Manchester…‘The birthplace of the industrial revolution and now the economic powerhouse of the north of England’
From its industrial past up to the present day, Manchester has been steeped in economic history and has established itself internationally as a vibrant city, recently ranked as the second best place to do business in the UK.
The city has a thriving legal and financial sector - the latter being the fifth biggest in the UK, outside London – with more than 90,000 people employed in banking, finance and insurance. A testament to this is the newly developed Spinningfields area, which has been heralded as Europe’s new premium financial and professional services destination comparable to Canary Wharf in London and La Defense in Paris.
Spinningfields is an award-winning commercial, retail and residential development which extends on to the established and bustling Deansgate area of Manchester city centre. It has been acknowledged as setting new world-class standards for city centre regeneration and consists of 20 signature office buildings set in richly varied streets across a carefully planned six-acre site, including a hotel, a variety of designer and high street stores, cafes and restaurants. This is a design for a modern international city which is both energy-efficient and ecologically sensitive. Manchester is already the city of choice for 65 of the Financial Times Top 100 Companies and this development bears witness to its determination to build on the competitive advantage it has already achieve
As well as having a strong financial sector, the city’s economy thrives in other areas such as: professional services, life sciences, hi-tech industries, creative cultural and media industries, communications and manufacturing. And if that was not enough, Manchester is a fashion and entertainment hotspot, home to two well known football clubs.
So what are you waiting for? Come and start your Manchester adventure in one of our 9 business centres and give your company a new home.
Trivia on Manchester:
- Frederick Royce met Charles Rolls in Manchester’s Midland Hotel and set up the famous company which bears their names
- Despite having a market stall in Leeds, Marks and Spencer opened its first store on Stretford Road in Hulme
- Manchester was the first city to recognise ICT as a priority in economic regeneration and the first to set up a Digital Development Agency
- In 2010 scientists at the University of Manchester were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for inventing graphene, the world’s thinnest material.
- The first international art exhibition was held in Manchester in 1857.
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Quote taken from manchester.gov.uk
Trivia information taken from manchester.gov.uk