With its roots deep in the industrial revolution in England, St Helens has a strong tradition for innovation and creativity. The city recently embarked on a number of initiatives to improve and support the business community in order to continue to attract a qualified and skilled workforce to the city's many industries, manufacturing plants and a booming service industry. The “Delivering Economic Prosperity through Partnership” programme focus on external funding, projects and programmes; rural economy and sector development; tourism and town centre development and place shaping, public art and destination marketing in order to create an inclusive yet competitive business environment.
Such programmes are expected to massively increase the number of business initiatives in the region and the town anticipates increased job creation with a number of people from the wider surrounding region expected to relocate to St Helens. The low cost of living compared to nearby large cities such as Liverpool and Manchester, combined with excellent social services make the town a preferred choice for professionals, especially families. The Borough of St Helens has a nursing school, an infant school, a junior school, and 52 primary schools. Performance in the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATs has been consistently above national averages in the past five years. There are also a number of special schools and institutions offering post-16 education.
Some of the town's biggest employers include the large Pilkingtons Brother, founded in 1826, which dominated the industrial quarters and which still accounts for all of the UK's output of flat glass. Supporting industries such as sales and marketing, technology, logistics and distribution also account for much of the town's jobs as does a lively local retail sector concentrated in the town centre, the original site of St Mary's open market.
Recruitment agencies such as Daniel Adams can help potential employees navigate the intricacies of local job market, assisting in the writing of applications and providing valuable tips and information about interview practices and approaches. Professional support staff also have good local knowledge on other aspects of changing jobs, such as social services in the town, housing and recreational activities.