The North West of England is made up of five counties, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire. Overall, the North West accounts for just less than 12 per cent of the UK population, over 10 per cent of UK GDP and over 11 per cent of employment.
Lancashire is one of the main, thriving business centres in the North West of England. With an economy of £20 billion it is one of the biggest sub regions in the UK and is attracting a diverse range of businesses and international companies, all of who recruit fort their accounting departments.
Lancashire boasts three international airports and has the West Coast main line travelling through the heart of the county. With an excellent transport network and easy access to main highways, this explains why businesses are relocating to the area. Even in the current economic climate accounting positions are continuing to be advertised as there is a growing need for office based recruitment.
Historically Lancashire was at the centre of the manufacturing industry but more recently it has become the base for some of the UK's most successful businesses and BAe Systems and Rolls Royce all call this area home. The UK's aerospace industry is also based here and offers fantastic employment opportunities. Multi-nationals such as Alstrom Traction and Akzo Nobel demonstrate that this part of the UK is continuing to thrive in the engineering and chemical fields, and there are many other business opportunities in the finance sector overall.