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January 25 2019 | Articles | News

With help from 'yes', Kathy Morrison has launched her own business 

Looking for help to start a business? If you live in or plan to run it from the M8, M9 or M40 areas of Manchester, 'yes' may be able to help you.

We’re working with yes to provide support to help local people turn their business ideas into reality and you may be able to access a small grant.

They offer a short course – run by new business specialists Prosper Associates – which can help give you the training you need to make a start.

Northwards tenant Althea Barnett, 49, of Collyhurst, completed the course and has now launched ‘Upcycle Collyhurst’, teaching people how to revamp old furniture. Althea first got into upcycling through her first business, ‘Shabby 2 Chic Designz’, which sells refurbished furniture. She said: “This course has helped me immensely. The teaching has been really, really good: down-to-earth, simple and easy to understand.”

Kathy Morrison, of Blackley, is also a Northwards tenant.  The 37-year-old finished the course and has now set up a business running exercise classes called ‘Morriso Health’. She said: “I would recommend coming on this course and speaking to yes because they help get the idea out of your head and onto paper.” 

If you would like to find out more about the grants and the course, contact yes - visit

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