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‘Wigan Works’ is the new rallying campaign for all things business in Wigan. Offering support and guidance to businesses, Wigan is fast becoming the place for entrepreneurs and new industries to flourish. With over 12,000 businesses already based in the borough, thanks to its convenient location between Manchester and Liverpool, direct links to London, and the council’s commitment to support local firms – Wigan is certainly ‘Open for Business’.

Cllr David Molyneux, said: “The plans we have unveiled will put Haigh on the list of the top visitor attractions in the North West, creating jobs and restoring the hall for future generations to enjoy. We are delighted to be working in partnership with a top quality organisation such as Contessa, they have a great track record of lovingly restoring buildings such as Haigh Hall and we’re excited about what they have planned.”

Wigan is home to many small and medium business enterprises which constitute a large proportion of the 12,000 businesses based there. Whilst manufacturing is still a pillar of the local economy with the food and drink sectors being particularly strong, digital and creative, health, environment and professional services are all increasing in importance.

Wigan Council is ‘Open for Business.’ This commitment to support firms in the borough forms part of ‘The Deal,’ the successful initiative that was launched last year, as an innovative approach to achieving savings through driving efficiency. The Business Engagement Team is a key lever in delivering on the ‘Open for Business’ promise, as it provides free and independent access to a full range of support services. A dedicated officer is assigned as a single point of contact providing long term support and continuity, particularly important in terms of relocation though also proving to be useful to employers already established in the borough.
As part of the campaign, a hilarious spoof-video has been released capturing the ‘no-nonsense’ and hardworking attitude the people of Wigan are proud of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n7AHUeDf5s

More information on Wigan Council’s initiative can be found on their dedicated site at http://www.wiganworks.com

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