Current Programmes

Our current programmes and services are detailed below, you can click on the programme logos and be taken straight to the programme website for further details

Support for Social Enterprises in Lancashire

Start-up Lancashire (Social Enterprise) is one of three lots within the Start-up Lancashire programme managed by Regenerate Pennine Lancashire and delivered by Selnet and a number of delivery partners including MBA.


The Social Enterprise programme gives a holistic approach to business development, incorporating three elements of support tailored to the needs of the individual. This includes one to one business advice, seminar programme and a tool-kit to support aspiring social entrepreneurs with key information and resources to utilise as their business develops.

Post Start Support for creative and media businesses in Gtr Manchester

The Greater Manchester Business Start Up Support programme is ERDF funded and delivered by Blue Orchid.


As part of this programme MBA are delivering some specialist business support to Creative and Media businesses who have been trading for less than 3 years.


We will be running a number of informative and supportive networking and workshop events over the coming months.


Details of our current programme include our Creative Women Business Advice and Networking Events held at the Croma Restaurants in Prestwich and Chorlton and our 2 Day Marketing, Branding and Social Media Workshops to be held at a number of venues throughout Greater Manchester.

Support for Co-operatives in the North West

MBA are a Co-operative Development Body and have been delivering advice and guidance to new and established co-operatives since 2010 as part of a NW Consortium.


We think co-operatives are special businesses. They are member owned, democratically controlled and have values and principles at their core.


Increasingly communities across the country are recognising these benefits and are turning to co-operatively owned solutions for local businesses and services.


The Co-operative Enterprise Hub are not currently accepting new applications. Please pop back in September 2014 when they will hopefully be able to provide a fuller update.

Offering new start-up businesses the best preparation for success

Give your business idea the edge


Thinking of using your professional skills, knowledge and experience to start a business?


Recently made redundant, or your job's at risk?


Considering self-employment as the way forward?


If so, Ready for Business could be for you!


Ready for Business offers new start-up businesses the best preparation for success via expert training, support and preparation for bank funding.


Elaine Bowes and Bridgette Doyle both work on the Ready for Business programme.

Support for infrastructure organisations

MBA are an approved BIG Assist supplier and offer IOs a wide range of support and opportunities to voluntary sector infrastructure organisations, prioritising those that are ready and needing to implement change.


This could mean they are developing new services, new ideas and products or new innovative ways of working, developing new more sustainable income, new partnerships, consortia or mergers.


Support can be financial help, in the form of a voucher, towards support services or it may be through the peer to peer support community that allows infrastructure organisations to share and learn from one another both online and offline. For this reason, even those who are not awarded vouchers will still be able to benefit from the programme by learning from the experience of other organisations.

Build a sustainable business with Virgin StartUp

Virgin StartUp is a not for profit organisation that helps entrepreneurs aged 18 and over in England who are pre-trading or within their first 12 months of consistently trading.


BBV is the local delivery partner of Virgin StartUp in the morth-west of England.


Elaine Bowes and Bridgette Doyle both work on the Virgin Start Up programme.