Fire Up Community News - March 2024

Fire Up Community News - March 2024 News / By Fire Up / 28th March 2024

As we reflect on another busy month in Rochdale, it’s been a whirlwind of activities and connections. Our community has been buzzing with creativity and collaboration as we hosted a variety of engaging events and workshops. From insightful talks to interactive skill-building sessions, our members have had the opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with like-minded individuals. Stay tuned for more updates as we share what's coming up at Fire Up Rochdale.

This month we held our first International Women's Day event, which was a huge success. Liz Mytton, Folashade Alonge, Claire Bayman, Holly Donohue and Paula Hall of Rochdale and District Mind shared their remarkable experiences, incredible journeys, and reasons for starting their business check out the

Free For All Networking - Natwest Business Enterprise Health Check Friday 12th April 9:30 am - 11:30am

In the session Adam Clayton from Natwest will be discussing Natwest Business Enterprise Health Check supporting businesses at any stage of their journey.

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Enterprising You - Starting Your Business Workshops (In Person) Monday 13th May 9:30am-12:30pm

Ready to turn your business dream into reality in 2024? Embrace the opportunity right on your doorstep with EnterprisingYou’s free 'Starting Your Business' in-person workshops in Rochdale. Whether you're bursting with passion or a bit jittery about starting out on your own, they have you covered.

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Save the date for Fire Up Rochdale’s 1st Birthday Celebration.

Mark your calendars for a special occasion - Fire Up Rochdale's 1st Birthday Celebration! On Wednesday, May 15th, we invite you to commemorate this milestone with us as we reflect on our achievements and share our inspiring journey. Stay tuned for more information to be revealed soon.

Digital, Creative & Tech businesses - drop-in sessions

Working in the digital, creative or tech sector and looking for business support?

A GM Business Growth Hub advisor will be available from 9am - 5pm at Fire Up for anyone who would like to find out more about the specialist support there is in place for digital, creative and tech business owners.

These drop-ins will take place monthly with the next two sessions taking place at Fire Up on:

  • 3 April 9am – 5pm

No appointment necessary - just call in!

Business Advisor - Enterprise

Aise, the newly appointed Business Advisor Enterprise specialist from GM Business Growth Hub will be based at Fire Up. Aise is an entrepreneur with multiple business start-ups under his belt, across all sectors, with a strong passion for supporting and guiding start-ups on how to build and grow their businesses. Aise will be running 1:1 drop-in session every Wednesday where clients may discuss their business ideas or any difficulties they are facing in their existing businesses. If you wish to arrange a session with Aise, speak with the Fire Up team to check he is available.


This month’s spotlight is Mandy Jones Rochdale Workforce Development Specialist from the Business Growth Hub. ‘Developing others is what I love doing from my time as a manager at Standard Life for 14 years, a lecturer in Business Management for 13 years, a business manager for a SME business, developing staff through strategic development with directors, to now being a workforce development specialist with Business Growth Hub

I volunteer as a governor and a link Safeguarding governor for a college in Bury and have done this for 8 years. I had my own small business and have a lecturer/teaching background, delivering as a course leader for the Peter Jones Enterprise academy and as a Business Management lecturer.

As a workforce development specialist, I will work with clients to help them support, develop and growth their staff, to achieve their strategic objectives and develop behaviours in line with their core values. Developing high preforming people to grow the business. ‘

If you would be interested in providing a short piece, to showcase your business in future newsletters, please email T: 01706 614848

Paul and the Fire Up team

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