Fire Up Co-working Community News - July 2023

Fire Up Co-working Community News - July 2023 News / By Fire Up / 12th July 2023
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Fire Up Co-working Space Community Update


It has been a busy few weeks here at Fire Up, we've welcomed more visitors to enjoy our range of events and workshops and they have all been a huge success. We've got plenty more on offer for the Summer so check out the upcoming events below and head to the Fire Up events page on our website for links to the Eventbrite listings to book your space on the next round. The networking event on the 3rd August is proving very popular. Grab your free tickets while you can.

I can’t believe we are halfway through the year and the school summer holidays are only days away, with sports to attend and packed lunches to make for school trips to Blackpool etc. Looking back, school wasn’t all bad, was it. 😊 For those who will go from WFH to WFM (madhouse) until September, Fire Up will be here to provide you with a great working environment and the added assurance that the broadband will remain unaffected by the additional demands of 8-hour Xbox sessions and Boxset binges.

I am also pleased to announce that Fire Up is now able to offer unreserved parking onsite to the rear of the building. Please note that spaces are limited and we respectfully ask for the spaces on the Museum entrance side of the car park to be left clear to facilitate school parties and general public visits to Fireground Museum.

International Co-working Day

Join us to ‘Drink Tea, Raise Money and Change Lives as we celebrate International Co-Working Day Open House & Charity Afternoon Tea - Wednesday 9 August between 10am - 4pm

Wednesday 9th August is International Co-working Day, and to celebrate we are opening our doors, to give new users an opportunity to experience Fire Up and the benefits of co-working. We have limited free spaces available to utilise one of Fire Up’s co-working resources. In addition to this, we are also hosting an afternoon Tea party to raise money for the Breast Cancer Now Charity. The afternoon tea is for all users of Fire Up on the day, with a selection of food and drink being provided by all the Fire Up users. We will be taking donations on the day and we will also be holding a raffle to raise money on the day. If you would like to donate a prize for the raffle, please speak to Deb, on reception.

Read all about the History of Co-working and Book Now

Networking Events


How To Recruit Inclusively Wednesday 26th July 10am -12pm

Are you looking to attract and retain diverse talent? Are you keen to ensure that your workforce is inclusive and what does this mean for you?
If you answer yes to either of these questions, then why not join our workshop which focuses on inclusive recruitment.

Book Now

Arts Council – Grant Advice Sessions Friday 28th July, 12:30pm – 4pm

Arts Council England is offering 30 minute 1:1 in person advice sessions for creatives and organisations based in Rochdale borough.

You'll have the chance to discuss an idea for funding with an Arts Council England Relationship Manager and receive bespoke advice and guidance from them. Limited advice sessions are available and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, lasting up to 30 minutes. These sessions are suitable for those who already have a National Lottery Project Grants idea in mind. You can also discuss Developing Your Creative Practice for personal development activities in supported disciplines, for example undertaking a period of research.

How to book your advice session. Email and one of the team will be in touch with the timeslots available. Please include the following details in your email:

  • Name
  • Preferred advice session date (either 28 July or 14 September)
  • Artform/s
  • Brief overview of project/idea
  • Access requirements

Free For All Networking at Fire Up Thursday 3rd August, 9am – 11am

Come and join us at Fire Up for our first of our new networking events. With no membership fees and no restrictions on types of business, we are hoping Free For All networking will quickly grow into an established event in Rochdale. We need your support to make this a success, so please book a space to confirm your place and share the event on your social channels.

Book Now


Hywel Evans, our new Fire Up based Business Advisor, has been a busy bee over the last few weeks, providing support and advice to a number of Fire Up customers and other Rochdale based Businesses. Hywel is available to offer guidance and business advice across a variety of sectors and can assist with some of your business pain points or areas of business that you may not be fully experienced in.

Hywel is providing a weekly drop-in session, at Fire Up, every Wednesday 12pm – 5pm

Nicola Walker
– GC Senior Growth Advisor will also be holding her drop in clinics during July. Dates, times and locations are:

  • Monday 24th July 1pm to 3pm at Fire Up

Gemma Wheatley


This month is the turn of Gemma Wheatley of Brighter Accounting to shine under our Customer Spotlight. Gemma qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2008 while working for the Co-op after completing a degree in accounting and Finance. Gemma has held roles within larger organisations including the Co-op and the Fire Bus company, in a variety of accounting and analyst positions. Gemma set up Brighter Accounting in December 2017 as a way to work around family commitments and to provide exceptional accounting services and support small business.

Brighter Accounting work with small, limited companies and sole traders to help remove the stress and burden of meeting accounting and tax obligations, Brighter also help to give clarity through your accounting information and helps you to make good, informed business decisions with figures that back you up.

Some of the things Brighter Accounting can help with are:

  • Monthly bookkeeping
  • VAT Returns
  • Year end accounts
  • Tax returns
  • Monthly or quarterly management accounts
  • Forecasting
  • Cash flow planning

Email or call Gemma on / 07441 394 299 or pop over to office 3 for a chat if you need any accounts help : )

Looking forward to seeing you all at Fire Up during over the Summer. If you have any queries, please let me or Deb know.


Paul Ogle - Centre Manager

01706 614848

You can find further information about Fire Up on our website: FireupRochdale

Don’t forget you can book your preferred workstyle on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Meeting Rooms are available by the hour, half day or full day.

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