The feel good factor

Allan Dickinson, the Leigh Cineworld's first customer
Allan Dickinson, the Leigh Cineworld's first customer

IN the week a massive new retail and leisure development opened in Leigh town centre, three businesses in the area claimed prestigious business awards.

It was a Leigh company which took the top award - Business of the year - at the prestigious Wigan Business Awards: Karas Industries a specialist in the metal-plating industry.

The winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year title is Mandy Summerscales, owner of the town’s Fashion PA Boutique.

And School Lettings Solutions, which manages the letting of school facilities for community groups in the evening, weekends and holidays, picked up the Start-Up Enterprise of the Year gong.

Meanwhile The Loom was officially opened by Leigh MP Andy Burnham and Doug Stewart, CEO of developers Salmon Developments.

The £50 million development on Spinning Jenny Way, which has been built on the site of the former Barlo radiator works, contains seven-screen Cineworld multiplex and two restaurant units belonging to American-style diner chain Frankie and Benny’s plus Chinese buffet restaurant The Real China, both of which are now open.

The site already boasts a huge Tesco Extra supermarket and petrol station, which has been open since September, and also has one remaining restaurant unit which is currently under offer to a national chain.

Mr Burnham said: “It’s a truly wonderful moment for Leigh. I calculated it was 21 years since the old Leigh Classic was forced to close, and since I’ve been elected if I had a pound for every time someone had asked me why we can’t have a cinema in Leigh I could retire quite happily.

“We like to compare ourselves to neighbouring towns in Leigh, and now we have got something that Wigan, Warrington and even Bolton hasn’t got, which is a town centre cinema”.

Visit leighreporter.co.uk for more on The Loom opening.

And more good news for the area came in the form of a Leigh teenager being named the Kindest in the whole of the country.

All we need now is for the Boundary Commission to take heed of Leigh folks disapproval of their plans to split the Leigh parliamentary constituency into three..see page eight.