That's why its a popular commercial location and a major centre for the pharmaceutical and food and drink manufacturing sectors - home to many of the top international names in these industries, as well as many successful small and medium sized enterprises.
The food and drink manufacturing industry is a major driver for the economy, with key strengths in bakery, cereals, meats, snacks and drinks. Other key sectors include pharmaceuticals, finance and engineering.
Wirral is also home to several Government Departments with both the Land Registry and the Child Support Agency based at Woodside in Birkenhead and employing over 1000 employees. Birkenhead is also identified as a civil service re-location opportunity in the Lyons Review with the quick and easy travel routes to London and the superb quality of life a major attraction.