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There are lots of reasons to Invest in Lancashire

Lancashire is at the heart of a UK aerospace industry that’s the largest in Europe, and second only to the USA in global terms. Ranking alongside Seattle, Toulouse and Montreal, Lancashire itself is one of the world’s top four centres of aerospace production. The county is an internationally renowned centre for civil and military aerospace – we represent the largest single concentration of aerospace production in the UK, employing 14,000 people. Put simply, there’s nowhere else in the country that you will find this level of expertise.

Our considerable aerospace heritage means we’re well positioned to benefit from the continued rapid growth of both the civil and defence markets. With world leaders like BAE Systems as well as a supply chain of over 400 Tier 1 to Tier 5 companies – think Rolls-Royce, Safran Nacelles, Kaman, Magellan – we are the only UK location with the skills, resources and capacity for the end-to-end manufacturing and servicing of a complete aircraft for its entire life-cycle.

The magnitude of civil and defence contracts continues to create opportunities for new companies locating to Lancashire. BAE Systems is the leading global defence manufacturer, the UK’s biggest defence contractor and one of the largest suppliers to the USA. The importance of Lancashire’s aerospace industry has led BAE Systems to establish an Academy for Skills and Knowledge at the Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone. The Academy is equipped with the latest manufacturing technologies including robotics, additive and carbon composite manufacture. This has cemented todays workforce and into the future, meaning we are equipped with the skills to ensure Lancashire companies continue to compete globally.

Lancashire is a place for growth

#1 in UK for Aerospace Employment 14.3% of total employment in Lancashire £17.7m spend within BAE supply chain UK’s only private fast-jet testing facility

If you are looking to expand or relocate your aerospace business, now is the time to make it happen

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