We want to open a new workspace, in part of what is currently the upper mall of Spindles.

It will open in an area currently not accessed by the public above the former Topman unit/entrance to Town Square and will look out over the High Street.

The project is being supported by the Towns Fund.

The space will support businesses such as start-ups, micro-enterprises, social enterprises, and small businesses, as well as larger, more established, businesses looking for contemporary workspace.

Oldham has nothing similar, and this is an opportunity to inject something new into the local economy.

We particularly want to support growing sectors such as creative design and media, in order to deliver new jobs for local people and replicate successes elsewhere in Greater Manchester.

The area will provide a flexible co-working space, creating room for these businesses to collaborate and flourish.

To encourage and support local entrepreneurs, we will have a dedicated business investment team based within the workspace, to help local entrepreneurs in a wide range of ways – whether it's advice on getting their business idea off the ground, business growth assistance, or support with accessing funding and grants.

There is also potential to keep the workspace open into the evening - complementing the improved leisure and night time activities in the new market, events space and adjacent businesses on Parliament Square.

plan of Spindles: Entrepreneur workspace