With a population of around 40 000, Leyland is situated in the borough of South Ribble in Lancashire and known as the original home of British bus and truck manufacturer Leyland Motors, which later became British Leyland, once one of the world's largest motor manufacturer's and therefore an important employer. When US company PACCAR took over British Leyland, production expanded from the Leyland plant, helping the town grow and expand even further. This year, Leyland Trucks celebrated the production of the 100,000th DAF LF truck.
Leyland is also the base for Enterprise PLC, one of the UK's leading maintenance and utility firms which is a major local employer providing key services to the government. The company handles essential public sector services such as social housing, water, power, gas and energy management as well as taking care of motorway maintenance. All these sectors require significant numbers of skilled employees, many of which come from the Leyland Area. Other significant employment opportunities in Leyland include the real estate industry, as well retail, entertainment and education. The hotel and conference sector is also growing with facilities in and around Leyland such as Wellington Park, a major new 4 star hotel in the town, and a handful of brands within a mile radius including Best Western Premier, and Farington Lodge.
Leyland's educational establishments are widely considered to be among the best in the region. St. Mary's Catholic Technology College is one of the top performers when it comes to qualifications and the Wellfield Business and Enterprise College is another top rated education centre based in Leyland. These institutions provide quality training to help create a pool of skills for local industries. Meanwhile, nearby Preston is home to the University of Central Lancashire, and boasts one of the largest student populations in the UK. The region is therefore an important location for skills growth, knowledge transfer and business development. In fact, the region rates number five in the UK with regard to the number of graduate start-up businesses launched annually.
The Northwest of England is now a thriving global business hub and therefore generates significant amounts of revenue for the country as a whole. It is also now one of the most important economic zones in Europe and as part of a dedicated strategy to develop the regional economy, the area is undergoing major regeneration with public and private investment transforming many parts of the region into sophisticated, modern centres.
Like some other parts of the country, Leyland has seen a definite increase in the range of part-time and temporary employment opportunities on offer in the area. Professional agencies like Daniel Adams help jobseekers in Leyland identify the best vacancies available and match people's skills and training to local employers' needs.