Accrington is a Lancashire town with a rich heritage, a fact that can be seen throughout the area – especially in the town centre where beautiful Victorian buildings still stand proudly, such as the Grade-II listed Victorian Arcade. The town is home to 45,600 people and is one of the cheapest places to live in the country, according to a Halifax bank survey.
Situated next to the south Pennine moors, residents can benefit from a semi-urban atmosphere where there is easy access to shops and work in the town centre and scenic landscapes on the Pennines. Manchester is also just a 20-minute drive away. With improved investment and strong service and manufacturing industries, Accrington is an enticing location for working and living.
Accrington Job Opportunities
The manufacturing industry in Accrington remains strong and is seeing investment thanks to an improving economy. In Hyndburn, the borough Accrington is in, manufacturing sectors such as those providing textile jobs and construction jobs account for 30% of employees in the area. In 2015, the historic factory Hanson Building Products in Accrington benefitted from a £1.6 million investment from the government, creating more than 30 jobs in Accrington at the company.
Accrington also has a strong service industry as the main shopping area for east Lancashire. With the Arndale centre, retail parks and various markets, over 3,000 people were reported to be working in the town centre in roles such as retail jobs, a 2008 council survey revealed, with this figure projected to increase. There are also many small-scale businesses trading in the area and a local BT call centre provides many jobs.
Accrington Employment Trends
Council regeneration plans have focused on boosting the jobs in Accrington, with aims to upgrade old shops and improve transport by building a bus station. Positive moves such as the reopening of Hanson Building Products have improved unemployment figures, reducing the number of those on JSA by 627, according to official figures from January 2015.