An internationally renowned business is set to expand its workforce after committing its long-term future to Wigan Borough.
Bosses at logistics firm 3P Logistics have signed a 10-year lease for their headquarters on the South Lancs Industrial Estate.
The renewal means the company can create 20 new jobs next year and will continue to benefit from the borough’s proximity to the M6, the Port of Liverpool and the region’s airports.
Leader of the council, Coun David Molyneux, said: “The borough’s connectivity is one of our greatest assets.
“We’re really happy that 3P Logistics feel so strongly about Wigan as a strategic location and that they have decided to house their international headquarters here for another 10 years.”
The firm has been based in the borough for 14 years and its 75,000sq ft headquarters will now undergo a refurbishment programme including new roofing, energy efficient LED light installation and software updates.
Managing director and founder of 3P Logistics, Ian Walker, said: “We are happy to have signed this long-term lease on behalf of our clients, which demonstrates stability of service and future planning.
“Though I’m a passionate Wiganer and am dedicated to supporting my local economy, the town is a strategic location for our business and the lease renewal has definitely accelerated our growth.”
Wigan Council is working with the private sector to bring forward a number of quality sites available for redevelopment.
The local authority is looking at a range of options for these sites, which will further boost the economy and position Wigan as a great place to do business.
Coun Molyneux added: “With obvious strong connections to Greater Manchester by rail and road and convenient links internationally thanks to our proximity to nearby airports, the borough is a fantastic place to invest and work in.
“We will continue to position Wigan borough as an economically thriving district in the North West and look forward to the prospect of engaging with others and letting them see for themselves what an attractive place Wigan is to do business.”
The new roles at 3P Logistics will be across various departments at the firm, further demonstrating their commitment to supporting local people.
Mr. Walker added: “We have a network of UK and International warehouses at our disposal but the Wigan site is pivotal to our UK and European operations.
“As a result of its central locality, Wigan and the surrounding area is fast becoming a hotbed for logistics excellence and we are delighted to secure our long-term future in the borough.”
3P Logistics will hold a careers day this weekend (Saturday 28th September) in order to fill a number of positions from an apprenticeship to managerial level. The event will take place 8am-1pm at their base: 3P Logistics, Lockett Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4, 8DE
For more information about 3P Logistics and the career day, visit www.3p-logistics.co.uk.
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