Recruitment to become the key for unlocking growth and potential across businesses in the North West.


The North West, with counties in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Merseyside, has a broad industry base with a vibrant mid-market. The region represents approximately ten per cent of all UK businesses of which nearly half are based in the Greater Manchester area.

Despite all the economic disruption caused by the pandemic, global uncertainty and rising inflation, local businesses have remained optimistic throughout and shown true resilience by continuing to respond quickly and reassess their business plans. The North West is also well supported by a developing infrastructure which currently includes fourteen ports, two airports and a strong rail and road network. The creation of the Liverpool Freeport area will bring further opportunities for infrastructure investment and wider regeneration post 2022.


As businesses seek to support staff through the cost of living crisis over the next six months, 59% of companies in the region plan to raise salaries by 4-8% and a further 26% will consider pay hikes of 9% or over in line with current inflation rates.

These findings come from our latest Rethinking the Economy survey of 500 mid-sized businesses, which has also revealed that nearly half (47%) of mid-sized businesses in the North West said supply chain issues are the biggest threat to business success over the next six months, with a further 35% most concerned about the record levels of inflation.

38% of businesses in the region have also been forced to increase the prices of goods and services as they continue to tackle inflation and rising costs, with the same percentage also pausing their international expansion plans.

Read more on our Rethinking the economy findings here.

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