That's us all over
Not familiar with the North West? Then it’s time to get acquainted with one of the UK’s most interesting, vibrant, naturally beautifully and culturally diverse regions.
Red or Blue?
For footy fans, nowhere else comes close to North West. Manchester City and United supporters will find their grounds just a short drive away. But the trophies amassed by Liverpool and Everton mean England's most successful footballing city is even closer to home.
From high street to designer chic, the city is a genuine retail mecca. Indeed, Liverpool ONE, the UK's largest outdoor shopping centre, was recently crowned 'Best of the Best' at the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) awards in Las Vegas.
A breath of fresh air
Talk about the perfect base for those who love the outdoor lifestyle. An hour up the M6 puts you right in the heart of the beautiful Lake District. The Peak District is even closer. Or head west along the North Wales coast for Snowdonia and the pristine beaches of Anglesey.
Down the Docks
Once a hub for international trade, the docks are now one of the most prestigious and sought after residential areas in the city. They're also home to a vibrant arts and cultural centre, including the famous Tate gallery and numerous independent shops and cafes.
Enjoy the quiet life
Merseyside has a great deal to offer outside the hustle and bustle of Liverpool. For those who like a quieter life, the towns and villages to the south of the city and across the Mersey on the Wirral Peninsula all have their own individual charm.
Fancy a flutter?
Even if you're not the betting type, it's hard not to get caught up in all the excitement of the Grand National. And of course, Aintree's not the only racecourse in the region. Haydock Park and Chester are also fantastic places to get dressed up and enjoy a great day out.
In 1970, Liverpool was the first place in the UK to open a public planetarium. Today, world famous galleries like the Tate and Lady Lever rub shoulders with a wide range of other cultural attractions - from the Beatles Story to the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
For those who enjoy the urban lifestyle, MediaCity in Manchester's Salford Quays is any easy commute. As well a raft of exclusive new apartments, it's home to ITV and now the BBC too. So expect to see a few famous faces while you're out and about.
Sport for all
The region has fantastic sporting facilities. No less than three Royal Links courses make it 'England's Golf Coast'. While those looking for more of an adrenalin rush may prefer the Velodrome in Manchester or one of the best windsurfing venues in the UK at West Kirby on the Wirral.
Chester a short drive
Only twenty miles down the road is the beautiful, Roman city of Chester. Its stunning surroundings and easy-to-reach location are just two of the reasons why many Shop Direct employees choose to make Chester their home.
Walk on the wild side
Knowsley Safari Park, Chester Zoo and the Blue Planet aquarium are all within half an hour's drive. And these are just three of the fantastic family attractions that make the North West a great location for those with little ones in tow.
Eats and drinks
From the sophistication of 60 Hope Street and the Michelin-starred Fraiche to the oriental banquets of Chinatown, Liverpool has something for all culinary tastes. For drinks, on the other hand, simply head to the RopeWalks, where outstanding historical pubs rub shoulders with chic designer bars.
Watch the video below for even more great reasons to live in the North West.