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


Total new company registrations climbed from 625 to 980 between December and January.

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 road77 ▲148%31
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate52 ▲30%40
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands39 ▲160%15
Management consultancy activities other than financial management33 ▲83%18
Buying and selling of own real estate31 ▲35%23
Public houses and bars31 ▲158%12
Development of building projects30 ▲114%14
Other service activities n.e.c.29 ▲45%20
Event catering activities28 ▲300%7
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet25 ▲56%16
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment25 ▲150%10
Licensed restaurants23 ▲130%10
Other business support service activities n.e.c.21 ▼-5%22
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes16 ▲167%6
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis15 ▼-38%24
Information technology consultancy activities14 ▲180%5
Construction of domestic buildings14 ▲27%11
Activities of other holding companies n.e.c.13 ▲117%6
Non-specialised wholesale trade13 ▲63%8
Other human health activities12 12
Other building completion and finishing11 ▲57%7
Real estate agencies10 ▲100%5
Combined office administrative service activities10 ▲100%5
Support activities to performing arts10 ▲400%2
Plumbing, heat and air-conditioning installation10 ▲900%1

Top Liverpool Startup Sectors

We have grouped SIC codes to get a higher level explanation 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 Service13.41% ▲81%
Construction11.25% ▲5%
Real Estate10.90% ▲1%
Transportation8.74% ▲119%
Retail6.49% ▼-20%
Other Professional Services4.67% ▼-22%
Wholesalers & Agents3.37% ▼-19%
Other Support Activity3.20% ▲2%
Management Consulting2.85% ▼-28%
Financial Services2.85% ▼-11%
Other Services2.60% ▼-18%
Health & Medical Services2.16% ▼-16%
Beauty Industry2.16% ▲51%
Education2.08% ▼-7%
The Arts1.82% ▲17%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate10.84%
Food & Beverage Service7.40%
Other Professional Services6.01%
Wholesalers & Agents4.14%
Management Consulting3.97%
Financial Services3.20%
Other Services3.18%
Other Support Activity3.15%
Health & Medical Services2.57%
IT Consultancy2.09%
Motor Trade1.96%
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


C Ebbrell Building Services Ltd0.11%


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 605.28%
Under 211.72%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.19 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.26)
Sample Size


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