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Burnley Overview Burnley is a market town of about 73,500 in Lancashire. About 34 km south of Burnley, Manchester ...

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Burnley Overview

Burnley is a market town of about 73,500 in Lancashire. About 34 km south of Burnley, Manchester provides an important economic tie that boosts the manufacturing strength of this part of the M65 corridor. 2015 brought a direct rail line to the area, connecting Rochdale, Manchester, and Burnley.

The Burnley Bondholders project to reinvigorate the local economy led the UK Government to present Burnley with an award for being the Most Enterprising Area in the UK in 2013. The Bondholders scheme united more than 100 firms and attracted £10m in investments. Burnley's ongoing regeneration projects make it a strong force in manufacturing as well as the aerospace industry.

Burnley Job Opportunities

Burnley offers diverse employment opportunities in many sectors, including manufacturing, retail, finance, health, education, and professional scientific and technical. Burnley employs 34,000 people in 2,500 businesses. The most influential sectors in Burnley are advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and automotive.

Some of Burnley's top employers include:

  • AMS Neve – digital sound engine development and manufacturing
  • BCW – global engineering
  • VEKA Plc – window system technology
  • Futaba-Tenneco UK Ltd – automotive manufacturing
  • Aircelle Ltd – aero engine nacelle design and manufacturing
  • Velocity Composites Ltd – process machinery
  • Paradigm Precision – aerospace manufacturing
  • Rolls Royce – engine manufacturing
  • Fort Vale Engineering – automotive design and manufacturing
  • TRW Automotive – automotive safety design, development, and manufacturing

Burnley Employment Trends

The town faced major economic challenges and jobs in Burnley became scarce in the late 1980s and 1990s when many of its largest manufacturers closed their doors, including the Queen Street Mill, Michelin, BEP, and Prestige. However, the town has shown tremendous strength and perseverance, fighting against the downturn. Velocity Composites, a specialist engineering company, is among the promising new headquarters poised to place Burnley at the forefront of the engineering industry in England. The Recovery from Recession index, chronicling economic performance throughout the UK during the recent recession, saw Burnley rise 16 places.

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