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- Lancashire hotspots: Preston and South Ribble
The £434m City Deal continues to open up opportunities for Preston and South Ribble with its target of delivering 20,000 jobs. And more than 11,000 new jobs could be delivered in Preston over the next 30 years if it “grabs the opportunity” provided by the HS2 rail network. However, the city needs to reinvent itself as a destination for high-value jobs if that is to happen, according to a new report. We also want to hear the success stories from the businesses playing their part in the area’s prosperity.
- Sector focus: Energy
The energy sector is playing a growing role in powering Lancashire’s economy. The county has a well-developed low carbon sector and is home to a rising number of energy businesses. With the huge potential for renewable tide, wind and wave power generation, the capacity for further growth is significant. Blackpool is home to the £12m Lancashire Energy HQ, delivering the skills industry needs, and in Preston plans have been submitted for a £200m energy plant that could power the equivalent of up to 108,000 homes.
- Report: Exports
Lancashire’s exporters are flying the flag across the globe as they continue to open up valuable new markets to exploit. In a post-Brexit world finding new parts of the world to sell Lancashire’s quality goods and services will be increasingly important for its economic wellbeing We look at the challenges and the opportunities out there and examine what businesses need to do to become true export champions.
- Insight series: Digital and Creative
Lancashire has a vibrant and growth-driven digital and creative sector playing an increasingly important role in our economy. That pace of growth and fast-moving change poses recruitment challenges and skills gaps. The county also has to compete against its noisy neighbours in Manchester and Liverpool. We examine what businesses are doing to recruit and retain the best, how they are beating the big cities when it comes to winning work and the opportunities they are gearing up to exploit.
- Bring Back a Billion!
Our rallying call to ‘Buy it in Lancashire and Bring Back a Billion!’ is already making a positive impact on the county’s economy. Companies are rising to the challenge of our campaign to increase Lancashire’s GDP by £1bn and it is making a real difference. We want to hear your stories of how you are working to ensure more money stays in the county and how you are increasing your local spending.
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