Creative Industries Trafford (CIT) aim to increase the productivity and artistic quality of the creative sector and to improve business survival rates. This is done through training workshops, exhibition and selling opportunities, networking events and master classes from leading artists across a number of fields. This means there are some cracking sessions available.  Prices do vary so check first.
For example, the Portfolio Sessions cost only £5 and you get an opportunity to take your portfolio down for an intensive one- to one session to discuss your work and routes forward with your arts career.
Sounds like a great use of £5.
The next Porfolio Sessions are on Saturday, 16th March 2013, 11:00am until 5:00pm. Full details at http://creativeindustriestrafford.org/events/portfolio-sessions-2/

For a full list of all the sessions , check http://creativeindustriestrafford.org/events/