Due to its reputation as a UK business hub, the North East has a strong position in the overall economy of the country and has a tradition of attracting a large UK and international firms as well as newly started small businesses. Once home to traditional industries such as coal mining and the cotton and clothing industries, the business environment in the region has in the last couple of years expanded to include a number of services related industries such as sales, marketing and communication, creating many jobs for sales professionals.
According to an assessment of the UK regional competitiveness by the Centre for International competitiveness, the North East of England has shown the greatest improvement in terms of its competitiveness ranking, taking 4th place in 2010 from its 8th place received previously. Most of this progress has been achieved since 2006, perhaps reflecting the renewal of Manchester and also Liverpool. The North West makes the third largest contribution to the UK economy and the highest contribution to the UK's manufacturing industry gross value added.
The region is home to one of Europe's largest creative and digital markets creating sales and other related jobs for more than 300,000 people. The goods are distributed to the entire world and the industry requires professional and creative sales people to support the growth of this important sector. Manchester is currently working on MediaCityUK, which is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs and further promote the North East as a digital and creative hub.
A good infrastructure with excellent education and health services further adds to the attractiveness of the region. Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster universities all provide world-class education services and the region offer a wide range of accommodation choices from the bustling urban areas of Manchester and Liverpool to the more laid back coastal town of Blackpool in Lancashire. Recruitment agencies such as Daniel Adams can help prospective sales people find the right solution and also provide guidance with settling in to the new area.