Saddleworth has a strong
business tradition - although a rural area it is part of the industrial
countryside, rather than the agricultural. The original cottage
industry of home-based handloom weavers developed into the huge
cotton and woollen mill factories which at their peak employed the
majority of the population.
Most of the mills are now closed, and the area has seen many changes.
Despite improved communications however, Saddleworth is still self-contained
and retains many small local services, businesses and retailers
whose friendliness and personal service is regarded as one of the
benefits of living here. The tourism industry has driven the growth
of successful businesses in the area too.
But Saddleworth is also part of the latest industrial revolution.
New, high technology businesses are also thriving here, located
in homes or business centres, some created from old mill sites.
Their market place is not only local, but national or international
Follow the link into Saddleworth Business Association Directory,
where the variety of enterprises which this area supports and fosters
will become apparent.