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Speakers confirmed for North West Business Expo
Tuesday 30th October, 2018

Digital tech, collaborative working and future vision are just some of the topics being explored at one of the North West’s largest Business Expos next month.

Wigan Council’s annual Business Expo is back for its ninth year and delegates will be given the opportunity to hear from and mix with a number of national and regional businesses to network, make new contacts and learn how they can grow their businesses.

The event will be held on Friday 9th November at the borough’s newest venue, The Edge Conference Centre, a state-of-the-art auditorium located in the highly sought after Wigan Pier Quarter seating 1,000 guests.

Boasting a new format, delegates can book onto up to five seminars and access a range of advice and support through a ‘knowledge hub’, which will be filled with experts across a range of fields.

This all comes on top of the usual recognised and well attended business exhibition, where companies from Corkills Volkswagen to Costco and organisations such as Wigan Athletic Community Trust will showcase their services.

There are around 1,000 delegates expected to attend again this year and businesses are being encouraged to book the last remaining stands to avoid disappointment. Delegates are also being encouraged to book onto seminars before they fill up.

Leader of the council and cabinet member for economy and regeneration, Councillor David Molyneux will open the event.

He said: “The Wigan Business Expo offers an invaluable opportunity for businesses to promote themselves to potential clients from across the borough and wider region.

“It’s a fantastic way for professionals to network and build contacts and what better place to do so than in Wigan Borough, where we are committed to supporting the economy and supporting businesses to thrive.

“The new format this year also shows our commitment to helping people kick-start their own companies and inspire entrepreneurship. Traditionally, the Expo has been attended by established businesses but encouraging people to turn their ideas into a reality and sharing expertise on how to achieve that is a key priority.

“I look forward to strengthening relationships with businesses we’re already engaged with and welcome the opportunity to build new ones with those just starting out .”

Seminars at the event include; Wigan’ vision for the future, hiring and retaining quality staff, partnership working, digital technology and start-up business support.

Speakers include TfGM, HS2, Creative Concern, Incredibble Marketing and Willmott Dixon. Local companies who have been supported by experts will also share their stories.

The Wigan Business Expo is one of the most popular annual business events across the region and is the ideal opportunity to showcase a business, network, create new contacts and leads, access expert advice and hear inspiring words from keynote speakers.

Jenny Fisher from Corkills Volkswagen who is one of the event sponsors said: “We’ve sponsored Wigan Business Expo for a number of years and always find it a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and network.

“There is always a great buzz in the room and people are extremely keen to learn from each other and make new connections.

“I’m sure this year will be just as inspiring and I look forward to the event taking place in the borough’s newest venue!”

Sue France is head of sales at the DW Stadium in Wigan and has exhibited at every Wigan Business Expo since its launch.

She said: “The Expo attracts business visitors not only from across Wigan and Leigh but also from surrounding areas.

“I have personally been an exhibitor many times and I’ve been a visitor too – both have brought me new contacts, generated sales leads and, of course, enabled me to catch up with many of my existing customers all under one roof.”

For more information, to book a stand or to register for a seminar, please visit www.wiganworks.com and click ‘Networking and Events’.


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