Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Start-Up Grants Are Available to Everybody. ; VIEWPOINTS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Start-Up Grants Are Available to Everybody. ; VIEWPOINTS

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IN response to Old Mostonians' letter (Viewpoints, October 18) as well as the letter that appeared on October 20, I would like to clarify the inaccurate claim that start-up grants have only been given to businesses run by people from certain ethnicities.

From the city council's perspective, we do not provide start-up grants to business, and are not aware of any other grants being targeted as outlined in the letter.

We commission Blue Orchid to provide free support and guidance - but not grants - to small businesses, and people wishing to set up in business, but this support is not targeted towards any particular group. Anyone can access it and Blue Orchid can be contacted on 0161 485 4949.

Over the past few months, the city council and Greater Manchester Police, have also been actively engaging businesses to set up a trader network, and has invited all businesses on Moston Lane to join this group.

The focus of this network is for traders to work closer with each other, as well as with the council/GMP to continue to improve the lane area. …

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