Another five businesses have opened their doors in Rochdale town centre since the New Year, meaning more jobs, more footfall and more potential high street spending.
Now open at 79 Drake Street are new company iiPlus specialising in Website Design & Development, VOIP telephone systems and branding/PR. Opened in February there are currently 6 members of staff and the company is currently recruiting telesales agents.
When asked by Mark Foxley of Town Centre Management why they chose Rochdale, Atif Khawaja said:
“We chose Rochdale town centre due to the potential we believe it has. The council are spending a lot money at the moment to help improve the Town Centre and we believe these changes will have a positive impact on local businesses.”
Also on Drake Street are the new offices of Pearson Ferrier estate agents, valuers and letting specialists. Based at 136 Drake Street they specialise in a providing a professional service to all clients.
Azhar Ali said:
“There is a wealth of opportunity to work with the community, Rochdale has a lot to offer and the increasing pace of changes to the town will bring a more positive feel and better life experience to all concerned.”
Another new estate agent Reside has been opened by Jason Diamond. Based on Smith Street adjacent to the Interchange and Metro link terminal. Jason has 27 years’ experience in the business and in his words is a “massive supporter and believer in Rochdale.”
“I can foresee the potential around Rochdale town centre and the planned regeneration around Smith Street provides a great opportunity.” Jason added.
No2 The Esplanade, which houses the Post Office, continues to be a successful new business destination and Mike Beresford has set up a brand new contact centre Chameleon Contact Specialists Ltd. Occupying 1150 sqft office space on the second floor the company has created 15 new positions and specialises in campaign marketing, lead generation and appointment setting in the motor trade.
Mark Foxley asked Mike why he chose Rochdale and No2 The Esplanade:
“We chose Rochdale over Oldham, mainly because of the location, costs, transport interchange and the planned redevelopment in the town centre”
Yorkshire Street continues to see more new businesses with Coral bookmakers opening their third Rochdale site, employing five people.
Manageress Andrea Moran said:
”We are delighted with our prestigious new branch and are looking forward to a bright future and the continued regeneration.”
Also on Yorkshire Street, occupying the former Three Store and opening this Saturday, is Mobile Magic formerly based on the indoor market. In their new location there’s an even bigger range and owner Khalid said he’s “excited for the new opening”.
The new businesses join the growing number of recent new openings and relocations including, Costa Coffee, Riverdale Insurance (also in No2 The Esplanade) Java Espresso Bar, Aldi, Morrison’s Local, and Tetrosyl.
Mark Foxley said
“Confidence is undoubtedly growing in our town centre, we welcome the new businesses, and employees, and look forward to working together as we continue to connect, build and prosper at Rochdale Town Centre Management.”
Council Leader Richard Farnell said:
“This is more good news for Rochdale town centre and it gives us real momentum for the further investment that is underway, including the re-opening of the river. I firmly believe what we are doing will have a positive long term effect on the town centre and our reputation is growing. I’m pleased to see the quality and diversity of businesses in the town centre and that they are attracting other like-minded firms.”