Manchester Metropolitan University

Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme

increase revenue, recruit better staff or simply get off the ground by registering as a company with this programme.

Our programme supports businesses that are registered in the Cheshire and Warrington area, that are pre-starts (i.e. those wishing to start a business), new start-ups or small/medium enterprises.

Working with recognised business leaders, you will have access to growth coaches, and a number variety of activities to help your business grow fast. We can help you in a wide range of areas from finance and marketing to recruitment and leadership. 

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Programme Schedule

The programme consists of 2-day targeted workshops. The workshops are designed for companies who have been trading for less than 12 months, with workshops aimed at tackling relevant business issues that you currently face such as finance, marketing and strategic growth. 

Day One Workshops

  • Managing Cash Flows
  • Business Model Canvas

Day Two Workshops

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Action Hack Session

Download our two-day Workshop Date Schedule

Pre-start Workshops

I‌f you are getting ready to start a business in the Cheshire and Warrington area, we're here to offer you support every step of the way. Attend one of our pre-start workshops, where you'll receive practical advice and business tools, followed by 1-to-1 coaching with business leaders. 

Download the CW Pre-Start Workshop Information Slip


The programme is fully funded for eligible companies that:
  • are based in Cheshire and Warrington
  • are pre-start (i.e. those wishing to start a business), new start-ups or SMEs
  • have potential to grow.
If you have any questions about eligibility please contact us on 0161 247 3871 or 

Case Study

An interview with Claire Margerison of Independent Carers



When Claire's father-in-law required carer support due to Alzheimer's, she found out how for herself how difficult agencies were finding it to retain carers, and the impact this had on the patients involved. Claire's father-in-law was cared for by two agencies, with a multitude of different carers visiting his home. Alzheimer's patients can find this distressing and respond better to familiarity and consistency in the people looking after them. She came to recognise the value of good carers, who are often not afforded good terms and conditions in their work. 

This was the trigger to launch a new business, Independent Carers, to ensure carers are given a better deal and clients are afforded quality choices and consistency. Independent Carers gives carers a platform on which to advertise themselves, showcasing their skills and experience. The company aims to manage care individually by matching and introducing clients to the carers on the website. Claire joined the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme, in the hope of acquiring new skills in area such as marketing and finance for her small business.

“I loved it! It was such a fantastic opportunity for many reasons. It was about having access to experts who know what they are about, know the background to not only the theory, but the practical application of the theory."

Do you think the course has helped you as an individual?

The workshops around finance, marketing, social media and websites, that gave me a holistic view of running a business... it developed me in a way that's taken me out of my comfort zone. 

Is there anything you do in your business now as a result of taking part in the programme?

The programme has given me the confidence to procure expertise from other businesses rather than trying to work on every area myself.

Would you recommend the course to other people?

I've been recommending it to other business leaders! I've joined the networking group, BizMums and become part of the Federation of Small Businesses.

Any advice you would offer other businesses?

As you go along the journey, there's a heck of a lot of challenges in setting up a business. Every time I face one of these challenges, I come back to my lynchpin, which is wanting to help this situation - it's having a passion.

Contact Details

For more information, please get in touch: 


Project Manager: Roxana Lawton at

Project Administrator: Lisa Holmes at


Centre for Enterprise
Manchester Metropolitan University
Business School,
All Saints Campus,
Oxford Road,
Manchester, M15 6BH,
United Kingdom



0161 247 3871

Request a Callback

If you require additional information about the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme, or are unsure if you are eligible, we are happy to have a talk with you. Please submit your details below, and one of our team will call you.

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Alternatively, please see the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Website for further information.