A highly successful business location
Warrington has a population of 210,000 of which 84% is economically active compared to the national average of 79%.
Warrington is a highly successful business location and is home to the global, European and UK HQs of companies including United Utilities, Electricity North West, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind UK, Sellafield Ltd, Nuvia UK, New Balance, Sonova UK, Cavendish Nuclear, Bilfinger UK Limited, Stantec and Certas Energy.
The local business base is diverse but is particularly strong in energy (specifically nuclear), engineering, logistics and software. The latter is represented by companies such as Tata Consulting Services, HP, Datel and Dassault Systems.
In terms of key areas of employment; professional, scientific & technical activities represent 17% of employment; and 16% employed in wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles. Manufacturing represents 5% of employment with local manufacturers including Plastic Omnium, a Tier 1 automotive supplier and Stanley Engineered Fastenings, serving industries including automotive and aerospace.
Warrington 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.
Get to know Warrington
Excellent transport links
Good transport links are an essential part of where a business is based. The excellent road network around Warrington means that companies can access a population of over 6.2 million people within a 45-minute drive time.
One reason for Warrington’s economic success is its well-developed infrastructure and connectivity, in particular its proximity to the M62, M6 and M56 motorways. It also has two train stations on offer, and being so close to Liverpool and Manchester also means both airports are within easy reach, should you or your colleagues or clients need to travel internationally.
Manchester and Liverpool are two of the most exciting cultural centres of the UK, and the town is pretty much equidistant between the two, giving you all the benefits of both.
Not only does this mean that Warrington’s culture is more vibrant than you’d expect – especially when it comes to working lunches, with a range of exciting eateries – it also means the town has a huge catchment area for potential clients, without the added cost of being located in a major city centre.
Access to a pool of talent
Being so close to Manchester and Liverpool has another major advantage, as both cities have universities spilling out talented graduates. The University of Chester also has a Warrington campus, meaning you will have the opportunity to recruit students while they’re still studying.
Moving forward with regeneration
The £130 million Time Square project is scheduled now completed shortly and includes a Cineworld multiplex cinema, a market hall, new council offices and a public square.
Birchwood Park & Daresbury Park – two of the North West’s premier business locations
We have a number of properties near to Warrington at Birchwood Park extending to over 500,000 sqft of commercial premises. Birchwood is Warrington’s key office location and one of the North West’s premier business destinations, home to c.200 companies and over 6,000 people. This major commercial hub is also supported by leisure and shopping amenities including Birchwood Shopping Centre and Birchwood Golf Club.
Birchwood Station provides local connections to Liverpool, Manchester and Warrington Bank Quay Station all providing onward intercity links, via the Westcoast main line, to the Midlands, London & Scotland.
The bustling retail hub of Birchwood Shopping Centre is a short distance away offering access to a range of retailers and facilities, including ASDA, Aldi, Costa Coffee & The Planet Coffee House & Grill amongst others. Nearby you have the beautiful Risley Moss Nature Reserve, Birchwood Forest Park and access to both the Alive & Well Health Club and Birchwood Leisure & Tennis Complex, making fitness and health facilities easily accessible from your working environment. A nearby Starbucks drive through, local spar, Peacock Pub Restaurant and Penta Hotel add to an impressive line-up.
Another premier business park we have property at is Daresbury Park, located to the South of Warrington. Daresbury Park has benefitted from £9.5m of improvements made to the immediate area, including a new dual carriageway link towards Junction 11 of the M56 which reduces traffic congestion for occupiers on the park.
It is home to a number of highly regarded businesses including ABB, Virgin Healthcare, Ministry of Justice, Redrow homes, Projen and Stannah, and boasts a variety of on-site amenity including the Daresbury Hotel, Gym & Spa and the on-site restaurant Steam, Bake and Grill. Future phases include an additional hotel, nursery and leisure facilities.