Where to start

Are you interested in starting a business in Manchester? You can contact this go-to resource for business development in Manchester to answer your questions and get started.


MIDAS is Manchester’s inward investment agency. Our role is to attract new investment and employment to Manchester city region. 

We drive the global business marketing of Manchester as a world-class location for business and deliver an extensive package of expert, free and confidential advice for location consultants and potential investors. 

We provide aftercare to recent investors and work closely with those foreign-owned companies already located in Manchester city region, creating new jobs and increasing productivity.

Working in partnership with the ten local authorities of Greater Manchester, MIDAS, which is part of the Manchester Growth Company, provides free services to any company considering Manchester as a location for a new facility or expansion project, with services that will save time, money and effort. 

We provide relocation support, research assistance in building your business relocation case, introducing you to business support networks, help with finding the right property solutions, advice on recruitment and training, as well as assistance with securing grants.

Investment Services

Since 1996, MIDAS – the award-winning inward investment agency – has helped hundreds of businesses to locate and expand in Greater Manchester.

Our specialist business development team can help you and your business with its relocation and expansion plans. We have a reputation for understanding diverse business needs and helping to remove barriers for companies looking to invest in the area.

Whether you’re a SME, a global company or a location consultant, our team will work with you to build your investment case, find the ideal commercial property, source the right staff and introduce you to networks on the ground to help your business grow.

All of our services are complimentary, confidential and tailored to your business.  Our local expertise and networks mean it’s easy for us to introduce you to the right suppliers, agencies and educational establishments. This essential support will save you time, money and effort leading to an efficient and successful move.

Our services don’t stop after you arrive in Manchester. We provide aftercare support and we account manage foreign-owned companies in the region.  

Relocation Support

Manchester has consistently been voted as the Most Liveable City in the UK (The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2016, 2015 and 2014). Moving your staff to the city needn’t be daunting a prospect and our team will work with you to support staff considering relocating to Manchester with the new project team.

Our services include:

  • customized and practical relocation support to ensure a smooth move;
  • assistance with a range of issues from familiarisation visits, tours of the area to information about schools;
  • help to facilitate access to language and cultural support including links to local networks for international staff.

Recruitment Support

We know that putting the right team in place is the cornerstone to a successful expansion or relocation. With access to a commuter population of 7.2 million within an hour’s commute, Manchester offers a skilled and sustainable workforce; we work closely with our network of partners to support foreign-owned companies to tap into this talent pool and attract the right staff.

Our services include:

  • bespoke recruitment and training packages – including apprenticeships and sector-specific training programmes
  • advice on how to access various training services and funding streams

Growing your business

Manchester is a city committed to entrepreneurship.

We believe in nurturing our businesses and giving them the support they need to grow. That’s why the Growth Company (GC) offer a comprehensive range of business support to help companies to grow and thrive.

Helping your business grow

Whether you’re a start-up or a large company – we’re here to help. From launching a product or service in market, exploring growth options to unlock finance, to providing specialist knowledge in key sectors, GC can help you.

Recruitment and employment

Every year over 1,600 employers use our services to develop their businesses and their workforce, from large corporations, small and medium-sized businesses to those in the public sector. We offer ethical, not-for-profit and award-winning recruitment and training service for business in addition to providing 'on the job training', leading to formal qualifications and a more productive workforce.

Organisational development

We help businesses in the UK and overseas to become High-Performance Workplaces by improving their systems, developing their people and helping to create great leaders and managers. Our organizational development consultancy and accreditation services include IIP, ISO, BS and specialist business accreditations.


We provide support to employers who want to raise the skill level of their workforce, with training at all levels from apprenticeships to degrees. The Skills Company delivers an extensive programme of courses covering everything from regulatory training to leadership and management and international trade.

Financing and Funding

If your business is based in Greater Manchester or the wider North West regions and are unable to obtain mainstream funding, are looking for additional sources of funding or are just seeking financial advice then the services offered by the Growth Company can assist you.

To date over £100m has been lent to businesses across the UK through a variety of funds, raising and investing nearly £23m into GM businesses. Credentials include being a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) registered lender, an Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) accredited Lender and is also Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR) Registered and ISO9001:2008 Certified. BFS is a member of the Community Development Finance Institution (CDFA), European Microfinance Network (EMN) and UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA).

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Home Country Support

Companies wishing to enter a foreign market can actively seek out support by the embassy or consulate of their home country in another city. Staff members are ready to help you begin.

Another source of support and information is the bilateral chamber of commerce of your home country. The chamber may assist your company in several ways, including consulting services regarding market research, trade-show assistance, background verification, preparation of market entry plans and business referral services.

Find your Embassy / Consulate or Chamber of commerce for this city.