Mayoral Development Zone

Liverpool City Enterprise Zone


Recognisable the world over, Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is the spiritual heart of the city.

It’s also the gateway to Liverpool’s flourishing Commercial District: an industrious neighbourhood where, historically, the city’s maritime, law and finance companies set down their stunning headquarters. They’re still here – still trading with the world. Still forging new partnerships from Shanghai to San Francisco. But, these days, they’re joined by IT companies, management consultants and tech start ups.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Liverpool’s downtown hub is not just a stunning set piece of grand mercantile buildings: it’s the thriving heart of a resurgent city economy. The zone contains the greatest concentration of employment in the city region, and extends to the Ten Streets district and the Stanley Dock complex which is anchored by the new £36 million four star Titanic Hotel and Conference Centre and waterside apartments.


The commercial heart of the city, with the greatest concentration of employment in the City Region

Liverpool’s office sector is in great shape. Our existing, handsome office buildings are now augmented by slick new office stock, purpose built for the 21st century and enjoying some of the fastest fibre-optic speeds in the country. Since 2007, the St Paul’s Square area close to Old Hall Street has witnessed over £170 million invested in new and refurbished office stock attracting major international firms, and the Council is now looking to develop Pall Mall Exchange with new Grade A office floorspace to keep the momentum going.

International law firm Hampton Hughes and global insurance broker and risk management consultant Mercer joined established firms in the zone which include: Hill Dickinson, the UK Passport Office, Investec Wealth & Investment Ltd and shipping giant Maersk.  The newly refurbished Exchange Station is home to leading Swedish bank Handelsbanken, engineering designers Mouchel and Integrated Building Management.

To the south of the zone is the city’s largest tourist attraction, the Albert Dock. Rising from the world’s first enclosed dock system are symbols of the city’s leading role as a leisure and tourism magnet – Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story and Maritime Museum. Nearby is the Arena & Convention Centre, next to which is the city’s new Exhibition Centre and Pullman brand hotel.

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