The aerospace dimension

Aerospace businesses based in Lancashire Enterprise Zone have unrivalled opportunities to benefit from the hi-tech supply chain created by Britain’s next-generation combat aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35.

The state-of-the-art supersonic jet fighter will be built at BAE Systems' Samlesbury and Warton facilities over the next 25 years.

Our Enterprise Zone has the UK’s single largest aerospace concentration

The presence of BAE Systems has attracted strong regional supply chains in many areas ranging from design, testing and manufacturing, to repair and maintenance. In Lancashire alone, BAE Systems contracts with 500 companies in the supply chain, generating revenue of £300m a year.

The Enterprise Zone builds on the area’s outstanding record of innovation, capabilities, experience and skills – with 28,000 people employed in the aerospace industry. This represents the single largest concentration of aerospace activity in the UK, while North West England is rated as the fourth-largest aerospace cluster globally.

Top-level security gives peace of mind

World class facilities include Warton aerodrome’s 2,400 metre runway, the second-longest in the UK. The airfield has top security facilities, giving peace of mind for businesses in commercially sensitive sectors.

Lancashire Enterprise Zone is anchored by BAE Systems, which has export orders valued at more than £19 billion, with the Samlesbury and Warton sites pivotal to delivering this international programme.