InBusinessBurnley – Issue 11

Burnley is emerging as an important player in the Northern Powerhouse and big businesses are cottoning on to Burnley’s potential.

Investment in rail infrastructure has sealed Burnley’s reputation as a top business location in the north west, with the opening of the new direct rail line from Manchester to Burnley reinforcing the town’s accessibility even more rmly.

Several ‘blue chip’ companies moved to Burnley in 2015, and 2016 is set to be a great year for attracting new businesses here too, with investor enquiry levels sitting well ahead of targets set for the start of the new year.

Burnley is still riding high in the private sector jobs growth stats, with latest gures showing Burnley in the UK top 10 for private sector jobs growth, a consistent achievement since 2009.

2015 saw over 1 million sq.ft. of commercial space taken up by companies setting up and expanding in Burnley, creating 600 new jobs.

Insurance giant, Endsleigh (part of the Zurich Group), has extended its commitment to Burnley moving to new town centre of ces early in 2016 creating an additional 100 service sector jobs.

There is a ‘can do’ approach here in Burnley and businesses are recognising the full package of support they receive when moving to Burnley. The town is being recognised as a go to place for business.

Hailed as a town with the best growth prospects in Lancashire by Experian, and a top 5 north west town to thrive by the Estates Gazette, Burnley is changing and that change is getting noticed.