The first tenants are now on site and up and running at the Warton Enterprise Zone site.
Global management consultancy, technology and outsourcing giant Accenture has opened a North West office on the site near BAE Systems, which will specialise in providing business systems.
The combination of excellent location, high-quality infrastructure and proximity to Lancashire’s world-class advanced engineering and manufacturing sector is a very attractive offer, particularly when combined with business rate relief.Edwin Booth - Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership
They are joined by worldwide specialists in calibration and asset management services, Trescal, which works with global leaders in industries such as aerospace, automotive and defence. The two companies have brought a total of 22 jobs to the Enterprise Zone – 15 with Accenture and 7 with Trescal – with the potential for more growth in the future.
Edwin Booth, chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are delighted to welcome our first tenants to the Enterprise Zone site in Warton.
“The combination of excellent location, high-quality infrastructure and proximity to Lancashire’s world-class advanced engineering and manufacturing sector is a very attractive offer, particularly when combined with business rate relief.
“I am sure that these two multi-national companies will be the first of many to be attracted to the Enterprise Zone.”
Mr Booth added: “The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership exists to create the right condition for business to thrive in the county and the Enterprise Zone is a key part of that work.
“We expect the Enterprise Zone, over its three sites in Warton, Samlesbury and Blackpool, to create 6,000 jobs directly, with a further 5,000 to 7,000 in the local supply chain.
Andrew Roberton, senior manager, Aerospace and Defence at Accenture, said: “Accenture has recently opened a regional office within the Warton site, to serve clients in the North West region.
“This supplements Accenture’s existing Manchester and Newcastle offices to enhance the capability to support clients in the region.
“The Warton office is initially expected to have a capacity of up to 20 staff, providing a range of management consulting and technology services to clients in the region.
“The Warton site also provides the opportunity to grow the size of the facility over the coming years.”