2. Support, funding and training

Support

The Business Growth Hub

Is part of the Manchester Growth Company and offers support and advice to people who are starting up or want to develop their business.

Contact:

The Nationwide Caterers Association

NCASS is a trade association for mobile caterers and street food traders. It offers advice to mobile caterers , street food caters , caterers who provide food at functions, markets and the roadside on trading so busineses can operate safely , legally and profitably. They can be contacted via their website:

The Oldham Food Network

The Oldham Food Network is a community led organisation run by local people for local people. It brings together groups from communities across Oldham involved in food activity.

Funding for Enterprise

The Oldham Enterprise Fund

The Oldham Enterprise Fund is a way to bid for grants and low cost loans to help Oldham entrepreneurs on their way to success.

As well as grants and loans successful applicants are given a free programme of business support to help prepare their application before presenting it to an assessment panel. Further support is available whether the application is successful or not.

The fund is an innovative partnership between Get Oldham Working, Oldham Enterprise Trust, The Business Growth Hub, People Plus, Start-up Loan Scheme, Business Finance Solutions and Oldham Council.

Find out more about the fund and whether you and your business could be eligible:

Youth Enterprise Network Oldham ( YENO)

YENO is a network helping young people develop skills in business and entrepreneurship. It is closely linked to the Oldham Enterprise Trust who can help young people secure funding including grants for those under 25 funded by the Stoller fund.

Contact:

Funding

Sometimes groups want funding to make their ideas or projects happen. These local organisations might be able to help you:

Action Together

Action Together is a support and development organisation for voluntary, community and faith groups across the borough. They offer a wide range of services including a regular funding e – bulletin.

Green Dividend Fund

The Green Dividend Fund is a one-off fund to spark and support community action and initiatives. It aims to enable places in the Oldham’s Selective Licensing areas to be greener through gardening and/or landscaping projects. These projects benefit streets and neighbourhoods for both residents and visitors.

Rapid ROCA

From time to time First Choice Homes Oldham and partners host Rapid ROCA, an event where community groups are given the chance to apply for up to £500 to help their groups and start up projects grow.

Environmental

Greggs Foundation – Environmental Grants

Funding is available for projects that benefit the local environment and must include one or more of the following:

  • Improves the local environment
  • Must have local involvement
  • Delivers sustainable and measurable difference
  • Supports people in need

Who can apply: Not-for-Profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less and which make a difference to local areas, with a preference given to projects that involve or benefit people who are disadvantaged in the UK.

Grant amount: £2000

Application process: Application forms may be completed online. Organisations may apply once per calendar year.

Deadline: Normally 2 rounds per year see Greggs Foundation website for further details.

Contact information: Greggs Foundation 0191 212 7626 or greggsfoundation@greggs.co.uk

Training

Want to work safely with food? Why not come along to a free Level 2 Food Hygiene Course:

Monday 24 September, 9.30am - 4.30pm at Roman Rd Independent Church, 38 Hedges St off Roman Rd, Failsworth, M35 9JR

Tea & coffee are provided but please bring your own lunch.

To book your place on the course please contact Anne Fleming on anne.fleming@oldham.gov.uk / 0161 770 1876.