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Lock 50 Business Centre celebrates decade in business

12 February 2018

Councillor Liam O'Rourke and John Searle with 10th birthday balloons. ​​​Lock 50 Business Centre in Rochdale celebrated its 10th birthday this week marking a decade since our managed workspace building on Oldham Road was opened.

In 2008 the building, named after the Rochdale Canal lock it is located alongside, was opened providing prestigious waterside office accommodation for businesses.

To mark the occasion, over 50 guests including current and former tenants and representatives involved with the centre joined Councillor Liam O’Rourke, cabinet member for business, skills and employment and John Searle, our Director of Economy, for a celebration event.

‘It’s clear how important Lock 50 is and what a contribution regeneration has made’ 

John Searle opened the afternoon and said it was great to see how many companies Lock 50 has helped over the years:

“Looking at some of the archive photos on display today reminds me of the scale of the project and all the work that was put in to bring Lock 50 to fruition. It’s pleasing to see how many companies the centre has already helped, how many jobs have been created here, but equally, looking to the future and seeing how well the building looks today, the role it is going to continue to play in regeneration over the next 10 years.”

Workers celebrating in Lock 50 car park.

Councillor Liam O’Rourke spoke at the event and said the impact that buildings like Lock 50 have on the local economy is significant:

“It’s clear how important Lock 50 is and what a contribution regeneration has made right here. We’ve seen companies move in and grow, creating more jobs along the way. Zen Internet, one of Rochdale’s best-known companies, was once in Globe House, another one of our managed workspaces. That’s what these centres are all about. I’m impressed with how well run Lock 50 is, which is down to the small team of Lotte and Tom, led by the building manager Trudie.”

Lock 50 is currently 92% occupied and will be full by next month thanks to another new arrival.