WE’RE A BOROUGH MADE UP OF STRONG, PROUD TOWNS,
HISTORIC VILLAGES AND A WEALTH OF GREEN AND BLUE SPACES.
In this borough, we like to think we do things differently. Our economic vision is part response and part challenge to that belief.
WE aren’t afraid to challenge ourselves
In everything we do, we need to be our own critic as well as our biggest champion. Are we really stretching ourselves as hard as possible? Is each plan, each action going to make Wigan a really great place to live, work, invest and visit?
In 2030 the relationship between towns and cities has transformed. Wigan is known for leading this change by capitalising on the strengths and differences created by being a well-formed, well-connected borough.
We have a clear plan. We are not trying to be a city because we are a town and we have something different to offer, so we don’t apologise
for this difference. We celebrate it. We maximise it.
building our destination status
Our town centres are leisure and cultural destinations. Whether day or night, arts, culture and creativity is embedded in the experience and the mindset of our residents, businesses and visitors.
bringing growth and protection together
We’ve grown, we’ve regenerated but we’ve also developed and protected our green spaces, waterways and heritage.
WE WELCOME AND SUPPORT BUSINESSES OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES. WE’RE NOT RESTRICTED BY SECTOR OR SCALE. HELPING BUSINESSES RELOCATE, ADAPT, GROW AND UPSKILL IS WHAT WE DO HERE.
IN 2030, WIGAN IS KNOWN FOR THE WHOLESALE REINVENTION OF THE WIGAN WALLGATE AREA – THE WIGAN EXCHANGE PROJECT. IT WILL OFFER A NORTH/SOUTH CONNECTION ON THE WEST COAST MAINLINE WITH SWIFT AND EFFICIENT LOCAL CONNECTIONS. COMBINED WITH THE ARRIVAL OF HS2, IT WILL CREATE A CENTREPIECE FOR OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE.
Our great connections mean that our residents and businesses enjoy the convenience of being located close to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Preston.
Pushing our boundaries
But we have pushed the understanding of connectivity, now businesses locate here because of Wigan’s global reach; easy logistics to and from China are just as important as distribution to Birmingham and Manchester.
The way business works and how goods are moved has been transformed. Workforces are flexible, remote, automated, office based, local, national and international. Wigan is a place that responds to all of these needs.
connected by road, rail, foot and cycle
Our connectivity and holistic approach to business development and our wide offer of locations has allowed us to respond and continue to adapt to a changing business environment. HS2 is a reality. By 2033, we’ll travel to London in 83 minutes and Birmingham in 35 minutes. Roads have been built, but walking, cycling and public transport have been prioritised as a way to move across our borough.
Healthier people, better lives
Better transport means better health, both mentally and physically. In all new transport developments, sustainability is a focus. We no longer create environments defined as in town and out of town but consider movement as a whole.
Strong connections, emotional journeys and putting our borough at the heart of the North: this is our future.