Enterprise Strategy

The overarching goal for Liverpool City Region is to produce a step change in the scale of enterprise and business activity, to expand the business base and accelerate economic growth. A healthy business base with strong business growth is crucial to increasing economic performance and competitiveness.

Liverpool City Region is home to a stock of 40,000 businesses, providing nearly 625,200 jobs. However, challenges exist; the City Region faces issues that if not dealt with will limit growth potential. These issues include one of the lowest levels of business density and the lowest of female entrepreneurship of any City Region in the UK.

To address these challenges an Enterprise Strategy Framework has been established which identifies the high level, long term enterprise objectives and the areas of intervention necessary to deliver these.

The key factors identified in the Framework are:

Improve Enterprise Culture

  • 20,000 more businesses in 20 years
  • All school leavers have an inspiring enterprise experience by 2020
  • Improved business environment recognised through survey

More New Businesses

  • 5,000 additional businesses in the City Region by 2020
  • 2,000 additional women running businesses by 2020
  • New businesses survival rates at Northern UK average by 2020

Business Survival and Growth

  • 1000 more SMEs exporting out of the region by 2020
  • 500 more SMEs investing in R&D by 2030
  • 500 more SMEs involved in the local supply chains by 2020

Workforce Development

  • Workforce Development aligned to Enterprise Development
  • Businesses recognise improvement in workforce skills by 2020


Enterprise Advisory Board

Asif Hamid (Chair)

Contact Company/Liverpool City Region LEP

Bryan Adams

PH Creative

Valerie Allen

General Welding Supplies (NW) Ltd

Mark Basnett

Liverpool City Region LEP

Paula Basnett

Wirral Chamber of Commerce

Peter Cook


Gary Corbett

Oxygen 8

Paul Donaldson


Gaynor Dykes

Grant Thornton

Chris Eccles

The Charge Point

Barry Fawcett

Knowsley MBC

Ian Finch

Mando Group

Jon Gordon


Michael Gould

Richardsons Healthcare Ltd

Denise Harris

SK Events

Helen Heap

Sebohm Hill

Anna Heyes

Active Profile

Andy Kent

Angel Solutions

Tracy Mawson

St Helens Chamber

Gary Millar

Liverpool City Council

David Nicholls


Dave Pichilingi

Liverpool Sound City

Gavin Quinn

Sefton MBC

Pete Radcliffe

Institute of Directors

Mark Rayner

BAC Mono

Rob Tabb

Knowsley MBC

Rob Young