Fylde Council is excited to announce our new partnership with the North West Aerospace Alliance who are delivering a new project to support diversification in Aerospace, Automotive, and Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing businesses across Fylde, made possible following approval of the Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). 

There are approximately 15,000 jobs in Fylde within the wider Manufacturing and the Professional, Scientific and Technical business sectors, making these the largest employment sectors across the borough, which is why Fylde Council has joined forces with the NW Aerospace Alliance to support these important businesses. 

If you are located in Fylde and have a business in the Aerospace, Automotive or Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing sectors, why not take advantage of the free advice and support available to you until March 2025. 

From this new partnership with the NW Aerospace Alliance, businesses can expect to: 

  • Receive tailored one-one advice and support unique to your business and sector from industry experts who will help you to identify new growth opportunities 
  • Benefit from direct introductions with well-established successful businesses to gain a greater understanding of specific requirements of supply chains 
  • Hear first hand experiences from peers and guest speakers at a focused annual event, with the opportunity to learn, share knowledge and experiences, and work collaboratively 
  • Introductions to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre 
  • Support to identify skills gaps and upskilling opportunities 
  • Benefit from the NW Aerospace Alliance’s direct relationships with Government, colleagues from other Aerospace Alliances across England as well as their network of businesses from across the north west. 

By offering one-one support and opening up opportunities for businesses to work collaboratively, this project aims to support individual businesses to diversify, support their resilience by accessing new markets which in turn supports growth, job creation and sustainability.  Working together and sharing knowledge encourages innovation and the development of new products and services. 

Paula Gill CEO North West Aerospace Alliance said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Fylde Council helping to support resilience, growth and sustainability in businesses within the Aerospace, Automotive, Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing sectors across the Fylde area.  Adapting and diversifying for businesses in the current climate is even more important now and we are looking forward to sharing our expertise and knowledge identifying organisations that need and will most benefit from coordinated business support and in assisting them to engage with the right level of support and at the right time”.   

Councillor Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council, said: “Fylde is fortunate to be home to numerous businesses from specialist sectors, and it is a priority of our UKSPF Partnership Group to help them flourish. We are delighted to work together with our partners in the NWAA to further support these valued contributors to our communities and local economy through the use of UK Shared Prosperity Fund monies. 

“Here at Fylde Council we value all of our businesses and the contributions they make to the local economy, which is why we have committed almost 25% of our total UKSPF allocation to supporting businesses across Fylde.  If your business is in any of these sectors and you feel you could benefit from this project, or if you’re a Fylde business and want to know what other support is available, please get in touch!” 

If your business is in any of these sectors and you feel you could benefit from this project, or if you’re a Fylde business and want to know what other support is available, please get in touch. Visit our dedicated business website InvestinFylde.co.uk or email Invest@Fylde.gov.uk and our team will be in touch to advise. 

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus 


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