The Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched a new £50m business park during a tour of the town.
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills opened the ambitious Burnley Bridge Business Park on the former Hepworth’s site.
The Liberal Democrat minister was joined by developers, council bosses and local politicians at the 70-acre site which is the largest new development on the M65 corridor and could create up to 1,500 jobs.
Dr Cable praised the “spirit of enterprise” in the town in a speech at the business park which has been developed by Eshton with financial backing from the Government.
He said: “It is great to be here to see the fulfillment of a vision. I have been here four times in the past four years and I have seen the journey the town has made.
“It is encouraging to see the growth that is taking place in Burnley. It has weathered the years since the financial crash well and manufacturing in the town is now enjoying a real renaissance.”
During the tour he met with business leaders to talk apprenticeships at Burnley Telematics in Daneshouse Road.
Dr Cable was also set to tour high-tech aerospace firm Velocity Composites, American firm Kaman and world-leading sound engineering company AMS Neve.
He will also officially open the new £5m extension at VEKA in Rossendale Road later today.