Below is a list of local companies in Wigan and the surrounding areas
Wigan is a town in Greater Manchester within the North West of England. The town sits on the River Douglas and its location is 8 miles south-west of Bolton, 10 miles north of Warrington and 16 miles west of Manchester.
Population - The town has a population of 103,608, the wider borough has a population of 318,100.
The name Wigan has been dated back to the 7th century and originally meant a "village" or "settlement". Its name is Celtic and named after a person called Wigan.
During the Industrial Revolution, Wigan experienced dramatic economic expansion and became known as a major mill town and coal mining district but this ceased during the latter part of the 20th century.
Wigan has been divided between five metropolitan borough wards with a 75-member borough council since 2004. The five wards are classed as Douglas, Pemberton, Wigan Central, Wigan West and Worsley Mesnes. Wigan Council support the local Businesses and residents as well as local communities, libraries and leisure facilities.
Wigan Council twins with Angers in France.
In the 1830s Wigan became one of the first towns in Britain to use a railway with lines with connections to Preston, Manchester and Liverpool Railway. Now Wigan has 2 railway stations, Wigan North Western and Wigan Wallgate.
One of the most famous landmarks is Wigan Pier which was made famous by the English novelist George Orwell whose 1937 book “The Road to Wigan Pier” discussed Englands poor working classes living conditions.
Wigan Pier is situated on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and its location makes it a perfect place to discover local waterways, a mass of unusual birds, insects and wildlife and has many walking routes and trails along the canal to and from Wigan Pier.
Wigan Flashes allows visitors to take a peaceful boat trip or unwind in one of the pubs and cafés and admire the local history.
The current regeneration scheme around Wigan Pier is planning additions to the 18th century complex including a gin distillery, micro-brewery, food hall as well as conversions for weddings, apartments and new business offices.
Copies of visitor activity sheets and local canal side information can be found at the Trencherfield Mill which is at the centre of the pier development with refurbed office spaces and apartments and where there is also a steam engine.
It is watched all over the world and whoever eats a Meat & Potato Pie in the quickest time wins a trophy, the accolade that you’ve won with global press coverage and a case of local John Smiths bitter. Harry’s is open daily with a great selection of real ales located in the centre of Wigan.
Wigan and Leigh College is a Further and Higher Education College with over 8000 students. It was established in 1857 and has various locations throughout Wigan.
Wigan University Technical College permanently closed in August 2019. There are two sixth form colleges throughout the borough.
Local High schools include:
Wigan is famous for its sporting success.
Wigan Warriors Rugby League Football Club play at the DW Stadium and has the biggest rugby league fan base in the UK with world-class facilities including the Robin Park Arena High Performance Training Centre. They are winners of the Challenge Cup 19 times and World Club Champions a record breaking four times.
Wigan Athletic F.C. (Latics) were established in 1932 and also play at the DW Stadium which is based in the Newtown area of Wigan and has a capacity of over 25,000. They reached the 3rd division in 1982 and won at Wembley in 1985.
The Wigan Warhawks are an American Football Club who compete in the BAFA flag league in the MEC Central division. In 2017 they won the Coventry Cougars Charity Tournament.
Wigan has been famous for its local musical heros for a long time.
George Formby Sr and Jr used to play events throughout the town.
The Eight Lancashire Lads were a dancing troupe where a young Charlie Chaplin had his professional debut. One member was "John Willie" who George Formby would often refer to in his songs.
Local bands that gained fame include The Verve who were a very influential rock groups in the 1990s, finding success in the UK and abroad.
Since 1986, Wigan has hosted an international jazz festival.
There are 125 listed buildings in Wigan including Mabs Cross
Mesnes Park is 20 acres in size and is in the north west of the town centre. It was opened in 1878 and designed by John McClean.
There has been recent investment and regeneration of the park to restore the pavilion and grandstand. It receives two million visitors a year and used to host the Wigan One World Festival.
The Museum of Wigan Life (formerly Wigan Central Library) opened in 1878. George Orwell used it to research The Road to Wigan Pier.
The Grand Arcade shopping centre was opened in 2007.
JJB Sports, a sports clothing retailer, was founded in Wigan as a sports shop by John Jarvis Broughton. This was bought out by Sports Direct in 2012.