The Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy, MP, officially opened Burnley’s state-of-the-art engineering supply park, Innovation Drive this morning.
Based at the former site of a Michelin Tyre factory, Innovation Drive is a 400,000 sq ft Advanced Engineering and technology business hub, which is now home to major AEM, aerospace and technology business and SMEs including Kaman Tooling, BCW Engineering, Safran Nacelles and the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre (LDTC).
The Minster met with Councillor Mark Townsend, Leader of Burnley Council and Lancashire LEP Director, Pam Smith, Chief Executive of Burnley Council, Tim Webber, Chairman of Barnfield Construction and Mark Crabtree, Chair of Burnley Bondholders and Director of AMS Neve
After the opening ceremony, the Minster was taken on a tour of Innovation Drive and visited aerospace and automotive specialists BCW Engineering, who manufacture components for the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar and Airbus.
Burnley Council Leader and LEP Board Director, Mark Townsend said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Northern Powerhouse Minister to Burnley to formally launch Innovation Drive. Burnley has a reputation for getting things done, and this site is further evidence of the success of the council’s close working relationship with our local businesses. The phenomenal rate at which Innovation Drive has been developed is commendable, which I’m delighted to say is now almost fully occupied by high growth, high value engineering businesses creating 246 new jobs.”
The visit to Innovation Drive was part of the Minister’s wider tour of Lancashire which includes a series of official engagements highlighting Lancashire’s significance within the Powerhouse initiative.