First tenants welcomed to Enterprise Zone

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership has announced that the first tenants are now on site and up and running at the Warton Enterprise Zone site.

Lancashire Economic Partnership LEPGlobal management consultancy, technology and outsourcing giant Accenture has opened a North West office on the Warton site, which will specialise in providing business systems.

They are joined by worldwide specialists in calibration and asset management services, Trescal, which works with global leaders in industries such as aerospace, automotive and defence.

The two companies have brought a total of 22 jobs to the Enterprise Zone - 15 with Accenture and 7 with Trescal – with the potential for more growth in the future.

Edwin Booth, chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said: "We are delighted to welcome our first tenants to the Enterprise Zone site in Warton. The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership exists to create the right condition for business to thrive in the county and the Enterprise Zone is a key part of that work.

"We expect the Enterprise Zone, over its three sites in Warton, Samlesbury and Blackpool, to create 6,000 jobs directly, with a further 5,000 to 7,000 in the local supply chain. The Enterprise Zone will form a centre of excellence for high technology manufacturing, generating wealth-creating benefits for the whole county."

Andrew Roberton, senior manager, aerospace and defence, Accenture, aid: "Accenture has recently opened a regional office within the Warton site, to serve clients in the North West region. This supplements Accenture’s existing Manchester and Newcastle offices to enhance the capability to support clients in the region. "The Warton office is initially expected to have a capacity of up to 20 staff, providing a range of management consulting and technology services to clients in the region. The Warton site also provides the opportunity to grow the size of the facility over the coming years."