Local services in Blackburn
Blackburn always had a real entrepreneurial spirit, and, because it was a manufacturing centre for textiles, it was full of families with links to and heritage in the fashion industry. It was a really experimental place. When it came to fashion, people made a real effort. Today, 25% of the population is involved in manufacturing, which is double the national average, so there’s a skill base, too. Blackburn is also really well connected, and there is beautiful countryside on the doorstep. A place loses its mojo and land prices go down, but this can be a good thing because it creates an opportunity. Blackburn is taking baby steps in the same direction and is has become a great place to visit.