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Wigan goes for growth
Thursday 11th October, 2012

With the economy dominating the political party conference season, Wigan goes for growth: A thousand people expected at Wigan Expo as SMEs look to boost business

More than a thousand people will attend one of the biggest business events in the North West as Wigan borough declares it is “open for business”.

Hundreds of small and medium-sized firms will be heading to Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 – believed to be the largest event of its kind in the region. It takes place on Friday 12th October at the DW Stadium and is organised by Wigan Council.

The Expo is designed to help businesses looking to expand. More than 130 local SMEs will be exhibiting - including an award-winning independent fashion boutique, a solar panel manufacturer and one of Wigan’s oldest pie-makers. There will be a programme of seminars offering firms expert advice and opportunities to meet buyers.

As well over a hundred SMEs attending, some of the North West’s most high-profile firms will also be present including AB World Foods, Toyota, NatWest and Barclays Bank. Wigan Athletic football club will be there too, as will the organisers of the Rugby League World Cup 2013, who will be showcasing the competition’s trophy.

Charity Joining Jack is an official partner of the event. It’s ambassadors, rugby legend Jason Robinson and former Coronation Street actress Lucy-Jo Hudson, will be at the Expo. Meanwhile, David Julien, the Leigh singer who made it to the finals of BBC talent show The Voice, will also be performing.

Doors open at 8am and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and Cllr David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration, will officially open the Expo at 8:30am.

Cllr Molyneux says: “The sole aim of Wigan Expo Twenty12 is to support firms looking to expand and develop. Wigan Council is absolutely committed to supporting economic growth in the borough and doing everything we can to make sure businesses get the help they need.

“We all know the economic climate is challenging. That’s why the Expo is so important. It’s a chance for small and medium-sized firms to network, meet buyers and exchange ideas. Many businesses, who have attended the event in previous years, say it has helped them secure significant new contracts and make invaluable contacts.

“This is the third year the Expo has been held and already it has tripled in size. We have a waiting list of companies wanting to get involved. We know people will be attending from across the UK and as far away as Belgium.

“We want everyone to know that, even though these are tough economic times, Wigan borough is open for business and Wigan Council will do all it can to support and secure growth.”

Wigan Business Expo Twenty12 is on Friday 12 October, 8am to 3pm at DW Stadium. Entry is free.
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For more information about Wigan Business Expo Twenty12, contact Claire Walsh on 01942 489191 or claire.walsh@wigan.gov.uk

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