Start-up and growth
Oldham Enterprise Trust
The Oldham Enterprise Trust supports new and existing businesses in Oldham and businesses run by Oldham residents living out of the borough.
Contact Graham McKendrick, Oldham Enterprise Trust Manager:
Business Growth Hub
A community for businesses in Greater Manchester which focuses on supporting and developing growth companies.
- Phone: 0161 359 3050
- Business Growth website
Oldham's Independent Quarter - Support for local businesses
The Council is investing £1 million in new and existing independent businesses to revitalise the area between Yorkshire Street, Clegg Street and Union Street (East) - Oldham’s Independent Quarter.
There is lots of free help available to local businesses.
A62 Failsworth Business Improvement Grants
The Council is improving the A62 corridor through Failsworth and local independent businesses are invited to apply for a grant of up to £8,000 to improve their premises and for 50% of eligible capital costs.
Shaw and Lees Business Improvement Grants
The Council is investing £100,000 to increase the vibrancy of Lees and Shaw Town Centres and offering up to £8,000 of grant support to independent businesses and for 50% of eligible capital costs .
Tender for Council business
For information on the tendering process, advertising contracts and supplier selection contact the Procurement Team.
Support at your local library
Oldham libraries have a wide range of specialist resources to help support local business start ups.
£5 Fridays – Tommyfield Market
If you’re just starting out a business, you’re thinking about becoming a market trader or want to see if you’re business idea is viable, then it’s the perfect time for you.
Tommyfield Market is introducing a new market called £5 Friday, where you can trade on the outdoor market all day for just £5.
The markets team can provide you with Public Liability Insurance, but we only have the incentives for a certain amount of traders so make sure you enquire as soon as possible. It’s only £5, so there’s nothing to lose.
To book your stall, or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 770 4515
Business Travel Network
By signing up to Transport for Greater Manchester’s free Business Travel Network, your business can access a range of exclusive initiatives, incentives and practical support to encourage sustainable commuting and business travel.
- Travel Choices - Transport for Greater Manchester website
Greater Manchester Export Fund
Grants and loans up to £500,000 to invest in the areas critical for international development and export-focussed business growth.
Gov.uk has information about starting up and running businesses in the UK.
- Businesses and self-employed - Gov.uk website
DWP Enterprise Allowance
Supports local residents into self employment by offering people who have been on Job Seekers Allowance for 6months or more a 26 week allowance, access to a mentor and loan fund up to £1,000.
For more information contact your jobcentre plus advisor.
- DWP Enterprise allowance - DWP website
- Starting a business - HMRC website
You can call the Inland Revenue help line for newly self employed people on 0845 9154 505 (8.00am - 8.00pm).
e-Learning with HMRC - Becoming an employer
e-Learning course about starting a business, income tax, national insurance, and running a payroll.
- Becoming an employer e-learning course - HMRC website
The Prince’s Trust
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports unemployed young people aged 18 - 30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them.