Cheshire and Warrington
The Cheshire and Warrington economy is the jewel in the crown of the North of England, being the ninth largest local economy in the UK, delivering some £20 billion GVA, with 75% of its people both living and working here, and a population approaching 1 million. It has a real sense of identity, in the commercial heartland of the country and enjoying excellent relationships with neighbouring economies. Key industry sectors in Cheshire and Warrington’s diverse economy include digital and creative industries, business & professional services, leisure & tourism, biomedical, advanced manufacturing and energy and environmental technologies together with a vibrant nuclear sector as well as retail, food & drink, transport & logistics and manufacturing. For more information go to www.candwlep.co.uk.
In Cumbria, international business, unspoilt beauty and an unrivalled quality of life create the perfect place to mix business and pleasure. Home to world-leaders in energy, tourism, food and drink, specialist manufacturing and logistics, the commercial landscape is as magnificent as our natural assets. Invest in Cumbria provides a wide range of free and confidential services to help companies looking to establish new, or expand existing, operations in one of Britain’s most vibrant and diverse business destinations. Working in partnership with the local authorities, education providers and business professionals, the Invest in Cumbria team can offer everything from project management services and advice on the best business sites and premises to guidance on investment packages and access to high quality training and recruitment support. Inspire, innovate, imagine… Invest in Cumbria. For more information and to see what business sites and premises are on offer visit www.investincumbria.co.uk. For more information about the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership please visit www.cumbrialep.co.uk
Lancashire’s prosperity is founded on the growth of advanced manufacturing and the presence of world class companies, including Aircelle, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Springfield Fuels and Toshiba-Westinghouse. Lancashire is therefore home to world-class aerospace, communications, textiles and biotech industries and Pennine Lancashire won an Enterprising Britain Award from the Government in 2009 for being “the most enterprising place in the North West”.
All of this is set in a dramatic landscape of rugged hills and valleys – a natural playground for adrenaline sports, cycling, walking, riding and fell running for all those who are bored with city life. Lancashire is also home to the Forest of Bowland, an area designated as an area of Natural Beauty as well as Blackpool, the biggest and most popular seaside resort in Europe.
Lancashire’s growing knowledge economy is valued at £22.5 billion per year and is served by one of the largest concentrations of universities in the North of England, with four universities educating over 70,000 students each year. For more information please go to www.lancashirelep.co.uk
The Liverpool City Region, comprising of Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, is one of the most exciting and thriving economic regions in the UK. It has the fastest growing economy in the country and is home to blue chip companies such as Jaguar, Shop Direct, Grosvenor and Peel. In recent years Liverpool John Lennon Airport has undergone remarkable growth and been the UK’s fastest growing airport. The pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sector has attracted world-class companies such as Eli Lilly, Novartis and Astra Zeneca and the city’s creative industries are making a significant contribution to the local economy. Liverpool is committed to attracting new investment and business to the city. It is a city with substantial economic assets and opportunities; a knowledge hub with unique knowledge centres; a destination city with an impressive cultural offer and a city with important sea and air connections to international markets. For more information please go to www.liverpoollep.org/
Greater Manchester’s increasing success over the last ten years has seen the city region take its place on the world stage as a top ten European business location. Manchester is home to a large and culturally diverse talent pool – over 7 million people within an hour’s commute – and it is continually fed by its five leading universities. Named Best UK Airport, Manchester Airport sits at the heart of Greater Manchester’s multi-modal, integrated transport infrastructure and connects Manchester to over 200 destinations world-wide. This, coupled with outstanding road, rail and digital connectivity, means that Greater Manchester offers unrivalled access to markets. All of this is underpinned by a first-class property portfolio, a vibrant quality of life and a highly competitive offer for businesses that can bring savings of up to 40% compared to London and the South. Greater Manchester is recognised internationally as being particularly strong in a number of leading industry sectors from professional services, ICT and creative industries to life sciences, biotechnology, advanced engineering and food and drink. As a result, Greater Manchester is now home to firms such as BNY Mellon, SPX, IBM, Google, Nanoco, L’Oreal and Heinz. MIDAS, Manchester’s Investment and Development Agency, is dedicated to helping overseas and UK companies establish and grow their businesses in Greater Manchester. To learn more please visit www.investinmanchester.com or for more information about the Greater Manchester LEP please visit www.gmlep.com.