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Lancashire’s aerospace sector is the largest cluster of aerospace activity in the UK, employing over 12,700 people.

Lancashire makes a significant contribution to the whole aerospace supply chain with world-class firms like Senior Aerospace Weston, Magellan Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and Safran Nacelles, to name but a few, operating in areas such as metal machining of aircraft structural and engine components, the process and treatment industry and engine sub-systems.

Boost programmes are available to manufacturing, engineering and supply chain companies in the aerospace sector.

Advanced Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry in Lancashire is relentlessly enterprising and highly innovative, with the UK’s highest concentration of activity outside South East England.

With just under 78,000 employed in manufacturing overall, Lancashire has a significant employee base with manufacturing expertise. 13.1% of the workforce is employed in manufacturing operations, considerably higher than the national average of 8.6%.

3,500 are employed in the automative sector and key companies include PACCAR, who manufacture and design Leyland Trucks, Piolax, Sanko-Gosei and TRW Automotive.

Boost programmes are available to manufacturing and engineering companies in across the county.

Digital and creative

Over recent years the industry has seen expansion accelerate at twice the rate of the broader economy. More than 4,000 local firms operate in the county’s industry – a figure that continues to rise as more and more businesses tap into the opportunities created by Media City in Salford.

Our growing centre of excellence has an annual GVA contribution of £700m and plays an increasingly significant role in Lancashire’s economy.

Boost programmes are available to businesses in design & fashion, film, media & broadcasting, marketing, digital, PR & design, computer games and software.

Energy and environmental

Over 41,000 people are employed in the related energy and environment sector. Over 12,000 people are employed in civil engineering, a key area in energy infrastructure and provision; particularly in nuclear, renewables and water. It also represents a skills base which is nationally in short supply.

Significant energy companies are represented in Lancashire. This includes EDF, AMEC PLC, SITA, Assystem and Toshiba.

Lancashire has a well-established nuclear industry which is likely to increase in importance given the presence of Toshiba Westinghouse UK HQ in South Ribble and Toshiba’s majority stake in the NuGen new build JV.

Boost programmes are available to companies that operate in Lancashire’s energy and environmental sectors.


Over 98,000 people are employed in the health and social care sector in Lancashire – with the workforce set to grow to meet the demands of the county’s ageing population.

While the NHS accounts for the majority of the workforce, the sector is made up by nearly 4,000 businesses – including many businesses in the NHS’s supply chain. Major employers in the county include Synexus, Speed Medical, Mi3, Synergy Healthcare, Presspart Manufacturing and Touchstone Medical.

Boost programmes are available to companies that operate in Lancashire’s healthcare sector.

Food and drink

Around 12,000 people are employed specifically in food & drink manufacturing activities, representing 2.0% of employees compared to the national average of 1.3% for Great Britain.

There is a strong mix of companies ranging from multinationals such as PepsiCo and Dr Oertker to small artisan producers has resulted in a diverse range of companies producing products ranging from biscuits, crisps and functional food to pet food.

The whole food supply chain is represented in Lancashire.  From raw materials, meat processors and dairies to logistics. Lancashire, in particular the Ribble Valley and the Trough of Bowland provides an outstanding provenance to meet growing consumer demand for quality.

Boost programmes are available to companies that operate in the food and drink production sectors.

Professional and business services

Just under 34,000 people are employed in business and financial and business services, across a wide range of operations ranging from accountancy and law to consumer finance and venture capital.

The diverse economy has encouraged companies such as Guardian Financial Group and Chesnara Plc to grow in Lancashire as well as providing outsourcing opportunities for businesses services firm in areas such as pension administration and claims handling.

With 53,200 people employed in sales and customer services occupations, this provides a significant pool of labour for contact centre and Business Process Outsourcing operations.

Boost programmes are available to professional and business services companies in Lancashire

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