Burnley is leading the way, says government minister

The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, minister of state for business and energy, said Burnley is leading the way for businesses in Lancashire, at a Burnley trade mission showcase event in London.

michaelfallonspeakerAt the event organised to highlight Burnley’s business investment opportunities to key business decision makers in the capital, the minister said: “Burnley has indeed a strong package to offer investors. It has a proactive and supportive business environment, a good infrastructure and highly skilled workforce.

“I think that Burnley is leading the way, where more businesses are being created than are closing down.

“In the three years since the beginning of the financial crisis private sector employment in Burnley has risen while it has declined elsewhere in Great Britain. I believe this is a result of the type of partnership and private sector leadership which we see here today, which is essential to driving growth in our local economies.

“I wanted to be here on behalf of the Department of Business Innovation & Skills and on behalf of Her Majesty’s government to pay tribute to Burnley’s achievements and ambition. Burnley is a championship town that was once and we hope will again be in the premiership!”

Mr Fallon opened the Invest in Burnley event which was held at The Royal Society Headquarters, located at the heart of Westminster. The event was organised by the Burnley Bondholders, Marketing Lancashire and the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership, to attract further investment to Burnley and Lancashire. He paid tribute to the Burnley Bondholder scheme for its work in securing Burnley the title of Most Enterprising Area in the UK.

Alexandra Jones, chief executive, Centre for Cities, another key speaker at the event presented statistics which put Burnley tenth out of the whole of the UK for creating private sector jobs. Alex said: “This is an enormous achievement. An impressive statistic and a real achievement to be up there in the top ten based on national data.”

Alex talked about how skills were vastly important to Burnley’s growth and praised Burnley’s investment in education and skills, through the new UCFB, UTC, and the Burnley College and UCLan Campus.

Alex also highlighted the importance of connections, emphasising the value of Burnley’s new rail link to Manchester as definitely being the right thing for the town and its future growth. She commented on the incredible of quality of life in Burnley and the opportunities which will be opened up to commute to Manchester from Burnley, confirming the town will benefit enormously from the direct rail link. Some of the biggest names in real estate and business investment attended the early evening event, including GVA, Morgan Tucker, Barratt London, UKTI, Clifford Chance, DHL, to hear about the transformations underway in Burnley and the range of investment opportunities available in the borough.