Home to arguably the most famous British musical export in the Beatles, Liverpool has long been heralded as a prominent cultural hub in the UK. Liverpool is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the country and measures up as the sixth most-visited city too.
Given its colourful cultural history, alongside hosting one of the greatest footballing rivalries between Premier League clubs Liverpool and Everton, tourists now contribute over £1bn to the city's economy each year. Featuring historic docklands, progressive universities and a world-renowned city centre, Liverpool celebrates an iconic cultural heritage whilst also being at the forefront of innovation in the North.
Elected as the European Capital of Culture in 2008, the city has seen exciting levels of investment in recent years, including a £1bn regeneration project leading to the creation of the now-famous Liverpool ONE shopping centre.
A number of global businesses have their UK headquarters in Liverpool, including Japanese firm NYK and Danish global container giants Maersk Line. Continued investment is expected in the coming years given the city's position in the proposed Northern Powerhouse initiative, which has caught the interests of increasing numbers of foreign investors.
Located in the North of England, the area boasts more affordable housing prices when compared to the South, opening up exciting investment opportunities in both buy-to-let and student markets. With a varied landscape, the region allows for purchases in both rural and city locations, with the latter profiting greatly from a vibrant and ever-growing university population. Liverpool has three major universities: the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University.
The city has always prided itself on innovation and was home to advancements in all kinds of transport, pioneering progression in railways, transatlantic steamships and municipal trams. With that in mind, the city has an efficient transport network that sees trains run to all different parts of the UK, and may even benefit from a position on the UK's developing High Speed 2 network in the future.
The Port of Liverpool stands as one of Britain's largest ports, allowing for passenger ferry services to run across the Irish Sea to Dublin, Belfast and the Isle of Man. Elsewhere, the city also benefits from a major city airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which handles over five million passengers on a yearly basis, with travellers coming from and going to over 60 destinations in Europe.