Weekend disruption on trains into city

Passengers travelling into Manchester on the train in the run-up to Christmas will face weekend disruption due to work on a major rail project.

Showcasing the latest fashions

Fashion show at Spinning Gate

Over 70 guests enjoyed a fabulous exclusive autumn and winter preview night at the Spinning Gate Shopping Centre, Leigh, to check on the latest fashions, gadgets and gifts just in time for the festive season.

Jemma Thornton at her sewing machine

Jemma’s tribute to loved ones is sew good

“People usually throw their arms around me and give me a big hug. They are usually lost for words because they are upset.”

The entrance to a Jobcentre Plus

Borough dole queues longer

The number of unemployed people in Wigan borough has risen by four per cent.

Do you teach your children about money?

Do you teach your children about money?

Research has shown that how we manage money around our children is influential on how our children will handle their finances later in life.

The 'gig economy'

The new wave of flexible working: good news for working parents

There is a new way of working which is gaining popularity in the UK, and it is great news for parents who want a credible and flexible career option.
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Screengrab of the Tesco website showing Marmite unavailable after a pricing row between the supermarket chain and Unilever

Major brands axed from Tesco shelves following Unilever dispute

One of the world's largest consumer goods manufacturers has been accused of "exploiting consumers" amid the falling value of the pound after a pricing row with Tesco left the supermarket low on household items such as Marmite, Flora and Persil.

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Tesco to ‘fine’ shoppers who wrongly park in disabled and parent and child bays

Tesco is to introduce fines for people who wrongly park in disabled or parent and child bays at its stores.

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Tony Ratcliffe from Ratcliffes of Leigh cycle shop

Sadness as bike shop closes

One of the borough’s oldest businesses much loved by local cyclists is to close this weekend after more than 100 years of selling bicycles.

Tony Ratcliffe outside his shop, which will close this weekend

End of an era as historic cycle shop set to shut

One of the oldest businesses in Leigh town centre will bring the curtain down on more than 100 years of selling bicycles this weekend.

Time to move?

Is it time to upsize? Your home needs to suit your lifestyle

We may put it off all we like, but eventually the time comes to admit your home is too small.

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Has your home got the Aldi effect?

Has your home got the Aldi effect?

Is your nearest supermarket an Aldi? It could be doing more than just saving you money on your groceries...
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Front L-R Sir Richard Leese , The Chancellor of the Exchequer , George Osborne MP and Lord Peter Smith

Powerhouse group means project is ‘here to stay’

A new think-tank to drive the Northern Powerhouse (NP) scheme forward has been given a cautious welcome by Wigan’s council leader.

Jobs Centre

Survey says job prospects better in north

North West employers are the most keen to hire in the north of England according to Manpower. The employment Outlook for this area has increased by one percentage point to +six per cent, which is above the national average of + five per cent and stronger than neighbouring regions.

Hannah Dennison

Picking up a tasty treat has Sweet Memories for shop owner Paul

A fancy for Lion Butterscotch Gums has led businessman Paul Fury to take over his 
favourite sweet shop in Lytham St Annes.

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Wireless headphones are nothing new

Getting your old headphones to work with the iPhone 7

Despite the addition of new features such as waterproofing, twin high-resolution cameras and a pressure-sensitive button, most of the fuss about the iPhone 7 has been about something that’s missing.

The new iPhone 7

New iPhone sacrifices headphone jack, becomes waterproof

Apple has launched its latest generation of iPhones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as the company makes a bold play to claw back valuable smartphone market share.

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Nine banks and building societies have slashed the interest they pay on the accounts since May

Help to Buy ISA returns halved

Nine banks and building societies have slashed the returns they pay on the Government-backed scheme since May.

Tesco stores facing changes to hours

Tesco workers facing Christmas jobs uncertainty

Thousands of Tesco workers are facing changes to working patterns and possible redundancy as the supermarket giant announces a fresh wave of cuts to its store opening hours.
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Wigan Town Hall

Council savings target under threat

Town hall chiefs have delivered a stark warning about the risks they face in achieving their ambitious £60m savings target.

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