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THE countdown has begun to one of the biggest events in the borough’s business calendar.

For Friday, October 14 is the day of Wigan Business Expo Twenty11.

This year’s convention includes a line-up of guest speakers who are some of the most influential names in the private and public sector both locally and beyond.

To begin with, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Leigh MP Andy Burnham will speak at the opening of the event at Leigh Sports Village.

Guest speakers will also include:

Gary Lumby – With more than 30 years’ experience in the banking industry and was awarded an MBE for Services to the Finance Industry.

Mr Lumby’s seminar will provide valuable insight to anyone with interests in the banking or retail industries.

Matt Jarratt – As Operations Manager at Procure Plus, Mr Jarratt is responsible for managing and overseeing operational issues including sustainability initiatives and specialises in schemes with a technical requirement. His role also means that he has developed a close relationship with many contractors and clients across the frameworks

His specialist knowledge means his seminar will be a must for those in the procurement industry.

Barry Hurst – Managing Director at Giants Hall Group, he has more than 40 years’ experience in the fields of sales and marketing, coaching and people development and has worked for some of the largest companies in the UK and Europe.

Mr Hurst’s seminar, entitled Sustainable Growth for Wigan Businesses, explores strategies for unleashing the potential of people and businesses and how understanding your business can help you achieve success.

Will Bentley – A chartered designer since 1993, Mr Bentley is owner-manager of Wigan’s largest creative agency, Bd2.

Mr Bentley’s seminar will explore how the development of a joined up e-strategy can help your business understand and exploit marketing opportunities in an ever changing digital landscape.

There will also be a special presentation by Terry Bolton and Michell Walling from Wigan Council on Risk Management and the use of the CCTV suite.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for the Economy, Coun David Molyneux, said: “Wigan’s Twenty11 business expo is less than two months away!

“The event will be an excellent networking opportunity for the borough’s business community. We are delighted to have gathered a line-up of such prestigious guests for this year’s event and with the list featuring of the biggest names in local and regional business, there’s even more reason to book your place.”

Wigan Business Expo Twenty11 is free to attend. You don’t need to pre-book, just come along on Friday 14 October to Leigh Sports Village.

To find out more, including timings, locations and a full list of buyers, you can visit: www.wiganbusinessexpo.co.uk

To apply for an appointment to meet the buyers from organisations including Manchester Airport, Wigan Council, NHS, Procure Plus and Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation.

E-mail ero@wigan.gov.uk for an application form.