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.


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.

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 markets@oldham.gov.uk or call 0161 770 4515 


Gov.uk has information about starting up and running businesses in the UK.

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.

Tax advice

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.

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.

Ageing Well Oldham 

The hub aims to help anyone over 50 get the support to further their career, enterprise advice and health and wellbeing support.

Visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/ageingwelloldham