Wigan’s new major business festival suspended over the Queen’s death has now been postponed


The Believe in Business festival has been postponed to September, following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, but will now take place on Wednesday February 8, 2023 and is completely free.

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Held at The Edge Conference Centre, Wigan, the event was developed by the Borough Business Consortium alongside Wigan Council and is open to members of the public.

Left to right: Claire Burnham from Wigan Council, Jonathan Twist and a representative from The Edge.

Wigan Council Leader David Molyneux said: “I am really delighted that we have been able to postpone the festival for the new year.

“What local businesses want and need is at the heart of the festival. Speakers include Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, motivational speaker on building strength and resilience Dave Verburg and England national rugby league team head coach Shaun Wane.

The Business Consortium helps local businesses to adapt and growunderpinned by the idea of ​​creating community wealth, which aims to fight against economic inequalities and create a fairer borough with more opportunities for all.

Jonathan Twist, Managing Director of Gee Tee’s Retail and Wholesale and member of the Business Consortium, said: “We are really delighted with the Believe in Business festival, knowing that it has been organized within the framework of a fruitful collaboration between employers, local authorities, education centers and business support organisations.

“I encourage all local businesses of all sizes to register and attend the event, with the promise of building knowledge, relationships and exchanges that will benefit everyone.

“See you there on February 8! »

The Believe in Business Festival has something for everyone, with workshops, panel discussions, business networking and a craft marketfood court and job support with advice, including how to start your own business.

There will also be sessions on how to reduce your energy consumption and save money on specialist support service bills from the Manchester Green Economy Team and the Business Growth Hub.

Alongside all of this, there will be a food court and a craft market where the public is welcome to come, with fantastic products from local traders. The council’s jobs and skills team will also be present, ready to talk to both businesses and the public about the supports available.


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