With a population of around 130.000 and located in the heart of Lancashire, Preston is one of the most important cities in the North West England. Preston was granted city status in 2002, which made it England’s 50th city. Its established infrastructure and expanding commercial environment also means the city is a thriving international commercial centre. The British aerospace industry has a major presence in Preston with BAE Systems, the UK’s main military aircraft supplier having its headquarters close by. Preston is also home to the Matalan Retail chain and Alstom Transport, which operates the UK's main spare parts distribution centre.
The flow of commuters into the economy is an important part of Preston's growth plan. The government's urban gateways improvement programme is focused on upgrades to the city's streets and public spaces, with better regional transport links aimed at addressing the investment needs of residential, retail and business people. These projects also create jobs, with a range of opportunities in road and bridge construction, as well as associated service and administrative. Better public transport links within the city centre are also planned to make it a more efficient strategic employment centre. Professional recruitment agencies like Daniel Adams list a range of positions in Preston and help source the necessary personnel and skills required to help the city grow.
Preston has an impressive employment rate that exceeds the UK national average. As well as hosting larger industries and the first plant in the world to make nuclear fuel, the city is also increasingly known for its IT, media, design and fashion businesses. A university city and home to the University of Central Lancashire, Preston also plays home of one of the largest student populations in the country and is therefore an important location for knowledge transfer, skills growth and the generation of wealth. The city also rates number five nationally when it comes to the number of graduate start-up businesses being supported by the university. Preston's commitment to small business development adds considerably to the range of employment opportunities on offer through recruitment agencies like Daniel Adams.
A multi-million pound programme of regeneration has already been initiated in the Preston's heritage centre. Local authorities and business sectors are working hard to improve Preston's image and create a city that attracts ever increasing amounts of global investment, as well as providing varied work opportunities and offering its residents an appealing and convenient lifestyle. This strategy is already moving the city closer and closer towards its goal of becoming known as the third city in the Northwest, after Liverpool and Manchester, as well as a major competitor in Europe.