Located to the west of Greater Manchester, the industrial town of Wigan offers a rich and varied history dating back to the 7th century. Home to over 100,000 residents (the wider borough has a population of over 320,000), Wigan is well connected across the national rail and motorway network and offers easy and convenient access to the Northern Powerhouse cities of Manchester and Liverpool.
Following the decline in industrial activity in Wigan in the 1980's and 1990's, the town is today undergoing something of a renaissance, attracting a large number of businesses looking for easy access to the major Northern cities which are less than a 30 minute drive away on the motorway. Made famous by George Orwell's famous 'Road To Wigan Pier' book, the areas surrounding the Pier is now undergoing a significant rebuilding process which is expected to take approximately 10 years to complete. However, upon completion this new development is expected to attract significant investment into the town. Today, a number of leading businesses have chosen to establish themselves in Wigan, and these include the bookmakers Tote, JJB Sports and HJ Heinz.
Wigan is also home to two leading sports teams, Wigan Athletic FC and the Wigan Warriors Rugby League Football Club, both of whom play the new 25,000 seater Robin Park stadium which is located on the outskirts of the town.
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