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One West Lancashire 5 th November 2014 West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 Ian Gill, One West Lancashire 5 th November 2014 West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 Ian Gill, Deputy Assistant Director Housing & Regeneration Paula Huber, Economic Regeneration Manager

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • West Lancashire Economy Study 2009 • Regeneris Consulting West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • West Lancashire Economy Study 2009 • Regeneris Consulting with Lambert Smith Hampton - commissioned March 2014 • WLBC, LCC & HCA • Elected Member consultation events • Signed off September 2014

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Two Parts: • Part One (Paula Huber) – West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Two Parts: • Part One (Paula Huber) – Economic Evidence Base • Key Statistics • Forecasts • Comparative districts • Part Two (Ian Gill) – – Recommended 8 core themes Recommended Actions Economic Development Strategy 2015 -2025 Next Steps

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Covering the whole of the Borough, particular focus West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Covering the whole of the Borough, particular focus on Skelmersdale’s economic issues & opportunities: – the most significant hub of population & economic activity – the area most in need of intervention – the area where most change is likely to occur • Developing the Economic Evidence Base: – Datasets and analysis – Consultation – Economic development agendas

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Key points from the Economic Evidence Base: • West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Key points from the Economic Evidence Base: • 110, 000 residents (9% of Lancashire’s population) • 62% live in three main urban settlements • 40% Skelmersdale (41, 000) • Supports 45, 000 jobs (7% of Lancashire) • 40% Skelmersdale • Key Sectors: • • • Manufacturing Distribution Retail & warehousing Public sector Strong agricultural sector (supports over 2, 000 jobs)

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • 15% of Lancashire’s total commercial floor space • West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • 15% of Lancashire’s total commercial floor space • 1. 56 m sq m of employment floor space • 81% industrial, 10% retail, 7% office • Low cost and competitive • International and well-known household names: – – – Pepsico-Walkers Pilkington Group SCA Hygiene Turtle Wax Hottershoes

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Accessibility to ports, labour, markets and major population West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Accessibility to ports, labour, markets and major population centres • Within Lancashire but strong relationships with LCR and GMCR • Currently a net exporter of labour • 2, 200 net workers leave the Borough daily • 26% to LCR, 10% to Lancashire, 10% to GMCR • Strong employment growth (2003 -12) • Increase of 6, 800 jobs across the Borough • Increase of 2, 200 jobs in Skelmersdale • Average growth out-performing GB • 3% p/a compared with 0. 1% GB • Unemployment levels lower than GB average • 1. 8% claimant count (2. 4% GB)

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Employment Growth 2003 -2012 West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Employment Growth 2003 -2012

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Labour Market Trends – In 2012/13 80% of West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Labour Market Trends – In 2012/13 80% of 16 -64 yr olds economically active (exceeding national average) • However: – – – 72% of unemployment claimants live in Skelmersdale ¼ claiming for over a year 20 -25% OWB claimants in some Skelmersdale wards 30% of residents with no qualifications c. 50% of residents work in lower skilled, lower wage roles

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Future Forecasts 2013 -2023: – Increase of 5, West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Future Forecasts 2013 -2023: – Increase of 5, 800 jobs – Strong growth rates, double+ Lancashire LEP average – 80% of growth within: • Wholesale and retail • Professional services • Administrative and support services

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Employment Growth 2013 -2032 • GVA per job West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Employment Growth 2013 -2032 • GVA per job 2013 -2032

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Part Two: – Recommended 8 Core Themes – West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Part Two: – Recommended 8 Core Themes – Recommended Actions – Economic Development Strategy 2015 -2025 – Next Steps

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Eight Core Themes • • Stimulating Change Providing West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Eight Core Themes • • Stimulating Change Providing the right scale and mix of Employment Sites Housing as a Driver for Change Revitalised Town Centres A Better Connected West Lancashire Promoting the Place Supporting the Rural and Visitor Economy Advantage through Knowledge and Skills

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Potential Projects and Action Plan: • Skelmersdale Leadership West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • Potential Projects and Action Plan: • Skelmersdale Leadership Board • Consider the potential for the allocation & delivery of additional employment land, Skelmersdale • Support for the delivery of housing estate improvements • Skelmersdale town centre • Skelmersdale Rail Link and Station/Transport Hub • Improving Ormskirk as a market town

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 Pedestrian/cycling improvements Rail Investment in West Lancashire Develop a West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 Pedestrian/cycling improvements Rail Investment in West Lancashire Develop a Skelmersdale brand Improve the positioning of West Lancashire as a visitor destination • Improved secondary school provision in Skelmersdale • Improve the Skills Gap and Raise Qualification Levels • •

West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • • • Next Steps: Draft Economic Development Strategy West Lancashire Economy Study 2014 • • • Next Steps: Draft Economic Development Strategy 2015 -2025 Consultation Period 14 th Jan – 25 th Feb 2015 Cabinet – March 2015 Delivery of Key Asks and Action Plan Partnership working - public/private and community/voluntary sector