Blackpool Airport is now owned by Blackpool Council, which heralds a positive new dawn for the airport ensuring that it will continue to operate as an important hub that will benefit the whole region. Blackpool Airport is a key part of the local economy and as sole owner Blackpool Council will ensure that it can continue to be used as an aviation and employment hub for the Fylde coast for the long term. The airport continues to play a key role in making the Enterprise Zone one of the most successful in the country, helicopter and other commercial airside activities continue whilst building on these to deliver the overall objective of creating up to 5,000 jobs on the Enterprise Zone site. www.blackpoolairport.com
The Enterprise Zone’s proximity to the North West’s Energy Coast has meant it is home to the flagship development Lancashire Energy HQ, which opened in September 2017, a new £9.8m purpose-built facility, equipped with industry-standard resources and staffed by experts to drive excellence in energy training standards. Developed by Blackpool and the Fylde College and funded by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Lancashire Energy HQ will deliver the next generation of skilled and trained engineers and technicians required for renewable and low-carbon energy generation as well as traditional oil and gas. lancashireenergyhq.blackpool.ac.uk
The Lancashire Energy HQ includes the sector’s largest nuclear and renewables simulator and together with supply chain companies, including Westinghouse Springfields Nuclear Fuels, Lancashire is at the forefront of the Nuclear sector. The Springfields nuclear fuels manufacturing facility, located between Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone and Preston, has the technology to manufacture fuel for all major designs of nuclear reactors worldwide. Most of the fuel requirements for the UK’s nuclear power stations are met by Springfields.
The Enterprise Zone and Lancashire Energy HQ will be key locations for the development and logistical support of England’s emerging energy markets, with the future potential to attract National and International investment in both offshore and onshore oil and gas exploration, production and distribution.