Economy and Employment
Bolton’s economic output is worth £4.6bn in its own right, and it forms an important part of Greater Manchester – the UK’s largest economy outside London.
It’s home to Logistics North – the biggest development of its kind in the North of England and a distribution hub for major international names including MBDA, Aldi, Lidl, Amazon and Whistl.
Bolton also takes in Middlebrook, the largest leisure and retail complex in Europe, covering an expanse of 80 hectares and serving as the location of Bolton Wanderers FC, one of the oldest football clubs in the world.
The town itself is a major shopping destination for North West England, with the jewel in the crown being the Market Place – a Victorian former market hall that has recently undergone a £27m transformation to create a buzzing retail and leisure destination.
Like all major urban centres, its success revolves around an ability to offer a wide range of reasons to visit: from major high street retailers and popular restaurant brands to sports facilities and cultural attractions.
The town centre masterplan is designed to bring even greater diversity to that mix.