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Network with other businesses, showcase your products, develop your workforce, and gain new customers.

There’s a range of events open to Oldham businesses, both within the borough and across Greater Manchester. Find our pick of the best here and stay up to date with the latest event news by subscribing to the Business Oldham email bulletin.

Weekly drop-in - every Thursday 10am to 1pm

Social Enterprise Lab

Proper Good Business Support – no appointment needed

Come along and meet the Urban Enterprise Team, and discuss all things social enterprise.

We can help to guide you with funding and investment advice, plus insights into business planning and marketing.

Upturn Enterprise Ltd, 9 Ascroft Court, Peter Street, Oldham OL1 1HP

Small Business Saturday UK. Another Year Making a Big Difference

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities.

Weekly drop-in - every Thursday 10am to 1pm

Social Enterprise Lab weekly drop-in

Proper Good Business Support – no appointment needed

Come along and meet the Urban Enterprise Team, and discuss all things social enterprise.

We can help to guide you with funding and investment advice, plus insights into business planning and marketing.

Upturn Enterprise Ltd, 9 Ascroft Court, Peter Street, Oldham OL1 1HP

Digital Drop in for Business – First Wednesday of every month 2 to 4pm at Oldham Library

Build a Business are hosting Kuiper Industries Ltd for a FREE drop in session designed to empower small businesses with all aspects of technology for your venture.

Marketing Drop-in with Boo! marketing, 24 April and 29 May - 12noon to 2pm

Booking required. Build a Business a delighted to host Boo! Marketing for free drop is sessions on 24 April and 29 May. Making marketing simple, FREE drop in with Anna Short of Boo! Marketing. Get marketing confident to grow your business.

Public Procurement Oldham 25 April 9.30am - 2pm at Oldham Library

How to write quotations, proposals and tenders

Securing public sector tenders and contracts is an essential way for SMEs to grow their business.

But many small businesses aren't taking advantage due to the perception of complex processes, their own limited resources, competition from larger firms and compliance with stringent regulations.

GM Business Growth Hub and Oldham Council are offering a workshop on Thursday, 25 April, covering all the aspects you need to know to win public tenders.
At the end of this free-to-attend short morning session, you'll come away with:

  • An understanding of which bids to go for,
  • What the tendering process looks like
  • What buyers are looking for and how they judge you and your competitors
  • Where procuring organisations post their opportunities
  • You will also have the unique opportunity to speak to the people at Oldham Council who are responsible for their procurements and tenders.
  • This workshop is available to all SMEs based in #Oldham and #GreaterManchester.

GM Business Growth Hub is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The £7.5m funding has been made possible thanks to Greater Manchester Combined Authority securing funding to deliver UKSPF projects, which forms part of the Government’s wider Levelling Up agenda.

29 April, 9.30am to 3.30pm at Northern Quarter, Manchester

Power Up Your Digital, Creative and Tech Business, GM Business Growth Hub

Supercharge your early-stage business and achieve sustainable success with this dynamic one day workshop.
By signing up to our PowerUp workshop, your early-stage business can accelerate its growth and capture the attention of your target market. This event will empower you to create a stand-out value proposition for your customers, recruit top talent from the get-go and plan a ground-breaking go-to-market strategy.

Find out more:

1 May Oldham Library 4.30pm

Start-Up Huddle

The Start-up Huddle Oldham, is aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business.

“Huddlers” meet regularly as a community once a month at the same time and place which is Oldham Library (first Wednesday of the month).

Start-up Huddle Oldham is FREE and helps one entrepreneur at a time, who present real-time challenges facing their start-up and solicits input on potential solutions from other entrepreneurs, mentors, ecosystem builders and others in the local community.

2 May Rochdale Town Hall 1 - 4pm

CEAMS Demo Day (Centre of Expertise in Advanced Materials and Sustainability)

You are invited to join us for a day filled with cutting-edge technology, inspiring pitches, and ground-breaking demos.

This is your opportunity to mingle with industry experts, investors, and fellow tech enthusiasts.

Don't miss out on this exciting event where you can experience first-hand the future of technology. Mark your calendars and get ready to be amazed!
The event will be hosted by award-winning journalist Chris Maguire.

