New hope for local economy

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DOZENS of jobs are set to be created as speculation grows that Wigan’s crucial manufacturing sector is growing again.

Hopes were raised after independent property consultant, Nolan Redshaw, revealed it has secured five lettings for industrial sites in the Ashton and Wigan areas.

It says that this “surge of activity” potentially signals a revival of the town’s manufacturing roots.

Manufacturing has been in a steady decline for years, not least because of the collapse of the local mining industry in the 1970s and 80s to which many manufacturers were inextricably linked.

These days borough firms are more likely to be making snacks than heavy machinery.

But could that be changing?

On behalf of Max Property, Nolan Redshaw has secured lettings to Climavent Systems - which makes dust extraction systems - and vitamin maker HD Healthcare Limited, which each have taken 4,866ft sq of space at Haslemere Industrial Estate in Bryn.

In addition, new textile distribution firm Cherry and Stones Ltd has taken the 2,080ft sq unit at Max Properties’ Kingfisher Court on the South Lancs Industrial Estate, also at Bryn.

Adding to the success in the area, Nolan Redshaw has also secured a letting to WE Rosborough

The road haulage and transport company has taken the 25,000ft sq unit on Miry Lane in Wigan. Nolan Redshaw acted on behalf of a private client in this deal.

Finally, Mail Rite Ltd has taken a 10,000ft sq unit at Northern Trust’s Wheatlea Industrial Estate on a five year lease. Nolan Redshaw is joint agent for the estate.

Neil Higson, surveyor at Nolan Redshaw, said: “These lettings show signs that the property market is slowly starting to recover and that a well-presented and well-marketed property will still let, even in this difficult market.

“Historically, Wigan has been a manufacturing town and we hope these lettings, to local companies, are signs of the first shoots of recovery in the local economy.

“The quantity of letting within a short space of time also highlights our success as an active and effective property consultant in the North West.”

Other signs of improved commercial prospects have included renewed interest in further developing the Grand Arcade shopping centre and the former town hall site and ex-police HQ, all in Wigan town centre.