|Business backs the Expo
More than sixty per cent of the stalls at this year’s Wigan Business Expo have been snapped up in a matter of weeks.
Companies have rushed to get a stand at the annual event – now considered the biggest of its kind in the North West. Fifty per cent of the stalls were sold in three weeks to Wigan-based businesses.
And now a host of big name local businesses have agreed to sponsor the event – including vehicle dealers Arnold Clark and Halliwell Jones, the Federation of Small Businesses and construction services firm Hughes Brothers.
Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: “I think the response of the business community demonstrates the appetite for Wigan Business Expo. Considering there are still three months to go, it’s a great success to have so many businesses on board already. With so many stands selling so quickly, and the regional response we are getting to this event, it is undoubtedly going to be another great success. I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t yet signed up to do so quickly to avoid disappointment.
“I’m particularly grateful to our sponsors, whose contribution is much appreciated. It’s great to see businesses supporting something which has such a positive impact on the local economy. The council is committed to doing all we can to help the local business community grow. The Expo is a key part of that ambition, especially as it regularly outperforms any other similar event held in the region.”
More than 140 businesses will be exhibiting at the Expo, which takes place at the DW Stadium on Friday 11 October. More than a thousand people are expected to attend.
Edge Hill University, based in Ormskirk and with 900 Wigan Borough students on its books, is the main sponsor. Leigh-based Hughes Brothers, which specialises in refurbishing homes using energy efficient technology, is sponsoring one of the exhibition lounges. Business support and networking organisation The Federation of Small Business is sponsoring the seminar and network longue. Halliwell Jones, the North West BMW and Mini dealership, will be displaying seven cars at the event. Arnold Clarke, which specialises in vehicle rentals, will be displaying seven commercial vehicles.