Funding & Guides

Helping your Business Grow

Tameside Council can put you in contact with a number of opportunities to help your business grow and expand, which range from business support to grant and loan arrangements.  Listed below is a summary of the various initiatives and links to additional information.

What funding is available?

Open 4 Business

Tameside Grant Finder means businesses can now register for free access to a user-friendly funding search tool that helps them to identify external funding opportunities for themselves. Open 4 Business enables businesses to search for EU, Government, LEP and local authority-provided grants, loans, venture capital funds and tax credits.

Benefits include:

  • User-friendly search tool – suitable for all levels of IT experience.
  • Weekly e-newsletters – details on all the latest funding announcements, approaching deadlines and breaking news.
  • Fully maintained – all funding information is kept fully up to date and accurate.

Open 4 Business is a one stop shop of all the funding and support on offer to help local companies succeed and grow – vital in a time of challenging conditions for enterprise.

Each year, hundreds of millions of pounds in grants, loans, awards and other funds are on offer to help businesses improve productivity, buy equipment, employ and train staff, carry out innovative R&D, diversify into new markets and much, much more.

Open 4 Business lets local entrepreneurs search for free through all these funds available to them, from major European Union and Government programmes, to regional development schemes, local authority funds and prestigious business award competitions.

To search for funding and browse what funding is available or to view local support and local success stories please visit the Tameside Grant Finder page of Open 4 Business.

Tameside district logo

Tameside Council has a range of schemes available to businesses in the borough. These include:

Tameside Trade Grant – A grant of up to £1,000 for apprentices or new start businesses who are Tameside residents and aged between 16 and 24 years.

Tameside Youth Employment Scheme –  The Council have two offers:
Apprenticeship Offer – to fund 6 months wages for an apprentice opportunity
Non-Apprenticeship Offer – to fund 6 months wages for a non-apprenticeship offers.

Tameside Ex-Forces Pilot Scheme – The Council offers to pay 6 months wages for an ex-forces job opportunity.

Tameside Business Grant for Employers – Closed until April 2016.

For more information about Tameside Council funding, please click here.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is a peer-to-business lending platform connecting businesses and investors. For more information, please click here.

StartUp Britain

start up britain

Everything you need to know about starting up in one place. For more information, please click here.

gov_uk has information about starting up and running businesses in the UK.

Business and Self-employed

Support finder

Business Finance Solutions

business finance solutions

Business Finance Solutions (BFS) is a leading alternative business finance provider in Greater Manchester and the wider North West. They can provide alternative business finance options for businesses that have been unable to obtain funding through a mainstream lender, with a range of Government backed finance products for your business needs.

Find out how they can help your business today

Visit the Business Finance Solution website


Tel: 0161 245 4977

Co Angel Investment

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Co Angel Investment, funded by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, is an exciting and innovative service. It is an not for profit organisation founded to fill the funding gap for businesses in the early stages of development.

Do you have a great a business concept but need some investment and can’t seem to get anywhere with raising capital? Co Angel Investment may be able to provide you with a package of support , and can connect you with sector specific syndicates of business angels looking to invest in businesses throughout Greater Manchester.

Find out if they can help your business today

Visit the Co Angel Investment website


Tel: 0161 237 4047

DWP Enterprise Allowance


Supports local residents into self-employment by offering people who have been on Job Seekers Allowance for 6months or more a 26 week allowance, access to a mentor and loan fund up to £1,000.

DWP Enterprise allowance

The Business Growth Hub


Did you know that the Business Growth Hub (BGH) was set up to help businesses across Greater Manchester grow and fulfil their potential? Many of their services are free for you to access as a Tameside business.

BGH services are open to new starts-ups right through to well established companies. They offer a whole range of joined-up business services, from digital support to help accessing finance, and resource efficiency to tailored support for textile and manufacturing businesses and even business mentoring. Their only criteria is that growth and job creation are a key part of the business’s agenda.

Why not find out more about how they could help our business?

Visit the Business Growth Hub website

Access to Finance

business finance

The Business Growth Hub, part of Manchester Growth Company, provides an ‘access to finance’ (A2F) support and advice service for SMEs across Greater Manchester, whether they are seeking finance for the first time, have been declined by a lender and/or are looking for additional sources of funding.

How to access the service:

Visit the Access to Finance website


Tel: 0161 359 3050

Northwest Business Angels

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The Business Growth Hub’s Northwest Business Angels (NWBA) network helps companies to become ‘investment ready’ by preparing them to meet with investors.

The NWBA team matches growing companies seeking finance with private investors looking for profitable investment opportunities. With its network of 350 investors, NWBA offer companies the opportunity to obtain funding by pitching their business at investor events.

The network provides firms with funding between £10,000 and £500,000, and is one of the UK’s longest and well-established angel networks.

Find out if they can help your business today

Visit the Northwest Business Angels website


Tel: 0161 359 3050

Tax advice


For more information about tax advice, see the Starting a business page.

e-Learning with HMRC – Becoming an employer

HMRC have developed an e-Learning course about starting a business, income tax, national insurance, and running a payroll.

Becoming an employer e-learning course

Superfast Broadband


Businesses who want faster, more reliable broadband can get a grant of up to £3k to upgrade to a superfast connection. Broadband connection grants pay for the installation costs, you just pay for VAT and the monthly line rental. Click here to find out more.

Business mentoring


Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth.

Mentorsme website

Growth Accelerator


The Business Growth Accelerator helps SMEs with a turnover of less than £40m to achieve growth of 20% year on year.

Experts work with business leaders to tackle issues such as: developing and delivering a tailored growth strategy, becoming investment ready and securing finance, commercialising innovation effectively, developing leadership and management capability.

Growth Accelerator website

Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS)


MAS provides manufacturing business support for companies based in England, helping them to improve and grow.

The service is designed to help manufacturers streamline processes, reduce waste, become more energy efficient and generally improve and grow their business.

MAS website

What help/training is available?

Interested in setting up a business, need help writing a business plan? Watch a short video from the Business Growth Hub.

Business Companion is the name of a new one-stop-site for businesses that sell goods and / or services to consumers.

It offers free, impartial trading standards legal guidance on a wide range of topics.

Have a look and check out your particular service or product, by clicking here.