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FOCUS ON ROCHDALE 29 home to an attractive riverside site next to the newly revealed River Roch, with an adjoining indoor market hall facility. A new market operator will also be appointed soon to take the reins from the council, who themselves took over management of the market when its future was under threat. Europe’s leading manufacturer of car care products, Tetrosyl, also recently completed its move into Rochdale town centre, spending £3m transforming its new seven-storey headquarters and employing 33 new members of staff from within Rochdale to join their almost 100-strong workforce. Away from the evolution of the high street, Rochdale’s business parks are booming. Key business parks, including Stakehill and Heywood Distribution Park, are almost at capacity, and speculative builds are being constructed on one of the country’s largest business parks Kingsway, with over 420,000 square feet of additional employment space recently being constructed. Another 52 businesses also came into the borough in 2016, with just five of those bringing more than 200 jobs and £4m of investment. Underpinning all this is an even bigger vision; the Greater Manchester spatial strategy. This 20-year plan identifies a collection of potential sites for new housing and employment opportunities across Greater Manchester. The plan is designed to help spread wealth from the south to the north of the country and the conurbation, but the headline for Rochdale is the potential for 19,000 new jobs and 15,500 new homes. The plans are currently out to public consultation. Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Rochdale is transforming itself. Renewed business confidence is translating into investment decisions for both existing and new firms. We are investment ready now and have some big plans for the future. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework will present some massive opportunities, which will see the borough punch Continued on page 30 TBA Protective Technologies (formally TBA Textiles Ltd.) is a manufacturing company based in Rochdale, Lancashire. Founded in 1871, by three brothers, TBA was to become one of Rochdale’s largest employers, employing some 4000 employees from the local and surrounding boroughs of Lancashire. We are TBA Textiles Ltd., trading as TBA Protective Technologies, a manufacturing company based in Rochdale, Lancashire. Founded in 1871, by three brothers, TBA was to become one of Rochdale’s largest employers, employing some 4000 employees from the local and surrounding boroughs of Lancashire. Today TBA continues to be a manufacturer and developer of technical materials for arduous environments. Supplying more than 100 countries world wide, by utilising a network of Distributors and Agents. TBA is committed to using core technologies in order to meet the needs of diverse markets explored through a full R&D programme. High profile products such as: FIREFLY Fire Barriers WELDSTOP Welding Protection GRAFLEX Graphited Coated products Fire Barriers for Transport Seating Materials for Protective Clothing all developed and manufactured by TBA Unit 3, Transpennine Trading Estate, Gorrells Way, Rochdale, OL 11 2PX Tel: 01706 647422 - www.tba-pt.com Today TBA continues to be a manufacturer and developer of technical materials for arduous environments. Supplying more than 100 countries world wide, by utilising a network of Distributors and Agents. TBA is committed to using core technologies in order to meet the needs of diverse markets explored through a full R&D programme. High profile products such as: FIREFLY Fire Barriers WELDSTOP Welding Protection GRAFLEX Graphited Coated products Fire Barriers for Transport Seating Materials for Protective Clothing Fabricators of MED Suits and various PPE products all developed and manufactured by TBA Unit 3, Transpennine Trading Estate, Gorrells Way, Rochdale, OL 11 2PX Tel: 01706 647422 - www.tba-pt.com Technologies (formally TBA Textiles Ltd.) is a based in Rochdale, Lancashire. three brothers, TBA was to become one of employers, employing some 4000 employees surrounding boroughs of Lancashire. be a developer of TBA core meet markets R&D such as: Barriers Protection Coated products Transport Seating Clothing manufactured by TBA Estate, Gorrells Way, Rochdale, OL 11 2PX 647422 - www.tba-pt.com @tba_pt @fireflyfirepro


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