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Town centre businesses given £500,000 boost thanks to The Deal
Wednesday 4th October, 2017

A £500,000 boost to support small businesses and start-ups in Wigan Borough's town centres is to be launched.

The Business Booster fund will be unveiled by Wigan Council at the Wigan Business Expo this Friday (Oct 6th).

The Expo is the biggest business event in Wigan Borough and attracts more than 1,000 delegates from across the North West.

At the event Wigan Council will unveil its commitment to supporting entrepreneurialism and small businesses in its town centres with the launch of the fund.

It will support start-ups and the growth of businesses with a priority focus on Wigan, Leigh and Ashton town centres.

Businesses will be able to access loans of up to £10,000 and grants of up to £2,000.

In exchange for financial support businesses will sign up to ‘The Deal’ to pledge their commitment to supporting the local community.

Businesses will be able to play their part in The Deal through actions such as employing apprentices, offering local companies the opportunity to be suppliers, paying business rates on time and volunteering in the local community.

The council’s part of The Deal includes business support, access to financial support packages and programmes, advice on staff development, health and wellbeing, and employment and recruitment.

A further ‘Business Deal’ fund and package of support has been allocated to attract businesses looking to relocate to the borough.

This will enable the borough to compete in attracting businesses of all sizes looking to relocate to help boost employment and reduce the number of people in the borough on benefits.

Again businesses accessing support from the council will be expected to fulfil their part of The Deal.

Karl Battersby, Wigan Council’s director for economy and environment, said: “At Wigan Council we are 100% committed to supporting local businesses and helping the local economy to grow.

“This announcement of the Business Booster fund shows how we are putting significant funds into promoting start-ups, retaining existing businesses in the borough and where possible helping them to grow.

“We are focussing on our town centres as they have so much potential to support new and diverse independent businesses, increase employment and reduce the number of empty units.

“An important part of accessing the support from the council is signing up to The Deal.

“We believe all businesses have a corporate responsibility to support the local communities in which they are based.

“The Deal for business helps put that in black and white and gives businesses the opportunity to put something back in to the community and help future generations and the long-term unemployed into work.”

Applications for the Business Booster and Business Deal will be through the Wigan Works website at www.wiganworks.com.

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