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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 […]

Photo: Why should your business be using Facebook?

Why should your business be using Facebook?

Why should your business be using Facebook? Did you know? Facebook has 1.15 Billion users worldwide 700 million daily users On average each user makes 36 posts per month The average visit to Facebook is 20 minutes Each user spends 8.3 hours on average on Facebook each month 25% of Facebook users check their profile […]

Photo: The Grapes Hotel returns to Oldham’s Independent Quarter

The Grapes Hotel returns to Oldham’s Independent Quarter

A familiar name from years gone by is set to make a return to Oldham’s Independent Quarter. After disappearing more than a decade ago, The Grapes Hotel will soon be a fixture at the heart of Oldham Council’s transformation of Yorkshire Street. The man behind the restoration of the hostelry that dates back to the […]

Photo: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker?

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker?

These are just some of the possible uses for vacant units in Oldham’s Independent Quarter. Theatre company Hard Graft is providing another creative use for one of Oldham’s empty shop units as their new comedy, Thick as Thieves, opens in a former pram shop (re-named Re-tale for the show) on the 23 September. The comedy […]