About Us

The Oldham Enterprise Trust helps Oldham residents into enterprise and employability and contributes to long-term economic growth.

As part of the ‘Get Oldham Working’ initiative, the Trust, kick-started by a £1m donation from The Stoller Charitable Trust, aims to help the next generation of entrepreneurs get start-up businesses off the ground and also support young people into employment. The Trust provides a one stop portal to start-up and growth companies to access the wide range of business funding that is available as well as free business
advice and support.


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Dave Benstead

Trustee, DiodesDave is HR Director at Diodes in Oldham and is committed to helping Oldham’s economy and skills grow. He is Chair of the Oldham Enterprise Trust, the local Economy and Skills Partnership, governor at Oldham Sixth Form College and Oldham Business Leadership Group. He sees the work of all these groups as contributing to making Oldham greater.
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Cllr Shoab Aktar

Trustee, OMBCI have been an elected member for over 16 years representing Werneth Ward. Currently I am the Cabinet member for Employment and Skills. I love Oldham and want the best for our Borough. I genuinely believe that we have the best young people in the country and would like to create as many entrepreneurship opportunities as we can.
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Eddie Moore

Trustee, OMBCI was first elected to Oldham Council in May 2011, I am currently a member of the Cabinet and I hold the Health and Wellbeing portfolio and I am a Trustee of OET.I was previously involved in the rail industry where I held a variety of technical, supervisory and management positions. I have been involved in education in the borough for over 20 years and I am Chair of Governors at both Blue Coat and Mills Hill schools and I am a Governor at the Radclyffe School. I also represent the OMBC as a Governor of the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
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William Lees-Jones

Trustee, JW Lees BrewerWilliam Lees-Jones is Managing Director of brewers and pub company JW Lees. William was the founding Chairman of Mahdlo and sits on the Business Leadership Council of the Manchester City region.
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David Meredith

Trustee, NatwestI’m David Meredith and I’m Director of Commercial Banking at the Natwest in Manchester. That means I’m responsible for a team of Bank Managers whose role in life is to help their SME customers to build better businesses. We do this by adopting a proactive and value-adding approach towards these customers and providing them with a first class day to day Banking experience. I’m a born and bred Oldhamer. I became involved in the Oldham Enterprise Trust because it’s there to help local people to start and develop new businesses that will hopefully generate employment, wealth and success in the Town.

A one stop portalAccess the wide range of business funding that is available as well as free business advice and support.

Grant Loan Grand Total
Total  £148,090  £584,277  £584,277 £732,367
Average  £3,897  £8,721  £6,975
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