Believe in Business Festival is Back!

Believe in Business Festival is Back!

A new festival for Wigan Borough - developed by business for business – will now make its debut in the new year.

The Believe in Business Festival was postponed in September but will now take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

Held at The Edge Conference Centre, Wigan, the event has been developed by the borough’s business consortium alongside Wigan Council and is open to members of the public.

Leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molyneux, MBE, said: “I am really pleased we’ve been able to reschedule the festival for the new year, to give local businesses the chance to gather together, share their stories, get support and take part in panels and workshops.

“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 head coach for the England national rugby league team Shaun Wane.”

The Business Consortium supports local business to adapt and grow, underpinned by the idea of community wealth building, which aims to tackle economic inequality and create a fairer borough with greater opportunities for all.

Jonathan Twist, managing director of Gee Tee’s Retail and Wholesale and member of the Business Consortium, said: “We’re really excited for the Believe in Business Festival, knowing that it has been put together in a successful collaboration between employers, local authority, education centres and business support organisations.

“I’ve seen first-hand the leadership that local business has had in pulling together the event and this day promises to be entertaining, informative and rewarding. I encourage all local businesses of any size to register and to attend the event, with the promise of building knowledge, relationships and trade that will be beneficial to all.

“See you there on February 8th!”

The Believe in Business Festival has something for everyone, with workshops, panel discussions, business networking, and an Artisan Market, Food Court and employment support with advice, including on how to start your own business.

Highlights include panels on how to improve recruitment, building strength and resilience for your business, and entrepreneurs sharing their experiences. There will also be a session on the Council’s Deal for Business, and how it has helped members over the last year.

With the ongoing cost of living crisis, there will also be sessions on reducing your energy use and so save money on bills from the specialist support services at Manchester’s Green Economy Team and the Business Growth Hub

Alongside all of this, there will be a food court and artisan market that the public are invited to come along to, with fantastic products from local traders. The council’s employment and skills team will also be there, ready to talk to both businesses and the public about the support available.

The festival – which was postponed following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen - is completely free to attend.

For further information and tickets visit Believe in Business Festival.

Posted on Thursday 17th November 2022

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