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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham is determined to introduce a London-style integrated transport system to Greater Manchester as part of the allocation of new bus franchises in the region.

A takeaway chef has customers flocking to the The Bank Grill Takeaway restaurant on Rochdale Road, Royton by  mimicking celeberity chef, Salt Bea's, trademark signature salt sprinkling technique.

A solar farm at Wrigley Head in Failsworth has been approved by Oldham Council at Wrigley Head in Failsworth.

Oldham has welcomed the £20 million boost it has received from the levelling up fund this week. It is one of three successful awards across Greater Manchester.

Work has started on the  Old Town Hall’s Egyptian Room and its transformation into a modern food hall, with six casual dining-style food stalls, a bar and a central seating area.

The following with connnections to Oldham, were awarded CBE's and MBE's in the King's New years Honours list

Oldham Roughyeds took back the Law Cup with a hard-fought 18-14 victory thanks to two late tries.

Oldham Parkrun is a free inclusive weekly community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.

Parkrun is 5k and takes place every Saturday morning at 9.00pm there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along.

It is run in Alexandra Park, Kings Road, Oldham, OL8 2BH and run on tarma pathsc, with a small offroad section. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain, dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

To regester for Parkrun

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/?eventName=oldham

It is organised by volunteers, if you would like to help email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

You can also get a post Parkrun coffee at the Boathouse Cafe 

Latics climb out out of the National League relegation zone when Joe Nuttall converted a 79th-minute penalty to make it  2-2 draw against leaders Notts County at Boundary Park.

Oldham born Mark Heffron  has became the British the super-middleweight champion at the Copper Box Arena in London.

30 year heffron  won the British Super Middleweight title, the IBF Intercontinental title, and the Commonwealth belt against Lennox Clarke in the fifth round as the refereee

stopped the fight after two head punches caught Clarke on the ropes.

Heffron made his professional debut on 4 September 2010, scoring a second-round knockout (KO) victory against Torsten Roos at the Bekkerveld Festival in Heerlen, Netherlands.

 

Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor launches Taskforce in a bid to help  Oldham Athletic after they were demoted from the Football League.

Chris Porter is back at Oldham with a one year contract.

The Keep Britain Tidy’s national awareness event returns from March 17 until April 2.

Oldham Foodbank is on the lookout for volunteer drivers, to help deliver food parcels to people in Oldham.

The annual Oldham Beer Festival  takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall from Friday, March 31 to Saturday, April 1.

Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind have teamed up with 42nd Street to bring your ideas of what mental health support should look like to life.

Oldham's very own "Bear Grylls" Deputy Head teacher at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary school, Steve Hill MBE, has written a book about his adventures.

Maggie's offers the best possible support free to anyone with cancer and their families who walk through our doors. You'll find centres alongside NHS hospitals and they can also support you online.The building is on stilts and is wooden, opposite the Victoria Breast Care Unit.

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

Oldham Expo is a one day exhibition showcasing local businesses.

Oldham businesses could be missing out on cash grants to help support them during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Oldham Council is distributing Small Business and Retail, Leisure and Hospitality grants with more than 3,000 local businesses benefitting so far and over £34.8 million paid out to date.

But many eligible businesses have still not applied for the grants which could see them receive either £10,000 or £25,000.

Cllr Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services, said: “These grants are designed to protect businesses and save jobs across the borough. You must meet the eligibility criteria and provide some key information, but they are not a loan and do not need to be paid back.

“We don’t want anyone who is eligible to miss out so it’s really important that you visit www.oldham.gov.uk/cashgrants and submit information so we can help you.

“If you don’t have internet access or need any support with the application, call 0161 770 6677 to speak to the team.”

A cash grant of £10,000 is available for eligible small businesses who on 11 March 2020 were entitled to Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief.     

Eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector will receive a cash grant of either £10,000 or £25,000 per property if the rateable value of their property is under £51,000.

Westwind Productions is among the local businesses to receive a small business grant and company director Wendy Cooper has encouraged others to apply.

She said: “The grant is very much appreciated, and needed, to keep our business afloat throughout lockdown.  My business is non-essential and currently closed, and it will help tremendously to keep our overheads covered and staff and suppliers paid throughout the lockdown period.”

Garry Hallas Chartered Surveyors has also received a cash grant. Director Garry Hallas said: “It will be a considerable benefit in helping to keep the company operational until it is possible to recommence trading. If you think you could be eligible then these grants really could be a lifeline for your business.”

The grants are just a small part of the support package available to help businesses during the pandemic.

One of the latest schemes is the bounce back loan which is now open for applications via the bank with which you have a business account. The fast-tracked scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 with the cash available within days.

The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.

It doesn’t matter whether you have received a cash grant or not – you can still apply for a bounce back loan.

Government has also recently announced a new discretionary top-up fund to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant scheme.  At present, the details of the scheme have not been announced, just some high-level indications of which businesses it is aimed to support.

As soon as guidance is released, we will update the council website with details and will let businesses know how to access and where to get help if there are queries.

Cllr Jabbar added: “We know there are a number of small businesses in Oldham who have found that they do not meet the criteria of the cash grants scheme – such as those who pay business rates via their landlord.

“We have been lobbying government to recognise this anomaly and I’m sure the top up scheme will be welcome news.

“We are still awaiting further guidance from government and will provide an update when this is available.”

Visit www.oldham.gov.uk/coronavirus for all the latest local information on coronavirus.

Community groups and businesses are throwing their weight behind the campaign to raise money for the emergency community response to coronavirus.

A new Business Park and nearly 100 new homes have been given the  go ahead by Oldham Council's planning Committee.

Oldham is submitting a bid for Oldham town centre to the Government’s new Future High Streets Fund.

An Oldham couple had a day to remember after heading straight from their wedding to pick up the keys to their brand new home.

Run down former Oldham Labour club in Delph is going under the hammer.

Local MP Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East & Saddleworth along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham,  launched a £5.9 million housing scheme aimed at a range of buyers from the town.

House prices in Greater Manchester are up to nine times higher than the average salary according to Official data released by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
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