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Blue Orchid

Blue Orchid is one of the UK’s leading providers of FREE business start-up and business growth support. We’re proud to be working with Trafford Council to deliver the very best business support packages available.

How Can We Help You Start or Grow Your Business?

  • One – to – One support from our highly experienced business advisors.
  • Bespoke training packages to help you plan, launch and grow your business.
  • Access to a range of exclusive networking events proven to improve connectivity, survivability and growth.
  • Access to a range of grants and loans to support your business.
  • Where we can’t help. We’ll signpost you to only the very best services available to your business.

Why Blue Orchid?

Blue Orchid has a pedigree for delivering personalised, high quality business support. Recognised by government as being both cutting edge and innovative and are the preferred provider of business support for more than 25 local authorities UK wide.

Starting a Business can be fun, scary and ultimately life changing and with more than a decade of experience we’re perfectly placed to support you every step of the way. 

Trafford's Employment Support Tool

Our tool helps you identify what support is available at each of the five stages to getting and keeping a job. Blue Orchid can support people at stages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. If you have come here from the support tool please see below for details of how we can support you at these stages.

Stage 1: Believing you can work

Blue Orchid works closely with clients who have been referred to develop their ideas into a working business. Some people may have debt, or other issues, that need to be resolved prior to trading. We deliver awareness raising sessions in community settings to let people know of our support opportunity for people who want to start up their own business.

Stage 2: Help to work out what you can do

We offer coaching, mentoring and training to help take the business idea forwards towards the business start.

Stage 3: Help to find a job

We work with clients to ascertain the need for the service and / or product as well as work to establish the local market for their business idea.

Stage 4: Getting the job

We support clients to soft market test their services and / or product and work on the results to help develop the finished product. We support clients to develop business plans and make application for funding.

We support with final arrangements prior to business trading start, including HMRC registration, insurance and compliance.

We ensure that the client can represent themselves and their business in the most appropriate way. Clients are shown how to present themselves in a 2 minute presentation (getting across the key points of their business or service).

Mentoring continues once trading has started and help is offered with any start up problems.

Stage 5: Keeping that job

Mentoring support continues throughout the first 12 months of trading. Clients can access a range of skills workshops (e.g. Book Keeping, HMRC registration, cash flow).

Clients are also invited to the Trafford Network, so that they can meet and work collaboratively with other business start-ups in Trafford. The Network is held monthly at various locations in Trafford.

Who to contact

0161 341 0245
Blue Orchid

Where to go

Name of Venue
Blue Orchid
Venue Address
Arthur House
Chorlton Street
Greater Manchester
M1 3FH

Who is it for?

Eligibility Details

Who Is This Service Available To?

Blue Orchid’s and Trafford Council's business support package is available to anyone, but we have a specific programme targeted specifically for those currently claiming Job Seekers Allowance. To find out about the DWP’s - New Enterprise Allowance programme, or any of our business support packages please contact us.

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Referral Details

Access into the programme is made by direct referral by the Job Centre.

Cost Information
All start-up and business growth support and advices services through Blue Orchid are Free to use.


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