The Borough of Pendle, in which Nelson is located, recently embarked on a comprehensive redevelopment plan which is aimed at boosting the local economy and attracting more investment into the Borough's many productive businesses. The plan is designed to look at the economic issues facing the area and to exploit its potential and strengths in order to improve employment opportunities for both locals and people travelling to work in the area. It also aims at strengthening the business infrastructure; improving the competitiveness of the current business base; attracting new investors; further stimulating new enterprises; and introducing skills and learning initiatives aimed at improving employability.
New businesses starting up in Nelson will also be able to gain extensive support from the Borough Council. The Consortium of Enterprise Trusts (CENTA) was set up to give entrepreneurs reliable business advice and up-to-date business information to help new businesses get off to the right start. Services include confidential, impartial and independent advice; tailored solutions to individual business needs; financial assistance and book keeping services, to name just a few.
Such services and initiatives have helped cities like Nelson regain some of the jobs that had been lost in the last couple of decades due to less manufacturing and people moving to larger nearby cities such as Manchester and Liverpool. Today, some of the city's largest employers are the retail and services sectors, as well as the public sector. The Pendle Rise Shopping Centre houses many high-street brands and Nelson has also seen a rise in telecommunication companies relocating because of the good infrastructure and low cost of living.
Nelson is serviced by the M65 motorway, which runs to Burnley, Accrington, Blackburn and Preston, and the A56 which runs from the city centre to Brierfield and Colne. The A682 runs north to the Yorkshire Dales. The Northern Rail connects Nelson to the rest of the UK and many people also choose to relocate to Nelson because of the city's excellent recreational facilities such as parks and and an active local sports life. The Art, Culture and Enterprise Centre Nelson also provides residents with a multi-purpose venue for cinema, music and theatre.