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Manchester a place to do business

7th May 2010
Manchester is a great place for business, being a vibrant place filled with history, culture, landmarks, consulates and a thriving economy. In 2007 and 2008 Manchester was ranked as the second best place to do business and in 2009 was ranked the third best city in the UK and sixteenth in Europe.

The Facts

• 2007 saw Manchester being the fastest growing economy in the UK coming second to London.
• The city has the largest UK office market outside of the capital.
• Greater Manchester represents over £42 billion of the UK GVA (Gross Value Added)
• Manchester is one of the largest financial centres in Europe.
• Ranked the third or fourth largest retail area in the UK
• Is the home of the UK’s largest inner city shopping centre, Manchester Arndale.

A Brief History of Manchester

• The majority of Manchester’s history is made in the Industrial Revolution, where the city was responsible for the vast amount of cotton goods.
• In 1835 “Manchester was without challenge the first and greatest industrial city in the world”(1)
• A lot of trade and business was able to take place thanks to the Port of Manchester and the Manchester Ship Canal, which was built in 1894.
• The Industrial Revolution made Manchester a cosmopolitan place bringing in new innovative ways of thinking and doing business.

The Culture of Manchester


• The music culture is one of the largest in the UK, with artists such as The Smiths, Joy Division and many more coming from Manchester itself.
• In the world of performing arts, Manchester is home to many theatres and operas and has a thriving dance scene.
• There is a great variety of museums and galleries in the city such as, The Museum of Science and Industry, Imperial Was Museum North, City Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery.
• When it comes to entertainment, Manchester never falls short on a vibrant and exciting nightlife. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to visit.
Manchester has been and will continue to be a great place to locate a business. It has a thriving economy, fast and easy transportation links and access and has a vibrant community and culture as well.

(1) ^ a b Hall, Peter (1998). "The first industrial city: Manchester 1760-1830". Cities in Civilization. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0-297-84219-6.


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