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Free business accelerator to open in Manchester city centre

Microbusinesses and entrepreneurs can gain essential business advice and industry support in the heart of Manchester next year through a brand new business accelerator programme.

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Hardman Boulevard in Spinningfields is set to become the home of Entrepreneurial Spark’s new accelerator hub, just one in a long line of startup support centres that have set up shop in Manchester.

Founded in 2011, the support company hopes to offer free space, support and advice to businesses that need it. Jim Duffy, founder and chief executive of Entrepreneurial Spark, said that he will refer to his new clients as ‘chicklets’, as they are yet to develop to their full potential. The project is being backed by KPMG and Natwest.

‘£41m in turnover’

‘‘Our model for helping early stage businesses has proved extremely successful, helping more than 350 companies to create over 1,000 jobs and £41 million in turnover last year, when we were operating from just three Hatcheries in Scotland,’’ explained Duffy.

Duffy said that applications for his programme are already being accepted, but all candidates have to go through a rigorous boot camp before gaining expert help.

People considering setting up a business or at an early stage consistently tell us that support and advice is what they need most, and with small companies undoubtedly being the lifeblood of the economy and creating the majority of jobs, this support is crucial to cementing a balanced and sustainable recovery.’’