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New drive for financial and professional sectors

One of the key growth sectors across the Liverpool City Region – Financial and Professional Services (FPS), has a new board to help drive its future.

Liverpool has a long history and wealth of experience in providing high quality business and financial services and has been trading globally for more than 200 years. FPS has been identified as a key growth sector in the City Region’s Growth Strategy and central to driving sustained growth of the economy over the coming decades.

The board is being led by Chair, Steve Stuart, who has a strong background in corporate finance and has been established by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership on behalf of the City Region, other board members come from a wide range of companies including accountants, law firms, wealth management, property experts, financial services and local universities.

The FPS sector includes a wide range of professional services which all provide strategic support for local, national and international businesses throughout their growth lifecycle.

This recently formed board is currently reaching out to the whole of the City Region through member organisations, businesses and professional bodies to share information and listen to what organisations would like to see from the board.

Steve Stuart, Chair of the Financial and Professional Services Board, said: “We are passionate about driving change and want to set our ambitions around making a difference for the benefit of businesses and employees in the region.
“The board has a wealth of experience and expertise and we are hoping to create a community where we can interact, listen to thoughts and ideas, work with Professional Liverpool, and connect people better.”

The first task has been to map the sector to clearly understand the scale, strengths and opportunities, as well as areas we need to improve. Two MSc students from the University of Liverpool have been working throughout the summer, meeting representatives and will prepare a report to inform our actions.

Asif Hamid MBE, Chair of Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The development of this board and the drive behind this sector will support the ambitions of the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, in creating a leading international investment destination with a financial and professional services base. Strong specialisms across the region also supports the Northern Powerhouse message and help push the strategy.”

If you would like to find out more please follow us to Twitter @LCR_FPS, visit our webpage or contact Claire Delahunty via email claire.delahunty@liverpoollep.org

Financial and Professional Services Board Members

Steve Stuart, Chair

Garry Banks, Arup

Glenn Bemment, Lloyds

Charlie Cai, University of Liverpool 

Peter Commins, Kier Construction

David Connor, Coethica

Richard Cook, Pegasus

Miles Dunnett, Grosvenor

Angela Hesketh, Jackson Lees

Anna Heyes, Active Profile

Jennifer Lee, KPMG

Ben Miller, DLA Piper

John Moffat, Capital & Centric

Andrew Moss, DSG Chartered Accountant

Ruth Riley, REM Consulting

Leigh Taleton, Beaufort Financial Planning

Simon Walker, Quilter Cheviot

Alan Welby, Liverpool John Moores University