It was formed in 2018 by a group of private-sector business leaders combining with Preston City Council and the University of Central Lancashire.

The organisation has grown to include over 100 members from all sectors including property and construction firms, manufacturers, business professionals, leisure and retail and service providers, all passionate about contributing towards the continued growth and development of the city and to see Preston realise its potential.

Preston Partnership works closely with Preston City Council to help inform and shape regeneration and placemaking strategy, as well as building and sharing a positive story to the world.

Our work was evidenced in March 2021, when a sub-committee of Preston Partnership – the Towns Fund Board – secured a £20.9 million Town Deal which will kickstart a bold and transformational £200 million development programme in Preston’s Harris Quarter, called the Harris Quarter Towns Fund Investment Programme.

The £20.9 million was secured as part of the government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund, established to help level up towns and cities around the country. The Harris Quarter Towns Fund Investment Programme is focussed on a number of projects across culture, leisure, residential, infrastructure, community and education, and is part of the Preston City Investment Plan (CIP).

Preston Partnership also played a lead role in Preston’s ambitious City Investment Plan, a 15-year strategy that will shape Preston’s future development.

We believe great things happen when people work in partnership. By working together, Preston can create a prosperous and healthy city which benefits its people, businesses and visitors. A city for everyone.

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