A new festival – developed by business for business – will launch this autumn in Wigan Borough with a focus on local firms.
In 2021, local businesses came together to form the Business Consortium with support from Wigan Council to focus on the borough’s long term economic recovery from the pandemic. The Business Consortium supports local business to adapt and grow, underpinned by the themes of Community Wealth Building, which aims to tackle economic inequality and create a fairer borough with greater opportunities for all.
The Believe in Business Festival will be the first event organised by the Wigan Business Consortium, in partnership with Wigan Council. Held at the Edge Conference Centre, it will give local businesses a platform to share their experiences, inspire each other to stimulate growth across the borough and highlight the support available across Greater Manchester.
Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, MBE, said: “This is sure to be an insightful, supportive and celebratory day for local businesses, developed by local businesses. I am looking forward to welcoming all of the attendees to this free ‘Believe in Business’ Festival. It will be a great chance to share learning, get support and take part in a series of fascinating panels and workshops.”
The festival’s schedule will feature workshops, panels, and networking, exploring how businesses can approach growth in an inclusive, ethical and sustainable manner, celebrating business of all sizes and sectors from across the borough.
Alongside the business panels, workshops, talks, and support stands, there will be a food court and artisan market where there will be opportunities for businesses and the public to share ideas and speak to people about employment and skills support.
Jonathan Twist, managing director of Gee Tee’s and member of the Business Consortium, said: “It has been great to be able to play a part in the Festival planning, and see the sterling effort go into the day.
“Myself and the other members of the Business Consortium are looking forward to what is sure to be a worthwhile and enjoyable event for organisations of all sizes across Wigan Borough. I’ve no doubt this will be a must-attend festival for everyone wanting to strengthen their business.”
A few highlights of the festival include a panel on doing business differently to improve recruitment hosted by the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter; ‘Building Strength and Resilience’ advice to help businesses hope for the best and plan for the worst; and an ‘Ask the Expert’ Q&A.
Tickets for the ‘Believe in Business’ Festival are free and available together with full details via www.wigan.gov.uk/BusinessFestival