If you start a business in Rochdale, or relocate to the Borough, you become part of a progressive, supportive business community.
Over 7,000 businesses operate in Rochdale, with more arriving all the time. Manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and logistics are key sectors, taking advantage of the town’s industrial heritage, excellent education and training institutions, and unbeatable connections by road, rail and tram - Find out more.
In addition, we boast significant and growing digital and creative, business services, and leisure and tourism sectors. The RDA offers supports to both start-ups and 1,000 plus employee businesses - and everything in-between.
Rochdale is the birthplace of cooperation and our public and private sectors work together to create the most business-friendly environment in the region.
Crystal Door celebrates 25 years established in Rochdale. Enjoying the successes of our business with the supported of a fantastic local team of employees, business, community, organisations and local Authority. Co-operation at its best.Richard Hagan - Managing Director, Crystal Doors
A sense of community
The RDA works with Rochdale Borough Council, local education providers and business networks to ensure every firm in the town receives the support it needs. We facilitate the Rochdale Ambassadors scheme, where like-minded business leaders come together for mutual support and to promote Rochdale as a place for business.
Our well attended Ambassador events are an opportunity to network, and to benefit from the insights of expert speakers and peers from the region and further afield. Topics covered include the benefits of greener business and the Artificial Intelligence revolution. Attendees also get the latest news on initiatives from around the Borough and across the region.
The RDA publishes a regular newsletter to keep our businesses up to date with support initiatives and interesting developments, both locally and nationally.