Burnley is once again gaining a name as a manufacturing town with the official news that jobs in the sector are booming.
Figures just released from the Office of National Statistics’ Business Register and Employment Survey show that Burnley is sustaining a significant growth rate.
Notably, manufacturing accounts for 15% of private sector employment in Burnley.
Jobs growth in the professional, scientific and technical sectors, and in business administration and support services, also lie behind the growth of jobs in the town.
The news was welcomed by founder and managing director of world-leading Burnley firm AMS Neve Mark Crabtree, who praised the partnership working of the Burnley Bondholders’ group of businessmen and Burnley Borough Council.
Mark said: “The concentrated strength of manufacturing in Burnley means there is a strong basis for attracting companies to the new sites being developed in the borough, such as Innovation Drive and the Vision Park.”
In 2012 and 2013 the number of employees in Burnley had grown by 200, or 0.6%, to 34,600 in total. That overall figure takes account of reductions in some sectors, and expansion in others.
The long term trend is more significant.
Between 2009 and 2013, the jobs growth rate in Burnley has been 7.1%, well above both the North-West average across those four years of 0.6%, and the UK rate of growth of 2%.
Also, Burnley’s manufacturing figure of 15% is higher than the North-West figure of 10%, and the figure across the whole of Great Britain, which is 8.5%.
Key to sustaining that growth is to build closer links with Manchester which was the second highest local authority area in the country for jobs growth over 2012-13.