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 981 between September and October.

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 new businesses started. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Freight transport by road71 71
Management consultancy activities other than financial management51 51
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate42 42
Other service activities n.e.c.34 34
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands28 28
Other business support service activities n.e.c.28 28
Event catering activities27 27
Buying and selling of own real estate27 27
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet26 26
Development of building projects25 25
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment22 22
Other human health activities20 20
Other building completion and finishing18 18
Non-specialised wholesale trade16 16
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes16 16
Public houses and bars15 15
Other engineering activities14 14
Other education n.e.c.14 14
Residents property management14 14
Printing n.e.c.13 13
Electrical installation13 13
Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores12 12
Licensed restaurants12 12
Information technology consultancy activities12 12
Activities of other holding companies n.e.c.12 12

Top Liverpool Startup Sectors

It’s easier to group SIC codes to obtain a clearer view 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
Construction10.99% ▲9%
Food & Beverage Service9.34% ▲32%
Real Estate8.30% ▼-16%
Transportation7.09% ▲57%
Retail7.09% ▼-7%
Other Professional Services5.71% ▼-8%
Management Consulting4.41% ▲8%
Other Support Activity3.81% ▼-10%
Wholesalers & Agents3.55% ▼-3%
Health & Medical Services3.46% ▲14%
Other Services3.03% ▼-20%
Education3.03% ▲29%
Sports2.68% ▲111%
Residential Care & Support2.60% ▲65%
Financial Services2.51% ▼-17%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate9.90%
Food & Beverage Service7.10%
Other Professional Services6.22%
Other Support Activity4.24%
Management Consulting4.07%
Other Services3.81%
Wholesalers & Agents3.67%
Financial Services3.03%
Health & Medical Services3.03%
IT Consultancy2.55%
Software Publishing & Development1.90%
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 606.30%
Under 210.93%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.21 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.27)
Sample Size


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