Greater Manchester Chamber in Wigan

Wigan hosts a series of Action for Business Forums which are free to Chamber members. Click here for details. The Forums are a great networking opportunity for businesses to get to know each other, learn about key issues impacting on the business environment and give their views about the critical topics of the day. The Forums are held across the borough and are hosted by the Wigan President, John Hughes of Hughes Bros in Leigh.

John also chairs the Local Council, a group of Wigan-based businesspeople, to agree themes for the Forums and ensure that Wigan’s issues are considered by the Chamber’s Policy and Campaign Committee and main Chamber Council.

The key issues being raised by businesses in Wigan are:

  • Understanding the plans for development and regeneration around Wigan with a focus on improving the business environment and encouraging the use of low carbon measures;

  • Improving the opportunities for young people particularly exploiting the development of new facilities like the University Technical College and Youth Zone, and improving the access to skills training to support the key industries particularly engineering and manufacturing;

  • Explaining and improving the opportunities for Wigan businesses to export, particularly to growing economies like China;

  • Exploring the opportunities to improve transport and travel around the town centre.

There is regular engagement with key stakeholders across the city including Wigan Council, Wigan & Leigh College, local MPs, and businesses big and small.

The Chamber runs the annual Wigan Business Awards which launch in June and culminate in a prestigious black tie dinner in November. More details available here.

The key Chamber members of staff in Wigan are Stacey Byrne, the Regional Manager, and Diane Elebert-Morgan, the Business Development Manager.