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 went down from 924 to 872 ▼-6% between May and June.

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

Evaluating the top 25 most popular entrepreneurial sectors in Liverpool for recent start-ups. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Freight transport by road77 ▼-5%81
Other business support service activities n.e.c.58 ▲123%26
Other service activities n.e.c.31 ▼-16%37
Event catering activities31 ▲3%30
Management consultancy activities other than financial management29 ▲16%25
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate24 ▼-44%43
Buying and selling of own real estate20 ▼-41%34
Combined office administrative service activities20 ▲43%14
Development of building projects19 ▼-17%23
Electrical installation19 ▲73%11
Licensed restaurants18 ▲29%14
Other human health activities17 ▲13%15
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands16 ▼-47%30
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment15 ▼-56%34
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes14 ▲40%10
Public houses and bars14 ▼-18%17
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet14 ▼-7%15
Construction of domestic buildings12 ▼-25%16
Residents property management12 ▲20%10
Information technology consultancy activities11 ▼-27%15
Other engineering activities11 ▼-21%14
Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating11 ▼-21%14
Other building completion and finishing11 ▼-54%24
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis10 ▼-47%19
Joinery installation10 ▲67%6

Top Liverpool Startup Sectors

It’s easier to group SIC codes to give a higher view of the new business startup environment.  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
Construction11.74% ▲15%
Food & Beverage Service10.08% ▲45%
Transportation8.90% ▲84%
Other Support Activity7.93% ▲86%
Real Estate7.14% ▼-28%
Retail6.36% ▼-11%
Other Professional Services5.38% ▼-13%
Health & Medical Services3.42% ▲23%
Wholesalers & Agents3.33% ▼-15%
Other Services3.03% ▼-15%
Management Consulting2.84% ▼-32%
Financial Services2.74% ▼-11%
Education2.05% ▼-11%
Motor Trade1.76% ▼-5%
Facilities Management1.66% ▲9%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate9.85%
Food & Beverage Service6.95%
Other Professional Services6.20%
Other Support Activity4.27%
Management Consulting4.15%
Wholesalers & Agents3.94%
Other Services3.57%
Financial Services3.08%
IT Consultancy2.83%
Health & Medical Services2.77%
Software Publishing & Development1.93%
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 607.70%
Under 212.49%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.28 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.3)
Sample Size


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