On 8th February 2024, Wigan’s the Edge Conference centre will host the borough’s second Believe in Business Festival.

The Believe in Business Festival is organised by the Business Consortium which was founded in early 2020 by local businesses in partnership and with support from Wigan Council. It aims to 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 run from 8 am until 2 pm and will have a busy schedule including a combination of keynote speakers, panel discussions, business support from a range of partner organisations, and networking to help businesses approach growth in an inclusive, ethical, and sustainable manner.

Throughout the event, businesses will have the opportunity to network and speak to a range of Council service and partner organisations providing free advice and support on a range of business support available.

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 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.

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 9 am and 2 pm to visit the Artisan Market, and visit our employment and skills stands.

If you’re a business, reserve your place at the event here.