About the Area
Liverpool is a world city with a fascinating history, an instantly recognisable waterfront, strong architectural heritage, many famous sons and daughters and a tradition of getting there first.
An exciting, mercurial city, its fortunes have changed with the tides that ebb and flow in the River Mersey. Its position at the hub of world trade made it a cosmopolitan place with a unique accent: a city of humour and music.
People have flowed through Liverpool – sailors from every port on the globe, countless refugees seeking a better life in the New World or elsewhere. They all left their mark on the city’s culture.
Liverpool has a valuable legacy from its past history. Its riverfront, restored docks and elegant buildings attract millions of visitors. The world still arrives here - to follow the Beatles trail, to watch football and horse racing, to visit a city with a place in so many family histories. It has survived its changing fortunes to rise again to become a premier European city that is still a gateway to the world.
Economy and regeneration
Over the last decade Liverpool has undergone a remarkable renaissance supported by £4billion investment from local and central government, Europe and the private sector. There have been a huge number of significant large scale developments in the city centre stimulating record economic growth and business confidence.
Despite the difficult economic climate and the recession this transformation continues. Liverpool has secured a City Deal that will create a single capital pot of public and private funds, initially worth £130million but with the potential to grow to up to £1billion. It will be invested in delivering new schools and homes and creating jobs. The elected Mayor of Liverpool, the first elected Mayor in England outside of London, has established five Mayoral Development Zones which will operate alongside two Enterprise Zones and will incentivise businesses to set up in Liverpool and encourage existing businesses to grow. A new approach to welfare reform is also being developed including investment in specific skills to match jobs and get more people off benefits and into work.
Liverpool is a global, outward looking city with strong international relationships and connections. Liverpool is a brand that is known throughout the world. The city has spearheaded trade and commercial relationships with China and was the only UK city to be represented at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 leading to £6.5m of investment during the following year. Following this success, Liverpool opened a business ‘embassy’ in London to promote the city’s commercial and business offer and help secure investment. Liverpool also hosted the first Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Europe and was ranked in the top 25 Euro cities for inward investment according to FGI (FT).
Culture and tourism
Liverpool is internationally famous for its culture and is an increasingly popular tourist destination. It is ranked the UK’s 6th most visited destination for international visitors, it is a UNESCO World Heritage City, has been voted the UK’s friendliest city by the readers of Conde Nast Traveller and is 3rd only to London and Edinburgh as the UKs favourite tourist destination according to Tripadvisor. The tourism industry employs over 50,000 people and is worth £4billion to the local economy.
To mark the 10th year anniversary of Liverpool’s hugely successful European Capital of Culture year, Liverpool 2018 is a year-long celebration of art, culture, music and performance which will showcase the city to a global audience. From the Terracotta Warriors exhibition hosted by National Museums Liverpool, the Liverpool Feis Irish musical festival and a stunning Tall Ships festival, Liverpool 2018 will demonstrate it can offer one of the best cultural offers in Europe working with local communities to create a lasting legacy of one of the defining periods in the city’s history, using culture as a driving force for regeneration of the whole city.
Liverpool is a great place to live and visit and that culture is central to Liverpool being a distinctive global city but Liverpool is also minutes from the beach and an hour from the mountains. Four National Parks – Snowdonia, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District – are within easy reach of the city as are miles of open beaches along the Merseyside coastline.
Liverpool’s land and communications
Liverpool covers over 112 square kilometres and 25% of the city is designated green space in the unitary development plan.
The city is well served by motorways. The M62 provides links to Manchester, Leeds and Hull, the M62 and M58 provide links to the M6 and the M53 provides access to Chester and North Wales through the Mersey Tunnel. Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester International Airport are within easy reach and the rail network provides speedy connections with the rest of the country, including London (2hrs 01min) and Manchester (48mins).
Liverpool has an excellent public transport network served by a metro style train system, buses and the ferry across the Mersey. The compact city centre is easy to navigate, even for first time visitors. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is situated 8 miles from Liverpool city centre and is one of the fastest growing airports in the UK. The airport provides access to 60 destinations across the UK and Europe.
