The town of Horwich is located within the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton in Greater Manchester, about 5 miles southeast of Chorley and about 6 miles northeast of Bolton. Manchester is about 20 miles away. With a population of about 20,000, the town is part of a larger redevelopment scheme undertaken in the region to guarantee growth as the economic base has shifted from manufacturing to retail and commercial business. The area was well-known during the industrial revolution for its textile industry and rail works, but the old industries have closed and made way for new ones and the Horwich area is now dominated by small and medium sized enterprises.
The Reebok Stadium in Middlebrook was a major symbol of the regeneration process and global commercial players such as Hitachi have also helped generate jobs to replace those lost when the old industries closed down. E.ON and RBS have also set up offices in the Reebok Stadium, while Watson Steel Structures, founded in 1933 and BAe's successor company, Matra Bae Dynamics also operate from the Middlebrook area.The area around Aspinall Way in Horwich has also seen growth lately with motor companies setting up business there. The revival of the industries and commercial sectors has also spilled into other areas and supported the growth of the retail and housing sector in the region.
In and around Horwich, the regeneration process has also been supported by a strong infrastructure with good transport links and good school and hospital offerings. Public transport is coordinated by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive and the nearest railway stations are at Blackrod and Horwich Parkway as well as the Park and Ride facility which offers connections to Bolton. The M61 is also close by, as is Manchester Airport, accessible in 50 minutes by direct train from Horwich Parkway Railway Station. The region also has several primary and secondary schools and the Horwich campus of Bolton College.
Middlebrook in Horwich is well known one of the largest integrated employment, leisure, sports and retail schemes in the UK. The area offers people a choice of places work, wit recruitment agencies like Daniel Adams assisting with the employment process. It is also an attractive place to live with a number of modern housing developments in and around the area, as well as varied leisure options that include a health and fitness club, bowling alley and cinemas.