The month of Halloween passed in the blink of an eye this year and we’re now almost through November – is time moving a bit too fast for anyone else?
Looking back at October, we’ve seen Rochdale businesses thrive with award wins, inspiring climate change movements and development ventures that hope to see a huge boost in tourism and employment throughout our region. Let’s take a look!
Rochdale cottage in top 100
The Far Wicken Hall Farm on the Rochdale/Sadleworth border has been named one of the 100 best places to stay in England at the annual ROSE Awards in London. The cottage is a fully renovated barn which overlooks Ogden reservoir and has beautiful views over the south Pennines. Great news for the owners of the cottage and for local businesses with a predicted rise in visitors because of this win!
Boost in climate action
Larger companies have vowed to tackle climate change together in support of the Mayor’s ambition to make Greater Manchester one of the greenest regions in the country.
Aldi, Co-op, United Utilities and Manchester Airport group are among those who have ramped up their climate commitment. One big statement came from the Managing Director at Aldi who claimed they would be carbon neutral in 2019. It’s fantastic to see large businesses move in the right direction to help our planet, specifically the Co-op who are Rochdale born and bred!
Council’s local spend figure increases
There’s more great financial news for Rochdale in October as the council’s local money expenditure increases by 23%! Their aim is to get more local businesses registered on ‘The Chest’- the online portal managed by the council’s award-winning team STAR.
Being registered on the portal means businesses have access to information about contract opportunities with a number of businesses and councils in the surrounding areas. This spend-increase will aid further Rochdale business success in the future. There’s never been a better time to work in our town!
Celebration for BID result
It’s a successful result for local businesses after they voted in favour of the Business Improvement District (BID), in which £1.5 million will be spent on improving the area. After 18 months of planning, 76% of businesses voted in support of the BID. The project aims to create a vibrant town centre with a strong sense of identity, accessible to anyone – and by working closely with the police they will ensure a wonderfully safe area.
What a month!
It’s been such a successful month for Rochdale businesses and locals and from what we’ve seen of November so far, it’s only going to get better!