Strength Through Variety

Key sectors within the Greater Manchester economy include Creative Industries, IT & Digital, Professional Services, Biotechnology and Energy. There are more banks than any other region outside of London making it a financial centre of national importance.

Global Investment

Greater Manchester attracts global occupiers such as Ford Credit, Gazprom, Bank of New York Mellon, Google, Emirates, Eithad and Aegis. Over 2000 foreign owned companies have a base in the Greater Manchester. Trader Media, Towergate and BBC are all recent examples of major UK occupiers who have chosen to locate major functions in the region.

FTSE 100 Representation

80 of the FTSE 100 have a representation in Manchester.


Greater Manchester was voted the number one location for a new headquarters operation in Europe. Global HQ’s include PZ Cussons, The Co-Operative Group and Umbro, whilst UK and European HQ’s include Brother, Kelloggs, Adidas, Siemens and Totesport.

The UK’s largest university, world class research and Europe’s largest student population with 30,000 graduates annually continually reinforce Manchester’s high quality workforce and stimulate innovation in the city’s science and R&D sector.

The Airport

Manchester Airport is the third largest airport in the UK. It serves more destinations than any other UK airport. New routes include daily flights to the Middle East and China.

Culture & Sport

Two global football teams; Test Cricket; one of the world’s busiest music venues; six theatres; the BBC Philharmonic and The Halle Orchestra; museums and galleries including Imperial War Museum North and National Football museum.

Tourism & Conferences

The third most popular UK city for international visitors. The tourism economy is worth £6.6 billion per annum. £820 million per annum is generated by conference and business events, which attract over 5 million delegates annually including the Conservative/Labour Party Conferences.

Manchester is the premier regional centre in the UK and the centre of a thriving city region. It is the largest economic area outside London with a gross value added of £51 billion.