A Rochdale company, whose turnover totals more than £6 million a year, has backed a new initiative to promote Rochdale as a place to do business.
Liam Grady, one of the directors of RKE group, has lauded the new Rochdale Ambassadors scheme, a private-sector board working with Rochdale Borough Council, to get the word out across the country about the borough's huge potential for investors.
'As far as I'm concerned, Rochdale's a hidden nugget' – Liam Grady, RKE Group Director
He said: "I travel up and down the country for my job and there's still a perception among people I meet that places like Rochdale are all dark, satanic mills and cobbled streets but as far as I'm concerned, it's a hidden nugget.
"Rochdale gets a lot of bad press I'm really proud to say my business is here. There's a huge amount of good quality office space; we ourselves rent space in the council-run Globe Business Park, and the transport links are excellent, meaning that we can transport goods easily and our staff can get to and from work without difficulty. There's also a huge amount of investment being ploughed into the borough. Rochdale is very much on a steep upward curve now."
RKE group is a network of companies, including Source Build and Bespoke Build, which provides building supplies to the construction industry both locally and nationally. It has recently added street furniture supplies to its portfolio, alongside Rochdale Vehicle Repairs. Also in the group is Globe Park Solutions and EnviroSystems, a major supplier of flood prevention equipment, including flood gates and barriers, to the Isle of Mann, Scarborough, Hebden Bridge and more. The 6th company in the RKE Group portfolio is Globepark Utilities, which supplies commercial premises with utilities and is one of leading suppliers of energy for amusement arcades up and down the country.
'Company set to open its 7th business in Rochdale later this year'
18 staff, most of whom are from the Rochdale, are employed in the organisation, with Liam already looking at opening a 7th company under the group's umbrella later this year, with the new venture also set to be located in Rochdale.
Liam added: "We have a very strong network of successful businesses in Rochdale, so, as well as selling Rochdale nationally, the ambassador scheme is a great way of bringing those businesses together, so they can work together and keep money circulating in the local economy. I know I have generated lots of business from other companies within the borough and have also given my business to local companies."
The Rochdale Ambassadors, which launched just last month, is chaired by David Bottomley, director of Rochdale AFC and national toy business Asobi. Other members of the board include Richard Tang, founder of Zen Internet, Julian Appleyard, principal of Rochdale Sixth Form College and Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Rochdale Council. Companies also represented are Tetrosyl, Nomical, and James Nuttall Transport.
'Rochdale has a thriving business community' – council leader Richard Farnell
Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of the council, said: "We've had a great reaction to the launch of the ambassador scheme, with many businesses, like RKE Group, really passionate about getting involved. Rochdale has a thriving business community, so there are no better people to sell the borough than these highly successful local companies."
Businesses who would like to find out more about the ambassadors scheme and how they can get involved are can contact Carol Hopkins on
email@example.com or 01706 868999.