Helping Oldham gear up for Brexit

Date published: 16 November 2018

To help Oldham, Saddleworth, Royton and Shaw businesses prepare for Brexit, local MPs Debbie Abrahams and Jim McMahon, along with Leader of Oldham Council Sean Fielding, will be co-hosting a listening event in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce on November 22 at Hack on Yorkshire Street, from 4.45-6.30pm.

Mrs Abrahams, who represents Oldham East and Saddleworth, said: “The purpose of this event is to listen to businesses about their concerns about Brexit to see how we can best help them, be it at a local or national level.”

Mr McMahon, MP for Oldham West and Royton, said: “Brexit is going to be a potentially challenging process for Oldham businesses to navigate – a process made worse by the uncertainty surrounding the Government and Parliament.

"This is on top of the pressures already bearing down on small business and the high street, compounded by the Government’s lack of support.

"Working together in a local cross-sector partnership is a key starting point to turning fortunes around.”  

Mr Fielding added: “Under my leadership the council is making great progress to make Oldham the place we all know it can be.

"Crucial to this ambition, however, is a thriving local economy.

"So we must do all we can to make sure local businesses owners have all the help and support they need to deal with the uncertainty and challenges Brexit may bring.

“Our message is, if you own, or are a part of a business, and are concerned about the impact Brexit may have, please book your place and come along and join in the discussion.”

This free event is open to all businesses across Oldham, Shaw, Royton and Saddleworth and will be held at Hack, 38-44 Yorkshire Street, Oldham OL1 1SE from 4.45-6.30pm.

Light refreshments from 4.45pm will be followed by roundtable debate and discussion from 5pm-6.30pm.

Any enquiries prior to the event should go to Alice Smith, Regional Membership Manager at GM Chamber - email:

Alternatively, please call 0161 393 4321.

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