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Lancashire redefining innovation

Lancashire is a place that makes things. Innovation is in our DNA. With a student population of over 55,000 across four universities, we are adding to our talent pool every year, growing a workforce that serves 52,000 businesses, generating £34bn per year.

Lancashire employs over 85,000 people in the engineering sector, and over 41,000 in the energy and environment sector, where we are a global leader in the development of small modular nuclear reactors. We have no less than four Enterprise Zones focused on growing these sectors further still, and the Engineering Innovation Centre recently opened as part of UCLan’s Preston Campus will significantly add to that asset base, as will the AMRC NW’s new home at Samlesbury. In Health Innovation, Lancaster University has broken ground on the development of a new Health Innovation Campus, and the university also has significant strengths in cyber security.

Meet some of the businesses thriving in Lancashire

Lancashire offers an excellent quality of life for our businesses and residents. We are a brilliant collective of brands, brains, products, people, places, services, heritage, land and opportunity. And we have the right support in place to help innovative businesses and entrepreneurs flourish. Creative Lancashire has produced a series of films that shine a light on a handful of our innovative business owners.

In this first film we hear from Realtime founder and managing director Tony Prosser, whose company is one of the most successful computer-generated image studios in the country.

Check back as we release further films throughout the year.

Lancashire’s global reputation as an outstanding business location springs from our entrepreneurial flair, technical innovation, commercial know-how and can-do attitude – a global track record of innovation and industrial excellence.

We are in the process of a major mapping exercise of innovation in Lancashire to demonstrate that we are best in class. And are bringing together innovators and entrepreneurs. Our aim is to help encourage an ecosystem made up of Lancashire businesses that have the support to grow, diversify, expand into new markets.

Investment and Business Support

Businesses locating to Lancashire can benefit from tailor-made support from the time of initial enquiry right through to a programme of on-going support once established here. For more infomation click here

Our support partners include The Lancashire Skills Hub and Boost, Lancashire’s Growth Hub. The latter provides business support and economic development services to small and medium sized businesses. The Lancashire Skills Hub supports the development of skills within Lancashire across a wide range of industries including digital and automotive.

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