New project aims to find Manchester’s next Alan Sugar

Local residents are being offered the chance to enrol on a free course for budding entrepreneurs.

The ‘Pod Digital’ project will be based in Hulme and is aimed at providing support for the next generation of talented business people in and around south Manchester.

The project, launched in January 2016, provided 50 local residents with a free six-week course that included classes on how to develop a business plan, financial management, legalities, marketing and various other aspects on how to start and run your own business.

Following the success of the first courses, the opportunity for another 50 local residents to enrol is being now being offered.

The project is delivered by Bubble Enterprises CIC, the social enterprise responsible for managing The Pod enterprise creation hub in Moss Side. With £21,665 of funding from the Natwest Skills and Opportunities Fund, along with support from One Manchester and Manchester City Council, the course will provide five of the participants who complete it with the chance to work with independent enterprises and traders in the Moss Side area.

“Starting a new business is incredibly exciting but it can also be quite overwhelming at the same time,” said Sue Dixon, director of Bubble Enterprises.

“Our intention with Pod Digital is to provide a boost for entrepreneurial-minded people living in Manchester, especially those who currently face financial barriers in terms of accessing quality training and advice.

“We hope the scheme will encourage Manchester’s next generation of talent and at the end of it, as well as having a digital platform, we should have created a much stronger business community too. We can’t wait to get started”.

Further information on how to register can be found at

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