Enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation have been watchwords for Blackburn since the industrial revolution and they still ring true today. The area is home to over 4000 businesses and is in the top 20 list of places to start up a company. Blackburn is also in the top 10 in the UK for having the highest proportion of private sector jobs. Research analysing average wages compared to mortgage repayments found that Blackburn is the best place in the UK to make a living.

3eThis is a diverse economy where business and the local authority work closely together and there is a greatly valued networking programme that gets you in the know for future opportunities.

There are a variety of successful businesses across Blackburn and Darwen; Graham & Brown are at the leading edge of wallpaper innovation, EuroGarages is one of the largest petrol forecourt operators, Herbert Parkinson is John Lewis’s textile factory and Crown Paints is one of the UK’s leading paint manufacturers.


We are home to 4000+ businesses and have twice as many jobs in the manufacturing sector as the national average.

The Blackburn town centre Business Improvement District has the potential to raise £1.5m in the five years from 2014 to invest in projects and is already making a big difference in improving the environment and attracting new people to the town.

Find out about the help available to start or grow your business on the Blackburn with Darwen Council website.