5 December 2016

It was Sir Robert Peel who said: “What Manchester thinks today, the world thinks tomorrow.”Manchester Town Hall

What makes our city such a great place for a business to be in?

It has to be the fact that the city has proven to be innovative. Manchester is the city of the Industrial Revolution and it is where the first computer was built.

Today, the city has more than 100,000 students across four universities and the Manchester 2020 vision sees a £1 billion campus on the horizon.

The city is constantly changing and evolving at an ever-increasing pace – you can tell by simply looking around you. You can feel the buzz, the energy in the city and the region as a whole.

Fuelled by that energy is the property landscape. I can’t remember the last time that I looked out over the city and didn’t see a mass of cranes and scaffolding creating the nexy big tower of offices or apartments. There are so many amazing buildings currently being built, with many more in the pipeline, and some of the landmarks that have appeared over recent years have won awards for their architectural excellence including the famous Beetham Tower.

Manchester is a world class city that continues to evolve and grow.

It’s hard to deny the energy that the region has across all areas of business. Have you felt the buzz of one our city’s many startup hubs lately? Or at the universities? One of my favourite talks to this day, is the guest lecture that I held at the Manchester Business School. The room was filled with budding entrepreneurs, young people itching to learn more, to hone their craft and to be part of Manchester’s business scene.

It is an exciting time to be part of Greater Manchester.

Manchester’s startup strength lies in the community. All of you. The business leaders, the entrepreneurs, the people brave enough to take a leap and see where they land. The city might have changed, but, without a doubt, there is still is a strong sense of community like none I’ve ever known elsewhere, welcoming entrepreneurs and those with ambition and business ideas.

I’m incredibly proud to be part of Manchester’s business community and to be contributing to the city’s economy. With so much uncertainty in the news and in politics, one thing is for sure – Manchester is thriving and there’s nothing that can stop us!

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