New businesses

A unique and unparalleled opportunity to new businesses

Some of the benefits of establishing or re-locating your business in Trafford include:

  • Excellent Transport Links and Connectivity - by road, rail, ship or air.
  • A Highly Skilled Workforce - An impressive 43% of Trafford's adult residents are educated to degree level or above, compared to an average of 30% across the North West and 34% across the UK.
  • A Strong and Established Business Base - including Trafford Park (one of the largest and most successful business parks in Europe), and the thriving town centres of Altrincham, Sale, Urmston and Stretford.
  • Fantastic Premises and Development Opportunities -whether you are looking for a retail unit, a large development site, or any other form of business premises, Trafford has a great selection of opportunities available.

We aim to provide access to any type of service, support or information which you may require in order to establish your business in Trafford.

The following links provide information on the wide range of support we offer to new businesses.

Securing your business idea

New business ideas, technology, products or services, and branding or logos are all forms of Intellectual Property (IP), which can be one of your most valuable business assets.

Starting a business

If you are planning to set up your own business, we have a wealth of information and support to help get you started.


Planning permission may be required for a wide variety of development, whether it be new building works or changes in the use of land or buildings.

Taxes, rates and regulatory advice

Trafford Council is able to provide advice on a range of matters including: Business Rates, Licenses, Taxes and Trading Standards.