A team of MBA students from Alliance Manchester Business School have joined forces with RBH to help build a better understanding of Rochdale’s local economy, as part of the Rochdale Stronger Together project.

The students, who have a diverse professional experience and cultural background, are working with RBH as part of their ten week “not for profit” project. RBH hope that the information gathered will help local people to grow existing community-based businesses and to start new ones, creating jobs and opportunities for local people within the Borough.

On Thursday 18 October, the MBA students met colleagues from RBH for a tour of Rochdale town centre. They visited Rochdale Town Hall and the Pioneers Museum, and were shown around Lower Falinge by Syed Hussain, RBH’s Regeneration Project Manager. They also met with RBH Chief Executive Gareth Swarbrick and Rick Walker from Cartwheel Arts, who is Chair of the Rochdale Borough Social Enterprise and Co-operative Forum.

Edward Carpenter, RBH Lead for Local Economic Development, said: “We are really excited to be working with the Manchester students who bring experience, enthusiasm, and a fresh perspective.

“We hope that the visit provided the students with an insight into the rich heritage of the Borough, as well as the opportunities for the future and our current challenges. We are looking forward to seeing the results of their research, and we hope that the information that they gather will help to provide more jobs and better opportunities for our local communities.”

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