Town Centre News

Free advice for start up businesses!

Free advice for young and new businesses will soon be available from GC Business Growth Hub, part of The Growth Company, in the pop-up space in the Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, Rochdale. The GC Business Growth Hub supports businesses at all stages of their growth journey with a broad range of services, such as one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, events, specialist programmes, funding and more. Now they will be offering free business advice to new and fledgling businesses, and those thinking of starting a business, on a monthly basis from Rochdale town centre between 10am and 2pm on 16 July, 20 August and 17 September. If you would like to book a slot at the event, please register using https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1-2-1-business-advice-rochdale-tickets-61026979338?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Rochdale beauty salon celebrates 26 years of business

Established Rochdale beauty salon, The Retreat is celebrating 26 years of business this month. Originally located on Baillie Street, the St Mary’s Gate salon was set up as ‘Nails and Things’ by Laura Prime in 1993. The salon grew from humble beginnings and underwent a name change in 2009 – becoming The Retreat – to incorporate the spa feel and facilities available.


Street Eat dishes up weekend treat

The Bank Holiday weekend’s Street Eat festival is being hailed as the best one yet, as crowds of well over 3,000 tucked into a double helping of food, drink, family entertainment and live music around Rochdale Town Hall Square. The event was basked in warm sunshine for most of Saturday, and although the weather was less kind for some of Sunday, that didn’t stop large crowds forming throughout the weekend, having their taste-buds tickled and their thirsts quenched whilst enjoying tasty dishes from the town centre’s best bars and restaurants.


Million of pounds of investment secured as the borough’s regeneration continues

Almost £40m of private sector investment has been brought into Rochdale over the last financial year, bringing a number of new businesses to the borough, creating 286 new jobs. Private sector investment poured into the borough through the new Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development, which secured major funding from investment giants, M&G. A number of investments made by businesses, either through expansion, relocation into the borough or refurbishment of their premises also played a part in generating the £38.9m.


Rochdale first – as festival goes plastic free

A popular food festival will be the first in the borough to be plastic free when it is held in Rochdale Town Hall Square this month. Organisers of Street Eat have banned single use plastics at the event on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, with all traders using environmentally friendlier paper alternatives instead.