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 just yards from the new Prince’s Gates at Oldham Mumps development.
The firm, which employs four people, was set up four years ago and was previously based in office accommodation in Chadderton.
Back in July, Northplanet contacted Oldham Council’s Town Team and asked for help to find new headquarters in the town centre.
Officers carried out an extensive property search on behalf of Northplanet, even accompanying representatives of the firm on viewings and inspections.
After settling on the property – which was not on the market but the Town Team knew was available – council officers then organised a meeting between the owner and the firm, resulting in a five year lease being signed
Councillor Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Northplanet to the Independent Quarter. They are an up and coming firm and this move will help them expand their business further.
“This deal shows how the council is helping to attract businesses to the town centre – from dealing with the initial enquiry through to getting people round a table and signing the lease.
“Once you get in touch with us we’ll provide you with a dedicated account manager who will help you from start to finish.
“We want more businesses to come into the town centre, whether they are looking at occupying a council or privately owned building, and we’ll assist you every step of the way.”
Northplanet has also been provided with a building grant from the local authority to assist with their internal fitting out and refurbishing of the offices.
Oldham Business Leadership Group has also supported North Planet with grant and loan funding from the Oldham Enterprise Fund.
The Fund is a local easy-to-access source aimed at supporting new and existing businesses based in Oldham. The package not only includes the opportunity to bid for money in the form of low cost loans and small grants but also delivers high quality free business support before and after the application.
The Fund is provided by a private donor and is an innovative partnership between Oldham Business Leadership Group, the Business Growth Hub, Business Finance Solutions and Blue Orchid, delivering a combined funding and business support offer unique to Oldham.
Mike Lane, Director of Northplanet, said: “We wanted to relocate into Oldham Town centre to offer our services within a central point of the local community, allowing us to facilitate ourselves as the marketing and branding department for Oldham’s independent businesses.
“We feel that Jim McMahon is empowering the growth of the local economy with great incentives and benefits for local businesses to climb the ladder of success.
“A number of staff members from the Oldham Council Town Team contact us regularly to check on our current progress and assist with any further needs.
“With the relocation now in situe, we have completely re-branded the whole business and now offer additional services such as creative design, print management and research and development on top of our professional web and mobile development services.
“We are also working towards developing a training campus in which we can offer education and training services within our industry, which will also facilitate OBLG to hold events, and seminars”.
Northplanet is holding an open day on Friday, January 30 for people to have a look around and see if the business can help them out. There are two sessions from 9.30am until 11.30am and 2.30pm until 4.30pm.
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.