Blackburn and Darwen Hive Ambassadors Network


Blackburn with Darwen’s Plan for Prosperity sets out the Local Strategic Partnership’s key priorities to 2020. The priorities are underpinned by the need to create the environment for a thriving and competitive business base, leading to improved prospects for the borough’s residents. The Hive is an important contributor to many of the outcomes detailed. Details of key priorities and outcomes can be found below, and a full copy of the Plan for Prosperity 2014-2020 can be downloaded here.

Priority: Business Investment and Innovation

“To grow and diversify the economy, ensuring that Blackburn with Darwen is open for business”

Outcomes by 2020 – more private sector investment, more patents granted, more exporting

Priority: Employability

“To improve the employment prospects of residents and ensure that businesses skills needs are met”

Outcomes by 2020 – 2,700 new jobs from key private and public investments. More residents in work. More residents qualified to NVQ level 4 and above. More apprenticeship opportunities. More students obtaining 5 GCSEs grade A*- C in core subjects

Priority: Image & Marketing

“To improve the internal and external perception of Blackburn with Darwen as a place to live, work, visit and invest”

Outcomes by 2020 – improved perceptions, increased levels of inward investment, a growth in visitor numbers

Priority: Housing

“To widen housing choice by building more quality housing for sale, including family and affordable housing”

Outcomes by 2020 – more than 3,000 new homes built

Priority: Infrastructure

“To provide good quality employment sites, serviced by a well-connected and effective transport system”

Outcomes by 2020: 100,000 sqm of new commercial floor space across key regeneration sites. Delivery of the £40m Pennine Reach sustainable transport scheme

Priority: Quality of Life

“To improve the quality of life for all who live in Blackburn with Darwen”

Outcomes by 2020 – better resident health and a longer life expectancy