Enterprise Zones enjoy government-backed incentives to attract high-quality commercial development by knowledge-intensive businesses.
The LEP has secured Enterprise Zone (EZ) status for four development sites across Lancashire, the largest number of EZ sites awarded to a single LEP.
The four sites together form a dynamic world-class investment destination – the Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Cluster (LAMEC). This centre of excellence for high technology manufacturing will generate wealth-creating benefits for the whole county.
The LAMEC is set to be major element of the Northern Powerhouse economic and investor offer, helping to create over 10,000 high value jobs.
The four sites are at Samlesbury and Warton, which are adjacent to BAE Systems operations, and at Blackpool Airport and Hillhouse in Wyre.
The EZ sites have a strong, complementary industrial focus which build on Lancashire’s national and international strengths in aerospace, advanced engineering and manufacturing, energy and chemicals.
There are two existing world-class locations at the BAE Systems’ sites at 72-hectare Samlesbury and 75-hectare Warton.
Road improvements in 2018 have created new access from the A59 to the BAE Academy for Skills and Knowledge Training Centre and Wincanton Defence Logistics Facility.
The world-renowned Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre is expected to be fully operational on the site by the end of 2020.
Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone is a 144-hectare site incorporating the existing Category III airport and surrounding commercial areas on the coast of the Irish Sea. Blackpool Airport EZ is also home to the Growth Deal funded Energy HQ.
Hillhouse International Enterprise Zone is a 138 hectare site former ICI chemical production facility, located on the Wyre coast at Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire, occupied by over 40 companies.
For further information on all the sites and the benefits of locating on one of Lancashire’s Enterprise Zones visit www.lancashireenterprisezones.com