With unrivalled access to the North West region and the rest of the UK, Omega South is ideally located to serve manufacturing and logistics based corporates. 70,000 vehicles per day pass the Omega frontage to the M62. Omega’s sub-region, comprising Warrington, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Wigan, accommodates approximately 28,100 businesses. It has a population of 948,000 with an available workforce of 589,000 (source Nomis). With a population of 6.9 million, the North West region has the largest resident and working population in the UK, outside London and the South East.
Local Demographics (Warrington):
- Population of 202,230 and Working Age Population of 149,500
- Economic activity rate of 83.4% (UK average 77.3%)
- Average unemployment rate of 5.7% (7.2% nationally)
- 36.5% of the Working Age Population is educated to degree level (UK 35%)
- A high proportion of residents employed in professional occupations (24.1%) compared to average of 19.8%
- 7.3% of the Working Age Population work in plant and machinery operative roles ( UK 6.3%)
Warrington’s Business Base
- Almost 6,000 people are employed in manufacturing.
- Strengths in chemicals and plastics – key manufacturers include: Perstorp, Solvay, PQ Silicas, Unilever, Colas and Perrite.
- 900 employed in fabricated metals – companies include Stanley Engineered Fastenings.
- Automotive related suppliers include: Clarcor (Baldwin Filters), Camcoat Performance Coatings, Krauss Maffei and K&N Filters.
- Engineering is notably strong, particularly in nuclear engineering. Key employers include Sellafield Ltd, Rolls-Royce, Nuvia, and AMEC.
- A significant logistics and warehousing sector. This includes Eddie Stobart, DHL and specialist companies such as Flextronics Global Services specialists in after-market supply chain logistics.
- A broad business services sector, employing over 17,500. This provides an ideal pool of talent for support services such as HR and finance.
- A track-record in attracting French investors: Areva, Vinci, Nuvia, Colas, Schneider Electric Energy, Schneider Electric Building Management, Groupe Steria and Norbert Dentressangle.