8 May Oldham Library 10am

Build A Business Coffee Morning

Wellbeing for small business owners, with Jay Mistry, from Wellness by Jay

Weekly drop-in - every Thursday 10am to 1pm

Social Enterprise Lab weekly drop-in

Proper Good Business Support – no appointment needed

Come along and meet the Urban Enterprise Team, and discuss all things social enterprise.

We can help to guide you with funding and investment advice, plus insights into business planning and marketing.

Upturn Enterprise Ltd, 9 Ascroft Court, Peter Street, Oldham OL1 1HP

23 May 2024 - GM Business Growth Hub - Manufacturing our Future, 9am-4pm

Mark your calendars and get ready for an event like no other! We proudly present 'Manufacturing Our Future' - an event created around celebrating the manufacturing sector's resilience and innovation in Greater Manchester, which takes place on Thursday 23 May 2024, at Oldham Athletic Football Club.

Stay tuned for more details as we unveil the full agenda, exhibition participants, and speaker line-up.

Register your interest: Manufacturing our Future - Eventbrite website

Build a Business workshops

The Build a Business workshops are delivered in four engaging and interactive sessions:

13 June 2024 - Build A Business Workshop (KYM) Oldham Library 10am to 1pm Know Your Customer, Get Competitive - business workshop

  • Do you know who your customers really are?
  • How much they will spend on your product or service?
  • Why would they choose one over another? Why would they choose you over a competitor?

Having a great product isn't enough nowadays - every business needs to know about the attitudes, behaviours and beliefs of their target customers. At this workshop you will learn how to access market research and other resources that can help you find the answers to all these questions and more - and it’s all been funded for you!

We'll also show you how to find suppliers, marketing and sales leads and consider who is best to trade with. Learn how to use the Business & IP Centre Manchester’s £5 million collection of UK and global business databases (including market research and company and financial information) to:

  • assess market potential
  • develop a viable business plan,
  • upskill you to ‘know your market’.

19 June 2024 - Build A Business Workshop (IP) Oldham Library 10 am to 1pm Intellectual Property: Protect Your Assets (business workshop)

Intellectual Property can be worth cash to your business. Make sure your product, service, website and brand are protected from would be copycats or do not infringe others’ rights. 

At this workshop you will learn how you can protect and utilize your Intellectual Property, avoid potential IP mishaps and deal with issues you might face with content on Social Media and:

  • How to understand the 4 main types of IP and how they differ
  • Get a clearer idea of what IP you own
  • What's involved in registering a trademark
  • Where to go to for further help and advice

27 June 2024 - Build a Business Workshop (BB1) Oldham Library 10 am to 1pm Business Basics - Getting Started!

Join Wendy Breakell, entrepreneur and named one of the top 50 business advisors in the North West, for this three hour workshop covering the practicalities of starting and growing your business.

Get the skills and confidence you need to succeed. This workshop covers the essential ‘nuts and bolts’ of starting up and running a successful enterprise, including:

  • Legal structures - self employed, limited company etc.
  • Business planning & Business Model Canvas
  • Start up business models
  • Costs, Cashflow, Finance and Tax
  • Pricing

And more...

2 July 2024 - Build a Business Workshop (BB2) Oldham Library 10am to 1pm - Marketing - The Essentials

Join Ruche Marketing who'll be delivering Build a Business's all new marketing workshop to microbusinesses, SMEs, entrepreneurs, pre-start ups and start ups on the core essentials of marketing to get you started.

The workshop will help you understand marketing's must-know basics to get your business out there and noticed and cover:

  • Understanding your customers/customer segmentation
  • Building an effective marketing strategy
  • Planning marketing campaigns
  • Building a brand through consistent marketing
  • Simple search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques
  • Creating effective social media content
  • Understanding PPC and display advertising

Ruche Marketing will also be on hand to answer any specific marketing questions about your business.

All BAB workshops can be booked via

Friday 13 September 2024 - GM Business Growth Hub  - Thinking of Starting Your Own Business? - 9.30am - 12noon

Enterprising You - Launchpad: Igniting your start-up journey!

  • Oldham Library, Greaves St, Oldham OL1 1AL