Located between Manchester and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, Oldham is a place that is committed to a co-operative future. We want citizens, partners and our staff to work together to create a confident and ambitious place. Becoming a co-operative borough is about everybody doing their bit and everybody benefitting.
Oldham has benefited from unprecedented investment in recent years and a number of key projects are now coming to fruition.
The Old Town Hall reopened in October 2016 changing the landscape of the town centre.
The £36m investment has seen the building transformed into a modern state-of-the-art seven screen Odeon cinema with six restaurants and a spectacular new square. It is estimated that it will bring an extra 214,000 visits to the town centre annually as well as a £5.5m boost to the economy each year.
The Old Town Hall has been a catalyst for investment in the town centre and more and more investors are now seeing Oldham as a place to do business.
Our Independent Quarter has also gone from strength to strength. The council has invested £1 million in a package of support to help new and existing independent businesses to set up or grow their business. Already home to a number of strong independent and family-run businesses, the area is attracting more people to the town and increasing footfall as people choose to shop, spend their leisure time and work in Oldham.
Metrolink, which opened in the borough in 2014, has made Oldham more accessible than ever with three town centre stops and Manchester City Centre 25 minutes away by direct tram.
Home to more than 30 parks and greenspaces, Oldham is located just off the motorway network and only 6.9 miles from Manchester city centre and is easily accessible by Metrolink.
While not forgetting our heritage we are firmly focussed on the future and as part of this we are looking to establish Oldham an ambitious borough that is dedicated to working with partners, businesses and citizens to ensure we thrive.
In order to do that we have to look at how we do things differently to deliver better results and therefore focus on working with our stakeholders to find solutions.
The challenges we face mean that we have to forge closer partnerships between residents, public services, voluntary services, our communities and businesses.
We are creative about how we use our resources, focussing on reducing demand – whilst still keeping our eyes on our core business.
We know that family is important and we try to shape our working practices to be as accommodating to family commitments as possible. As well as offering flexi-time and generous annual leave entitlements we also offer a childcare voucher scheme via salary sacrifice.
We want our staff to feel comfortable at work, fit and well and equipped to do their jobs. Our dedicated staff health and wellbeing programme, Fit for Oldham, is the perfect way to keep fit and unwind, while our 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme ensures you always have somewhere to turn if you need help or advice.
We have a large estate of property throughout the borough from offices to schools and community buildings, all of which are home to members of our teams. Our main civic offices are located on West Street in Oldham town centre with excellent transport links and parking just a stones’ throw away.
Since the industrial revolution Oldham has been a thriving town rooted in the North West’s rich cotton spinning heritage.
At one point the most productive cotton spinning town in the world, it has evolved into a dynamic place which around 220,000 people call home.
A community which, throughout its history and thanks to its industrial success has welcomed workers from all parts of the world, Oldham is now a cultural kaleidoscope which benefits from its diverse and varied population.
From sportspeople and supermodels to entertainers of all varieties and even one of the world’s foremost particle physicists, Brian Cox, the town has been home to some of Britain’s best loved people who have contributed an enormous amount to the nation’s academic and cultural heritage.
Famous faces from Oldham include sporting legends like Paul Scholes and former England football, cricket and rugby captains, David Platt, Michael Atherton and Kevin Sinfield. Oldham is also home to supermodels Agyness Deyn and Karen Elson, acclaimed actresses Sarah Lancashire and Shobna Gulati and music stars like Mark Owen and the world famous DJ, Carl Cox.