Professional Oldham event places sharp focus on upgraded Business Centre

Date published: 16 November 2018

Photographer Darren Robinson highlighted his range of work at the latest Professional Oldham business networking event, held at the recently upgraded Hollinwood Business Centre.

Robinson worked for 26 years at the Oldham Evening Chronicle and now runs his own photography business.

His former role covered all types of news photography including business, sport, human interest and community stories. 

He covered serious ‘hard news’ stories including photographing Phil McClure, who is the father of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, and the huge fire at Oldham’s Maple Mill in 2017.

He also covered many good news stories over the years from families, schools, workplaces and the community, along with sporting successes for Oldham Rugby League FC and Oldham Athletic.

Since setting up his own freelance business last year, Darren now works for businesses across Oldham, Greater Manchester, the north-west region and beyond.

His presentation to Professional Oldham guests highlighted examples of business, industrial and events photography used for websites, social media, printed brochures and catalogues; press releases for local and trade media, and for industrial training.

Examples included images taken in engineering factories, a chemical plant in Cumbria, pop music and product launches at the Trafford Centre, and high-level steeplejack work at St Paul’s Cathedral in London for the national Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists (ATLAS).

Pictured from left: Hollinwood Business Centre manager Walter Urquhart, Jane Tonge, Dan Mounsey, marketing manager at Hills Panel products (HPP); Alison Taylor of Cornerstone Design and Marketing and Robbie MacDonald of Oldham Business Edge magazine

Walter Urquhart, manager of Hollinwood Business Centre, then highlighted the recent upgrade of the 45,000 sq ft former mill and gave visitors a tour of the venue. 

The centre was first opened in 2001 by Oldham Council and a partner organisation.

Current owner Biz Space took it over in 2008 and the upgrade was done over the summer and autumn. It currently accommodates 50 businesses with 400 employees.

The business centre has new kitchens and bathrooms, reception areas, events rooms, new lighting, heating, furniture and a 360-degree mesh telecom system.

All businesses have access to fast or super-fast broadband.

The upgrade comes amid wider changes in the Hollinwood area, which is earmarked for a new Travelodge hotel, pub, offices, industrial units and housing. 

Oldham Council is also working on plans with developer Langtree at a 30-acre former gas holder site nearby, called Hollinwood Junction.

Professional Oldham is a not-for-profit group with a steering committee of volunteers from local businesses.

The Hollinwood event was hosted by Robbie MacDonald, of Cornerstone Design & Marketing and contributing editor of Oldham Business Edge magazine.

More photos from the night will appear in the next edition of the quarterly Oldham Business Edge magazine.

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