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 display.
Family-run Simpsons has been established in Oldham for more than 80 years – and is believed to be the longest established town centre store.
As well as selling silver, gold and platinum jewellery and gemstones, the store also offers a comprehensive repair service – making use of a fully fitted workshop.
They shop is located at 37 High Street, just across the road from the new ODEON cinema complex which is under construction in the Old Town Hall.
Councillor Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “Simpsons of Oldham has been a fixture in the town centre for many years and I’m sure many people are walking around the borough wearing a wedding ring which was purchased from there.
“We are delighted that Simpsons are continuing to invest in the business and trade in the town centre.
“This grant shows we are happy to contribute to their continued success in the future.”
Owner Graeme Simpson, said: “As a family-run business we continue to supply quality jewellery and repairs on Oldham High Street.
“We are very grateful for the help given to us by the Shop improvement grant from Oldham Council which was put towards new lighting.
“We hope that trade continues to grow and that the extensive works on the Old Town Hall to create the ODEON cinema complex prove to be a business success.”
Since the Independent Quarter initiative was launched in 2013 a number of traders have already moved or relocated into new premises after receiving support. Existing businesses have also received grants.
The initial focus is to support businesses in the Independent Quarter in the triangle between Yorkshire Street, Clegg Street and Union Street East.