Lancashire, and the North West region as a whole, is in the midst of a modern commercial revolution, with large numbers of businesses seeing substantial growth. This is partly due to a high number of large-scale investments that have been made into the region, but also due to an increase in professionals seeking a higher quality of life outside of London and the South East. This has prompted any businesses to relocate or opening up in the area and created vacancies for professional qualified individuals seeking well-paid rewarding work.
The Co-operative Group is based in the North West and employs thousands of people throughout the region, from retail roles in the hundreds of co-operative stores to IT, accountancy and business management roles in the its offices. BAE Military Air Solutions also has two major sites. One in Warton on the Fylde Coast and another in Samlesbury, both of these sites have been designated local enterprise zones making them important sites for recruitment within the region.
There are also opportunities within the construction and labour sectors, Eric Wright Construction has an HQ in South Ribble District and manages hundreds of construction sites within the region, offering roles to carpenters, plumbers, construction professionals and more.
The nuclear energy industry also plays an increasingly important role within Lancashire, with EDF Energy operating two nuclear power stations in Heysham and a fuel-manufacturing centre at its Westinghouse Springfield’s site. As of 2012, these sites alone were responsible for employing over 1000 people with the number likely considerably higher today.
Another sector that has always been integral to the economic future of Lancashire yet continues to see considerable growth is the agricultural sector, encompassing farming, fishing and horticultural activities. There are countless businesses, both small and large with open vacancies within this sector, with Huntapac Produce Ltd - distributors of organic vegetables and salads - being particularly recognised for their contribution to agricultural job opportunities in Lancashire.
As investments continue to pour into Lancashire, and the wider northwest region, it may not be long before the region becomes a major competitor to the South East. The biggest businesses within the region continue to see growth and as qualified individuals grow unsatisfied with the ‘rat race’ in London, they are increasingly seeking a location where they can secure a higher quality of life for themselves and their families.