Key Partner Organisations

We work closely with partners to create an environment to support businesses to start-up, thrive and grow.  Our joint ambition is to:

  • Encourage new start-up activity
  • Reduce the barriers to growth
  • Secure new inward investment
  • Support residents into jobs; ensure they have the right skills

Across the Let's Talk Business website pages we have business information and guidance and below are links key partners in the Cheshire West area.

Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership

871 Square Miles Of Opportunity – the total square mileage of Cheshire & Warrington, the best performing economy in the North of England and one of the most successful and fastest growing economies in the country.

Working in partnership with local government, businesses, educational institutes and other public, private and community sector organisations, the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) keeps Cheshire & Warrington firmly on the map.

Cheshire & Warrington Digital Strategy (video)

Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub

The network of 38 Growth Hubs are local public/private sector partnerships led by the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).  They join up national and local business support so it is easy for businesses to find the help they need.

Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub

West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce sits at the heart of a unique network of businesses across the UK.  The Chamber network can connect businesses locally, nationally and internationally, with other businesses, with decision-makers and with opportunities.

West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The Federation of Small Businesses is a UK business organisation representing small and medium-sized businesses. It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed.

FSB North West Regional Team

The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute has a proven track record of helping manufacturers to make significant and lasting improvements to their businesses through education, training and onsite support services.


Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)

Business Improvement Districts are business led partnerships which are created through a ballot process to deliver additional services to local businesses.  They can be a powerful tool for directly involving local businesses in local activities and allow the business community and local authorities to work together to improve the local trading environment.

A business improvement district (BID) is a defined area within which businesses are required to pay an additional tax (or levy) in order to fund projects within the district's boundaries.

There are 5 BID areas in Cheshire West:




Mersey Dee Alliance (MDA)

The Mersey Dee Alliance (MDA) was born out of the recognition of shared economic, social and environmental interests across the West Cheshire, Wirral and North East Wales area.

The partnership recognises that the area represents a single economic sub-region with a population of close to 1 million which is divided by a national boundary.

Partners agree to work together on common strategic interests to ensure a sustainable future the for the area, and facilitate a coherent approach to social, economic and environmental issues.

The MDA addresses the strategic, cross-boundary issues that affect the area as a whole so as not to duplicate local activity and to ensure it creates added value.

The Innovation Agency

The Innovation Agency is one of 15 AHSNs (Academic Health Science Networks) working together in the AHSN Network, the innovation arm of the NHS - transforming lives through healthcare innovation.

The Innovation Agency understands that taking a new idea to market is a challenge. They support and connect innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

They are catalysts for the spread of innovation at pace and scale, helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies – to improve health, drive down the cost of care, and stimulate economic growth.

More information about innovation grants and funding.