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Stockport Business and Innovation Centre (SBIC) is launching a new hunt for entrepreneurial talent in Stockport. Pioneer 10 is designed to give people with great business ideas exciting access to a free business award and growth coaching programme. It is aimed at early stage businesses who are keen to grow along with established businesses looking […]


A start-up company which provides filming and analysis services to sports at all levels of participation has won the Pioneer 10 Stockport Grand Final, organised by Stockport Business & Innovation Centre (SBIC).  FilmMyMatch came out on top after a panel of judges heard pitches from all finalists last week at SBIC in Broadstone Mill, Reddish. […]

Lifestyle or Growth – Your Choice

When starting a business, the excitement of creating something from scratch, the often painful process of learning the ropes as you go and the worries about how to pay for everything, rarely leaves time for considering whether the business you just created will result in a comfortable future for you and your family or a […]

10 Stockport Firms Shortlisted for Entrepreneur Award

Ten innovative local businesses have been shortlisted for the “Pioneer 10 Stockport” award led by Stockport Business and Innovation Centre (SBIC). Pioneer 10 Stockport is a business support programme providing opportunities and training aimed at entrepreneurial early stage businesses. During 2016, the programme invited applications from aspirational small businesses with great business ideas. The ten […]

Pioneer 10 Stockport – Registration Closed

The Pioneer 10 Stockport Business Support Programme is now closed for entries. Thank you to all who have registered their interest in the programme, and submitted their company details. In January 2017, a member of the Pioneer 10 team will be in touch to confirm the next steps, and whether you have been chosen as […]

Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s) and Start-up Businesses: Do you need one?

Rowan Uren of Gorvins Solicitors

So what is an NDA? It is contract (also known as a “Confidentiality Agreement”) entered into between two or more parties to protect any confidential information that they give to the other(s) about their business. An NDA might be particularly important if your business is developing new products and sensitive or technical information is being […]

Get Business Structure Set Up Right From The Start

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Paul Mellor is a partner at Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants specialising in owner managed businesses, from start-ups to medium sized limited companies. He heads up Clarke Nicklin’s business advisory team and ensures clients receive the right advice on business structure from the start so they can maximise tax savings. He also helps businesses with advice […]

How PR can help get your new business idea noticed

Sue Souter, Director, Souter PR

Sue Souter, Director of Souter PR, talks about making the most of ‘start-up’ news The key is in the word ‘new’. When you are starting out in business the very fact that you are doing so is of interest to journalists. And that’s from the business reporter on the local paper to the specialist writer […]

5 Must Haves to Start-Up Your Own Business

Christian Mancier, a Corporate – Commercial Solicitor at Gorvins Solicitors

Christian Mancier, a Corporate – Commercial Solicitor at Gorvins Solicitors shares his top 5 must haves when it comes to starting up a business. We’ve all had a thought at least once in our lives along the lines of: ‘I could do that’, ‘if this business did this, it would be so much better’ or […]

The importance of segmenting to drive profits and grow your business

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Rachel Panther Business Coach at Harborough Innovation Centre shares the importance of segmenting to drive profits and grow your business. Every business wants more customers. More customers equal more orders…it’s simple maths. However, increased workload can put strains on your workforce and require you to hire more staff to maintain a high level of service. […]

The importance of using financial information as a navigator to business success

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Geoff Freestone Oxford Innovation business coach explains the importance of using financial information as a navigator to business success. When I was starting out on my career I often wondered how businesses ran and how complicated it must be to make money and grow a successful organisation. Surely it must be more difficult than selling something […]

Protecting your assets

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Starting a business? Tempted to put-off protecting Your Intellectual property? Matthew Hives, from One Stop IP, explains why You need to think again! Intellectual property impacts our lives on a daily basis, countless times even before we have brushed our teeth in the mornings. The products we use, the music we listen to, the websites […]


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