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UK’s top digital tech city

UK’s top digital tech city

The Data City, 2020

Digital and Technology

  1. As well as being 国际利来城home to a fast-growing £5 billion digital ecosystem, Manchester is officially the UK’s Top Digital Tech City, with ambitions to become a top five European digital city and global influencer.

    Manchester has a thriving community of more than 10,000 digital and tech businesses, from start-ups and SMEs to global brands including Google, Microsoft, IBM and Cisco – as well as numerous 国际利来城homegrown unicorns that IPO above $1 billion.

    These companies sit side-by-side in the city’s digital and technology clusters, incubators and co-working spaces, where they converge, collaborate and drive innovation.

    MIDAS, Manchester’s economic development agency, provides free, bespoke and confidential support to digital and tech companies looking to relocate to or expand in the city region.

    To find out more about how MIDAS can help de-risk your business investment in Manchester, get in touch with the team today.

    A Manchester presence will enable us to be at the heart of the north’s budding tech scene, in amongst some of the fastest-growing tech businesses in the country.

    Marc Waters, Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Hewlett Packard Enterprises

  2. eCommerce
  3. Cyber Security
  4. Leading in the Emerging

    For more than 250 years, Manchester has been creating and shaping the future. Creativity and pioneering new ways of working is in our DNA.

    Since developing the first stored program computer and the world’s first commercial computer, Manchester has continued to pioneer in areas including eCommerce, cyber security, AI and data, and service design – to name a few.

    Innovation in these areas is complemented by the city’s five leading universities, which have a proven track record for collaborating with industry on groundbreaking research and development.

    A Region Rich in Talent

    Manchester is rich in specialist talent and skills that digital and technology businesses need to thrive, with 86,000 people currently employed in the city’s creative, digital and technology industry.

    Being located in Manchester, businesses can access one of the largest commuter workforces in Europe, with 7.2 million people within a one-hour travel time, enabling companies to tap into talent in strong neighbouring cities including Liverpool and Leeds.

    Preparing for the future, Manchester aims to build a critical mass of digital talent, with city leaders proactively addressing the skills shortage by working with industry to develop new models of reskilling and retraining as well as empowering young people to pursue digital careers.

    Get in Touch

    Manchester’s thriving ecosystem, history of innovation and its deep talent pool make it the perfect place for digital and technology companies that are looking to drive the future of the industry.

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    Global brands, SMEs and start-ups alike are thriving in Manchester thanks to the city’s outstanding connectivity, its international reputation for innovation and the wealth of expert talent available here. MIDAS – the city’s dedicated inward investment agency – has helped hundreds of businesses relocate to or expand into the city.

    Do you want to find out more about Manchester and how MIDAS can support your business relocation or expansion? Register here to receive useful resources about Manchester and MIDAS’ support package.

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