Oldham Council hosted a lunch at the National Theatre in London this week to outline development opportunities to potential investors.
The Invest in Oldham on the South Bank featured presentations from Cllr Jim McMahon, leader of Oldham Council, and Charlie Parker, chief executive of the council.
Guests were given a detailed prospectus with fact sheets and site maps outlining opportunities to invest in housing, employment, leisure, public realm and retail. The offer includes land opportunities, support services and financial incentives – and is a proactive move to attract inward investment, jobs and facilities.
Attendees heard about a range of regeneration schemes already underway including a new Metrolink line; Hotel Future, a luxury hotel and national hospitality training academy; and plans to turn the Old Town Hall into a leisure development with an eight-screen cinema, restaurants and retail complex.
They also heard supportive words from guest speakers Hugh Robertson MP, minister for sports and tourism, and Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council.
Cllr McMahon said: "The event was a big success and we got a very positive response from the potential investors who came along to meet us face-to-face.
"Oldham was part of the industrial revolution when other parts of the country were still ploughing fields. We have a great industrial past – but we are also determined to have a great business future.
"This was just the latest step in an ongoing project to build our borough's profile nationally and get people to see Oldham differently.
"Businesses are coming to Oldham, people are skilled and ready to work and new businesses are starting up in very encouraging numbers as our regeneration plans provide the catalyst for growth.
"But my message to investors is don't just take my word for it. Come and visit Oldham and talk to us to see how we can help build your business."
The full prospectus and information outlined to investors can be viewed now online at www.investinoldham.com