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    Funding Opportunities - Horizon 2020

    Funding Opportunities


    Horizon 2020

    ·         Innovative and citizen-driven food system approaches in cities                                            Opens: 16 October 2018                               Deadline: 23 January 2019

    Innovate UK

    March 2018 sector competition

    UK businesses can apply for a share of £19 million for game-changing innovations with strong commercial potential that will significantly impact the UK economy.

    Deadline: 9 May


    Business Opportunities


    BRNL20180212002 - Netherlands: Suppliers and manufacturers of Mediterranean food sought.

    BRPT20180205001 Portugal: Technical solutions sought to improve water consumption in agriculture.

Let’s talk Social Enterprise…

Whether you’re thinking of setting up a social enterprise or exploring the endless benefits of working with a social business, this event is for you!

Oldham Enterprise Trust in partnership with Upturn and GMCVO are proud to announce an event that aims to bring together budding social entrepreneurs and the businesses community to explore the endless benefits of working together and the world of social enterprise.

Calling on all decision makers and aspiring social entrepreneurs, unleash your social potential…

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Guest Speakers include:

Anwar Ali, Founder and CEO of Oldham based social enterprise
Upturn Enterprise Limited, giving you an insight into the workings of
an established social enterprise business.

Gary Millar, Investment Manager (GM Social Investment), GMCVO,
who will introduce their GM Social Investment. A 2 Million pound
grant/loan fund to help new and existing Social enterprise to grow.

Oldham Enterprise Trust will be on hand to discuss the endless
possibilities of setting up and supporting social business as well as
networking after the event.

Date & Time

DATE: Wednesday 6th December 2017
TIME: 4.00pm – 6.00pm
VENUE: Oldham College, Rochdale Road, Oldham, OL9 6AA
RSVP: : 0161 652 9000

Visitor car parking is accessible via Rochdale Road entrance, visitors will
need to pre-register for a parking space.

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GM Health and Employment Programme Consultation Event on Tuesday 10th October

GM Health and Employment Programme Consultation Event on Tuesday 10th October  – Health is Wealth!

Staff absence due to sickness and ill health affects your business productivity!! The GM Combined Authority are putting a programme in place to help – but they need the views of Oldham SME employers to shape the programme. The aim of the event will be to actively involve small businesses in the discussion of what an occupational health type service could and should look like for the small businesses of Oldham.

The event will describe a proposal from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to offer a stay in work support service for employees of small businesses and the self-employed that may be off work due to ill health or a health condition.

Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE (Oldham Council Chief Executive and the GM lead Chief Executive for Population Health and Workforce Development) will set the scene and contextualise the need for this programme.

Workforce health is a key issue in helping the Greater Manchester –including Oldham! – economy to increase productivity. Did you know that:-

  • Across Greater Manchester (GM) over half the working population (59%) have a long term health condition. There are also 236,400 people out of work and claiming benefits, and of these 64% are claiming as a result of a health condition
  • The estimated annual cost of Statutory Sick pay to GM employers is estimated at £90 million and Occupational Sick pay is approaching £400million
  • There is currently no effective early intervention service for small and medium sized businesses (SME’s) to prevent people with health conditions falling out of work
  • 99% of GM employers are either micro or small businesses with limited or no access to Occupational Health and Employee Health and Wellbeing support
  • Employers may lack awareness about legislation compliance and how to manage staff who are sick
  • The NHS struggles to respond rapidly to the needs of people in work
  • The current Fit note system can be ineffective both from a GP and employer perspective

This consultation breakfast event will be held on Tuesday 10th October, (8.00-9.30am with breakfast available from 8.00). The venue is the outstanding new Maggie’s Centre, in the grounds of the Royal Oldham Hospital. Maggie’s opened in June 2017 and provides free practical and emotional support to people living with cancer and their family and friends.  The Centre already supports between 25-40 people from the local area each day and is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please book on at the Business Growth Hub Events page here

Business Breakfast Networking eventWednesday 25th October at Hollinwood Business Centre

Another free Business Breakfast Networking event – Wednesday 25th October at Hollinwood Business Centre

Join other local businesses at this free event to learn more about

  • The array of free business support available to Oldham businesses; and
  • The value of business networking in Oldham Council

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please book on at the Business Growth Hub Events pagehere

Oldham Council recognises the work of the Oldham Enterprise Trust

The full council at its meeting on July 12th celebrated the success of the Oldham Enterprise Trust in addressing the issues around promoting STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) and tackling the skills deficit in this area through working with Oldham Schools and training providers to fund and facilitate imaginative STEM activities. To see the full council motion and letter acknowledging our work

Manchester to introduce small businesses to energy efficiency and its Green Business Fund capital grant programme.

The Carbon Trust will run a workshop on 25 October in Manchester to introduce small businesses to energy efficiency and its Green Business Fund capital grant programme. 

The Carbon Trust’s Green Business Fund offers SMEs up to £10,000 capital contribution towards the cost of energy saving equipment, such as lighting, controls, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).

The two-hour workshop will help businesses to identify opportunities to reduce energy costs and make the most of the Fund.

