Northwest Focus: Against all odds
Five years ago the city's business community wondered when the gloom would end but now Liverpool, approaching its 800th birthday, is regaining ground on Manchester and reasserting its commercial muscle regionally, nationally and globally, writes Mike Prince
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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