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Research & Development

Research and Development are key factors in the success and future development of Lancashire and our Enterprise Zones. Lancashire’s long tradition of innovation and enterprise goes right back to the industrial revolution, but is always forward looking. Skilled employees across a wide range of industry and sectors are ensuring the Lancashire Enterprise Zones will fulfil their potential at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

Research & Development

Lancashire has a long tradition of innovation and enterprise. It goes right back to the industrial revolution, but is always forward looking.

More skilled employees across a wide range of industry and sectors ensuring Lancashire fulfils its potential at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse

We bring together industry bodies, businesses and academic institutions to research fresh processes and develop new products.

Spirit of enterprise powers R&D excellence

Our world-class universities continue to produce a diverse range of knowledge transfer programmes, scientific and technological research facilities, and knowledge-led spin-out businesses.

All our businesses have easy access to world class research facilities

Internationally recognised centres of excellence have evolved around numerous Lancashire sectors, from aerospace, automotive design and environmental technologies, to advanced engineering, cyber security and quantum and chemical innovation.

There is a renaissance within the automotive industry and engine components, test facilities and research & development have opportunities that can complement the capabilities here in Lancashire, together with the truck and yellow goods sector these are available within easy reach of the Enterprise Zones.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership work unstintingly to ensure existing and newly-located companies are fully engaged with our world-beating R&D offer.

Lancashire is set to benefit from over £13m of new skills investment which will create over 4,000 new training places across the county in range of different sectors. Four brand new education facilities will open as part of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) wider £27m technical and vocational skills Growth Deal funding programme, which has already helped transform the county’s vocational training provision over the last three years.

Combined the four new centres will create almost 4,000 places for learners and 531 apprenticeships from now until March 2021.

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