Recognising the needs of former mining towns and villages, we are aware of the lack of available commercial property within coalfield communities. We also appreciate that private companies that are focused on a return on investment are less inclined to want to develop property in the coalfields.

As a result, we invest in commercial space and also develop properties such as Wigan Industrial Park. This allows us to provide businesses with access to affordable properties. During the development of the buildings, we also encourage our property partners to employ local talent and to put in place apprenticeship schemes where possible.

The benefits are therefore multiplied, as we address the challenges relating to unemployment and skills.