Emanuel Whittaker celebrates 175 successful years in Oldham with 175 little acts of kindness

Feb 9, 2012

Oldham’s oldest company, Emanuel Whittaker, which built many of the town’s landmark buildings including the Coliseum and the Lyceum, celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2012.

To mark the occasion, the company is planning to continue its commitment to supporting the community by carrying out 175 ‘little acts of kindness’ during its anniversary year.

Founded as a building company by Emanuel Whittaker in 1837, it expanded to include joinery manufacturing.

Today the company, owned by Clive Newton and John Gallagher, provides public sector regeneration, refurbishment, construction and conversion services and an active joinery division.

Managing Director Clive Newton said: “As you would expect after 175 years in Oldham, we have close links with the community and many families who have worked for us through the generations.

“We value those relationships and are committed to putting something back into the community.

“We supported 82 community projects and individuals in 2011 and we plan to more than double that to 175 to mark this 175th anniversary year.”

In 2011, the company donated £25,000 to individuals and community projects, including £5,000 to ROCA (Respect Our Community Oldham).

Alongside the financial support for the community, the company gave more than 650 hours of employee time to a range of projects.

The company has also launched a new website which gives the history of Emanuel Whittaker from the early days to the modern supplier of building and joinery services it is today – www.emanuel-whittaker.co.uk

A 175th anniversary event will be held in September for the company’s 140 staff and their families.


  1. Superb day on Sunday. brilliant day on Tuesday at the golf,(why does everybody call me a bandit)
    Congratulations Clive and John.
    Here’s to the next milestone.


    Comment by Peter Dransfield — September 28, 2012 @ 9:11 AM

  2. Thanks Peter,

    Glad you and the family enjoyed both occasions.

    Comment by Emanuel Whittaker — September 28, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

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