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About Oldham

Oldham is home to a vibrant, culturally diverse community located at the centre of the nations transport network, and just8 miles from Manchester.

It is also home to a richly diverse business community, operating in every sector regionally, nationally and internationally. Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd, Glyn Webb, SSL International and Dew Construction are just a few of the companies based here. This makes Oldham a place offering significant employment opportunities for students and professional managers from all disciplines.

Oldham is two thirds open countryside, giving access to a wealth of outdoor activities from gentle rambles, to hang gliding and water sports. The parks of Oldham are especially noteworthy. These range from the Victorian slender of Alexandra Park to the picturesque woodlands of Tandle Hill.

Oldham has a number of excellent sporting facilities, including public swimming pools, sports centres and gymnasiums. Major sporting venues developed specifically for The Commonwealth Games such as the Velodrome, Commonwealth Stadium and the Manchester Aquatics Centre are located just outside Oldham.

The busy Spindles and Town Centre shopping complexes and traditional Tommyfield market offer a great in-town shopping experience, whilst quaint Villages such as Uppermill and Delph provide an alternative to the hustle and bustle for those looking for a little quiet 'retail therapy'. Other closely linked towns include Huddersfield, Ashton, Rochdale and Bury. The Trafford Centre and the Lowery Designer outlet are also within 25 minutes drive.

Oldham is noted for having one of the liveliest arts and entertainment calendar in the North West. A focal point for activity is Gallery Oldham, part of a new 'Culture Quarter' for the Borough.

Gallery Oldham has a programme of changing exhibitions incorporating Oldham's extensive art, social and natural history collections, touring work, newly commissioned and contemporary art, international art and work produced with local communities. The 'Culture Quarter' also includes a library, leisure facilities, cafes and restaurants.

At night a plentiful and diverse array of restaurants, pubs and clubs come to life.

In Oldham the annual entertainment and cultural events are varied and include various carnivals and festivals.

The Oldham Coliseum Theatre is nationally recognised, it has been a recipient of the prestigious Regional Theatre of the Year Award and its productions, typified by its pantomimes, are highly successful at the box office. The Grange Arts Centre also hosts their own exciting selection of theatre, music and dance.

Working in Oldham

Manufacturing is important to the local economy and accounts for significant percentage of Oldham's jobs. Many of these jobs are in hi-tech sectors like electronic and electrical and instrument engineering. Other significant employment sectors include retail, distribution and education and health, vehicle assembly and confectionery.

Oldham's labour force provides diverse skills and with the business support and advice offered by both a dedicated Council Regeneration Department and Business Link services at Oldham Business Centre, the Borough offers strong selling points to new investors.

At Oldham Business Centre there is a wide range of business and training support services from a single point. Complementary support includes help to businesses seeking grant aid and assistance packages for organisations whose requirements may demand complex solutions. The Regeneration Department manages a comprehensive computer database of available sites and premises throughout the Borough which can be selected by type, size, terms and geographic location.

Oldham has a wide range of grant-aid packages available to companies wishing to take advantage of the Borough's location, workforce and infrastructure. Five first-class business and industrial parks, offer a variety of premises that are ideally sited for the motorway network and Manchester Airport.

About Manchester

Manchester is a vibrant dynamic city, one of the largest metropolitan conurbations in the United Kingdom, proud of its history and heritage, its culture and its entrepreneurial spirit. In more recent times, it has had to reconfigure its traditional manufacturing base to develop thriving new technologies.

Manchester is an international centre. "The Times" newspaper places 80 of its top 100 companies in the city and over 60 Foreign and International Banks operate from here. Some 46,000 students currently study for Higher Education at its colleges and universities. More than 90 world airlines fly into Manchester Airport from 165 destinations world wide. In 1993 over 13 million people passed through the airport terminal, and that figure is soon expected to surpass 22 million.

The Metropolitan County of Greater Manchester has the most extensive motorway network in the United Kingdom. It is accessible by road, rail and air. Manchester is 2½ hours from London by Intercity trains, of which there are on average 17 departures every day. The city has the UK's first modern street operating rail system - Metrolink - which other UK cities are eager to emulate.

It is cosmopolitan - it offers more than 30 styles of foreign cuisine, with distinctive Chinese and Asian areas of speciality. It has 80 golf courses, more theatres than any other city outside London, two Premier League football teams, two major television companies, three Universities, two symphony orchestras, and many small chamber ensembles. It leads the field in music. Since the mid-1980s, Manchester popular music has dominated music charts.

The City also has many fine listed buildings. Within the greater region are 170 tourist attractions including some 34 historic houses, country parks, moors, plains, hills and 8 theme parks all within an hour's drive away.

Working in Manchester

Manchester is one of Europe's most dynamic regional cities. It is a thriving, modern, international business location that symbolises success and opportunity in commerce, finance, science, education, public administration and culture.

About Rochdale

Rochdales spacious town centre is dominated by the spectacular Victorian Gothic Town Hall, completed in 1871, which is fronted by the broad Esplanade and with beautiful gardens and parkland to the side, front and rear. The medieval St Chad's parish church, dating from 1194, is only a short distance away, up 122 stone steps.

Rochdale town centre has two modern, indoor shopping centres, an indoor market and a good range of high street shops, restaurants and pubs with a year round programme of events and entertainments and convenient parking.

The motorway approach to Rochdale is dominated by the view of St Martin's Church, with its prominent tower and spire.

Working in Rochdale

Kingsway is a £315m business focused mixed use development of 170 ha (420 acre) gross area, with a 115 ha (285 acre) net developable area and is located adjacent to and with direct access onto the M62 at Junction 21.