The Most Productive Place in the North West
Warrington has been ‘home’ to DriveWorks for the last 15 years. A recent article by City Metric got us reflecting on the place where we have planted our roots.
According to City Metric, Warrington is the most productiveÂ place in the North West of England.
Even as a smaller town, Warrington competes with nearby big cities, Liverpool and Manchester on productivity and on average income.
Historically, Warrington is an industrial town, acting as a centre for brewers, distillers and wire manufacturers. There is still a lot of industry in the town today and we are proud to be associated with wire manufacturer, Locker Group, as they use our software.
Warrington changed in 1968 when it became a new town and the population boomed, whilst other industrial towns were in decline. Now the population of the town is over 210,000.
The Emergence of Technology
The City Metric article picked up on one of the things we love most about our town, the mix of history with new,Â modern facilities.
There are more and more tech and digital businesses like ours moving to Warrington and a community of like-mindedÂ companies is emerging. The Business Exchange by Warrington & Co. is a local networking initiative to bring these companies together.
We went along for the launch night back in March and over 280 businesses had registered to attend. On the night we joined as members of the Warrington Business Exchange and have been watching the member numbers grow massively over the past few months.
It’s inspiring to see how many businesses in Warrington see the importance of networking and collaborating. It’s already clear how much value it will bring to our community, to create a better connected and stronger economy in Warrington.
Location, Location, Location
Aside from the industrial heritage and the community, another great reason to be in Warrington is the location.
We’re within easy reach of Manchester and Liverpool, both of which have airports.
There are two train stations in Warrington, at the intersection of the London to Glasgow, West Coast Mainline and the Liverpool – Warrington – Manchester – Huddersfield – Leeds – Hull, Transpennine routes.
We’re also really close to the major motorways (M6/M62/M56) that connect the UK.
All in all, we’re in a great place for our visitors from far and wide, and for travelling to and from the office ourselves.
In our converted barn offices, we have the best of both worlds. We’re just outside of Warrington, close enough to make the most of all of the great facilities the town provides but also rural enough to enjoy beautiful scenery, peaceful lunchtime walks, less traffic and easy parking.
The villages around Warrington, like Thelwall, Lymm and Stockton Heath are worth a mention too.
These villages are where we spend most of our time as a team. Whether it’s a drink at the pub after work, a kick around on the football pitch, a weekend park run, the Sunday evening pub quiz or a meeting at one of the nearby modern facilities, there’s everything we need right here.
Like the sound of our location and what we have to offer? Come and join us! We’re always looking for talented people to join our team of software developers, creatives, marketers, engineers and all-round tech geeks.