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Warrington Means Business

Warrington’s economic performance as a Borough is impressive:

  • A population of 202,000 which is larger than many cities including Chester, Oxford and Aberdeen
  • Home to around 8000 businesses employing 115 000 people and 17 of the largest locally controlled businesses have their headquarters in the borough.

Centre for Cities annual health check of UK cities
Cities Outlook 2014:

  • Warrington has jumped from overall 54th place in 2008-09, 25th (2009-2012) and is now ranked 10th (2009 -13). This ranking is based on how Warrington has performed against the number of claimants to estimated changes in jobs; work-place weekly wages; the size of the business base and house values.
  • Warrington has a consistent presence in the top ten for all measured criteria. It was ranked:
  • 5th in the top ten cities with the highest proportion of private sector employment – ratio of private sector to public sector employment
  • 7th highest in terms of both employment rates and private sector jobs growth. Warrington is placed even higher at 4th in terms of the ratio of private sector to public sector employment
  • 10th in terms of highest weekly earnings. Average earnings at £507 per week
  • 10th in terms of private and public sector jobs growth with a 2.7% increase
  • The borough has the fourth highest jobs growth in the UK (at 4.5% – only bettered by Edinburgh, Brighton and London).
  • Only five cities maintained their position in having the highest employment rates per capita including Warrington who are ranked 3rd with 77.8% (only topped by Reading and Gloucester). This marked a 2.3% increase on the data from the previous year.
  • Centre for Cities annual health check of UK cities, Cities Outlook 2013
  • Best performing ‘city’ in the region
  • One of the few ‘cities’ in the country which has economy improved in the second half of the recession.

Municipal Journal findings 2013:

  • Top ten cities for overall economic performance outside London – Warrington is seventh
  • Top ten cities for business and enterprise – Warrington is fourth
  • Top ten cities for human resources outside London – Warrington is seventh
  • Top ten cities for the labour market – Warrington is second
  • Top ten cities for knowledge workers – Warrington is sixth
  • Top ten cities for skills and qualifications – Warrington is ninth
  • Top ten cities for quality of life – Warrington is second.

Santander Findings 2013

  • Top 20 towns for business after statistics have found higher than average company start-up rates and employee satisfaction in the town

UHY Hacker Young 2013

  • Placed Warrington postcode WA1, as the top location in the UK outside of London for new business start ups.

Start Up Britain/Cabinet Office 2014

Figures released by Start Up Britain indicate that some 6,776 new businesses were registered in Warrington in 2012. Regionally Warrington was only bettered by Manchester (with 11,765 registrations). Greater London topped the UK table in which Warrington was ranked ninth and Manchester third overall.

NW Business Insider Growth 100 2014:

  • Fastest growing businesses in the NW region
  • Warrington’s Secured Express topped the table.
  • Five Warrington businesses in the top 30 (compared with Liverpool’s four and Manchester’s three)

MEN Business Week Fastest 50 2014:

  • Fastest growing businesses in the Greater Manchester and neighbouring regions (figures compiled by Durham University)
  • Five Warrington Businesses in the top 50

Duport Business Confidence Report 2013:

  • Showed an 80% rise in net company growth in Warrington during 2012, almost double the UK average of 44%. The number of Warrington start ups also showed a 24% increase on the number recorded the previous year. Average UK growth trailed at only 9%.

Liverpool University list of the North West’s top 200 businesses 2013:

  • List of the top ten best performing businesses is dominated by Warrington based companies with four included compared to only one each for neighbours Liverpool and Manchester. It is a similar picture for the top 20; Warrington has six businesses in the top 20, compared with Liverpool’s three and Manchester’s two.
  • A total of 18 Warrington based businesses feature in the top 200 generating a combined turnover of nearly £19.5 billion.

The Sunday Times/BDO National Top Track 100 2013:

  • Shows Warrington based European Metal Recycling placed 9th, up from 14th in the previous year, with sales of over £3bn and Warrington based engineering recruitment consultancy Fircroft as a new entrant in 85th place with sales of £725m.

Department of Education 2014:

  • Second in the UK with 98% of Warrington 16 and 17 year olds in education or training.

The Sunday Times’ 101 Best Places to Live in Britain 16 March 2014

  • Lymm in Warrington ranked 70 – ‘part village, part town – and brilliant at both’ with a good supply of housing choice on its doorstep.
  • Warrington ranked 74 – ‘the connections are second to none’.

Regeneration and Investment:

  • Warrington Means Business, a framework for growth approved by Council in July 2013
  • Project investment value announced since March 2013 = £476 million.

Warrington today

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