LIVERPOOL has topped the list for business start-ups under a Government scheme launched last year.
The city has seen 300 new enterprises set up under the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) – the highest of any local authority area in the country.
Under the NEA, entrepreneurial jobseekers are given the opportunity to have expert coaching and financial support to establish their own business.
Wirral was not far behind Liverpool and the North of England and Midlands dominated the list with not one local authority in southern England making the top 10.
Among the Liverpool start-ups was Adam Warder who set up his own business to help people in the UK looking to work in Australia.
Adam, 30, has been travelling between the UK and Australia for 10 years and this prompted him to set up Workabout.
He said: "The NEA scheme was great. My mentor at Blue Orchid was very helpful and gave me the confidence to turn my business idea in to a reality.
"The £65 a week, gives you some security when deciding whether to take the plunge into self-employment or not."
Adam also received backing from Merseyside Special Investment Fund.
More than 8,000 businesses have been established around the country since the NEA) was launched.
Minister for employment, Mark Hoban, added: "These figures show people embracing the entrepreneurial spirit.
"It is interesting to see which areas have shown the highest take up and I hope people in other areas will follow.
"This can-do attitude is inspiring, and I hope to see many more jobseekers across the country taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the NEA.
"Through this scheme we are backing those hard-working jobseekers with the imagination and determination to make a success of their business.
"If you are prepared to work hard and aspire to achieve more, this Government, through schemes like the NEA, will back you."