Liverpool is one of the largest cities in the UK with a population of approximately 442, 300 people. Liverpool has been experiencing a period of rapid growth, sitting at the centre of the Mersyside economic area. In line with the majority of the UK, the public and private service sectors dominate the economy, accounting for 60% of employment in the city. Finance, insurance, administration, health and education are all major industries with banking taking an increasingly more important role. A number of both UK and international companies have taken office space in liverpool business parks.
Tourism is a major factor in the economy of Liverpool and the city is the sixth most visited in the United Kingdom, which has led to an increase in the number of upmarket restaurants and hotels in the area. Liverpool is an important cultural centre, incorporating literature, museums, performing arts, galleries and music.
Liverpool’s city port is still in use and remains one of the most important ports in the country, with luxury cruise liners setting sail from Liverpool’s cruise line terminal. A number of international and domestic shipping companies have also chosen Liverpool Port to base their headquarters.
Liverpool benefits from direct road links to a large number of areas within the UK and the city is served by two rail networks, Mersey Rail and Network Rail. The primary mainline station is Liverpool Lime Street, providing services to a host of destinations including central London, which can be accessed in approximately two hours. Liverpool is also home to John Lennon Airport, which operates between a range of domestic and European destinations.