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Tote move is a safe bet for Wigan
Saturday 19th February, 2005

Tote move is a safe bet for Wigan

Council chiefs in Wigan are betting on one of the UK’s most successful companies to give the town’s economy a big vote of confidence.

In fact the team that sells Wigan to new businesses was so keen to persuade the Tote to relocate its head office from Putney in London, it even offered to move home to accommodate the firm's employees!

Now the Metro's economic regeneration team has left its modern offices at Wigan Investment Centre to make way for the Tote's thirty admin staff.

The Tote is one of the UK's top betting organisations, and its human resources director Peter Burke welcomed the move.

He said:

"Our existing operations at Tote Park in Wigan have gone from strength to strength. We had identified that the premises in London were not cost effective and began to investigate other possibilities. Wigan Investment Centre is a superb facility and close to our existing premises".

Since initially relocating part of their business to the borough in the early 1990’s, the Tote has enjoyed enormous success and has brought other parts of its operation to Wigan - including the management of four hundred betting shops and its call centres.

Now thirty staff from the firm's head office will move into their new home during the first week in March. The economic regeneration office has already moved into Gateway House, Standishgate, the former home of the borough’s local education authority.

Metro development chiefs say the move signals the company’s ongoing confidence in Wigan and will be ‘fantastic news’ for the local economy.

Council leader Lord Smith says:

"The Tote is already one of the largest companies in the borough and a major employer, so we’re delighted with their decision. The council has worked with the company over a long period of time and has provided support wherever possible. It’s another example of the public and private sector working in partnership for the benefit of the local economy," he said.

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