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Recovery Loan Scheme opens for applications

The Recovery Loan Scheme, a new scheme to support access to finance for UK businesses as they recover and grow following the pandemic, opens to applications from today. The scheme, announced at the Budget on 3 March 2021, is scheduled to run until 31 December 2021, subject to review. The new scheme will support borrowing...


Smile for Oldham Enterprise Trust

Smile for Oldham Enterprise Trust By simply shopping as normal you could support the valuable work of the Oldham Enterprise Trust at no cost to yourself via charity donations from Amazon. Simply click this link to register. You can find more information on how Amazon Smile works here.


Smart Works

In the last 12 months, Smart Works Greater Manchester has dressed and coached over 400 unemployed women for success at their job interview, giving them the confidence and self-belief they need to secure employment and transform their lives. The Smart Works service is available to unemployed women with a confirmed job interview,  after they are...


Recipe for Success

The Business Growth Hub are currently recruiting for cohort 5 of theirr Recipe4Success programme. Recipe4Success is a comprehensive programme of funded support for Greater Manchester-based SME food and drink businesses with the aspiration to grow. Consisting of a tailored series of food and drink specific workshops and networking events designed to help businesses overcome barriers...


Greater Manchester Technology Fund

In April 2020, The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in partnership with Virgin Media Business launched phase one of the GM Technology Fund; investing £150,000 in 567 kit bundles for disadvantaged and digitally excluded pupils working closely with schools and colleges to identify those most in need. In response to the immediate closure of schools...


Grant scheme helps SME businesses in Oldham save up to 50% on energy investment costs

25/11/2020 Business Money magazine reports that with businesses continuing to change their working practices in response to the impact of Covid-19, many are anticipating higher energy bills this winter. Whether it’s due to longer operating hours on factory floors to allow for split shifts to accommodate social distancing, or the need to increase supplies of...


Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week

Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week – 16th to 22nd November and National Start Up Day – 19th November Oldham Enterprise Trust (OET) and our Youth Enterprise Network Oldham (YEN: O) are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week and National Start Up Day by launching new exciting partnership with two nationally recognised “brands” Look out for details throughout the...


Coronavirus loan schemes and Future Fund extended to 31 January 2021

The Prime Minister announced on Monday afternoon that the government’s three Coronavirus business interruption loan schemes – the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) – and the Future Fund will be extended to 31 January 2021. It was also announced...


Peer Networks

Create a trusted support network Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for SME leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. Delivered locally by GC Business Growth Hub, it creates diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, it enables you to discuss...



Raytheon Professional Services, have launched a Cyber Academy, which will provide training to develop the skills needed to become a cybersecurity specialist. The retraining programme is designed to create a new generation of cyber security technicians, who will develop the necessary skills and knowledge to secure cyber security employment. It has been created in partnership...


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