Reports & Publications

State of Growth in Lancashire 2024

Commissioned by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, the State of Growth Lancashire report provides a comprehensive outlook on business growth potential in Lancashire over the next year. Based on data from Growth Company’s Growth Flag tool, the research highlights variation in growth potential by sector as well as by location across the County. Download a copy here.

Invest in Lancashire – The time is now

A guide to many of Lancashire’s current and forthcoming investment opportunities featuring new commercial campuses, business parks and industrial sites. Has details of major schemes including the incoming Eden Project Morecambe, Preston’s Station and Harris Quarters, Lancaster Canal Quarter, Blackpool’s Talbot Gateway, Burnley Town Centre, Westinghouse’s Springfields, Lancashire Central, and others. Enterprise Zone opportunities – such as the new £12m innovation hub at Samlesbury and the Warton EZ aerospace and aviation cluster – are also featured. Download a copy here.

The Lancashire Innovation Plan (LIP)

Developed by Lancashire County Council, in partnership with The Lancashire Innovation Board, the LIP is the county’s five year innovation-led economic strategy.  It includes a summary of Lancashire’s innovation strengths and outlines the different ways that innovation can be used to unlock our growth potential.  Download a copy here.

Innovation Clusters in the North of England

Published in February 2024, the NP11’s Innovation Cluster report identified a series of potentially transformative industry clusters which could supercharge growth and innovation across the North.

Featuring a chapter focused on Lancashire’s fast growing cyber-physical security cluster – which is based on its strengths in the defence, critical infrastructure and cyber sectors – the research also offers insights into how the public and private sectors are working together to support established and emerging innovation clusters in all parts of the North. Download a copy here.

The North West Cyber Corridor Innovation Impact Study

Commissioned by Lancaster University, this in-depth 80 page report explores the assets, initiatives, and potential of the North West Cyber Corridor ecosystem. It reveals that North West is home to the second largest cyber cluster in the UK with the second largest levels of investment outside of London and the South East. The research also indicates the region has 300 unique cyber companies and employs c.12,000 cyber professionals. Download a copy here.