Report says RDA generates economic benefits for borough

Date published: 24 September 2020

An independent report has concluded that for every £1 spent, the Rochdale Development Agency (RDA) adds nearly £14 to the local economy.

The research, which was carried out by the consulting company Mickledore, found that the work of the RDA in 2018/19 resulted in a boost to the Rochdale economy of £15.7m over one year and £71m over a five-year period.

The analysis concluded: “Across all the measures analysed, the evidence base indicates that the RDA activity has generated local economic benefits which substantially exceeds the cost of the organisation.”

Recent projects delivered by the RDA include the Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development in Rochdale town centre. The agency is also leading on the restoration of Rochdale’s historic town hall and on the ongoing development of Kingsway Business Park.


Paul Ormerod is the new chairman of Rochdale Development Agency
Paul Ormerod, chairman of Rochdale Development Agency


Chairman of the RDA Paul Ormerod said the research underlines the importance of the agency.

He said: “The research endorses the work of the RDA, in conjunction with the Council’s Economy Directorate, to promote the economic well-being of Rochdale.

“It shows we are fulfilling our aspiration to make Rochdale a more prosperous and vibrant place through encouraging investment in the economy and creating new jobs.”

The RDA was founded in 1993 and is the local economic development agency for Rochdale borough. Its wide remit includes delivering physical development and regeneration projects for the council, as well as securing inward investment and supporting business growth.

Councillor John Blundell said: “This shows the value of having the RDA as a separate body working closely with the Council’s own economic team. They generate a lot of synergy in their close working relationship”.

Do you have a story for us?

Let us know by emailing
All contact will be treated in confidence.

To contact the Rochdale Online news desk, email or visit our news submission page.

To get the latest news on your desktop or mobile, follow Rochdale Online on Twitter and Facebook.

While you are here...

...we have a small favour to ask; would you support Rochdale Online and join other residents making a contribution, from just £3 per month?

Rochdale Online offers completely independent local journalism with free access. If you enjoy the independent news and other free services we offer (event listings and free community websites for example), please consider supporting us financially and help Rochdale Online to continue to provide local engaging content for years to come. Thank you.

Support Rochdale Online