VIDEO: Business is booming in Warrington’s Cultural Quarter, in a town where unemployment is at a 40 year low and nearly a full one per cent below the national average.
The spotlight fell on the town’s Cultural Quarter in episode 3 of the #LoveWarrington show, highlighting the positive side of Warrington.
Possibly the “Jewell in the Crown” and at the heart of Warrington, the Cultural Quarter has stood the test of time and now boasts a number of fine dining restaurants, some exciting buidling conversions as well as town centre living accommodation.
One of the new businesses which has moved into Palmyra Square is the I Supply Group who specialise in recruitment.
Director Andy Hibbert said: Business is booming and Warrington has the best GVA outside of London.
“Unemployment is at a 40 year low in Warrington at around 3.4 per cent which is nearly a whole one per cent lower than the national average.
“Warrington is home to over 8,000 businesses employing around 120,000 people. We are the powerhouse of the Northern Powerhouse.”
Andy says his company is struggling to fill positions due to the low unemployment in the town.
“If there had been an extra 500 Class 1 drivers available before Christmas we could have found them all work,” he added. “We desperately need more people living in Warrington to fill all the job opportunities.”
Meanwhile, while there is plenty to be positive about, the area still has its problems, including homelessness and rough sleepers.
Following the broadcast Andy and co-presenter Gary Pemberton from Belvoir Sales and Lettings, were introduced to Sue Blyth at Room at the Inn, to explore ways the local business community can help tackle this ongoing and growing problem – Watch this space!