Startups in Liverpool

Startups in Liverpool followed by The Mailing Company across all sectors and tracked against national statistics for new businesses.

STARTUPS Born Last Month


Amazingly, the number of new businesses created stayed exactly the same at 1,086 between February and March.

One of the largest cities in the UK, Liverpool has seen considerable growth during the 21st century. The city’s economy is currently worth over £121 billion with a year on year economic growth of 15%. Startups in Liverpool are growing with the best of them.

Like many cities in the UK, the economy in Liverpool is dominated by the service sector, with jobs in public administration, health and education providing 40% of employment within the city. A number of government agencies including the Criminal Records Bureau, HMRC, and HM passport office have offices within the area. The banking and finance sector has also seen steady growth within the city, and a number of major call centres have been opened in recent years. Liverpool’s docks have also seen a revival, with Danish firm Maersk Line and Japanese company NYK locating their UK headquarters there.

Tourism is also an important contributor to the local economy, as a city where cruise liners can dock in the city centre, Liverpool has become a popular cruise liner terminal, and tourism brings in approximately £358 million to the local economy.

Liverpool Startups by Industry Classification

Tracking the top 25 most popular business types in Liverpool for recent start-ups. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Freight transport by road94 94
Event catering activities60 60
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands50 50
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate46 46
Buying and selling of own real estate41 41
Other service activities n.e.c.37 37
Combined office administrative service activities31 31
Other human health activities28 28
Licensed restaurants27 27
Public houses and bars27 27
Other building completion and finishing26 26
Management consultancy activities other than financial management24 24
Other business support service activities n.e.c.23 23
Development of building projects22 22
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment22 22
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet20 20
Residents property management20 20
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes19 19
Construction of domestic buildings17 17
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis16 16
Other education n.e.c.16 16
Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores12 12
Performing arts12 12
Sale of used cars and light motor vehicles10 10
Information technology consultancy activities10 10

Top Liverpool Startup Sectors

We have grouped SIC codes to give a broader overview of the startup ecosystem.  The change indicators are how far Liverpool statistics differ from national averages for the same period.  These figures represent the percentage of all startups, nationally or locally, that fall into each particular category (NB: so when comparing Liverpool to National, you’re looking at the proportional difference not absolute)
Top 15 Startup Sectors in Liverpool
Food & Beverage Service15.58% ▲114%
Real Estate10.65% ▼-12%
Construction10.10% ▼-7%
Transportation9.32% ▲121%
Retail7.05% ▼-11%
Other Support Activity4.54% ▲41%
Wholesalers & Agents3.84% ▼-4%
Other Professional Services3.60% ▼-41%
Health & Medical Services3.21% ▲23%
Other Services2.90% ▼-5%
Education2.66% ▲12%
Residential Care & Support2.35% ▲58%
The Arts1.96% ▲37%
Management Consulting1.88% ▼-50%
Sports1.72% ▲26%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate12.12%
Food & Beverage Service7.29%
Other Professional Services6.06%
Wholesalers & Agents4.02%
Management Consulting3.77%
Financial Services3.29%
Other Support Activity3.22%
Other Services3.04%
Health & Medical Services2.61%
Motor Trade1.92%
IT Consultancy1.82%
Startups Analysed By Industry

Director Profiles

Honorific Titles

Percentage frequency of different titles used by directors starting companies in the period. We can reasonably assume that the majority of “Mr” are male, and “Miss,Ms or Mrs” are female, thereby giving us a male / female ratio of .

M/F Ratio




These are the approximate age ranges for the directors who are involved with the companies started in the period, along with the average number of directorships held when they started their new business.

Over 607.01%
Under 210.85%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.27 (same as the national figure.)
Sample Size


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