With the Northern Powerhouse boosting the growth of prosperity and business across Lancashire, there’s never been a better time to consider building your business and a career in this growth-hungry county.
Companies from the traditional to digital are benefitting from investment, securing loans and receiving support and funding from both the European Regional Development Funds and local business led and funded commerce such as Boost Business Lancashire.
In a fast-paced development climate, more and more of those in the finance industry have realised that Lancashire can offer them several opportunities – not only for their organisation or current career but for investment in their future, coupled with some exciting additional bonuses to living in the Red Rose County.
This post aims to show how you could benefit from a move to one of the UK’s fastest-growing regions for business.
‘It’s grim up North.’ Yes, well maybe it was a hundred years ago, but today’s Lancashire has thriving business communities across its towns and cities. Career success opportunities here are as good as in the big cities in other areas of the UK.
Our three universities are geared to retain talent, supported by the County Council, and the retention of graduates in the county is propelling business development and prosperity.
Business is booming.
Lancashire is home to some big names operating on a local, national and international level. Dream careers are made here, and investment by companies in training programmes, coupled with promotion opportunities means there’s never been a better time to work in Lancashire.
4 Reasons Lancashire Is The Place To Be
An Expanding Economy
A recent LEP commissioned report states that ‘Lancashire’s employment rate has risen significantly faster (+6.5%) than the rest of the UK (excluding London) since 2014 (+2.5%), and that over the last decade the county had outperformed the rest of the North West in terms of overall job growth.’ Dynamic growth in the county, coupled with a great quality of life, has been a pivotal part of the long-term economic growth in Lancashire. Businesses enjoy lower rents and overheads, and can therefore invest in their staff.
With great employment opportunities, there is scope for career progression and the benefits that come from working for a company that understands the importance of training, development and support for their employees.
Business Support to Fast-track Growth
Business is booming. From traditional to digital sectors, there is great support for SME growth across the North, with business-led and funded bodies offering support, as well as funding from the European Council.
Businesses here can benefit from bespoke support. From identifying suitable premises and sites across the county to providing advice on set up, recruitment, and accessing finance, help is at hand to facilitate a seamless transition so that companies can enjoy the benefits of a northern base.
Lancashire is at the centre of the Northern Powerhouse. Investment in transport links has brought northern cities and towns closer together, providing collective benefits across the county, easing logistics for business and enabling an agile workforce.
With five major motorways, two international airports, direct trains to London from Preston and world–class seaports on the doorstep, Lancashire offers great connectivity for business development. In addition, the benefits of improved transport links is the opportunity for better commutes for employees and an agile workforce, so employees can take advantage of employment opportunities father across the region.
A Better Lifestyle
Lancashire is a beautiful county, with bustling cities, historic towns, vast landscapes and sweeping coastlines. Working in this location offers you the chance to get some downtime from a busy business and career and enjoy the benefits of living up North.
Prices are lower than more southern-based communities, salaries are good, and there are many outstanding schools, positioning the county as the ideal location for attracting businesses and staff from around the UK.
The latest data from CV-Library states that although 97.9% of UK employees believe work-life balance is important, over a third of professionals admitted to not having a good balance in their own lives. Both Liverpool and Leeds made the top ten cities whose employees have the happiest with their work-life balance, and it’s a fact that happy employees equate to higher efficiency.
Why Your Company’s Strategic Plan is Moving to Invest in Staff
More and more financial directors, when looking at their strategic plans, are realising the need to retain employees by recognising that employee engagement isn’t a cost, but an investment – and the results of that investment are felt squarely on the bottom line. It’s no surprise that when staff are highly engaged, the benefits are clear.
As an employee, you want to feel valued, aware of company goals, your responsibilities and what is expected of you. As more businesses recognise the value of employee engagement, you can look forward to a better working environment and the opportunity to develop and flourish in your career. The ‘employee experience’ is an increasingly important part of a company’s structure, with a recent Deloitte University Press report, stating that 80% of executives feel their employee experience is ‘very important’.
The challenge for FDs is that to create an engaged team takes time, commitment and consistent effort – but the end value is a highly efficient and happy workforce who want to stay with the company. It’s worth bearing in mind that according to the KPMG network figures, engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave an organisation too.
Relocate to a Growing Talent Pool
So, Lancashire is becoming the county of choice for many businesses and is attracting more and more SME’s and individuals to the county. The Northern Powerhouse has facilitated a boom in transport links, development, investment, growing prosperity and mostly, confidence in the future of the county as a hub for business.
With expanding opportunities, now is the time to join the talent pool relocating to Lancashire and reap the benefits of a rewarding business and career in a dynamic and thriving community.
About Rebus Financial Recruitment
Rebus Financial Recruitment provides a specialist and focused recruitment service to its customers, which historically range from a wide variety of organisations including SME’s to large PLCs.
We strive to offer both the client and candidate a seamless recruitment experience. Using our expertise, we get to the heart of employer and employee needs; and, in doing so, we match the two perfectly. To find out more, get in contact with one of our team today, or you can call us on 01282 930930.