Wigan Trade Park, the new trade counter development from CRT Property Investments Ltd, a subsidiary of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, has officially opened for business with the support of Deputy Leader of Wigan Council David Molyneux.

The speculative development, based on Manchester Road, consists of 5 high-quality commercial units ranging from 3,000sq ft to 4,000sq ft, with a total floor space of 17,500sq ft. Developed by CRT Property Investments Ltd, Wigan Trade Park aims to encourage enterprise and economic improvement throughout the local community.

Property Investment and Development Director for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Shaun O’Brien, said: “In less than a year we have taken what was a derelict site and made it into a space that will benefit business and the wider community. We are so pleased to be opening the doors to our first trade development and would like to thank everyone involved with a special mention going to Councillor Molyneux for his continued support.

He adds: “By encouraging business owners to expand into the area and local entrepreneurs to consider Wigan as a place that can help to kick-start their dreams; this development will bring new employment opportunities and future investment to the town and its surrounding areas.”  

Councillor Molyneux, comments: “I’m proud to be able to offer my support and would like to thank the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for inviting me to the launch. As someone who has been closely involved in this development, it is a real turning point and I can’t wait to see the positive changes that the Wigan Trade Park will have on the local economy.”

Further adding to the celebrations, CRT Property Investments Ltd has welcomed its first tenant to the park with Bromborough Paints, the largest independent decorators’ merchant in the North West, opening its first trade unit in the town.

CRT Property Investments Ltd is a subsidiary of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to supporting the coalfield communities to help themselves. Responding to the challenge from Government to become self-financing, the property investment company will provide a return that will continue to allow the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to create programmes that meet with the diverse and complex needs of the communities throughout the UK.

With some 5.5m people living in these areas, and many falling into the 30% most deprived in the country, there is still a lot of work to be done to restore these communities to the thriving villages and towns they once were.