Education in Liverpool
Liverpool offers excellent educational opportunities. The city has extensive early years provision, with numerous nurseries, children’s centres and registered child minders.
Liverpool is extremely well catered for with a variety of schools to choose from. The Liverpool Blue Coat School is one of the top performing schools nationally and has achieved the best GCSE and A-level results in the country. There are other schools with a long history of excellence, including Liverpool College and Belvedere Academy for Girls, alongside newer state of the art schools and colleges that specialise in key growth sectors, such as the Studio School specialising in creative media, gaming and digital technology and Liverpool Life Sciences UTC, the first school in the UK specialising in Science and Health Care for 14 to 19 year olds. Over 80% of Liverpool’s primary schools and 100% of Liverpool’s special schools have been rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted. The Mayor of Liverpool’s School Investment programme has recently completed 17 new and refurbished schools, winning national awards, so that Liverpool’s young people have access to the best facilities and a modern learning environment.
Liverpool City Council works closely with its partners to improve the wellbeing and life expectancy of Liverpool citizens by targeting the underlying causes of ill health. These include innovative initiatives to tackle poor quality housing, unemployment and poverty, the environment, substance abuse and mental health.
The city also has a number of superb medical facilities, such as Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Europe’s largest children’s hospital and an internationally renowned centre of excellence.
The period up to 2020 has been designated as The Decade of Health and Wellbeing.
Liverpool has large, rich and diverse community, voluntary and faith sectors, and a strong tradition of community involvement in regeneration schemes. Local initiatives, such as the Eldonian Village in Vauxhall, have helped bring new housing and employment to communities which were once deprived and across the City a wide range of Third Sector organisations are actively involved in supporting the delivery of the wider social and economic regeneration sector.
Here are just a few facts about Liverpool’s diverse cultures and communities:
- Liverpool has the oldest Chinese community in Europe. Chinese New Year is one of the highlights of the city’s events calendar, with thousands turning out to see dancing, tai chi demonstrations, firecracker performances and more.
- DaDaFest is the largest celebration of Disability and Deaf art in England. It brings together international professionals and local talent to provide a diverse range of performances, visual art and poetry.
- A ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day is held every year in January.
- An International Slavery Museum opened in August 2007, the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain. Events to mark Slavery Remembrance Day are held every August.
- Black History Month is celebrated in October each year.
- Homotopia gay, lesbian and transgender festival presents quality theatre, dance, music, cabaret, club nights, art, film and talkfests throughout November.
- The Stanley Street Quarter was officially recognised as the city’s Gay Quarter by the Council in 2011 and the area is growing into a destination locally and nationally for people to live, work and enjoy;
- Liverpool Pride is a weekend-long festival to celebrate LGBT culture held annually at the Pier Head and Stanley Street Gay Quarter in Liverpool City Centre. The event is held in commemoration of the death of Michael Causer, the young gay man who was murdered in the city in 2008, and has grown to become one of the largest free Gay Pride festivals in Europe.
- Britain’s first mosque opened in Brougham Terrace in 1889.
- Approximately 40% of Liverpool’s population can trace their Irish ancestry. The Liverpool Irish Festival gets bigger every year, with events spanning the spectrum of Irish culture.
- Liverpool has an extensive programme of multicultural festivals. Africa Oye showcases the best in African music, while Liverpool Arabic Arts festival celebrates all aspects of Arabic culture. The Brouhaha festival involves a multicultural carnival parade with over 2,000 participants and Milapfest is a year round South Asian arts festival.
- Liverpool has a varied programme of disabled sport, including riding facilities for people with disabilities.
- The Disabled Go website provides accessibility information for Liverpool residents on over 1,000 venues in the city, including council offices, shops and leisure facilities.
- Liverpool has a rich cultural heritage and for generations has offered a home to people fleeing persecution from around the world. The Liverpool City of Sanctuary movement, started in 2012, seeks to unite those already working to support asylum seekers and refugees, and provide a simple platform for others to do the same.
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