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Burnley: the success story of the logistics sector

  • Burnley has a varied logistics sector and is home to renowned global brands such as boohoo.com (fashion and textiles), Exertis (technology distribution) and Fagan & Whalley (haulage);
  • Boohoo recently announced group revenues of £660.8 million, a 40 per cent surge during the four months to December 31 2020;
  • The town benefits from its prime central location in the UK, making the businesses there well connected.

Burnley continues to benefit from a thriving logistics sector, with Boohoo.com (fashion and textiles), Exertis (technology distribution) and Fagan & Whalley (haulage) all having important strategic bases in the town.

The town has prime central location in the UK, making it incredibly well connected, which means its businesses are too. Liverpool Superport is an hour away, whilst there are three international airports within an hour’s drive – Manchester Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Leeds-Bradford International Airport. Burnley is also located on the M65, which opens to the M6, M62 and beyond.

And furthermore, there are currently ample development opportunities in the town, along with several prestigious business parks. Fagan & Whalley and Exertis are both are based at Burnley Bridge, a 70-acre site located off junction 9 of the M65. Exertis has chosen Burnley Bridge for its national distribution centre, whilst Fagan & Whalley is based at a 92,000 sq ft high bay facility. Boohoo.com is based on the Heasandford Industrial Estate in a 1.045 sq ft facility.

The spotlight is currently on Burnley’s logistics sector as part of the new Invest in Burnley campaign, which showcases some of the many reasons why the town is a business force to be reckoned with. It comes as boohoo.com recently announced group revenues of £660.8 million in the four months to December 31 2020, a 40 per cent increase.

Rachel Bayley, Burnley Place Brand Manager, said: “It is fantastic to see our town’s logistics giants doing so well. There’s no denying that Burnley’s central location in both the North West and the UK plays a huge role in why many companies choose to have a strategic base here.

“The town currently has several development opportunities too, so I’d certainly call on any logistics businesses looking to expand or relocate to consider Burnley.”

Case Study: Exertis

One business in this sector that is proud to have a base in Burnley is Exertis.

What Exertis is an industry-leading distributor of technology products and specialist services. Our customers are retailers and companies that resell technology products that people use every day in their home, office or whilst on the move. Chances are these products have passed through one of our logistic centres or that a technology solution has been prescribed by one of our expert teams. Our core business is the distribution of products and services from the world’s leading and emerging technology companies. Some 1,400 of them. Many of them such as Samsung, Microsoft, Dell EMC and Google are well-known and respected brands. We sell and distribute their products, solutions and services through a network of more than 50,000 resellers and retailers, globally, who in turn sell these to consumers, small businesses and large corporations. We specialise in a number of technology areas including: consumer, mobile, business, AV, enterprise and IT supplies.

Where Exertis’ HQ and Northern Distribution Centre is based in Burnley Bridge. The purpose-built 600,000 sq ft warehouse boasts two mezzanine floors totalling 66,478 sq ft and office space totalling 43,196 sq ft. We’re currently adding an additional 70,000 sq ft mezzanine level to increase our capacity and capability, enabling us to better support customer requirements, and to facilitate growth.

Size 1,791 employees in the UK, with 578 based at the Burnley site.

Why Burnley? “We have a long history in the area and Burnley has good infrastructure links. The town has a strong skills base and availability of talent. Burnley also has supportive local agencies and government bodies, which makes it a great location for our headquarters.” Richard Hinds, Chief Operating Officer, Exertis UK&I

Burnley’s logistics sector in numbers


Burnley benefits from the proximity of three international airports, all within approximately one hour’s drive.

• Manchester Airport (45 minutes) The UK’s third largest airport (the largest outside of London), handling over 22 million passengers a year to over 200 destinations

• Liverpool John Lennon Airport (50 minutes) One of Europe’s fastest growing airports now serving over five million passengers a year. Regular scheduled services are currently available to 69 domestic and European destinations

• Leeds-Bradford International Airport (1 hour) One of the UK’s fastest growing airports, now handles over two million passengers per annum and provides access to over 70 domestic, European and international destinations

Sea – Liverpool SuperPort

• The largest of the Peelports, handling over 33 million tonnes of cargo, within one hour of Burnley

• Liverpool is ranked among Britain’s major deep sea container ports and is the country’s major gateway for trade with the United States/Canada serving more than 100 global destinations


Burnley has excellent uncongested high-speed road networks – the M65 offers fast, direct connections to:

• The M60 and M66 to/from Manchester

• The M6 and M65 to/from the Preston area, the coastal resorts and the Lake District

• The M62 or A646 to/from Leeds

• Leading UK logistics providers take advantage of these network routes, operating transport services from their base in Burnley


The town is served by two main railway stations, Burnley Manchester Road and Burnley Central. Burnley Manchester Road operates services west to Preston and Blackpool and east to Leeds and York. It also operates a 45-minute direct train service to Manchester. Burnley Central provides local services west to Blackpool and Preston (where all trains to major destinations in the country can be caught) and east to Nelson and Colne.