5. North West

The northern UK’s economic heartland is centred around Manchester and Liverpool. This is the country’s second-largest regional economy, responsible for over 7% of the UK’s GNP.

Manchester has a highly successful life sciences & health sector and its MediaCityUK is one of Europe’s largest media hubs. Liverpool boasts a major logistics centre (and is the UK’s largest port, after London). It is also one of the country’s cultural centres. After several difficult years the North West has managed to turn the tide, and the region now has a growing economy in which there is significant investment.

The Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) in Manchester is part of the Netherlands’ economic network in the UK. The NBSO is pleased to help Dutch companies with any questions about doing business in the UK, especially in the northern regions. Please feel free to contact us without obligation.

Population: 7.3 million
Surface area: 14,165 km2
Major cities: Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool and Lancaster


NBSO Manchester


Gross Added Value (2017): £173,604 million (£23.918 per capita)

Import (2017)
Value: 7,9% of total UK imports
Main partners: Germany, China, Netherlands
Main products: machinery & transport equipment, chemicals

Export (2017)
Value: 8,7% of total UK exports
Main partners: United States, Germany, Ireland
Main products: machinery & transport equipment, chemicals

Important  universities

Major Airports                      

Major Harbours                           

University of Lancaster

Manchester Airport

Port of Salford

University of Manchester Liverpool John Lennon Airport Port of Liverpool
University of Liverpool Port of Barrow