Elements of the workshop include:

  • Understanding energy usage bills
  • Reducing energy bills through behaviour change
  • Implementing approaches to energy management
  • Introducing key energy reduction and retrofit technologies

Local successes

Companies across the North West have already benefitted from the Green Business Fund, such as manufacturers Alma Products, in Runcorn, and Sovereign Group, in Nelson.

Alma Products received £10,000 towards an LED lighting upgrade, while Sovereign Group received £2,700 to install a new heating controls system.

Applicants must have less than 250 employees to be eligible, and funding is currently limited to projects that pay back on initial investment in less than five years.

Find out more

The workshop will be hosted by Greater Manchester Police on 25 October 2017 and has been certified for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). For more information, click here.

Looking for a job, apprenticeship or work experience?

10am – 2pm Thursday 21 September,
Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Street, OL1 1QJ
Oldham’s annual jobs fair will have more than 500 jobs on show. You will be able to find out more about these opportunities and roles and meet employers.
There will be staff available on the day to advise you about jobs, careers and access to training.
T: 0161 770 4674

Festival of Work

10am – 2pm Thursday 21 September Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham

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Coffee Afternoon

Cake will be on sale, we will also be raffling off a cake and
some prescribed products for lucky winners!

Simply Skin, 3 Cromwell Court, Brunswick Street, Oldham, OL1 1ET

In support of Macmillan


Boosting Your Green Credentials

Learn from industry experts how the write an effective environmental policy that will deliver results for both you and your customers.

This can lead to:

  • Increased investment, customer sales and market share.
  • Improved environmental performance.
  • Cost savings through efficiency improvements.
  • Conservation of resources.
  • Reduced environmental risk.

By having an environmental policy your business will be demonstrating its commitment to reducing its environmental impact, and in doing so, help to develop positive relationships with your stakeholders and improve your corporate image.

Delegates will leave with:

  • An understanding of the environmental issues relevant to the core business and wider issues such as risk, legal compliance and stakeholder values.
  • Practical steps to create and implement an environmental policy or management strategy.
  • An understanding of how to use environmental credentials and policies to create additional business opportunities.

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Making the Business Case – Financing Your Investment Projects

Learn from industry experts how to develop a comprehensive business case for implementing energy efficiency and renewable generation measures and the various financing options and incentives that are currently available.

This masterclass will provide you with the knowledge to quantify the benefits of installing energy efficient equipment or renewable energy technologies.

By having a strong business case you can demonstrate your commitment to reducing your environmental impact and have an understanding of the wider benefits this will have on your business.

You will benefit from:

  • Cost savings through efficiency improvements.
  • Reduced carbon footprint.
  • Increased capacity, business growth and asset value.
  • Future-proofing your business from market volatility.

Delegates will leave with:

  • Knowledge to develop a business case including how to identify suitable measures, the operational benefits and quantification of savings.
  • An understanding of the key drivers for energy efficiency, possible risks to the business from  inaction and how to identify the opportunities and benefits of taking action.
  • An understanding of the different approaches to calculating benefits including IRR, NPV, simple payback, operating costs and maintenance costs.
  • Knowledge of different financing options and incentives that are currently available for investing in energy efficient and renewable technologies including where to find funding support, their criteria and how to apply.

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Can you win the “bragging rights” in Manchester?

On Friday 8th September, the inaugural Greater Company Games event will take place, and we want you to be a part of it.

Grab some work colleagues and enter a team, there are sports for everyone and all abilities and bond your employees through sport, health, fitness & fun!

For less than £500 you can invest not only in the health and wellbeing of your staff but also raise money to reinvest into Manchester communities.

Like the idea of getting your company more active, engaging with the local business community, doing something amazing for local charities and groups. Building stronger teams and businesses.

Then why not join us for our newest event on 8th September at some of Manchester’s most iconic facilities.

• Football
• Dodgeball
• Netball
• Tennis
• Touch Rugby
• Squash & Squash 57

Exceptional and unequalled team building opportunity that will successfully integrate your employees into a unified team, during the event and then back into the workplace.

This business festival of sport is a unique event for Manchester where we bring local businesses together in competition and sport, we want to build stronger networks and relationships between employees and between businesses. Finishing the day off with what Manchester is great at, putting on an amazing party, so we have hired out The National Football Museum in Urbis to celebrate this fantastic city and its business community.

It’s one of the best investments your company will ever make! Don’t miss this great opportunity, act now and sign up at

* Early-bird discount is now available for businesses who register in August.



The Inaugural Greater Manchester Primary Engineer Leaders Awards will be held in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham!

These remarkable STEM awards, delivered by Primary Engineer Programmes in partnership with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Manchester City Council and Siemens and with thanks to Oldham Enterprise Trust, Oldham Council and the Stoller Charitable Trust, asked Primary and Secondary School pupils across the region:

  • The Greater Manchester Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Award 2017: The Awards Ceremony and Private Exhibition is on 5.30-8pm Thursday 6th July.


  • The Greater Manchester Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Awards – Greater Manchester Public Exhibition 2017 of local schoolchildren’s invention illustrations will be at the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July.

“If you were an engineer, what would you do?” Come, see their incredible ingenuity!


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