Fire Up Community News - November 2023

Fire Up Community News - November 2023 News / By Fire Up / 30th November 2023


It has been a month filled with skyrocketing successes, elevator pitch filming, award ceremonies and welcoming more visitors to enjoy our warm and friendly Fire Up co-working community. We're also delighted to be a drop off point for the Mission Christmas appeal, read on to find out more.


The Growth Company sponsored the Small Business Award at the Rochdale Business Awards, which was won by The Funky Deer. It was exceptional night down at One Riverside with a great atmosphere. It was a pleasure to have some of the Fire Up customers on our table too.

Rochdale Small Business Awards

Lights, Camera, Action! The Free For All was a great networking session once again, with an interesting presentation from Barry Grigg at HSBC, on Achieving Net Zero For SME’s. James Eddleston of James Photography also filmed some attendee’s elevator pitches and has expertly grafted them together into a short video here. Not only does it showcase James’ excellent videography and editing skills but also highlights a number of small Rochdale businesses and provides them with an excellent piece of video content to showcase on their own social channels.

FSB Networking Event - We welcomed over thirty people to the second FSB evening networking event, sponsored by Digital Next UK. This is another networking group that is growing quickly. I highly recommend you booking onto the next event which will be in Q1 24.

We are taking a break from Events during December to give everyone a chance to prepare for the festive period and get along to all those lovely lunches, parties and social events. Keep an eye on the Fire Up Events page for dates in January.


The GM Business Growth Hub selected Fire Up as their chosen destination to launch the first of their new Launchpad workshops, put on by the Enterprising You team, to support pre and early start businesses. This will be a regular event in Rochdale and other Manchester towns across GM, so keep an eye out on Social media for the next workshop. The event was a skyrocketing success and we were delighted to see this event featured in Rochdale Online, check out the story here


Fire Up has signed up as a drop off point for Mission Christmas. This worthwhile cause is responding to the needs of children in local communities this Christmas. Mission Christmas are looking for donations of new toys for gifts for boys and girls. Please do not wrap any donations in wrapping paper to allow the Mission Christmas team to allocate the present to the appropriate child. If you would prefer to donate towards the cause, please see the options available here


Culture Co-Op

Culture Co-op is the name for the Art Council’s ‘Creative People and Places’ (CPP) programme for Rochdale Borough. CPP is a funding programme which focuses on parts of the country where involvement in creativity and culture is significantly below the national average. At the heart of Creative People and Places is making sure that everyone has access to creativity and culture


Culture Co-op is cooperating in a radically new way to build cultural capital, ownership and ambition in order to deliver a step change in cultural access and provision with the diverse people of Rochdale Borough. Culture Coop is based on the original 1844 Rochdale Co- operative principles. The Coop builds shops in places where communities live and where the shops will benefit the community. Culture Coop will build cultural opportunities around neighbourhoods and across communities. Citizens will become collaborators, co-designers, co-producers and protagonists in creating work that is both neighbourhood driven and recognised for its quality, local relevance and artistic ambition.

The Culture Co-op started working in 2022 and currently it is funded until March 2025. It is led by a consortium of arts and community organisations, comprising of lead organisation Action Together CIO, Your Trust, Public Health, Rochdale Borough Housing, The Co-op Group, and Rochdale Borough Council.

Winter working and the rise of the Hub and Spoke model at Fire Up

As we enter into the colder months of the year, we're often affected by adverse weather conditions, the breakdown of boilers and long traffic jams. With flexible working opportunities offered by many businesses, we've seen a rise in the adoption of the Hub and Spoke approach from businesses across Greater Manchester. Find out more about the advantages of this model in our latest blog here

We're now fast approaching the festive period and we're planning all the exciting activities for 2024. Don't forget, you're welcome to come and explore everything that Fire Up can offer you and your business. Contact the team to take advantage of a complimentary pass at our fantastic co-working space.

Paul and the Fire Up team.

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