Lancashire’s manufacturing sector prepares for “the one they all want to win…”

Lancashire has long prided itself on being the birthplace of the industrial revolution.
A recent report states despite the UK leaving the European Union in 2021 and fears over post-Brexit trade, the country’s manufacturing sector has bounced back with exports and is now in on track to reach ambitious targets set by the government by 2030.

Last year the county helped contribute billions to the UK’s record exports, with more companies producing local goods and services which have found been purchased by UK consumers or found routes into global markets.

With a manufacturing sector beginning to find its feet once more following a punishing few years following the pandemic, Lancashire is once again becoming seeing an evolution in its most historic asset.

And this year, Lancashire manufacturers have been applying in their droves for the BIBAs in order to emulate last year’s winners, Leyland Trucks, who themselves made history by claiming three awards, including Manufacturer of the Year.

Competition is fierce for this category, as with the other 19 BIBAs, and sponsors FW Capital say they are looking forward to judging the businesses who have come forward to take this year’s crown.

As long-standing supporters of “the one they all want to win”, FW Capital have judged their fair share of BIBAs over the years, and this year the diverse range of manufacturers across Lancashire means this category could be a tricky one to decide a winner.

Caroline Turley, investment executive at FW Capital, said: “A robust manufacturing sector is vital for a thriving economy, especially here in Lancashire, where manufacturers play a pivotal role in our business landscape.

“Lancashire has long been recognised as a manufacturing powerhouse, and despite post-Brexit competition from overseas, the UK remains globally renowned for its quality products.

“At FW Capital, we’re committed to assisting Lancashire’s manufacturers by providing financial support through the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II. We’re proud to sponsor the Manufacturer of the Year category at the BIBAs and eagerly anticipate engaging with some of the region’s top manufacturing enterprises.”

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