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Warrington is a highly successful location for business and enterprise. It has a thriving economy and represents a major centre of employment in the North West as well as for the Northern Powerhouse as a whole. One reason for this economic success is Warrington’s well developed infrastructure and connectivity, in particular its proximity to the M62, M6 and M56 motorways. The excellent road network puts a population of over 6.2 million people within a 45 minute drivetime of Warrington, and is only a 30 minutes’ drive from the cities of Manchester and Liverpool.
Warrington has a population of 207,700 of which 78.8% is economically active compared to the national average of 77.8%. It is a high functioning economy with high employment rates and low unemployment. The unemployment rate of the Working Age population is 4%, below the national average of 4.8% (Dec 2016).
Warrington has a high ratio of private sector to public sector jobs and features at number ‘4’ in the top ’10’ UK cities with the higher proportion of private sector jobs (Centre for Cities 2016).
The local business base is diverse but is particularly strong in energy (including nuclear), engineering, software and logistics. Warrington is home to the global, European and UK HQs of a number of notable companies including United Utilities, Electricity North West, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind UK, Sellafield Ltd, New Balance, Sonova, European Metal Recycling, Done Brothers Ltd (Betfred) and Certas Energy.