Jobs spike in Blackburn with Darwen hailed a success

By Dean

04 Dec 2015

Almost 4,000 new jobs have been created in Blackburn with Darwen since 2009, surpassing regional and national job growth figures.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics and the 2014 Business Register and Employment Survey show 66,200 people work for a business based in the borough compared with 62,300 in 2009 – an increase of 6.3 per cent. This is significantly more than the North West and England increases of 2.2 per cent and 4.5 per cent respectively.

It comes as new research has confirmed Blackburn as one of the best locations in the UK to start up a small business. The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) examined information from 64 cities across the UK to determine the best location to start a business. Blackburn was the only place in Lancashire to make it into the top 20 list, alongside the likes of Cambridge, Brighton and Aberdeen.

The Council’s executive member for regeneration, Coun Phil Riley, said: “This is great news and signals the beginning of an exciting new era for the borough. Despite challenging financial times, we have continued to invest in those things that support job growth – from high quality commercial and office space to an improved and better connected transport system - and this is the result, with unemployment at its lowest since 2009.

Khalid Saifullah, director of manufacturing firm Star Tissue and chair of the Hive business network, said: “This is a vote of confidence for the borough and demonstrates the strength of businesses in the borough, which are continuing to invest and create jobs. “It’s a tremendous success story, but we won’t be complacent. It’s great to be creating local jobs, but we also need to ensure that we are making the most of this opportunity for local people by working with schools and colleges to harness talent and develop a skilled future workforce.”

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