BOOM­ING

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THERE are now more than 8,000 busi­nesses op­er­at­ing in the town, de­spite chal­leng­ing eco­nomic con­di­tions.

Rochdale is en­joy­ing a busi­ness re­vival, with gov­ern­ment data show­ing that there are 1,570 more busi­nesses in the bor­ough than there were last year.

Re­cently re­leased ONS (Of­fice of Na­tional Statis­tics) data shows that there are now 8,255 en­ter­prises in the bor­ough, up from 6,685 last year.

Among the new names wel­comed into the bor­ough are kitchen sup­plier No­bilia GB, which has just taken a 55,000 square feet unit in Kingsway on a 20-year lease.

The move will cre­ate 20 new jobs in Rochdale over the next two years, in ad­di­tion to the 55 staff which have re­lo­cated to Kingsway from York­shire.

More than one-mil­lion square feet of em­ploy­ment space has also been let this year across the bor­ough, with other busi­nesses, in­clud­ing Vitafoam and Taziker In­dus­trial, also tak­ing new space in re­cent months.

And smaller busi­nesses have also played their part, with busi­nesses such as The Fruit Fac­tory open­ing in new coun­cil-built units in Dodg­son Street and high street shops like Simp­son Fur­ni­ture open­ing in Hey­wood.

Coun­cil­lor John Blun­dell, cab­i­net mem­ber for re­gen­er­a­tion at Rochdale coun­cil, said there was a va­ri­ety of rea­sons be­hind the boom.

He said: “Wel­com­ing this many new busi­nesses in just one year is no mean feat, par­tic­u­larly in th­ese chal­leng­ing eco­nomic con­di­tions.

“I’m re­ally proud that busi­nesses con­tinue to flock to Rochdale and cre­ate jobs for our res­i­dents. With fan­tas­tic trans­port links and thriv­ing busi­ness parks, we are al­ready an at­trac­tive propo­si­tion for in­vestors, but we also work re­ally hard to en­cour­age new busi­nesses to come in.

“We have a range of spe­cial in­cen­tives, which are unique to Rochdale, and have cre­ated a num­ber of new op­por­tu­ni­ties over the past year, through the devel­op­ment of new in­dus­trial units, which are al­ready be­ing snapped up.”

In­cen­tives of­fered by the coun­cil to en­cour­age new busi­ness in­clude busi­ness rates dis­counts for spe­cific busi­nesses open­ing in the town cen­tres and start up grants of up to £5,000.

The coun­cil has also cre­ated seven new small in­dus­trial units in Dodg­son Street and con-

‘I’m re­ally proud that busi­nesses con­tinue to flock to Rochdale’

struc­tion is well un­der­way on 11 new self­con­tained in­dus­trial units on Logic at Kingsway, which will be ready for oc­cu­pa­tion in March next year.

●●Fruit Fac­tory is one of seven new busi­nesses to have opened in new coun­cil-built units in Dodg­son Street

●●The Logic in­dus­trial units will be ready in March next year

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