Liverpool has a long history and a wealth of experience in providing business and financial services. It has been trading globally for more than 200 years. There is significant concentration of enterprises in Liverpool, particularly the city centre area with secondary clusters in Sefton and Wirral, notably in Southport, Bootle and Birkenhead. 0 Businesses 0 GVA 0 People Employed While banking is the most important subsector in terms of scale, asset and wealth management is a notable strength with Liverpool being the most important English location outside London for this specialist activity. Pension and Life Assurance administration and management is also a significant employer. Research strengths at the City Region’s universities include corporate governance, management, banking, corporate ethics, social responsibility and law. The sector has a broad range of companies based in the City Region including Pershing, TATA Consultancy Services, Arvato, Bank of New York, Ernst and Young, KMPG, Royal Sun Alliance, Rathbones, Weightmans, Barlaycard, Santander, and Deutsche Bank. Professional Liverpool is the body set up to promote professional excellence in Liverpool and the surrounding region, thus maintaining and enhancing Liverpool’s reputation as a financial centre.