Professional & Business Services

With a large commuter population of 475,900 people in higher skilled occupations; competitive wage rates and specialisms in wealth management, maritime and business services; Liverpool City Region’s Professional & Business Services sector offers a compelling proposition to investors.


highest rate of start-ups


People Employed

Recognised as a Financial Centre of Excellence by the UK Government; Liverpool City Region has the third largest wealth management industry in the UK. We have close links to the City of London and boast a depth of expertise with a focus on developing long term client relationships and investing in our workforce. Furthermore, the vibrant energy of the City Region creates a friendly and entrepreneurial spirit which fosters a unique environment for business growth.

In 2015, at 3.1% the City Region’s economic growth was faster than any similar City Region (Manchester 3%, London 1.6%); with the second highest rate of start-ups at 64%. Most importantly GVA in 2015 was higher (90.2%) than Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, reflecting a dynamic and productive sector.

While banking is the most important subsector in terms of scale; asset and wealth management is a notable strength in Liverpool. With proximity to the Isle of Man, Liverpool has an international reputation for wealth management, which is worth £2bn. Pension and life assurance administration and management is also a significant employer.

The sector has a broad range of companies based in the City Region including Pershing BNY Mellon, TATA Consultancy Services, EY, Grant Thornton, PwC, KMPG, Royal Sun Alliance, Rathbones, Griffiths and Armour, DLA Piper, Weightmans, Santander, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds, Barclays and NatWest.

We have four universities with 90,000 students and 30,000 graduates each year providing an excellent talent pool to grow your business.

The Professional & Business Services Board drives the sector strategy and relies on private sector participation to ensure we are addressing industry needs, future proofing skills requirements and creating a long-term plan for the business community. Current Chair is Steve Stuart who practised corporate finance in Liverpool and beyond for the past 30 years.

We work closely with Professional Liverpool, which 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.

The Local Growth Hub provides access to a wide range of information, advice and support available for SMEs.

Financial & Professional Services Board

The Professional & Business Services Board is formed from Professional Liverpool members and others in the City Region business community interested in driving forward a strategy for growth in the sector.

Steve Stuart


Garry Banks


Glenn Bemment


Charlie Cai

University of Liverpool

Peter Commins

Kier Construction

David Connor


Richard Cook


Miles Dunnett


Angela Hesketh

Jackson Lees

Anna Heyes

Active Profile

Jennifer Lee


Ben Miller

DLA Piper

John Moffat

Capital & Centric

Andrew Moss


Ruth Riley

REM Consulting

Jonathan Studholme

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Leigh Tarleton

Beaufort Financial Planning

Simon Walker

Quilter Cheviot

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