2018’s Rochdale 30 revealed

Date published: 28 November 2018

Thirty of Rochdale’s finest businesses have been revealed at a special ‘Rochdale 30’ tea and cake reception at the Town Hall on Monday (26 November).

Rochdale 30 is part of Rochdale Loves Small Business, the borough’s celebration of Small Business Saturday, an annual celebration of independent businesses, which highlights the important role they play in their community and encourages people to use them. 

The campaign, headed by local accountant Ruth Pringle, began in 2016 and proved so successful, it has returned each year since.

Each selected business features in a campaign, with a different one being profiled each day, in the run-up to Small Business Saturday on 1 December. 

During the reception, speeches were given by Mayor of Rochdale, Mohammed Zaman, and Richard Tang, chairman and founder of Zen Internet.

The Mayor spoke about the contribution small and micro-businesses make to both the economy and local community, whilst Mr Tang shared his own experience of starting a business.


Richard Tang, chairman and founder of Zen Internet
Richard Tang, chairman and founder of Zen Internet


Addressing the 30, Mr Tang said: “My one piece of advice to everyone here is stick at it. Keep your vision, focus, make the sacrifice. If things go well and you’re lucky, you’ll have a successful business that you can really be proud of.

Ms Pringle added: “We had some wonderful words of encouragement from Richard Tang and the Mayor. The council was great as always in organising the reception and providing a room at the Town Hall.”

This year’s chosen Rochdale 30 are:

  • Riikka’s Retreat Littleborough-based beauty therapist
  • Jacaranda Farm family-friendly farm operating a mobile farm service
  • Rufus’ Pupcakes homemade, healthy dog treats
  • Eurostyle Kitchens & Bedrooms fitted kitchens and bedrooms
  • Abilas IT IT support services
  • Edstart P.E. support for schools
  • Bluebird Care domiciliary health care providers
  • iP24 hi-tech security solutions provider
  • onePT hybrid personal training and gym facility
  • Pure Massage Therapy mobile massage therapy
  • Zebracorn children’s party and event organisers
  • We Created creative online hub/magazine-style website
  • spACE@Hare Hill House community space for events and activities
  • Roch Sweets suppliers of sweets, now open to the public
  • Photography by Gwen studio and mobile photographer
  • Furry Dog Mother dog grooming
  • D&W Cars used car dealers
  • Tania Taylor Hypnotherapy hypnotherapist and psychotherapist
  • Splat Creative Solutions design and print services
  • The Paper Concept reducing plastic usage with biodegradable and compostable goods
  • Kandy Kitchen Creations handmade soup, stew and pudding packets
  • Find Your Balance Reiki treatments
  • Est Est Beauty Aesthetics facial aesthetic treatments
  • Strawberry Laces Littleborough-based fashion boutique
  • Rebecca’s Coffee Shop Littleborough-based coffee shop
  • Vicky Lomax Pocket Puppet Theatre mini puppet theatre performances
  • Retro Recordings conversion of audio and video
  • Northern Employment Services recruitment company
  • Kerry Hargreaves Photography undertaking all aspects of photography
  • Montagues café based in the new Rochdale market


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