.

Franchises

There are around 600 businesses in the UK that are franchised but what is franchising and would it be suitable for you?

It's a way of setting up in business for yourself but not on your own. With a franchise you run the business, but using methods that have been already tried and tested by another company, called the franchisor.

It is a way of being your own boss without many of the risk factors. However, you are ultimately answerable to the franchisor and this approach may not be for some people.

There are a large number of websites that deal with selling franchises a small number are listed below:

www.franchiseinfo.co.uk/

FAQ

What taxes will I have to pay?

HM Revenue and Customs have put information on their website especially for people starting up their own business. Visit the website at www.gov.uk/topic/business-tax/self-employed

Where can I get property advice?

For details of privately owned business properties (including industrial, office retail, land and development opportunities) currently available in the Tameside area, please contact the Economic Development Unit on 0161 342 2865/2167 or Send Us a Message or search the details directly at:

Working from home

You do not usually need planning permission just to work from home but sometimes you do. However there may be other implications concerning your mortgage or tenancy requirements, and concerning National Insurance or taxation. The best option is to seek advice initially from the Tameside Business Family Support Team

Generally, the key test is whether the residence has changed because of the business. If the answer to any of the following questions is "yes", then you will probably need planning permission:

  • Is your house no longer chiefly a private residence?

  • Will your business result in a marked rise in traffic, people calling or working around the house or in out buildings?

  • Will your business involve obvious activities not usual in a residential street?

  • Will your business disturb your neighbours because of noise or smells?

Basically you need to ask yourself if the house is still mainly a home or has it become business premises? This is whatever the business, including using a room as an office, hairdressing, repairing cars, storing goods, using part of the house as a bedsit, running a "bed and breakfast", providing childminding or music teaching.

Do I Need a Licence?

Many businesses require a licence eg. hairdressers, pet shops and places of public entertainment. More information can be obtained from the Licensing Section.

What standards do I need to abide by?

Trading Standards and Consumer Services Section is a strategic Local Authority service contributing to the well-being of the local and business community through its enforcement activities and advisory services. More information about the work of trading standards, including access to fact sheets that may be relevant to your business, and advice on weights and measures.

The Trading Standards division will give talks to any business, consumer group, school or any other organisation on the work carried out by the Trading Standards service in the following areas:

  • Weights and measures

  • Food labelling

  • Product and toy safety

  • Home safety

  • Your rights when shopping

  • Credit, borrowing and lending

  • General work of the Trading Standards division

Other subject areas that are not listed can be arranged on request. To request a talk from trading standards fill in the online trading standards request form

Will I need to pay business rates?

The value of all property in respect of which rates are payable to the Council are shown in the local ratings list. This list is available from the Valuation Office Agency .

More information on business rates.

Where can I get rid of trade waste?

The Trade Waste Service is available to all commercial and industrial premises in the Borough.

The Council also carries out commercial pest control work for local businesses.

How do I recruit staff?

The Council is committed to attracting new jobs to the area and works in partnership with other agencies to ensure residents benefit from employment opportunities created within the Borough.

More information about training and employment.

Your local job centre will advise you on recruiting staff and will advertise positions in the local centres free of charge. For more information, advice and to find your local job centre look at the GOV.UK recruitment and hiring page .

You can also contact the local employment agencies to help recruit permanent or temporary staff although there will be a charge for this.

You can also advertise in the local press.

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APPLICATION INFORMATION

– Must be an organisation with clear social values and aims. You do not neccesarily need to be registered as a charity, social enterprise, CIO etc but this would help.

 

– We want to help smaller organisations. We do not have a specific condition on this but please bear in mind when applying.

 

– We give 6 hours of consultancy and all of this does not need to be used in one go but we ask that you commit to the process (see below)

 

– You give us permission to use your logo and provide feedback on the sessions.

 

– Please be mindful that there may be a wait for the first session due to high demand.

 

That’s it!

 

Please apply via the form below.

HOW WE WORK

Once you have applied we will let you know within one week if we can support you.

Once confirmed we will set a date for an initial phone call to gain more background and identify the best areas we can help you in the time. We are very mindful that this matches the amount of time you have to implement any suggestions.

Membership

Membership

FSB membership means inclusive support, market-leading benefits and a voice heard in governments at all levels. If you are self-employed or own a small business, membership is built from the ground up to help you achieve your ambitions. Together, we are stronger.

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. We are a not-for-profit organisation, led by a team of our members, which exists to serve the small business community across the UK.

 

Starting at just £147 in the first year plus a £30 joining fee for businesses with no employees we pride ourselves in supporting smaller businesses like yours.

About us

We are a free, Leicester-based, start-up support service available to everyone.

Ni Can Help run short events and courses which are fun, engaging, practical and useful, providing provide people with information to set up on their own and at the same time, protect them from the information they don’t need.

Ni Can Help offers a comprehensive programme of small business training workshops, run by highly experienced professionals.

As a not-for-profit social enterprise, however, we can offer uncompromised quality at very affordable prices. Typically our workshops cost just £42.00 (£35.00 plus VAT).

Designed to be of immediate benefit to you and your business, the workshops are lively, practical and informative.

Online providers and other agencies attempt to provide you with an ocean of information in one go. The result is confusing and complex. We package the common challenges and considerations of starting up and help you tackle them. Starting a business is easier and closer than you think.

Greenwell helps businesses and professionals to become more entrepreneurial. We specialise in engaging a more diverse range of people in entrepreneurial activity, through:

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