Plan for 10,000 new jobs

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AMBITIOUS plans for economic prosperity in Wigan borough could include a pledge by council bosses to create 10,000 jobs in the next decade.

The targets are listed in the borough’s new economic prospectus with the town hall also aiming to provide 12,000 apprenticeships, build 10,000 new houses and exceed its economy growth projection of £5255m by 2025.

As part of the Wigan Works initiative – launched earlier this year – the council hopes to use the borough’s “unique position” between Liverpool and Manchester to “drive economic growth.”

The prospectus is expected to get final approval by the cabinet this week before it is distributed to firms across the country.

It maps out how the borough will reap the benefits of Greater Manchester’s devolution deal but also states how Wigan should not close itself to opportunities from the Liverpool and Lancashire areas.

In the prospectus, deputy council leader Coun David Molyneux said: “Much is happening in and around Wigan to develop the economic and housing growth of the area. We have an unrivalled proximity to the North West’s key economies in Greater Manchester (GM), Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

“Like GM, the Liverpool city region and other areas in the NW have negotiated growth deals aimed at boosting the economy.

“The development of the Atlantic Gateway, linking the cities of Manchester and Liverpool, with Wigan at the geographical heart will be an important economic driver.

“It is essential we focus on our employment and residential role outside of GM in the wider region.”

The plans will also include pledges to provide residents with suitable training and skills opportunities, adding “our vision is a place where people want to work, invest, live and visit.”

And champions the major employers already established in the borough such as Heinz, Wincanton, Hovis, Tesco and Asda, along with Poundland, which will next year have a vast distribution centre up and running, providing 800 jobs.

The prospectus foreword, from Wigan Forward board chair Richard Waterfield, states: “Wigan continues to demonstrate resilience and flourish in a challenging economic climate.

“Wiganers and borough businesses have a deserved reputation for hard-work and loyalty and are resourceful and determined in creating and finding new employment.”

The prospectus is expected to get final approval by the cabinet this week and will be launched at next month’s Business Expo.

It maps out how the borough will reap the benefits of Greater Manchester’s devolution deal but also states how Wigan should not close itself to opportunities from the Liverpool and Lancashire areas.

In the prospectus, deputy council leader Coun David Molyneux said: “Much is happening in and around Wigan to develop the economic and housing growth of the area. We have an unrivalled proximity to the North West’s key economies in Greater Manchester (GM), Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

“Like GM, the Liverpool city region and other areas in the NW have negotiated growth deals aimed at boosting the economy.

“The development of the Atlantic Gateway, linking the cities of Manchester and Liverpool, with Wigan at the geographical heart will be an important economic driver.

“It is essential we focus on our employment and residential role outside of GM in the wider region.”

The plans will also include pledges to provide residents with suitable training and skills opportunities, adding “our vision is a place where people want to work, invest, live and visit.”

And champions the major employers already established in the borough such as Heinz, Wincanton, Hovis, Tesco and Asda, along with Poundland, which will next year have a vast distribution centre up and running, providing 800 jobs.

The prospectus foreword, from Wigan Forward board chair Richard Waterfield, states: “Wigan continues to demonstrate resilience and flourish in a challenging economic climate.

“Wiganers and borough businesses have a deserved reputation for hard-work and loyalty and are resourceful and determined in creating and finding new employment.”