Preston has been on an upward trajectory since it was granted city status in 2002. Now the third-largest city in the North West, it continues to go from strength-to-strength.
Today, it is home to the highest number of registered enterprises in Lancashire (5,165) and continues to attract new talent every year, including many from the University of Central Lancashire and beyond looking to put down permanent roots.
With enviable transport links, established business and education hubs and a clear path for sustained growth, the city has an exciting future ahead as both a place to live and invest.
Preston has been identified by local and national government as an area of great potential. So much so, the city has received considerable recent investment, resulting in a rapidly developing cultural and economic landscape.
In 2018, Preston was named the most improved city in the UK.
In 2019, Preston named the most improved city in the North West, beating both Liverpool and Manchester.
Preston has big plans for the future, with a number of schemes in the pipeline that will continue to raise the city’s status as a destination for culture. The Markets Quarter is the focal point of a visionary £50m project build a brand new market hall and restore two Grade 2 Listed Victorian canopies.
One of the largest and hotly-anticipated regeneration schemes in Preston, the Stoneygate Masterplan aims to create a new ‘urban village’ on the eastern fringe of the city centre, transforming several key districts into a trendy destination to live, work and play.