The county of Lancashire is rich in history and today plays a key role in England's manufacturing base. The region was formerly a hub for Britain's famous traditional industries, namely textiles, clothing and footwear as well as engineering and the coal mining industry. Today, although these industries are still in operation, the county's economic base evolves around the services industry with an emphasis on commercial and public services such as retail, education, health and welfare. Lancashire is one of the largest sub-regions in England in terms of its contribution to the national output and within the Northwest alone, Lancashire provides around one-fifth of the entire region's production of goods and services only second to Greater Manchester.
The region's modern focus creates a need for professional field sales personnel and with more than 45,700 enterprises in the region the employment opportunities in the sales sector are vast and varied. Major employers range from long established firms such as James Thornber Ltd, RK Timber Engineering, Samuel Cooke and Co. Ltd, Chorley Building Society and S&A Blackwell Ltd. Tesco, Asda and Marks and Spencer are also major employers as are BAE Military Air Solutions. Business telecoms service provider Daisy has recruited a lot of sales people in East Lancashire in the last couple of years.
The services industry in Lancashire is supported by the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network (Selnet) which is a member organization that promotes social enterprises in the region. The network is involved in business activities that have explicit social aims such as job creation training and the provision of local services. The network has a large network of businesses offering a wide range of goods and services, many of them actively promoted through teams of field sales professionals. The county is also well supported by various business support and development organizations that offer technical and practical advice and assistance to local companies in order to ensure a thriving business community.
Sales professionals based in Lancashire have no problem reaching their clients, no matter how wide their sales region extends. Lancashire is home to England's first ever motorway and access and infrastructure still remains one of the county's strengths. Served by the M6, M55, M58, M61 and M65 motorway networks, it is well-connected to other parts of the region and country beyond making it easy for field sales personnel to move around effectively. Approximately 1.5 million people reside in the county of Lancaster and another 8 million are accessible within a 50 km radius of the county.