Due to the large number of enterprises in the Northwest, the region is one of the best performing in terms of output of goods and services in the whole of England. Home of the Industrial Revolution, the region is known for the classic manufacturing industries of England such as textile, clothing and chemicals, and although these sectors still play a large role in the English economy, the focus in recent years has been more in the service sectors where the commercial, technical and retail industries have accounted for most of the employment growth. This has created a strong demand for account managers since the Northwest also offers one of the highest quality of life, the region is fast becoming a popular choice for professionals looking to settle down.
The Northwest has experiences rapid growth with cities such as Liverpool and Manchester undergoing a revival after a few slow years in the beginning of the century. The region is home to a number of high-profile UK companies such as Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and Pilkington's, as well as sectors such as retail and telecommunication are also attracting and creating a lot of jobs, and the unemployment rate is below the national average.
Transportation links to the Northwest remain some of the best in England outside of London and the South. The primary international airport in the region is Manchester Airport which served 22.1 million passengers in 2007 (18.7 million of which were international), more than some of the world's major aviation hubs. The road network in the Northwest is also well structured with the M6 linking up with various motorways and smaller A-ways connecting towns and cities for better transportation services in the region.
Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire have seen an increase in economic activity in recent years and the cities are attracting more and more employees which has resulted in a growth in the property sector as well. Prospective employees now have a wide variety of choices when it comes to finding a home and if the hustle and bustle of the two main cities in the Northwest doesn't appeal, smaller cities such as Preston or Blackpool offer a more laid back lifestyle in natural surroundings.