Blackburn was one of the world’s first industrialised towns, and became an important textile manufacturer from the 13th Century onwards. This rich culture and history is now the backdrop to a multi-cultural, modern town which has attracted large scale investment for regeneration and renewal.
Situated only 21 miles from Manchester on the southern edge of the Ribble Valley, Blackburn’s excellent transport links and location within Lancashire make it a popular location for those looking to live and work in the town. Lancashire continues to build upon its reputation as a leading worldwide hub for technology, IT and Aerospace engineering, attracting international companies such as Rolls Royce, Aircelle and the Smiths group.
Public service based employment is higher in Blackburn than the national average. Major employers include Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, and the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust based at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, with employment opportunities ranging from caring professions through to administration and transportation.
There are also jobs available in Blackburn’s tourist industry, as visitors are attracted to Blackburn’s many attractions. Highlights include the Anglican Cathedral, which received it’s Cathedral status in 1926 and the classical English country house Turton Tower, set in the small village of Turton on the edge of the West Penn.