We are located just east of the M6 and north of the M65 motorways. There are good links to the national rail network with links to the West Coast mainline at Preston, and links to other major UK networks via Manchester helping to ensure that the area is accessible to both the wider labour market and local resident population. The A59 crosses through Ribble Valley connecting the area to the national motorway network and runs east to Yorkshire and west to Preston with links to the wider east and west.
Ribble Valley’s strengths are in its high employment levels, high quality natural environment and successful businesses, an outstanding landscape, recreational, cultural and economic resource. It is unique in providing such a wealth of places to live, work, and play within reach of significant catchment populations of some of the North West’s City Regions – Central Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester.
The Ribble Valley economy has seen significant employment growth over recent years and continues to record higher than national averages for businesses surviving after 5 years. The borough enjoys a spectacular natural environment with attractive market towns, and against this backdrop is an active and entrepreneurial business community.
It is an impressive business location, home to many flourishing international firms, as well as a host of award-winning rural businesses. The area is steadily and consistently building its reputation as an ideal area for relocating, expanding and start-up businesses. In this vibrant economy, entrepreneurs are benefiting from an encouraging and proactive business community and skills base.
Key business sectors in Ribble Valley include Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Creative & Digital, Chemicals & Mineral Extraction, Tourism, Agriculture and Food Tourism. In geographic terms is the largest in Lancashire covering 583 square kilometres. The rural nature of the area means that the number of people per km² is the lowest in the county and only a third of the England and Wales average. From an historic point of view there have been dramatic changes and the pace of future change is liable to increase.