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NEWS 23rd January 2015

Innovation Voucher Pilot Programme

The Business Growth Hub and The University of Manchester have combined forces to offer financial support for Small to Medium sized innovative businesses (SMEs) looking to overcome technological or business challenges in the pursuit of new innovation. What’s on offer? Through a single competitive application process, funding from both The University of Manchester and the…

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“Manchester has a real pull for businesses to come and set up here.”
David Emery
IBM Vice President for General Business North

Wigan

Confident Place, Confident People.

Wigan is uniquely located between the major conurbations of Manchester and Liverpool. It is ideally placed to access the UK’s transport network and be the location of choice for new businesses that want to capitalise on its locational position, availability of development land and environment, with over 70% of the borough being green open spaces.

Wigan has unique connectivity to transport routes with the M6 on its western boundary, the M61 to the East, the M58 forming direct access into the heart of Liverpool Docks and the A580 East Lancs Road giving direct access to Liverpool and Manchester.

The West coast mainline stops in Wigan, giving access to London and Glasgow within 2 hours by rail. Manchester and Liverpool Airports are within 35 minutes drive and further strategic transport improvements are planned in the next 3 years with the construction of the Leigh-Salford-Manchester Busway and electrification of the Manchester and Liverpool railway line.

As well as its connectivity, Wigan has an attractive environment with the Greenheart Countryside Park extending throughout the central part of the borough, making it a location of choice to live, work and invest in new opportunities. Wigan is home of the Rugby League super side Wigan Warriors and also home to FA Cup Winners 2013 Wigan Athletic.

Wigan has availability of strategic employment sites that can meet the needs of existing businesses wanting to expand as well attract new ones. Companies that have already made Wigan their business location include H J Heinz Co Ltd, AB World Foods (Patak’s), JJB Sports Plc, WM Santus (Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls), Snuggledown of Norway, Ainscough Group, PPG Industries, C-TEC and Shearings Group.

With further improvement to be achieved in its transport infrastructure, the Wigan offer is unique and its confident vision is inspirational in encouraging business growth, expansion and relocation.

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