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South Ribble's economic strength has traditionally been based on the light engineering, manufacturing and motor vehicle industries.

James Sumner together with the Spurrier brothers established the Leyland Steam Motor Company in 1901 which evolved into the world renowned ‘Leyland Motors’, dominating the bus and truck industries through ensuing decades.

Rutherford Point - Matrix Park

Rutherford Point - Matrix Park

Today, South Ribble has a balanced and vibrant economy. Advanced manufacturing and engineering continues to be an important strength in terms of economic output together with emerging sector strengths including food and energy. Outsourcing, partnerships, the local supply chain and services including software and advanced design support these sectors. Leading companies across a range of sectors are at home in South Ribble, particularly the following sector strengths:

  1. Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
  2. Aerospace
  3. Automotive
  4. Agriculture/Food
  5. Construction
  6. Energy (Nuclear)
  7. Pharma/ Healthcare
  8. Logistics

Key local employers in our lead sectors include: BAE Systems Ltd; Leyland Trucks; Conlon Construction; The Eric Wright Group; Dr Oetker; Shazan Foods; Torotrak; Clean Air Power; Synergy Health; North West Projects; TEG Environmental; Waitrose Regional Distribution Centre; Lunar Caravans and AB Inbev UK - all leading companies in their respective fields.

DAF Euro 6 Range

DAF Euro 6 Range

NOMIS official labour market statistics provide data on the population, employment and businesses in South Ribble.  Please see Labour Market Profile South Ribble. The information available includes qualifications, labour supply and Gross Weekly Pay for South Ribble.

The Lancashire County Council Profile for South Ribble District offers a snapshot of some of the key economic, social and environmental attributes of South Ribble together with links through to the source information. The Economic Development section of the profile illustrates the changes in economic structure and the economic strengths of South Ribble. Lancashire County Council Profile for South Ribble