WARRINGTON is the north west’s third largest financial centre in the north west according to new figures.

A total of 14,755 people are employed in financial and professional services jobs in the town, says a report from TheCityUK.

This is the third largest number in the region, behind only Manchester and Liverpool.

Statistics show that one in eight people, or nearly 13 per cent of residents, in Warrington now work in the sector – which contributed £373million to the town’s economy.

It ranked ahead of towns and cities including Salford, Stockport and Chester in order to claim third place on the list.

TheCityUK chief executive Miles Celic said: “This industry is vital for job creation and driving economic output to all parts of the UK, as well as contributing billions in tax revenue.

“London is central to the UK’s strong position, but it is clear that the many thriving regional and national centres are an essential part of its success – the North West being a particular case in point.

“Warrington’s development into one of the region’s leading financial centres has been truly remarkable.

“It is a national success story which we can be replicated in towns across the UK.

“Ensuring the industry’s future as a national asset will require a concerted effort.

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“This includes more regionally-focused policies and initiatives, greater focus on developing specialist centres and sectors, a more competitive business environment and enhanced engagement between government and industry.”