Enterprising Burnley is ‘leading the way’

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Compere Tony Livesey, left, Steve Rumbelow, third from right, and Dave Jones, right, boss of Veka, in Burnley Compere Tony Livesey, left, Steve Rumbelow, third from right, and Dave Jones, right, boss of Veka, in Burnley

BURNLEY is ‘leading the way’ in Britain’s economic recovery, Business Minist-er Michael Fallon has said.

Mr Fallon addressed the borough’s business and political leaders during their ‘trade mission’ to London, on Wednesday evening.

Burnley Council’s chief executive Steve Rumbelow said the event was ‘a big succ- ess’.

And Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities think-tank, said Burnley was the 10th best town in the UK for creating private sector jobs.

Mr Rumbelow led a del-egation which included representatives from almost 30 Burnley firms to meet ministers and investors in Westminster.

The trip was arranged on the back of last year’s Department for Business, Inn-ovation and Skills award success, when the borough was named the most ent-erprising area in the UK.

Mr Fallon was among those to heap praise on Burnley’s economy during a speech at The Royal Society’s headquarters, in Carlton House Terrace.

He said: “Burnley has indeed a strong package to offer investors. It has a pro-active and supportive business environment, a good infrastructure, and highly-skilled workforce.

“I think that Burnley is leading the way, where more businesses are being created than are closing down.

“Burnley is a championship town that was once – and we hope will again be – in the Premiership.”

Former Lancashire Telegraph reporter Tony Livesey was compère at the event, which included a quiz on the town’s heritage.

Mr Rumbelow said: “It seemed to go very, very well.

“We met a number of contacts that we are following up, and one or two of them have already agreed to come to Burnley and see what we can offer.

“That was one of the main objectives.

“It was great to see businesses meeting other bus-inesses. That contact betw- een people is what we want to build on.”

Referring to Burnley’s private sector jobs numbers, Ms Jones said: “This is an enormous achievement.

“It’s an impressive statistic and a real achievement to be up there in the top ten based on national data.”

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3:15pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Cimbri says...

Burnley is only leading the way, only because most of Blackburn is in 'special measures' and being controlled by outside powers.
Articles like this, only play to the superiority complex of those whom think that they are better than Blackburn.

(I hear that they are changing the towns name, with the 'D' of 'BwD', to mean a disabled sticker, to stop Burnley taking the Mick.)
Burnley is only leading the way, only because most of Blackburn is in 'special measures' and being controlled by outside powers. Articles like this, only play to the superiority complex of those whom think that they are better than Blackburn. (I hear that they are changing the towns name, with the 'D' of 'BwD', to mean a disabled sticker, to stop Burnley taking the Mick.) Cimbri
  • Score: -14

3:38pm Fri 11 Apr 14

patriotno1 says...

fallon says this about every town he visits.
fallon says this about every town he visits. patriotno1
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4:31pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Darren Reynolds says...

patriotno1 wrote:
fallon says this about every town he visits.
Even if true, it is possible for more than one place to lead the way at the same time. But a quick Google search suggests that is false. In the first two pages of results, he has only said this about Burnley and Sevenoaks. So, unless those are the only places he has visited, then I think you're being a little unfair!
[quote][p][bold]patriotno1[/bold] wrote: fallon says this about every town he visits.[/p][/quote]Even if true, it is possible for more than one place to lead the way at the same time. But a quick Google search suggests that is false. In the first two pages of results, he has only said this about Burnley and Sevenoaks. So, unless those are the only places he has visited, then I think you're being a little unfair! Darren Reynolds
  • Score: -6

5:00pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Interocitor says...

Good to see someone still doing their bit for the Lib Dems. Sorry, I mean the Tories. Mind you, it's hard to tell the difference these days.
Good to see someone still doing their bit for the Lib Dems. Sorry, I mean the Tories. Mind you, it's hard to tell the difference these days. Interocitor
  • Score: 9

7:19pm Fri 11 Apr 14

woolywords says...

Darren Reynolds wrote:
patriotno1 wrote:
fallon says this about every town he visits.
Even if true, it is possible for more than one place to lead the way at the same time. But a quick Google search suggests that is false. In the first two pages of results, he has only said this about Burnley and Sevenoaks. So, unless those are the only places he has visited, then I think you're being a little unfair!
Sevenoaks?
Isn't that the same place that lost 5 of it's oaks, in a storm, once?

This leads me to question his figures..
[quote][p][bold]Darren Reynolds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]patriotno1[/bold] wrote: fallon says this about every town he visits.[/p][/quote]Even if true, it is possible for more than one place to lead the way at the same time. But a quick Google search suggests that is false. In the first two pages of results, he has only said this about Burnley and Sevenoaks. So, unless those are the only places he has visited, then I think you're being a little unfair![/p][/quote]Sevenoaks? Isn't that the same place that lost 5 of it's oaks, in a storm, once? This leads me to question his figures.. woolywords
  • Score: -2

8:34pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Manuel Hung says...

Meanwhile back in Shadsworth..........
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Meanwhile back in Shadsworth.......... ..... Manuel Hung
  • Score: 5

10:15pm Sat 12 Apr 14

zabby says...

Where are all these jobs he talks about in burnley,are they all minimum wage non contract jobs,if so they ain't worth having
Where are all these jobs he talks about in burnley,are they all minimum wage non contract jobs,if so they ain't worth having zabby
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