Believe in Business Festival

Following the postponement of the event in September, we are pleased to announce that on 8th February 2023, the Edge Conference centre will host the first event organised by the Business Consortium which was founded in early 2021 by local businesses in partnership and with support from Wigan Council.

The Believe in Business Festival will highlight the support that is available across Greater Manchester, focusing on local businesses sharing their stories to inspire and encourage others to consider how they can grow their business in a way which benefits all. The event will celebrate businesses of all different sizes and sectors from across the Wigan borough.

The event will be split into two different sections.

  • Believe in Business Festival - for businesses
  • Believe in Business Festival High Street - for both businesses and members of the public.

Believe in Business Festival - Businesses

The event will run from 9am until 4pm and will have a packed schedule include a combination of workshops, panels, business support from a range of partner organisations, and networking to help businesses approach growth in an inclusive, ethical, and sustainable manner. There will also be access to the Artisan Market and Food Court with entertainment, where local businesses will be selling their products throughout the day.

At the end of the day there will be a networking event with entertainment in the food court.

If you’re a business and would like to sponsor the event, we have a range of packages available, please email for more details.

Note: The workshops, panels and networking events will only be open to the businesses attending the event.

Important Note: If you booked tickets for the September event your tickets will not be valid as some of the timings/sessions have changed. Please visit the booking page using the link below to view the latest details and to register.

Believe in Business Festival High Street

As part of the festival, members of the public are invited to attend the Believe in Business Festival High Street. The high street will include an Artisan Market, a Food Court, live entertainment, plus employment and skills advice and support available for those residents wanting to set-up a new business.

In the Artisan Market, local artisan traders will be showcasing their products, available to purchase on the day.

In the Food Court, there will be a range of local businesses serving delicious food and drink, available to purchase throughout the day.

A range of partner organisations will be on hand in the Employment and Skills advice and support area to provide members of the public with advice on starting a business, training and support to back into employment.

Members of the public can pop down between 9am and 2.30pm to visit the Artisan Market, Food Court and visit our employment and skills stands.

For more information about the event and to book your free tickets, click on the relevant link below:

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