Drone view of Burnley Bridge

Why Burnley?

You are closer to Burnley than you might think – we make:

  • Parts that power the world’s largest aeroplanes and the world’s fastest cars
  • World renowned digital audio products for the global film and music industry
  • World class fabrics and furnishings

We have:

  • Prime Grade A development land
  • Waterside heritage led regeneration scheme – ‘On the Banks’  providing unique business, education and leisure space
  • One of the country’s largest private sector led Bondholder schemes (with over 180 paying members)  – the Burnley Bondholder Scheme – strength in numbers to influence agendas, developing a united voice to promote the town across the UK and encourage investment.
  • Research which was undertaken by data analysts Experian, identified Burnley as one of the best in the n
    orthwest for business growth potential, with over one quarter  of companies in the town being identified as ‘high growth’ champions.
  • Government think tank Centre for Cities listed Burnley as number one in the country for the proportion of employment in skilled manufacturing and we were positioned in the top 10% for growth in patent applications which is a recognised indicator of innovation. In the 2017 report Burnley was top 10 in the UK for total value of exports per job.
  • Burnley excels in making things and has double the regional average employed in manufacturing. We have superb range of development opportunities: the 70 acre Burnley Bridge site, the 40 acre Aerospace Supply Village, the £100 million ‘On The Banks’ waterside mixed use scheme, and AMS Neve Technology Park. These are game-changers in this area and it is why people describe Burnley as being on the up.

Burnley is not just open for business, it’s excelling at business on the world stage

Projects in isolation do not create a prosperous area:  it is a commitment and subsequent delivery of a longer term strategy that creates prosperity. Here are just some of our major achievements: a direct rail link to Manchester reopened after decades; the development of an Aerospace Supply park – the first of its kind in the region; Burnley Bridge development site,  major investment in the Weavers’ Triangle; AMS Neve Technology Park; luxury Woodland Spa; new Moorhouse’s Brewery; new housing, in place and selling fast.

Large peice of pipeline machinery

Burnley means business

A ‘club’ of over 180 local businesses, from small internet start-ups to large and long established engineering firms, from locally focussed service providers to global leaders in their field, the Bondholders have come together for one simple reason: to promote their borough as a great place to invest, relocate and expand.In the north of town, and in the centre, on the rural edge of the borough and on old industrial sites that are being refitted: the signs of investment and confidence in Burnley’s future are everywhere.

Some examples:

  • Burnley’s Bondholder Network – one of the country’s leading public /private sectors partnerships – the key to the town’s enterprising success and ambition. Enquiries have been made from across the northwest as towns seek to emulate Burnley’s model for public and private sector partnership working.
  • Burnley will continue to refine its strategy, support existing investments, and to welcome new developments and continue to progress to ensure more of the right people are aware of our success.
  • In an age of austerity, when national forecasts for growth seem to be downgraded each quarter, it is a testament to local businesses and partnerships that this area has seen somewhat of an economic renaissance. The focus and determination of all who drive growth in this area is there – what we must now do is ensure those in our surrounding economies (Lancashire, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester) are aware of all this area has to offer.
  • A Strong Manufacturing base – we make parts that power the world’s largest aeroplanes (SAFRAN Nacelles) and the world’s fastest cars (ZF TRW, BCW); we make world-class cask ales (Moorhouse’s) and the world’s best digital audio mixing desks (AMS Neve); Burnley business LITE lit the county’s tallest building; British Velvets (one of the world’s last remaining velvet manufacturers) decorated Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Barge for the Queens Jubilee year and Balmers look after the greens at The Open.
  • With huge infrastructure developments underway this area is one of the best places in the Northwest for businesses to relocate to, which is why aerospace giant KAMAN is locating here, and why those who are based here, like VEKA Plc, are investing and becoming amongst the best at what they do on the national and international stage. Other places cannot compete with our northern centrality; our road, rail and multiple airport connections; our quality of life and affordable housing offer; our emphasis on skills development; pioneering Burnley Bondholder network, and a can-do Council who is business-friendly and prioritise economic growth.
  • This research which was commissioned by the BBC places Burnley top in Lancashire and second place in the North West overall for the proportion of businesses with good growth prospects.
  • Burnley was identified as one of the best towns in the North West for business growth.
  • The new Manchester Road train station is now open, to serve the direct train route to Manchester city centre.
  • Wider development On the Banks: the historic Weaver’s Triangle brought back to life for employment, leisure and living
  • The Burnley Aerospace Village has been developed as a hub for cutting edge manufacturing and suppliers, with one of the borough’s largest private sector employers Safran Nacelles at its heart
  • A major new site for industrial and business development at Burnley Bridge, just off the M65, Junction 9
  • The Knowledge Quarter, building on the major investment in education and skills development which Burnley has seen: the new University Centre (UCLan) and Burnley College

Victoria Mill - modern converted mill owned by Uclan

What else?

  • State of the art secondary schools
  • New housing developments in key inner urban areas and rural locations
  • The Brun Valley Forest Park, linking Burnley’s urban centre to the open Pennine countryside, through a series of greenways, footpaths and cycle paths
  • The In Business Burnley magazine – a regular forum for news and information on Burnley’s enterprising culture
  • Award winning public art, including the iconic wind powered sound sculpture the Singing Ringing Tree, and the Rain Bow GateRainbow gate scuplture on a sunny day

To see more about Burnley’s world class businesses  click here