Parliament Square welcomes new delicatessen and cafe

The latest tenant to move into Oldham town centre’s new public space at Parliament Square is opening its doors today (November 29).

‘The Parliament Sq’ is a stylish new delicatessen and café with ambitious plans to complement the changing nature of the local economy and fill a niche in the market.  

Local businessman Ross McGivern is opening his business at the former Santander premises at 30-34 High Street.

He is investing a significant amount of his own money to breathe new life into a premises that has been vacant for three years. 

'The Parliament Sq' is a stylish contemporary deli and cafe that offers made-to-order sandwiches, pies and deli-meats. You can also dine in to enjoy hot and cold drinks, Italian-style light bites and homemade food from a vibrant menu. 

His venture is the latest attracted by the recent opening of the Old Town Hall as an ODEON cinema and restaurant complex - and it is ideally situated on the opposite corner at the entrance to the new Parliament Square.

'The Parliament Sq' has benefited from Oldham Council's comprehensive £1 million package of Independent Quarter support to help existing or start-up businesses with a Building Improvement Grant plus property and business advice.   

Get Oldham Working has also assisted with recruitment with up to 18 new staff initially expected to be employed. 

Ross has been in the hospitality trade for more than 16 years. He also owns the Green Room Cafe on Albion Street in Oldham and has been a partner in a successful Italian restaurant for five years. 

He said: "This is a really exciting time to be opening a new business in Oldham and it's great to be welcoming people through our doors."

"'The Parliament Sq' is inspired by the new public space and the Old Town Hall development and it's also here to reflect the changing nature of the local economy.

"Regeneration and Metrolink are bringing more people into Oldham town centre at different times of the day and there is a real gap in the market for a deli cafe like this.

"Our business model means we're open from 7.30am in the morning to 7pm at night. That's so we can cater for a changing range of needs from light breakfast, sandwiches and coffee in the mornings though to light lunches and drinks before afternoon matinee, plus specials and goods for people going to the cinema later, leaving work or making their way home after shopping.

"I'm really passionate about making this succeed and I will be a very 'hands on' owner because I believe great service is what ultimately builds a loyal customer base. 

"Oldham Council has been a fantastic help in making this happen and it's brilliant to be one of so many new businesses right at the heart of the exciting things happening in Oldham." 

Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, visited 'The Parliament Sq' today to perform an informal 'opening ceremony' with Ross and his new staff.

She said: "I'm delighted to meet Ross and his team, all of whom are obviously very excited about being part of Oldham's bright future."

"Our town centre is changing for the better and a key part of that is brilliant people like him who are buying into that vision and investing their savings and hard graft into making exciting new ventures like this get off the ground. 

"As a council we are doing our bit by assisting independent traders like Ross to get the help and support they need to get started. 

"Traders and ourselves are then relying on residents and visitors to play their part by coming along to see and enjoy what is on offer and to help us spread the word. 

"Between us we are all helping to transform vacant units into a place that is visibly changing by the day, providing a specialist offer, creating new jobs and blooming in confidence. We are making it look, feel and work better.

"That is very powerful - and that's the difference we can all make by working together." 

Since the Independent Quarter initiative was launched in 2013 a number of businesses have already moved or relocated into new premises after receiving support from Oldham Council.

The initial focus of the scheme is supporting businesses in the Independent Quarter in the triangle between Yorkshire Street, Clegg Street and Union Street East.

More than 30 new specialist traders have already benefited. These include three new quality restaurants, a new Digital Enterprise Hub to help new enterprises in the digital, technology and creative sectors, plus the refurbishment of more than 50 buildings. More applications are being processed each month. 

For more information about the Independent Quarter visit www.iqoldham.co.uk

To talk to us about your business and opportunities, contact the Town Centre Team by either visiting their office at 12 Albion Street, calling 0161 770 2077 or sending an email to towncentreteam@oldham.gov.uk

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Jean Stretton and Ross McGivern at Parliament SQ