Professional Liverpool sees number of members soar 25% to 350

Organisation exists to promote the financial and professional services sector in the Liverpool city region and has recently relocated to a new base at the Cotton Exchange. Tony McDonough reports

John Hall, chief executive of Professional Liverpool

Membership numbers at Professional Liverpool (PL) have soared 25% in the past six months.

It continues the remarkable renaissance of the members and lobby organisation which just a few years ago faced a fight for survival after losing 80% of its funding.

In the half-year period the number of member firms grew from 280 to 350.

PL exists to promote the financial and professional services sector in the Liverpool city region.

It has been a busy year for the organisation after moving into new offices at the Cotton Exchange, where its has recently committed to a long-term lease.

Chief executive John Hall, chief executive of Professional Liverpool, said: “Over the last six months, Professional Liverpool has gone from strength to strength, building its membership base and expanding its sectors.

“The increase in subscriptions has allowed us to reinvest into the organisation to offer an enhanced service to members – for example, extending our events programme even further and investing in our website.

“We have also strengthened our connections with the city’s universities and have established a basis for working with the Local Enterprise Partnership on strategic issues affecting the sector.”

Professional Liverpool has held more than 23 sell-out events this year, with each one averaging 90 attendees.

The annual property event, Cannes Do, was another sell-out success and raised £18,500 for chosen charities KIND, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Zoe’s Place. Other popular events have included the ‘Access to Alternative Finance’ series run by the Corporate Finance Group.

Professional Liverpool has also announced a partnership with Merseyside Young Professionals and will be working closely to help the future generation of professionals to progress and network.

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