Why Blackpool

Sector Strengths

Along with Blackpool’s long-standing status as a top tourist destination Blackpool has a proud history of commercial innovation across a wide number of sectors. Entrepreneurs have settled in Blackpool, eager to take advantage of our strong property and site solutions, our skilled workforce and the support and assistance we can give locally to new and growing businesses.

80,000 workers employed in manufacturing in Lancashire | Lancashire is a place for growth

A strong history of engineering and manufacturing that employs 80,000. A home to global manufacturers, from aerospace giants to the world’s leading producers of specialist materials,

Lancashire has the expertise to support international companies to grow. That knowledge, along with our unrivalled manufacturing and engineering heritage and a strong skill set have helped other industries – such as medical, power generation and automotive – flourish.

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). UCLan is also investing over £30m in a new Engineering Innovation Centre in Preston.

Supporting Facts/Numbers

  • 14,000 trucks designed and manufactured in Leyland every year.
  • 100% of Lancaster university’s engineering research ranked as excellent.
  • 4 universities producing the UK’s largest source of STEM graduates.
  • 85,000 employees in the engineering sector.

Key Companies in the Area

  • Leyland Trucks - one of Europe’s most advanced truck assembly facilities and exports across the globe.
  • AGC Chemicals Europe.
  • Victrex – Based on the Fylde Coast’s Hillhouse Enterprise Zone, and in Pendle and Blackburn.
    • The Latter represents a proportion of employment 5x higher than the national average.
  • Emerson & Renwick Technology Centre.
    • Blackburn employs 11x more people in paper manufacturing than the national average.
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