North West England - Economy

Economy

The North West is historically linked with the textiles industry, mainly before the mid 20th century. The Greater Manchester region produces the most economic output according to GVA in 2007 with £46,189m. Followed by Lancashire with £22,470m, Cheshire £21,317m and Merseyside £19,112m and Cumbria with £7,379m.

According to research by Cushman and Wakefield in 2008, Manchester is the second best city to locate a business in the UK whilst Liverpool is the eleventh best city. The Financial Times stated that the North West economy, led by the redevelopment of Manchester and Liverpool, is a genuine rival to 'overheated London'.

The area's electricity, formerly looked after by MANWEB and NORWEB, is now looked after by ScottishPower Energy Networks and United Utilities respectively. The Morecambe Bay gas field provides 6% of the UK's natural gas.

Electricity generation in North West England
Power stations
Biomass
Active
  • Fiddlers Ferry (co-fires)
Coal
Active
  • Fiddlers Ferry
Closed
  • Agecroft
  • Back o' th' Bank
  • Barton
  • Blackburn
  • Bloom Street
  • Bold
  • Bolton
  • Carlisle
  • Carrington
  • Chadderton
  • Dickinson Street
  • Fleetwood
  • Hartshead
  • Huncoat
  • Ince A
  • Kearsley
  • Lancaster
  • Lister Drive
  • Merseyside
  • Padiham
  • Radcliffe
  • Ribble
  • Roosecote
  • Salford
  • Slacks Valley
  • Southport
  • Spa Road
  • Stockport
  • Stuart Street
  • Trafford
  • Warrington
  • Westwood
  • Whitebirk
Gas
Active
  • Bridgewater
  • Fellside
  • Rocksavage
  • Roosecote
  • Weston Point
  • Winnington
Proposed/Future
  • Carrington
Incinerators/Waste
Active
  • Bolton
  • Red Moss Landfill
Proposed/Future
  • Ince
  • Weston Point
Nuclear
Active
  • Heysham
Closed
  • Calder Hall
Oil
Closed
  • Ince A + B
Wind
Active
  • Askam and Ireleth
  • Barrow Offshore
  • Burbo Bank
  • Coal Clough
  • Ormonde
  • Scout Moor
  • Walney
  • Winscales Moor
Proposed/Future
  • West Duddon
Organisations
  • BNFL
  • The Lancashire Electric Power Company
  • MANWEB
  • NORWEB
  • Pre-nationalisation electric power companies

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