At the beginning of the 18th century, Preston was noted both as a pretty town and as a place where many gentries resided. Three hundred years later, this "pretty town" has grown, being granted city status in 2002, coinciding with the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Preston has a history of weaving going back to the 13th century. It became a boomtown during the industrial revolution when entrepreneurs, such as Preston-born Richard Arkwright, introduced extensive mechanisation to fabric production. Although this and many other heavy industries have since declined and disappeared, Preston has carried on to become a major centre for innovation and new business start-ups. With excellent communication links and friendly people, Preston has been voted the best place to live in the north-west. Although the gentry may now be rather more thin on the ground, with so much to see and do, Preston certainly still has much of which to be proud. Anyone looking to rent a car for their trip to Preston will be relieved to know that help is close at hand, with Enterprise Rent-A-Car having branches in Preston at Aquaduct Street, nearby Bamber Bridge and Chorley.