Oldham Enterprise Week

Press Release – Oldham Enterprise Week 4th to 8th March 2024

For the third year Oldham Enterprise Trust presents “Oldham Enterprise Week” – a programme of events and activities celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of this great town. A town named one of the top ten most entrepreneurial in the UK. This year’s focus includes

  • Social Enterprises
  • Celebrating Women in Business
  • Support for Start Ups through Start Up Huddle Oldham
  • The Launch of the Oldham Business Awards 2024
  • Oldham’s Green Summit

and includes: –

  • The opportunity for potential new social enterprise start-ups to get a £250 Test Trading Grant from Oldham Enterprise Trust.
  • Events supporting existing social enterprises.
  • Information on the £2million Proper Good Social Investment fund.
  • Information on access to Grants of up to £2,000 for young Oldham entrepreneurs aged 18 to 30..

The week’s programme also includes (see programme below for locations, timings and booking details)

  • A digital workshop from Inclusive Bytes aimed at Oldham’s social enterprises
  • A round table discussion between Oldham businesses and the Bank of England
  • “Invest in women: Accelerate progress” Hear from Oldham Council Deputy Leader Cllr Elaine Taylor and local leading Oldham businesswomen as we celebrate International Women’s Day
  • Oldham Council’s Green Summit – aiming to make Oldham a greener and more sustainable place

Oldham Enterprise Chair, and Chair of the Oldham Economy Board, Dave Benstead said “The little brother of our month-long Festival for Business in September, Oldham Enterprise Week still serves to remind us and highlight the entrepreneurial spirit and the wide range of business support that abounds in Oldham. Oldham Enterprise Trust is proud to support the enterprise ecosystem of Oldham”

Oldham Social Enterprise Ambassador Anwar Ali OBE of Upturn said, “What a great opportunity for Oldham’s growing social enterprise community to again be part of what will be an amazing week showcasing social businesses, celebrating our collective business successes and finally highlighting the great opportunities just around the corner for all Oldham businesses working together so we can create an Oldham economy that works for everyone”.

For more information contact Oldham Enterprise Trust Manager Graham McKendrick by telephone on 07515188974 or by e-mail to graham.mckendrick@oldham.gov.uk

Oldham Enterprise Week Programme 4th to 8th March 2024

DateEvent SummaryLocation TimeBooking
Monday 4thInclusive Bytes Digital Lunch n Learn WorkshopTechnology for Social Enterprises – A digital workshop designed for social enterprisesOldham Library12.00pm to 2.00pmhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/inclusive-bytes-digital-for-all-tickets-840318183307
Tuesday 5thChief Executives Club with the Bank of EnglandHearing the latest financial news from the Bank of EnglandOldham Event Centre9.00 am to 10.30amFully booked
Wednesday 6th“Inspire Inclusion”To celebrate International Women’s DayPositive Steps9.00am to 10.30amhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspire-inclusion-international-womens-day-2024-tickets-845949336237
Wednesday 6thDigital Drop in for BusinessKuiper Industries Ltd host a FREE drop-in session designed to digitally empower small businesses


Oldham Library2.00pm to 4.00pmhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-drop-in-for-business-tickets-693509384237 or just drop in!
Wednesday 6thStart Up HuddlePeer mentoring for small businesses


Oldham Library4.30pm to 6.00pmhttps://oldhamhuddle.eventbrite.co.uk
Thursday 7thOSFC Business Breakfastthe OSFC Community Partner Breakfast Launch,OSFC8am to 9amPlease RSVP by 12th February 2024 via



Thursday 7thBuild a Business IP WorkshopIntellectual Property: Protect Your Assets (business workshop)Oldham Library10 am to 1pmhttps://buildabusinessgm.org/babevents/


Thursday 7th

And Friday 8th

The Oldham Pledge Careers FairFor year 5 pupils in primary schoolsWerneth Cricket Club9.15am – 2.30pmOldham Schools and Businesses

RSVP to oldham.pledge@oldham.gov.uk

Thursday 7thLaunch of Oldham Business Awards 2024Launching the 2024 One Oldham Business Awards5.30pm to 7pmRSVP to susan.mcgowan@smartpasupport.com including the names of the attendees and any dietary requirements



Friday 8thGreen SummitOldham Council is hosting its own Green Summit, aiming to make Oldham a greener and more sustainable place. The Summit is part of the council’s Green New Deal, which sets ambitious goals.Oldham Event Centre9am to 1pmRSVPs to be sent to invest@oldham.gov.uk as soon as possible, with the mention of “Green Summit”.

They’re also open to having more than one person from the same organisation attend, so if someone else should come along, let them know.

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