|“Wigan Expo 2012 the best yet”
The event was opened by Wigan MP Lisa Nandy
The biggest business event in the history of Wigan borough attracted a thousand people – and a sprinkling of stars.
Representatives from hundreds of companies rubbed shoulders with sporting heroes and TV celebrities at the Wigan Business Expo 2012 held today (Friday 12th October) at the DW Stadium.
Rugby legend Jason Robinson, Coronation Street and Wild At Heart actress Lucy-Jo Hudson and talent show finalist David Julien were among hundreds of people at the event – designed to show Wigan borough is open for business.
It’s the third year the Expo has been held and this year’s event was by far the biggest. Among the local firms exhibiting was Leigh-based AB World Foods, one of Wigan’s oldest pie-makers, Poole’s Pies, and charity Joining Jack. Small and medium-sized companies were able to get expert advice and listen to presentations from high-profile speakers. More than 130 firms had stalls.
The event was opened by Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, who described business development as “critical” to the future of the borough. She also praised the work of Wigan Council, who organised the Expo.
Cllr David Molyneux, the deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet member for regeneration, says: “This year’s Expo was the best yet. As the biggest business event ever held in Wigan, it was a wonderful showcase for local businesses and demonstrated the huge amount of ambition and enterprise we have right here in the borough.
“Already we’ve had companies expressing an interest in next year’s event. That’s testament to the success of the Expo. I’m proud we have such an exciting event in Wigan borough and that the council takes such a pro-active approach to supporting the local economy.”