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If you were asked to name a UK city with just 3.5% unemployment, the country’s fastest growing jobs market, a multi-billion pound investment boom and levels of new business creation that outstrip the national average, which would it be? Leeds, probably, or Edinburgh. Maybe Manchester. In fact, take a bow Liverpool, the Mersey port approaching its 800th birthday in rude health. Five years ago, the city’s business community wondered when the gloom would end; now they dismiss it as a 30-year statistical blip common in port cities reliant on global trade. Confidence has returned.

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