Investment opportunities in Preston and South Ribble

Central Lancashire has long been a great place to live, work and do business, but a massive investment has taken the area to a new level.

City Deal is a £434m investment that's being used to upgrade transport infrastructure, unlocking many excellent development opportunities. New roads and employment space are continuing to be constructed, thousands of new homes have been built and occupied, and thousands of jobs have already been created.

And with a planned HS2 hub bringing transformational benefits to our economy, now is the time to invest in Preston and South Ribble.

The obvious investment choice

Here are just a few reasons why businesses choose to come, and stay in Preston and South Ribble:

Perfectly positioned and well connected

We are easy to access via four major motorways, rail, air and sea. New roads are being constructed and we’re improving existing roads to add capacity for now and the future.

Opportunities in Preston and South Ribble

Map of investment opportunities in Preston and South Ribble (PDF 5.37 MB)

Transforming and growing

City Deal has already enabled hundreds of new homes to be built to house our growing workforce and transformed some of our urban centres for the benefit of residents and visitors. Preston was recently named 'most improved city for growth' by PWC in their Good Growth for Cities report.

Innovative and thriving

Our county is a world leader in advanced manufacturing, aerospace, energy and engineering and locally-based specialist support is available to businesses here.

We also boast a first class education system with investment including a new Engineering Innovation Centre as part of the University of Central Lancashire's £200 million masterplan. 

A great place to live

You'll find excellent leisure and cultural attractions, amazing food and areas of outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep. And with good quality, affordable housing, top performing schools and colleges and great transport links, it's not surprising that South Ribble has been crowned best place to live – twice.

Thinking about relocating? We’ll support you each step of the way

We can help you with

  • Identifying suitable sites and premises
  • Access to finance
  • Support relocating staff
  • Soft landing/first office facilities
  • Recruitment of skilled staff
  • Introductions to local networks and suppliers
  • Ongoing support and advice

Get in touch with us to discuss the opportunities in Preston and South Ribble for your company:

Preston Enquiries

John Crellin
Head of City Development
Preston City Council

01772 906704

South Ribble Enquiries

Jennifer Clough
Investment & Skills Manager
South Ribble Borough Council

01772 625567 


General Inward Investment Enquiries

David Gordon
Project Manager
Lancashire County Council

01772 536639