Borough businesses go for gold with certification

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Five Wigan Borough businesses have been awarded the highest level of accreditation from Wigan Council as part of its ‘Deal for Business’ following a relaunch of the scheme six months ago.

Impressions Uniforms, Stephensons Solicitors, Connollys, Wigan and Leigh College and Groundwork are all organisations given gold level membership meaning that they have illustrated the highest level of commitment to supporting inclusive economic growth within the borough by recruiting locally, investing in their workforce, giving young people opportunities, buying locally, reducing their carbon footprint and giving back to their community.

The Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux MBE, said: “The Deal is at the heart of Wigan Council, and we’re incredibly pleased to recognise five of our local businesses, from a variety of sectors and of various sizes, with gold level Deal for Business membership.

“We’ve had a wonderful reception since refreshing the Deal for Business at the beginning of the year and there are countless other organisations who have bronze and silver level membership.

“I’m really proud of Wigan Borough’s business community and I’m looking forward to continuing to see it go from strength to strength.”

Since the scheme was relaunched six months ago, 242 businesses of all sizes – including small and micro businesses – from across 24 sectors have signed up.

The top six sectors of members are professional services, construction, health and social care, retail and education.

Bronze, silver and gold levels are awarded based on a self-assessment submitted by each business and the award system has become a useful tool in supporting businesses as they emerge from the pandemic and find themselves facing new challenges.

Coun Molyneux added: “We are really keen to get even more businesses involved with the Deal for Business, so we’d encourage anyone across the borough who might be interested to get in touch with us.”

When businesses submit their self-assessment as part of the application process, Wigan Council allocates them a dedicated business engagement officer who works to signpost them to relevant support, develop their business and make connections locally.

Businesses undergo an annual review to evaluate progress and move through the award levels.

Local businesswoman Caeryn Collins, who runs Impressions Uniforms and was the first member to achieve gold-level membership, said: “Encompassing the Deal for Business values has made us a stronger and more resilient business.

“The sense of purpose these value give us is not only good for the business – it benefits everyone involved – staff, customers, suppliers partners and more!”

To find out more, visit > www.wigan.gov.uk/thedealforbusiness