This page contains a small introduction to this great city. It merely gives people, from around the world, a sample of what they can experience when visiting here. If you live in this city or have connections to it, NDN wants to know about interesting news items and events that are happening.
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Bootle is an area of Liverpool, England, located in the north of the city and only 10-minute drive from the famous city centre. The name comes from Anglo Saxon word ‘botle’, which means dwelling. It was originally called Bootle-cum-Linacre, over time the last part of the name was dropped, although there is still an area and streets with that name.
NDN is a Worldwide Tourism and Investment Portal, so although Bootle would never be described as a holiday hot-spot, it is in Liverpool, which definitely is, with millions of visiting every year, due to The Beatles, Titanic, Slave Trade, Football, Shopping and Nightlife etc. It is also close to Waterloo and Crosby, which are popular areas for locals and people from further afield, due to the Marina, Coast Line, Bars, Restaurants and the now famous Anthony Gormley’s statues on the beach. It is also only a twenty-minute drive to Southport, which is a popular summer tourist destination, famous for its Fairground, Shopping, Beach, Arcades and national events such of The Southport Flower Show and Southport Air Show.
The main reason Bootle has been entered onto NDN is the ‘INVESTMENT’ opportunities that exist within the region and include; property development, employment, education, business start-up’s, charitable organisations and social care provisions.
The area has always been and still is a residential and industrial area, being an important part of the Metropolitan Borough (Municipality) of Sefton, which itself covers a vast area of Merseyside, running along the River Mersey from Liverpool to Southport.
The community feeling within Bootle is very strong and a lot of people who are born in Bootle, also live, work and socialise there. This sense of community comes from its hard-working and resilient residents, which was especially prominent during and after World War ll, when it was the second most bombed location in Great Britain, outside of London, due to the docks.
Bootle Docks as they were then known, was and still is a very busy port, being positioned in the River Mersey Estuary, which is used by boats, ships and cruisers from around the world. It is now a part of Liverpool Free Port, which is going through a massive expansion programme to allow more sea and road traffic to the docks, including the biggest Cruise and Cargo vessels in the world. This is just one of the reasons why there is so much attention shining on the region and investment opportunities, which grow year on year.
The local residents have always formed a large part of the labour force, so ‘dockers’ as they are known, have always been needed, thus housing has also been required too. The area is famous for its terraced houses, which not only helped to create the community spirit, but has ensured a large housing stock. Property prices have always been low, despite its great location; close to Liverpool City Centre, the coastline and transport routes to all of the North West of England. Bootle has many local property investors, but also from Manchester, Ireland and London. There is now interest from the likes of China, Spain and elsewhere in the world too. For more information about property development or investment contact Lyons Estates and Barron Financial Solutions are experts on these subjects.
It is not only the port and housing that is attracting investment, but education too, Liverpool University, which is based in various venues around the city, is becoming one of the best in country. Similarity, Hugh Baird College, which is located in Bootle is growing not only in size, but repetition too. A lot of the courses are vocational based, thus giving the students qualification and training in subjects that are directly targeted at certain careers and professions. The college works closely with the local community, private and public organisations to help the students gain experience and employment.
There has always been a variety of industries in the region, usually manual labour based, but now the area is changing and it has had an increasing amount of office blocks and business-centres built in recent years. Many different sectors occupy them, such as; Information Technology, Design, Training, Business, Marketing, Renewable Energy and much more. This is not only bringing even more companies to the region, but is creating more jobs too, thus the whole ‘training, jobs, employment’ circle is complete.
Where there is education, jobs and houses there has to be shops. The Stand Shopping Centre is located in the centre of Bootle and is not only the main retail area, but the heart of the community too. It is home to a multitude of shop units and halls, but also the ancillary cafes, bars, restaurants and seating areas. There is a large car park, bus depot, post office and offices attached too, with nearby railway station, gym and park. There is also the outdoor Bootle Market, which is run on designated Fridays by Sefton Markets Ltd, which adds a fun, friendly and community feel to the area.
There are also beautiful and quite green areas throughout Bootle, such as Derby, North and South Park, which local families use on a daily basis. There are also several play areas, sports facilities, football and cricket grounds.
The area is famous for the amount of religious buildings it has the following being just some of them; Christ Church, Ash Street Baptist Church, St John & St James Church, St Monica’s Church, Linacre Methodist Mission, Northfield Church and St Andrews Church.
Bootle has a library, community hall and information centre, which is very important for local groups and residents.
Bootle may appear to be a typical working-class area of a ‘big city’, but it is more than that. It has a heartbeat of its own and a strong community spirit. Further INVESTMENT into the area is very important and the opportunities are vast and ranging. For more information contact any of network organisations or ourselves, as Bootle is the home and headquarters of NDN.