Eight reasons to bring your business to the Borough of Fylde


Fastest Full-fibre broadband

Fylde has benefitted from £3.1m of investment to bring gigabit full end to end fibre connectivity to the area – giving fast, reliable broadband and a connectivity service to a range of providers and packages.

The Enterprise Zone at Blackpool Airport secured the UK gateway for the North Atlantic Loop, an international communications network fibre optic cable connecting Blackpool directly with New York.  The benefit to the Fylde area is increased access to high-capacity, ultra-low latency with some of the world’s fastest, most resilient internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit connection.

What is Gigabit capable broadband?

  • Gigabit broadband is an internet connection that offers speeds of 1 gigabit per second (1Gb) or more.
  • 1 gigabit = 1,000 megabits so it’s a huge leap in connection speeds – to put that into context, a 1Gb service would allow you to download a HD film in seconds…
  • Full fibre services are capable of being symmetrical, meaning the download and upload speeds are the same.

Fibre Blackpool mean across the Fylde region:

  • Fast, reliable performance – no more buffering or waiting.
  • Hyperfast speeds to power your bandwidth hungry applications.
  • A range of competitively priced services
  • A range of premium services will also be available where a dedicated line is required.

How do local businesses benefit from the investment?

Gigabit vouchers, which are a one-off contribution to SMEs, can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection. 

  • Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project.

Businesses can access the voucher scheme by registering their interest with one of the suppliers involved in the FIBRE BLACKPOOL scheme. The scheme is supplier-led which means suppliers will be requesting the voucher on behalf of their customers. 

Apply now at Fibre Blackpool


International and National Neighbours

Fylde is the home of many world-class organisations and brand names as well as the numerous SME businesses and independents, sited across its business parks, town centre high streets and rural locations.
BAE Systems has a heritage dating back to May 1939 and is today involved with the Typhoon, Hawk and new F-35 Lightning II, with future projects such as The Tempest, keeping the Warton site at the forefront of global aviation technology.
Westinghouse is at the forefront of the nations nuclear fuel industry, with a proud 75 year history at Springfields, home to UK’s Clean Energy Technology Park. Located at Salwick, within the Northern Powerhouse and North West Nuclear Arc, it is a nuclear licensed site serving UK and global markets on a 80 hectares of secure premises with large areas available for development.

Fox’s Biscuits, based at Wesham near Kirkham, were taken over in 2020, by Italian confectionery giant, Ferrero, the third largest manufacturer in the world for £285 million, proving there are no barriers to global status from a Fylde base.

Beaverbrooks, is synonymous with quality jewellery. The Head Office is located just off St Anne’s town centre. A family-run business since 1919 they are consistently in the top 100 UK companies to work for.

Trilanco Ltd, has also been based in Wesham since 1979, and is a leading Equine, Agricultural & Pet Products Wholesaler. In 2017 they expanded into a new, purpose-built 110,000 sq ft warehouse occupying more than six acres of land.

Stringers of Lytham is an independent department store created and owned by the Clarke family since 1952. The impressive building is located on Clifton Square in Lytham. They are passionate about providing the best contemporary shopping experience they can, so that the people of Fylde and beyond can come and enjoy some great quality retail therapy in this lovely town!

Stringers Case Study


Fylde Council

The Economic Development Team of Fylde Council have all worked in the Private Sector and appreciate business requirements across all sectors.  The Team offer a service for those relocating to Fylde or advancing in the district, assisting with connection building, collaboration and signposting. They are in constant contact with buisness support partners, acadamia, suppliers, commercial agents and business park administrators, as well as internal departments.
Visit the Fylde Council website


Skilled Workforce

Fylde leads the way in aerospace, nuclear, and manufacturing industries and has a strong presence of retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism providers. It has high job density rates which draws from Blackpool, Preston and surrounding districts.

Fylde Council has superb connections with two top UK Universities, UCLan and Lancaster. In addition, it is served by Myerscough, Preston, Cardinal Newman and Blackpool and the Fylde Colleges.  All have some of the best research and development facilities, a wealth of courses in all sectors and superb offerings for start-ups, micro’s, SME’s to major employers and internationals.


