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Photo: Independent Quarter is still the business

Independent Quarter is still the business

Oldham Council Leader, Sean Fielding, is pledging that local independent businesses remain a major priority and will play a key role in regenerating the town centre. Cllr Fielding, who took office on May 23, was immediately keen to speak to businesses in Oldham town centre’s Independent Quarter to hear their ideas on how to build […]

Photo: The Tooth Place fills a gap in the Independent Quarter

The Tooth Place fills a gap in the Independent Quarter

Oldham’s Independent Quarter has got off to a flying start in 2017 with another new business setting up roots in the area. The Tooth Place, managed by Dr Amjad Chaudhary, has moved into the former Mess House building on Yorkshire Street after outgrowing their previous home on Rhodes Street. Oldham council had acquired the building […]

Photo: New business feels at home in the Independent Quarter

New business feels at home in the Independent Quarter

The latest business to open in Oldham’s Independent Quarter is already beginning to feeling right at home. Furniture by Lauren recently started trading at 46/48 Yorkshire Street, at the junction of Waterloo Street, in the town centre – breathing new life into the former Kiss Bar. Gavin and Lauren Howarth, who run the small family […]

Photo: GRILL@NO 20 IS THE LATEST WELCOME ADDITION TO THE INDEPENDENT QUARTER

GRILL@NO 20 IS THE LATEST WELCOME ADDITION TO THE INDEPENDENT QUARTER

Oldham Town Centre’s latest bar and grill is open – and is already attracting a loyal clientele. The Grill@No 20 is a stylish family-run eatery that caters for the discerning diner. Anthony D’Alessandro and his wife Carolina have ambitious plans for the Retiro Street restaurant – formerly Don Pedro’s. Anthony and his business partner have […]

Photo: Old friends set to bring a taste of Oldham to the Independent Quarter

Old friends set to bring a taste of Oldham to the Independent Quarter

Two old school friends are hoping their new restaurant will get a red hot reception when they open up in Oldham’s Independent Quarter. Ata Mubeen and Luke Rafferty are the men behind the ‘Smoke Yard’, which will soon be a fixture on Church Terrace – directly facing Oldham Council’s transformation of the Old Town Hall. […]

Photo: New hackspace opens in Independent Quarter

New hackspace opens in Independent Quarter

A group of creative and technology-minded individuals certainly aren’t ‘hacked off’ with Oldham Council after we helped them find premises in the Independent Quarter. Hack Oldham – whose members of all ages and backgrounds meet to do interesting things – has moved into premises at 4/6 Hardcastle Street, just off Yorkshire Street. The new hackspace* features: training […]

Photo: Northplanet move into Oldham’s Independent Quarter

Northplanet move into Oldham’s Independent Quarter

Oldham’s Independent Quarter is enjoying a good start to the year thanks to the news that another business has been attracted to the area. Northplanet, a web design team, has moved into premises on the second floor of 69 Rhodes Bank – a property that had been empty for a number of years and is […]

Photo: Independent Quarter ‘jewel’ gets Council backing

Independent Quarter ‘jewel’ gets Council backing

One of the town centre’s oldest ‘jewels’ has received a boost from Oldham Council. Simpsons of Oldham is the latest business to be awarded a Shop Improvement Grant as part of the local authority’s continuing support of businesses operating in the Independent Quarter. The grant will be used to improve the lighting and shop front […]

Photo: Two more businesses receive Independent Quarter backing

Two more businesses receive Independent Quarter backing

Two businesses which specialise in treatments for the human body are to benefit from Independent Quarter funding from Oldham Council. Fourteen months ago Oldham resident Karen Sedgwick took the plunge and ploughed all her savings into buying 129 Union Street and setting up the Hair Lounge salon. Karen only had enough money to refurbish the […]