Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council is one of 10 authorities in Greater Manchester, formed in 1974. There are 20 wards, with a current political composition of Labour 37, Conservative 15, UKIP 5, Liberal Democrats 3. Labour have had control since 2011.
Bolton Council is rated one of the best local government employers in the UK. Staff satisfaction here is around 18% higher than the national average. And with exciting career opportunities, clear progression routes and flexible working environment, it’s clear to see why.
Bolton – the biggest town in the UK.
We’re a welcoming place, with lots of great history, heritage and culture, ideally located to provide access to the rest of the UK. All in all, you’ll see it’s a great place to work.
Bolton is the biggest town in the UK with over 260,000 inhabitants, we’re also credited with being one of the UK’s friendliest. Ideally situated with coast, countryside (2 National Parks) and city life all within an hours’ drive, we sit right next to the M60 motorway and are currently building a rail and bus interchange at the heart of the town centre to create even faster links. Currently by train you can access Manchester in 12 minutes, London in 2.5 hours and Glasgow in 3. Bolton is proud to be a university town with 14,000 students and has both people and development and regeneration firmly at the heart of its plans. It’s a town with a future and has a strong commitment to its many diverse communities.
Working in Bolton offers a great place to live and play – from history and heritage to breath-taking countryside, Bolton’s got the lot. Museums jam-packed with ancient artefacts, fantastic countryside, award-winning attractions, town centre cinemas and theatres, fast-paced sport, vibrant new shopping centres, a thriving night life, and everything else in between. You’ll be sure to find something for you and your family to do here.
Famous Faces, Famous Places
We like a laugh in Bolton and it’s no wonder as we have a rich comedy history with Phoenix Nights favourites Peter Kay, Dave Spikey, Paddy McGuiness, “The Bolton Bullfrog” Bernard Wrigley comedy and actress Diane Morgan all hailing from the town. We’ve also got stars of stage, screen and radio Maxine Peake, Amy Nuttall, Sammy Winward, Shirley Anne Field and Hylda Baker, playwrights Bill Naughton, Jim Cartwright and Chris Lunt plus Vernon Kay, Sara Cox and Mark Radcliffe all born here and continue to share the humour and warmth of their roots with their audiences.
Numerous TV series have been filmed in and around the town too, including Coronation Street, Life on Mars, Shameless, Last Tango in Halifax, Peaky Blinders. It just goes to show what a fantastic location the town sits in.
Heritage plays an important part in our town. Samuel Crompton the spinning pioneer was born here in 1753 and went on to revolutionise the industry in the North whilst William Hesketh Lever, Lord Leverhulme, (born 1851) was the founder of Lever Brothers and Sunlight Soap – later becoming Unilever. Other well-known high street brands born in Bolton are Warburton’s, Pataks and baby products manufacturer, Cosatto.
The Mass Observation documentary investigation into the lives of the working class began in Bolton in the 1930s and is the first study of its kind in Britain; Humphrey Spender’s photographs provide a unique insight into life in the town at this time.
You may spot the odd elephant around the place too – there are many stories as to the significance of the mammal to our town but its symbolic use dates back to 1799 when it was adopted for our coat of arms. Whatever the real reason for our adoption of this iconic animal it’s an important image in our heritage.
We are famed for our sporting achievements too which is not surprising when you learn that Joe Foster invented the running spike here in 1895 and 60 years later his company became the global brand we know today as Reebok. This legacy endures with home-grown Olympic long-distance runners Stuart Stokes and Tom Lancashire. Bolton Wanderers were one of the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888, the legend that is Sir Nat Lofthouse was born here along with the youngest member of the 1966 World Cup winning squad, Alan Ball. Our sporting excellence continues with Chair of the Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven MBE being a Boltonian along with Olympic silver medallist, boxer Amir Khan and 6 times gold medallist cycling’s Jason Kenny. Not many towns can boast 7 Olympic medals! You can view videos of the attractions of Bolton on the Links/Documents page, and sport in our community.
The unique setting of the town gives us a place steeped in history, heritage, sporting achievement and forward-thinking innovation. So, come and join us and be part of something greater.