As one of the Lancashire's most easily accessed locations, just 6 miles south of Preston and well served by a range of transport services, Leyland is well positioned for a wide range of public and private sector industries.
Best known as the original base for British truck and bus builders Leyland Motors, the town expanded at a rapid rate from the 1950s up until the 1970s, when the company became known as British Leyland and grew to be one of the largest motor manufacturers in the world, employing thousands of people in a wide range of positions. British Leyland eventually fragmented the 1980s through a series of mergers and acquisitions, but the manufacturing side of the businesses continued to prosper and grow when American firm PACCAR took over and switched production to Leyland from its original factory in Cheshire. Leyland Trucks is now one of Britain's leading manufacturing companies and in September 2011, the company completed the production of its 100,000th DAF LF truck.
In nearby Preston, economic growth and diversity has also increased significantly in the last decade, which has had a positive influence on the employment opportunities in and around Leyland. There has been a move away from traditional textile manufacturing and engineering to more modern industries such as finance, computing and business services. In addition, British Aerospace Defence is located close by and employs more than 10,000 staff the region. The University of Central Lancashire in Preston not only provides training for those seeking work with local companies, but also provides jobs for over 3,000 people, making it one of the country's largest educational institutions.
Convenient transport links and a successful retail sector also make Leyland an attractive location for job seekers. The town is home to one of Britain's leading utility and maintenance firms, Enterprise PLC, another major employer in the region, which provides essential services to the public sector. Enterprise PLC's various divisions cover everything from waste management and recycling to social housing, facilities management, roads and highways management, water, power, gas and energy management, generating revenue of more than £1 billion per year.
More recent additions to the employment sector include computing and IT services. Technology and Internet application engineers and software developer in Leyland make upwards of £30,000 per year, and some positions come with a bonus, car allowance, and pension funds.