Manchester is a city globally recognised as being creative and innovative.
Leaders of the industrial revolution, creators of the world’s first stored program computer and a frontrunner in UK media creation and football teams, Manchester has achieved a lot as a city.
According to an analysis by RSM, there were 1,079 Manchester-based software development and programming companies incorporated in 2018, which was a 48% increase from the previous year.
This was the highest growth out of all UK regions.
Given some of the prestigious names to come out of Manchester, such as LADBible, the BBC and Kellogg’s, it’s hardly surprising that new companies aspire to work next to such big names.
Manchester boasts a flourishing tech scene like no other city and is currently home to many companies using technology in a groundbreaking way. Auto Trader, Missgudied and On the Beach are also great examples of Manchester-born companies that have built a strong digital presence despite operating in completely different industries.
Research by CWJobs revealed that of the 9% of employers who feel Manchester has the best talent in tech, 56% of them believe this is because Manchester has better ‘tech-focused’ educational institutions. Only 43% from the same group believed London has better institutions.
Aside from offering top-notch education, Manchester hosts a variety of popular events and attractions all year round and is located within easy reach for the rest of the UK.
Being a city that offers affordable yet idyllic locations next door to industry leaders, combined with generous SME support, why would you want to set up anywhere else?
Tech Nation revealed in their 2019 survey that there is a total of 13,665 digital tech businesses operating in the North West, with 88,000 people currently employed in the sector. Furthermore, a survey by Yorkshire Bank has shown that 63% of business owners based in Manchester rate the city ‘very highly’ in regards to the business community – quite a lot higher than the national average of 47%.
Manchester was specially selected to become an IoT City Demonstrator as part of an innovation project called CityVerve. £10 million in funding was awarded to help build a powerful IoT presence across the city through the creation and installation of smart connected devices, especially relating to public transport, healthcare and environmental services.
Schemes designed to attract people to the tech industry are aplenty in the North West, including one Government-backed initiative designed to encourage young people into the tech sector.
There is also a project currently in operation called Tech Manchester, which was put in place to boost Manchester’s tech scene within the business community through efforts like collaboration, funding opportunities and extra resources.
Ever since splitting the first atom back in 1917, Manchester hasn’t stalled in regards to technological developments. We’ve seen huge broadcasters like ITV and the BBC setting up headquarters in Media City in 2012 and 2013, which has naturally brought more wealth and prestige to the area.
Being located in Media City ourselves, we understand why so many companies are drawn to Manchester – there is opportunity everywhere. We know we don’t need to be London-based in order to attract the top clients and given the evidence above, we’re not the only ones who know that.
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