Tech hub, tourist magnet, Cultural mecca, investment galore – Liverpool has a lot going for it.
The bustling, thriving metropolis has come a long way from its industrial heritage and status as a key port city. The port, as well as being the place of registry of RMS Titanic as well as the liners RMS Lusitania, Queen Mary, and Olympic, has also contributed a great deal to the local economy and cosmopolitan mix of people in the city. This has led to a city that has creativity built into its DNA.
Walking through the streets, you’ll see stunning architecture from the 16th century right up to modern styles, displaying the rich history of the area. In fact, several areas of the city centre became UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004. With such a wide array of design on display, Liverpool has become the most filmed location in UK outside London. This former European Capital of Culture is also hoame to a buzzing music scene with a long history of famous bands, most notably The Beatles. With music being such an integral part of the city, Guinness World Records has named Liverpool the World Capital City of Pop.
This thread of creativity that runs through the city’s bones has resulted in the city’s growing reputation as a rival to London’s Tech City. The centre of this new creative revolution is the Baltic Triangle area that is home to a range of start-ups and innovative companies from across the creative industries. Liverpool is also home to a significant student population, with a range of top institutions to choose from including the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores university, Liverpool Hope university and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. This in-pouring of young and entrepreneurial people has helped to generate a thriving economy and attract millions of pounds of investment in the area.
Redevelopment projects have rejuvenated areas such as Mann Island, the Commercial District, the Lime Street Gateway, the RopeWalks, the King’s Dock and the Edge Lane Gateway of the last decade. The Liverpool Waters scheme, a mixed-use development which will feature a cluster of some of Europe’s biggest skyscrapers and will give vast areas of the city’s docks an overhaul, is set to be one of the UK’s largest megaprojects, costing in the region of £5.5billion. But the most significant change to Liverpool’s city centre so far has been the creation of Liverpool ONE. This £920m regeneration of the city centre, based around the Paradise Street area, has become a major shopping and entertainment centre. And if you’re more into sports than culture or nightlife, Liverpool has you covered there too. The city is home to two top Premiership football clubs, Liverpool FC and Everton FC, as well the world famous Aintree racecourse.
Liverpool’s status as a key UK city and tourist destination is aided by the excellent transport links around and into the city. The train lines in and out of the city can take you across the North of England, and get you to London in just over 2 hours. This is set to improve further with the possibility of Liverpool being linked into the forthcoming HS2 high speed rail route. The Liverpool John Lennon airport can also be found to the south of the city, with direct flights to a range of UK and European destinations.
Whether you’re looking to visit, invest or live there, Liverpool has everything to offer with more on its way every year!
If you want to learn more about investing in Liverpool then why not read Why Invest in Liverpool.