Working in Lancashire
Sam Wilson, April 26, 2016
Covering over 3,000 km2 of England’s North West, Lancashire is a county of contrasting landscapes. This includes long stretches of beautiful coastline, scenic mountain ranges and sweeping moorland.
Residents of Lancashire are spoilt not only by their natural surroundings but also by the opportunities that are available, making it a prosperous choice for relocation.
Lancashire offers countless opportunities to be taken back in time through the county’s rich history. Lancaster’s castle and museums hold the stories of its Roman origins and ancient market towns such as Clitheroe will take you all the way back to the Saxons.
Other historic sights include Whalley Abbey, which dates back to the 14th century, and St Chad’s Church in Poulton-le-Fylde whose earliest records start in 1094.
Amongst the features of a vibrant, modern society there is constant evidence of Lancashire’s heritage, which contributes massively to the county’s character.
As well as its historical roots, Lancashire boasts a vibrant cultural scene, which includes art, music and theatre.
With an aim to enhance the natural beauty of Lancashire a series of breath-taking art installations were commissioned and built around the county. Each one is built on a high point and attracts visitors to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The pride of Lancashire music culture is the Lancashire Classical Music Collaboration, a partnership of 3 professional orchestras and 3 Lancashire venues, which offer a season of incredible live music each year.
There are also a great number of venues hosting live music and theatre events so whatever your taste, Lancashire has something to offer.
Beside the seaside
Lancashire boasts 77 miles of coastline with attractions ranging from popular seaside resorts such as Morecambe Bay and Blackpool to beautiful coastal villages and towns such as Heysham, Lytham St Annes and Cleveleys.
For those that love to be by the sea, Lancashire has a lot to offer.
Lancashire emerged as a major commercial and industrial region during the industrial revolution. At one point, approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire. At this time, the county still encompassed the cities of Manchester and Liverpool both of which rose as powers in global trade and modern capitalism.
Following significant boundary reform in 1974, Liverpool and Manchester were both removed from Lancashire to form their own metropolitan counties.
Today, Lancashire’s biggest private sector industry is the defence industry, primarily in Military Air Solutions.
There are 15 local authorities in the county employing around 56,000 people. The largest of these is Lancashire County Council, which employs around 69% of this figure.
Lancashire has strong internal transport links making it incredibly easy to travel throughout the county by road or rail.
Lancashire has excellent transport links with Manchester and Merseyside, which in turn have excellent links with the rest of the UK.
Lancashire is a perfect example of the variety and beauty that the North West of England has to offer. An area rich in heritage and natural beauty is rife with prosperous opportunities to further your career with forward thinking and innovative organisations.