FROM START UP,
TO SCALE UP.
IN 2030, WIGAN IS KNOWN NOT JUST FOR ATTRACTING BIG BRANDS AND NEW START-UPS BUT FOR REALISING THE POTENTIAL OF OUR EXISTING BUSINESSES, PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT HAVE INCREASINGLY BECOME KNOWN AS THE ‘FOUNDATIONAL ECONOMY’.
Wigan is home to over 8,600 family owned and other SME businesses. Some had never thought of growing, others didn’t know it was possible.
We’ve actively built aspirations with local business owners, given them access to training and development, supported business planning, encouraged networking, helped build the skills of their workforce and created a supportive business ecosystem that means businesses of all sizes can grow and adapt to change. And this focus on business has attracted people with the skills and ambition to contribute to this continued growth.
the everyday economy
This approach helped as part of our Brexit preparations, to ensure we were not just reliant on international businesses and brands to make our borough successful and sustainable.
We have valued – and built – the everyday economy in our borough, and have recognised that skill, craft and great service are as critical as breakthrough concepts and radical innovation.
everyone is valued, everyone is welcome
All businesses, large and small, can be embraced on our journey to growth.