Start-up and growth

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 .

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.

Local Enterprise Agency - Blue Orchid

Free support funded by the European Regional Development Fund and provided by Blue Orchid.

Includes an extensive programme of workshops on business planning, marketing and sales, and book keeping.

Access one-to-one business advice and support from professional business advisors.

Special consultancy for new businesses on how to improve business performance and overcome the challenges of building a sustainable business is also on offer.

Business Growth Hub

A community for businesses in Greater Manchester which focuses on supporting and developing growth companies.

Get help with:

  • Accessing finance
  • Expanding your markets
  • Developing new products and services
  • Building your new business network
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Explore marketing opportunities
  • Improving productivity
  • Product development


Oldham Enterprise Fund

The Oldham Enterprise Fund 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:


FranchisingWorks is an innovative social enterprise that tackles unemployment by helping create new businesses and jobs through franchising.

It provides independent advice and practical support to people interested in exploring franchising as a way into self-employment.

FranchisingWorks is working closely with local employment support agencies such as Blue Orchid and Jobcentre Plus, as well as the UK franchise community, to help start up new franchise businesses across greater Manchester.

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 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.

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.

Textiles Growth Programme

Grants up to £1,000,000 to cover capital expenditure, skills and training expenditure and research and development expenditure.

General advice

For more general advice about starting a business, try any of the following organisations.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is a peer-to-business lending platform connecting businesses and investors.

StartUp Britain

Everything you need to know about starting up in one place. 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.

18 - 30 StartUp Loans

Are you aged 18-30 and looking to start a business and become your own boss? If so, the Start-Up Loan has been tailor made for you. Start-Up Loans have been launched for young people who want to go their own way, work on their own terms and start a successful venture.

Access support with your business plan, services and expertise to help start your business:

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.

Business mentoring

Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth.

If you are a business that needs support or a business professional who can offer support, they can help you connect with each other.

Local advice

Contact the employability if you have any queries about starting up or growing your own business in Oldham.

Tel 0161 770 4674

Starting a food business?

Register and find out what you need to know when running a food business.

Register a food business