The Economic Powerhouse
of the North
Manchester is always at the forefront of pioneering business ideas and new ways of working. Manchester is investing billions of pounds to create exciting, modern and attractive environments that will be at the vanguard of new industries and innovations. There’s a different scale of opportunity here that opens a world of possibilities for all.
Manchester is rich in heritage, with an established economy and a multi-modal transport, network including the UK’s largest regional airport, with daily flights to global destinations.
2.73m people in greater Manchester making it the UK’s fastest growing economy
65 of the FTSE 100 companies have a presence in Manchester
University of Manchester Ranked 5th in the UK
105,000 people are employed in education in Manchester, creating annual GVA of £3bn
Investment Projects In Manchester
Etihad campus project
Manchester Docks: Port Salford
Manchester house price protected to rise 28.2% between 2017 - 2021 (JLL)
Rental projected to grow 20.5% from 2017 - 2021 (JLL)
Manchester population increased 51% between 2001 - 2011
Manchester offers the highest rental yields (7.4%) of any city in the UK (Hometrack - June 2018)
Amongst the World’s Most Liveable Cities
UK’s largest shopping centres
Manchester is home to two of the largest shopping centres in the UK- the Trafford Centre and the Arndale Centre. With a host of other streets and designer boutiques all major high end brands are represented from Hermes, Kurt Geiger, Gucci, Ted Baker, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Harvey Nichols, All Saints, Selfridges and more.
A Bustling Arts & Culture Scene
Manchester has always been known for the vitality of its cultural life, from Barbirolli to Morrissey, from Lowry to Madchester, and the capital of the north continues that tradition in new and established venues across the city.
The Manchester Arena is Europe’s busiest indoor concert arena. The Hallé orchestra thrives in its architecturally stunning new home, the Bridgewater Hall, and the Manchester Camerata plays at the Royal Northern College of Music.
One of the most vibrant destinations in the UK
Manchester – like its passionate inhabitants – has always had a distinctive personality. From it’s industrial fame as ‘Cottonopolis’ to its thriving sport, music and cultural scene, this is a city that’s always bursting with energy.
Voted one of the most vibrant destinations in the UK, Manchester is a city alive with culture. A buzzing arts and music scene plays host to many unique events, such as the world famous Manchester.
International Festival, alongside a rich and constantly expanding offering of first-class culinary and leisure experiences. It’s global sporting conquests, including Manchester United FC and Manchester City FC, complement one of the fastest growing economies in the UK.
A World Class City with World Class Connections
Bus & Metrollink
Greater Manchester and the inner city centre are served by an extensive bus and tram network. The tram system is undergoing a major overhaul and by 2016 will be the largest in the UK. MediaCityUK has a dedicated Metrolink station which connects residents and commuters across Manchester and Salford.
There are also future plans to build a Metrolink route connecting MediaCityUK to the intu Trafford Centre. Due for completion 2019/2020. The X50 bus runs regularly connecting you to the city centre and the Trafford Centre.
Londons Airports and a host of other locations are easily accessed by Manchester’s excellent rail links. Being a key stop for HS2 and HS3 ensures that by 2026 London will be a 1 hour commute on the new High Speed Railway, HS2, while the city’s extensive tram network opens up the surrounding areas and beyond with a range of Northern Hub rail investment proposed for the near future.
HS2 is a planned high speed railway linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds Sheffield and Manchester providing an engine for growth. The government’s clear commitment to the project, alongside other transport investment, will transform journey times to key areas – reducing the journey to Manchester by about half to just one hour.
Manchester Airport is the largest airport outside London, flying to over 225 destinations including four direct flights a week to Hong Kong and 22 flights a week to Dubai. There are direct flights to Abu Dhabi, New York, Beijing and Singapore from operators including Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Qatar and Etihad Airways.
Manchester Airport is set for a £1 billion redevelopment which will transform the site over the next decade, reflecting the ambitions of the city. A glass super-terminal, bigger taxiways and the latest technology will all play a part in the revamped airport.
Abu Dhabi – 7 hours 25 minutes
Hong Kong – 11 hours 40 minutes
Beijing – 12 hour 25 minutes
New York – 8 hours
Brussels – 1 hour 30 minutes
Chicago – 9 hours 50 minutes
Dubai -7 hour 50 minutes
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