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Local Life - Wigan - May 2018

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60 Counting Sheep

60 Counting Sheep Pemberton-based retailers Land of Beds hopes to give customers an even better night’s sleep with its new collection. The Sleep Council’s latest research found one fifth of Britons sleep poorly most nights, and an additional five percent sleep ‘very poorly.’ Pemberton-based retailers Land of Beds wanted to tackle this problem, and partnered up with British bed makers Dunlopillo to offer the sleep-improving Signature Bed Collection. In an industry first, the collection includes three mattresses that have all recently won a Which? magazine ‘Best Buy’ award. Mike Murray, Managing Director at Land of Beds said: “It’s a feat that no other mattress manufacturer has ever achieved. ‘For Dunlopillo to win three 2018 ‘Best Buy’ awards, is a real testament to the premium quality of the products. “We are proud to be official stockists of all three award-winning mattresses at our Pemberton store.” The Millennium and Orchid mattresses are first-time Which? award winners, while the Royal Sovereign retains its status for the third consecutive year. Mike added: “We’re an award-winning family-run business working with award-winning bed brands – making us the ideal local retailer to speak to for advice if your sleep quality needs improving.” To view the Signature Bed Collection online, visit www.landofbeds.co.uk/Dunlopillo And they’re off! Haydock Park Racecourse’s next event features a lot more than furlongs and jockeys as the Business Fair comes to town. The racecourse is used to hosting events of a competitive nature, but the participants at the next event will be in suits and not silks. On Thursday, April 26, the St Helens Chamber Business Fair will be open for business from 10.30am-3pm for local businesses and individuals to shine. According to St Helens Chamber, it’s the largest business to business networking event in the North West, with last year’s event attracting over 500 companies. It’s free to attend, and participants will be able to connect with local businesses, make new contacts and hear from inspirational guest speakers. Keynote speakers include Alana Spencer, 2016’s winner of BBC’s The Apprentice and owner of Ridiculously Rich, and also Lawrence Kenwright, owner of the Signature Living hotel group. Business people can also visit the company showcase featuring a wide variety of business sectors, a programme of free business seminars and enjoy lots of networking opportunities. For more details visit www.sthelenschamber. com or email Rachel Wellens on rachel.wellens@ sthelenschamber.com

61 Success in trade The Good Trader awards winners for 2018 have been announced. Wigan Council’s Good Trader Scheme was set up in 2008, and each year local traders are recognised for their excellent service to residents. There are now over 200 companies and individuals in the scheme who are trusted in their field of work. Members of the scheme come from different sectors and are judged on customer feedback generated over the last 12 months. By using the scheme, residents are able to avoid uninvited traders and reduce doorstep crime risk. Overall winners for 2018 are: Winner (Wigan) KDM Electrical; Winner (Leigh) Ferris Electrical & Ferris Property Maintenance; Highly Commended (Wigan) Royal Home Improvements; Highly Commended (Leigh) Gary Sanderson Carpets & Vinyls; Best Newcomer (Wigan) Case & Young Limited; Best Newcomer (Leigh) Grimshaw Autos. Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council cabinet member for environment, said: “It’s extremely important to recognise the traders who work hard to provide a high quality service to residents. “Congratulations to all the winners and runner ups but also not forgetting every single one of our registered traders of the Good Trader Scheme.” To find out more about the Good Trader Scheme visit www.wigan.gov.uk/goodtrader Successful partnership Wigan Pier’s regeneration will be overseen by a Manchester developer. Step Places has been chosen by Wigan Council, in partnership with the Canal & River Trust to lead the project. The company plans to transform the derelict 18th century industrial site into a fresh multi-leisure destination for the people of Wigan and beyond. Three buildings have been chosen for the regeneration including The Warehouse, The Orwell public house, and the Education Centre. Harinder Dhaliwal, managing director of Step Places, said: "We are excited to be part of a partnership delivering such a world-class venue and bringing life back to Wigan Pier, respecting its past and heritage." Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, added: "Wigan Pier is one the most iconic locations in the North West. We have had long-held ambitions to create a new purpose for Wigan Pier as a destination and leisure attraction. "We will support Step Places throughout the process and look forward to its plans being realised and Wigan Pier become a popular destination for people in the borough and beyond once again." Ian Sprott of the Canal & River Trust said: "The Canal and River Trust is proud to have been a partner in securing a new future for the Wigan Pier Quarter and we are excited by the developer's vision for the area."