Wigan Business Expo Twenty10 was the first event of its kind ever to be held in Wigan Borough. It was a tremendous success with:
- Over 40 local businesses exhibited their goods and services to over 500 buyers from across the North West
- Two seminar programmes providing information on topics such as how to secure contracts with Heinz, Wigan Council or the NHS; changes to employment law; and building good media relations. These seminars were all delivered by industry experts including former head of programming for the BBC, Steve Ireland.
- Local businesses booking nearly 90 appointments with buyers from Wigan Council, the NHS, Heinz, Wigan and Leigh Housing and a supply chain strategist for major supermarkets
The response to this event was so overwhelming that businesses were enquiring about booking for Twenty11 just a few short days after Twenty10.
Wigan & Leigh College attended Expo Twenty10 to promote apprenticeships and other work-based learning programmes: "We gained a lot of contacts as a result of the event and many appointments where arranged for us to meet with businesses after the event. The event was also a great opportunity for us to do a short presentation to other businesses and also to listen to other exhibitors to find out more about them."
Will Bentley, Director, bd2: "I felt immediately a good buzz amongst the exhibitors and the more than respectable number of visitors. There was a real sense of pace, bustle and efficiency being driven through by the organisers. The seminars were all of interest and kept to quick fire 15 - 20 minute presentations as were the meet-the-buyer sessions which allowed many local businesses access to key individuals."