Located between Liverpool and Manchester, St Helens is less than a 20-minute drive from the Port of Liverpool, Liverpool, and Manchester City Centres. With a population of 181.095 in 2020 (ONS), the borough covers roughly 30 km² (12 sq miles), with much of the countryside being primarily used for arable farming.  

Historically, St Helens was well known for its coalmining, glass manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals – while today it is known for award-winning businesses in manufacturing and digital technologies including NGF, Pilkington, Tata Steel, Sainsbury’s Distribution, Vimto Co-op Distribution. 

Proud of its industrial heritage, St Helens is also very much looking to the future and has been chosen as the location for Glass Futures – a global centre of excellence to make glass the low carbon material of choice – which is expected to be completed by 2022.

St Helens borough has a diverse mix of retail including national chains and local independent businesses across a mix of town and district centres, including the picturesque Newton-le-Willows high street – while the historic Earlestown Market – which dates back around 700 years – attracts thousands of visitors each year. 

Exciting plans are also in place to regenerate its two main town centres, St Helens and Earlestown.