10,000 jobs, 23.8% Fylde, UK average 8.2%

Professional, Scientific & Technical Activities

6,000 jobs, 14.3% Fylde, UK average of 8.4%

Accommodation & Food Services

3,500 jobs, 8.3% Fylde, UK average of 7.5%


Enterprise Zones

Fylde has two Enterprise Zones. The Lancashire Enterprise Zone has two sites, one of which is Warton in Fylde. The Blackpool Enterprise Zone straddles the border between Blackpool and Fylde and covers the majority of Blackpool Airport.
By definition they are hosted by Local Enterprise Partnerships in which commercial and industrial businesses can receive incentives to set up or expand.

The Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone 

is a 144 hectare site incorporating the existing Category 3 airport (which can be extended to Category 6) One of the airfield’s important uses is in helicopter transportation to key energy generation sites in the Irish Sea. The BAEZ Masterplan seeks to achieve the vision of “Creating space for leadership in activity, business, thought and creation”. BAEZ is one of the North West’s Premier Business locations offering connected, high quality business and industrial premises within an excellent setting. The BAEZ is centered on the existing Squires Gate and Blackpool Business Park employment areas, and much of the operational infrastructure of Blackpool Airport is included.

Warton Enterprise Zone

offers a unique opportunity to locate alongside BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information business which has developed some of the most advanced engineering and manufacturing capability anywhere in the world. With a rich history of over 100 years of aviation innovation, Warton is the only UK private fast-jet testing facility. Innovations at Warton include BAE Systems recent installation of a brand new state-of-the-art cockpit development and training facility.


Commercial Space

The borough boasts several key employment sites providing all manner of advanced manufacturing and engineering facilities, light industrial, workshops, office space and within the town centres a plethora of retail and hospitality premises.  Many plots are still available for freehold and leasehold.

Wyndyke Farm  – Junction 3, M55

Commercial and Residential, plots for sale and build. Would suit warehousing and distribution, light industrial.

Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone – Squires Gate, Blackpool

Eastern Gateway Industrial/Warehouse and Office Units plots for sale and build. Would suit advanced manufacturing, energy, food and drink production and digital technologies.

Whitehills Business Park – Junction 4, M55

Commercial and retail, established business park comprising offices, retail, motor sales, light industrial and small warehousing.

Warton Enterprise Zone

Warton Enterprise Zone offers a unique opportunity to locate alongside BAE Systems’ Military Air & Information business which has developed some of the most advanced engineering and manufacturing capability anywhere in the world.

Springfields Clean Energy Park

The Park is located South of Kirkham, near Clifton Village and will be adjacent to the new South M55 link road by 2023. It is a collaborative hub for technology providers/innovators in nuclear and clean energy which attracts major business support opportunities.

Current Investment Opportunities

From time to time we are approached by building owners and Trusts to help them find new uses.  The Council may have other buildings not listed.  Please contact us and advise us as to what it is you are searching for.

  • Previous Council Offices, Clifton Drive, St Annes (Grade II listed)
  • Former Girls’ Charity School, 52 – 54 Poulton Street, Kirkham (Grade II building)
  • Hillside, Preston Street Kirkham (Grade II building)


Healthy, happy place to live and work

Fylde has 12 miles of golden coastline and a number of market towns who enjoy a high reputation such as Lytham and St Anne’s. The area is rich is stunning countryside, pretty villages, heritage sites, and leisure opportunities be it walking, cycling, boating, or golfing which draw residents, commuters and visitors from afar. It is a very safe district with low crime figures.

The Borough is located 55 minutes from Manchester and Liverpool, 20 mins from Preston and a mere five minutes from Blackpool Airport which is still taking none-commercial flights. Two new M55 link roads are underway vastly improving the commercial linkages to the motorway network, and there are plans to increase the train service offer for the existing South Fylde Rail Link making access to Kirkham, Lytham and St Annes from Preston more frequent.

Discover the Fylde


Fylde Council Local Plan

The Fylde Council Local Plan identifies four Strategic Locations for Development which will be the focus for the level of housing and economic growth required in Fylde up to the end of the plan period. The four Strategic Locations are: Lytham and St Annes; Fylde – Blackpool Periphery; Warton; and Kirkham and Wesham. To accommodate the level of development proposed, the Local Plan includes a masterplan policy for all of the Strategic Locations to ensure that new development on strategic sites is planned and delivered in an effective manner.

Fylde Borough Map

Kirkham Borough Map

St Annes Borough Map

Lytham Borough Map