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Wigan Borough is the place to do business
Wednesday 3rd April, 2013

Wigan Borough has been recognised as one of the top towns in the UK to do business.

New findings produced by Duport – a company specialising in business performance reports – reveal how the borough has seen a record number of companies formed in the last year, before claiming number 56 in Duport’s league table of the 100 top UK towns for net company growth.

During 2012, over 360 new businesses registered in the area, compared to just 265 in 2011. These positive statistics suggest business confidence is returning to the town, which was further confirmed when 40 local businesses discussed expanding their industries at a Wigan Council event in support of the fourth round of the government-backed Regional Growth Fund.

Cllr David Molyneux, Deputy Leader at Wigan Council, said:

“It is very encouraging to see that Wigan is seen as a place to do business.

“Our business community plays an extremely important role in the borough, helping to create jobs and boost the economy. The council remain committed to providing a wealth of support to make sure they continue to prosper and grow.

“We hope to continue to build on our recent success and develop a thriving local economy which is desirable to even more businesses in the future.”

Peter Valaitis, managing director at Duport, said:

“Wigan has certainly suffered during the recession, but a record number of business start-ups and increased net company growth suggest the town may be getting back on its feet.

“The new developments that are planned could well give the area a further boost, helping it gain momentum in years to come.”

More information and statistics from the Duport report can be found at www.duport.co.uk/wigan

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