Just 21 miles north of Manchester and 25 miles east of Preston, Burnley lies in the western region of Lancashire, an area known as the home of the Industrial Revolution. During that period, Burnley was known as one of Lancashire's most important milling towns and was previously one of the world's largest manufacturing bases for cotton cloth. The city's location by the banks of the River Calder meant there was a good source of water power for the development of a manufacturing hub. Later in its evolution, during the 1980s and 1990s, Burnley saw a number of redevelopment projects including the construction of more housing in order to accommodate an increasing number of people moving to the growing city.
Today, Burnley is home to a large number of industrial estates and business parks including Network 65 Business Park, Shuttleworth Mead Business Park, Empire Business Park and Rossendale Road Industrial Estate. These centres all offer good quality business environments with emphasis on good infrastructure links and pleasant working environments. Occupiers in these estates include companies operating in a large variety of sectors including engineering, construction, consultancy, marketing, telecommunications and sales.
In order to support growth and attract investment, Burnley offers a range of services for business startups. The Burnley Enterprise Trust offers impartial business support including free advice from accredited advisers, workshops designed to assist with various business aspects including planning and executing a business plan, finding the right clients and tax and book keeping issues. The trust also arranges frequent networking events to help newcomers form a valuable network within their business sector. The In Business Burnley is also a great source of local business news regarding investment, new legislation and events.
Due to Burnley's excellent location close to the larger urban centres of Manchester and Preston, it is a popular place to relocate and find work. The city is serviced by the M65 as well as the Northern Rail, and the bus has good bus links within the city and beyond. There are several parks in and around Burnley, the most notable being Towneley Park, Queens Park and Thompson Park and the standard of living and daily lifestyle on offer to residents offers an attractive alternative to larger cities in the Lancashire region, which is why many new businesses chose the area, creating opportunities for those looking for jobs in the city.