The new Cathedral Quarter in Blackburn town centre

Investing in Blackburn will see you join an area steeped in creativity, design and advanced manufacturing with a skilled, hard-working and knowledgeable workforce. Manchester is on the doorstep and with excellent air, road and rail links you are easily connected to the markets that matter to you.

There is an ongoing investment programme for the town aimed at attracting new leisure, retail and commercial businesses. The recently developed £30 million Cathedral Quarter provides high quality public space and offices in the town centre, £65m has been invested in the Blackburn College campus which also has a University Centre providing a fabulous environment to develop the skills of 3000 higher education students. There has been a £40 million investment in the rapid bus transit system and £14 million in the Manchester train line bringing city and Blackburn ever closer, stimulating investment and job creation.



Almost 4000 new jobs have been created in Blackburn and Darwen since 2009

Enterprise and innovation is in our blood and Blackburn is the fifth most ‘innovative town’ based on patents registered. Supporting this will be ‘The Making Rooms’; a manufacturing innovation centre which brings together art and technology and is one of only two projects of its type in the UK. This will host Lancashire’s first FabLab featuring 3D printers and micro manufacturing machinery, enabling people to develop and try out new ideas. Investment opportunities in a great value location.

There are various development opportunities across the area with a focus on delivering quality family housing.

To find out more about investing in Blackburn and Darwen visit the Blackburn and Darwen investment website.