Development manager Clare to step down

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THE manager of Wigan’s prestigious Investment Centre is to step down at the end of March.

Alan Clare, 60, Property Manager of the Wigan Metropolitan Development Company, is retiring after 15 years with one of the town’s’ most successful business hubs.

And he leaves it at time when, despite the economic downturn, the hi-tech base is almost 80 per cent occupied with a range of businesses in residence plus being regularly used for seminars and conferences. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Development Company and first joined them in July 1998,” said Mr Clare who has spent over 40 years working nationally for many big name companies including Gerald Eve, Pilkingtons Glass and Ocean Transport and Trading.

“The centre was specifically designed to attract a variety of tenants with complete business support and development services onsite and right at the heart of Wigan.”

The WMDC property management company owns and manages more than 260,000ft sq of offices, workshops and industrial units throughout the Wigan borough.

The £2.5m CT3 part of the Investment Centre was launched in August 2000 and developed on a brownfield site adjoining the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Alan reckons it has created over 500 new jobs and signalled on-going economic prosperity for Wigan since it first opened its doors. It was conceived, built ,let and managed by WMDC.

Over 20,000ft sq of easy-in easy-out office space has been let in the last year alone at the centre – regarded as the flagship of the Wigan Metropolitan Development Company which works in partnership with Wigan Council.

Companies who have moved in or taken additional space, include Seetec, Blue Orchid, the Green Deal Consortia, All Com, Saturn Communications, Stephensons, Willow Starcom, Fibrelight, Morgan Anderson, Hannon Westwood, the Morses Club and Express Mortgages.

Mr Clare said: “I am totally confident in the future of the centre,” adding that he plans to keep his hand in with consultancy work while enjoying more time to pursue his hobbies of walking, playing golf and watching his beloved Liverpool FC.

“It is with some sadness I’m leaving,” he added. “But with the upsurge in lettings and with a good team in place I’m confident the centre and the company overall will continue to flourish for many years to come and create new jobs for the town.”